Island Night Life

The Moving , Intoxicating Island Night Life

One of the most exciting events of my island visit was the “Island Night Life.” It has nothing to do with loud blaring music nor blinding glaring lights. It has nothing to do with Margaritas and intoxicating shots either. You may ask, ” If it’s not the bar music scene or alcohol, then what else can sizzle the night?” Well, let me share with you today the constantly moving, fun and memorable events that only an island paradise can give.

The Island Night Life Brings…

Exotic and  delicious island cuisines. The variety is endless. The chef will take you where your taste buds and imagination dreams to wonder. We had seafood, Greek sea bass and salad, BacolodInasal” chicken, Indian curry, mouth-watering Four Cheese pizza with pistachio gelato for dessert and much , much more.

Grilled Squid…

Milkfish with diced onions, tomatoes and garlic with salt and pepper covered with banana leaves cooked to perfection over a burning charcoal. The taste? Heavenly!

Every night, after dinner, we’ll pass by the homemade icecream Gelato. Each bite, a journey to a sweet, gustatory dream. From Mmm to Zzz’s.

A shopping frenzy. I had to hold back on my impulse buying while walking around the night shops. Grrr…

Art and other fascinating, creative discoveries. I thought the T-shirt paintings were totally awesome. You get to carry a priceless work of Art and memory with you wherever you go. Obviously, they are water proof.

Personalized hand-painted miniature surf boards and other island souvenirs.

Exciting Wet Market adventures. Fresh live fish, crabs and lobsters, wiggly eels, fascinating shells and clams, these are just some of the sea creatures you’ll meet at the wet market.

Caution: Don’t stick your finger inside a hungry clam. What happens? It snaps! I didn’t test the myth if it’s true. I need all my fingers to function. Any brave volunteers?

There are so much night activities to enjoy from sunset to dawn. For me, it ends when my feet are too tired to walk. Of all the things I enjoyed, I would say though that my favorite was walking by the beach with my wife and son, holding their hands, seeing them laugh, smile and just looking so happy. These night moving events were more than just fun times, they were “valuable” family memories that I will always treasure for years to come.

At the end of each journey, of every trip, of every adventure, what matters the most is that you have someone to share these valuable, priceless moments with. Moments that will warm you heart and bring you close to paradise when you needed them the most.

Today, I get to share with you a merging of my 3 favorite photo challenges. Photo challenges are more that just a source of inspiration. They are an instrument for us to create something “new” and extraordinary. Something that would “Wow” our imagination and go beyond the usual norms and boundaries. I fused into one story the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement, Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Night and Jake’s Sunday Post: Valuable. To me, my real challenge is to find a common ground for all the themes of the week.

Thank you for sharing your day with me. I hope the post made you remember the many inspirations and beautiful memories you had with the people you love. What valuable night time moving adventures and stories inspired you today?


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A devoted husband and father who tries to make a positive difference in the lives of his family and friends. A person who finds inspiration and strength on those he loves and who loved him in all aspects of his life.
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74 Responses to Island Night Life

  1. fgassette says:

    WOW. A good idea. You did a great and creative job in bringing together the challenges. Thanks for the pingback.


  2. Angeline M says:

    This is definitely better than the bar scene! Beautiful photos.

    • I never enjoyed the Bar scene, perhaps once in a blue moon with friends but other than that, I find the loud music, cigarrete smoke and alternating dark and disco lights uncomfortable, like I’m dizzy or something. Glad to know I’m not the only one. Thanks Angeline.

  3. adinparadise says:

    Great way of combining the 3 themes. No, I won’t be volunteering for those clams. ;) That last photo is just awesome.

  4. It’s more fun in the Philippines! :)

  5. MMMMM. You are dangerous for the land-locked reader.

  6. Northern Narratives says:

    Wow, you have so many interesting photos. Thanks for listing my blog too :)

  7. Great job of getting all the challenges together. Beautiful pix.

  8. Lisa at fLVE says:

    Beautiful post that show movement and fun and meorable moments.

