No, I haven't been to both places. I have no immediate plans of going to Japan although the cherry blossoms, Hello Kitty, the bullet train and Disneyland are top enticements for me. Calaguas Island for its part is another paradise that I intend to visit over the weekend. As early as February, me and my friends have been going ga-ga over everything Calaguas, from meetings to wardrobe to the weather, etc. Despite encountering minor setbacks, never did it occur to us that something far greater and magnanimous would prevent us from going...
The magnitude 8.9 quake that hit Japan in the afternoon of March 11, 2011 and the tsunami that followed after created catastrophic ripples all over Asia and the rest of the Pacific Ocean. By three in the afternoon alert level in Bicol was raised from one to three. After a series of text messages inquiries on whether we should push through and finally, after receiving a call from out travel facilitator, we decided to call it off.
It was an easy decision to make-we could not afford to gamble going to an hazardous place with friends in tow, oblivious of the disasters happening in Japan and their possible effects in our shores. One cannot be so insensitive and nature's wrath is a force that should not be trampled with.
Great things come to those who wait...see you very soon, Calaguas!