Seeking Seclusion

January 13, 2016

by Gracia Ventus

El Nido

I'm currently sitting at the top floor of PwC building, overlooking the grand city of Shanghai. The winter has been cold, grey and dreary, not unlike London really, except with a lot more honking on the streets. On the upside, I get to wear my shearlings and wools again, though no matter how many layers I put on the cold never fails to seep in. It's hard to think that just a few weeks ago I was on a bright sunny place called El Nido.

El Nido

El Nido is beach town in the Philippines, the quieter cousin of Boracay situated on the Palawan island. The town itself is geared towards tourism, so there are plenty of inns, burger joints and decrepit massage parlours. I found it somewhat unfortunate that these establishments were built mere inches away from the waterline. There was hardly much of a beach to walk on. The treasures of El Nido were certainly not buried in the town itself, but as soon as one ventures beyond it, that's where the sun, sea and sky meet.

El Nido

Across the bay of El Nido town lies a myriad of small islands with sandy white beaches, some uninhabited, others taken over by luxury resorts, as well as snorkeling spots. We rented a kayak and rowed for twenty minutes on the sea until we reached a nearby island. The coastline was short but the sand was white and the water gleamed. Most importantly, it was a secluded spot that allows one to switch off for a while. If one meets into an accident and dies here, his/her body might probably never be discovered. And that's the perfect kind of seclusion to me.

El Nido


El Nido

El Nido

Sandals from Marni; swimsuit available here


5 thoughts on “Seeking Seclusion

  • LBG

    by LBG on January 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Swoonworthy pics – I want to step right through the computer screen and onto that beach.
    Cool cossie!

  • O D Y S S E Y

    by O D Y S S E Y on January 15, 2016 at 3:41 am

    How divine. I lived a beachy lifestyle for over a decade; your photos remind me of my tropical islands (BVI), where secluded coves and friendly beach dogs could be found.
    Killer swimsuit.

  • MTT

    by MTT on January 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    You know, I’m actually leaving Shanghai to head back to school tomorrow. I’ve spent most of my life here, and I wouldn’t trade it for any tropical paradise or mountain vista. Maybe I’m addicted to something in the air…

  • Julie Kircher

    by Julie Kircher on January 20, 2016 at 4:48 am

    These photos are amazing. El Nido looks absolutely breathtaking and relaxing. Sounds like the perfect spot to kick back and forget all the worries of hectic life in urbanized areas. It’s nice to be able to find those spots that you can return to and relive those experiences. Also LOVE that swimsuit.


  • Ju

    by Ju on January 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I just bought this same swimsuit. :) I hope it looks as good on me as it does on you!


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