After living in Ngolos for a few weeks the lifestyle started to get to me.
New, same old paradise day after day. The beach pictures above were taken at Sapao Beach, which is basically the whole eastern coast of the island -- kilometers in length. Nothing but tan powder sand. The coconut trees were probably planted shortly after the war. Further inland is the foundation of a building that appeared to be more palatial than that of the buildings that must have sat on the regular, flat, foundations found in several places on the island. A bit further inland from the building foundation was a runway. I think the runway was the longest one in Asia for several decades after it was built.
The famous picture of General MacArthur below was of him fulfilling his promise of "I shall return" to the Philippine people on October 20, 1944 near San Jose on the island of Leyte. Calicoan Island was where he stopped first to have a beer before the invasion across the gulf was launched...maybe. I don't know if he drank beer or not, but this is where all of his stuff was.
The rush hour traffic in Ngolos was a killer.
And the living conditions at Mary Ann's grandmother's house was just horrible. Way too much yard work.
It was time to plan my escape.
DIRECT LINKS TO PAGES:
HOW TO BUILD A SMALL BOAT
I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
FIRST THE RIBS
THEN THE SIDES
THE LAYAG. OOPS.
TARIK AND KATIG
ALL THAT WORK