Cry for Rain


Even as a child, I have tried writing poems for myself and during school contests. I would like to share one of the poems that I wrote when I was a senior in high school. Luckily, I was able to preserve my copy and here it is:


Cry for rain

Clouds cast their dark and gloomy faces,

Upon the unassuming folks of the parched and desolate regions.

A cool breeze upon the land followed,

As the leaves of the trees dance along to the silent melody it brings.


Slowly, the skies grew darker and gloomy.

It appears that carrying a heavy burden has taken its toll,

Upon the heavily burdened clouds that used to be feather-like in appearance.

Now, it will be something special if it will release its burden upon the earth.


Not a drop of rain has satisfied the thirst of the land.

Waiting patiently to shower its grace,

Little by little, drops of rain finally fell.

In every direction you face, it has finally fallen.





Banate – A serene getaway

Despite the wide selection of beaches in Iloilo, Philippines, living in the city proper has posed as an issue for us. The best beaches are miles away, usually requiring up to 3-4 hours of land travel before reaching one of the pristine and secluded locations for a day trip or overnight stay.

As the summer season is drawing near, we were able to plan a weekend getaway to one of the coastal towns in Iloilo – Banate, Iloilo City.


The shore in CRCI Beach Resort in Banate

We were greeted by the warm sea breeze as we settled in our cottage. Luckily, the weather was great and it was sunny as usual.



CRCI Beach Resort Banate

After spending the morning basking in the warm waters of the beach, we visited the town proper before heading back to Iloilo.



Low tide in the afternoon.

Of course, our trip was not complete without the essential seafood delicacies. I was not able to take a photo of the crabs but only the large shrimps as part of our lunch.


Seafood in Banate

Our trip to Banate is truly worthwhile and has a lot of potential to become a summer spot in the future. If you want to enjoy a stress-free and relaxing weekend away from the hustle-and-bustle lifestyle in the city, Banate is definitely a town in Iloilo to add in your list.