Club Paradise

Imagine turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and the bluest skies, and be whisked away to a place called Club Paradise. Located at the northern part of Palawan, this remote island is an easy 35 minute plane ride from Manila. The transfers via mini bus and boat are conveniently coordinated by the resort, so your trip is worry-free the moment your aircraft touches Palawan soil.

This 4-day getaway was exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries for the coming term. I focused on finishing all my report cards prior to leaving so I wouldn’t have to take any work with me, and I’m glad that that’s how things went. Mike and I would wake up to gorgeous weather, glorious buffet meals, and a blank itinerary which we happily filled up lounging by our sea front cottage, a book in one hand, and a drink in the other.

Mike and I did absolutely nothing but laze around the beach.

We took the occasional plunge in the water and were greeted by the resident turtle and a blue spotted sting ray. With its thriving marine life, snorkeling around the island is as relaxing as a 2-hour hot stone massage, sans the jellyfish. Our afternoons were made of lazy conversations and hammock naps, where we were quietly lulled by the lapping of the waves. Evenings meant indulging in a luxurious buffet, which would leave us sinfully full, and wanting nothing more than to lay in bed for a good night’s rest.

The food was excellent, but the views were even better.

It’s difficult not to be filled with gratitude after such a peaceful break. It made me realize that in spite of the all the challenges that we encounter each day, such as the resort’s uncomfortable bed and pillow that we whined about in the comment card, the reality is that life isn’t that hard after all; that in the grand scheme of things, we are still one of the fortunate ones.

So here’s to long weekends, being with the love of your life, and starting the week with an attitude of gratitude.

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