Beach-peditions.

Going to the beach is always a good idea.Β The last time I went to the beach it was pretty much gloomy, literally and figuratively. This time, the sun’s really up! and I mean really up. The beach’s water is blue, sand’s perfectly white and the breeze makes you want to get that four seasons cocktail and just chill and never mind the work load you have left behind in the city. Pack up your things and get away. But mostly, what happens to me is that I forget a lot of things to bring, and I mean a lot but I’d always make up for such loss. So here are some tips. If you’re planning on going on to somewhere ‘beachy” or not, do not forget to write an itinerary and a listing of the clothes or things you’d like to bring with you. Also, you might wanna bring with you towels or the traditional “malong” if you’re backpacking because not all destinations provide you with dressing rooms, they come in handy. Always re-hydrate your body so you won’t get heat strokes. And lastly what’s important is how you spend your beach holiday. And oh! here’s a beach tip: Don’t forget to put sunscreen, or else. πŸ™‚

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Love, Tim

DIGYO: Stole My Heart

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Away from the hustle and bustle of the city life awaits the Cuatro Islas of Leyte. Four uniquely beautiful islands with pristine coastlines. I was enchanted to have roamed one of the four. Digyo, the smallest but the most alluring of them all captured my heart.

The journey starts with a boat ride from the port and in around 30 to 45 minutes travel time. Mind you, the waves there can be a challenge, so I suggest, you travel in the morning but if you’re an adventure junkie you might as well keep up with the waves. Once you reach the island you’ll see below the white sand and the different marine animals lurking therein. The island features nothing less than untouched beauty. Locals are few, there are only eight houses in the island and solar panels power the island lamp posts. Please charge your phones and cameras or bring many power banks as possible.

At night time, the wind is chilly but not biting. I, myself, slept in the sand and it was an amazing experience, no tents, no mosquito repellents, no reservations, just a blanket. The best part of that night was the glorious skyline full of stars because it’s far from light pollution. You’ll certainly get in touched and feel one with nature.

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You’d definitely need to bring sea goggles. The view below is as amazing as the view above. If you have underwater cameras then you’d definitely have a blast.

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Sunbathing is a must, but please, put on some sunscreen to protect the skin you’re in. There aren’t enough tall trees that could shade you in the seashore.

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I’d definitely go loco for some cocos. There are a lot.

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If you have a soft spot for seafoods, then you better gear up because the island offers so many different fresh produce. From shells, to different varieties of fish. Surely, it would be a gastronomic feast. Simple life hack: Bring someone who knows how to cook! Numnum

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Perhaps the best thing that the island gave to me was taking away a part of something that I needed to let out that I have kept in for quite sometime. I can’t lie, I really have a soft spot for beaches. They usually take my stress away. The best and humane form of pain relievers and water therapy at its finest.

I’d definitely be back. The three islands better be ready.

Tim.