We got onto our little boat for the trip to the island resort at about 11:00. It would be about an hour and a half ride, so I got some icy cold San Miguel Beer and we sat down and relaxed. The boat did not have too many people riding, it was only Wednesday. We scooted across the water toward our destination, enjoying the frothy delight along the way.
The boats traveling to this island have increased in size since the last year. I noticed the change immediately. The previous year, we put our bags in the middle in a long row and it left no room for our feet. This year there was a whole row of garden furniture running down the middle for people to sit on.
We got to the island and the owner of Eddie's Place snatched me up and told me to follow her to a place to stay. I followed her because she was headed to where I wanted to go anyway, and she had done the same thing they year before. I believe she remembered me. After a few days, she started calling me and Jiao Jiao both by name.
We followed her up the stairs to the "Red Coast" hotel and as I walked up I heard, "Hey, you live in China, right?"
I was shocked by this, so I could only reply, "Yeah!"
"I met you on the boat last year," said the stranger. At this point I knew who it was, I had talked to an American guy on the ferry and bus back to Manila the previous year. It is "Nick" from the JET program in Japan. Small world! 2 more beers with an old friend. HAHA
We decided to go to dinner at The Big Apple that night and then Jiao Jiao and I went to lunch back down at Eddie's place. We could sit under the straw umbrella's shade and watch the boats go in and out while enjoying some nice Philippine food. For about 200 pesos, or 32 kuai, or 4 dollars you can get a nice dish. We had a chicken dish and a pork dish. The previous year, I had been living on a steady diet of Chinese food in China, so in the Philippines I had mainly consumed western delights like burgers and pizza (they do this stuff up NICE). Since returning from that first trip to the Philippines, I have eaten more western food in China, I cannot remember the last time I went to a Chinese restaurant for a meal, so this time Jiao Jiao and I often ate local dishes. She commented that, "Philippiens people also do not like to put oil on their food." To this I replied, "As far as I know, only the Chinese like to do that."
She had also commented that, "Philippines drivers really listen to the rules." Later this bacame funny because a guy we met, Colin, teaches English in Korea said, "Korean drivers and bad, but I think that Philippines is a little worse." Wonder what he would say upon arrival in China?
Here is a joke I just wrote, seriously...tell me what you think: Three Chinese touts are sitting around talking about business. The first one says, "Man my business is going great, I sell cigarettes outside of bars on Friday nights. Pulling in 100-150 rmb a night." The second guy says, "Mine is doing ok, I sell newspapers to parked cars at stoplights. I get about 50 kuai a day on a good day." The third guy is laughing histarically and offers to pick up the tab, "My business is doing awesome. I sell clean underwear to foreigners getyting out of taxi's. If the foreigner is having a really bad day, I can get 1,000 kuai a pair." HAHA
Sorry, time for the pictures...
Our boat to the island.
The view from our room.
The boat welcoming crew and touts.
Finally, the kids that ask the people leaving to throw coins into the water so they can dive and get them. Of course, it is a scam to get money, but they are really good at it. Jiao Jiao noticed that they always give the money to one boy. The Godfather of diving beggars.