The previous photo is not a fish. It’s my impression of a fish. We had so much fun during this vacation mainly because it was a gorgeous resort and there was just fun stuff to do. Obviously, a lot of the fun stems from trying out the newest toy, the Canon D10, and it works like a dream! I had so much fun playing with it, that I realized how much photography can be. I was like a kid again. I miss point and shoots! We were able to use it underwater in the pool and even in the ocean. Since the waves in Calicoan were quite big, snorkeling is not really an option. Staying still long enough to take pics of the fish is near impossible, with the waves thrashing you about. Here’s the only lucky shot of a fish I got:
I got so dark playing in the rough waters of the surf. The beach wasn’t bad at all! It’s a relatively small stretch, but good enough for me.
Of course Calicoan is mainly a surf place. In retrospect, I now regret not trying it out; I should’ve.
My main beef was that in the deeper part of the shore, where the big waves are, there were pretty much a lot of sea urchins! When we went swimming, we saw so many scattered at the deep end. And the way I saw the surfers who get wiped out, I see them standing up on the rocks. And most of them surf barefoot! It’s a wonder to me how they avoid all those urchins. Anyway, it looked REALLY fun.
Me, I just loved being tossed around in the rolling waves like dirty underwear in the washer.
We also saw some kids playing on the sand, tumbling and doing a lot of stunts just begging to be photographed. They were natural hams, the more I took pictures, the more they “performed”.
I also realized that they were playing sepak takraw. And they were doing these kicks that contorted their bodies in the most painful-looking manner. Freezing their kicks on a photo displays the incredible athleticism needed for this sport. Amazing! And ouch!
But most of the time we just lounged around and enjoyed the resort. I was always torn between doing something fun or just vegetating and doing nothing. During holidays I’m always torn between making sure the time is well-spent (that Pinoy sulit concept) and relaxing my stresses away, which I really need given how toxic our sked sometimes gets.
I get to do both though in the pool. I’m relaxing and doing something at the same time. I tried doing laps, but I got lazy. So most of the time, I just floated around like flotsam or some other oceanic debris. I mostly daydreamed that I was this half-human, half-manatee creature, captured by the humans and imprisoned in a pool, as he is gawked at by paying tourists, forever stripped of his freedom in the open ocean and left to rot in a cramped pool to cry salty tears that mixed easily with the briny water. What just happened there? Did I just drift away for a minute?
You know how it is when sometimes you did nothing really, but you felt like you did everything? It turned out to be possibly the BEST vacation we ever had. It’s one of those moments you keep in a mental box, that you take out during reveries, or during times when you need a pick-up, some sort of reminder of how life is still good, somehow? Yup, that’s how those four days were to me. One of my halcyon days, easily.