Homemade Hot Tub
By Mark McConville
STUNNING pictures have emerged showing a man looking like he is being cooked alive inside a huge cauldron above an open fire.
The incredible images show a tourist putting on a brave face as he sits in a hot metal tub in an idyllic location.
In one photo the flames appear to rise above the edge of the tub and flicker near his face.
The snaps were taken in Tibiao, Antique by accountant Michael Diez from Manila, Philippines as he enjoyed a quick visit to the country.
“At first glance you might want to think that it was made through photoshop, but it’s not,” he said.
“The water is warm and very relaxing. They put herbal plants and leaves in too adding a good relaxing smell to the water and it is like the medicinal benefit of experiencing a hot Kawa bath.
“I enjoyed the experience despite the picture is telling a different story. They occasionally put fire to keep it warm at the liking of the tourist.”
The authentic experience won’t leave you out of pocket either as a 30-minute session in the baths would cost you less than a fiver.
“The cauldrons were used before in cooking sugar cane juices turning them to sugar,” said Mike.
“You pay to experience the place for a measly Php 250.00 for 30 minutes or about four pounds.
“Though that time, there were no other tourists so I was able to extend my time up to one hour of sitting and relaxing in the Kawa.”
Mike only started travelling and documenting his trips this year and got hooked on finding new and exciting places to visit.
“I was a typical office worker until just this year when I got into travelling,” he said.
“So, armed with just a mobile phone and a GoPro I got hooked instantly and almost every week I am traveling around the country, discovering places either solo or with a group.
“I usually post my pictures on Instagram. Travel photography relives experiences in your travels. A good collection of them gives you memories to reminisce.”
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