clear waters of Araha Beach
I’ve always imagined how it feels like to live by the beach. Anytime you feel like relaxing or have a free time, you could just put on your board shorts, grab a towel, and walk to the beach. That simple. You don’t need to plan the trip nor drive a long way. Also, you don’t have to file a leave of absence or wait for a long weekend to be able to enjoy the warmth of sun, the refreshing sea, and tickling sand on your feet.
For me, the beach is where you go if you want to escape and enjoy, relax and be free. Filipinos usually flock beaches during the summer season, or the semestral break, or during long weekends. It is also where some people seek serenity, independence, excitement, and sometimes love.
view of Araha beach from the amphitheater
So this one afternoon, I decided to make use of my free time to stroll along the beach and fully experience how resort-like living feels. It takes about 5 minutes of leisurely walk to reach the seaside and about 15 minutes to the beach. A running lane will welcomed me that led to the beach. Immediately I felt the cool soothing breeze of the wind touching my skin.
leisure stroll by the beach
When I reached the beach, I tried to look of a nice spot to sit down, relax, read a magazine, and just chill. It’s really not that hard to pick a good spot to stop for a while because there were a number of benches near the beach and in the park. There were also some pavillions where people can stay for shade.
It was nice to just sit there and think about virtually nothing. I could go on for hours just looking at the clear water of the sea or the horizon as the sea meet the sky. I could also go on looking around seeing different people enjoying their free time alone, with a partner, or with their families. I could also spend a lot of time taking pictures of the beautiful scene that I don’t get to enjoy much often.
Araha Beach near Sunset
As a leisure major, I could say that I had meaningful use of my free time. I got to observe how people spent their leisure at the beach. There were a lot of leisure experiences provided by Araha beach and Park to the residents. Some of the leisure activities that I saw were: children playing at the playground and kiddie zipline, dog-walking, biking, running, jogging, lounging, kayaking, wake boarding, fishing, sleeping, and playing basketball. I saw people who just went to the beach by foot, and people who came by car. Some were dressed in beach attire, some in their sports / workout clothes, and one who looks like he just came from the office.
The beach is different for different people. For some, it’s about family-time and for others, lone-time. For most it’s about enjoyment and excitement, and for others, peace and tranquility. As for me, it’s a time-out from the modern world – the stress, the noise, the chaos.
walk on the sands of araha beach
As walk back home, I felt I had a renewed perspective and a refreshed mind. It’s really quite nice forgetting everything else for a while and just lose yourself in awe with the beauty around you – nature and people. I may not be conquering mountains lately but I guess the beach can substitute that high.
- Life is a beach (evervescence.wordpress.com)
- Okinawan Update (onechicamanyadventures.wordpress.com)
- 10 Adorable Beaches (oddstuffmagazine.com)