Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Our Beloved Shore

Being in an archipelagic country gives its citizens the right to choose what kind of beach they want to go during the dry season. An island can provide different kinds of shores and beaches. In those 4 months we can choose a sandy beach-white or black, coral sands, small rockies, big rockies or boulders, or steep walls without any shoreline. Our town is historically under the sea, although it is not written how many centuries ago! Being a peninsula we are almost surrounded by water, and our seas are endowed with corals and marinelife that give us wonderful scuba diving privileges. It almost follows that i should be good in scuba diving, but i don't! I can't even explore waters up to my neck, and if you are curious about the reasons, that might be explained by deep water and height phobias. I am one of them, so am deprived of our underwater views. But i am happy i can be easily pacified with terrestrial landscapes. 

Saluyan Beach

 We are just about more than 2km upland from the sea, and that is only 15 min by motorbikes or tricycles. So one hot Saturday afternoon we went to this part of the shore, just for fun. It was the 84th birthday of my mother, so we brought some food and drinks and a lot of laughter.

 My nephew and I explored the rock crevices. I remember that in the past we can walk around that rock during low tides, however now we cannot reach the other side as the water is high there! Is the water level really rising? We content ourselves in this stretch of rocky shore. I am happy we have this shore quality, as it is here where more marine animals can be seen, unlike beaches with very fine sand.

 To the other side of this bay is the Batangas International Port, and where big refineries like Caltex and Shell are located. We can easily see their building structures even with a low magnification binoculars. Big boats ply this route because this is the sea highway to Mindoro and Romblon islands.

 Seen above is the Isla Verde Island, one of the bigger islands seen on the way to Mindoro. But there are more small islands behind it and to the right approaching Mindoro, not to mention the islands at the rightmost portion not seen here.

 Those two knolls in the horizon are what gives more beauty to my sunrise views. The sun peeps in between those knolls, and they provide the structure in an otherwise vast pinky red mornings.

The big island at the right side is of another town Tingloy. It is only about 40 minutes from our shore to that island, and until now I am still surprised why i haven't been there. Never mind, maybe before i leave earth i will still be able to go there, at least to say i reached every island i see on our shore. The above cute, mini boats are used for fishing near the shore when the waves are still. I confess at this very minute, I cannot ride those mini boats. But sometimes i even see small children riding them using just small paddles!  I am not envious, that i can fully give them the privilege of doing. I am not even enticed to try, that is final!




19 comments:

  1. You are lucky living so close to water. I've always been envious of people who live by the water mainly because I grew up in a landlocked province.

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    1. Landlocked province? Is that in Mindanao? But here in the Philippines being landlocked is not like in Mongolia or Kyrgystan! Basically, we are surrounded by water. But do you know i just learned to swim in college, hoping i will dislodge the phobia from my system.

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  2. Beautiful and very tranquil Andrea!

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    1. Tranquility is not all the time, when typhoon season comes the waves are as tall as buildings!

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  3. a lovely location to live near and to be a part of ........great photos

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  4. Beautiful scenes, a lovely coastline. You do live in a wonderful place.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

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  5. Looks beautiful!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

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  6. A great post about living near an everchanging coastline. I love being near the water - gives me energy and also peace as well. Love the photos of the ocean - thanks for sharing
    Take care
    Cathy

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  7. Such rugged and beautiful coastlines! The sunrise over the knolls must be exquisite. :)

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  8. I think you are very fortunate to have such a beautiful coast so near your home. Your photos are gorgeous -- they make me want to visit here.

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  9. Wow---that beach/coast line is TERRIFIC.... I love going to the beach so much ---and would love to see your coastline there... Fantastic photos, Andrea.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. Oh how beautiful and I wish I was there to hear the waves upon the shore. What beautiful pictures.

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  11. Wonderful scenery. The waves and boats are just awesome.

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  12. Gorgeous scenery that you captures beautifully. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful photos. You make it look very inviting to visit.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  14. What a wonderful coast! I love a good surf coming in.

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  15. Truly a beautiful beach! Such wonderful shots!

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  16. What a beautiful shoreline for everyone!

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