Thursday, May 24, 2012

Travel Thursdays: Sunsets in Siquijor

Welcome to part 5 of the trip that only lasted three weeks but will take a million years to recount... You can find our Philippines vacation part 1, the lost luggage saga, here; part 2, island hopping, here; part 3, the Bohol adventure tour, here; and part 4, our arrival in paradise, over here.

My hopes were pretty high for the sunsets in Siquijor, after having read in both of our guidebooks (we usually travel with an English Rough Guide for me and a German Lonely Planet for Micha) that they were some of the best in the world. The world! That's a whole lot of awesome expectation right there.

The first night clouds didn't offer much, though, so we pretty quickly grew skeptical...

...and then the next night, as the sun started to fall and the mosquitos started to attack, we started to get it...

Photobombed by a bird!

Me (with a very attractive expression), our resident puppy, and Chantal, waiting for the sunset magic 

...the sky lit up both to our left...

...and to our right...

Puppy had already seen it all 8 million times before 

...but on the next day, the fluffy clouds helped the sky light up even more intensely than I could have imagined and the colors changed so drastically from one minute to the next that you could bear to stop taking pictures even for a second. the point where the horizon practically looked like it was on fire!

But the last night...oh that last night and the magnificent pink sky. I've never seen anything like it. It really was paradise and I can't even tell you how reluctant we were to leave when we finally had to check out of the resort and move on. (And to be honest, if I had to do it again, I would have spent the whole rest of the vacation there!)

Photobombed again! 

I swear, this picture wasn't our idea. But with that backdrop, how were we any of us supposed to resist turning on the flash and playing up the cheese?

Moral of the story: If you ever go to the Philippines, do yourself a favor and spend a good, long time in Siquijor. And thank me later.


  1. Wow! Your photos are AMAZING! I'm ready for a vacation now!

    1. Thanks, Vanessa! Though, really, the sky did all the work... ;) And yeah, I could use another vacation too, right about now!