This is a postcard that was sent from the Philippines! As some of you may know, this country contains literally thousands of islands. I’ve done posts on a few of them before – to include Borocay Island – so I only have about roughly 7,600-ish left to talk about. Easy enough. So this one here is Carabao Island, which is directly north of Borocay and kind of in the center of the archipelago. Carabao bears some similar features to Borocay – namely, the white sand beaches. I’ve done my share of raving on about the beautiful beaches of Borocay, and you can tell here that Carabao does not fall short of following the example of its little brother. Carabao is generally quieter and less visited than Borocay, and there are very few cars on the island. The main forms of transportation are the motorbikes – specifically, habal-habals (which can theoretically carry up to ten people – one cheek on the seat, folks!) – and boats, like this one here which is known as a bangka. We’re gonna take a moment to learn some stuff about boats! A bangka is a type of double-outrigger boat. An outrigger in the context of canoes and sailboats is an extension from the main hull (the body of the boat, where you’d sit in) to offer stability and speed. The outrigger floats are known as hulls themselves, making the bangka a multi-hull boat (or a trimaran – take notes, this’ll all be on the test!) It might seem odd, but there are also single-outrigger boats that are used mainly in Hawaii… so yeah, an outrigger on one side only. But that’s another story. While the term “bangka” in the modern context does refer to other kinds of vessels – even those without outriggers – this would be the traditional version of one. Man I feel so joyfully enlightened… almost, buoyant. That was a terrible joke. Anyway, thank you so much for this extraordinary postcard!