Summer Vacation

No, I did not walk out of the house during the weekend of Jun 23… there was super loud music with groups’ cheers and DJ playing since that Saturday night, followed by very unusual beach crowds’ noises (especially for shutdown moment) with kids playing/screaming in the background of the whole Sunday, besides heavy bass boom boom music lasted till early morning of Monday of Jun 25

Recalling every time when a cruise ship arrived at Boracay, how overwhelming/chaos the main street and whole white beach front were… packed/buzzed by groups and groups of people on a once a week schedule and no, I was still not ready to face up with hustle from the blessing quiet/leisure/peaceful vacation time yet; over two months shutdown for now and my husband and I both are just settled in the new house, slowly getting familiar with the new neighborhood day by day

Found out it was San Juan Festival (celebrated with vigorous and boisterous street dancing, parades, and concerts) for local communities gathering together every Jun 24 in the entire Philippines… glad everyone out there had a good time over the weekend

Also, did you know… that Boracay itself is taking a break for vacation during this shutdown as well? So far with gentle wind and calm waves in most time, all of us have chosen staying on the small tropical island are lucky enough witnessing/embracing the miracle while half the year is gone

 

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Habagat is Here

Start wondering why I am out… few people around, and now only handful of restaurants and bars open for dining/snacking/drinking options; no eye candy but big waves running/racing to shore, pushing sand back to where they were belonged

Closer to nature, I guess… instead of admiring varieties of prettiness of ocean of white beach side from high above daily, I still need put feet in the water occasionally while listening to the infinite symphony of the wind wave bird chirping and tree dancing

‘Lonely’, it is a word surprisingly from a waitress at a white beach front coffee shop that day however, shocked me a bit… as I thought staffs working hard in the past would totally appreciate/embrace the golden opportunity, to finally indulge themselves in this super leisure moment/pace of the life, spending more time with beloved family

Guess I am wrong… too many suffered pay cut or lost job, or people nowadays only care about how much they can make, simply not used to cherish what they have at the moment

Oh BTW, Habagat (southwest monsoon) arrived at the night of Jun 1, and amazingly stayed since… Boracay was then thoroughly washed out with days of tail effect from a furious tropical storm, big waves and strong wind appeared and indeed helped accelerate the restoration of white beach coastline; and as you know, once the weather passed away, the stunning beauty of the island continues as a wow

P.S. FIFA world cup started at 11pm on Jun 14 and what a soundly 5-0 start the host Russian has set… perfect time to watch live game/matches with real time cheers for the goal/score 😉

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Listen to the Heart

Hardly believe it is the end of the month already… time just/still flies here at Boracay, even we are now living in a much simpler and quiet island lifestyle with no tourist but blessed peaceful nature around (since the shutdown over 1month ago)

We did manage to move into a much more private/secluded place with gorgeous white beach view (oh yes, finally, the city girl’s little dream came true) however… and certainly plenty of time for settle in now, meanwhile get familiar with the new neighborhood, also celebrated my birthday in this May

Besides busy with making the new house more homy on the initiated vacation on the small tropical island, more often, I am enjoying my personal life such as hand in hand with my husband walking on the soft white sand beach, appreciating the beautiful nature as it is, super relaxed chatting with friends with heart and soul… life is getting only better, isn’t it?

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The Luxury

Apr 30, Monday… the last day of Apr, walking on my favorite white beach, security guys of the hotel/resort/restaurants are everywhere, also the police, the army boys patrolling/walking by occasionally – I feel safer indeed

Pretty smiles are back on staffs’ faces… their families are within sight of the shore, husband/wife/kids and friends are gathering together, enjoy the peaceful moments after Boracay shutdown; no more rushing/hurry up for the overwhelming crowds with no patience for a slow island pace – life seems back its basic simplicity with tranquility of unbelievable beauty of the nature only itself

Bumping into more locals who seemed always busy for a looong time no see… while catching conversations, I feel the wind, hearing birds singing close by, and gentle waves kissing the shoreline and later, a paraw is sailing, besides a fishing banka not far away – every corner I turn, it is an incredible postcard view with a bit surreal

After day/month/years’ crazy hectic schedules we have used to, it is time finally to chill out and embrace the richness of life and yes, we are lucky

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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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