Monkey Island (Part II)

Most of us live in Boracay for many years already. We saw the changes and  maybe we don’t like the development. People like us try always to escape mass tourism. Finally arrived on the beach, we just can imagine how Boracay must have been alike twenty or so, years ago. Not many tourists back then. No tourists now here! Only us. Well, a couple of eco tourists were here as well. They stayed in a little, neat resort in the back. Apart from that, its only us and the locals who live here. Sadley we got to know, that the Chinese have already bought a big part of that piece of quiet nature. So, this is perhaps the last time we’ll experience this beach this quiet and this untouched!

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Just beachless!

 

 

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Cliff jumping
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Crystal clear

 

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Wild around the edge

The warm evening light reminds us – the boat is waiting. For me, a day imagining Robinson Crusoe comes to an end, one beautifull day off the beaten track!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monkey Island (Part 1)

The trip to ‘Monkey Island’ will take approximately one hour by bangka. As the name suggest, our thought was we were going to an island which was inhabited by monkeys. But as it turned out we had a little misunderstanding here. The location we were heading to was not called Monkey Island but Monkey Point. And this name was not referring to monkeys living there but to a protruding rock formation that should resemble the head of a monkey (Gorilla probably). Anyway, its a beautiful site off the beaten tourist track.

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Rock formation almost like Palawan, El Nido

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Monkey Point ahead.

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Monkey Point
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Dropping Anker
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On the small shuttle boat
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Jungle and Beach
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Touch down

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The Old Man and the Sandcastle

TODAY, THURSDAY, 28 DECEMBER 2017

Once, there was an old man. He came in the morning with his shovel, a bucket,  a hand brush and a carving scraper. He would pile up a huge heap of sand, would pur water over it and then start with his daily work – carving a majestic castle out of the heap. It would take him until the late afternoon, but he took his time. There was no reason to rush nor anything else for him to do. When it was finished in the late afternoon, the tourists would take pics and leave a tip. And when the sun set, he would even put little candles in the windows of his building. That was probably how the old man made his living, or his contribution to his family income. This was what he did, day after day, year in, year out!

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Later younger sand carvers would copy his casle and soon one could see many castles on the beach. All the same, more or less. Nobody came up with the idea of doing something different for a change.

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One day the old man did not appear anymore. His leagacy was obviously over. For a while his heirs went on carving the old mans casle out of the sand. But one day somebody got an idea. Why investing so much time in such a big short-lived structure. Why not reduce it to just the name and the date.

And so it came. Everyday, at every turn, you see the very same motive, multiple times. In terms of effectiveness it was not a bad idea. In terms of ambition or artistic taste of course, it is a setback!

But, what can you expect anyway in such a world?

 

Kite Bulabog

Today I started my personal kite season at Bulabog. Since there was a lot of rain reacently and it was cloudy too, the water was not so nice. But the wind was quite good.

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Bulabog Beach

The wind picked up sometimes to 25 knots! I used the Core Free 9m² and was quite comfortable with it.

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Good strong wind

Facts 22.12.2017:

  • wind ~ 20 kts
  • cloud cover 90 %
  • kits in the air ~ 70
  • high tide 1:30 pm 0.9m
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Boards

 

Typhoon Alert

TODAY, FRIDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2017

Tropical storm Urduja is supposed to make landfall in the Philippines on Saturday. Although Urduja is not a Typhoon yet, Tyhpoon-Alert is put out. That means restrictions on flights and maritime traffic.

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EASTERN VISAYAS WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE HEAVY RAINS AS TROPICAL STORM “URDUJA” REMAINS ALMOST STATIONARY (issued by PAGASA).

Watersport busnisses on the island are suspended since yesterday, which is great, because the view is now much nicer without all this vehicles on the water.  And it’s possible to jog or walk the whole beach without all that boats blocking the way. Real beach lovers like that much better! Only, there is no sun these days.

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Watersport business suspended. (Station 3)
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A good opportunity for a quick training session with the dragenboat. The water is flat and due to the typhoon alert, clear ground (no boattraffic).

Dispite the typhoon warning the weather was quiet qalm today. No rain, only moderate  winds. Cloud cover however 100 %.

  • sun rose  at 6:04 am.
  • sunset was at 17:30
  • air 25°C
  • water 24°C