Cousin Emma and her husband, Danett, along with their crew, consisting of their son and daughter and the staff from the Jade Market that she owns in Guimaras, had arrived at Cabaling Beach in Guimaras, a Philippines resort where we celebrating some birthdays this past Sunday. Oh, their pooch was there, too, but of equal importance was the fact that our supply of San Miguel beverages had also made their appearance at this Philippines resort. It was almost two pm, and I was thirsty. Danett quickly popped the top of my mucho bottle of Gold Eagle with the cap of his San Miguel Light. I poured a cupful for my brother-in-law Joery and myself as I asked my Filipino amigo how he managed to open that bottle of Gold Eagle using his bottle of Light as the opener.
Danett first told me that he would demonstrate how to loosen the cap of a Pale Pilsen with his bare fingers so I could take the cap off myself with just my bare hands. He cupped the bottle of this San Miguel beverage with one hand, and tightly gripped the cap and pulled up on it with his fingers.
I heard a faint hissing noise, and my Filipino friend told me to pry the cap loose now. As hard as I might try, there was no way I could pry that cap off! Danett than took his bottle of Light and pried off the cap with the top of his bottle and handed it to his son. I don't know how he managed this, but I decided to let it go for now and just enjoy my cup of Gold Eagle and this Philippines resort.
After a few more rounds of Gold Eagle and two mucho bottles later, my asawa asked me if I knew the joke that Danett had pulled on me. "HE MADE THAT HISSING NOISE WITH HIS MOUTH!" I had been tricked! Our relative is known as the joker of the family, and he had fooled me into thinking he had loosened the cap of the Pale Pilsen with his fingers. It was a good joke to remember. Every one had a good laugh at my expense, and I'm sure it won't be the last time.
Cousin Emma's son, "Nene" is shown in the above photo with his camera-shy sister, "Inday." Everyone was having a good time. Emma had also brought along two roasted chickens in addition to the bottles of Gold Eagle, San Miguel Pale Pilsen, San Miguel Light and bottles of Tanduay Ice. Nene is a nursing student in nearby Iloilo City and his older brother is a seaman. Inday works as a cashier at her nanay's Jade Market after school and on weekends.
Our driver was not going to return until 6 pm, so we passed the rest of the afternoon trading stories, eating and emptying a few more bottles of Pale Pilsen. The kids continued playing on this tropical beach, and it was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the Philippines. As you can see by the next photo, The Sainted Patient Wife was really enjoying herself. Don't ask me how many bottles of Pilsen she consumed, two is usually her limit, but I shared a bottle of Tanduay Ice with her, and that might have pushed her over the edge.
The sun is beginning to set, and I'm leaving my Pale Pilsen to take some photographs to be featured in my next post (the logo on my new WordPress theme features one of those sunset pictures with nephew Sharwin sitting on the beach all alone.) If you're considering a move to the Philippines, why not check out my eBook, "Expat Guide to the Philippines," on sale for only $25.00 and can be downloaded within minutes. You can start planning your own Sunday afternoon in the Philippines on a beautiful Philippines resort? I can tell you this, it sure beats working!