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ISLAND HOPPING

by Carmel December 1, 2013

Stormy seas and baby steps to overcoming fears Prior to “The Talk,” Shawn and I had an enjoyable day of island hopping around El Nido. As he mentioned in his earlier post about El Nido, we had seen the boats full of tourists leaving the shores around 9:30 every morning and returning, sun-baked and smiling, […]

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REDEFINING EXPECTATIONS

by Carmel November 19, 2013

He was the first to say what was on both our minds, a move that shocked and confused me as I’m usually the one to break the silence. It had been about 20 minutes since either of us said a word other than, “Can I have a sip of your coke?” The silence was deafening. […]

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SNAPSHOTS OF EL NIDO

by Shawn November 17, 2013

The town’s routines begin around six in the morning when the electricity is shut off until the afternoon. The whirring of fans stop abruptly, the humidity creeps over us like a damp, warm blanket. Soon, I hear the clanking of dishes and pans from the restaurant’s kitchen next door, ice grinding, vegetables being chopped, jovial […]

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