I found myself again on another adventure. I guess it is that time of year when I want to get away from the hustle and bustle of my daily life and just go someplace where I can relax and enjoy Mother Nature. I do not want to go on familiar trails, familiar sights, and familiar roads. I remember a good friend suggesting that I go visit the Philippine Islands which is located in Southeast Asia. So without much ado, I found myself boarding a flight and backpacking to one of its remote islands in what they call the Bicol Region. You see, the Philippines is composed of more than 7,000 islands. You just really have to choose your own adventure.
I decided not to go to its well-known beaches and travel destinations and I tell you there is a lot to choose from. That is how I found myself in the southern part of one of its biggest group of islands and I was so glad about my decision. I went on an overnight camping at this beautiful place called Calaguas and it took my breath away. Local people say that it’s their version of Boracay (one of the most famous beaches in the Philippines) but that seems unfair.
I have seen pictures of Boracay and it is far from the beauty that was before me. Calaguas has its own charm and appeal. There were no hotels, cottages, nor stores along the shore. It was just me, the beach, the trees, and the heavens above. It was serenity at its best. During the day, one can bask under the sun, sit on the powdery white sand, and swim along the clear turquoise waters. During the night, lying down beneath the gazillion stars and hearing the gentle waves of the sea can simply leave you breathless. I got to wish on shooting stars too. It was truly amazing! Check out the pictures I took but they do not even come close to capturing the beauty of Calaguas. You simply have to be there.