Have the courage to sail the sea, if you don't you'll never see what lies beyond the horizon.

  • In Between

    Keep calm and feel the breeze.

  • Courage

    Reach your limit.

  • Hope

    Another sunrise is always another hope.

  • Lost

    Find a light that will guide you back to reality.

  • Aim

    Never give up. Believe that your halfway there.

Atulayan Island: The Metaphor of My Total Surrender



From Crystal Clear to Green to Blue

Nothing in this world would compete in the natural verses of ecosystem. Atulayan Island is just one of those verses I have seen that totally made my soul surrender in the calmness of its breath-taking vista. 

If you want to witness the perfect relationship of land, sky, and water. Spare some time visiting the pearl of my hometown - The Atulayan Island in Sagñay, Camarines Sur.

The episodes of your travel goals or island hopping should not end without having this island on your checked lists.

In between two open cottages

Atulayan Island is isolated among 18 more barangays in the Municipality of Sagñay. It lies in the coastal areas of Partido Reviera and one of the Philippines' white beach islands. It is a snail in an aerial view and a pregnant woman in a different angle. Depends on how it plays on your mind.

The Angle Where I Find Like a Pregnant Woman. (You can learn that myth too :)) - Too Bad I don't have a drone to take an Aerial View

HOW TO GET THERE? 

If you're coming from Manila and using a private car, you can use Waze mobile app or click here for directions.

If you're a commuter, you can travel by air or by land.

By Air Transportation:
From NAIA to Naga Int'l Airport - then from Naga City, you can take a van (Php70.00 fare) or a bus (Php58.00 fare) going to Lagonoy and drop by Tigaon. From Tigaon, there are tricycles going to Nato Wharf for Php10.00 per head fare.

By Land Transportation:
From Cubao, take a bus going to Lagonoy and drop by Tigaon. You can also take a bus going to Naga and another bus from Naga going to Lagonoy and drop by Tigaon. From Tigaon, tricycles are available going to Nato Wharf.

From Nato Wharf, you can make an arrangement with the locals for a boat.

During our trip, we paid Php1,300.00 for a back and forth ride good for 12 pax (9 adults, 3 children). A life jacket will be given for safety. You can enjoy the view of mountains and relaxing open sea for a 30-minute ride going to the Island.

The Nato Wharf
The Docking Station Along Nato Wharf

The Trip

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE ISLAND? 

The Arrival
The locals offer cottages from Php500.00 - Php1,000.00 for a day stay rate and from Php1,000.00 - Php1,600.00 for an overnight stay (rate varies on the cottage of your choice). They would also ask for an additional Php20.00 - Php50.00 for environmental sanitation. They maintain the cleanliness of the Island as it is an attraction to most of us and a home for the locals.

There's also a small variety store that sell junk foods, soda, homemade ice candy, and the like. Public rest rooms are available too for a minimal fee.


Some of the Open Cottages in the Island

MY PERSONAL NOTE 

Whenever I will be into an Island hopping, I always take that as if I am invading another dimension. I want to feel that I am far away from the stress of life and escape reality for a day.

When I was in the Island I've seen so much realizations. I was like a bird that freed itself from hunters and flew without fear and terror.

In my discernment to understand the metaphor in my mind, I want to descry the obscurity of this Island.

The water is gracefully dancing like a million crystal in the blue desert. It is designed by the Almighty to be the mirror of mountains and sky. I've heard the whisper of an angel in my ears as the breeze touched my skin. The sound of tiny waves are like music to me. The abstraction of rocks in the other side of the shore interfuse the waves and brings tranquillity and calmness in my heart.

"The nature has its own way to reveal its beauty."

Bury Me Alive: The Sand Massage
The Rocky Side of the Island
"Feel the vibration of your inner self and find out what makes you happy, then live with it your whole life."

"Find color from emptiness."

Being in this island is a total surrender for me because I let the intervention of nature in my core provide me satisfaction and wholesome joy. And yes, I have made my surrender when I got here. Will you?

"Have the courage to sail the sea, if you don't you'll never know what lies beyond the horizon."


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Six Reasonable Ways To Survive a Long Distance Relationship


If you think that LDR is like putting yourself back in surviving the World War II, you might be right. You plan to survive – you plan to succeed. Simple but never easy. Most of the failed LDR has issues with trust, communication, cheating, etc. But if you have long term goals with your partner, it’s not going to be as difficult as what you think it is. However, it wouldn’t be that easy too.

