I was quite convinced I would leave Bantayan today - underlined by the hotel booking in Cebu tonight and from there, the flight leaving for Manila and onwards to Ho Chi Minh tomorrow. But ... I am still here. Not on purpose, mind you, but the tropical cyclone, Amang, won't let me leave. All ferries off and to the island has been cancelled for now - and who knows about tomorrow. I simply must applaud the ferry company for a new low in information. It goes like this: If the office is open, the ferry sails. It's not open. Such are the conditions of living with tropical cyclones.
The only other way off the island now is by small plane or the small local fisher boats - but only in theory, cause they are staying indoors too. We were offered a sail across by the bike taxi rider, in his uncles fisher boat. Big boat, big boat, room for two ... Haha, if I really wanted to die, I'd just go and jump off the pier right now, and anyway the uncle said no as well (yes, we did go to check it out).
So we are stuck her without further notice.
With any luck there is a boat leaving early in the morning, like round 5AM, they say - if and only if the storm quiets down.
Ironically the Pope is also having some trouble out here these days. He came to visit the survivors of grandmaster typhoon Yolanda from 2013, and was chased away by another typhoon. Not impressive for the CEO of God, Inc, especially as his visit to the Philippines coincides with the Sinolog festival in Cebu - a celebration to commemorates the Filipino acceptance of Roman Catholicism, and their rejection of former beliefs. Perhaps it is time to reconsider?