Week 7: Takin ‘er Easy

October 20, 2008 - Filed under Scuba Diving, Weekly Report

We got back from Siquijor Tuesday night and spent most of Wednesday relaxing, catching up on emails and doing a bit of work we’d put off before we left.

On Thursday we headed into town to run some errands. We had a few things on our list to accomplish, the most important of which, was to renew our visas. We weren’t sure how long the process would take and since we’re planing to head to Boracay next week we decided to get it over with sooner rather than later. We had a rough idea where the immigration office was, but after wandering for a few blocks more than we’d have liked in the hot sun, we came across a travel agent (next on our to-do-list), so we decided stop in there. A friendly filipina helped us with a couple of options on getting to Boracay and then pointed us in the right direction of the immigration office.

Extending our visas couldn’t have been easier. The whole process took less than 30 minutes, and was simply a matter of filling out some forms, photocopying our passports (easily done in the shop next door for 6 pesos), and handing over 4800 Pesos each (apx. $120). They stamped our passports, gave us a copy of the forms, and off we went. Good for another 59 days.

Mike started his Advanced Open Water Course on Friday, so that he could have it finished before we go to Boracay. We’re planning to spend a week or two there, checking things out and looking for a new place to live. While we like where we are right now we’re finding things a little cramped in our apartment and would like something a bit bigger. There are a couple of other options in the area, but before we commit to anything long term, we decided we should at least give Boracay a try. We’ve been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about it, some people say it’s really touristy and others say it’s not that bad. It’s hard to know without seeing it for ourselves. So we’re off to check it out on Thursday.

Check back next week to see what we think of Boracay!

Posted by: Kelly

2 Comments so far

  1. Miranda October 21, 2008 1:16 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I am so excited to hear your going to Boracay. I was there a few years back and we had a GREAT trip! I found that one side of the island was SUPER touristy and the other side not at all! Good luck with everything!

  2. Sherry October 24, 2008 1:38 am

    hi guys! love the blog…. we just went on the halloween train.. missed you guys. have fun looking for a new place to live. fb or wall me to let me know you still love me!!

    have fun and drink lots of cheap beer!

    Sherry & Rich

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