Some of the officers and crew of M/V Libra J posing for the camera during their Christmas dinner party.
Nonoy and the ship cook everyone calls Cookie, the amazing man behind the party. He singlehandedly prepared all that food, did the backdrop, made the reindeer head cuttings & candy canes, hang the balloons, and apparently, still found himself with more free time in his hands, so he proceeded to decorate the ceiling.
I commented to my husband that their Chrsitmas dinner looked like a cross between a children's party and a JS prom!
He told me that I was just envious! Oh yeah, he was right. I was green with envy. Wish I could whip up a banquet like Cookie.
Cookie showing off his obra maestra. I turned green again! Those are flower and bird carvings made from fruits and vegetables! And look at the swans carved out of ice! How I wish I could do those too!
Cookie made Libra J's Christmas Party look like a reception in some 5-star hotel that night.
Yes, they had lechon too! Not as pretty as the ones we can buy from the "professional" lechon people though! A few years ago, the cook from another ship forgot to take the frozen pig out of the freezer ... they only got to eat the crispy skin!
Grown men playing parlor games. From the looks of it, they had fun too!
Filipino seamen live a lonely life amidst hard and dangerous work. This must have been a welcome break from their daily grind.