How would you describe your journeys to Balabac & Boracay Islands? What were your favourite things about being there?
I would describe my travels to Balabac Islands (located at the southernmost tip of Palawan Island in the Philippines) as both intriguing and rewarding because of the very limited information about Balabac as a travel destination. It is off the radar, so it appeals to me all the greater (at least for explorers like me). The only things I was aware of when I set off to the islands was the grueling air, land and sea travel time to get there, the mental image of the islands surrounded by turquoise waters and white beaches on Google Earth, malaria mosquitoes, and the endemic pilandok or Philippine mouse-deer. By the end of the week, it was one for the books. I was real happy about the unexpected boat race with a pod of dolphins in the open seas, and sharing the candle-lit sweet and succelent crabs supper with my companions al fresco at our hut’s porch by the beach. No electricity, no television just the incredible view of full moon hanging low in the night summer sky, nearly adjacent with the Sulu Sea.
My Boracay Island experience in Visayas, Philippines on the other hand, despite going there in solitude, was warm and welcoming. Summer is always the season in Boracay Island, it just surprises you. What I like most about the island (for my first visit alone) were the paintings in the sky every time the sun sets and rises - the beaches is another.
Baler is one of the best places in the Philippines to catch the waves. Now, I have a new found respect for surfers because of the tenacity required to be able to actually “attempt” to do the sport. We definitely had a blast surfing for the first time.
There will be a time in our lives that we’ll meet someone who will give us the best feeling in the world. But just like all stories, they will end up leaving us. So if you think you’re experiencing the worst right now, you aren’t. Just think that there will be new people who will come into our lives, and do your best for them to stay there… forever.
Seeing a lot of free animals in a place just proves that the environment around them are harmless. Totally enjoyed seeing them around the places in Baler that I’ve been to.
This just proves that you don’t need to go to a zoo to see beautiful creatures. You just have to explore your surroundings to see one. Plus seeing them without being tied or trapped in a cage is much visually pleasing
As I was riding the car on the way to the border of Isabela and Baler, I saw these beautiful coastlines. Stopped here and there just to capture them. Baler is such a mystical place that must be visited by everyone.