Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Island Life (Helena's Island)

Just sit right back and you'll hear the tale...

No, I wouldn't put you through that...

...or would I?

Well it is a tale!

...the tale of a fateful trip...

Which it wasn't.

...that started from this tropic port aboard this tiny ship...

Well, banka boats are tiny vessels!

OK, that's where it kind of stops. (Yeah, you're welcome.)

There was no Gilligan, though in our party there was a photographer, an architect, an IT guy, an African safari explorer, and the lively former fashion designer and restaurateur who owns the island where we were to stay.

Edson was invited by Helena Carratala Mander to aid her in sketching out her vision of how she wishes her island Mangenguey to be developed. To do this it would be best if he actually saw the island and worked there with her to do the sketches. I spent time photographing the island (over 1300 images total), many of which he will use to aid his final work.

We just arrived back in Manila last night.

At any rate, it was a beautiful ride there.

A beautiful time spent in exquisite weather conditions.

A nice side trip to Calauit Island to see the Calauit Island Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, where African animals mingle with native Filipino species, roaming virtually wild. Helena had invited Donald Young along to help her formulate plans for possible ways in which they might together help the suffering park of animals the Marcos regime had transplanted from Kenya in the 1970s.

The sand of the beach at Mangenguey is a fine powder on par with Boracay, but the waters are much clearer, due I'm sure to the presence of only a handful of people on Mangenguey compared to the umpteen thousands crowding Boracay nowadays.

Pictures speak better of the beauty of the place than can I, so look on.

That not enough for you?

How about some video!
And here we are!
That's all for today. More pictures and video clips to come!

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