The girl was right, after 15 minutes I have pretty much toured the whole island.
The trees are noticeably closer to the shore and low-lying rugged rock formations make up most of the beach on the rear part of the island. Not really a place where a regular tourist would like to hang out since it’s pretty much away from modern conveniences. As for me I prefer staying at places like these as it give some much needed peace and quiet.
The sun is setting, the warm colors that it brings is a good break from my monotonous rainy afternoons. As I dig my toes into the white sand to savor this amazing moment, my tummy started to clamor, way to break the mood right? I need some sustenance, I checked my orange dry bag of emergency food to see what I can cook for dinner. There’s really not much to choose it’s either Lucky Me instant noodles or a Korean Jiampong which is just a spicier tasteful version of it.
I took out my stove, what I brought during this trip is my Biolite. A stove that cooks using wood and generates electricity enough to charge a phone, power bank or double AA batteries. It looks really high tech, but there’s a learning curve in using it. If you are really really hungry and want a decent meal as soon as possible, then it might be best that you look for a different stove. Since it runs on wood or biomass I had to gather twigs for fuel first. Then I have to break them down into smaller sizes in order to fit them inside the burning chamber of the stove. More or less you have to allot 10 mins of prep time just to cook something. I know… then why the hell did you bring that?
I have always been concerned with power/electricity. When I was preparing for this trip I always felt like my batteries would always ran out of juice and I won’t be able to capture crucial moments of my travels. I found out later on that the way I handled this fear was a bit of an overkill.
By the time that I was finished cooking it’s already night time. The Jiampong was good, food like these become extra tasty when you’re hungry and in the middle of nowhere. I was full, I was tired and I smell like smoke, there’s only one logical thing to do… sleep.
I woke up early in hopes to do a timelapse (something that I suck at) of the sunrise. That was a bit of a failure, it’s because I’m really just not that patient when it comes to waiting. Instead of attempting another one, I decided to just go and walk around. That’s when I noticed that the tide is now low and I can see the little critters and corals because the water is just a few inches deep.
It was freaking amazing, I can see little fishes, corals, crabs and tiny jellyfish just beside where I’m stepping. If what the locals are referring to this marine life as what sets it apart from Boracay then I would have to agree. The beach was just full of life, as far as my eye can see (which is not very far, due to my poor eyesight).
Then I saw this school of tiny fish that seem to amount to hundreds, they looked like they were sifting through the sands to find food. They were incredibly fun to look at but they were a bit skittish. I wanted to capture a footage of them by placing the GoPro somewhere and directo them towards the camera for them to pass through it. I did this for a couple of times, then a man called me. #Motorcycleadventure #Dualsport #ADV
Then I saw this school of tiny fish that seem to amount to hundreds, they looked like they were sifting through the sands to find food. They were incredibly fun to look at, but they were a bit skittish. I wanted to capture a footage of them by placing the GoPro somewhere and direct them towards the camera for them to pass by it. I did this for a couple of times, then a man called me.
He told me that this place is off-limits, because it’s protected and that I might damage the corals by stepping on them. Instead of being annoyed I was actually happy, this simple act clearly shows that they take care of their environment and to be honest I find that quite rare.
I politely told him that I will just get my GoPro and I will come back to shore. He waited for me to be come back probably to make sure that I wasn’t going to go back. Then I noticed that he was holding a plastic cup filled with clams. I asked him what it was for? He said “Breakfast!”
There were some sort of weed on top of his clams, at first I thought it was just something that came with the clams. I then asked what they were and if they were edible, he said “Yes, they are good with vinegar”. “Do you need to cook it? Or use the vinegar to sort of season and cook it?” I replied. He then told me that you can just eat it like that, you can just season it with the sea. All I said was “Awesome!”. He then told me to try it get a small amount then dip it in the ocean and eat it, so I did. Damn it was good, I’m a sucker for seaweed and salads so this for me is a welcome treat. There were still some left and he gestured for me to go ahead and eat it. I just smiled and obliged, healthy breakfast by the sea.
I thanked the very generous island guardian and went on to swim some more. I only have a couple of hours left before the morning boat arrives. I want to make most of this experience so I tried my best to capture the essence of the island through videos.
One more hour, I packed all my stuff and went on to where the boat docks. The sun was really shining bright, so I took the opportunity to hang my still damp gear. I probably annoyed some of the tourists as it was in the way of their photos.
Then with all my stuff I got on the boat. It was now packed with tourists, mostly families all of them happily exchanging stories of their time on the island, then we slowly depart. As we depart I seem to appreciate the island more, it felt as if it was more beautiful and grand now than when I got here yesterday. As it disappears on the horizon I asked myself if the name paradise was apt for the island. I came to the conclusion that it was.