Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beach Therapy

“The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.” - Isak Dinesen

The beach has healed much of my emotional wounds in the past. Mind you, without even the aid of alcohol. I regard such as utterly amazing. Each of us (some collectively) flock to heavenly shores under the command of diverse purposes. To celebrate, to escape, to grieve, to de-stress, to re-energize, to accidentally bump into "the one", and the cliche-est of them all... to do "soul searching".

I grew up in a country with 7,100+ islands and I can boldly say that the beach can soothe anybody's restless soul. The water's hues, the sound of the crashing waves, and the feel of powdery sand in between the toes are therapeutic. They calmed the irresolute me.

Life has been hectic the past few weeks. So my midsummer night's dream? To lay on the sands of these destinations in the Philippines where my unstable soul recuperated. And then some.

1. Boracay, Aklan

Was never in my travel bucket. My dad, who visited the island in the 80's, described it as a surreal tropical paradise. I went so we could compare notes. He scratched his head when I started talking about 'em laser lights.

Oddly my first solo beach trip. I didn't dare accept Cocomanga's "15 and still standing" Shot Challenge. Nursed my melancholy with a bottle of wine instead.

2. Maira-ira Beach (Blue Lagoon), Ilocos Norte

A surprising find. Prior to our visit, I've never heard nor read about this place. Made me so proud to be Pinoy. Made me forget I was with someone too. Almost left him behind. Seriously.

3. Pink Beach, Zamboanga

One cannot set foot on the island without the Tourist Police. Look what I briefly borrowed from them! Oh how empowering (and exhausting) it was to hang that around my neck!

4. Dancalan Beach, Sorsogon

As deserted as we longed it to be. A place where an ex flame was bitten by the travel bug. We matched the freezing breeze (brought about by an impending storm) with lukewarm beer. We did a toast to our "call center life".

5. Malamawi Beach, Basilan

I have never been so scared to strip down to my bikini! Our lazy afternoon was spent munching on grilled fresh seafood, strolling along the fine stretch of white beach... and being videoed by locals.

6. Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

Where we defrosted our ice-cold arses, fresh from China. Our last stop for our honeymoon. Post wedding shenanigans with my camping friends.

7. Kagusuan Beach, Siquijor

I was two months pregnant when we did our Cebu-Dumaguete-Siquijor-Bacolod trip in just eight days. This spot, a piece of paradise virtually devoid of tourists, was our fave.

8. Magalawa Island, Zambales

A picture of a shiny, happy, 6-month preggy camper. Babymoon spent on an island with very basic amenities, not at some posh hotel. I remember how badly I missed the outdoors. I dragged my heavy self out of town to experience it once again.

9. Morong Beach, Batanes

Thanks to SEAIR, this backpacker mum had a break from parenting duties. I won an all-expense-paid trip to Batanes! On this beach, I giggled with fellow winners - like a carefree teenager, which hasn't happened for a long time.

10. San Juan, La Union

Our daughter Luna's first beach trip. She was about two months, one week then. We traversed the zigzagging Naguilian Highway from Baguio to La Union via public bus. It was a momentous event for me and the hubby... because she's finally backpacking too!

How about you? Which beach/es served as your refuge?


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Supertikoy said...
May 8, 2011 at 10:07 PM

paano ang setup nyo dito --- Malamawi Beach, Basilan. same din ba sa Zamboanga? parang masaya rin dyan?!

Con Tour said...
May 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM


Truly. Salt Water is really a cure for anything. Boredom, stress buster, a therapy of anything. On physical aspect,it would also cure asthma.

tina said...
May 8, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Nice collection Gay :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 8, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Hey Jerome, what do you mean setup? Hehe. I went to Basilan in 2006. Safe naman and the people were very nice to me.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 8, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Bonz, really? It can cure asthma? Never knew that. Awesome!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 8, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Thanks Tina!

rome said...
May 8, 2011 at 11:46 PM

astig!!! ang gaganda naman ng mga pinupuntahan mo! I liked the pictures!!!

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Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 8, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Of course Rome... yan ang kagandahan ng Pilipinas!

Grace said...
May 9, 2011 at 2:45 AM

That's something you don't see a lot in the Philippines- a babe in a bikini holding a gun! I love the beach round up. How was the Basilan experience? I've been thinking of exploring more of Mindanao is it difficult for girls to travel solo there?

