I love walking down to the Bay of Bogo and sit on the dock of the bay! Its a lazy place, often a nice breeze even when there is nothing but still heat elsewhere. At night, often one can see lightning in the distance which adds to the beauty of the scene.
There is a song I use to listen to regularly, its a melancholy song but I think of it often when I go sit on the dock of the bay. I’ve turned it into something happy though, kind of an in your face to some of the folks that tried to keep me down.. In the end, I won.
Sitting on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
I’m just sitting on the dock of the bay
Sitting On The Dock Of the Bay. Otis Redding
Sitting On The Dock of The Bay
Seems to be a lot of Filipino winning the battle of life too as there are so many down here. There are lovers trying to get some privacy in the wide open. There are vendors selling their snacks. A Filipino can’t be far away from their snacks. There is music, sometimes, but not usually, too loud. The music may come from a young persons car, motorcycle or boom box. The wharf is about a half a mile long and wide enough for two cars to pass begins with a police outpost, the town disco and a double row of videoke bars
For me it is a productive waste of time. A great place to recharge your batteries and prepare for the laid back pace of the Philippines. Here are some guys playing basketball at the entrance of the wharf.
There are two main gathering places in Bogo City that I’ve noticed. One is the town plaza or park. Why there are not more pinoy there I don’t know, the Filipina are everywhere and they are often looking. They are always looking good.
The other location is the Wharf at Bogo Bay. There is one in the heart of Bogo, there is another on the outskirts. The one near the center of town is the one everyone goes to. They go just to hang out. There are always people there. At sunset there are quite a few. I’ve spent quite a few sunsets there myself.
I haven’t seen a sunrise, I need too do that but I’m not much of a morning person. At least now that I’ve gotten used to all the confounded roosters in Bogo. They used to wake me every morning. Eventually though, I got used to them and they don’t bother me any more. I don’t even notice them unless I make a point of it.
I’ve taken Juliet, my Philippine monkey there a few times. We got her balut and she loved it. I haven’t taken her lately, she’s a bit naughty. Just last night she stole a neighbors cell phone!
The people like to gather around and watch her. The balut is often quite warm when one first buys it. Too hot for Juliet to handle comfortably so she’ll start spinning it in her hand causing the Filipino to laugh. Once she grabbed my hand towel to help her avoid the heat.
Some of the guys want to touch her and get to close and I tell them mama-ak unggoy. Monkey bite! They often look at me as if the don’t understand but they always back up. She might bite but probably not. I don’t know if I’ll ever take her back down there. She needs the stimulation but she may just be too wild to risk it.
The best thing to do down at the wharf is to watch the girls! One huge problem in the Philippines is a serious shortage of girls in a bikini! Girls here generally do not dress as provocative as American girls. Still there are plenty of very pretty Filipina down by the wharf. A single guy could likely do very well for himself there. Though the plaza is a better place for this kind of activity.
One of the best things about both of these places, is that they are free. In the Philippines, one doesn’t have too spend money to have fun. We westerners seem to feel we must spend money to enjoy ourselves. Its not true!
So, if you’re in the area, stop by and we’ll go do something productive. We’ll waste some time together, we’ll watch the ships roll in and then watch them roll out again and better yet, we’ll probably find a few Filipina to watch too.
Rusty Ferguson is an American Expat living in Bogo, Cebu.