Raymen Beach in Guimaras. Our favorite Philippines beach resort. We had visitors last week from America, one of my asawa's best friends, Marilyn, and her husband Andy, who reside in Central Illinois. We intended to take the couple to our preferred place in the mango province last Maundy Thursday. With the Holy Week holiday upon us, I knew that our chances of renting a nipa hut in Raymen would be about as good as a snowball headed for hell unless we arrived early. I was right (and that's not I phrase you'll see a lot.)
I decided to be spontaneous this past Wednesday morning, something I rarely am. My poor asawa had already flopped back down on our bed at 7:30 am to watch some television. I know she was getting bored. My hardworking spouse never watches TV during the day.
After a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook us up at SM City in Iloilo this past Monday, I wasn't thrilled about any having any more excitement the rest of the week. I wasn't disappointed. Even with over 1400 aftershocks being registered, 87 of those intense enough to be felt (Monday night were the last ones I noticed), I relished my usual dull routine of sitting behind this computer monitor, slurping my morning cup of "Good Day" 3-in-1 instant coffee, scratching my butt and reading the Philippine edition of Google News.
Met my brother-in-law Amando and his wife, Marisa, a couple of weeks ago. That's him in the photograph, far left, standing next to my asawa, his sister. They have not seen each other since 1987, 25 years ago. Their son, John Paul, is in the foreground on the left along with their grandson. Between Amando's former job as a seaman with a company that fished off the Palawan coast, and my own spouse working before for years as an Overseas Filipino Worker, OFW, in Singapore and Taiwan, the two had not been able to meet before this day.
Haven't been to Guimaras in a couple of months. My asawa still has her home there, but since our move to Iloilo last October I haven't been back. But with the passing of my spouse's 94-year-old aunt, Tiyay Seriang, the grandmother of LenLen (seen on the left speaking to my asawa), one of her countless relatives in Guimaras, we decided a visit to the family should be made to pay our respects.