Philippine Island Times Adventures of an American expat in the Philippines

May 31, 2007


Filed under: siquijor — lapulapu @ 11:19 am

My first night in Siquijor the moon was bright on the white beach and the air smelled of flowers. The new videoke was obviously proud of its sound system and its wailing could be heard for at least half a kilometer (I checked), but even that did not ruin the atmosphere. I was the only guest at the resort, which was not exactly open for normal business, and enjoyed a nice chat with the cousin of the manager. She had suggested that he drop by with his motorcycle just in case I needed a ride somewhere. Treasurer of the barangay, he worked on the books as we talked. At one point I noticed a chorus emerging in counterpoint to the videoke. My companion and I went to the road to watch as a procession of the local saints passed by. Many smiling children trailed along behind the adults, the girls walking hand in hand or arm in arm as they often do, and everyone singing in the local dialect. There are so many beautiful moments in Siquijor.

It was only when I was ready to call it a night that I realized I had no water. My companion the treasurer and I zoomed off on his motorbike to a sari-sari (general store). When we returned I asked how much I owed him. He just said “No” and seemed a little embarassed at the question. “The distance was very short. To ask something would not be good.”


  1. You need a videocam to capture these moments. Then when you return I will convert it to a web-friendly format and we can upload snippets. It could make for a disturbing if somewhat inspirational documentary.

    Comment by night flyer — June 1, 2007 @ 2:05 am

  2. Bbe sure to take photos of any night flyers you happen to see. My doppelganger circles the globe in search of peace of mind.

    Comment by night flyer — June 1, 2007 @ 2:07 am

  3. I’m Ss-s-stuttering-ring!

    Comment by night flyer — June 1, 2007 @ 2:08 am

  4. are you lost in the jungle? you must post every few days or we will fear that you have been taken captive by the running dog separatists.

    Comment by night flyer — June 5, 2007 @ 7:58 am

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