Summer in the Island

Went to one of the two islands in my city for field work. I have been looking forward to this opportunity because the last time I was in this island, I really thought it was very beautiful and clean. I gave a lecture to the residents and then saw patients for consultations. After that, it was just one wonderful summer island experience. Enjoy the pictures!

I’m still shy to show you guys my face and all. (I keep on hoping that none of my friends or people who actually know me would stumble upon this blog. Please!) I had that tattoo as a way of reminding myself always that indeed sometimes you need to let things go.

ImageIt was low tide and this starfish was just bathing itself in the afternoon sun. Farther away are kids looking for sea urchins. I’m not really sure what they do with it. I think, and I am guessing here, they pickle it or something. Dunno.

ImageThere’s my co-worker and friend, who did not come prepared for the beach. 🙂

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This island is not a resort. It is a simple fishing community with simple, loving folks living in it. It is clean and just breath taking!

ImageAnd at this time of year, middle of summer, the water was so still…traveling to and from the island was so wave-free and therefore stress-free. They say, during the monsoon season, a boat can be tossed high up in the waves and only islanders (who are great “boat drivers” and swimmers) risk to travel these seas.

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Aside from being fishermen/women, they also make “banig” or mats. The material grows locally. The leaves are first dried and then dyed and then woven into these beautiful mats.

ImageImageAnd of course, the sunset. Just perfect.

ImageImageAnd then after dinner, instead of sleeping in the room they provided for me, I opted to sleep in a tent at the beach. And I didn’t make the wrong decision. Demit, the night was so beautiful! Before going in the tent, my friends and I laid in a mat and gazed at the stars. The sky was so full of stars, there were fireflies flying around, the wind was not too strong and not too cold, and the silence, oh the silence! We stayed up until around 1 am just talking about everything and anything and gushing every now and then on how wonderful and how perfect the night was. Of course, my Nex 5t couldn’t take photos of the stars nor the fireflies. But trust me, it was all amazing!

This little house is where the fishermen would clean and store the fishes they catch, before they deliver them to whoever their buyers are.

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Bonfire!ImageSummer 2014 is not over yet…but this is definitely the highlight of mine.

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