Beers. A babe. And Guimaras. The only element in abundance during my recent visit to the mango province with The Tom Cat a week ago last Friday was beer. And rain. A deluge that dogged us all day. But my American expat friend and I dodged our usual dives and headed for a posh hotel at the New Site in San Miguel, Zemkamps Chalet, after a lunch at our favorite eatery, Lisa's Talabahan.
I only consumed one San Miguel Pale Pilsen at Lisa's, along with my "plate o' meat," BBQ pork sticks and chicken (no veggies, hold the rice, please) and let my vegetarian American expat friend pick up the slack on the beer front.
The first Beers & Babe Tour last month resulted in major gastric pain for me the following day that almost involved a visit to our local emergency room in Iloilo City. And though our recent extravaganza commenced around noon and ended at 8 pm with a stop at Sa Payaw, I only quaffed four bottles of my favorite Filipino beer the entire day. The Tom Cat? Who's counting?
The focus on our latest venture was to have a good time downing a few beers and slinging our usual round of cow manure. Topic for the day? Who were some of the great tough guys of the late 60's and early 70's? We came up with Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson. You could make a case for Lee Marvin, also, to be included in that group.
We weren't looking for one-shot wonders like the guy from "Billy Jack," Tom Laughlin. John Wayne? He had some major roles in our designated time period, but "The Duke's" career spanned many eras. He likely was the ultimate tough guy. If Wayne were still alive, he could probably deck Bruce Willis with one punch.
After being allowed by the gracious staff at Zemkamps Chalet to go to the upper floor and drink our Pale Pilsen with a view of San Miguel in Jordan municipality of Guimaras, I ordered french fries and an "American burger" from "Griller's," a new eatery across the street. Fries were only P25, 57¢, an order and the burger cost P129, &2.95 USD.
After an hour, our food arrived. The burger was delivered in a pizza box. It was huge. Mostly bun and veggies. I believe the meat was a soy burger/beef blend, but it was alright. Fries were good. Grease goes well with beer.
But, dear reader, don't be too disappointed that Tom and I did not take any pictures of pretty pinays in Guimaras and only concentrated on consuming beer. We are featuring in this post a young lady from Zamboanga City, Jeny Maturan. Jeny or Jen, as she is known by her Facebook account, is the sister-in-law of one my faithful readers, Lee. The following two photos come from her FB account.
Here is a little bit of information about Baby Sister, as Lee calls her. She works at the Pinoy Mega Store, 19 years old from Zamboanga City. In her spare time (which she has very little of) She likes visiting with her family, and her friends. She enjoys traveling and recently vacationed in Cagayan De Oro and Metro Manila. Jeny is an adventurous girl and is looking forward to experiencing adventures such as camping and fishing. She also enjoys basketball and is a swimmer.
Jen is open to meeting new friends and chatting with them on Facebook. Add her as a friend, Jen Maturan, if you would like to communicate with her. I know that my readers will be respectful in all communications with the pretty pinay.
Thanks to Lee and Jen for allowing the lovely lady's inclusion in this post. Good luck to Jen in her future endeavors. My niece Michelle, now working as a teacher's aide in Guimaras for her Auntie Alida, is currently talking with a fine young man from the States. He's the son of another faithful reader and the two are chatting on a regular basis. Who knows? Cupid's arrows might just hit home in Guimaras and in Zamboanga City.