Here are six reasonable ways to make your transition smooth in order to survive LDR. This is based on personal experience and instinct.

1. Never ask how. If you keep on asking yourself how will you survive LDR, you are just formulating another version of burden – stress and depression. You will agonize thinking such. Instead of stressing yourself asking – accept! Accept the fact that you are in the situation and see the brighter side of the world. Optimism will help you strengthen your trust to your partner. Focus on your long term plans and do not rush things. Remember that a farmer waits a long time for a sweet harvest. Be like one instead of complaining and asking what life has done to you. You are not the only one struggling in this world. If you keep on tolerating all those struggles, you are just burying yourself alive in the wake of failure.

2. Stop your drama and engage yourself in realizing your dreams.  I understand that crying will help you release your emotions, but it wouldn’t change the reality. However, if you keep yourself busy working, schooling, or doing business, you will then be able to convert your thoughts of missing someone to the thought of achieving your goals. The more you cry, the more possibility that you might seek for someone’s comfort that will result to missing your partner even more. You might end up seeking for someone else’s compassion of making you feel better. Getting used having that comfort from someone else might give you the idea that it is better off that way – which isn’t a good thing in the long run. It might result to cheating  as well. Learn to adjust in a new setting. If you get used being with your partner, you will always got used not being with him for a long period of time. Independence is a powerful weapon in combating the battle against LDR. Learn it!

3. Do not quack, you’re not a duck! Learn to control your temper. If you keep nagging to your partner you are also keeping him away from you. So, if you want to have long lasting relationship, don’t be a quacking duck! It wouldn’t hurt talking to your partner calmly. Study found that partners who minimize nagging have a better chance of living a happy relationship (Markman, 2010). Therefore, avoiding pointless arguments, nonsense jealousies, and skeptical sentences will merit a high percentage rate of surviving LDR. On the other hand, if you keep those bitter ingredients in you, you are also burning your partner out. When a person is burned out, there is a tendency that he might leave you suspended in the air – while you are regretting knowing it’s too late. Hence, don’t let this corruptions destroy you by defending it with golden trust.

4. Give time for communication – but not all the time.  Talking to your partner over the phone (voice, video, chat, text, etc.) would lessen the amount of nostalgia in your heart. Nevertheless, don’t put it into practice. Remember you have to grow. You have to expose yourself in a new lifestyle. You’re in a long distance relationship, meaning you are venturing different goals for a better future. Therefore, consider giving each other time for those and take your time for each other as a break. An hour or two in a day is enough to let each other know that you’re still in track. Telling your partner the best thing that happened to you in a day is a good topic to start a conversation. However, never demand for time, it shouldn’t be asked, it should be given. Do not feel bad if your partner couldn’t reply to your messages. Give him the benefit of the doubt. Your suspecting instincts will ruin everything you have. Allow him to do whatever he wants to achieve the goals you always planned. Just because he couldn’t reply to your messages, you will also think he had forgotten you. It’s a big NO! NO! Relax! Do not overthink. If you are in this side of “he” with a bustling schedule, take at least a minute saying “good night honey, it has been a busy day” before you end the day. Listen with your soul. Love with your heart.

5. Add some strong spices to your recipe.  Talking to your partner is a good thing, but teasing your partner with your sexy bedroom voice is a big check to be added on your recipe. A taste of spicy food makes a person crave for more – serve one for your partner. Sexual imputation is like a helium that will make you float in the cloud nine. Your inner core needs it too not just your body’s physical sensations. This will make your bond even stronger. This is a must!

6. Be honest all the time.  
"A lie has speed, but truth has endurance." -Edgar J. Mohan. 
Make it your foundation and you’ll have the strongest wall in the planet that even the earth’s most dangerous phenomenon couldn’t destroy. Telling the truth should be a habit. Never daze yourself in the excuses made by white lies for it will blind you overtime. If you are telling the truth to your partner, you are also building the trust that will maintain the friction of diamond in the windows of soul. You have to be honest even if the truth might hurt your partner. If you made a mistake, tell em you did. Yet, you have to face the consequences of your action. Never ever cheat to your partner. Cheating means being dishonest. Being one, is also being the earthquake with the highest intensity that will pulverize the wall you made. If you want to keep your partner, live with that rule.
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