回鄉 2015 / Home Visit 2015

VI. 長灘島

八月七日,我們離開馬尼拉去卡利博。當我們到達卡利博國際機場有在下一點小雨。然後我們搭巴士前往卡地克蘭碼頭,兩小時的行程。從卡地克蘭碼頭, 我們坐船到長灘島,隨後吉普尼到長灘島的 D'Mall。當我們到達D'Mall,我的外甥酈慶生已經在那裡等我們了。酈慶生幫我們在 Bans Beach Resort 訂了兩個小茅屋(cottage)。由於價格是一樣的,我告訴酈慶生為我們訂小茅屋,而不是旅館的房間。小茅屋畢竟有不同的氛圍。他也會是我們在 長灘島的導遊。他在香格里拉長灘島為營銷服務部經理。當時正在下大雨。D'Mall 裡的路已經淹水了。在這種情況下,我們不得不玩跳跳青蛙, 從一個幹地跳到另一個乾燥的地面,希望可以避免弄濕了腳。不管怎麼說,我們確實被淋濕。

我們做的第一件事就是去 Mang Inasal 吃午餐。午飯後,我們去了 Bans 的小茅屋。因為在下大雨,我們什麼也不能做。所以,四個人 (Kevin,Kimberly,佐藤崇大和酈慶生)去海邊(離我們住的小茅屋很近)游泳。

吃晚飯,酈慶生把我們帶到 D'Talipapa 海鮮菜市場。我們買了一些海鮮,並帶到附近提供烹飪服務(paluto)的一個餐廳幫我們煮。當然要錢的。 那是一個非常美味海鮮的晚餐。

八月八日,雨停了,太陽出來了。酈慶生帶我們到 The Lazy Dog (懶狗)吃早餐。然後,去環島遊的時候到了。我們走到島的另一邊因為在白色沙灘 的海浪很大。一路上,我們買了一些麵包,當我們去浮潛時會使用。我們租了一條船就走了。到達鱷魚島時,我們放下錨。浮潛時間到了。 四個人在浮潛時,船助手扔一些麵包碎塊到海水都吸引魚兒前來,給浮潛一個美麗的景象,很清楚的看得到色彩繽紛和活潑的魚兒。很明顯, 那四個人真的很享受浮潛。即使經過了一個多小時,他們繼續浮潛。然後我們到普卡海灘吃飯。海鮮,當然。午飯後,我們就回去了。 酈慶生帶我們到 Luho 山,長灘島的最高峰。在那裡,我們能夠看到島上的美景。我們回到了 Bans,然後又騎了三輪車。這一次,我們去 Diniwid 海灘。去了 Spider House 和訂購比薩吃。從那裡,我們在沙灘上漫步直到我們到達了我們的小茅屋。因為雨下得很大,我們只 去附近一個吃到飽的蒙古燒烤餐廳。

八月九日是一個星期天。上午八點鐘我們在當地聖堂,聖玫瑰堂,參加了主日彌撒。彌撒之後,酈慶生邀請我們到香格里拉大酒店吃早午餐。 大約十一點左右,吃完了早午餐,酈慶生帶我們參觀香格里拉大酒店各地的產業。然後在下午,我們搭三輪車到碼頭,坐船到卡地克蘭。 在卡地克蘭搭廂型車到卡里波國際機場。而從卡里波,我們就回馬尼拉了。

當我們回到家,家裡在等待一些客人來吃飯。

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巴科羅和宿霧 / Bacolod and Cebu
吉隆坡 / Kuala Lumpur
新加坡 / Singapore
王誠區 / Intramuros
柯里基多 / Corregidor
長灘島 / Boracay
美軍公墓,塔爾跋涉,再會 / American Cemetery, Taal Trek, Goodbye

VI. Boracay

August 7, we left Manila for Kalibo. There was a light rain when we reached the Kalibo International Airport. Then we took a bus for a 2 hour ride to Caticlan jetty. From Catliclan, we took a boat to Boracay, then a jeepney to Boracay's D'Mall. When we reached D'Mall, my nephew, Jeffrey Lih, was already there waiting for us. It was Jeffrey who booked our cottages in Bans Beach Resort. Since the price is the same, I asked Jeffrey to book cottages, instead of hotel rooms for us. It has a different ambience. He will also be our guide in Boracay. He works in Shangrila Boracay as the marketing services manager. At that time it was really raining heavily. So the roads inside D'Mall were already flooded. In that situation, we had to play leaping frog, leaping from one dry ground to another dry ground so that we do not get our feet wet. Anyway, we did get wet.

The first thing we did was to go to Mang Inasal to take our lunch. After lunch, we went to our cottages in Bans. Since it was raining heavily, we had nothing to do. So the 4 (Kevin, Kimberly, Takahiro and Jeffrey) went to the beach, which is really very close to our cottages, and went swimming.

For supper, Jeffrey brought us to D'Talipapa Market, a seafood wet market. We bought some live seafood and brought them to a nearby restaurant offering cooking service (paluto) to cook the food for us for a fee. It was a very delicious fresh seafood supper for us.

August 8, the rain stopped and the sun came out. Jeffrey brought us to The Lazy Dog for breakfast. And then it was time to go for island hopping. We walked to the other side of the island as the waves in the white beach were big. Along the way, we bought some bread which will be used when we went snorkeling. We rented a boat and off we go. Once we reached the Crocodile Island, we put down anchor. It was time for snorkeling. While the 4 were snorkeling, the boat helper was throwing some bread into the water which attracted the fish to come, giving the snorkelers beautiful sight of the colorful and lively fish. It was obvious that the 4 were really enjoying snorkeling. Even after over an hour, they were still at it.

Then we went to Puka Beach where we took our lunch. Seafood, of course. After lunch, we went back. And Jeffrey brought us to Mt. Luho, the highest peak in Boracay. Up there, we were able to see a good view of the island. We returned to Bans and again rode a tricycle. This time, we were off to Diniwid Beach. Went to the Spider House and ordered a pizza. From there, we strolled on the beach until we reached our cottages. As it was really raining hard, we just went to an eat-all-you-can Mongolian Grill nearby.

August 9 was a Sunday. At 8:00 o'clock, we attended the Sunday mass at the local parish church, Holy Rosary Church. After mass, Jeffrey invited us for a brunch at Shangrila Hotel. At about 11:00 o'clock, we finished our brunch and Jeffrey took us around the Shangrila Hotel property. Then in the afternoon we took a tricycle to the pier, took a boat to Caticlan. In Caticlan, we took a van for Kalibo International Airport. And from Kalibo, we went home to Manila.

When we reached home, the family was expecting some visitors for dinner.

Fr. Visminlu Vicente L. Chua, S.J. / 蔡由世神父 / 2015/08/29

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