playing Moses

Filled with loathsome La Paz Batchoy soup, we decided to move along to get to our next destination, the Beach. Finally…

We hopped on a cab to take us to the bus terminal in Jaro and labored about 2 and a half hours of sweltering bus ride to the isolated town of Concepcion. We unfortunately planted ourselves beside the window so when we reached the bus terminal, the skin color of our left arms were nowhere near our rights’. We found ourselves at the wet market where we rendezvous with our boatman. We bought meats, veggies and booze for sustenance and sailed for 30-minute to the destination.


Above: Photo by Jeff Rios for FLIPTRAVELS.COM


And then something happened… Sandbar Island Beach Resort happened… We have been eyeing this place for quite some time but we were not really sure which one it is amongst our 7,107 drops of paradise. We only had one clue at hand—that image of the island in our mind that we randomly stumbled upon some years ago while we were browsing google images. We weren’t really sure if it was the right place we were intentionally booking.

We spotted the correct beach and it was just pristine and crazy beautiful just like how we envisioned it to be. And because we got there on a Sunday morning, all the guests were heading back to wherever they came from and we ended up renting the entire island all to our selfish selves.

Kuya Sonny : Sir, your timing is just perfect, you’re the only people in the island, it’s gonna be like your honeymo…
(Jeff joined the conversation)
Kuya Sonny : …oh, so three people?
Ron: yeah, but Monette has to leave later this afternoon to catch her flight back to Manila.
Kuya Sonny : Ah, OK.
(Sonny turned to the boatman and softly but audibly uttered..)
Kuya Sonny : … I think it will these two guys’ honeymoon tonight.





Every time we go to a beach, Monette’s staple menu is plain and simple: Steamed rice, Eggplant and Tomato Enchilada and charcoal grilled Liempo (Pork Belly). Try to suggest any other dish and there will be bloodshed for sure. I’m serious.

After adding some extra pounds from the hearty lunch, we slothfully sat under the hut, stared blank to the horizon with the liempo’s lard smothered all over our faces. Why? because there’s really nothing else to do, really. And that’s good, that was exactly what we all wanted… needed… To forget the time and enjoy the moment when we don’t have to worry about the training plans, audits and clinical reports.


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As the name suggests, its a small sandbar. Roughly around a size of two elongated basketball courts, with trees, couple of bamboo huts and two hammocks. It’s just like any ordinary small island in my third world Philippines. YES people, this ordinary by our standards… until the water starts moving.


We waited…

At an hour past noon, the tide started pulling down, the soft splashes of waves on the shoreline started growing stronger and stronger until a strip of the island’s extension emerged from underneath the clear water. We ran towards the shore foam and felt like we were Moses, dividing the sea—Truly a Charlton Heston moment with a little bit of Gloria Diaz in cocaine.





The day was perfect until we got annoyingly reminded by phone calls that Monette has to fly back to Manila due to a “business requirement.” So we made use of the remaining hours lazily lying down on the hammock under the shade of the miniature tree canopy, doing nothing.


Monette left the island with a heavy heart. She has to go back to Iloilo city in preparation for her early flight the following day. She waved goodbye from a small motor boat as it drifts away from paradise.

That’s what you can call, Paradisus interruptus.

Exiled in the island, Jeff and I prepped-up some booze and we started turning shots while watching the sun changed the canvass sky as random patches of clouds played on its palate. It was the perfect Buddy-moon experience (Romance not included in the package). We talked man to man, took pictures, enjoyed some quiet time alone (separeately), walked around quietly thinking and not thinking. The only thing missing was the Chaka Khan song and it could arguably out-gay any of the Bonnie Tyler best hits collection videos.



Sand blasted innocence.


peeking corals




sun or moon? try guessing.




I woke up the following morning on a hammock, wrapped with a hello kitty blanket provided by the island caretaker. The morning sun slowly thawed my chilled face while I was trying not to move hoping that the arms of time will slow down for us to buy a little bit more time to enjoy this piece of paradise.

At two short to noon, the sandbar was slowly swallowed by the sea. Closing this one of a kind experience. We’re city bound once again. We were speechless…


CREDITS: Photos without the RON CRUZ watermark were taken by JEFF RIOS 

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  • Jeff

    October 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    LMAO! it was pretty gay… but the good kind. very nice post, Ronny!

  • chyng

    October 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    surreal indeed. this is now officially my most favorite entry.

    at inferness, tanggap ni kuya sonny na 2 lalaki ang maghhoneymoon? hehe

    and btw monette, next time try adobong pusit >> ok lagot ako. haha!

  • flip'n travels

    October 13, 2010 at 3:26 am

    jeff… thanks for letting us post some of your photos. let’s do this again next summer.

  • flip'n travels

    October 13, 2010 at 3:27 am

    you’re dead chyng… lagot ka kay monette. hahahaha
    oo parang sanay na si kuya sonny sa ganong klaseng honeymoon sa island. hahaha

    but seriously you should check it out.


  • flip'n travels

    October 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    hahaha! haven’t tried adobong pusit on a trip… masubukan nga. babalikan kita chyng pag di umubra, hahaha! ~monette

  • pinoy boy

    October 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    wow! stunning beach. haven’t heard of it until this post. ganda!!!

  • flip'n travels

    October 14, 2010 at 2:56 am

    yep! thanks pinoy boy! now, spread the word! Ü

  • nina

    October 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm


    Enjoy ba ang honeymoon, Ron? 😉

    I agree with Monette… liempo all the way!

  • flip'n travels

    October 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

    honeymoon, just like any other first honeymoon night, walang nangyari. hahahahaha
    the liempo craving is absolutely contagious.


  • lantaw

    October 19, 2010 at 7:33 am

    i was there a couple of days ago. beautiful place.

  • flip'n travels

    October 21, 2010 at 3:41 am

    true that! your pictures are amazing, can’t wait for you to post your pictures of concepcion!

  • fetus

    December 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    nakakatuwa naman ang hirit ni kuya…

    ang ganda naman ng place na ‘to!!!
    looks like pandanon and camiguin’s naked island combined!

  • jeff

    February 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    where exactly is concepcion? gsto ko din sana ma try pumunta

  • flip'n travels

    March 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

    @jeff: so easy dude! ilo-ilo cia. you can get a cab going to the bus terminal where yuo can find concepcion-boud buses. about two and a half hours of land travel tapos 30-45 minute bangka ride. the place is awesome! punta na!

  • diana

    April 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    hi! pwedeng mahingi yung number nung contact nyo sa boat? thanks.

  • flip'n travels

    April 9, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    hi diana! here goes…
    Rex Eusala: 09207198042
    enjoy! 😀

  • Sarie

    September 1, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Hi there! The beach looks absolutely stunning and your photos are wonderful. I was wondering if you had contact details for Sandbar Beach Resort other than the mobile number of Rex Eusala. Do they have an email address where I can book prior reservations? Planning a trip this coming October. I texted the number you put up there but got no response yet. Thank you!

  • flip'n travels

    September 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks Sarie! unfortunately that was the only contact number that we have! you can try calling him because if i remember it right, we initially texted him but he ignored us, hehehe. suplado si kuya. You better try calling!

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