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Boracay Island

Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Another Beautiful Sunset!

I feel so blessed to live in this beautiful place. I came for a visit in 1998 and couldn't leave!

We are regularly treated to the most breathtaking sunsets.


Trust me
It's Paradise
This is where the hungry come to feed
For mine is a generation that circles the globe
in search of something we haven't tried before
so never refuse an invitation
never resist the unfamiliar
never fail to be polite
and never outstay your welcome
just keep your mind open and
suck in the experience
and if it hurts
you know what... it's probably worth it
you hope, and you dream
but you never believe that
something is going to happen for you
not like it does in the movies
and when it actually does
you expect it to feel different
more visceral
more real
I was waiting for it to hit me

I still believe in paradise
but now at least i know it's not some place you can look for
cause it's not where you go
it's how you feel for a moment in your life
and if you find that moment it lasts forever

it lasts forever
lasts forever


Spinning Away

Up on a hill, as the day dissolves
With my pencil turning moments into line
High above in the violet sky
A silent silver plane - it draws a golden chain

One by one, all the stars appear
As the great winds of the planet spiral in
Spinning away, like the night sky at Arles
In the million insect storm, the constellations form

On a hill, under a raven sky
I have no idea exactly what I've drawn
Some kind of change, some kind of spinning away
With every single line moving further out in time

And now as the pale moon rides Her form in my pale blue lines
And there, as the world rolls round I draw, but the lines move round There, as the great wheels blaze I draw, but my drawing fades
And now, as the old sun dies I draw, and the four winds sigh

(Sugar Ray)

My Favourite Quotes...

It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.

The great pleasure in life is in doing what others say you cannot.
-Walter Bagahot-

Once you've flown, your wings never quite fit in the nest again.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
-Mahatma Gandhi-

Work like you don't need the money,
Dance like nobody's watching
And love like you've never been hurt.

Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.

Its not good enough to ignore the mystery just because it can't be explained.
-Graham Hancock-

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.
-Andre Gide-

A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages.
-Tenessee Williams-

If you can find a path without obstacles, it probably leads to nowhere.

An Existentialist Ocean

The indifferent agony of the ocean is read rather easily - it says "I have learned to roll rocks larger than your head. And take the lives of those who look too deeply".
-Gary Shockley-

You've Been in the Philippines Too Long When...

1. You are freezing and it 75 degrees outside.

2. Your speech is marked with expressions like, "I'm going pishing" and "My dog has pleas."

3. It doesn't bother you to walk into a bar with a P.C. standing outside with a loaded gun.

4. European beer tastes funny.

5. You think a hot water faucet is a decoration.

6. You tie a gecko to your bedpost to control mosquitoes.

7. You think 50 pesos is a lot of money.

8. You think a luxury hotel is one with a seat on the toilet.

9. You don't answer to "Joe" and your name is Joe.

10. You get a roll of 50 centavo pieces so the jeepney drivers can't keep the change.

11. No matter how drunk you get, San Miguel beer still tastes good.

12. "Mag beer muna tayo" is your favorite commercial.

13. You think a superhighway is a two-laner.

14. You can eat balut without throwing up.

15. You think of retiring here (there) because you like the place and it's really cheap.

  • Intro Updated Jun 8, 2007
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  • HeshamMA's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Happy Birth Day Sirenna , would love to come to Philippine because of your profile

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Sirenna, Happy Birthday. PJ

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Hello mate, have you abandoned VT altogether, I haven't seen you here for an age. I hope everything is well with you. Speak soon, fergy.

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Happy Birthday greetings from the Netherlands. PJ

  • Usctwin's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Happy birthday!

  • kandoi's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Happy Birthday

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Wouldn't surprise me babe, it was bloody awful actually I believe it was the only bad meal I have eaten in the Phils in bout five months now. I know a lot of the longnoses dn't go for the fatty lechon, balut etc., but I really get on OK with it. Hope things are well with you and regards to all the crew there. Did you get to Romblon as planned? fergy.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    beautiful pics - I didnt make it to the VT meet here but for sure what a stunning place to get travel mad people from around the world to meet up!...and people like yourself to not want to leave!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Hello Sirenna: Really enjoyed our adventure on the "Red Pirates" sail boat and the Puka Beach visit. Too bad, Hans and I didn't get to meet you personally. I can see why you love this island of Boracay.

  • Jan 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Happy New Year!Very useful informations on you page.We are off to Boracay in Jan 18th.Would Ati-Atihan festival merrymaking go on the white beach during Jan 18th to 21th?hope to see you!

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