I live somewhere else in the world yet I’m so lucky that I can always come back to my island home, a place where loved ones are, where I spent some of my younger years. It is a place you can go to as a refuge from the stress of city living. When I’m there, I hear the islands whispering—-Patience, Faith, Openness….that’s what the sea and island have to teach. Simplicity, solitude, intermittency, the validity of every cycle of life and relationships, where every moment needs to be experienced and understood for its own sake. The ebb and flow of the tide remind me that there are things that are constant and persistent in my life which give me stability, and that there are cycles and seasons in life that always come. But then again, the fierceness of the waves when the wind is strong reminds me that changes do come and shake us, teaching me that realities of life and things that happen must be accepted. This is my way of finding peace and being reconciled to myself, the Divine and the environment.
Where sea meets land
What a sight to behold
And contemplate on,
Like the child in me
Meeting my older self.
Isla Puting Buhangin (White Sand Island)
Population: 1 (full time caretaker) ~ and that’s me in the pic feeling wonderfully alone
Land Size: 1000 Square Mtrs (1750 at low tide.)
Location: 5 Kms. off the coast of Dos Palmas Island (a little bigger than this one) on the edge of Sulu Sea..
Island Sunset, nearly night. I love the mood the dark clouds and dying sun give. This is what I love about the islands of Palawan. You can follow the setting sun until it goes down behind the mountains.
At dusk, you can lay your soul bare in the island.
Where you can choose to find peace, contemplate, meditate, even be sad.
Or be alone. I have chosen to be all of that but the most important thing is
you can find yourself here. I call it the best gift of the island.
~ written 8 March 2015, by Rowena I.