J.J. and I were invited to join the Reyes Family get together at a beach resort in the province of Batangas. Most of the family members were staying at the beach house over the weekend. Due to our other commitments in the city, we opted to go for the day.
J.J. made arrangements for a car and driver prior to leaving the USA. Our original timetable was to allocate two hours driving each way to cover 120 km or roughly 75 miles. That would have given us 6 hours to visit with the family! Our calculations were way off. Even with our highly skilled and experienced suicidal driver, who was able to sneak the car between bigger vehicles, it took 4 hours each way.
We were on the road for exactly 10 hours. The cost for driver and car was US$100. After the 8 hours of riding, J.J. commented that his body was cramped. I noticed that my iPhone walking app registered that I climbed 37 flights of stairs due to the bumpy ride.
There were probably about 30 of us at the beach resort. It is always delightful to catch up with family members as well as meet new members.
Aloha -- Cathi