People's Paradise

In lieu of wet and cold Salzburg photos, I am (late) posting one of my beach trips with my best friend Jade. This was really not spontaneous but it was definitely unplanned.

Wow, that did not make any sense at all. Lol.

Okay, let me explain. It wasn't spontaneous in the sense that the idea didn't spring to our minds that morning and we decided to get on with it. Months before I went home, we were really planning on going out of town - just the two of us - for some good old bonding. It was just that we had no idea where to go. Finally, we talked about it over Messenger, decided when to go, but still never got to decide where to go.

Until the night of September 24, we were still arguing and did not seem to have a well polished plan. "Should we go to Guimaras? Ok but where in Guimaras? Tatlong Pulo? Or we can go to Roxas! No? What about Boracay? Still no? Okay te sige linte ma Villa Baybay nalang ta ah!" Hahahahahahahaha we are an exquisite waste of time to each other sometimes.

Basta, let's go. Anywhere. To any beach!


So in the morning of our trip, (naks!) we packed our so-called beach essentials, met each other, bought some chips and alcohol and rode a cab to Ortiz Port. Guimaras, it is.

We went to People's Paradise, or also known as Balingasag Beach Resort. It is just beside Tatlong Pulo, the one where I originally wanted to go but Jade had already been there and People's Paradise was also recommended to me by my other friend and she told me the place was nice and not packed with people.

True enough, when we arrived, we were the only ones there. For a good hour though. Lol. Four other people also came but then they went island hopping by renting a kayak, so we still seem to have the island to ourselves. The good conversation started when we had our drinks, and then we talked about stuff. Then, we swam, and drank, ate, and talked, and drank, and swam again and again.

It was a simple and memorable one for me. The weather somehow did not cooperate - as you can see, no blue skies and sunshine - but still we had a great time. I really miss and love spending time with my friends. They're my safe haven and I will always be grateful for them. Jade is one of the persons I trust my life stories with. I'm happy that our friendship has reached this far and we may have grown separately as a person, the connection we had never ceased. There are days or weeks where we don't talk to each other, and that's absolutely okay. Once we do, it's like nothing has ever changed. Our friendship has no pressure at all, and no pretensions.

I guess it's safe to say this trip just made me value her, and my friends a whole lot more than I already do.

xo, Yaniee

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