Soulful Sunsets in Beguiling Boracay

Soulful Sunsets in Beguiling Boracay: ThisΒ  crusty old expat has never experienced such beautiful settings of the sun in the 64+ years I’ve lived on this spinning globe called Earth.

 

I’ve witnessed sunsets at Glacier Park in Montana. I’ve seen the sun set over the Badlands of South Dakota. I’ve seen the beauty of a sunset in Yellowstone National Park. But as phenomenal as those awe-inspiring events were, I’ve never seen more stunning sunsets as we walked the white sand beaches of Boracay.

Despite the crowded beaches of Boracay, the peace and solitude I felt was akin to those spiritual moments in Glacier, South Dakota and Yellowstone. While no bison roamed the beaches of Boracay, there were a few hefty tourists who had obviously spent too much time at one of my favorite eateries at Station 2, Johnny Rockets.

gorgeous sunset on boracay beach

Many sailing vessels were outright commercials for their respective company such as the Smart rig shown in the photo above. But I didn’t mind the commercial or even the crowds as Mother Nature started doing her magic show on Boracay Beach, Station 2, as depicted in the following pictures.

beautiful sunset in boracay

another stunning sunset at boracay

lots of people on the beach at boracay

another beautiful sunset at boracay

great sunsets at boracay

My little SonyCyber Shot with 8X zoom did just fine for me. I like the convenience of a small camera that easily fits in the roomy pockets of my cargo shorts.

beautiful boracay beach

We spent three evenings at Boracay watching the sunsets. My lovely asawa and her sister Marjorie are featured in the next picture. They were hopping in the air as our niece Shaina tried to catch them in mid-air.

my lovely asawa hits the beach on boracay

My spouse and niece Shaina are in the next photograph. Shaina, normally very reserved and quiet, pronounced Boracay as simply “amazing.”

my lovely asawa and niece enjoying a sunset at boracay

bonding time at sunset on boracay

And here’s Shaina’s Mom, Marjorie, on the left, on leave from her job in Kuwait as a domestic helper. My always beautiful wife is shown on the right. Experiencing the soulful sunset at beguiling Boracay was definitely the highlight of our trip to this paradise in the Philippines and it’s something that will be etched in our memories forever.

18 comments

  1. Thanks once again for great pics.Times like that,you can REALLY feel God.Don’t want to sound all academic-like,but I think Plato was right when he said the “Good” is one.When you’re stumbling toward Truth,Beauty is a sure guide.Joe.

  2. Yep, there are beautiful sunsets at Boracay. But I think there are beautiful one in many places in the Philippines: El Nido, Palawan and Alcoy, Cebu come to mind. The sunrises ain’t bad either πŸ™‚

  3. Your pics. are beautiful Dave, I agree with Dave W. also. Put the sun and the ocean together, throw in some clouds for color and some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets I have ever witnessed were in the Philippines.

  4. Good day.Have you been to Maria Christina Falls?That is a beauty spot,touristy,but not to the point of suffocation.When I was there, in 2008,there was talk of Muslim terrorism,but that’s been a problem in the Philippines from the time the Yanks were fighting the Moros,and probably from the time the Spaniards were fighting them.By the way,the Moro swords are interesting,nasty-looking,but interesting.Philippine local blacksmiths can make anything-knives,machetes,swords,even guns.Amazing people.Joe.

    1. Nope, haven’t been anywhere in Mindanao, Joe. My asawa is worried about the radical Islamic terrorism there (see, Mr. Obama, it’s not hard to use that term) so we haven’t ventured there yet. While I know that certain parts of Mindanao are said to be safe, Davao City and GenSen for example, with the recent beheading of foreign hostages, I doubt that I’ll ever be able to convince my asawa to travel there.

      At least President-elect Duterte is bringing BOTH sides of the Muslim terrorists groups together, MILF and MNLF. Maybe he can accomplish what Aquino failed to do in his six years in office.

      As for those swords, I’m a big fan of “Forged in Fire” on the History Channel. The blacksmiths in the show are often given projects in which they recreate ancient knives and swords.

  5. Thanks Dave for your input.Didn’t know anyone else liked blacksmithy things.You’re right about Obama.After the Orlando shootings,he shifted the issue to gun control.Canada PM did the same.It’s never Islam.Filipinos know that guns don’t kill people,Muslims do.Joe.

    1. Yes, Joe, you’re right. The blame is always deflected from the radical Islamic terrorists when it comes to Obama. If you won’t even identify the enemy, how can you fight them?

  6. One thing. I’m in my early 30s. How can I make enough doing other things so that I can move to the Philippines as well? I’m not looking at retirement any time soon.

    1. There’s no simple answer to that question, wanttobefree. You could work two or three jobs like some of my readers, such as Papa Duck, have done. Papa D, and others, have lived a frugal lifestyle in the States, paid their dues, saved their money, and retired to the Philippines.

      Chances of finding a job in the Philippines for a foreigner are extremely slim. There’s a reason there’s over 10 million Filipinos working overseas, not enough jobs here.

      What kind of lifestyle do you expect to live if you do move here? You could live a native lifestyle, eat fish and rice everyday and live in a nipa hut. I don’t know of many expats that do that, however. If your goal is to live comfortably, and everyone’s definition of “comfortable”, is different, it’s very doable here for around 1,000-1,500 USD a month if you live in the province, outside of the big city. And, if you don’t have a lot of your wife’s, or girlfriend’s relatives asking you for money.

      Since you are not looking to retire soon, you’re smart to start checking out your options now. Good luck.

  7. Good day to all.I am enjoying my wife’s mango ice treats.Advice for Mr.Wanttobe:transfer all your RRSPs,savings,etc,to your Filipino relatives…and then ask THEM for money!Hope you find your way…God bless.Joe.

    1. Joe, we get a lot of great mango treats from the Trappist Monastery in Guimaras where we attend Mass on Sunday morning. At the Monastery’s gift shop they sell such delicious mango products as mango jam, mango bars, and many other tasty treats. Their products are also sold at our SM Supermarket in Iloilo.

      Might not be bad advice for our young friend wanting to move to the Philippines. πŸ™‚

  8. Good day,Dave.My wife is peeved over your comments about the mango treats.She asked me to tell you that we have several mango trees,and that not only Guimaras mangos are tasty.I am staying out of this rather explosive situation,but I will say that my wife makes the best mango-based foods.Joe.

    1. Joe, I certainly did not meant to imply that mangoes from Guimaras are the only tasty ones in the Philippines. However, mangoes from Guimaras are highly prized and exported all over the world. You’re a wise man to stay out of this debate. πŸ™‚

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