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Country Travels: My Love For Desert Islands

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 by in Travel | 0 comments

My dream job was to be an adventurer. I was once a contributor, which
was the closest thing. I got a chance to visit some desert islands,
which was what I liked most (about my work). Whenever I saw a powdery
coastline, I thought I was Arkady Fielder (in Speedo).

Beach off Caticlan

Beach off Caticlan

I visited Cantilan, a municipality in the northern part of Surigao del
Sur, many moons ago. Only a few isles in this town, but there were
lots of pocket beaches. I stopped counting after five, as I was
tempted to jump off the boat, swim towards the beach, and have my
Robinson Crusoe moment. Under the April sun, the sands were
mesmerizing. I waited for several hours before settling on one islet
and frolic (in the Pacific sea).

Months after that trip, I was in (open) sea again, on my way to
Sarangani group of islands. It was night time, and my guide told me
that Indonesia was a few hours away by boat. I wasn’t interested in
that piece of information, as my eyes were fixed on a fog slowly
approaching the wharf. (It was like a scene from John Carpenter’s “The
Fog”.) The next day, we braved choppy water to reach Olaniban Island.
It was my special request, as its white sands glistened from the
distance. I tried to walk around the circular isle, slowly, sinking my
feet into those fine granules. Then I sat down, rubbing my sandy feet
off each other, in able to feel the sand. (I was oblivious to Balut
Volcano, which wasn’t far away.)

Bucas Grande Island

Bucas Grande Island

I never have enough of this kind of experience, so by chance, I went
to Bucas Grande Island, off Claver, Surigao del Norte (about two years
after my sally in Saranggani). It was hard to tell if Bucas was one
island or a cluster of islets, as vegetation camouflaged the place. I
stopped wondering later that night, as the stars made the isle
surreal. It turned eerie by the sounds of insects and mammals (that I
hardly guessed), which was overwhelming.



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