You were a dream. Then a reality. Now a memory. It’s already been 3 long months, but I’m still going through all the photos I took when in Batanes. It’s difficult to put into words how I feel about this beautiful island in the Philippines that is also the northernmost and smallest province in the country. I can finally relate to all the stories people are telling after visiting the “Home of the Winds.”
I am one of the lucky few who witnessed Boracay’s inexplicably beautiful sunset for the last time before the beach went under rehabilitation for 6 months. It was my third time and I was as excited as a normal person who is about to embark on a new journey. Boracay holds a special place in my heart simply because it’s one of the many places I first visited and probably one of the reasons why I love being under the heat of the sun and hearing the sound of waves. I can say that I’m also one of the lucky people who firsthand experienced the beautiful island back when it wasn’t spoilt and crowded.
Do you have any idea how amazing the internet works? Well, I’m an IT guy but am still amazed of how broad and smart the internet is. I have no idea about Enoshima and Kamakura at first and I only remember Google-ing places to visit in Japan near Tokyo when suddenly, Facebook is recommending places and showing me all sorts of things I need to know and go to when in Tokyo. Not sure if I make any sense, but yes! I found a must-visit area where you are surrounded with waters, beautiful landscapes, temples, food and definitely away from the hustle and bustle Tokyo and its skyscrapers.
I didn’t know what to feel when I got a prompt from Lakawon Island’s website that the TawHai Floating Bar will be unavailable during our stay due to maintenance and improvements. The reason I acted out is that everything was already set. We booked our room and paid for the floating bar experience prior learning that we wouldn’t be able to try it ourselves. I also read a blog that the Lakawon Island is just a mere beach like every other beach and the only thing that makes it special is the TawHai Floating Bar. But I was there and I tell you, it’s not your typical beach like what other people are saying! 😛
Had I only known that there are ‘Aswang’ and ‘Mambabarang’ tales in Siquijor, then I would’ve probably did not even consider pushing through this trip especially that I went solo. But thank goodness I had no idea then about these crazy stories because I tell you, Siquijor has so much in store for travelers who love picturesque views of nature and outdoor activities. So happy that I did not miss any of these because of some popular myths and legends about this island.