March 23rd 2020 – It’s Day 6 of the Siargao Island Coronavirus Lockdown and the emergency protocols are officially still restricting movement. But in reality the police and army checkpoints have eased off and the locals have told us that we can now venture outside a little bit.
We took the opportunity to take the Tuk Tuk for a drive to get some supplies from the local shops in the village and report on how it feels to be out during this Covid-19 Lockdown.
Since arriving in the Philippines we have been very impressed with the Filipino people and the way they have coped with this crisis so far. Despite being a little shaken up by the mandatory lockdown movement and police checks, we understand why they are important for these little islands to remain virus free.
It’s also very impressive how the Filipino people have almost completely banned single use plastics and know how to live self sufficiently by growing their own food and running small local businesses within the community. Nothing is being panic bought or hoarded here on the island of Siargao and we feel very safe and happy to have been stranded here, rather than anywhere else.
It was nice to be out today and see things ticking over calmly. We had a few warnings about snakes reappearing on the island due to there being less people around. And we heard our favourite bird the Asian Koel calling for the first time since we left Thailand.
We are feeling good today!
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