Hurricane Irma and One Piece of Biscuit

Bathroom was the safest place to hide. That small cube albeit shaking was indeed the safest for us. Experiencing hurricane Irma will always remain as my one great story to tell! I was literally waiting to die. I gave up at that moment when my strength had dissipated pushing the window against the strongest and most violent wind I have ever encountered. I gave in. I told myself. “This is it, this will be the last of me!” I was so weak and just waiting for the wall to collapse. I close my eyes for a few seconds that seemed to be so long. I saw the biscuit and one part of me just flicked and said,

“No! You will not die today! Eat that freaking biscuit!”

This is a defining moment of how I am inside. I realized that sometimes we need be weak to scratch out and release the strength in us. We need to be nothing to realize how much we have wasted. We need to bleed so as to know that we are alive. There are so many paradoxical sentences out there but the point is as long as we are breathing there is always a chance to survive. We are allowed to get tired but never give up even at the slightest chance of surviving. There is always a glimmer of hope that we can hold on to.

I took a small bite of that biscuit, got up on my knees and started saving our lives by pushing board against the window, against Irma.

The silent witness are the rubble of this resort in Guana Bay
Still standing is the bathroom of this house after the hurricane
Some business establishment had to start all over again
Barely finished and yet Irma mercilessly destroyed major parts of this building in Maho.
A boat was washed away beside the airport.
Even trees and plants had nothing left except their twigs and branches!
A view from the hill – Colebay area
At Philippsburg, roof gone!
Shutters intact but roof gone

 

Happy Bay in Saint Martin

Happy Bay is one of my favorite beaches in the island. Only a handful wants to go there. Maybe because it requires much effort. There are two ways to go, drive further past the left turn to Friar’s bay or go to Friar’s bay and hike. I prefer the hiking. There are no commercial business in the place, maybe only one. There are no loud music as I believe there are no electricity there. So if you want to have a relaxed beaching and have a nice sun bathing without much disturbance, try Happy Bay.

PS. Clothing optional! 🙂

On the way to Happy Bay, you will encounter a lot of Tamarind trees!

This is the view of Friar’s bay!

Be happy in Happy Bay! Some remnants of last month’s SXM Festival still.

The sound of blue waves kissing the white sands of Happy bay is everything!

Another take on Friar’s bay.

If you love me, then embrace me! Love, Cactus! Corny level 889

Some folks sailing in the Bay of Happy Bay!

Nothing beats the refreshing feeling of sleeping in the branches!

SXM Festival. This serious looking Easter Island statue is all alone.
Meanwhile, here is the video I made during my hike to Happy Bay.

PS. Please bear with the video. I am a beginner in video editing.

 

St. Martin and St. Maarten

St. Martin pertains to the French portion and St. Maarten pertains to the Dutch portion. Living in this beautiful island is wonderful. Beautiful beaches and amazing view, these are just two of the things that the island can offer!

Majestic view of Great bay in Philippsburg, St. Maarten
Cirrus clouds in above Welfare road in St Maarten
Instagram worthy pic! The view of Simpson bay lagoon.
Beautiful clear water of cupecoy in St. Maarten
Random picture somewhere in the island 🙂
This is at the rightmost part of Mullet bay.
This is during SXM Festival in Happy bay, St. Martin
Coconut tree in Happy Bay
At the spotless beach of Long bay in St. Martin
Beautiful church in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten
What a nice view of the lagoon in Cupecoy
The doors of Cupecoy in St. Maarten
This the rocky portion of Friar’s bay. Be careful with sea urchins
Friar’s Bay in St. Martin
Mullet Bay’s water is crystal clear!
The view of Simpsons bay!
at the port in Marigot, St. Martin (french side)
The lagoon view in Marigot St. Martin
Sunset watching in Maho beach in St. Maarten

Sunset in St. Maarten

Some random sunset I took here in Sint Maarten (Dutch Side) and St. Martin (French Side). I used IphoneSE.

In here, I cover the lens with the sunglass. It looks great though.
This is in Happy Bay
View in my balcony
Another shot from my balcony
My favorite shot. This was taken in Cupecoy beach

Saba and Mt. Scenery

These are my shots using Iphone SE. 🙂

Beautiful view of the Bottom. I believe Saba’s university is somewhere in that structures.
Saba has a lot of chruches. What makes it beautiful is the simplicity of the design and not to mention that is at the foot of the mountain where it literally touches the clouds.
At the front of the church is a centuries old cemetery.
Saba has a lot of flora and fauna. This is a fern? not really sure
Cute white flower. For ID.
Yellow is the color of joy. These cutesy will greet you on your trail to Saba’s Mt. Scenery
Another white flowers!
Violet little flowers
Which way to go? Can’t decide
Amazing Saba!
Approaching Saba!
Leaving St. Maarten
Goodbyte for now St. Maarten