“Eka, you need the beach.”

Those were words from a friend who knew I was going through a downtime. It’s funny how people have associated my happiness with the ocean; they’re partially right about that. 🌊

I was gradually trying to come to terms with the realization that I needed to put down a novel I’ve been reading for almost half a year. It still hurts from time to time.  The writer isn’t done writing, and both the writer and reader would suffer if the chapters were kept unfinished. The story’s really amazing; in another universe, it surely would’ve been spectacular. Do what you have to do, you’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

I would’ve loved to keep reading… if only things were different.

In that short amount of time, the novel’s every word managed to slither into untouched parts of my soul. It’s become a favorite; I haven’t read another book since.

But this particular trip made me realize that at this phase of my life, the only chapters that matter are the ones I’ve written. So I started to write again.

“Write your own story and don’t apologize for the edits that you make.”

ACACIA RESORT, ANILAO

That weekend, Cat and I drove to Anilao. She’s finishing her PADI certification, and we both needed… to rest. We checked-in at Acacia Resort, our home away from home! I can’t remember the last time I slept that peacefully. 😴✨

ABT THE WKND: Well… I ate and drank to my heart’s content and grounded myself in the ocean. 😊

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Trust me, no other resort in Anilao could compare to their food and service. The chefs knew how to spoil their guests! πŸ˜‹  70% of our time was spent in their al fresco dining, eating and drinking from sunrise til sunset. πŸ˜‚  Ahhhh could everyday please be like this?

Acacia tree


DIVING

We rented dive equipment and arranged boats when we arrived at the resort. 🚀

Zen level 100 x Cat and I

Most popular dive sites in Anilao quoted from Acacia Resort’s website:

Twin Rocks – Home to a great school of jackfish, this site is at an easy 20m with a vast coral garden.

Cathedral – One of the most famous of all Anilao’s dives, the site is so named because of a concrete cross that sits at 15m in between 2 huge boulders teeming with marine life. The cross was brought down in the 80’s after it was blessed by Pope John Paul II.

Secret Bay – At some point, Secret Bay may have defined the kind of diving one could expect to do in Anilaoβ€”muck, with the craziest assortment of rare critters to be found. Most of the critters can be found at around 5m, but you can go as deep as 30m and still find things of great interest.

Basura – Like Secret Bay, Basura (which means trash in Filipino), is a favorite among underwater photographers. Situated on the shore of one of the local communities, the site was so named after the trash that found its way there from the human inhabitants. This however, no longer holds true as the local community had taken a stand to protect the site. The trash is no longer there, but the critters remain.

Beatriz Rock – A sea mound beside Sombrero Island, the shallow reef starts a mere 6m with a sandy bottom at around 20m. Best with slight current and the bright sun.

G.U.E. x Fourth Element x Scuba Studio
Surface interval (and grilling)

SWIMWEAR

I remember seeing an ad about Adidas unveiling sports shoes made from ocean wastes. πŸ€” That was months ago. Now imagine how excited I was when I found out that there’s a swimwear brand available in the Philippines that has the same advocacy! 😳 “What if you could actually wear something that’s good for the ocean?”

Fourth Element’s OceanPositive is a line of swimwear imported from the UK that uses finest quality lycra combined with marine wastes/ recycled nylon from “Ghost” fishing nets left in the ocean. I would love to show you different designs once we get ahold of all their swimwear! πŸ‘™

Rash guards and reversible bikinis
Belize reversible bikini (Pink-Purple)
Belize reversible bikini (Pink-Purple)

Fourth Element’s ocean conservation advocacy is unparalleled; it felt humbling to be part of this. They’re available at Scuba Studio. πŸ“ž Contact them at 02 2392934 or 0977 802 1567.

Fourth Element’s Lifestyle Clothing

Before going back to Manila, we went to La Chevrerie Resort and Spa to watch the sunset. The resort was highly private and intimate.

Food’s good and they have a wine cellar! Wine = #SunsetExtension πŸ·πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

Sunset…. πŸŒ…

Life is a series of chance encounters. It’s okay to be unsure of your purpose in people’s lives, but leave them better than you found them.

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Here’s to friendships and beautiful endings!
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