It’s a sad sad moment when I was about to leave El Nido. One reason is that I will definitely miss the way of life there and the people I already know. It’s so different from the metro that I know it’ll be a major adjustment. Another is that i somehow failed in my attempt to live there longer. I was willing to live a provincial life but I guess fate has other plans. There were work and opportunities back in Manila that I can pass. And I was really slated to go back home somehow this month of March since most my relatives and siblings will be back home for a reunion. A rare time all siblings will be together.
Cadlao Island Kayaking
The day before I set to leave, I did what has challenged me ever since I came to El Nido, that is, to Sea Kayak the Cadlao Island that has taunted me every time I look at its looming presence in the horizon. A great feat challenging enough for non-kayaking experts like my friend and I, but with enough will and courage, we made it back and forth up to the Cadlao Lagoon north of the island even if it took most of the whole daylight to carry out the task. I can leave El Nido satisfied and accomplished now.
Back home, it was a busy week of reunions, errands and preparation for a major Photography Talk in Singapore. In between, it was time with relatives and siblings. The only trip we had out-of-town was a short stint in the beaches of Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. It was a short but meaningful trip that I think I wasn’t able to even write here.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.