Everyone knows that a good offense isn’t really the best defense, broken glass is.
Whoopsie! Didn’t sense the upsell, and all the sudden we need 2 tables to hold all of our fried food. Our last supper in the Philippines, ends with Jenny thinking she is having a heart attack. Oh the shame!
Cliff Side! The perfect place to get away from it all. Where 45 bucks will get you and your better half a cottage, 3 terrific meals, beers, and one amazing sunset! 100% Filipino owned and operated.
Today is our one month travelversary. What is this?! I sound like a teenager in love, counting out month anniversaries! It is hard to believe though, it seems like we were in Japan ages ago and it has only been a few weeks.
Over the past month we can share a few observations.
-The less you pay for a place to stay the more you (usually) get for free. Doesn’t make a lick of sense.
-A wide brim hat is your best friend, the wider the brim the better. Sombreros for everyone!
-Brewed coffee is overrated. Start your day with Nescafé.
Over the past few days we have had some ups and downs. We went to nearby Dumaguete City on the Island of Negros for a day. It was weird being back in a city after spending so long on Siquijor living the quite life. You get use to the loudest noise being the roosters crowing. But we strolled the seaside promenade, saw a 1/2 sunken ship in the bay, and went to the market which takes up about 3 whole city blocks. We then headed back on the late ferry which due to high seas ran even later.
Back in Siquijor we were almost back at our beloved Cliff Side Resort, when we had a bit of bad luck. Our terrible scooter slid going downhill on a rutted gravel road and Jenny and I went a tumbling. We were fortunate to just have a few scapes and bruises, and I put a rip in one of my pairs of pants. Not the best situation when you only have 2 pairs. The biggest blow was to our scooter driving confidence which up till now was getting pretty good. It certainly makes me wish I would have learned to ride a motorcycle, instead of talking about how I would never ever ride a motorcycle. I may yet!
The next 2 days were our last at Cliff Side. We played a bunch of scrabble, read some books, and I got my pants mended! We will definitely miss it there. It was relaxing, and we were well fed by the friendly staff.
For our last 3 days before heading off to China we have moved to Coral Cay Resort. It is on the south of the island in San Juan. It has an immaculate beach and water that is good for swimming in high tide. There is also hundreds of jellyfish, of the nonpoisonous variety. Last night Jenny and I went into town to pick up some bandaids (you can never pack enough apparently) , and while there we took in the final quarter of a basketball game. It was a barn burner Larena should have had it in the bag, but lost it in the final 8 seconds.
Basketball, Karaoke and Cockfighting are the pass times of choice around here. Most yards have a rim and back board nailed to a tree over a patch of hard dirt, and handsome rooster on a stand. Karaoke or Videoke(KTV) trumps them both though, with most houses having a small sing a long unit turned up to 11. You can hear folks crooning to the hits at all hours most days. As I write this there is a girl pouring her heart into a synth backed love song. You can see why Filipina American Idol contestants are front page news. Philippines is a nation that loves to sing.
Tonight is Friday Night in ol San Juan and word on the tricycles is there is a band playing in town, so we are going to take in some live music.