They say that beyond the commonplace existence, you will find one place that will captivate you and make you fall in the love that you wish you can stay there forever. As our boat approached the beautiful Anawangin Cove, I was enamoured by the scenery that I instantly fell in love with the place. Perhaps the sense of serenity is so inviting that it attracts the senses and makes you want to explore the mystifying beauty within its shore.

As I set my foot ashore, amidst the playful rush of waves, I cannot help but feel the peaceful vibes of the island. It is such a place where time stood still and all your worries and cares of the commonplace world will be forgotten. The fine, white sand welcomes you and the majestic hills that embrace the place is so lusciously green that you automatically respond to the relaxation that it is offering its guests. The place is literally void of the technological advancement of the modern world, having no network coverage, no electricity and no advance water source (aside from one hand pump) . But its primitiveness adds up to its charm and it does not devoid one’s experience of valuable existence. One would think that for our modern generation who basks into the glory of modern living, one could not survive the non-existence of the amenities that we are commercially feed to live in. But surprisingly, this quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, will lead you to inner peace that only communing with the nature can bring. Perhaps, our DNAs are programmed to embrace the world in its natural and earthly charm.

As the night approaches, the songs of the crickets are music to one’s ear and I wondered how many young people have missed out the simple joys of hearing such wonderful works of nature today. And in this place, I rediscover the things reminiscent of my childhood- shadow plays, story-telling with friends, listening to the plain, unedited renditions of lullabyes and songs; things that bring reconnection to the people and things I valued most and rekindle my passions which were set aside in exchange for chasing city lights and living the modern life. I come to the realization that happiness and contentment are not always relevant on how much you achieve by working hard. Most often, they can be found if you have inner peace in your heart and in your soul.

I left Anawangin a different person. The beautiful experience was embedded in me that to write about it this day was like a journey back to the place; as if I have been transported to this cove once again to relive its charm. And the beauty of it will be imprinted into my mind until the time that I can come back and fell in love with the place all over again.



The Beauty of the Amber Skies

There is always a different captivating beauty of the sunset skies. I don’t know why, but I am drawn to the mesmerizing horizon of the setting sun that produces a colorful skyline between the light and dark. What fascinates me most is that the magical effect which is no more than a fleeting show but produces lasting effect on one’s human soul.

I have been to many places in the country and as always, I collect beautiful memories of the amber skies as souvenirs. And no sunset is the same, each produces different aura that delves deeper into consciousness. Here are some of the most memorable sunset views that I have enjoyed in my travels:


The Skyline
Antipolo is the window at the outskirts of the metro. Wherever you look during sunset, one can find the striking contrast of the skyline to the cities below coming alive with little lights like fireflies awaking to the night sky.


A Peek of the Pacific
Calm and colorful, sunset at Manila Bay is one of the breathtaking view one can experience. The blue and calm waters of the Pacific playfully enjoins the last vestige of the sunlight, making the skies above a canvass of colorful hues that paints into the hearts of those who are mesmerized by its magic.


Stairway to Heaven

Somewhere along the winding roads of the Atok, Benguet stood the high and mighty mountains of terraces that seems to extend up to the heavens. One cannot help but to stop for a while and admire these stairways to heaven while the sun is coming down to kiss them and pay homage to the ancient people who labored hard to pass on the everlasting gift of love to their proud descendants.


Laid back Horizon

The cold breeze touches your skin while the soft lapping of the sea wave to your feet presents a lasting charm to your consciousness as the sun quietly meets the high seas at the horizon of Anawangin in San Antonio, Zambales. The songs of the crickets that signals the approaching peaceful night will lull you to sleep unless you want to stay up a little bit and huddle in a bonfire to savor the serenity of the place that makes you want to stay forever.


Coming Home

There is nothing more humbling than watching the marriage of the sun and the seas in my own hometown in Candelaria, Zambales. The magnificent and playful shadows of the approaching night is a reminicent of my youth, of the childhood fantasies and the small footsteps towards realization. Coming home to the sunset that nurtures your being is one of the most wonderful feeling in the world.

Perhaps the reason why I was drawn to sunset is because It presents inner peace within. Its possesses a vibrant appeal amidst its amber horizon. It heals the heart and the soul from the hustle of daily living. Or perhaps, the reason why I love the sunset is the promise it brings that tomorrow will be another great day to look forward to.