We came, we saw, we passed out. The saga continues…
06:00 – Sun’s up, roommates aren’t. I check out the deck. Nice view of a lake behind the house. Ferry boats passing.
06:30 – Downstairs, Mrs. Salazar is awake. Offers coffee. I gladly take it.
07:00 – Sleepyheads start coming down. We take a tour of Dani’s family’s property. Part of it (her grandmother’s house next to the main one) had been destroyed by Yolanda.
07:30 – Looking for hermit crabs again. They usually come out at night, Dani’s housekeepers say. Au contraire. They manage to gather some hermits in a bucket for us to ogle. Typical tourists, they’re probably thinking as we take photos.
08:00 – We’re called back for breakfast. Spam and eggs. Tuyo. Crab. Crab? For breakfast? Gotta love the countryside.
09:00 – Getting ready for a short trip. Dani mentioned a beach in Batan they usually go to.
10:00 – We go to the New Washington port right next to their home. We take a ferry to Dumaguit Port.
10:30 – Dumaguit Port. A vehicle is waiting to take us to the beach/pier. Is it getting a bit dark?
11:00 – We drop by a convenience store to get rations (read: chips).
11:30 – Stopover at Mr. Salazar’s house to use the loo. Back on the road.
12:00 – Still driving. No sign of the sun now.
12:30 – We reach the pier. Lots of people there. No swimming, I guess. We take an empty villa. Driver leaves to get beer.
14:00 – We’re settled in. Listening to music. It starts to get cold.
14:30 – Driver gets back with entire case. Sky is overcast. Even colder. And windier. Definitely no swimming now.
15:00 – It rains. Hard. Eraserheads is playing (over the phone). Talking, talking, talking.
16:00 – We’ve had enough of the cold. We pack up and head to the vehicle. Now the rain lets up.
17:00 – Back to the waiting ferries. There’s a pig on the street, all tied up, waiting to be boarded too.
17:30 – We get on the ferry. Quiet ride back, save for the occasional snort from the pig.
18:00 – Back at Dani’s. Mrs. Salazar offers more food. Lechon this time. We accept, of course.
18:30 – We check out the port near the house. Down the edge, sea urchins. Lots of them.
17:00 – Back at home to prep for Gaisano Mall.
17:30 – At the mall to get some clothes. Boys needed extra shirts. Left my friggin’ swimsuit at home.
18:30 – Dinner at Latte Coffee Cafe. Loving the bacon-wrapped sausage. Wonder if this is the same pig as earlier.
20:00 – Leave the restaurant.
21:00 – Back at Dani’s. Crab-hunting again. Spot a few pretty big ones.
22:00 – Time for bed. Maybe the weather’ll be better tomorrow. It has to be. Boracay awaits.
Brace yourselves. Part 3‘s coming.
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