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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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True happiness in a face

What is true happiness?

In the hustle and bustle of this technological age, what actually makes us happy?

The answer depends on the person – personality, needs, wants, etc. Each and every one of us has something that genuinely evokes true happiness. Many are driven by the desire to acquire wealth in the form of real estate, gadgets, appliances, clothing, cosmetics, etc.

If you will look back to your younger years, what made you smile?

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True happiness of a child – At Palina Greenbelt Ecopark, Brgy. Cablatan, Cagay, Roxas City

It can be as simple as the delight of enjoying the warm waters of a shallow bay with black sand in your hands.

If you surround yourself with objects (or even people) just to make up for an emptiness in your heart, it might not be true happiness at all.

Time to wake up

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True happiness.

What truly makes you happy?

This is a wake up call to those who are actually wearing a mask of joy, when they are actually blue inside.

Take some time away from technology and work by spending a day in a tranquil island or bask under the warm sun in a scenic beach or simply spend time with family members. It might be time to go back and rediscover your true happiness.

If you are wondering where the first photo was taken, it was during our vacation last year at Palina Greenbelt Ecopark at Brgy. Cablatan, Cagay, Roxas City. The second photo is taken at Sampaguita Gardens in Kalibo, Aklan.

This is definitely a Face that is worth sharing.

A picture of pure and true happiness.