When in Negros Oriental, don't miss taking a side trip to the nearby island of Sumilon. Brace yourself for an awesome diving adventure and a charming hotel that you will never forget. Sumilon, here I come! I boarded the little boat that would take us to the beautiful island of Sumilon and I was so breathlessly excited, I couldn’t wait to get there. Even though it wasn’t my first time, visiting the island is always something I look forward to. The boat ride was generally smooth contrary to the notion that the month of December always bring in the waves. Wind is naturally expected especially because of the recent typhoon that hit the country, but this time the gods must have been in our favor as the trip was not the least tricky. Why, we were even tempted to jump into the water before we even reached the port! The water was so invitingly blue, and shimmering against the glare of the high morning sun. From the boat, the view was utterly stunning because the white sand beaches and the tropical greens provided a contrasting backdrop to the azure sea and sky. This tiny paradise is simply a nature lover’s dream. I checked in at the Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort, a resort with spacious and tasteful Balinese inspired rooms that allows for three guests per room. It had a ceiling fan, an air condition, room to room telephone, a mini bar, a writing desk, and of course a private bath with hot water. Two huge sliding panels open out to my very own private veranda that is under a bamboo trellis, complete with a coffee table and lounge chairs. I looked out onto the sea, sand and sun and wished I would never have to leave. One of the island’s special treat is the lovely evening meal at the shore under the stars and on the sand. Though I didn’t know how I would get through my lobster fare with only the light of bamboo torches. But I did get through it indeed! Somehow the calmness of the day brings on a lethargic pace.