The view from my hammock. Photo by Loa Iversen
Gazing out the window at the northern winterscape you might dream of living in the Philippines, but it’s not all fun & games, sunset & beaches. Lately I’ve been working on my tan – and it’s hard work. A few cloudy days set me behind of schedule.
A five hour trip in a bus jampacked with the locals gave me a closer sense of the culture, views of the fantastic landscape, a better understanding of the infrastructure (it actually does exist…) and also a trucker arm! Though some people might go for that look I prefer a more wholesome appearance. So I spend the better part of my day at the beautiful, almost deserted sugar beach along with the rice laid out to dry.
I worked different suncream factors, angles to the sun and various cover-up methods. I finally got a somewhat even tan on both my arms only to find a white starshaped figure on my belly – aestetically centered around my belly button. I do vaguely remember drying leftover suncream off on my belly or maybe I dozed off with my hand placed on my belly… Anyway, it was a good laugh for my travelmates.
So with a slight trucker arm and a star on my belly being my biggest concerns in life, I dicided to give the even-tan-concept another go before leaving the beaches. I am quite happy with the result, that I will have no chance or time to maintain untill I get back home as we leave for Hong Kong in a few days.