Palaui Island

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The thing about going home after several months of working away is that you can finally slouch on a couch, stretch your arms wide open and destress all the toxic vibes that can potentially manipulate your spirit to dive in a pool of negativity.v

Okay. Breath.

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Fortunately, my sister and her husband came home for vacation this June so we all got to bond together during my leave.

I really like it when everyone is present at home. It feels so comfortable. Even if everyone is really noisy and it’s crowded, and most of the time we’re fighting, it feels so normal, like one weird way of showing how we missed each other.

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A little information about Palaui: It is actually a group of islet strategically located between Pacific Ocean and South China Sea.  It’s verdant interior is filled with coconut trees, mangroves and rattan which makes it look like a jungle when seen at a distance. The beach is predominantly composed of fine and cream colored sand with clear to blue-green water. Furthermore, it became prominent in 1994 when it was declared as a National Marine Reserve, and in 2013, it was further popularized by the American reality TV show: Survivor.

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We started our trip at around 4 am in the morning (via private transport) and it took us around 6-8 hours to reach our destination. Note that this is depending on the speed and stop overs. Same time applies for whose who wants to commute from Ilocos. As per research however, it takes about 12 hours of travel time if you’re coming from Manila.

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According to some friends, there are several home-stays around the area but when we reached the place, we only found one resort that was located at Anguib Beach.

Ps. Don’t even try to ask me why it was called: Anguib Beach Resort. lol.

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People said that the highlights of going to Palaui are as follows; Snorkeling, Island hopping, Trek to the falls, Sightseeing and Swimming.

As for the boat lease to reach the islands, there are several packages to choose from and rates vary depending on the destination.

Note: all prices are standardized here.

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As for us, since we were already at Anguib beach, we took the 3-island tour package comprising of; Cape Engaño, Crocodile Island and Punta Verde. This was worth Php. 3,500. You may also visit  pinaysolobackpacker to know more about the updated rentals.

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I would highly recommend that you visit Anguib Beach Resort and Cape Engaño. As for the rest, I think it was overrated and nothing was really interesting there.

Ps. This is just my personal opinion.. you may still venture for yourself because to see is to believe, right?

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Anguib Beach is blessed with tranquility. It has a long expanse of white sand bar which is visible during low tide (8AM-3PM) and becomes deep enough for swimming during high tide (3PM-8AM). It is also favored with calm water so it doesn’t really scare you to swim far.

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Ps. I also love that they have nets for volleyball here because I really enjoyed playing. Haha, hoping we’ll be ‘pro’ next time.

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There are four distinct lighthouses in Northern Luzon and one of which is Cape Engaño. Like the rest, it is mainly made of solar technology so it automatically operates on its own.

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It’s an easy trail going up to the lighthouse so you don’t have to worry. Our guide said that it takes about 229 steps to reach the place. Nevertheless, it’s all worth it because the hill offers a majestic view of the whole Palaui Island.

Note that you are required to hire a tour guide in this place. Rate: Php. 300/ 4 pax, additional 100 for every other more.

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Overall, the resort and other amenities may be a bit pricey but it doesn’t much disappoint. The thing is, we were able to unwind over this quick weekend getaway and  I was able to taste salt in my hair again!!! Haha. I don’t know but this will always bring me excitement and thrill. It  will always feel like home- love. love. everyone.

 

Communicate

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Question. How do we stay good amidst all the bad and chaos in this world? A weighty matter that is dangling my head lately. A pious inquiry that has to be discussed now or never. It keeps my mind traversing through empty pages, wandering back and forth to where my values are rooted from, or do I even have those to begin with? Kindly keep me sane for the next few minutes and I will tell you more about it.

I used to say that I would never change for a person; that I love myself and those who are willing to be in my life should accept me for who I am. Easy as that. But I learned that this idea, as I grew up, was nothing but childish. There is a certain point in our life where we should learn how to adjust and change in order for people to stay.

Communication has played a vital role in all healthy relationships. Once you cut it down or blurry it, it could bring a drastic change not only into our daily living but all through out our lives. That is why it is important to know how to speak up when we are already weighted in. The only difference is that we should learn how to express ourselves in a calm and collected way.

I hate how bad I was conducting this past few days. I know that I should be more flexible but deep inside, my insecurities were eating me. I hate how I was turning ugly and how my pride was stinking sky-high. I only thought about how hurt I was so I kept on misbehaving. I  kept acting and talking fooolishly thinking that nothing would change, but unfortunately, we only notice that something is altered once someone steps out of the line to speak and act about it.

They say that very reason of our existence is to interact with people and become part of it, the same way it is with us. But losing the channels that connect us with these people because of our attitude is not justifiable in any aspect. Isn’t it terrifying to know that one day, we’ll be gone and no one would even notice and ask why we’re no longer there? Keep this in mind: We need people in our lives.

Most of the time, we fight and mess up because we can’t relay our true feelings. We say we don’t know but deep inside we actually do, and we just don’t know how to say it. We act cool and find faults unto others, yes we have varying tendencies, but at the end of the day, aren’t we all just yearning for one thing? Understanding. And how do we get that?

First, learn how to understand yourself – know your feelings and why you’re acting that way. Then understand others – know why they are responding to you that way. And when you finally grasp the reason behind, coin your thoughts before blurting them out, because words are double-edged sword, it may bring damage to you and the person you’re talking with. Think of yourself recieving those words, how would you feel? Lastly, be honest and slowly convey your feelings out in the open.

Don’t be afraid to speak up, just don’t forget that in return, you should know how to listen. You may get a positive or negative feedback, but that’s okay, that is still communicating.  Try to contemplate on it instead, afterall, there is nothing greater in this this world than to be open and with the one’s we love, right?

Finite, Unpredictable and Brief #3

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It’ been awhile since I’ve last heard the silence that could pierce a heart. It’s probably the only reason why I tried to open my eyes. To see what was really going on. Continue reading “Finite, Unpredictable and Brief #3”

Winter Korea

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Traveling abroad was one of my dreams ever since I was a child so when my co-workers invited me to go to Korea with them, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Who doesn’t want to go to Korea, right? A country known for its cosmetic industry and Kpops – of course, I’ve always wanted to know more about its culture. Continue reading “Winter Korea”

Matchsticks

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Heartbeats. Smiles. Exhales. I think it all started with that.

Somewhere, in a small well-lighted place, underneath a different October sky, everything was soft and static. There was a girl wearing a swagger pants and a white t-shirt. Her smile was wide and full of meaning. She was among the crowd yet she stood up there like a glittered light, like she was the only one moving in the center of the jam. She owned the place like a spotlight. Continue reading “Matchsticks”

Finite, Unpredictable and Brief #2

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He was standing at the porch that day, waiting for me to come home. He has always been a brat for that. He said today he’s going to teach me our math lesson, apparently because I scored the lowest on our exam while he did fair. But I knew he only wanted to tease me out of it. Continue reading “Finite, Unpredictable and Brief #2”

Waiting for April

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This is a book that you’d definitely need if you’re in for a slump and romantic sci-fi contemporary. It has everything in it: romance, drama, action, mystery, fanstasy and tragedy *winks* Continue reading “Waiting for April”