Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.
It all stared with a hungry Spanish explorer landing on the shores of Pandan Antique. Meeting an Ati local for the first time, he asked if they have food. The Ati pointed to a basket full of Kamote (Sweet potatoes) and said “Dan” which for them meant “that”. In excitement, the Spaniard exclaimed “Pan” which means bread, mistaking the potatoes as bread. It was an amusing play of words between two different culture that gave birth to the name of this place in Antique. Whether this event really is the etymology of its name, one thing is for sure, Pandan is rich in natural attractions and culture.
My sleep was so deep. It felt like only a second passed since my eyes closed until the moment I woke up. My senses were getting accustomed to the living world when I wondered why my alarm didn’t go off. I reached for my watch and was shocked to see it was already 4:30pm! I jumped off the bed and grabbed my things like there’s no tomorrow. I asked Mime to fetch me at the hotel at 3:30pm for out afternoon expedition at the Central plains including a sunset at Pyathada Paya, but an hour had already passed. So much for the planned itinerary for the afternoon, I haven’t even had my lunch yet.
Our jeep raced through the major highway of Marinduque coming from Sta Cruz. It was already late and we were hoping to get back at the resort by sun down. We sped through the Island capital of Boac and soon crossed the borders to Gasan. Our driver may have miscalculated the time or it took use quite some time taking pictures of each area as it was already past 5pm. The sun was going down fast and I knew we won’t make it in time.
Will just keep this entry short. It was an exhausting but really fun weekend. Never thought I would enjoy myself that much in Boracay. We stayed for 4 days and 3 nights there through the invitation of the local government to present “What’s new in Boracay“. It’s a series of Media visits, and this time around we were in company with the Mega Magazine Publishing Group and Lifestyles writers from Inquirer and Philippine Star. Geez, I think I added weight there since most the time we were eating, hopping from one resto to another then there’s the endless photoshoot of accommodations. Still, we were able to enjoy more than the white sands, like the new ATVs (All terrain Vehicles), lunch within a running river and a cave at Malay mainland. That’s it for now. Will try to post pics in the coming days.
I caught this magnificent play of colors when I was in Baywalk last night. It was magnificent and very calming. The water was also so calm and the colors of the cloud would just make you stop. And remind you how you can appreciate life whatever may transpire.
So much has changed lately, the surroundings, the people. And it can be quite getting used to. I decided not to push through with any of my trip this weekend. I may have my leave on Friday and I may use it for something worth while instead. And it wouldn’t seem okay to my relatives to see me wandering off while most of them who is closely related to my Couzin is off to our place. It would seem Lakbay would not have any trip also this weekend.
Well that’s how it goes, sometimes you just have to go with the flow of things.
But despite all these Life is still good. Will continue of with my intended plans and goals for the next half of the year and hopefully all goes well