In Pursuit of the Island Life

Bulog Dos Island, Coron, Philippines
A long pause. 

34 hours from the time we left home in France, we arrived enervated from the extremely long travel and delays. That was 18 days ago. I couldn't bring myself to connect online since. Partly because reality hit us at the same time humidity welcomed us with its wide embrace in Manila. 

A week after our arrival, we flew aboard an economy airline for an hour to get to Busuanga. We immediately started working, networking and chasing after what we needed to accomplish. We did approach the right people. Unfortunately, our primary goal in order to operate our business here led us to several dead ends. This goal was so necessary, it determines whether we should stay or move on looking for another place and start again from zero. 

We have a few days left and much as it could get stressfully discouraging at times, I strongly believe dead ends always lead to better if not perfect opportunities that is rightfully meant for us, and in so doing meant for others too. 

Last Sunday, since all offices are closed, we took a short break. A Sundate Island Hop to Bulog Dos, Banana Island and Malcapuya, an hour and a half boat ride away from the main island.  All of which are white sandy beaches, clear waters with rich underwater landscape that reminds me of small villages. My husband and I spent a lot of time snorkeling admiring clown fish, giant clams and beautiful corals. One particular fish was amusing. It started poking my goggles ready to fight for its territory. It stayed in front of me and stared me right in the eyes.  I watched it with admiration. 

Am I ready to fight for our family's dream and protect it? Just like this fish? I smiled inside my goggles and then the fish swam away and went back inside a coral. 

Lesson learned:  Everything happens for a reason. Giving everything our best shot, we'll be as fierce as this fish who knows what it wants and is ready to fight for it. 

Love & light,
Arni


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10 comments

  1. Keep me posted as to if y'all stay or keep looking! And stay strong

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    1. Hello Rooth, your uplifting message is definitely a calming breeze at a time like this. Thanks so much.

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  2. What a stunning photo! It reall does look like paradise there! Good luck with your plans and projects. I hope everything works out in the end!

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    1. Thank you so much Miss B and for this reason, we don't want to let go of this place. It has become a home and we will keep our tight clutches on settling here whichever way it turns out to be.

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  3. That fish is sure something. And I'm amazed at the things that we realize even from little things, in this case, the little fish. I'm happy that you are now in the country sis. I really hope the best for you and your family, hope everything works out.

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    1. Thanks so much Marge. When it rains, it really pours. We do hope and pray we find our favor very soon.

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  4. after 3 months of 6 days a week work schedule in Japan...I need one of these....sooo tired....

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    1. Welcome home! This is the perfect place for a much needed break. Enjoy! :)

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  5. What kind of business are you planning to open?

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    1. Something related to scenic tours.

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