SUNDAY POST: Reflection and Peace in Nature, or Caramoan, Philippines

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Reflection. It’s always good to reflect, to contemplate, or to mull things over. When your world is revolving so fast and you’re overwhelmed, when it drops a bomb on you and you have to react, or when it presents all its magnificent nature in front of you and you found yourself so blessed. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to pause and not jump immediately to the situation, and take a moment of reflection, compose yourself and sigh to what life hands to you, good or bad.

It’s a universal feeling- returning back from a vacation of a lifetime and couldn’t return back to reality. It’s hard to wake up, especially with the annoying alarm clock. It’s hard to stand up, drag your feet, and face your responsibilities. To sit and ponder, to find your peace, when nature is staring back at you, is a beautiful thing to do. The world is vast and wonderful, but it is also cruel and unforgiving. It is unstable, and that you need to locate your balance to everything. That, in every greatness, every grandeur, every splendour and all things glory and holy, it can be deathly. While its best to have moments of reflections, you also need to snap out of it for it can eat you alive and then swallow you whole. Too much reflection can bring you down, and pondering too deep can lead to procrastination. I know it’s a difficult thing to do but you need to stand up and shake that feeling.

Survivor Caramoan premieres this Wednesday, on September 19. I do wish and plead for you to see it even just the very first few scenes where they usually show the beauty of the location they are in. I’m just proud of my motherland. I’m glad that I’ve been to Caramoan. And that, I would want you to see what Philippines has to offer despite many setbacks.

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I didn’t have much more to say about our trip to Caramoan than what I already narrate to my related posts. But I knew, even way back then, that I still old some pictures that I’ve been dying to share. To stop me from thinking too much, and to just let it out, I decided to segue it to Jake Printer’s Sunday Post. Thank you Jake for the save. Here’s the link to participate to his photo challenge.

This post is also a part of Flashback Friday. *sticks tongue out*

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108 thoughts on “SUNDAY POST: Reflection and Peace in Nature, or Caramoan, Philippines

  1. I can’t WAIT for Survivor! I will soak up every drop of your motherland. It is truly heavenly to view. I can’t imagine in person. It is easy to see how it must overtake you in those pristine surroundings.

    Thank you for sharing.

    As always, your images deserve their own gallery. Gorgeous.

    • I knew you’d be here! :D I remember you being a Survivor fan. I’m a big Survivor fan and I’ve gone to Caramoan. It’s double-y exciting for me to see it. It’s amazing when a blogger friend share the same passion.
      Your end comment is a big one, thank you!

    • Hello Desiree. I know you posted something recently about the same topic. I apologize if I steal your thunder. Hehe. But believe me, I’ve contemplated, contemplated, and contemplated on how I’m going to post this darn thing. Sleepless hours, coffee cups and slapping my face a couple of times before I made my decision. I really reflected on it, even last week. Also, I was late for my Flashback Friday post, so I used the Sunday Post Challenge and found Reflection. It’s only fitting that I go with the topic that you also have.

  2. “The world is vast and wonderful, but it is also cruel and unforgiving. It is unstable, and that you need to locate your balance to everything.” What a profound statement! Glad you had a chance to get away and relax before getting back into the every day routine. Have a great week.

  3. Rommel,

    WOw, so love the pictures, the water is sooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful and blue. I think I need to make a trip over that way, thank you for sharing it with us… Hope all is well on your end! God Bless :)

      • Yes all is well, just busy with the studies and of course getting inspired to write more, so I’m loving it… My brother finally made it back to the blogging community, so dont think he was ignoring you when you ask about me awhile back. He leaves blogging and always come back…

        But your pictures of the water was like woah, thats all I could say when I saw it… God Bless :)

  4. Beautiful photos. I can’t believe how blue the water is! I may have to check out the first few Survivor episodes (even though I’m not a fan – sorry) just to see the scenery.

