The Philippines is an archipelago comprised of 7,107 islands. Traveling by banca boat (see following photo) is an unrivaled means of checking out some of the islets and enclaves which is something my asawa and her relatives, the island hoppers of Guimaras, did one recent Sunday.
We had spent the morning at Raymen Beach Resort in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, swimming and eating and drinking a cold San Miguel Pale Pilsen (or two.) (OK. Only my brother-in-law Joery and I quaffed any adult beverages and even Lolo, my father-in-law, refused any beers.)
This was the first time we had made a junket to our favorite beach resort in the Philippines via our new Ford Ranger XLT. It was convenient having our own vehicle on hand as we could stay at this Philippines resort as long as we wanted and didn’t have to wait on a multi-cab to take us home.
Gilligan and the Skipper weren’t on this one hour tour, but our niece Michelle, seen on the far right, sitting next to my sister-in-law Alida, were on board. Other crew members included nephew Jorreale, my lovely asawa in the purple and black outfit, and our niece JalAmiel, sitting next to my spouse.
Nephew Sherwin is in the background standing up and seated at the back is Joery.
Our helper Mera, on the right with the denim shorts, and niece Shaina, in green, also were on board. It was Mera’s day off but she opted to join us on the beach that day. Smart choice.
My wife took some great pictures of a coral reef off one of the islands she visited. I stayed behind at the nipa hut we rented at Raymen Beach Resort and kept an eye on my father-in-law, Lolo (Grandfather.)
Any other time Lolo, who is afflicted with Alzheimer’s, would be loudly singing or talking to his favorite dead relative Fernando. He didn’t say one word the whole time the island hoppers of Guimaras were gone. Since my asawa had taken our new Sony CyberShot digital camera, I couldn’t even snap any photos of passing pretty pinays and was left staring at Lolo the majority of the time without even the benefit of a cold San Miguel Pale Pilsen.
I would have to leave our nipa hut and belongings to fetch another Pilsen at the canteen and didn’t want to leave my father-in-law in charge for even a moment.
I don’t know if Joery is splashing some cool water on his mug in this cave or slapping himself for forgetting his “Happy Nuts” back at the nipa hut at Raymen Beach. As many an expat in the Philippines know, a bag of “Happy Nuts” peanuts go very well with a cold bottle of San Miguel.
What’s your favorite snack in the Philippines that goes with a bottle of your favorite San Miguel product?
The colorful starfish seen in the next shot was returned to the water unharmed.
Nephew Jorreal and niece JalAmiel have their sad faces on. The island hopping tour is nearing an end. Their cousin Sherwin could care less. He’s probably getting a signal again on his cell phone.
The island hoppers of Guimaras approach the beach and soon return to the nipa hut giving me a break from Lolo. I order another beer and sit back and relax enjoying another day in my retirement paradise called the Philippines.