Island “X”

It’s hard to keep secrets. Sometimes they lay silently dormant inside of you just waiting to burst from your tongue. You want to run from person to person and share that profound knowledge that, by virtue of possession, makes you a unique individual.

Waters of Perfection

Waters of Perfection

Such is the case with most secrets, but not all. Every now and then you encounter a small piece of truth that you want to hide from the world at all costs. That’s how I felt yesterday while skipping from island to island in the small boat that puttered through the ocean waves.

Many a person has written about the glamours of Boracay island. Yes, it has beautiful waters and beautiful sand but it has become, in my opinion, a little too crowded since its great ‘discovery’ in the 1980’s. Many a tourist, and native, has traveled to the island and the once hidden getaway is now extremely popular.

Transportation the Local Way

Transportation the Local Way

When I found my own personal paradise, I quickly decided to not name it publicly lest it become overrun and as popular as Boracay.

More and more I find that I am addicted to nature and the beauty that it posseses. I’ve grown to resent the shopping malls, the six-lane highways, the cookie-cutter homes and everything else we have used to destroy the planet we live on. I’m by no means embarking on a save-the-whales campaign nor am I trying to preach a “take the road less travelled” gospel. I’ve just come to understand I prefer those places that have no people, no asphalt and the road less travelled does not exist because there is

Water, Sand & Sky - All Beautiful.

Water, Sand & Sky - All Beautiful.

no road and so, to keep such a treasure, I must keep it secret.

Like most shared pleasures here in the Philippines, I found ‘Island X’ because I have friends. That’s one of the good things (if not the only good thing) about the villiage life. Everybody knows somebody. Need a motorcycle to go around town? I have a friend. Need a friend who owns a boat? I have one. Need a friend who has full access to an exclusive and privately owned island? I have one of those too. And that’s how I found myself in the crystal clear waters of a place that I can only imagine to be but a step below Eden.

A Place To Chill In The Shade

A Place To Chill In The Shade

I found myself hypnotically frozen as I gazed into the turqoise water, watching it glimmer and bend the rays of sunlight upon the ocean corals. It was a good five minutes before I allowed myself to swim: this was not a water to carelessly jump into, this was a water worthy for a baptism. Slowly I walked forward, covering first my ankles, pausing, and then continuing onward until I was waist deep in the sacred holiness of God’s creation. Were I ill, I almost believe those waters could cure.

The tourists can have the beautiful beaches of Boracay. I’ll keep my little getaway and Jen & I may honeymoon here on Island X. We have friends on a neighboring island (close enough to use smoke signals) should we need anything. We had lunch with them after visiting Island X, dining like kings on a feast of freshly caught ocean fish and endless bowls of rice. Filipino hospitality is second to none and we’ve already made plans for our return trip. Who can say no?

Jen & I Watch How To Build A Boat

Jen & I Watch How To Build A Boat

I’m pleased that the garden is doing well and needs less attention now so I can afford a mini-vacation or two. There’s more pictures of Island X and the neighboring islands over at myplog.net.

3 Responses to Island “X”

  1. Mark Lewis

    February 10, 2010 at 7:23 am

    OK now where is this place?

  2. Jon Kokko

    February 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I’ll put the secret map in a bottle and throw it in the ocean. X marks the spot.

  3. megan

    February 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    If I come visit, will you and Jen take me there? You can even blindfold me! Haha! That is truly beautiful!!! Miss you!

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