So we survived the epic family celebration of Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) and Pasko (Christmas Day). On reflection, and despite what I said in my last post, Christmas Day was really not that different to Christmas back home, i.e. church, eat, play Monopoly, sleep, eat some more. As predicted, I didn’t actually make it to church, but Mary Ann did and performed that service on behalf of us all.
As usual, took lots of photos which I haven’t yet had time to edit and upload. So a picture taken on my phone will have to suffice. It’s taken from the balcony of our friends’ apartment overlooking Baloy Beach, Subic Bay.
Baloy Beach is lined with guesthouses and bars, a million miles away from some of the exclusive (and expensive) white sand beach resorts in some parts of the Philippines. For a start, the sand is grey. But it’s a beach that belongs to everyone: locals, daytrippers from Manila, young European backpacker types, older white guys with their Filipino families. It’s the Southend of the Philippines, only the water is warm. We even passed a ‘fish and chip’ shop on the way.