It was early in the morning when we began getting ready for a trip to an island called Guimaras. My cousin Fae went home on a vacation from another country so we decided to unwind at the beach and go island hopping along with my other cousins and friends. It was only just for a day but we had so much fun.
The sun burned our skin but the wind blew our hair as we traveled across the ocean. It was a 30 minute pump boat ride, or even less than that. I think it was my fault but we went to a wrong place. We were supposed to go to the other side of the island but I insisted that it was on this side. I didn’t know why I was so sure. I guess it’s because I haven’t had enough sleep from being too excited. Luckily, the guide said that the travel time would still be the same regardless of which part of the island we came from. Phew! Thank God! We occupied the whole jeepney and it was an hour ride to the beach resort, Raymen’s.
We were greeted with white sand, blue waters and coconut trees. No matter how many times I’ve been here already, its beauty still amazes me. The water seems so inviting but we were more excited about the 2 hour island hopping trip so off we go!
We rode on a pump boat again along with a tour guide who entertainingly introduced the islands to us. Most of them were private owned by foreigners. Fun fact: a foreigner cannot buy an island here in the Philippines without a Filipina wife. Some has made it into a resort while some built houses on top of it and maybe it’s their beach house or summer house or whatever you call it.
The sea was pretty calm that day but when the boat increases its speed, I can’t help but feel the waves with my hand.
I think this is called the Turtle Island. I wonder why cuz I haven’t seen any turtles in there. haha. We got off the boat and explored this tiny island for awhile. The water was so clear and there were huge rocks.
We also went inside a cave and took a dip there. I forgot to bring my swimsuit which sucks so I just took a dip in my dress. Something bit me and it was so itchy. I don’t know if it’s a jellyfish or something else but it was just enough for me to climb up again on the boat. I guess I was just traumatized when I stepped on something when I was young and it made my skin really red and blotchy.
The whole ride was pretty fun. I just met my cousin’s friends that day but we bonded. We talked about love mostly and learned a thing or two.
We were pretty famished when the ride ended. So we ordered a bunch of Filipino food and it was delicious. Some of us slept but I walked around the island for a bit and took a lot of photos. I think I also took a photo of my cousin sleeping. haha.
It was time to go and we rode on a tricycle this time. It was an hour and a half ride. My cousin’s friend Kuya Egyl tried to have a conversation with me but most of the time I didn’t understand what he was saying cuz I was really tired. I couldn’t help but sleep on that ride and thankfully, he stopped bothering me with his ghost stories.
And this is when the sun bends its knees to kiss the ocean. It was already dark when we went back to the city. I was dead tired but I had to meet someone so I did. And this was only just the beginning.