1. Mangos, as many times a day as possible.

2. The kids yelling balut (sounding more like "Bah-luuuuuuut!") as the sun sets into the sea, and watching everyone run out to buy some.

3. The El Nido air siren at night.

4. Bartender Boyet's delicious buko (coconut) shakes.

5. The children screaming and waving hello every time I leave the house.

6. Chloe, the neighbour's dog, and her very specific howl when she gets upset about anything and everything.

7. RenRen, the assistant chef, asking me if I have "a sick".

8. The insanity of the local disco - take away the ladyboys, prostitutes and 16 year old boys and you'd be left with....us tourists.

9. The reggae bands playing at Balay Tubay, the local (and only) live music bar.

10. Tanduay!

11. The lovely Lanie's swearing – the polite way: "jesusmaryjoseph!"

12. Fresh squid at a great price.

13. The head chef Inting's spicy, delicious banana heart curry.

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