I have always loved summer, simply because I love swimming. I have been swimming since I was a kid, but always on swimming pools and water parks. I have never been to the beach. Embarrassing I know. But its true, for my 27 years on this planet I have never been to the beach, I have always wanted to go see the waves and sand that I only see in pictures.
But this summer, Kei and I made a plan to go to the beach. after looking for nearby beaches/resorts online, we decided to go to Laiya, Batangas.
From Manila to the city proper of Lipa, Batangas is around 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours away; depending on the time/season of visit. From Lipa, we traveled for almost 2 hours to arrive at Laiya, then another 30 or so minutes to the edge of the Laiya area where the beach strip is located.
There are a lot of beach resorts in the Laiya beach strip, and as luck would have it, we picked out the last beach in the Laiya strip! (talk about being remote!)
We set out from Manila at around 8:00 am and arrived at around 1:30 pm in the beach. The travel was tedious and sweaty! I am guessing it was one of the hottest summer days in the Philippines, but then again maybe I could be over reacting since I am usually enclosed in an air conditioned room. After a lot of complaining and hands that hurt from fanning to cool myself, we have arrived at the La Luz Beach Resort!
It was as I thought it was. Clear blue waters, waves, wind and warm sand. Paradise!
I was extremely happy to be on the beach!
We immediately went to eat lunch and headed to the shower to get changed. Applied some sunblock and off to the waters!
The water was cool and the sand was grainy, the waves are very much active, the sloshing sounds felt very relaxing to my ears. All I can think of was finally, finally! I get to experience being in the beach! I alternated on submerging myself in the water and lying around/sitting in the shoreline waiting for the waves to lap at my back. At that moment, all the sweltering summer heat seemed alright for me.
Then we took some random beach photos to capture the experience.
After a while, we decided to walk around the beach and look for shells and sea glass to take home as keepsakes. Ventured out till the rocky part of the beach.
There were shells, but most of them were cracked, or too tiny. In the end I settled for these.
(But sadly I did not get to take home the green sea glass and the piece of coral. Some one must have picked it up when I left them in our cabana.)
We then bummed a bit before we prepared to leave.
As the lull of the waves calmed down and the day comes to a close, I was sad to say bye to the beach.
With sea salt in my stringy, windblown hair, we hurried back home.
So long for now, till we meet again.