Thursday, May 12, 2011

Love Affair With Coconut Tree!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

While the salt water-friendly, tropical pop tune of Nicole Scherzinger (of then Pussycat Dolls) and Mohombi entitled "Coconut Tree" is playing on tv, I stumbled upon several pictures of me either embracing or posing with a coconut tree. While the song tells of a love story that takes place under a coconut tree (whoaaah!), my pictures shows my fascination for the coconut tree.

This photo was taken in Palawan Beach inside Sentosa in Singapore. I was so amazed to find in a foreign country, a beach with a name identical with our place known for the best beaches. It instantly felt like “home” and gutsy feel prompted me to check it out.

I crossed the suspension bridge and on the other end, saw Singapore's happiest family beach, with lots of tall coconut trees swaying, like our Palawan! I was riveted with the tall coconut tree bent towards the water (as it gave me more "homey" feeling). I decided to stop, to get more in touch with the tree, then I climbed, felt it close, rested a little on its embrace and have someone captured the moment!

This was taken in Saud White Beach during my visit in Pagudpud, a town at the northwest tip of Ilocos Norte. I like how this coconut tree is angled so I took some pictures.

Saud Beach abounds in coconut trees that shield the cottages from the glare of the sun and the white sandy beach, giving the place a cool tropical setting. Hammocks also hung from coconut trees, which is so inviting for a nap during siesta!

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