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When I first arrived in Manila it was raining. Horrible rain that didn't stop for four days. I could hardly leave the apartment. Before leaving the Philippines for good (or at least for the time being), I came back for a few more days to again see my friend Jackie. She and her friend Manny took me around to see some of the city. We spent a good day going around Chinatown and seeing some churches, the National Museum, a park. I'm glad I have some wonderful friends to show me around because I'm not sure it's the kind of...

I had wanted to do another island hopping tour while I was in Palawan, and so, when I found out my new Icelandic friends were doing tour C (there were four different set tours that everyone offered), I invited myself along. It was an incredibly fun day, with much better weather than the last. We explored a secret beach where you had to swim in scary waves through a little jagged rock entrance to find a secluded paradise. We did handstands in the sand...

I still wasn't sure I really wanted to leave El Nido. All that day I was considering moving my flight to Bangkok back up, giving up on the Philippines, a country I was loving until the night before. But there were still things I wanted to do there. But I felt lost and all my friends had already left or were planning on leaving. So I felt that I'd just be lonely there anyways. I really had no idea what to do. And then we decided to go out, get drunk, drink away the sorrow, have one last kick off. And...

We all felt like shit that morning. The night before our hostel was burglarized. And there was nothing we could do about it. We still went on the tour we had planned for. But it was raining for the first half of the day. We were wet and miserable. We all wanted to give up, go home. We just wanted to check out of our hostel and move on, forget about El Nido. ...

"I can't find my laptop." Brad came out of his dorm room, looking for the computer he'd left on his bed. Victor had already been complaining that his phone was missing though we had been assuring him he had had it when he came back from the hospital that afternoon after he'd fainted from dehydration. And then Julien noticed that his phone was missing too. ...