Catching the sunset thanks to a broken down jeepney in the Philippines

sunset over bataan peninsula in manila bay philippines
Bataan Peninsula, Philippines October 2013

If my jeepney hadn’t broken down between Las Casas and the ferry terminal, I never would have taken this amazing shot. What you’re seeing in the photo is the Bataan Peninsula fading into the distance as we drift further into Manila Bay of the Philippines.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.”

~ Fitzhugh Mullan

 

The full story:houses in las casas country side on bataan philippines

On my last night staying in Manila, I took a group tour day trip that included a lot of boat-riding. And, come on, what’s a better way to explore a country of islands?

First, our boatload of people toured Corregidor Island and learned the World War II history. We hopped back on the ferry headed for Bataan. There, we met a squad of jeepnies ready to take us to Las Casas, a charming historical spot in the countryside.

It was already a bit late for lunch by the time we reached Las Casas, but we found a staggering spread of true Filipino food waiting for us. I was ecstatic to find my favorite dish, kilowin, in the buffet line. The experience was complete
with the traditional singing and dancing I had grown to love.

leaf bigger than my face on bataan philippinesThings got interesting on the jeepney ride back to the ferry. My jeepney broke down, so our entire caravan came to a halt.

We passengers had to file out of the jeepney and wait. In the meantime, I had fun discovering a mysterious leaf bigger than my face. I was blissfully unaware of the possibility that we could be too late. The ferry could leave without us.

Luckily, it waited. Or else it must have been on Filipino time. (Heheh!) Regardless, I am SO GLAD we caught the sunset.

This is how memories are made.


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