Seair Flights to Singapore said...
May 9, 2011 at 7:10 AM

What wonderful pictures! What camera are you using if you don't mind me asking? Great blog as well!...and I definitely agree.. salt water IS the cure for everything!!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 9, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Grace, Basilan was awesome. I met some locals in Zamboanga who helped me with my itinerary. I reckon it's safe to travel in Mindanao. But one's gotta be real wary though :) I'd love to explore Mindanao more also.

Supertikoy said...
May 9, 2011 at 8:31 AM


yung may military officers kayong kasama while beach bumming hehehe

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 9, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Haha! S.O.P. yun. Pagdating sa jump off (mainland Zamboanga), when you hire a boat, tatawag na sila ng Tourist Police. They'll escort you to and fro the island.

Bonzenti [Con Tour] said...
May 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM


Morning lang gawin pag maligo sa dagat. mga 15 minutes. Tanggal asthma niyan ba. early stage pa sa child. Misis ko. Pag ka 7 years old niya tanggal na. sa Manila Bay pa yon ha. nung hindi pa polluted. hehehe.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 9, 2011 at 9:41 AM

That is amazing! Will keep that in mind. Thanks for sharing that info Bonz :)

sometimes kim & sometimes mj said...
May 9, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Buti ka pa nakapag Basilan at Zamboanga na, it's such a shame for us to be residing in Mindanao but haven't been to those places yet. *facepalm*

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Hi Kim/Mj! That's alright. I'm from Luzon and I haven't been to all of the provinces here rin. Hihi.

aeirin said...
May 9, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Oh My! sa 10 list na to, San Juan, La Union palang napupuntahan ko... FAIL

Hopefully, matuloy ang boracay next month =)

We're also planning to go to Nagsasa!! Mas prefer ko ung d crowded e...

Thanks for sharing this Gay! hope to see you soon!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 9, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Hi Iris! Sana nga matuloy Boracay nyo next month, let's pray for good weather :)

DuNi said...
May 9, 2011 at 7:50 PM

its true... sea water is a cure... especially for the skin...

i had a 1 week old, partly bleeding wound when we went to Anawangin last Holy Week... it dried up after 2 days...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 9, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Just 2 days, Duni? Galing!

Rain's Travels said...
May 9, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Thumbs up for having visited a beach in Basilan!

freeze said...
May 9, 2011 at 11:14 PM

hi, lovely collection! now i'm missing the sea breeze. :D

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 9, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Thank you Rain and Freeze!

Freeze, I also miss the sea breeze :)

nina said...
May 9, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Nakakaiyak namang basahin to... gusto kong mag beach!

Anonymous said...
May 10, 2011 at 2:15 AM

What shame - I've only been to one! And it's #1, where the entire party Pilipinas have been. Tsk tsk.... I should be more beachy than bitchy.

joey said...
May 10, 2011 at 2:37 AM

Been to ilocos norte and the beach there was sooooo nice.. serene and calm.. you should try to go to bohol they have nice beaches there too.. im hoping i could go backpacking too and just see and enjoy places..

nice blogs you have.. :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 10, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Hahaha! Nina, naiiyak nako... I wanna go to da beach!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 10, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Aj, it is never too late to be beachy :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 10, 2011 at 7:27 AM

Joey, been to Panglao. It is indeed beautiful, but I kinda got a not-so-good memory of the place.

EFT Tapping said...
May 10, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Wow. experience more.. I've been to Palawan. and it's absolutely amazing.

What Causes Anxiety said...
May 10, 2011 at 7:43 AM

This is a great post. You are sharing to the world how beautiful the Philippine islands are.

Ian said...
May 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

The beach has always been a great de-stressor in me... each seascape sight around makes me calm, relax and into intuitive thinking...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Same here Ian... it's such a soothing sight!

journeyingjames said...
May 10, 2011 at 2:12 PM

traveling is therapeutic talaga and these 10 beaches leaves me speechless, super ganda.
teka, di pa ako nakakapunta sa kikay beach sa zamboanga.
saka bakit walang palawan?

