I had a quick vacation in Sayaw Beach Barili, Cebu, when I went out with a former colleague’s team for an activity to bond out of town. I didn’t have plans of joining as I was bent on spending my weekends at home in order to work. But I soon gave in when it turned out that the number of heads that the original trip had didn’t turn out quite as expected.
Cebu Trip: Mangroves in Sayaw Beach, Barili
October 1, 2011
Sayaw Beach, Barili
Team Building in Barili, Cebu
To be honest, the place didn’t fancy me the first time because I was expecting a nice beach available so I could directly head out for a swim. However, here’s the scene that greeted me when I went to the shore.
boat and trees
It was an overnight stay in a resthouse and I was surprised to see mangrove trees that gave out a different view as time passed.
Sunset and Silhouettes
We had a very late lunch at 3pm and afterwards, we used the chance to lounge around. I was busy checking the place out and when I turned to one side, the sun started to set. Silhouettes formed and I happily clicked away.
porch on a tree
I asked two people to start dancing and I don’t know if it turned out alright. I didn’t even know these guys well enough to choreograph them. But what the heck, they willingly obliged. Thanks Al & Donna! 😀
sayaw means ‘dance’
As the skies turned dark, I had to get some shut eye for I was awake for more than 24 hours and my body longed for rest. When I stepped out for dinner, the water rose and I saw that these mangroves were given their own spotlight.
These trees definitely deserved their own light especially when this is the scenery that awaits you. A bummer for me that I left my tripod at home and my shots became limited to a certain angle.
After hours of card games and karaoke sessions with people I barely knew, I finally went to bed to sleep.
Morning came and it was already 8am when I woke up. The water subsided and here’s another scene that I saw on the beach.
I was reluctant to join this team activity at the beginning because I was bent on saving money for a travel adventure next year. But given the budget of this quick vacation and since all I had to do was drag myself in the process, I had no regrets. Maybe one of these days I’ll get invited to spending time on cheap holidays and just chill without thinking about plans too much. For now, the trees were already enough for my fascination.
Sometimes we have this ‘standard’ that a good view of a beach would only be that of powdery white sands, crystal clear waters and a vast shoreline. I admit that it’s still what I long for whenever I head to a destination with water. But during this trip, I learned to appreciate what’s been presented to me. You don’t realize how beautiful a place can become until you let it grow with you in time.
‘No Other Woman’ daw
Was planning to create a better write-up out of the photos but my mind has been totally blank lately.
Barili is 1.5 hours South of Cebu City.
*Special thanks to Team Pia. 😀
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