    • Oh that would be awesome. I think some youtube videos may suffice after the first episode. If you did, let me know what you think. Thanks for the appreciation and interest.

      • You really are right! There are places near where we all live that we can enjoy that are beautiful, serene and a joy to behold. Like we are the only condo for blocks around that has a koi pond. We recently were gifted 3 baby koi that we’ve watched every day growing by leaps and bounds! And I sat on a bench one day at the beach, and to my surprise I spotted in very clear view, a humpback whale and her baby swimming close at her side! Thanks for the reminder to enjoy these blessings waiting for us!

  5. Hi! thanks for dropping by and i’m glad you did, so i found your blog. beautiful, beautiful pictures. I envy all people with a travel blog and yet thanks to them i get to see the beautiful places of this world…:)

  6. Gosh those little boats look funny from the end! What a terrific post Rommel, I hope I get to the Philippines in this lifetime, you’ve shown me such a beautiful place. I wonder if there are any myths and legends associated that you could share?

    • Yeah, most have motor boats. He holds a paddle. :D

      Myths and legends? I will find out when Survivor comes on. They usually tell stories about tribes and first settlers back in the days during the premiere. ;)

  7. What a beautiful place that is, Rommel. I think it has to be put onto my Bucket List straightaway. :) Those rock formations look very similar to the ones we saw on our visit to Thailand. Gorgeous!

  8. Great…now I’m getting homesick for the PI! I haven’t even been back in almost 30 years, though I still have many friends in Pampanga. Mabuhay!

      • Yeah, I figured as much. I was long gone before Mt. Pinatubo erupted. I need to get back and visit my old friends. It will give me a chance to brush up on my Kapangpangan. Also, maybe I can make a pit stop in Baguio. I used to love going there as a kid. It would be fun to introduce my husband to my awesome past.

  9. Your photography and your words are stunning Rommel and your homeland breathtaking. Since following your blog I have added the Philippines to our bucket list. :)

  10. Thank you for taking us to Caramoan, Rommel! Amazing shots, as always! If I were there, I lost myself before “shake that feeling” :) Enjoyed reading your eloquent writing!

    • Thanks for reading, Amy. I truly appreciate that. Have you ever had that time of being stuck after having a moment of reflection? I did once, and it was so hard to get up.

      • Have I ever had that time of… hummm… I normally mull things over for as long as I need, then let or make myself look at it from a different perspective. I like how you said about Reflections.

  11. ‘Reflection. It’s always good to reflect, to contemplate, or to mull things over. When your world is revolving so fast and you’re overwhelmed, when it drops a bomb on you and you have to react, or when it presents all its magnificent nature in front of you and you found yourself so blessed. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to pause and not jump immediately to the situation, and take a moment of reflection, compose yourself and sigh to what life hands to you, good or bad.’

    Just beautifully put Rommel…really beautifully put !!!!

    And the images ain’t half bad either…hehehe

    Hmmmmmmm…so um….why am I NOT on the ‘Blogs I Follow’ list ? Huh ? The fur babies told me to ask you that !!!!

  12. Thank you “tukayo” for mentioning me, I’ll post more of mine as soon as i can, I’, in Zamboanga now :) my dream grand adventure is in Caramoan, Hopefully next.. Kudos Meng!

  13. This may be too late now but this post really deserves more likes. Bro, I have been quite a busy man for the past few months my apologies for being kinda numb during those times. Slowly, I am making up for the lost times amid the really tight schedule I now have.

    Hope all is well with you.

    • I apologize from my end as well. Will get to you in time. Hehe. I’ve seen your amazing captures on FB. ;)

      This post currently has 184 likes (my normal is 70 – 120). It gathered 5 FB link and 2 Tweets. :D I think I’m contented. The likes, WP only shows about 80+ gravatars on every old posts.

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  15. I keep on re-visiting this post because I am dreaming of the waters of Caramoan. And I always am amazed by your wonderful pictures! Hoping this year, I would be able to see and experience the place.

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