It was not my first time to travel at Camotes Islands, Cebu but this trip with my best of friends was something I needed the most.
I’ve been so gloomy and down this past month though I have family and friends who continuously encourage me to stay tough and be faithful to God’s plans. I will always be reminded with the traumatic event me and my boyfriend had been last month a week after his birthday he collapse in the middle of a basketball game. Rushed to the nearest hospital, and me inside the ambulance was the situation in my whole life I wouldn’t like to experience once again. Three days at the hospital and was discharge without any diagnosis. Two weeks after we had a follow up check up and the news just crushed our world to pieces, the doctor said he has Arteroveinous Malformation (AVM) – a tangle of abnormal and poorly formed blood vessels. The doctor then added that he is a ticking bomb and anytime the malformation would complicate, he might be paralyzed, his ability to see, speak and remember would be gone. It was heart breaking but we have to move forward specially I’am his source of energy and encourage him always.
Hard as it is we must proceed to what ever we are facing, my boyfriend was the optimistic between us he encourages me with work related and even family and financial problems. But this one is a higher level of challenge in our relationship, a test of faith to ourselves and GOD. Fascinatingly he did accept it wholeheartedly without questions and doubts. He even said, “if GOD wants me to join him today, Ill gladly come for he is the owner of everything and that includes my life”. It was relief that he accepted it and move forward to life, but it was a hard pinch in my heart that I cannot do anything about it. It was me who can’t move on, look forward and continue in life. Acceptance was hard thing for me.
The trip with my best friends is schedule before the incident happened, they were so excited as I’am but I cancelled to join them a week before. They promptly understand my situation that why they nodded on my decision.
It was a day before the trip my boyfriend told me to go with them to unwind and heal. To regain energy and be back to him the way I was. That was heart breaking but I know he loves me so that made him let me go just for the weekend trip. Then the day of the trip came.
Saturday our trip was early 8:30 am, and even in the midst of the trip I was thinking of possibilities and future scenarios what might happen in my life. I just slept to distract my thoughts of the events in my life. I told myself, “you were here to enjoy not to overthink”.
Camotes, has been my Top 1 destination in Cebu, it has a lot to offer from pristine beaches, white powdery sands to cliff dives and caves to explore – Camotes has it all. We were warmly welcomed by the owner of the rest house we were staying for the whole trip. A laid back 2 hectare recently developed land. There were three guest house available we occupied the one near the cliff with a fascinating view of sunset.
Laid back as it is I just wish to stay at the rest house but my best friend eagerly invited me to go with the island tour.
Santiago White Beach, was as gorgeous as ever may it be high tide or low tide it would never be dismay your expectations. The vast shoreline complemented the blue lining of the sky, sun was not hat irritating hot but just right for the skin to get tanned.
Next stop Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort, with an entrance fee of Php 20.00 pesos you got to enjoy unlimited picture taking in the white powdery sand of the resort. For its December not a peak season for tourist not crowded as summer in Camotes. We had the luxury of time to take pictures as many as we can.
We were busy deepin in the waters of Bakhaw beach we forgot to take some pictures with an entrance fee of Php 5 per person you can enjoy basking under the sun. The rained poured but we still love to bath in the water. Enjoying the rain and the beach, a playful and worthy experience. Grateful God created these phenomena for us to enjoy the beauty of earth. We headed back to where we stayed and get ready for dinner. Our host was kindhearted that he made our meals for us perfectly enjoy our stay.
Came the perfect sunset, it was the serenest and beautiful thing I’ve stared that afternoon. A creation of God that made me realize that,” Hey your alive and kicking why are you fond of imprisoning yourself with things you have no control with, trust God like you trust God that every time the sun sets today, tomorrow you’ll see it again when it rises”. It was an amazing chance an experience truly soul healing. I felt I’m back, the girl with so much ambition, dreams and hopes is back. I was then grateful I had experience that great sunset. So THANKFUL !!!
Sunday came, we decided to have a laid back day – no tours just rest and enjoy the serenity and calmness of the place. I was thankful to my best friends that they made an effort to urge me to come with them and enjoy. From college to present we were support system of each other. Our problems are everyone’s problems. Another realization, GOD made sure to give me friends whom love me unconditional and cared for me as a family because he knows Life of Earth wont be easy.
I came home neither tired nor sleepy I was recharged and fully energize with the weekend trip. Healed and ready to battle up the uncertainties of Life,
Thank you Camotes imo kong gi pa move on. !!!!
Thank you to my Best friends for not giving up on me.
and Thank you GOD it was all your plan.