In all fairness to their tourism council, there were lots of improvements done. The perimeter walls were defined and cemented (it used to be piles of ugly coco lumber), the shores are much much cleaner than I remember it to be (I've seen trash pickers along the beach every morning), there were lots of bars and restaurants (even Shakey's, Tia Maria's and BTIC --- and they accept credit cards, too), some benches and tents with cute jetski tables, a good addition to their water activities like sand surfing and parasailing (they only offer snorkling, jetski and banana boat before) and the gay performers have discovered a new talent other than mimicking Lady Gaga (it was Pussycat dolls years ago) --- Fire Dancing! The only thing that I found a bit annoying was the endless peddlers, offering massages, accesories, green mangoes, boat rentals, and overpriced peanuts! But aside from that, it's Love.
I was supposed to ask my BFF to come with us, and bring her date, but I know she will be hitting Boracay also a few days after, and since it was really a spur of the moment thing, we spared our friends because they sure have orderly lives than us --- and sadly, a planned vacation is 50% cancelled, yeah?
I'm a water creature, but more than the clear blue seas, offwhite sands, good food, music and entertainment, the most brilliant thing we did was STAR GAZING, and everything that came with it. They were like diamonds in the black velvet sky, and the only thing I hear after the faint bar music, was my heartbeat, not even waves. Cheesy as it may sound, we stayed there, lying on the beach, for hours staring at the heavens, and for the first time in a long while, I felt completely at peace. I was like in trance, I've seen my life for the last few years, and I wondered over and over again, if I did the right choices or have I given back enough goodness in this world. I'm demanding, and whiny, and stubborn, but never was I unkind. And to tell you frankly, I have loads of sad stories and hurtful experiences, that can very well turn me into a heartless monster with my dad leaving, and our family finances in crumbles. But God is so great, and so faithful, that He did the exact opposite. He made me strong, stronger than I ever thought I could be, more responsible, more caring. I found my strength in giving hope to my family --- my mom. And to top it all, He blessed me with SO SO MUCH, that I know I can't just keep it in my closet, and so I pass my blessings to other people.
As I closed my eyes, I literally tapped my left shoulder and whispered "not bad, babe...not bad." The next thing I know, the fire dancing started again.
Trust me, he's happy like that. =)
If I get to see the beach more often, I'll be happy to endure more hot months to come. Have a great weekend girls, and let's all be inspired and renewed this lenten season.
Much Much Love,