It was late afternoon when our boat arrived at the shores of Sombrero Island in Masbate. Looking from afar, we already had an idea why the island was called Sombrero. Sombrero is a Filipino term for hat, and the island has an iconic rock formation that looks like that, actually a cowboy’s hat!
But wait before you roll your eyes and say “I know right!” LOL! Let me show you some photos of the island during our arrival One taken from the boat and the other one on the island itself.
Summer is the time for family outing and also for friends to bond. Well, if you’re looking for destinations to beat the summer heat, you’re in the right place. Or shall I say, you’re in the right blog post!
I assure you, these travel destinations will not only refresh your body and mind, but will also strengthen your bond and relationship with your lovedones. You know, I’ve been to these places myself and experience it first-hand. 🙂 So I know these are awesome!
Eloi told me with such excitement when we got off the boat and welcomed by these rock formations in a tiny island of Animasola in Masbate.
Ano yun? ( What is it?) I asked her. Seems like she remembered something.
Then she finally burst it out. “I watched this in an episode of Biyahe ni Drew (Travel show). Drew described this rock formation something like an old and torn pages of a huge book that fell from the sky.”
The moment I saw this tiny island from afar, I stood up despite the quite bumpy boat ride. When we got closer, due to so much happiness I guess of what I was seeing, I could almost imagine Chris Rock telling me, “Damn, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!”Haha!
Surprised. I never expected that the usual island hopping would be “an experience.”
Our tour coordinator instructed the bangkeros (boat men) to go straight to the sandbar. The boat made its turn and stopped in the middle of long stretch of sandbar with crystal clear water.
The island itself is so small, that the word islet would be a more appropriate term. At the end of this sandbar, the island was visible with its white sand and rock formation.
But no doubt, the main attraction of our morning was the sandbar…
By the time we stepped out of the coaster bus, the staff of the local government of Palompon, Leyte met us with their warmth and smile. They escorted us to the second floor of the municipal hall for a simple program and registration. It was actually a briefing before exploring the best kept treasure of the town, the world-renowned sandbars of Kalanggaman Island
Over the years, I’ve been lucky to experience some of the best beaches in the country. But still, when I hear the word beach, I never think of those powdery white sand of the popular ones, all I think about is Onay Beach in my hometown Laoang, Northern Samar.
I know you’re also looking for an island weekend getaway. And being older and smarter like we are 🙂 , we’re done with crowd and beach parties right? We just want to be in a laidback and calm beach, enjoy and relax.
Well, you don’t need to go to Batangas for the Nth time for an amazing experience near Metro Manila, because there is a hidden jewel in Mauban, Quezon – the beautiful Cagbalete Island.
I remember my girlfriend, Eloi, asked me when I suggested about it on our next trip. It was also the same reactions I got from friends after my travel. Honestly, I am amazed at how many people are still unaware of this paradise.
So in a away, I felt obliged to tell you how beautiful it is, to convince you to visit this island. The journey going there might be uncomfortable to some, but as you get there, everything will be worth it.
Stressed with workload you don’t even understand why there is a need to stress about. In times like these, all you need is a moment to unplug, relax, claim calm and clarity in a paradise. A moment, when you don’t need to think about work and just enjoy life.
The same thing I did with some friends when we visited the beautiful island of Samal in Davao, Philippines.
I know my girlfriend is stressed with work so I really intended our next vacation to be just relaxing and enjoyable. That’s why when she told me she wanted to go to Puerto Galera, I opted not to visit the party crazy and congested part of this tourist spot, which is the “White Beach.”
I decided to bring her to the calm and relaxing side of Puerto Galera, the Muelle Area particularly at the Varadero Bay.
This is the confirmation of a sign I asked a few days ago.
I was in doubt at that time, if I really wanted to continue writing. I know this is my life but there are moments when you ask yourself, why by the time you decided to do what you love, something suddenly falls apart?
I asked for a sign if this is really my calling, if this is really the meaning I was looking. Then I doze off to sleep.
The next morning I checked this blog and was shocked to see one of my posts being shared by my country’s Tourism Department to its Official Facebook Page with more than 700,000 followers.
That post earned thousands of likes and shares, bringing tons of traffic to my blog.
It was the answer I was looking for.
Then I’ve made a firm decision, to continue doing this whatever it takes, not only for those who enjoy reading my works, but most importantly for me. I need this. I need to write to feel alive.
I’ve made a promise not to hold back anymore, to be open and sometimes even vulnerable.
So I’ll start with sharing to you my hometown, the place where I came from.