I went to Galera again (yep, second time this month) for some teambuilding activities with my (duh) teammates from work. I must say that this trip is much better than the first one, if you consider the simple creature comforts (such as having a place to sleep in) a major factor in rating your vacations.
We got there on a smooth Friday morning, and I was really pleasantly surprised that there were only a handful of people on the beach (as opposed to the number of people as seen in the entry below)... Oh yeah, this is what beaches should be... No annoying, noisy people getting pissed drunk, losing half their locomotor skills (Read: Me, three weeks ago.) No overcrowding of seashores and restaurants... Just a small army of you and your crew, the blue sea, the nice not-so-white sands of White Beach, and the small parts of the sun that was able to peek through the gray clouds.
The atmosphere was also very calm, owing probably to the effects of the huge typhoon that wrecked through the island. (Side note: there was no electricity in Puerto Galera at that time as power lines were knocked down. The island is still under a State of Calamity until now, so people, donate where you can, when you can.) It made the seas look calmer and bluer than what I remember it. You could even see some coconut tree leaves floating freely from the shore. All that made Puerto Galera look like this new-found beach in a nice piece of island far away from the urban towns of smoke and booze. Just nice.
(Yeah, I'm unnecessarily dramatic sometimes. Fuck off it.)
One of the first things that we did when we got there was to ride the banana boat. While we were signing up at the registration counter, rain start to pour. We were waiting for the banana boat to get back to the shore (it just started pulling its latest victims away when we got there), so we just lied down on the beach for a while watching out for thunders that followed the lightning. When it was finally our turn, it was still raining and man, that banana boat ride in the rain sure was fun. It was awesome too that the motorboat went well far away from the shore. Being in the middle of the sea made trying not to fall from the banana thing all the more exciting (on the other hand, I think we just established the record for fastest banana boat tip-over (less than 10 seconds from when the motorboat started going vzrooom.)
My point being -> Janis Joplin and Nick Drake rock. And so do typhoons.
p.s. We went back to Manila on Sunday morning, where we were welcomed back on the Batangas City Port by our officemate Geebee who prepared lunch for our party (Joseph, Karon and Me)
Later that day, Me and my family went to Intramuros' Patio Victoria to attend my cousin Iris' debut party. Happy 18th Iris!
Today, I withdrew the first batch of the 80% of money that I have on my payroll account. And I couldn't be more excited. =D
Friday, May 26, 2006