Besides the fact that it's stunningly beautiful...
...coconuts can fall on your head.
There are flocks of chickens everywhere presided over by fancy roosters.
And there are fabulous birds. Java sparrows. Myna birds. White cattle egrets that are almost as tame as pets. Gray francolins. And this guy--a red-crested cardinal.
It's harder to snorkel in the surf than it is off a boat that's anchored somewhere calm.
I hate sunscreen. But when threatened with sunburn, I willingly slather it on like it's my new religion.
Did I mention it's hot?
My friend Paula's family and other friends are just as awesome as she is.