March 29, 2014

From El Nido to Taytay

Taytay, in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. (You pronounce it tai-tai, not tei-tei.) A small seaside municipality, it has a population of around 70,000. 

It takes about two hours to get there from the El Nido Airport. You pass a lot of simply-built shacks with water pumps in the yard and some chickens running around while a dog sleeps nearby and water buffaloes graze in the field.

The roads aren't always paved, and rounding a curve necessitates repeated toots on the horn to warn any oncoming cars of your presence. The driver would also toot the horn to warn people walking on the street, but unlike the rude awakening it is in Tokyo, the horns sounded friendly, as if the driver was saying hi.

The driver braked for the dogs crossing the street.

Rounding the curve to a beautiful view.

There seemed to be a lot of construction going on in the area. I saw a lot of young men and boys working on the side of the road.

A school.

There were a surprising number of basketball courts in the area. Apparently it is popular among both schoolkids and adults.

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