  9. ailsapm says:

    I love it, Mr B, what a clever way of combining all three challenges. That last photo is delightful. xxx Ailsa

    • Thank Ailsa. Whew, I cracked my wits to glue them all together but in the end, the post made me really happy. Challenges is about venturing into what is fun and exciting.

  10. restlessjo says:

    What a wonderful way to spend your evenings. I love all those crafts. How great it is to be able to wear shorts and saunter out into the warm evening. Alas, it’s been a jeans Summer here!

    Thank you so much for the mention. It must take you ages to add all your links. Many thanks Mr B.

    • Thank you my friend. I enjoyed adding all the links and it’s a way for me to thank and acknowledge my blogger friends. I learn early that it is making connections and creating meaningful cyberspace relationship that makes blogging truly amazing. It is a my joy to mention the bloggers who generously gives me their support.It is all about sharing.

  11. Well done with combining the challenges. Great pictures!

  12. scrapydo says:

    Love the night life as you show it

    • Thank you. It was a fun night trip but unfortunately we only stayed out till about 10 p.m. We were more of the day trippers. We kind of reserved our energy for the day island fun activities plus we can’t take our 6 year old to the bar scene obviously.Ha, ha, ha.

    • Thank you. It was a wonderful island night. Gave me a lot of fun memories.

  13. Freedomborn says:

    Wow island traveler what a life, day and night but I love what you picked as your favourite, how very blessed your family is to have you as their Loving Leader both as a husband and father, when people feel loved then their happy and show it.

    But sometimes as God’s Children, life may cause us to suffer but His Joy will always be in our heart and we will be uplifted and smile again, not just on the outside but the inside too… there is a time for everything.

    God bless you dear friend and Love from us both – Anne.

    • Thank you Anne. I do realize now that life is not all roses and easy days. Trials and hardships are part of the things we go through to make us in the end better and stronger persons. It is during the times of problems do our faith gets tested and it is during these times that God is more powerful. In the end, he saves us and we realize how much he loves us. I’m still thankful that he gave me a very supportive family. I made it through because of them. God bless you and Ron. Thank you.

      • Freedomborn says:

        Hi again island traveler, it is wonderful that you have a supportive family and also good that you face the reality, that in this life we have suffering and hardship and don’t just pretend to be happy clappy, nothing is resolved or learnt that way.

        God does not cause us to suffer ( see the Scripture below ) just so we can learn, you would not do this to your son but when he has problems you help him to deal with them, if he does wrong you don’t force him to do right but you instruct him in what is right this can be like a rod if he won’t listen because he will reap what he sows and this is his choice, he must want to obey willingly.

        Sadly many people turn away from God not to Him when they suffer but when we turn to Him for help we are strengthened and God makes all things work together for good for us even our hardships and when we go through them just the same as it hurts you to see your loved ones hurting, He hurts with us … God is Love and does no evil, we are not pearls that he desined to suffer in order to be beautiful, we are is Children, it is the good things that He uses to mould and shape us, The Fruit of The Spirit…His Love.

        Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

        Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

        Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

        Christian Love Anne.

  14. Great photos and the colors are so vivid!

  15. rommel says:

    Truly is a night to remember. I do fancy these kinds of food exploration in the Philippines, esp. Paluto’s, although that one can get really pricey.

    • One of the things I can’t forget about the Philippines are its delicious food and no place on Earth have I tasted fresh catch seafood at its best. One time, we had live shrimps just newly catched from a fishpond’s net. I never had a similar experience afterwards. Thanks Bro. Have a great week.

  16. MikeP says:

    Loved the food vendors… one pic equals a thousand virtual bites :-)

    • I agree. Every time I look at the food pics, I swear I can taste the delicious grilled seafood in my mouth. The brain is a powerful thing. Thanks Mike.

