One hundred days of travel! Looking back, I can’t believe all the things that I have done in the past three months. I have met so many wonderful people while traveling from all over the world. I have conquered my fears and seen countless jaw-dropping views from 7 very different countries. Even though my trip will soon be coming to an end in a couple of weeks, I still have lots of cool things planned and lots of beautiful places to see!
Today started just like any other day in the Philippines, with our breakfast buffet at The Funny Lion. Kathleen and I were both excited to see “luncheon meat” aka Spam on the frontline. Only in the Philippines can you have Spam in a breakfast buffet!
After breakfast, we decided to hike the 700 steps up Mount Tapyas. We were huffing and puffing by the time we reached the top, but the view overlooking the town and neighboring islands was very rewarding. We spent some time snapping the perfect picture in the rain and then made the trek back down the stairs.
When we got back to our hotel, I decided to take a dip in the pool to cool off. Since everyone was probably out on an island tour, I had the entire pool to myself. I had a peaceful and relaxing hour or two at the pool then had lunch at the poolside restaurant. The next place we wanted to visit today was Maquinit Hot Springs. We took a tricycle across the town and had an hour to relax in the natural pools. On the way back to the hotel, our tricycle driver had a stereo system installed and Kathleen connected her phone, so we jammed out to Despacito as he drove through the town.
The hotel restaurant had a grilled buffet for dinner. It was just alright, not as good as the breakfast or lunch food. But at least the desserts were good. Ube merengue and mango chiffon cake, yum! After dinner, we took a tricycle into town and went to the Hangover Bar. I think there was a group pub crawlers that came in, because there were a lot of foreigners at one time. We had a few drinks there and then headed back. It was raining pretty hard on the way home. The streets were already flooded with water, but our tricycle made it through safely!