Having worked through most of the weekends for the previous 6 months (in June 2011), we decided to try and make more time to discover parts of the island we’d only heard about previously. We went to the unremarkable sounding Bito Depression, which was described to me as ‘hole in the ground’ that I ought to go and see. I wasn’t able to get a better description, but went for a look anyway.
When we first took ownership of the land and walked around as if the lords of the manor (which we now were), we noticed that there were many tripping hazards lurking in the undergrowth and long grass, and also several large piles of white-ish rocks,
Every cloud has a silver lining, as a long time player of Age of Empires, I recognised that rocks can either be viewed as a nuisance, or as a builder, a blessing. So we have, over a period of a couple of years, picked up all the surface rocks and harvested all the old piles for use as paths (after breaking) or as fill material for the raised floors of the new buildings.
The ‘rocks’ are almost entirely fossilised coral, demonstrating that the isle of Samal was once under the sea.