Year after Year

Feb 28, 2018… it is the last day of February and yes, time flies by once again

Still remember vividly about the very special count down moments on Dec 31 of 2017, with crowds all together on the white beach front watching non-stop fireworks shot directly from a local banca and blossomed stunningly right in front of me

The energy floating in the air with wows, cheers, and excitements of that moment reminded me the very first time watching so-called the Best sunset at Oia of Santorini with international crowds around and applauded after witnessing the whole progress

And now, two months of 2018 are passing by… even the long period of the celebration for the Chinese New Year of the Dog is gonna be over soon – life is merely a blink, we are here already, are you refreshed and regenerated yet?

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Magical Island

Whenever the time is right, eye candies appeared everywhere at White Beach front… and yes, I always enjoy these moments

It has been super windy, on off on off raining/storming and cloudy at Boracay for quite a while… the whole island turned into some kind of grayish with unusually gloomy atmosphere

Adventurous sailings become normal comparing to the usually smooth and calm sailing during that period… then vivid spirit, good energy, and all those genuinely happy souls showed up and proved how different one person is from the other

After all, so obviously to know who can make friends from then on and who just could Not… good, bad, decent, or greedy, the true personality of a human being simply presented him/herself on the cruise

And life is Fair… more I see, more I have been witnessing the miracle right in front of me – life is a mirror, treat others the same way you want them to treat you, then there is no surprise and it is full of content all the time

Sailing in Style aboard MAHAL at Boracay

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Drinking Fun

鸿蒙初辟,一片混沌

It started from the 7 different Italian wine tasting night, and lucky enough, I found myself couple favorites there and ordered bottles for delivery in the next few days after the event… then was the Oktoberfest draft beer night, while pounding down pitchers and pitchers of the fresh taste ‘liquid bread’, I involved myself in conversations with locals for a good networking night

It proved an old Chinese saying of “酒逢知己千杯少”, i.e., thousands of cups would Not be enough if drinking with the right ones

So, here I am, after almost 8 years staying at Boracay, the Paradise under Sun, with alluring Happy Hour between 5-7pm ongoing daily during the Best Sunset Moment on the small tropical island, I learned to let myself carry away with pleasure… more often, opening bottle of wine while dining out for any excuse such as birthday, anniversary, holiday, or festival etc; and furthermore, even have adapted western culture of drinking at home, starting to collect more good wine/sparkling/aged or select cask of single malt scotch at the corner bar, with very recently some new additions of CHOYA plum wine and Hendrick’s Gin from travelling

Yes, I did get hangover couple times, luckily were at home… finally realized there is also a fine line between 微醺/a slightly tipsy/bubbling and drunk silly, i.e., totally sh*t-faced; acknowledged that anything/everything is merely the media to the true being – it opens a gate/different dimension, enhanced different level/status of ourselves to be encountered with, while view things in different perspectives; presenting who we indeed are, whether we are happy/upset, energized/depressed, behave/rude, kind/mean of that moment/at that life stage

P.S. I was annoyed with myself at beginning, for not able to control myself drinking less the night before the hangover happened… while recalling memories however, all was fun with happiness; until that particular moment showed up one day, I sensed a sudden clear voice among the chaos, felt like a light shining out of all darkness around and I understood that I am actually able to embrace more than I was sober; so yes, the whole is more than the sum of its parts and I enjoy the simple casual island lifestyle at Boracay more

Further to share and make up for the missing Sep issue…

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous… uploaded two slide shows with latest pictures at Boracay

Best at Boracay

Boracay Sunset

Enjoy, my friend… oh BTW, BOO! Happy Halloween

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Timing

Timing is Everything

Stuck by rain in the house for a while… walking out, I do Not even need an umbrella, everything is back perfect again – another bright day with blue sky, gorgeous ocean right in front of me

Having a freshly made summer salad as snack… surrounded by nature sounds of big waves, strong winds through coconut trees, together with the lively drumbeat Jamaican background music, watching clouds flying high, I lost myself playing hide and seek with the naughty sunlight peeking through the trees for a moment

