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My sickness overlapped with our travel plans to Cebu Island, a more southern part of the Visayas. I don’t remember much of the plane rides, or better yet the delayed cancelled and rescheduled plane rides that took up most of a whole day. Thank you Ben for carrying my bag and everything else. You saved me that day and the next.  Upon arrival to the 2nd largest city in the Philippines, Cebu City, we crashed at the Elegant Inn Circle in a cheap air con room for two.  The next day was mashed with women selling puppies at least 20 different puppies from different litters and going in and out of the air conditioned super malls surrounding the area we stayed in.  I have to admit the nightlife has nothing on Boracay, but we came to experience what the city has to offer.  So with that in mind we walked by hundreds of beggar children, bbq stalls and eventually the largest ‘Mandaue’ cock fight in a coliseum known in this country.  The latter was disturbing but at the same time exciting I have to admit. I wanted to be apart of local culture, and betting on cockfights was high on their list.  Almost a thousand people crammed into a wet lit arena that circled around a sand ring of cocks and their trainers. This may sound like complete chaos, but it was magically organized with signals and sounds from the men betting. No foul play was in sight, as every man was straight up as hundreds of rolled up pesos were tossed back and forth.  The cocks themselves were not forced, and their deaths rather quick. I’m not condemning, or condoning, simply being. Their hocks had small knives taped to them with sea snake poison, killing them much quicker and less bloody than I had anticipated.  The real thrill was watching the people, the Filipino men betting and yelling and eating chicken on sticks in between.

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