It was a on a tropical island seeming kissed by GOD; where gentle and calm waves of turquoise water caressed its soft white sand. The branches of coconut trees swayed ever so slightly on a gentle breeze that cooled your skin in the heat of the day.
As day passed into sunset the orange rays of setting sun plays in the ripples of the sea dancing to calls of seabirds looking for their mates and a silent song you can hear only in your mind. As the shadows of day pass to night, a symphony of little lights from fireflies illuminate the branches of trees. Nights first stars appear as does the parade of small boats of local fishermen as they find their way out to sea by oil fed lanterns seeming balanced on their bows.
The sounds of day now faded we lay nestled in the warm white sand, not far from waters edge, gazing into a billon star fields in space. This is when I ask “Will you marry me?”
Welcome to Atulayan Island, located 4 hours from the home town of my wife in the Philippines. I was excited to return to the place where I asked my ex-girlfriend to marry me. Not only because it holdS that special memory but because I wanted to share this place with my 8 year old son who is a result of that union formed on its beach in 2001.
Not much has changed in the 13 years since I was last there; except there is now electricity which for me seems more of a curse than a blessing. The blaring white light that illuminates the Nipa Huts dulls the sky and obstructs view of the star fields.
Nevertheless the beauty of nature still blast your eyes with brilliant colors and soft warm waters of this shores still feel like a warm blanket wrapping around you.