When you are single like me in their early 20s, most often than not, you probably think the same way I do. Possibly, fervently looking for promotional airfare tickets for the next barkada trip, constantly searching on good hotel offers, sumptuous local foods and tourist spots, or even scribbling additional items on your bucket list to be ticked off. Whatever you are planning to achieve and pursue, I highly suggest you to go for it. This is the great time for you to explore your individuality, enjoy your single hood, and stay away from your comfort zone. It is always best to have a love relationship with yourself first than to be committed however, halfheartedly. So invest in making a better version of yourself.
They say that there are things you cannot learn from the four corners of the room. I totally agree with it. No matter how great the author was in giving precise description on his nonfiction novel, how technical the writer was on his article, or how informative the contributor was on his news section, there will always no better way of describing the event than by experiencing it. Filling up your senses with euphoria when you perhaps see the lovely sunset by the beach, or getting incredibly sad when you pass by a restaurant you used to dine with your special someone. It is not the place itself that makes the event exciting or memorable. It totally depends on you.
The emotions incorporated on a certain event makes it unforgettable. Like this weekend trip I had in Summer of 2013 (calendar date may be different in a tropical country like mine); the dates were of no special occasion and the plan didn’t include luxurious food selections nor accommodation, I could still vividly remember how terrified I was while we were traversing the 14-km distance from mainland Oslob (a municipality in Southern Cebu known for whale sharks) to Sumilon Island (a supposed exclusive island with just one resort operating on it) through a fisherman’s pump boat. I have been to numerous boat rides but it was a first for me to ride on such small and unstable one. Take a look on it.
I was the one in the middle covering myself with gray scarf clutching my personal items dearly together with my friend, Happie, on the left and boat operator on the other side. This picture was taken by my two other friends riding on a different similar boat. I may be that time was overreacting but my knees were really shaking involuntarily.
During the whole duration of probably a lifetime for me but around 15-20 minutes in reality, I was really scared of my life. I was silently praying that there would be no unfortunate crisis such as motor engine problem to add up on my then intense fear. I seriously feared for my life that time. And that feeling was so foreign for me, because I usually love adventures and first-times. Good thing, He answered my prayers and let us travel both to and fro the island safely. Here are some of the photos:
We went for a short dip on the sides of the island (read: free). The island was fairly good, possibly because we were not able to check out Bluewater Resort’s amenities but on a personal note, I would still prefer Bantayan Island. The place holds a special place in my bosom because of the fear I felt. Due to the extreme uncertainty I felt on sea’s waves, I have had a new interest pursued. The interest that can help me survive on emergencies and strengthen appeal of beaches and other bodies of water. Just couple of weeks after the trip, I decided to take swimming lessons together with my friends. I may still be struggling on my breathing but at least, I know the basics and can always start from there.
Indeed, travels can give us invaluable learning. So have fun exploring the world and feel free to share it here. I would love to hear stories from you. Lovelots. ❤