Finally, a frustration I’m willing to fantasize about!
I have never left my country, much less stepped on another island. I’ve always wanted to tour the motherland—or at the least key cities. Which is why if this were for real, it would be such a treat. And with the recent developments, it would give a personal respite.
How much money do I have again?
Ten thousand US dollars, when converted to Philippine peso, gives me a little over 400,000.00 pesos. For what I plan to do, that’s a lot already.
Sunday: General Santos – to see the Japanese Bunkers of WWII and help haul a fresh catch of tuna! (And visit a friend, if he’s back from his missionary trip.)
Monday: Negros Occidental – walk the land of the sugar barons and into three famous houses: Mariano Ancestral House, Balay Negrense, and the Ruins a.k.a. The Mansion and the Taj Mahal of the Philippines.
Tuesday: Iloilo – immerse into rich Spanish influence and history via four churches: Miagao, Molo, Cabatuan, and San Jose.
Wednesday: Palawan – head for the Underground River and a safari then onto a hospital at Puerto Princesa to see some friends who work in and around there.
Thursday: Legaspi – it wouldn’t be a real trip if there was no visit to the relatives. And I’d love to be at the Cagsawa ruins and face Mt. Mayon again. Or rent an ATV or just climb a part of it and have dinner there.
Friday: Sagada – see the Rice Terraces, hanging coffins, and one of the three falls in the area.
Saturday: Batanes – meditate in the quiet and quaint place far up north.
Airlines here have been giving out travel discounts for a couple of years now. And it doesn’t look like it would stop anytime soon. Fares (exclusive of other fees) range from one peso to less than 250.
I allotted 50,000.00 for every major stop. What excess I have is for the miscellaneous stuff. And of course, pasalubong. Any trip would not be complete without bringing something for the folks at home.