Our Sulu "mission trip" didn't just end there. After 5 days of staying in this beautiful but terror-stricken place, we went to Zamboanga City on our last day to catch our flight back to Manila.
From the camp, we were brought to the Jolo port to catch the 9 p.m. commuter ferry boat to Zamboanga City. We were still escorted by the Marines on our way to the port. Ten uniformed and civilian ones were with us on the boat trip. Yes, they escorted us until we reached the Zamboanga City soil. Although we felt "safe" with the Marines on our side, I couldn't erase the fact that it was my first time to be with hundreds or a thousand locals of Sulu on the port and inside the ferry boat. We were 8 in the group and I was the only lady in the bunch - and as we always kinda joke about it, I've got more chances of winning than the guys do (if you know what I mean).
|Jolo, Sulu - Zamboanga City route|
8 full hours of sleep
First stop was a place for breakfast. We were brought to the Amigos & Amigas Eatery along Mayor Jaldon street (near the major intersection going to downtown from the airport). We had some Bulalo (70 pesos, small bowl), Batchoy with Egg (38 pesos, big bowl), Assorted satti (which I failed to get the price) and some grilled stuff. Everything tasted ok but nothing was remarkable. Or maybe everything tasted ok 'coz I was really hungry and never took note on how they all tasted. Pfft.
We then went to the Canelar barter, a few blocks away from the eatery . Barter is "to trade" in the English language so expect empty pockets after a visit in this place. Loads of Malaysian food stuff are easily spotted on each stall. But the group was lured on local fabrics and its byproducts.
Shawls, scarves, batiks, and some Muslim garments were the top products bought that day. I even tried a hijab that was bought by Josh for his girlfriend. Geloy also bought a batik laptop bag for his girl. It was so fun to see guys who were shopping for their dear loved ones. These guys really knew how to shop for them. Ang sweet lang talaga nila.
|this plus dark soda - yum!|
|too bad they were closed|
Next stop was Camp Navarro, the Headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command. We had a nice lunch (buffet style again) there and had a quick rest right before our scheduled flight in the afternoon. I just love how these people really know how to treat their guests. Ang lakas maka-V.I.P.