Finding Home in Apo Island

Finding Home in Apo Island

The wind was harshly blowing my hair and the sun was in my face. We were on our way back to Dumaguete on board a 6 sitter motor boat. My sun burnt skin and my dead tired body cant seem to get enough of this gorgeous island.

We were sitting quietly, listening to the engine sound of the motorboat, looking at sea bubbles and the endless horizon, basking in the glorious heat of the summer sun. I fell in love for the first time. I realized how beautiful my country is and how blessed I am to have this amazing experience. I was on a natural high. I still remember that feeling up to now. This trip stirred up something inside me. For the first time in my life, I knew what I wanted to do.

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I knew right then that its more than just checking off some items in my bucket list, its more than just having those gorgeous photos to show off and its more than just the bragging rights that I’ve been to certain places. For the first time, I felt truly alive. I felt a profound gratitude that I never felt before. Its an overwhelming feeling really, I’m at lost for words on how to explain that moment.

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I finally found something that I truly love.  Since I was a kid, my mind has already been set that I would become a lawyer. I thought the profession sounds fancy. So I majored in political science and I enrolled myself in law school for a year after I finish college. Then, I decided to quit. I was interested enough to pass all my subjects but I was so full of doubts, I was so unsure of myself if it was really what I want. So, I quit and that ended the constant battle of keeping my eyes open while reading those ridiculously thick hard-bound maroon books. I was clueless as to what I really want to do with my life after I quit law school. I have a job that I hate and a career that’s going nowhere.

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A lot of things happened since then that changed the way I see things.  But that week long escape to Apo Island five years ago was my defining moment. I realized that I may be lost, but I’m still able to dream.

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Others wont probably understand my fascination with this island. Some don’t even know where this island is. Its not as jaw dropping as the islands of Palawan, or as beautiful as the white fine sand beaches of Boracay, Cebu or Bohol. No, I cant promise you that.

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The beauty of this island lies with its warm people, its rich marine life, world class dive sites, and the humbling lifestyle of the locals. They have no electricity, no WiFi and poor cellular signal. Life was so simple and basic in this island. The best part though, is of course the mind blowing dive sites. Good God it was so beautiful. We had a total of six dives and we were still begging for more (that despite of my constant anxieties).

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This is the island where my perception of travel has been redefined. Travel has then stopped being a destination to me. I couldn’t care less about passport stamps or the number of places you have been. Travel is all about the experience. Its a constant rendezvous with the unfamiliar and I will always long for that unfamiliar and uncharted path.

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  1. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com

    We only had 3 dives there, so I really want to go back. I can’t forget the sight of those turtles swimming below and beside me!

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    • Lost Dreamer

      True. It’s an amazing experience! I always refer to your blog btw whenever I travel. You’re inspiring! =)

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