Tripadora said...
May 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

astig nung sa pink beach sa zamboanga! love the pic, gay! :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 10, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Thanks James! Isama mo sa upcoming trip mo ang Zamboanga... I didn't include Palawan kasi Puerto Princesa pa lang napuntahan ko dun :(

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 10, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Izah, I sooo love that photo. Caption nyan lagi, "protect nature". Hihi.

Rizalenio said...
May 10, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Your Nagsasa photo is the best...esp the last photo. Hello there, Luna. Sooo cute. :)

I suddenly miss Nagsasa.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 10, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Thanks Lito :) Luna was having tantrums there, mainit kasi. Hihi. Kakagaling pa naman namin ng Baguio.

*mOmOt KuYiT* said...
May 10, 2011 at 11:58 PM

ang cute ni luna! parang nagiisip na sya ng susunod na beach hehe...

Nelieta said...
May 11, 2011 at 4:54 AM

That must be wonderful to grow up amongst 7100 islands! Wow, do you ever get tired of the ocean? Some days I really, really miss the ocean..hmmm, you are so lucky!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 11, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Momotski, haha! Nasundan na pagbeach nya after that. And same beach actually.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 11, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Nelieta, will never ever get tired of the ocean :)

Tripper10 said...
May 11, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Hello po... ganda naman ng pics..:)

What camera did you use? Thanks... :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM

I am using a Nikon D40.

lakwatsera de primera said...
May 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

beach kung beach talaga ang listahan na to, can't wait to see luna wearing two-piece in your next beach escapade :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM

She's got a two piece bikini now. I wonder when and where she'd be able to finally wear it...

My Lovely Adventures said...
May 11, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I can so relate with this beach therapy. The beach is still the best place to do soul-searching and we're lucky because we've got lots of beaches to choose from in the Phils. Reading this makes me wanna go to the beach soon :-)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 11, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Yeah, heaps of choices! From powdery white, to cream to gray to black, to pink! Awesome archipelago!

Chyng said...
May 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM

nostalgic! lovely post, Gay.
cant wait to check out Zamboanga and Basilan's beaches too! matapang ang may life insurance! Ü

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Haha! Chyng, duwag na ang may anak ;p

caz said...
May 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Adding all those beaches on my list! I love beaches :D Potipot Island is on top of my quick beach getaways :)

pinaytraveljunkie said...
May 12, 2011 at 1:44 PM

I have not been to Potipot Island, Astrid. Will check it out sometime :)

Alfandi said...
May 13, 2011 at 3:52 AM

The Nagsasa Beach looks tempting..beautiful..

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2011 at 9:11 AM

winner ang last pic! :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Thanks happysole :) Winner talaga pag kasama si baby sa trip!

Anonymous said...
May 15, 2011 at 11:35 PM

You should go to Caramoan in Bicol. I went there with my friends last summer and we let the waves "wash away our pain". Hahaha. :)

tengturista said...
May 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM

i want to go to these beaches! 3 p lng sa listahan mo ang npunthan ko! nice collection gay!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 16, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Thanks Teng :) Dami ko pang dapat puntahang beaches in the country.

Pinoy Boy Journals said...
May 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Gay, lagi akong bumabalik sa post na toh! ang ganda grabe ng picks mo for the beaches. off the beaten path pero accessible pa rin!!! good job! :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Thanks Jerik! Isama na ang beaches na yan sa bucket list :)

skulgirltrx said...
May 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

i love this post! inspires me to make one being a beach person myself. thanks for sharing!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 24, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Make a list too! Looking forward to it :)

charmie tamba said...
July 3, 2011 at 9:39 PM

wow! sta cruz and malawi's from my area! :D i envy you dahil til now di pa ako nakakapunta ng malamawi... hehehe

i have a HUUUGE love for maira-ira beach too! been there twice that me and my friends just stayed there the whole time instead of going on a tour around pagudpud... hehehe :D

la union's my fave too... dying to go back and surf! probably once my son's out already... il turn him into a backpacker too! hehehehe

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 4, 2011 at 6:42 AM

Wow, you got a boy coming, Charmie? Congrats in advance. You got a new backpacking buddy!

Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...
September 10, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Great photos! I always love beaches that are not crowded, like having it all for yourself. How I wish I could step on the beaches of Zamboanga and Jolo someday.

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