  17. dearrosie says:

    I haven’t had dinner yet and your photos of the food – especially the huge shrimp and the lobsters – are making my mouth water. I’m with you on gelato after dinner! Nothing as tasty as an ice cream.

  18. lovely photographs!!! and you manged to tie up the three themes together very well! nice :)

    • Thank you. I love challenges that makes me think and stretch my creative side. Plus I get to go back in time through my memories and they were wonderful. It was a fun island Summer.

  19. is this Boracay? OMG!! the best party place EVER!!! plus the amazing beach! im so happy that you visited the island.. ill be visiting it AGAIN as well… see you there! :)

    • It is. I always stay there for a few days whenever I go back to the Philippines. It’s just a few hours drive from my city and it is one place that brings back beautiful, old , fun memories. Thanks.

  20. gelaikuting says:

    Is this in Boracay? I remember we visited their own dampa, seafood paluto :) and we also had gelato after :)

    • Isn’t it the best tropical Island ever? I’m thinking of getting old there one day although my wife said she can’t live in a place without a mall. So, that would be a future challenge. Everytime I’m there I feel I am home. Thanks.

      • gelaikuting says:

        Yup :) One of the best tropical island in Philippines. I love it but you won’t also enjoy the beauty of Boracay when it’s so crowded. :( They have a small mall, the “d mall”..hehe!

  21. eof737 says:

    What a fun place to visit and all that movement and food and fun. ;-)

  22. jakesprinter says:

    Thanks for great combination Bro,thanks for sharing :)

  23. You certainly nailed it on three themes. Great job! And you still had more photos to share? I felt I was walking with you. Good choice not to buy–just take a picture of it. :)

    • Thanks Georgette. There was a time I can’t resist buying but I learned my lesson. Best option is to have a good camera and a open mind to store priceless memories.

  24. Jepiner says:

    The seafood was mouthwatering! :) Each of us has their own memories to share but they become valuable and memorable because of the people around us, our loved ones. :)

    • Thanks Jepiner. That is right, the people whom we share our lives with makes these memories truly beautiful and worth revisiting again and again. As for the seafood, they were delicious beyond description. Take care.

  25. Great combo with all 3. That is even more challenge than picking the best picture and story to fit the weekly themes.

  26. Fergiemoto says:

    Great post to represent the challenges! What a lovely way to spend time. (I am eyeing the seafood in your photos – especially the lobster tails!)

  27. Oh, how I long to be there!

  28. Jo Bryant says:

    what a terrific series…loved all that seafood…yummy

  29. likeitiz says:

    All that seafood made my mouth salivate!

  30. auntyuta says:

    I really enjoyed going with you and your family on this nighttime walk. As always there’s so much to see in your pictures. Thanks, IT, for sharing these wonderful photos of yours.

  31. Arindam says:

    Wow! Bro loved every thing about this post. You are lucky to be part of such a beautiful place. And yes, just like you wrote I too belive night can be best enjoyed when it is peaceful yet colorful. And the sea foods pictures really made me hungry. There are lots more beautiful things I want to mention here. But I will keep it short and will just say- ” I will try my best to visit such a beautiful place as soon as possible”. :)
    Great post bro.

    • Thanks Bro. I wish one day you get to see this amazing island. You’ll never know where destiny will take us , right? Everyone deserves to see their version of paradise even if it’s only for a few days. Best wishes to you.

  32. I look forward to your weekly photo challenge photos, but until I read what they mean to you in this entry, it never occurred to me that I might participate myself. It might be time to change that. I love how you’re creating a living history with these entries.

    • Thanks Deborah. It is more of a personal journey in life which I hope to celebrate not just for myself and my family but for those who travel a similar path in life week after week, month after month, year after year. Years from now, we can all look back an appreciate the blessings we had. I don’t want to forget memories that made me happy or inspired me. One day, my memory may not be as sharp and I have this blog to remind how good life was.

  33. Madhu says:

    Thanks for the lovely night stroll around your island! Your post fit all three challenges perfectly! Well done.

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