Thursday, December 3, 2009

"This could be heaven, right here on earth."


























Staying true to the blogs name, here are the photos from the Kite-Safari trip. Our first stop was Seco Island, more like a sandbank with a few bushes actually, with amazing on and off shore wind conditions. Unlucky for me, during my first kite session, I had a bit of a bad crash, straight into the 2 feet deep water, face first, leaving me in a daze for at least 10 minutes, absolutely unable to stand up straight or see clearly. All I remember was the water coming at me way too fast, some last minute swear words before I was sitting down holding my head together, which felt like it was expanding and about to explode. Such are the hazards of our trade. After fishing me out of the water and sticking a few menthol patches on my back and a nap, I felt a bit better but knew that this wasn't a crash I was going to get over after just one nap.

Forced to take a break, I sat myself down by the shore to take some magnificent photos of the boys kiting during sunset. I have tons of photos and so it was a bit of a struggle picking just 25 for the blog.. I did end up taking a few of my feet much to the boyfriend's delight who applauds my creative ways of getting a shot, hahha. Since it was full moon, I was taking alternating photos between the sunset and the moonrise, quite the sight to behold if I may say so. Sitting over a crackling bonfire we all felt an intense wave of happiness, for being so close to nature, and enjoying it in all its colors, scents and utter glory.

Day two, after a magnificent sunrise, we kited some more and I finally allowed myself some time back on the water, albeit a tad hesitant this time, not wanting to make my stiff neck any worse that it already was. We spent more time jumping sand dunes and rolling around the sand and searching for a kangaroo rat (the islands only inhabitants), we packed up the camp and set off to sleep on the boat, so we could leave for Batbatan Island early the next morning. I slept unbelievably well in the cot and before we knew it we had reached our next destination, a beach with insane blue waters and a half lagoon a.k.a. the perfect playground for us kiters. Making the most out of my trip, I somehow got up the balls to try my hand at a kiteloop again - after over a year and a half. (For those non kiters, a kiteloop is when you jump up into the air and then loop your kite 360 degrees which pulls you forward quite hard, and then landing on your board again.) I crashed my first two before I landed my next 3 or 4.. and I even have the video to prove it, yay for me! Totally worth all the bruises, the sore ribs, a stiff neck and the mild concussion, if you ask me.

After I gave my last box of Pringles away to the local kids, and an amazing feast for lunch on the boat, we headed back towards Boracay with a quick stop where we jumped into the water to cool off and conquered a float but then had to quickly swim back on board before the current would have taken us out into sea.. Sitting on the top deck and using the endless supply of beers and a way to avoid seasickness - and successfully, surprisingly - we made it back in time for the sunset, but took forever to actually get off the boat and get on with our lives, we were all in denial, but all good trips must come to an end, no?


love, peace & happiness

x dane


PS: Extra points to those who can tell the difference between the sunset and the sunrise..
PPS: Im starting to think that the department of tourism needs put me on their payroll asap for all the promoting I am doing for them, lol.

wearing Vintage hot pink dashiki, Zara navy blue bikini, F2 lipstick bikini, Calvin Klein white wifebeater, Terranova striped tank top, hurley fedora (which I lost!)

24 comments:

Ces said...

beautiful photos

Bub said...

dane! i absolutely love these photos! so jealous, u live in paradise

xx
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A La Mode said...

Wow these pictures are incredible! Makes me want to go out an enjoy the world, although I look out the window and in cold and rainy in Bristol today. Might have to venture further afield...

Allie said...

I am ooooozing in envy right now. It's raining miserably here.

trishacamille said...

can i just ask, how do you get such a flat stomach? I find it so hard to get one! haha

Dina's Days said...

oh my gosh, I'm dying. This is just breathtaking.

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Vintage Vixen said...

What amzing photos! Thanks for sharing. Makes me even more excited for my trip to Southern India (3 weeks and 2 days to go!)
Vix
xxx

Mode Junkie said...

picture no. 13 is sunrise and last one is a sunset? no clue. :) BUT THESE PHOTOS ARE AMAZING. i am with you on dep. of tourism including you on the payroll. you may be working harder than the ones already in the payroll for that matter!

Karencilla said...

oh Dane... i wish i could meet all those places.. sooo beautiful!
And yes you are doing a great tourism promotion through here.

betz said...

stunning photos. you sure had fun!!!

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Nerdic.. said...

Gorgeous! I'm craving for sun right now!
And I'm in love with your nailpolish, great color!
X, fashion-nerdic.

freyja said...

amazing pictures :)

kenna said...

Wow, beautiful!!! Is that difficult?... anyway, used one of your photo here if you dont mind, well i can take it down too.

Thanks!

Stéphanie said...

Fabulous pictures !

Couture Carrie said...

Absolutely stunning photos, darling Dane!
What fun!!

xoxox,
CC

Noelle Chantal said...

beautiful shots, Dane! looks like you had so much fun on your Kite-Safari trip. the Seco island looks like heaven!! super white fine sand and turquoise water -amazing place!

the 14th photo of you is just breathtaking. i miss going to the beach!! :)

Angel said...

im unutterly overwhelmed! this is such a paradise!nice one dani

Hanae said...

love these pics! beautiful and looks a lot of fan!! nice!

May Kasahara said...

I think I just died ♥

Lyndsay Cabildo said...

I love your photos man, truly paradise! Thanks to your blog and your great camera, it made a great impression!

Dane said...

Kenna - I dont mind at all, thanks! x

Mads said...

Hi Dane! Wow such mesmerizing photos.. Never heard of Seco Island, is it in Boracay? ang ganda ganda looking at the pics makes me so relaxed already..=)

Francheska said...

OK wow! i can totally see why you left marbella hahaha! well i honestly dont know who would want to stay here ... ever BUT yes these are amazing! you got some mad photography skills... and it really does look like paradise! really wnt to try kite surfing...however reading what happened to you whilst you were at it.. kinda puts me off it haha :Dx

Mery Elle said...

hey! where are you from?
It's fantastico your paradise ♥