But I can't, coz I'm a mother. So what does a mom do just to simply have a moment for oneself away from the confusion at home, from the rending sound of the community?
Leave the world behind and get lost in some islands. And since I'm still a mom (unchangeable), I couldn't just leave my family behind so I have to take the pack with me.
I've once read that when you dream about color blue it may mean that you may be wanting to escape from the pressures of life. Though it still depends on the context of your dream, but don't you just want to wake up and experience this blue color embracing you, giving you solace and bliss.
Our country, without ever a shadow of a doubt, is rich in landscapes that is dominated by this color.
I remember writing about this color in a blog I wrote for Antulang Resort in Dumaguete. However, as much as I would want to dream of going back there, so many places blessed with the same majestic landscape are still left for us to discover, like Gigantes Island found in Carles, Iloilo.
I patiently waited for months and saved up for this "blue-rich" trip. Thanks to So-san of Carles Tourism Information for providing me with all the information a mom needed for this adventure-packed family trip. Our budget entailed six round trip tickets from Manila to Roxas City and back which I purchased ahead from the last DOT-organized travel fair.
The highlight of this trip is the island-hopping tour at Carles, and be photographed on top of the hill where our backdrop is the iconic Cabugay Gamay island scene.
The cost of our island-hopping tour is P 2,100 per head. Which included one night accommodation at Hideaway Inn Resort, four full meals (a table of seafood delight prepared by the locals), private boat, entrance fees and environmental fees, also motorcycle rides in the island. I know! It's not cheap plus we gave a good tip to our guide who needed more education on getting photos using phones.
Gigantes group of islands has two big islands, Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur and ten islets namely Balbagon,Cabugao Daku, Cabugao Gamay, Waydahon, Bantigue, Bulubadiang, Gigantillo, Gigantona, Ojatras and Gakitgakit.
GIGANTES NORTE ISLAND
From Bancal Fish port, more than an hour boat ride to Gigantes Norte Island is expected. Going around the island needs to be be getting used to, as there isn't any option but to ride the motorbike. Will post on this island on a separate post.
Antonia Beach is a private-owned resort endowed with white sand. They offer camping accommodations for those wanting a different beach experience.
Clear crystal water and clean calm coast.
BANTIGUE SAND BAR
Beyond this limestone rock formation hides a salt water pool of water.
A small cavern of entrance where the boat also unloads the visitors.
This isn't advisable for kids, as there are sharp rocks everywhere.
One has to go climb up and then go down to the lagoon. The depth of the water is about 3 feet to 4 feet so it's not too deep. However, my 12-year old and 11-year olds were game for the slightly dangerous trek to the pool, but for them it was all worth it.
Aside from swimming, you can also do cliff jumping