My Summer Essentials

Monday, March 25, 2013




My summer essentials: trusty flip flops, ice cold drink, cute shades and a huge starfish!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Vanishing Island view, Samal Island

Thursday, March 7, 2013




A lake somewhere you say? This is actually the view of the opposite island from the Vanishing, well, Island.


Vanishing Island, Samal Island

Monday, March 4, 2013




It’s worth mentioning that we arrived at this island in style.

We were brought here by Pieter of Samal Island Huts (where we stayed) via his toy speedboat!


As you noticed, the blue skies played with us. Didn’t want to show her face obviously, she just peeked through the whites and grays. Nevertheless I enjoyed my stay here. A little stroll there, a little snorkel there, and we’re off. We actually experienced the island vanishing, with the water going up slowly by the minute. How cool is that!



Monfort Bat Sanctuary, Samal Island

Saturday, March 2, 2013




"Enter freely and of your own free will!"

― Bram Stoker, Dracula


I was freaked out overwhelmed.  It wasn’t exactly a sweet and fragrant visit but it was definitely memorable and I was extremely amazed. Can you tell? Never have I seen anything by this number in my entire life. Thousands, no, maybe millions of fruit bats screeching, hanging, sleeping. Wow. This guys aren’t Guinness World Record holders for nothing. They must look eerily beautiful when flying out of their bat caves. So note to self: make sure to be at the Vanishing Island next time to watch this whole river of fruit bats emerge from their hellholes. That would be one epic gothic moment.