My best friend Tommy and I share the same birth date 13 July, albeit we were born on different years. We had at one time sailed together as Merchant Seaman, I retired and Tommy is still sailing. Every year he tries to be home in the Philippines for his birthday and we usually celebrate it together.
Last year before the families’ joined up with us in the evening for our small party, our wonderful ladies indulged us in a quest we wanted to embark on, we wanted to go in the (SUNNY day last year) afternoon and find the “Blue Rock Girl” I have a picture of her, but I could never ask my friend Mr. Bob Martin to let me show it on his site. If you go to LiP’s My Photo Albums (editor’s note: sorry, but the Flickr Photo Albums have recently been eliminated from the site) or Flickr you will fully understand our quest, and might even have joined in with us had you been there. One or two of you maybe! BTW the search was in vain, but our Ladies put up with us for the day and we did have a great time.
This year 2011, we discussed plans for a new adventure, and we decided to round up both our families and go back to Baloy Beach, but this time we would check into a resort and spend two days and one night there. They have the main hotel, and an annex upon the beachside. We chose the beachside and rented a block of rooms even though it was more expensive than the main hotel.
Early that Saturday morning, (We picked Saturday as there was no school or work and everyone could attend.) 9 July we all pile into our cars and head to Baloy Beach. On the way I hear a loud pop and a hissing sound, similar to airbrakes going off. I blew a high pressure hose on my Honda’s Air/Con, and stopped and put the car in the shop on the way, a 20 minute delay, and they drove me to the resort. Did I mention it was raining? I’m talking frog choking rain, and we’re on our way to the beach!
Its 10am when we arrive at the Wild Orchard Resort, and check in, a group of umbrella girls escorted us to the lobby, and all went smoothly, plus we were given a 10% discount because of the rain, to include all food and drinks in the discount. The kids went to the rooms and were back like scud rockets and into the pool, the rain be darned. Tommy and I had just been informed by our ladies that it was raining, we smiled, pointed to the pool and said; “Tell those kid’s about it and ask if they care!” Mayang and Loleth both had to smile with us over that.
The food was great, the service was fantastic, the families had a wonderful weekend, and the constant rain could not dampen the fun. The girls found that each room was equipped with a Jacuzzi, and somehow copious bottles of bubble bath appeared, so after supper, while Tommy and I went to “Bob’s Barefoot Bar” on the beach, duly equipped with a very strong roof and we commenced to having a few “Boat Drinks” (Any drink with Rum) and they played Jimmy Buffett music until the advertised “Live Band” appeared, and each and everyone was alive, not a dead person in the group. Live music I understand, but live bands? Oh well, as with most bands here in the Philippines, if you don’t look, you’ll think you are hearing the original group play, and when they did some Buffett music the crowd went wild!
The girls and the kids after their few hours in the bubble baths (They used every room we had) joined us, and as Tommy and I predicted started ordering food again, At the Barefoot Bar they have a full BBQ menu and 4 grills a cookin’ and no shortage of rice. Deserts to tempt them all, and because of the torrential rain we were the only customers’, so we had a great time.
Sunday morning, breakfast and swimming, oh yes the rain had never stopped longer than ten minutes at a time, but spirits were high, and no one complained, and you’d need a calculator to count the smiles. So the weekend had ended and everyone now just wanted to go home and sleep. (Me too!!!)
Then on the real birthday last Wednesday, my family had a small party for me, with cake and presents, and at Tommy’s house it was the same. It showed me that I made a good decision, low those many years ago that living here was the right thing for me. BTW, Tommy agrees!
I’d like to thank all of you that greeted me here on LiP and Face Book with all those many Happy Birthday wishes, I was grateful for each and every one! And for anyone who didn’t, that’s okay, because I forgot your birthday too. (lol)
There is this week’s sample of a small slice of life that we lead here in the Philippines, simple pleasures and simple fun. Not one of the kid’s complained about the rain, not one stayed in the room to play computer games or watch TV, they just enjoyed themselves and made their own fun. Just like days of yesteryear when we were a kid with a Tonka Truck or an Easy Bake Oven, I hope for the girls, and making our own fun. It’s not perfect here, but it will do until someone finds Shangri-La in Tibet.