In the lead up to our trip in the Philippines a lot of time was spent researching where to go and what to do. We thought we had it all planned but life often throws little surprises in.
A few years ago we both would have probably got frustrated if a flight was cancelled, or our boat broke down because things weren’t going to plan. Having set plans is a way for people to feel in control. When you really think about it, it’s a way to make us feel safe. Of course plans need to be made, however they can also lead to immense frustration, anger or disappointment, if they don’t go to plan.
We’re learning to just surrender and have faith that everything will work out. If a flight is cancelled there is nothing we can do, if a boat brakes down there is nothing we can do, but what we can do is surrender to the situation and go with the flow, it’s a lot less painful and stressful. We’re not saying we do nothing, we simply stress less as we mentally accept that we can’t control the situation and focus on what we can control.
Arriving on this beautiful island of Socorro at @clubtara_resort we realised we didn’t have a plan to get to Cebu. Last minute we had to organise a boat back to Siargao then a flight to Cebu. On a remote island with very slow and unreliable internet this was a little testing on our ‘go with the flow’ attitude but here’s the thing, if we had known before booking that we had to pay for another flight we’d probably would have skipped it to cut costs, but then we would have missed this gorgeous part of the world, so as we say, it was just meant to be.
Sun shone for just a brief moment .. here is the mandatory photo .. from where I was standing 🙌😅
Upper Yosemite Falls :)
The late winter storm in southern California has left the sunny days behind in the valley .. looks like winter for the next week too ..
Lol long weekend people 🥳🥳
. #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitefalls #nationalparks
We never reach our goals on the straight and narrow…
This shot was taken on Daku Island. It was one of three stops on a Siargao Island hopping tour. The waters are so clear it is almost hard to believe, the island is covered in palms and in the little shacks sitting under the trees in the distance the locals cooked us up an amazing #plantbased feast. It was such a relaxing day, yet getting there we were reminded of a very important life lesson.
To do an island hop you jump on one of the local boats, sit under the shaded section as the boatman steers you towards the three islands. We watched the bow of the boat on the way and noticed that even though we were heading in the right direction we swayed left and right of it as the boatman constantly corrected course. This remind me of life. Although we set a target to go somewhere we have to accept that we will most likely never go in a straight line. We have to constantly adjust course. Most of the time we are off track, a little to the left or a little to the right. Like the boatman we have to work with, not fight, the flows of the waters below us.
In the long run if we focus on our goals and correct course as we go, eventually we make it to our destination. If we don’t help a little we will never reach our goals.
When someone asked me about my favourite word, I didn't had to think twice before saying 'almost'. If you were still here, you'd smile because you know why.
I named it after you, didn't I?
You were always more than nothing.
You were the night time secrets that somehow managed to stay for some part of the morning.
You were like crossing a street, with traffic running both ways. I almost made it alive to the other side.
You were the stories that end in hush because the storyteller has a better story in mind.
You were the plans that almost happened before someone managed to cancel last minute.
You were never next to nothing because I could feel it in my bones that I wanted you.
I wanted your brown eyes to look at me almost as if they were in love too.
I wanted to feel your hands tightening around my waist and my heart.
I wanted you to stop right before you kiss me and almost make my heart die in love.
If you were here, you'd know my favorite word is 'almost'. Because I almost had you, and you almost had me too.
You almost loved me.
And sometimes, that is almost as beautiful as it is painful.
Living and a travel !!!
================== An ultimate tourist attraction of Indian subcontinent and the God's own country ,none other than kerala. People from various countries visit this place throughout the year . Though the season gets started from october till march when the humidity is less than in rest of the months.
This izakaya is not fooling around and totally deserves the long wait. From the top - gold flakes, caviar, foie grass, unagi, and a purple rice roll at the bottom. The bonito flakes and gold flakes are mostly for aesthetic (and #instagram ) purpose but the perfectly torched (I’d assume) and melty liver adds wonderful flavour to the bite. Thanks Mina for recommending!