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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Anilao 2018: Arriving in Anilao

View from our balcony
We got to the airport with plenty of time to spare, so we hung out in one of the Cathay Pacific lounges that I'd never been to before.  I think it might have been closed for renovations the last time I was in Hong Kong.  After killing a bunch of time there, it was finally time for our flight, which was only about 2 hours.  When we arrived in Manila, we had no trouble at all finding our driver and got going.  The drive is about 2 hours and then there is a very short (5 to 10 minute) boat ride to the resort.  The weather was not so good on this day.  When we came around the little point just to the south (I think) of the resort, there were huge whitecaps.  The ocean looked very angry.  It was also a bit overcast.  So overall, it did not exactly look like a tropical paradise when we arrived.

Sisig, Rob's new favorite food
The staff met us when we arrived and took our bags for us and we sat down in the dining room to check in, and also ordered a late lunch while we were there.  We ordered the "sisig" which is a Filipino dish that Rob became obsessed with during our stay.

It was really really windy for the rest of the afternoon.  So windy that it was not very comfortable to sit outside on our balcony or at the pool.  I was worried that the conditions would be like this all week, but that turned out not to be the case.  This was the worst wind of the trip, and only a couple of other afternoons had much wind.

The rooms are named after sea creatures, and we stayed in Ghost Pipefish.  The art/photography in the room all contained ghost pipefish.  This room is on the top floor of the building right above the pool.  The proximity to the pool was pretty convenient, and it was nice that it wasn't too much of a hike up the hill to get to our room.

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