Snaps from our visit around some of Kapitolyo’s restaurants.
Rub Ribs & BBQ
Lia’s Cakes in Season
Epic Coffee Roastery
So last January I went to Guam, not for a grand vacation in an island paradise, but to take an exam. Yes, an exam that could might as well be the most important exam that I will take in my career to date.
For one week, we stayed in the Hotel Santa Fe in Tamuning and studied. We studied by ourselves in front of our laptops or books or flashcards, or with a class through recorded lectures. We also had practice exams to simulate how it is like to take the exam 5 hours straight. The only time that we get to go out was when we need to buy supplies or groceries for the coming days. Our usual source of supplies was Guam Premier Outlet.
So it’s June once again. It just simply means that school season will start its 10-month run. But before students get busy with their assignments and school requirements, I decided to take out my kid sisters in the arcade to have a little bit of fun.
Okinawa, Japan – Last Sunday, we went to leisure to stroll in one of Okinawa’s must see places, Shurijo Castle. Okinawa was previously known to be the Kingdom of Ryukyu and the Shuri Castle served as its center of politics, foreign affairs, and culture. Its unique and exceptional architecture was said to be influenced by both China and Japan. Thus, in December 2000, Shuri Castle became the 11th World Heritage site within Japan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.