Do you have a “beach personality”?

Count me in. You can call me a beachcomber or a beach bum but never a beach rat. The latter connotes one who is always at the beach and hates work. No siree, not me! LOL!

image I am a plain and simple beach lover. Well, I was born and raised by the beach in my lovely hometown of Sorsogon, Philippines that’s why. Imagine yourself strolling by the seashore barefooted while waiting for the first rays of sunlight amidst the cool gentle sea breeze rushing through your face, ruffling your hair while invigorating your whole being.

Listen to the melodious splashing of the waves beneath your feet and shrilling cries of seabirds swooping to and fro the seashore, heralding the break of day. Pick up those multi shaped and colorful sea shells as you walk the soft and soothing sand. Laze by the beach and get a good tan while sipping your favorite lemonade.

Don’t you wish you live by the beach?

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The Beach

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Remember the first time your dad took you to the beach when you were stilll a child? And if by chance you still have that cornucopia your dad gave you then, go stick it in your ear and you will certainly hear the beach calling you. You’ll hear the never ending splashing of the waves by the seashore and the intermittent shrills of sea gulls over the sea. It is as if an orchestra is playing a hypnotic symphony for you to enjoy.

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Actually, that’s a famous storybook tale as old as the sea itself. It’s a fact that almost everyone of us did have their fair share of unforgetable and nostalgic moments on the beach no matter what country you live in. The beach is like a magnet that brings us enchantment over and over again. It’s some kind of experience you don’t find in cities and urban centers. It’s like going back to commune with nature at its best!

There are many ways to enjoy the beach. You can simply wade barefooted by shallow waves of the seashore and savor the invigorating sea wind as you walk along. Or, get a san tan by laying leisurely by sand while sipping your favorite lemonade.

For the more experienced ones, you can go surfing the waves to your hearts delight or, go speedboat riding and explore the vastness of the sea.

For the brave and daring, you can go paragliding and be one with the seagulls while being tugged by a speedboat. That’s an ultimate and exhilarating ride you will never forget! Of course for the more cautious, you can spend your time in the water on your life saver or just plain lazing on top of a rubberized life raft.

It’s not only the water for you to enjoy. Bury your whole body in the sand with your head just sticking out. It can be very soothing and relaxing. Imaginative children or perhaps even adults can build their own castles in the sand. Just make sure you build it far enough from the ripples of the waves.

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The sand also offers a variety of seashells for you to add to your collections or chase the elusive hermit crabs along the shore. You can string up a net by the sand and play volleyball with your friends.

On the beach resort there are facilities where you can rent jet skis, leisurely boat rides, snorkeling and scuba diving gears. The beaches are lined up with beautiful rental cottages where you can spend the night with your family or friends.

The windy and starlit evening is not complete without the usual gathering by the bonfire while roasting barbecue and hotdogs and drinking moderately while singing the night away. Night swimming can be very enjoyable as well. There are a hundred and more things you can do to enjoy the beach.

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Here in the Philippines, many local urbanites and foreign tourists have started trooping to the numerous beaches now that summertime is here. Yes, for me there is nothing more enchanting than being at the beach in my hometown of Sorsogon. It is and will always be my paradise. I should know. I was born and raised by the beach. And I feel so lucky to greet the early morning sun of every new day by the beach.

The BEACH is and will always be my LIFE!

[Originally published at bitLanders.com rated 4/5 Star]

By the Beach

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I grew up and live by the beach and for me the beach is pure LIFE! Clean and clear water, fresh air, pristine sand by your feet, the gentle roar and splash of the waves by the seashore, the refreshing gust of the wind on your face and the envigorating smell of the salty sea always make me come alive!

Someone once wrote:

At the beach life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but from mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. Fond memories of the beach will always linger on long after our footprints in the sand are gone!

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