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The past two weeks, I went to the island of Siquijor and the city of Dumaguete.
Siquijor is a land filled with stories of the supernatural. They say it’s the place of witch doctors and mythical beings. But it’s actually a beautiful island filled with white sand beaches – there’s even one right there at the port!
It’s a laid back island. I can really feel the quiet, country life vibe going on, though there were lots of vacationers that time because of the Holy Week holidays.
Dumaguete on the other hand is more developed. It’s a city much like our own, but with its own unique charm. I really liked strolling along their boulevard and pigging out in the eateries nearby.
I walked a LOT actually and off course, I sketched while exploring these places. The black and white pencil and ball pen drawings here are done on the spot. Most of these are of islands I passed by during boat trips and the others are old historical cathedrals at Siquijor.
The drawing at the bottom, the farthest right, is one of the places I really looked forward to see in Siquijor. It’s a very old balete tree. In Philippine myth, these creepy looking trees are supposed to house magical creatures and spirits. But when I went there, the tree was surrounded by so many tourists, taking selfies and dipping their feet into the water near the tree for a fish spa. But still, the tree looked ancient and mystical with all those intertwining branches and those roots that snake around its base like a labyrinth.
The colored painting above is of Manjuyod White Sand Bar. It’s based on a photo I took with my phone. I went there via bus from Dumaguete. I had to ask people around about how to go there solo. The official travel tours are a bit too expensive for me. Luckily I found a guy who owns a small fishing boat and agreed to take me there for a lesser price. Such nice people!
It was high tide when I reached the sand bar and the water was waist deep. It’s crystal clear! And it was a big expanse of white sand bar with shallow water perfect for frolicking and swimming. I must’ve stayed in the water for hours. Maybe next time I’ll catch it at low tide and really see the whole sand bar.
So there you go. Hope you enjoyed my sharing of this little summer trip. There are still a whole lot of beaches out there calling out to me and more scenic sights to sketch. I just wish I can afford travelling MORE.
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Current Residence: Zamboanga City, Philippines
Favourite genre of music: anything noisy
Favourite style of art: Traditional. With themes of fantasy, magic, horror, surreal and macabre...
Favourite cartoon character: Billy from Grim Adventures, Patrick Starfish, Stimpson J. Cat
Personal Quote: Fruit prevents scurvy!