Getting supplies is primarily the reason why we go to town, but some days, especially when it’s sunny like this, we also make it a point to hang out by the beach.

It was July 22 and unlike the past days, the sun shone bright. It was a really hot day that made for good photographs of the beach. We usually go down to town in the afternoons when it is low tide. This time, we caught the high tide and suddenly, the beach looked different. It was quite beautiful. I am always amazed at how beautiful El Nido can be.

We walked by the beach, which the locals called “aplaya”. Before I went to live here, I always thought “aplaya” meant lake or fish pond. It was a beautiful day to be out and sunscreen was required.

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As usual, I took photos with my 18-135mm lens, and afterwards took some with my Vitacon .5x wide angle converter. The next photos were shot with it attached to my lens. You will notice the difference.

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This was the day that Lia wanted to wear her “princess dress” along with my rosaries, which she called, “princess necklaces”. If you are wondering why she always has a backpack, it’s because I always have a backpack.

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Aside from the vignetting, that at that point, I have yet to master editing out, the loss of detail is also very noticeable.

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El Nido can be sooo beautiful. And it wouldn’t be El Nido town if there isn’t the charming Cadlao Island looming right in front.

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Though the beach in front of town have changed much since I lived here seven years ago, it can still be very beautiful. We used to swim here everyday. Back then, there were fewer boats, less oil, fewer dogs, fewer resorts by the beach, and there was a lot more of the white sand.

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We walked all the way to Caalan where Makulay Lodge is and stayed there for the rest of the day.

The following photos were taken by Likha, owner of Makulay Lodge, using my camera with its 50mm lens attached.

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And the following shots were also taken by Likha as he thought it was amusing to see Boris all the way up there, looking like a kapre (a tree demon). He said, “Doesn’t this shot fool you into thinking he’s in the middle of a forest?” when in fact this tree is just a little bit above the lodge, halfway to the villa, which is 100 steps up the hill.

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This blog is really Part 2 of this -> This is What We Do on Lazy Sundays

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