[Photos] “Halloween in the Philippines”

Since this is still my first year out of the U.S. it is also my first in a series of holidays spent away from my family and friends.  Fortunately I’ve made a few new friends here since arriving three and a half months ago, in July (2012).  The malls here started hanging the Christmas decorations back in September so, looks like I’ll be hearing plenty of holiday music from now until January.  Meanwhile, it being October the first holiday coming up is Halloween!

I had heard about a Halloween party coming up at Chicago Joe’s Bump & Grind Disco Dance Club since the beginning of the month.  So when I’d go to the malls I started keeping an eye out for a costume.  I quickly realized that Halloween is not that big a deal around here.  In fact, I’m thinking that if it weren’t for the ex-pats it wouldn’t even be a blip on the radar here.  Even at the really big malls in Cebu the most I could find were some displays with a few costume items like pitchforks, some masks and a few costume wigs.  Almost all the package costumes were for little kids under age 10.  For adults I was lucky to find anything for adults and when I did.. the sizes were all ‘Small’.  Not a whole lot of door-to-door trick or treating planned I take it.

Improvising I decided to go with a gorilla mask, the loudest Hawaiian shirt I have and just wing-it.  What the heck, it’s a dance-bar.. by midnight everyone will be too drunk to notice whether I have a cool costume or not.  There was one other glitch to deal with.. a date.  Now, here in the Philippines you don’t need a date to go to an event like this.  On any given weekend evening a guy can stroll into any dance-club and easily meet lovely, young women with hardly any effort at all.  In fact, chances are your only problem is getting only one.. more often than not you find yourself with 3 or 4 of them.  I kid you not.

However, due to circumstances I won’t go into, my girlfriend and I had already decided to part ways as friends.  It was for the best, just one of those amiable things.  She’s a wonderful woman but, it’s just not gonna work out.  But I didn’t want to go to this Halloween Bash on my own and deal with strangers.  I wanted to have fun with people I’m already comfortable with.  Not too long ago I had hired a young lady by the name of Kristine to be the ongoing model for my new website, MyLovelyFilipinaGifts.com .   She’s a wonderful person, sweet as can be and was kind enough to indulge me when I asked her if she would go to the Halloween gig with me.  Without her I’d have just stayed home.  I told her to invite a few friends to come along and we made a night of it.

For being my first holiday away from home.. I had a really good time.  Kristine’s friends are very nice people and she was a complete lady the entire evening.  We drank, danced and danced some more ending the night with some very good pizza made up by Chicago Joe’s kitchen.  We finally wrapped things up at 3am and everyone got home safely.  I had thought the flash on my digital camera didn’t work for the six months I’ve had it.  Turns out there’s a button I hadn’t noticed and.. whaddya know?, the flash works.  Here are some photos from the evening.  All in all, a really fun time.

Henry V.

Author: Reekay

After 49 years living in Southern California, USA, I decided to move to the Philippines despite never having been here before. I spent a year getting all the information I could online and in July, 2012, I took a leap of faith and transplanted myself first to Mactan and then began my trek through Cebu, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong and now living in Cebu City, here in the amazing Philippines.

Starting in January of 2019, I will begin a slow trek through Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and possibly Malaysia, China and Japan. My itinerary is open with no big rush since I hope to share in detail what each place is like as I enjoy it for months at a time.

I am a single man taking an honest look at all that Southeast Asia has to offer, one day at a time. I hope you find my channel informative and/or entertaining. 🙂

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