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weekend beach on a whim

You know how we sometimes think about doing things without planning because it’s the spontaneity that makes it epic? But somehow the timing doesn’t feel right, or there are still things to consider, or we just don’t have the energy to do things on impulse.

Whatever the reasons are, I discovered last weekend that the easiest way to make it happen is to just fucking do it.

“Put in the effort to do that day trip to the beach you keep putting off. Dip your feet in the water and dig your toes in the sand. Wet your face with salt water.”
— Holly Butcher

Mich and I had a very different plan for last Saturday: she was supposed to accompany me at the Land Transportation Office to renew my car registration. Very boring, I know. So when she said she wanted to go to the beach, I agreed to ditch our original plan.

In the six months that we’re dating, we’ve been to a number of places outside the city that I wouldn’t check out on my own because I’m not really the explorer type. But Mich likes long drives, and I don’t mind long drives when I have her in the passenger seat. Armed only with the Waze app, we punched in “Matabungkay, Batangas” in the search bar and, just like that, we were on our way.

Our outfits were anything but beach-ready and we didn’t bring any change of clothes. I folded my jeans as high as it would go — which sadly wasn’t that high — and Mich borrowed my extra flip-flops. We didn’t have a blanket to spread on the sand so I had my zip-up hoodie do the job instead.

We stayed for a couple hours, just enough to dip our toes in seawater and appreciate the quietness of the beach. There were no other people in the shore aside from the two of us.

Before leaving, I did a quick sketch of the place. It’s been a while since my last outdoor sketch; it felt good to play around with my pens again.

We left the beach at around 4:00 PM. It was my most spontaneous trip to date and first beach for this year. I told you I’m not much of an explorer, but this girl beside me takes me to places I wouldn’t think of going on my own. Maybe my 2018 will be full of spontaneous adventures on the road; now that would be a great year to look back on.

Well, have you been putting off a beach day trip, too?

 

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Photo dump: Boracay.

I’ve been to Boracay a few number of times, but my summer vacation last March was when I appreciated the famous White Beach the most.

Maybe because it’s my family’s first beach vacation together, but also because I spent most of the time just chilling — sitting, people watching, having a relaxed conversation with my brother, drinking juice or iced coffee under the sun. My previous Boracay trips always involved a lot of walking. Now that I know how the White Beach looks like from Station One to Three, I have no need to cover as much ground anymore. All that is left is to savor it. :)

As expected at this time of the year, the shoreline is covered in algae. Contrary to whatever news story was spun by media people in Manila, these algae are not a byproduct of industrial waste. According to the locals, if you sun-dry these things for a week, they will turn into the pristine white sand Boracay has become famous for.

There are portions of the beach that is not lined with algae, though, especially at low-tide mornings. Waking up early is also highly recommended because the shore is not crowded yet.

I tried parasailing for the first time, and man, it was an experience! Thank goodness I’m not acrophobic. The flight up wasn’t scary, although it made me feel a bit nauseous.

The balloon harness also felt very sturdy. Once we’ve reached the maximum height, every sound from below was muted. We couldn’t hear the boat engine or sea waves anymore. Up there, in the middle of the sea and sky, there was nothing but wind and our voices. The entire thing lasted for 15 minutes, which I think is just enough. Any minute more and I’d probably vomit haha.

Also, hello, henna tattoo! My parents were actually against it, but my brother and I argued that it’s Boracay and henna is as normal as getting sand in your underwear (LOL what an analogy). We got ourselves “inked” while the parents were busy swimming, tee hee hee! Sneaky.

Of course, the best time during #beachlife is sunset. Between 4:30 and 6 PM, hoards of people crowd the beach front for selfies during the Golden Hour. Like everyone else, I also love this time of the day, mostly because I can look at the sun directly with my eyes. Its colors are magnificent. :)

The first time I went to Boracay, I couldn’t see what the fuss was all about. It has become too populated and commercialized. The shores of Coron are actually better. But after being back a few more times, I’ve learned to enjoy what it offers to guests beyond the fire-eating spectacles, cheaper-in-bulk key chains, bustling night life and drunken party goers.

Cheers, Boracay! ‘Til we meet again. :)


All photos were taken with iPhone 7.