A Backpacker’s Photo Diary: North Shore, Hawaii
If you asked me what my favorite part was of the whole Hawaii trip, North Shore would definitely be my pick. Sunlit homes dotted the coastal roads, punctuated by generous helpings of beaches, fields, and mountains. Each corner was lush, and looked like it was well cared for. And there were so many outdoor activities that you could do, warm and friendly locals whom you could meet, and a spectrum of flavors that you could taste.
This rarely happened, and the feeling stayed with me: I thought I was only visiting a new place, but I ended up picturing a life here.
I fell hard for the North Shore. On the off chance that I would be able to return there, I just might never leave.
- 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii
- 56-781 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku. Oahu, Hawaii
Brave the waves,
Missing Warmer Waters
Even during its coolest months, the Philippines would stay ablaze with beaches that beckoned with warm waters. One of the easiest to get to from Manila was Batangas, a destination that called for just a three-hour drive. Despite being met with overcast skies, Carlo and I headed to La Luz Beach Resort, armed with no other agenda than to roll around by the shore for the day.
While the sand wasn’t as fine as the ones found in Cebu or Davao, the place offered little luxuries that would raise your overall experience there. Although they were fully booked, you still had a lot of lounging area choices, the staff would constantly check on you without being intrusive, and the steady flow of well prepared Filipino dishes and drinks would just keep on coming.
And the waters—even if the winds chilled me to the bone, jumping into the water would heat me right up.
This was one of the things that I missed about being home the most.
- Naic Road, San Juan, Philippines
Brave the waves,