San Jose, Mindoro
The bangka from Coron to San Jose, Mindoro for Friday and the guy told me it was in fact ThursdaWe didn't arrive in San Jose, Mindoro until 7.30pm which meant I got see and an amazing sunset at sea but of course that also meant we arrived in the dark. There is no pier at San Jose so we were transferred to shore on very small rowing boats. A quick tri-cycle ride and I was at Sikatuna Town Hotel, 350Peso for the night. Once again the room was basic but no big bugs this time, just small ones; ants crawling their way down the wall. I did have my own bathroom but once again the shower pressure was so low that I used the bucket and pail instead, no problem! I went for food across the road at the Kusina ni Lea which was good value and scrummy. On my return to the hotel I was asked to join 6 Filipinos on the terrace for a drink. We sat chatting and drinking until before I knew it the time was gone 1am!
One thing that I have been asked time and time again since arriving in Philippines is why I am alone? Why I am not married? And why don't I have children? They all ask my age and tell me I'm not too old to have a child of my own. Food for thought eh ?
Once again I got woken early.....this time it was from loud boom, boom music coming from tri-cycles parked outside the front of the hotel. I packed my stuff and then headed out to find an ATM. Very few of the places I've been to so far have had ATM's and most hotels either don't accept credit cards or charge between 5 and 8% extra on all transactions so it is essential to carry enough cash for all your needs.
I had a quick walk around the local market and bought some bread and 3 fried eggs for my breakfast later. The hotel had a thermos of hot water so I made myself a coffee and then headed off to catch the local bus to Sablayan.