We've discovered a strange man made island while looking at satelite images of cebu bay 10.284983,123.902841
I'm publishing this information as the last info I could find online was a few years old and we didn't know what to expect.. This is what we knew,
Formerly a Fuel Depot of Shell Pilipinas. It was return to the government in 1990's. There was some Human Rights issues raised after the government took control because it was made as a "temporary housing" facility for known petty criminals one week before a Sinulog Festival. They were herded and housed for two weeks or during the duration of the festival.. a free board and lodging..
We approached the island from mactan side in a small kayak, we had 5 km to pass through a strange shallow shrubberish water, I'd recommend approaching from cebu side which is cleaner and is only 1 km away from the island. Some people live there, they were not particulary happy or sad to see us, they've built a small duck farm in one of the buildings and a few dogs are roaming around. Industry on the island has been entirely stripped down, a few buildings are still standing and the most interesting thing is a half sunken 15m-ish boat in what remains of the port.
Ended up sneaking past a few guards, one of them taking a shower. The building below us has 20-30 stories, I'm guessing the crane was 80-100m high? A long climb. Where do crane workers go to toilet? Also. my god! I want to do this again.
"Ivan I don't know what kind of thing can satisfy us.
After the crane.
Crane was awesome, it was dinosaur and monster.
After the crane, I feel a little bit empty, that's the thing."
- Kanghee Rhee
We are talking to a random french couple, answering common questions and ending up explaining that we've met by going into the subway tunnels through an airduct. They mention seeing some photos of us climbing a building in hongdae park and I wonder if that was the night when the crazy guy in the underwear climbed it with us. At some point I say something like
remember that girl from yesterday that wanted us to smuggle diamonds from africa? I think she might be a stripper.
To which a guy asks us if those are real events or are we talking about a spy movie, and I realize how weird our conversation sounds from another persons perspective, and how most of the things that have been happening would sound, and I conclude that we did good.
I bought a climbing equipment and all places are reacheable now. I'm living with Kanghee, and a great group of friends are around. We are planning to buy a ~15 meter sailboat and sail through philipines to papua new guinea next year. we'll see how that goes. we'll have a lot to learn before doing this.