El Bob’s adventures in Puerto Rico

I adopted El Bob from Ceyey, Puerto Rico. I drove down there from San Juan to have some lechón (suckling pig) at local restaurants, or lechoneras. It only cost $3 to adopt this piggy from being eaten. Don’t worry, I did’t eat in front of him. Unfortunately Bob didn’t get into any other photo opportunities other than Old San Juan. I’ll post the other photos of my Puerto Rico trip next.

I dropped Bob near the water fountain when I was trying to take a picture, and his ear broke off. While doing some window shopping I spotted a butterfly store selling ugly yarn dolls. I met store owner Cirene, a gorgeous woman, who explained all the stories behind each yarn doll. I found her intimate knowledge of about 100 of these dolls extremely attractive, as I am attached to all of my ugly dolls back home. When she heard about Bob’s accident, she was heart broken and immediately offered to help me reattach his ear on the spot. As her gratitude for making her day more interesting, she offered to let me take a picture of Bob with the butterflies, since her store has a “no photography” policy. I can easily say my experience with her was the best 20 minutes of my entire trip.

All photos were taken with my point and shoot, Sony DSC-W170. The trick is to use a tabletop tripod, set your ISO at the lowest possible, and use a timer to take longer exposure shots for the best quality. Of course in daylight, you can just snap away handheld. I also have grid display on my LCD so I can easily apply the rule of thirds. One of the very few advantages this Sony has over my Canon Elph is the wider lens.


Bob stayed at Hotel El Convento.


Bob is amazed at the size of the front entrance door.

Bob checking out the courtyard.

Bob is testing the bed.

Closeup of Bob testing the bed.

Bob decides to take a nap.

Bob is dreaming about Ms. Piggy.

Bob likes keys.

Bob also likes lifesavers. He can’t swim.

Bob taking a trip on Noah’s Ark.

Bob visiting Catedral de San Juan.

Bob wishes he could be on top of the totem pole in Plaza Quinto Centenario.

Bob lost an ear after a fall.

Bob visiting Fort San Felipe del Morro.

Bob is free.

Bob enjoying the breeze.

Bob is thirsty.

Bob admiring the cruise ships. Will he fit?

The Butterfly People store where Bob was fixed by the gorgeous Cirene.

Bob feeding with the pigeons at Plaza de Armas.

Bob’s night out in town.

Bob reading the wall.

Bob’s new friends, Jo Ninja and Buster.

Pork and beans.

After feeding Bob, it’s my turn.

Bob visits the Bodies Exhibition. Glad it wasn’t about piggies.

Bob likes pina coladas. Where’s a bendable straw when you need one.

Bob at Playa del Sol at the airport. It’s chicken.

Bob gets the window seat. But he can’t see out the window.

Bob waits for his luggage.

Does Bob get self conscious?

Bob back in the office.

20 Comments El Bob’s adventures in Puerto Rico

  1. Kevin March 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    As much as I like your model shots, this has got to be my favorite series of yours. Gotta love the storyline captions!

  2. Ben March 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I follow your blog religiously and i’m always inclined to comment on your blog when i see your model posts. But this post, i just had to comment. Nice execution! I love every bit of El Bob and his adventures. You should take El Bob with you to all your travels and make a whole series of it 😉

  3. Serene March 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Stumbled on your site and I have to say that I love the story your pictures tell! Especially enjoyed how you managed to capture the sites and surroundings of the world as seen through the eyes of Bob. ;D

  4. kat March 4, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I <3 Bob!

  5. Sherry March 5, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Hi Bob! I loved hearing about your adventures in Puerto Rico. Hope your ear is feeling better. 🙂

  6. Jeanne March 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Your Bob and my bob must get together for a play date and photoshoot. Though, my bob is a 3 year old bamboo plant and really would make for a less compelling storyline at this point. Upside is he’s a nice green color to contrast your Bob.

  7. Marcia~ March 6, 2009 at 9:26 am

    BOB IS SOOO CUTE. did he have a twin brother, i need one!!!!

    marcia~

  8. becca March 6, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    So, I’m usually a silent bloggerstalker, but fyi El Bob es my hero! Adorable series, Tony! Not to mention, visually stunning!

  9. Tom B March 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Luv the Bob. He’s a pisser & now a world traveler.

  10. mllesarah March 7, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    haha i heart bob… love the photos tony. makes me smile. 🙂

  11. victoria March 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Aww! Bob is adorable! I’ve never seen such a cute lechoncito! xoxo

  12. Q March 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Bob is in good hands!

  13. Steve March 16, 2009 at 6:47 am

    LOL ingenious

  14. ckcd March 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Wow wonderful pics! were these REALLY taken with the sony digi???

  15. Lan Beauty March 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    It was fun hanging out with El Bob… we need to do it again soon.. haha

  16. verity March 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I think im a little bit in love with Bob. i love the way he tells a story of your travels. you’re very talented sir

  17. Deja May 2, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Wow, I originally was attracted to your site through your model pictures but this set really made me smile with sincerity. Just the whole combination of the varying scenery and bob’s little story makes it all the more engaging. I really enjoy your work.

  18. bob and keishya February 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    hey there..bob and keishya from team spirit hanggliding here in puerto rico..we love your website and cute el bob too.
    wondering if there is a way to email you directly to get copy of hg pics/video and to see if you would write a small review on trip advisor about the hanggliding…yes we know you may be too busy..but never hurts to check!

  19. Carol March 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I found this sight and had to comment. I just returned from San Juan and every one of your photos were places I just visited. However, it looked like much more fun for Bob. Wish we were there together! I found you searching for The Butterfly People. I bought a couple of butterfly boxes and absolutely love them.

  20. Tony Yang March 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    El Bob says hi and thanks for the comment, Carol! El Bob was just in Puerto Rico a few months ago again and already misses it. El Bob has a necklace inside him from The Butterfly People.

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