One Year

Don’t worry. Before you know it, a year has passed. That’s how fast time flies.

This was what my former colleagues used to tell me often. They were the ones who arrived first, almost a year earlier than me. I did not believe it at first. When I began working, I really was not aware of what was in store for me. I had two weeks of turnover with the person who I will be replacing. She taught me the best she can but everything was still a little vague for me. Then she left. And I got hit. Real hard. I was lost and unsure, something I haven’t really experienced when I was still studying. And the days then, were fast yet filled with so much impact. So this is the real world.
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Enchanting, Ethereal, El Nido: A Gallery

Allow these pictures tell you a story of their own. 

Then again, there is truly nothing better than to see it for one’s self.

Enchanting, Ethereal, El Nido: 3 of 3

The next day, we were off to another early start as we availed another island hopping tour, Tour C. This time around, we had a more private boat as there were only three of us together with a Filipino couple who arrived the day before. I must say that though the first tour had such amazing snorkelling sites, this second tour had wonderful beaches that I could never forget. 

Hidden BeachHidden Beach

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Enchanting, Ethereal, El Nido: 2 of 3

By the beach

It was 7:30 am the next day when my friend and I headed down for breakfast without waiting for our French friend who was still sound asleep. A Badjao man approached us while we were eating, offering us pearls and pretty stones. I bought a pair of pearl earrings even if I knew I could buy one in the city as well. The charm of the beach worked on me and it would be my personal souvenir for this trip.  The three of us finished eating on time as the tours always began at 9 am. We paid for our Eco-Tourism Development Fee and joined the rest of the tourists in the boat.
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Enchanting, Ethereal, El Nido: 1 of 3

Spontaneous – the word to describe this trip. No promo flights. No room reservations. No itinerary plans.

 It was a much needed break. From everything that has happened to me and my family’s lives, we all needed a break. My mom, my aunt, and my grandfather’s sister and her daughter also went on a trip on their own around the same time I took mine.

We had a French friend visit the Philippines for the first time and my dear friend accompanied him in a lot of his trips. For his last one, the three of us went together since we have all been so curious about the exceptional beauty of Palawan. We booked our flight and a week later, we were up in the air and on the way to the island southwest of our country.

Clouds high up in the sky
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