Road Trip: Dumaguete

South Sea Resort, just north of Dumaguete at Bantayan Beach. That's Zack, looking out at the ocean.

South Sea Resort served as the setting for self’s story, “Dumaguete,” published by the on-line journal White Whale Review and included in her most recent story collection, The Lost Language, published by Anvil Press of the Philippines.  (Frances Cabahug, on a bus to Dumaguete, posts on Facebook that she is reading “Dumaguete.”  Self thinks the picture she posted is trés cool!)

Early Morning, South Seas Resort, Bantayan Beach

A boat sails across a glassy sea, Bantayan Beach, just north of Dumaguete

In the open kitchen of South Seas Resort, Bantayan Beach, Dumaguete. Self brought son and niece Georgina here, many years ago. Fried fish for breakfast, anyone?

Niece G, self, and son stayed in a cottege facing the pool.  One night, while the children played in the water, the writer Cesar Ruiz Aquino came over.  Where is he now?  Self loved his story, the one that appeared in Manoa, many years ago.

Still early morning: a boat approaches the beach

Self has said it before, and she'll say it again: Nothing is as beautiful as a Philippine sea.

Self tried out a new driver:  Samuel.  He said he was born near Santa Fe Resort.  When self asked him how many times he’d been to Dumaguete, he said “Many times,” too many to count.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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