I've been having recurring dreams lately of being on the beach. More recently, I dreamt of being on this strange beach where germinated coconuts, that is, coconut saplings with young palm leaves already sprouting from within--were floating quite abundantly on the waters.
In that same dream, I was having this conversation with someone about "tuba," or native Philippine coconut wine. I was explaining to the man the method of collecting the coconut sap from the tree like I was an expert. In reality, I only know it vaguely from watching my grandfather do it when I was a child vacationing in the province.
In a previous dream, I was lying facedown on a beach with black sand, my back to the sun baking lazily away.
And today, the answer to this SEA-rious dream mystery finally dawned on me: my sister, her boyfriend, my little baby niece and I are going to Puerto Rico in May. Yay!
I just googled "black sand beach" and saw that Puerto Rico does have them. The last black sand beach I was on was in Cavite, Philippines, during my childhood. When I reached adolescence, the blackness was due more to pollution than natural occurrence.
I hear Puerto Ricans are more crazy about plantains than coconuts out there. I am excited, nonetheless! Not worried about getting quality ambience while there, I am ready to be enchanted by "La Isla Del Encanto!"
(The coconut beach scene above is from my Capiz summer vacation last year. We ate coconuts right by this beach!)