It all started with an itch to wander. Then I found myself sitting on a commuter bus offering free wi-fi onboard, but not yet decided on where to go. So I just sat there, browsing places for a sweet escape.
Lo and behold, Santa Maria!
The quiet and laid-back town of Sta. Maria is nestled in the newly-minted province of Davao Occidental, 100 kilometers south of Davao City. I’ve never set foot in this part of the region before, which adds up to excitement. I arrived in pitch-black, and tired. The only thing I remember was the sound of the sea breeze that lulled me to sleep.
Come morning, dark clouds wrapped the sky—a traveler’s nightmare and a photographer’s worst enemy.
I am in a place local folks call as Little Boracay, some 15-minute ride from downtown Sta. Maria. I can’t attest to the veracity or at least to the closeness of the place where I’m in compared to the world-renown beach island in the Visayas.
But there’s one thing I will confess: I enjoyed the place.
Sans the Bruno Mars marathon from the nearby cottage, the much-appreciated silence and view will just blow you away. What a sweet escape!
So while it seemed that all roads led to Dahican in Mati City last weekend, I found myself enjoying some quality time in this quiet cove, with only a book, a notebook and a pen to give me company. Ahh, my definition of a stress-free travel!
Here in Little Boracay, one can embrace the soothing sea breeze and savor the pleasant-to-the-eyes blue water.
To paraphrase an ad by the Fiji Tourism, happiness blossoms here, and it waves out from every corner and floats across every face and blue skies and clear water.
It blossoms because here because it’s not hunted, not chased or pursued. You simply come here…and happiness will find you.
I left the place shortly before the fall of dusk on a laid-back Sunday afternoon. With another itch to wander now solved, this fuelled my impetus for discovering new places even more.
With this itch, I can’t help but smile (and dream) on the sidelines.