Mags hat and maxi dress
Charles and Keith sandals
I really don't get gung-ho about going to the beach -- unless if I really need to, say my and my friend's birthday "celebration" (we chowed down so much carcinogenic meat, I feel like I'm not going to make it to my next birthday). Here's why I am not and will never be a beach girl:
1. Most despised mode of transportation = anything that involves water. I don't know about you but I'm deathly scared of the open sea. It all stemmed from a trip to Brunei a few years back. We came from a Malaysian island, rode a crowded fast craft to Bandar Seri Begawan for a grueling 6 hours. I closed my eyes the entire time, chanting my favorites from the Hillsong while pretending to be in a plane. The waves bordering to tsunamis, slammed unto my window side a couple of hours before our arrival. After that, I knew that I will never ever get on a cruise.
2. Sea Creatures. And after all that has been said, what if the boat really does sink? Yes, you have your life jackets but then, do we really have full awareness of what's underneath? Brushing up against our legs? Am I getting you jumpy? Sorry. Again, I know for a fact that there's a substantial percentage of sea creatures that hasn't been discovered yet. And I don't want to be the one to. Let's save it for the biologists or oceanographers or Charles Darwin.
3. The People. I can not deal with overcrowded places -- except for The Killers concerts, I really won't mind sweat and beer breath (me, still hoping to go to their concert this September). Here in Davao, we're lucky enough to have a lot of beaches (case in point: Island Garden City of Samal to be exact), some still virgin, some are pretty banged up ( case in point: all the others in Davao's shoreline). Blame it on the massive beer house extensions -- what the hell happened?
I remember being in Boracay during my 18th birthday. Never did I enjoy basking under the heat of the sun, all because of the "businessmen" disturbing you to buy their products/ or for you to try their services (massage and others.. ). I detested 40% of my stay in there -- 60% of the things I loved was because of the beautiful scenery, sunset, great food and most of all, I was with my family.
4. Public Bath. Unless if you're really on vacation. But when you're from Davao, we usually go for a day trip to our favorite Samal resort. I shiver at the mind's eye of someone peeking through the thatched roof -- all the more if it's a hybrid manananggal totally immune to the sun. Oh there goes my imagination.
The only place I can think of as the perfect beach right now is El Nido in Palawan. My father recently went there for a meeting/ seminar ( he gets to choose where - lucky him) and he has been saying of how majestic and serene the place is.
Otherwise, if you know any other beach close by, that will specifically pass my coward standards, please do tell me. Make me change my mind! On the other hand, I think Maldives is not too far from here...
With my girl fraaands. haha Wore a Dorothy Perkins bikini and a random skirt I got from Seoul.
Enjoy the rest of the summer while it's still here! :)