There are people behind murmuring the unpredictable weather… caught my attention and wondered these went out for sunshine yet ended up in rain would certainly Not appreciate the on off on off pattern, those lucky ones however, slowly walking by on the white beach, hand in hand with smiles on their faces, are enjoying sun bathing like nothing ever happened

Life is fair or not… I only know time is precious, certainly there is No time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this

 

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Ultimate Freedom

When we grow old, at one point we start to have strong consciousness, knowing exactly what we want/prefer… big as a lifestyle we desire, small as daily routines we formed in habits with time

By then, the Best and the most Comfortable way we live an easy and happy life… whether with parents, friends, or the beloved ones aside, is that no one ever tried to raise a finger pointing out or make a fuss about what we should do/obey/follow with; i.e., they allow us being who we are

And that, is true love… I believe – based on sufficient confidences built in a relationship with 100% acceptance of who we are

In another way, I call that is the ultimate Freedom in life… being instead of to be

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Only Better

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Jun 30 (Friday)… yap, it is half way through the year

Yet I have to admit it is a pretty awesome month… good business, nice travelling in Hong Kong for a quick break (checked the rooftop CÉ LA VI for cocktails during visit at Lan Kwai Fong with my husband hand in hand years after his proposal there), then friends are around while we are back at Boracay, chatting, dining, and drinking with lots of fun – balanced lifestyle

Oh yes, I watched Super 8 last night and one line caught my eyes, besides the quiet genuine smart boy Joe in the movie… he says ‘I know bad things happen. Bad things happen. But you can still live. You can still live

Indeed… sometimes, bad things happen, and we have to live with it; trying our best to deal with it, then move on

So here is a goodbye to June, Hello July

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Professionalism or Magic

Nature itself is the BEST physician

Welcomed lots of people onboard, and it does not matter where they are from, how nervous/uneasy they were at the very beginning, after sailing for a while, MAHAL (our 42ft Cruising Catamaran means LOVE) can always calm down people somehow… by the moment we say goodbye, each of them always expressed how grateful/thankful they are, for us as owners’ great company and genuine hospitality they felt all the way, and what a wonderful/great/memorable/fantastic/peaceful/surreal sailing experience in a lifetime they have indulged on their vacation at Boracay

Such a complimentary always makes me happy… that realized each of them finally have relaxed, unwired from the crazy/hectic/noisy/crowded outside world was upon/around them, connecting with the nature, felt the wind, the wave, and the surroundings around them, started to appreciate how beautiful the whole world is

then to be continued…. here is the April Chapter I promised

Blessed April
Good Things Take Time

Lucky me… willfully visiting parents on Good Friday of Apr 14, finally unexpectedly joined in the Philippines Product Presentation organized by the Tourism Promotions Board on Apr 19, meeting old and new media, airline, and agent friends in the travel trade industry, owner and executive sales teams of different resort/hotels, and travel and tours companies from various regions including Boracay, besides attended reception/farewell party after the sales presentation event, hugging old tourist attaché friend to say goodbye meanwhile shaking hands with the new appointed attaché, welcoming him to my city Shanghai and sending my best regards in person

Accordingly, I dropped by the Philippines Booth at the very first trade day of the World Travel Fair held in Shanghai Exhibition Center, networking with more field people while promo Boracay in the next day

Foodie like me, certainly would not miss the golden opportunity to explore more gourmet dining experiences in Shanghai… encountered the open terrace Calypso in Jing An Shangri-La after the show, companied parents for their desired Yunnan cuisine at Yunhaiyao(云海肴), later indulged both my husband and I in the new tiffany blue MAURYA for its authentically numbing and spicy Sichuan cuisine, not mentioning more exotic taste buds for XiangXi(湘西), and LouLan(楼兰)cuisine in South China while  I joined my husband on his business trip after Shanghai

Life is full of so much pleasant surprises… and I enjoy it

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