Monday, January 25, 2016

024: Secdea Beach Resort

img_20160124_142347_1.jpgEmily and I, along with her cousins, spent the day at Secdea Beach Resort in Samal Island. It was my second time there, the first one being a year-and-a-half ago on an outing with the Computer Studies Cluster. Secdea continues to make a splash with new facilities, notably a new pool. It's somewhat pricey at P1,000 per pax for a daytour (inclusive of buffet lunch), but it's a nice getaway for us locals. It's a little more upscale than Paradise Resort but not as expensive as Pearl Farm.

I was feeling quite absent-minded today because I was working through my responses to a paper on Loan-Deposit Ratios in Mindanao. I forgot our bag of clothes in the car so Emily's brother had to turn back to give it to us. And then I forgot to pack in my swimming trunks there. I ended up buying shorts at a bargain store in Babak. The shorts went three for P100, which seems like a good deal, except that I tore holes through two of them, and in the, er, sensitive areas, too. (Fortunately no one noticed, or rather, I didn't notice that anyone noticed.)

Apart from laps in the pool, we went kayaking. My body will likely be sore tomorrow. I am already itching from the sunburn.

I started on Dan Simmons' Hyperion novel today. Another book that's been sitting long on my shelf. It took a while to get into it, but now that I have its cadence, I'm getting into its story. It's a space opera but a little slower and more philosophical. There are religious overtones so I expect something along the lines of James Blish's A Case of Conscience.

I stole my father's laptop. Well, no, I asked nicely. He's not using it anymore, being more of a tablet man now. The laptop is old but it has 4GB of memory, which I am finding necessary for running Eclipse decently.