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Beach Hazards Warning Sign

Bitoon

Bitoon tree is quite common along seashores and I always mistake it for talisay tree because of its leaves. In Samal Island, I saw people gather several leaves, presumably to be used as folk medicine.

One could also note that not all trees would shed pretty and relatively big flowers with lots of dark pink stamens that you won’t be able to resist in picking them up.

Mermaid Folk Art

A faded mermaid image on the banca–with a face that looks like a portrait of a real human.

Talicud Island

White and then green and then blue.

Pulau Redang

Bukang-Liwayway

Beware of Stingers

Beware of tall jellyfish

Tanjung Aru Beach

Tanjung Aru Beach is a public beach in Kota Kinabalu. When I was there to pass the time before going to the airport, I saw families and a group of young people having picnic, children playing, kite and ice cream ambulant vendors, and people waiting for the sunset. Some ladies, presumably tourists, dramatically posed for photos with the sunset as background.

A kite vendor

An ice cream vendor

At sunset

At twilight

Welcome/Goodbye Road Arch

A welcome (or goodbye) road arch depending which side of the road you are on is common throughout the country. Some have creatures on it like the carabao, while this one in Lian has a balsa (hut on a bamboo raft). I think this represents those picnic hut rafts that you see floating on Lian’s beaches.

A balsa at sundown during high tide

Several balsa as seen from the beach during high tide

Several balsa on the water of Lian’s beach

Seine Fishing at Sunrise

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At sunrise, I watched this couple from afar doing seine fishing by the shore, section per section of this long stretch of beach in Gubat, Sorsogon. At one point, I went near them as they fold their net and saw only a handful of about 4 inches long fish in their catch so far.

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Solar Image Fascination

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Sunrise and the boat

Man has been observing the phases of day through the sun since Paleolithic Era until now, the “Android Age”. So there I was very recently in a tiny island, very mindful of the colors of the day attributed to the sun. Well, it’s our human nature that makes us store in some a place the solar image we’ve seen though not in cave paintings this time.

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Sunrise and the volleyball net on the sandbar

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Sun reflection

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Silver sunset

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Silver twilight

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Dusking

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Another morning once again and this is the image just before the sun became visible

Beach Snapshots: El Nido Town & Caalan

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Life in the tropics (town beach)

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Somewhere at the right side of El Nido town beach

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Either walk or paddle to Caalan beach from the town

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One cannot resist self immersion in the clear waters of Caalan beach

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Famished? Paddle (or walk) to Gawad Kalinga restaurant somewhere in the stretch of Caalan beach that is nearer to the town. The atmosphere was tropically idyllic as you sip fresh buko juice and snack on calamari

Corong Corong Sundown

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Traveling Beach Salesmen

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Sunglasses for sale are displayed on a wooden panel and carried around by vendors. Notably I haven’t seen at least one successful sale transaction so far.

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Puerto Galera Snapshots: Sabang

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Most of the structures by the Sabang beach are dive shops or guest houses for diving tourists

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Diving tourist base

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Jetty for passenger outrigger boats that ply between Batangas and Sabang

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Sabang terminal as the gateway to diving in Puerto Galera

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Ticketing tables for the outrigger boats between Batangas and Sabang

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Inside the outrigger boat bound for Batangas pier. Fare is 230 pesos per passenger

Seaside Interlude

A charming seaside in Antulang Peninsula, Tambobo Bay in Siaton town.

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Abundance of small purple shells

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For the soul, less is more

Zambo Public Beach

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That's the Naval Forces Western Mindanao in the background

It’s a Sunday and locals trooped to this beach beside the Naval Forces Western Mindanao HQ. There were thousands of people in the beach today, including those from a high school grand homecoming group where one can see banners of different batches in different huts from 60’s to present scattered all over the beach.

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Rocky at the shore but sandy a few meters past it. I went in for an uncomplicated fun of soaking in the waters of Basilan Strait

This government managed beach seems a favorite picnic place of the residents.There were other beaches farther from the city but due to the red alert status, locals don’t venture far. Generally, it has been peaceful here even on the day I arrived where the city was on a triple red alert status.

Of Canine and Sunning

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How dogs use the solarization furniture of humans

Banca Boatyard

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This banca will take 5 days to finish and sells for 15,000 pesos

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Banca making is a livelihood here in Malapascua island

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He maintains the banca of others

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Working daily by the white sand beach. Such a beautiful workplace

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Men build bancas, women mend fishing nets

Bounty Beach

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A quiet beach where one can see solo travelers walking barefoot on the white sand. A quiet place to run too

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It's low season at this time of the year, but it doesn't mean the sun won't come up most of the time

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Mostly Europeans of varied ages are the frequent visitors of this place

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Setting foot on Malapascua Island instead of SM Aura where I've never been inside yet no matter all the hype of this and that coming to Manila, else I'll just be like the rest

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Original beauty remains despite of typhoon Yolanda's destruction of most boats and structures in this island. See that decapitated coconut tree courtesy of Miss Yolanda?

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Practically most boats are new in the island, as most boats were destroyed by typhoon Yolanda

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