My very first point-and-shoot camera, the very first waterproof camera that Pentax put out in the market back in 2005, was a gift from H. My very first digital SLR, bought in 2006, was a wedding present from H. The first photos taken with this camera, an Olympus E-500, were taken during our post-wedding trip to Davao two days after the wedding.

This is where I take a trip down memory lane, in my desire to look at how I was, at twenty-four years old, a very young bride and still fresh from my year spent living in El Nido where I spent days eating six times a day and getting a full 8-hours of sleep almost every night.

This is also where I take a trip down memory lane, in my desire to look at how the very first pictures we took, with our camera, bought just the day before, its manual we never really read, looked like.

The package we got at the Pearl Farm Beach Resort was at P18,000 for the two of us for a three-days and two-nights stay with all the meals included as well as boat transfers.

To get to the resort, all boat transfers are done at the Pearl Farm Marina.

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Checking in and listing in for the transfer to Samal Island

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Waiting for the transfer


Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

We just had backpacks, really. And H, is soooo, hiphop. *straight face goes here*

The Marina also has a restaurant. Since we were really early for the transfer, we spent some time at the resto; and then afterwards, hung out on the loungers outside reading books.

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

My Merrells, together 6 years and counting!

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

And soon enough, it was time to get on the boat. The pier is right in front the pool, resto and building.

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

I took these photos while we were still on the boat and approaching the resort. I look at these photos now the way I do food and I must say it looked good.

Mandaya House, Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Samal House, Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Davao

Parola Bar, Pearl Farm Beach Resort

We and the other guests were greeted with refreshing “welcome drinks” (otherwise known as iced tea), and was thereafter led to our respective accommodations. Ours was right by the water.

Samal House, Pearl Farm Beach Resort

I did what I usually do when given a hut by the beach: sit and stare out, a cup of coffee at my feet.

Samal House, Pearl Farm Beach Resort

The afternoon light was gentle on my tired face, I suppose.

Samal House, Pearl Farm Beach Resort

The sunset was soon upon us. I spent a considerable amount of time toying with the camera’s settings and trying to capture a sunset on a cloudy afternoon. This is what I finally liked among a lot of photos (each one as drab as the next), and this photo is reminiscent of the times when I wanted everything dark, burned crisp.

Sunset at Pearl Farm Beach Resort

This also reminds me of the times when I was experimenting so much that I ended up with ultra-bright photos that hurt the eyes. To be honest, it had something to do with how my monitor was calibrated. To me the photos looked fine, but to everyone else not using my laptop, it was a disaster. Really. I’ve since learned to bother with calibration… but of course, I find that too tedious. So if my photos are beginning to be too crisp, drop me a note.

Let me end this post with a photo of a sunset (because “this site is about everything I love… boats, SUNSETS..”) and I realized I haven’t been posting enough photos of sunsets lately.

Sunset at Pearl Farm Beach Resort

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