“No Work in the Morning” — What if Life Was a Permanent Vacation?

Taking a well-deserved break is something most of us look forward to. Everyday life can be difficult and stressful at the best of times, but obviously, you can get away from it all on holiday and just relax and unwind.

But what if your life became one long permanent holiday? Where would you go? What would you do? And would you ever get bored of travelling and want to go back to work?

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Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort

Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort: Beautifully Stranded in the Island of Paradise

Maayong buntag!” they greeted us as we stepped off the golf cart and entered the main pavilion.

I breathed the fresh air and for a moment I forgot we still hadn’t reached our room.

Ms. Apple lead us into the pavilion, disappearing to get our keys.

After about an hour and a half of travel from the airport, we had finally reached our destination.

resorts in cebu

And boy, was it a beautiful, beautiful one.

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Maribojoc

Stepping Into the Shoes of an All Hands Volunteer

Beautiful,” I say to myself, as I watch the base move further and further away from sight.

I was in the tricycle, clutching my bags. I had physically said goodbye to volunteers/friends, but it was taking a little more time to mentally and emotionally rift myself apart from the place that had changed me.

“What was that?” the tricycle driver asks me.

I smile at him.

“Those people,” I tell him, “they are genuinely beautiful.”

allhands volunteers

 

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Pai

A Tale of Love in the Mountains of Pai

I’m glad you came,” he whispers into my ear as he pulls me closer to him.

In the cold, cold atmosphere of Pai, Thailand, we lay, warm and cozied up in the rusty, but comfy wooden hut of Pai River Lodge.

We hadn’t seen each other in a year. But even a year ago, I never would’ve guessed that we’d end up here.

I turn to face him, and he caresses my face, ever so softly.

We stare into each other, not speaking. Barely breathing.

There was no noise around us. No shouts of drunken travelers. No sounds of motorbikes or cars passing by the road.

It was just the gentle flow of Pai river, the harmony of various insects in the grassy, forested surroundings of Pai and…

Us.

He slowly moves, his eyes inching closer to mine, but I didn’t move a cinch.

I close my eyes as our lips touched.

What a beautiful moment it was. 

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A Semi-Complete Guide to Traveling Puerto Princesa

“Wow,” I say as I stepped off the plane.

I looked around. It was all trees everywhere except for that small establishment where the aircraft faced.

I breathed and it was fresh air, a surprising change from the usual Manila air.

I walked down the ramp and smiled at the huge sign that said “Puerto Princesa Airport

what to do in puerto princesa

 

I was in Puerto Princesa. Alone. For the first time.

3 years ago, I didn’t know this experience would mold me to who I am today.

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Pajamas and Parties at the Linden Suites Ortigas

“Food’s here!” I yell, skipping across the carpeted floors of Linden Suites in barefoot.

I don’t normally walk around without slippers, but with the thick carpet that layers the floor, it was a liberating feel for my usually-covered-with-thick-shoes feet.

I dropped the food on the table, setting aside the adobo I had eaten earlier and the pandesal we had to quench my overwhelming hunger due to stress.

It was early and there was only a few of us in the room. But it was okay.

Within a few hours, our pajama party would officially start.

linden suites

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