I arrived in Siargao with a backpack, tent and two packs of Skyflakes. After camping out beside a public swimming pool in Bucas Grande (another story which I’ll tell you about later), I was confident I can manage just fine on another island. There were a lot of budget accommodations in the town of General Luna so I figured I didn’t have to pitch a tent this time. Camping was fun and taking a bath next to a pigpen was, uh, interesting but I also wanted to indulge in the luxury of a bed and a proper bathroom. Continue reading
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On a solo trip to Siargao late last year, I went on a walk from General Luna town proper to Cloud 9, the prime surfing spot on the island. A lot of habal-habal (motorcycles) ply this route but I was in no hurry anyway so I didn’t mind the three-kilometer walk.
Well, maybe I did mind a little. It was a hot afternoon and I had the stamina of a septuagenarian on a walker. But I’ve already refused half a dozen habal-habal drivers’ persistent offers of a ride and it’d look like I’m totally wimping out if I suddenly gave up on my running/jogging/walking/pathetic hobbling halfway through. So I toughened up and soldiered on and felt pretty darn proud of myself when I finally got to Cloud 9. Continue reading
Siargao on a late afternoon, November 2011.
Beachfront graveyard in Siargao
When the next tropical storm hits Mindanao, it may be my hometown’s turn to count our dead. Nababaha.com, a flood mapping website maintained by the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of Geological Sciences, provides a flood hazard map of General Santos City. The map shows parts of Gensan that could be submerged in more than five feet of floodwaters should a downpour of Ondoy or Sendong proportions fall on the city.
We stabbed and skinned a little pig.