25 May2014


Instead of galavanting around the rocky beaches of the South of France, bobbing up down on a massive yacht on the mediterranean, water skiing on one of the placid lakes in Como or taking in the sun in Marbella, I was on the nearly deserted beaches of Bantayan, in crystal clear waters under a cloudless blue sky. It cost 99.8% less than those European options and I burned the same number of skin cells. At least I had the right swimming trunks on most of the time, and when I needed to dry them quickly, a few minutes on the GI sheet roof under the palm trees and tropical sun was all that was needed. Have you ever noticed how Filipino men have perfected the change of trunks or other undergarments out in public while they have a towel or sarong type piece of material wrapped around their waist? Hahaha. :)



  1. Mimi says:

    I’ve always wondered why our bathing suits become stretchy and faded after only several washes…I took the time to read the labels when I got new ones for my son, and found out I’m not supposed to stick them in the washing machine! Your flat dry is correct after rinsing in cold water! Soap and machine drying not even needed!

    May 25, 2014 | 1:23 pm


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  3. Connie C says:

    Way to go MM! You may not get the bounty of seafood in some of the places you mentioned, nor did you make a big dent in your pocket book but probably, and best of all, you had the beaches all to yourself.

    May 25, 2014 | 2:58 pm

  4. john paul sarabia says:

    this is the height of irony -villebriquins and sym- yup filipino men feeling like a sexy star-as if they look like chris ..the guy in fantastic four.

    May 26, 2014 | 7:28 am

  5. Betchay says:

    The tropical sun can fade colored clothes fast so you have to dry clothes inside out

    May 26, 2014 | 9:54 am

  6. Footloose says:

    @John Paul Sarabia, the irony flew way clear over my head. Filipino men are no different from men from wherever; they can put on any article of clothing they can afford. Only brands to be avoided are the ones their own designer expressly designed for non-asians such as Tom Hilfiger, a homely homunculus of a man himself, claimed.

    I prefer this boxer type swimming shorts myself much more than the skimpy trunks style that show off one’s ginger bread for all to see. I just wonder what Porfirio put on when taking in the sun in Côte d’Azur.

    May 26, 2014 | 9:26 pm

  7. john paul sarabia says:

    ginger bread he he he- as long as it is big.

    May 27, 2014 | 7:30 am

  8. Risa says:

    …and brown.

    (Sorry, couldn’t help it!)

    May 27, 2014 | 3:41 pm

  9. rp says:

    i like the name-brand product placement– except on a corrugated metal roof {and not in Cascais} ;-) the cost of that pair of shorts http://www1.bloomingdales.com/buy/villebrequin tho i am not a fan of gartered trunks– could feed a village for a month! ;-)

    May 28, 2014 | 4:12 am

  10. Marketman says:

    Rp, that’s why you never buy these retail. This pair roughly 60% off at a Rustan’s close out when the V store in Makati closed. :) and another pair from itsie-bitsie years ago a gift from mrs mm for my birthday at roughly 70% off… :)

    May 28, 2014 | 12:49 pm


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