Food and Retreat

Yesterday, we got a ride early to the docks so we could catch the ferry back to Cebu. We were there in plenty of time, and while we waited, it was funny to see how everyone was on their phones. I only noticed that because my phone isn’t connected, and the battery is having trouble charging, so I try only to take it out for pictures.

It was much funnier before I took this picture. As soon as I got my phone out, not everyone was on their phone any more.
It was much funnier before I took this picture. As soon as I got my phone out, not everyone was on their phone any more.

I took a picture of the ferry boat this time, so I could remember. I also got a shot of the crowds. Mostly Filipinos and Koreans.

Iday’s son Ian met us at the dock and brought us back to their house. It gave me a chance to take a picture of it. We stayed on the left side – the yellow house. Iday and her family live on the right.

I also got a chance to take a picture of her biggest wood carving. It’s part of a tree, for goodness sakes!

We had lunch there. Iday has a really good cook. Iday asked her for a special request for me: squid cooked in its own ink. It was good, but I had to be careful not to get any on my clothes. That would NOT have come out.

After lunch, we loaded into the car, and Iday took us to her resort. About ten years ago, she bought some land, and has been working on it over time. It is really beautiful. It’s not far from the city, but it feels remote. It’s the kind of place you would go to unplug and re-boot.

In the evening, we went down to the ocean, where I saw perhaps the most beautiful shell I’ve ever found. The outer shell was worn away, exposing all mother-of-pearl. I’ve seen prettier shells in stores, but have never pulled one like this out of the ocean.

We swam in the pool which was deliciously warm. I spent a long time with my head on a ledge while I floated weightlessly in the water. It was an interesting sensation.

Iday had brought her cook, and in the evening we had fish and shrimp and calamari. Yum. While we ate, the resident dogs watched us. It was a mother and a son I think. The mother was excellent at giving puppy-dog eyes.

In the morning, we got up for sunrise. It was beautiful. I’ve never seen such still ocean water. It was like a mirror.

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3 Responses to Food and Retreat

  1. Lauren says:

    What kind of magical place is this with motionless ocean, magical shells and people who just happen to own resorts? That is just crazy!

    Thank you so much for the photo of the house! I am living there in my mind.

    The phone picture cracks me up. I think that practically represents the whole world. I wonder what would happen if I posted pictures of phone-absorbed Sewardites? Could I make an art show of it?

  2. Debbie says:

    I am just in awe of your experiences! That shell! That sunrise! What, a still ocean? Those puppy dog eyes! Ink for dinner? Wow! Yes, as Lauren says, magical! Yay for you! A d yes, thanks for having a blog and sharing! Oh, and i didn’t get to comment on yesterday but i’m gonna need one of those monkeys. Sooooooooooooo cute!!

  3. Kristi says:

    What an awesome trip you’re having!!!! Thanks for taking us along via blog photos and commentary.

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