“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness”. – Anonymous
“Most ancient monuments have suffered similar fates over time: they have been toppled by earthquakes, quarried for stone, and despoiled by human hands. Some have been reclaimed by the grasping fingers of the jungle, buried beneath the silt and mud of wandering rivers, or engulfed by desert sands. Yet many of them still endure, visible symbols of man’s greatest successes against the inexorable, corroding powers of time and nature.” – excerpt from Amazeing Art: Wonders of the Ancient World
“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.”― J. Maarten Troost, Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu
“When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood.” ~ Sam Ewing Camiguin Island at sunset © Jojie Alcantara
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” ~ Oprah Winfrey For a few of my friends who are afraid to take the risk, failure sets them back because they fear ridicule and falling down on their feet. For me, failure is not a setback, it’s a constant reminder to do better when another opportunity arises. It keeps me grounded. I love to tell my stories of failure in workshops to those who think I sailed smoothly in my field of work… and in my life, for that matter. Embrace your mistakes. But don’t repeat them. Once you acknowledge them, pick up the pieces, and move on. Camiguin Island is a magical spot in the Philippine archipelago. Here, while waiting for a glorious sunset, I tumbled and lost my footing several times while balancing my way to these kids who were playing on the …
Richard: “And me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for, ’cause it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something, and if you find that moment… it lasts forever…” The Beach (film, 2000), based on the book by Alex Garland. Richard is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. While the film was shot in Thailand, this piece of paradise I have captured is found in White Island, Camiguin here in Mindanao. It is merely a long strip of white sand bar nestled in the aquamarine beauty of the sea. At high tide, it gets knee-deep, and without shelter from the burning sun, it is best to keep re-applying sunblock from time to time. But yes, it is a paradise. View more about Camiguin here.