Place In the World


Marimegmeg Beach, El Nido

It used to be any quiet beach; calm but not dead.  I would lie down on this natural water bed without a care in the world.

Lately though, the mountains call to me.  I can recalibrate and feel at peace at just the sight of green mountains (or white, if winter) and be in awe.  A water beside it seals the deal for me.

Tinipak River
View of Taal Volcano from Tagaytay



But as a city girl, having lived in the city all my life, I never thought I’d love being in any city until I’ve been to Japan.  And I was smitten by this city with a soul, or at least personality.  Or dare I say, identity?

The Scramble

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A Wacky Engagement

via the Daily Prompt: Laughter


It was our second trip out of three lined up last year.  I call it trio of shorts.  It’s something I used to do wherein I visit a new place for a weekend or a little longer, savoring as much local cuisine and culture during the short stay.  I stopped for a couple of years until the travel bug bit again.  No problemo.  It’s the sort of condition I can’t complain about.

beach bar

We were preparing to go to El Nido from Puerto Princesa in Palawan.  While securing the bags, I saw his favorite hat in one of the front pockets.  I pulled it out without thinking and asked if he wanted to use it, when a small black velvet box fell out.  He was at the other end of the room and I was on the other, the box between us.  Having an idea now what it was inside the box, I tried to ignore it.  He did, too, but it was just too hard to do so and we burst out laughing, for a good 10-15 minutes.  On it went in between transfers and me lightly teasing him about his ‘plan’ and him getting embarrassed, we kept laughing on and off on the way to El Nido, a 6-hour ride from Puerto Princesa.  I couldn’t help myself, I kept teasing him, saying he didn’t have to feel pressured to do anything just because I saw it, that he could go ahead with what he had in mind when he planned it.


He did pop the question on our last day in El Nido, by one of the nicest beaches I’ve been to.  This time we were just all smiles, no more laughing (must have drained all the laughs in me the last couple of days).  It was a beautiful morning with clear skies, the sun and breeze were gentle, the water so calm, the place almost to ourselves.

My first time to try taking on a challenge or participating in the daily prompts, what do you think about this attempt?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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