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[Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Story Challenge] I is for Island of Boracay



It is Tuesday once again! Time for Frizztext’s A-Z Photo Story Challenge. Letter this week is I and so I share photographs from the Island of Boracay. Looking at all these photographs give me a sense of peace and tranquility especially now that I am extremely busy with university term underway. It reminds me of why I work so hard.

Island of Boracay


This is a screenshot photo taken by my husband using his smart phone that shows quite beautifully from a bird’s eye view what the shape of Boracay Island is like. According to Wikipedia, it is located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Apparently, In 2012, Boracay had been named the world’s second best beach after Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands as reported by the Philippine Department of Tourism (same Wikipedia source).

“The island is approximately seven kilometers long, dog-bone shaped with the narrowest spot being less than one kilometer wide, and has a total land area of 10.32 square kilometers.” (source here)

Photographs taken by my eleven year old daughter, Myka


This is a photo taken by my 11 year old daughter showing how far the shoreline could be especially in the mornings. One can walk much farther away and still be in clear shallow waters.


See how clear the water is. I am always soothed by the varying shades of blues and greens in Boracay, and the fine white sand.


I always prefer to stay in Station 1 whenever we go in Boracay as the other stations are just way too crowded and noisy for my taste. I really am just after the quietly soothing sound of the waves, not the night life that the island has to offer.


We usually travel here in the month of July, which is considered the off-peak season. While there is a higher probability of storms and rains (July-August being rainy months in the Philippines), I would prefer that over the crowds of partying and noisy young people. Surprisingly, however, Boracay Island is packed filled with tourists and people especially when one goes to Stations 2 and 3, and D’Mall. I was a little surprised by that.

More photographs taken by my husband and me


I am glad that we are pretty much left on our own in Station 1 and I can still get the quiet I have always craved for while in the island.

Photo taken by my husband.


A young girl in motion, a slice of the moon behind me, and sand beneath my feet.


And now I take a photograph of the lovely photographer herself, my eleven year old daughter.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

5 comments on “[Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Story Challenge] I is for Island of Boracay

  1. hi Myra, the first photo of your daughter Myka is really good! stripes green, blue, white etc. reminds of the artist Fontana; try a widescreen version as well! I have similar nearly abstract paintings, oil on canvas, on my bureau wall 🙂


  2. Pingback: [Monday Reading] Faith, Hope, and Courage in Picture Books and Winner of AWB Reading Challenge for August |

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