Unlike in other parts of the world where summer occurs during the months of June to August, said season bumps on the more fun Philippines from March to May.
Summer is my favorite among the three seasons (the other two are rainy [from June to November] and cold [from December to February]) in the country not only because this is the perfect time to hit the beach
and display my body but because it implies a myriad of other beautiful things awaiting us like vacation and graduation for students, team building for those in the corporate world, harvest time for farmers, excursion for families, anticipation of the Holy Week, fun summer classes especially for kids, festivals like the crowd-pleasing Paraw Regatta in Mindanao, peak season of Butanding encounter, road trips for barkadas (group of friends), halo-halo craze, and so forth.
On the not-so-good side, March is fire prevention month. The transcending heat during this month explains why reports on fires rise fiercely so that all citizens are advised to be extra alert up to the rest of the season. Moreover, electricity bills boom severely. However it may be, it will not for sure stop the people from taking advantage of some, if not all, of the enjoyable things this season offers.
Given all other fun things to do when the heat is on, most people in the tropics hit the beach to get the pleasure of kissing the sands and plunging into the beguiling waters of the sea. They say summer is not complete without hitting the beach therefore we did as early as last month, February. Yes, the temperature did rise that early this year and climate change has the answer to that. So, there is no better travel post for me this month than our family’s piece of the estival experience.
Thanks to my sister, Joylyn, for paving the way to realize this fun and long road trip/family bonding/fun filled activity to the town of rest and recreation in the province of Pangasinan: San Fabian.
Choosing where to go for swimming after the scrambling road trip was my humble sister’s call so it’s no surprise that she picked San Fabian Public Beach Resort. A very simple place that is, considering it was a weekend, a bit crowded when we got there. Nonetheless, its neatness and simplicity made our family bonding worth it.
Here is the good news about the place: there is no charge if you just want to use the beach and you can even use the picnicking entrance to walk straight through the ocean. No wonder people still flock to the place even though the sands is not as white and beautiful as Boracay’s or Caramoan‘s. The powdery texture of it though is appealing enough. By the time we put on our swimming clothes, the waves of the sea was fine and gentle so it was just perfect for us to make way through it.
Factoid: According to Daniel Paul Griffiths of ezinearticles.com, the sea is filled with rich mineral goodies. Many of which have beneficial effects. Your quick dip could help detoxify your skin, improve circulation and reduce stress.
Seeing my family members happy while they were busy frolicking in the beach tripled the joy I felt that time. I can’t help looking back in the day where a frivolous amusement like this is just an illusion–makes me break the tear duct. We were so financially challenged where the only thing we worked out for was bringing food on the table. I am not saying though that we are already in the chips now–just a lot better than before. This explains why this family excursion is really special for me. Unfortunately, there was only our mother because her better half was miles away, as well as our eldest sister, during that time.
There is a feel good factor to everything which is natural like the beach. No wonder we all felt so good after going for a swim, tranquilized after hearing the ebb and flow of the ocean tides, and calmed after watching the sunset.
On our way home, all of us kept saying we should really do this again.
Summertime is indeed full of beautiful things…Good times!
For more information (how to get to the place, where to stay, things to do, etc.) about San Fabian Public Beach Resort, please click this site: www.virtualtourist.com.
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