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Shades of Blue

Punta Verde Dive Hanging Bridge
The second time I saw a hanging bridge, I never hesitated to cross it. In fact, I relished every walking step as the wooden bridge wobbled under my weight.

The last time I crossed a hanging bridge, I had so many doubts. I feared the uncertainty of  what would possibly be waiting for me at the other side. I was very afraid, and I had my reasons why.

This time, however, the experience was delightful for I was led to a place that offers a much needed rest.

Punta Verde Dive Infinity Pool

It was a beautiful Saturday morning at Punta Verde Dive Resort in Lobo, Batangas. The sun was up and everything I set my sight on invites me to a quiet retreat. I was surrounded by peace and beauty.

High in this mountain resort, the 250-square meter infinity pool overlooks a breathtaking vista of lush greenery and splendid seascapes.

Punta Verde Dive

The thought of infinity pool used to fascinate me. I have always wondered how infinite it can get, and when I finally saw one, I realized that the so-called infinity was nothing but a deceiving illusion of space. I should still be able to swim and tumble on the other side.

Punta Verde Dive Infinity Pool

The crystal clear sea water is irresistible, so I decided to go down and see it up close. I needed to beat the 136-steps that wind down to a glittering spectacle of sea water. The sea was very calm which allowed a stunning view of the horizon where the sky and sea kiss each other. I reckon that the best time to swim is in the morning because of the high tide that can rise as high as two meters.

Punta Verde Dive Beach

The shoreline and sea bed are not sandy at all; they are covered with rocks and pieces of corals. To protect your feet and soles, it is best to wear aqua shoes or slippers with straps if you want to walk along the shore or wade in the water.

Punta Verde Dive

As I stared at the sea and the beach, I could not help comparing them. Their contrasting beauty reminds me that life is not perfect.

No, it can never be.

However we pursue things, wherever we go, whatever we dream about; we just cannot have everything. This is a reality. We can never change it, but we can accept it and view it differently.

I cannot have everything, I repeated to myself as I picked a palm-size stone. I threw it in the sea and and its prevailing stillness made the ripples more distinct.

To me, the vast beauty of the sea and the sky far outweighs the unattractiveness of the beach. At this point in my musing, I made a choice. I stripped down to my jammer, wore my goggles, and plunged into the sea.

Punta Verde Dive

However beautiful life may seem on the surface, deep down there is always something we need to let go or sacrifice. We have to make a firm choice, and our decision has to be influenced by what we value in our lives most significantly.

Punta Verde Dive

Underwater, the colorful fishes that appear once in a while to greet me are worthy of attention. I just felt sorry for myself that I did not bring a set of snorkeling gears. It would be a good idea to spend more time with these marine creatures. I kept a mental note to put that in my checklist next time this kind of occasion repeats itself.

I could not get enough of the tranquility of the sea. It was very affecting and contagious. I rented a kayak to explore the deeper part of the sea. It  was almost effortless to maneuver the paddles.

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As I looked around, I have the feeling of having the sea all to myself. One of the staff told me that the resort was fully booked, but I have not seen many of the guests. Perhaps, they did not like the beach or they were probably avoiding the sun. Maybe, they were weary of seeing the same scene again or they were just curling in the comfort and privacy of their lounges.

People have reasons, I muttered.

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I have my own reasons as well. Reasons to live. Reasons to hold on to. Reasons to hope. There are three of them. Beyond the azure sky, they all exist as One.

Serenity. Beauty. Infinity.

26 Comments on Shades of Blue

  1. wow, ganda ng place!

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  2. Yung musing at pagkonek ng napakagandang tanawin at idea.. ang galing. Standing ovation. Slow clap. Ginalingan, as always. 🙂

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  3. I love this post! Love the pictures and what you wrote about how seeing so much beauty made you feel about life in general. I think that traveling to a tranquil place like that will really give you a different perspective of things, and a renewed sense of hope.

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  4. naks ang ganda ng lugar at ng mga litrato at napakahusay din ng pagkakasulat 🙂

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  5. Beautifully captured photos! And it’s nice how you always relate things to real life.

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  6. Soooooobrang ganda ng dagat! I always believe that nature is God’s proof of His love to humans. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jayson :)Just what I need today. Some people hate me, others love me, some get intimated, and the others see me as nice. Talagang we cannot please everybody, just like how we cannot everything in life.

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    • I believe in that too! God sends His message and makes His presence known through nature and all of His magnificent creations. We just need to value and appreciate them.

      Yeah, we are to embrace the perfect imperfections.


  7. This is absolutely stunning! Daming maganda talaga sa Batangas. So relaxing just looking at it.

    We all have our reasons indeed.

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    • Totoo yan! Batangas never runs out of beautiful destinations. Like my other travels, it’s worth the wait and patience for the long trip. Thanks Lux!


      • I can’t wait for my next beach travel. I’m so excited because it’s been a long time since. Not in Batangas though.


  8. This is absolutely beautiful Jayson. You painted a picture story with words, and the photos are gorgeous. “However beautiful life may seem on the surface, deep down there is always something we need to let go or sacrifice. We have to make a firm choice, and our decision has to be influenced by what we value in our lives most significantly.” Lovely, my friend. And real.

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  9. Nice post, simple but so real. Anyway, there’s a foldable Kayak at Decathlon PH it really got me curious how much the price and how good the quality are.

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    • Let us know once you’ve tried it. The sea kayak we rented at Punta Verde is made of plastic. It is heavy as I was pulling it to the sea, but it felt so light when I started paddling. It’s a great first time experience!

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  10. Parang nandun na rin ako because of your vivid description! And I love your three things: Serenity. Beauty. Infinity.
    Can’t wait to be soaked in all these, one day for ever, when we go home.

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  11. RheaAngeline // June 27, 2017 at 13:47 // Reply

    Woah! Take me to the beach!

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