from where i stand…of endless sands and sea…SUMILON is the place to be! :)

since it has been the peak of the summer months, i then realized that i really haven’t gone to this place for quiet a while… I’ve been searching for my own sanctuary of solace and had been missing it.

on the hustle and bustle of the city life, i missed having the opportunity to gaze at the crystal clear waters that showed the rich and bountiful sea life Cebu has to offer. i often consider myself lucky that i have been born and raised as a pure Cebuana, given the fact that the Queen City of the South has a lot to offer. in this day and age, seldom do i find the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

a few years ago, i ventured to go radical. i had the biggest decision to make at my life that time. it was a turning point in my career. i had to take a big break from the continuing stress of my life. since graduating from college, i was very aggressive to find a job that can support me. venturing out to the corporate world, i landed into one of the most common jobs…being a call center agent, a tech support i should say. this somehow took a toll on me. juggling reviews for the nursing licensure exam and keeping up with the demands of the job made me think twice of what i will do in the future. as they say, if God closes a door, Mama Mary will open a window full of opportunities. and true enough, i got mine.

as i traveled to the sleepy coastal municipality of Oslob, memories of childhood summers floodgate and i cant help but be fascinated of how i have been travelling all my life. summers are usually spent either in the highlands or either in the coast.

here is one perfect job interview/quick unexpected getaway that i was really glad that i took it.

after travelling for 3 hours and a half, here is what i have discovered. a paradise on earth indeed! 🙂 i just miss SUMILON ISLAND so much that i have created this blog to remind me that someday, i will go back again to this place and spend my summer beach frolic or my summer night star gazing. 🙂

disclaimer: these photos have been taken a few years ago. this might have changed over the years. but nonetheless, the memories are still the same. 🙂

the rocky pebbles in the mainland as opposed to the fine sand in the island
the rocky pebbles in the mainland as opposed to the fine sand in the island

one would really notice the play of pebbles, dead corals and shell bits on these beach. i really had a great time trying to name the shells present on that beach.

 

this is the main reception area for the guests. :)
this is the main reception area for the guests. 🙂

relaxing furniture of Filipino ingenuity is the key to give this area a homey ambiance.

the focal point of the mainland reception area...where you can reflect and organize thoughts
the focal point of the mainland reception area… where you can reflect and organize thoughts… 🙂

at high noon, these plants provide a cooling effect to the guests. not just for decoration or beautification, it provides you a peak of what the island can offer.

the jump off point towards the island
the jump off point towards the island
this will serve as the link to pass going to the island :) at the end of this is a waiting outrigger.
this will serve as the link to pass going to the island 🙂 at the end of this is a waiting outrigger.

as i made my journey to the island, memories floodgate again as i imagine myself back in my childhood embarking on a summer odyssey with cousins and other relatives. we made it a very fun filled journey and we worshiped the sun as we went to the island…still at its haggard, abandoned state but nevertheless, transformed into something like paradise.

as i made my decision to work for the company, i realized that i wasn’t really working at all. i am enjoying the great creation of God. i am also discovering bits and pieces on history, on how to create ways to preserve what was already there, to educate fellow staffs that taking good care of the resources we had is one way of keeping the balance.

in my short stint at this island i call my second home, i came to discover my true self of being a Viajera [traveler]. i have ventured and pushed beyond my limits and also discovered how it will be to live beyond the usual and to live on an island with extreme weather and unpredictable tides.

i was able to realize that the true measure of being a viajera is not only with the places that i have ventured, on the cliffs that i trekked, on the sandy beach that i tread on, but with how i was able to leave and indelible mark on the lives of my colleagues and as well as everyone that i have met.

one of the sights during the cliff trek... :)
one of the sights during the cliff trek… 🙂
this is the facade of room 1, usually used as registration site for corporate events...
this is the facade of room 1, usually used as registration site for corporate events…
top view of the entire lagoon area where you can go kayak and fish feeding.
top view of the entire lagoon area where you can go kayak and fish feeding.
the stairway going to the sand bar, the most prized hideaway of the island.
the stairway going to the sand bar, the most prized hideaway of the island.
this area is one of the public areas where fisher folk took refuge during squalls and typhoons. this is located at the tip of the island.
this area is one of the public areas where fisher folk took refuge during squalls and typhoons. this is located at the tip of the island.
the fine sand that captivates guests over and over again
the fine sand that captivates guests over and over again
who wouldn't want to spend the sunset with their significant others if the place is just as romantic as this? :) [sandbar facing Dumaguete shore]
who wouldn’t want to spend the sunset with their significant others if the place is just as romantic as this? 🙂 [sandbar facing Dumaguete shore]
having sunset dinners in the sandbar provide you a feel of being one with nature and also, of being aware of that ecological balance is important to achieve this.
having sunset dinners in the sandbar provide you a feel of being one with nature and also, of being aware of that ecological balance is important to achieve this.
who would not want something to cool you down after a long cliff trek? or perhaps a long snorkel and dive session? :) guess what, these drinks had been topnotch since the last time i was there! :)
who would not want something to cool you down after a long cliff trek? or perhaps a long snorkel and dive session? 🙂 guess what, these drinks had been topnotch since the last time i was there! 🙂

suns and storms may characterize my life, but one thing is for sure, once a Viajera, always a Viajera! 🙂 i will never stop exploring since everyday is a learning process and feedback analysis.

i never stopped hoping that one day, i will be able to spend my summers here in this little island paradise i called my second home. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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