Far from the Madding Crowd
Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learned to stray;
Along the cool sequestered vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way
Thomas Gray (published 1751)
Last week, my family & I were on holiday in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte… getting away from it all, off the beaten path, in the rural village of San Pedro Island.
We went away by ourselves by car and later by a small boat to a solitary place, a very quiet and serene place – a friendly one at that – all making for a very welcome break – one of the best times we have ever had in years!
Consider the following:
incessant lapping of waves upon the fine, powdery sand beach
emerald-green, crystal clear waters
live colorful corals with matching Discovery channel fish colonies
fireflies around you while having dinner and beer
a complimentary full moon to cast unearthly shadows on the shoreline
a dissertation of bird chirps trying to outloud each other upon sunrise
the tuko (lizard) counting off the time of day
hopping on a bike and following the island trail
palm trees all around you and the occasional rice farm break in the scenery line
friendly and most hospitable island residents
We have had what I’d consider a fairly good-enough track experience of rural living vacations and we are no longer shocked nor discomforted when things don’t quite turn out like what we thought it would be (what? no ice water?!)
I’d like to think most of us have our own private Shangri-las — vacation memories that carry us through our daily grind in life.
Well, we found our newest one at San Pedro Island.
The island now holds a piece of my soul.
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