Exploring our island has led to many wonderful discoveries. On this day trip to Pandan, Antique, we drove from Roxas City to the coastal town of Buruanga in Malay then continued on paved roads to this rustic beach town. We realized soon enough that we should stay longer as there was quite a bit to see and do but we'll have to save that for another day. We'll come back to this laid back and friendly niche, that's thankfully off the grid, soon enough.
Eat, beach, relax, repeat
This is the first thing that greeted us when we entered the resort. Two hammocks beckoning us to rest from the midday sun. How easy it is to surrender to the whisper of the sea, swaying palm fronds and clear blue skies!
Not a wave in sight
It was the calmest sea. And though my room was just across from the beach, it was blissfully quiet except for the whir of the ceiling fan.
I started my walk on the beach at 4:30 p.m. The sun was still high on the horizon but it was slightly cooler. Fisherfolks were cleaning their nets while an X Factor wannabe was singing karaoke in the distance. There's are signs of a thriving village life here - colorful laundry hanging from clotheslines and palay (grain of rice) left to dry on a large mat on the sand.
The children came out to frolic on the shore as the sun slid down the expanse of sky. It was a joyful time with kids returning from school and playtime for the little ones.
A magical evening
And when the sun graciously gave the moon some breathing space, the resort was lit up in the most romantic way. It was magical! Then I heard a knock on my door. Dinner was ready. Light dinner for me after a day of eating local delicacies.
24 hours was all the "real" vacation I had within my hectic vacation. So glad I came his way.
Pandan Beach Resort
Panay Island, Philippines
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