January 14, 2016

Apo Island

Posted in Traveling Minstrel Journals at 15:11 by Miracle

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Before the closing of the day, the children of Apo Island come out to play. I, the unsuspecting and common visitor, was there to swim with giant sea turtles, see the thriving underwater life, glassy waters, and unique rock formations, and was thoroughly fulfilled; but nobody told me that when the day-tourists have sailed back to the mainland, dozens of lighthearted children painted gold by the setting sun reclaim their territory on the beach and become the island’s most dazzling spectacle. In such places and in such moments, the spirit expands, and you are reminded of how life is supposed to be. I have always wondered why they call this island “Apo” (grandchild). I’d like to believe that it was named for its children; past, present, and future – all golden.

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After three failed attempts to visit this place within the last three years, Apo Island ceased to be elusive and finally revealed its splendor to me.

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Misha and I had too much fun that we forgot to put on sunscreen before apricating in the sand and sea. I, therefore, share these photos with a sore and sunburnt face, but happily.

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As if two days’ worth of visual opium were not enough, we spent an evening by the shore looking at constellations against a cobalt sky. There was a shooting star! But there are no photographs of that… because such is the nature of shooting stars, wishes, and the most beautiful sentiments.

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“As if you were on fire from within… The moon lives in the lining of your skin.” – Pablo Neruda

 

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