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Oasis: A solitary beach shared with life-long friends
An oasis for me, like most other people I imagine, can be different things. As far as vacations go, an off the beaten spot by the beach is a must for a relaxing retreat that will recharge me and help me restore my inner calm. But I don't always have to be alone to achieve this.

The photo above was taken at Pagudpud in the northern provinces of the Philippines. Go that far up north and you'll find beaches so pristine and isolated that you won't see another tourist for days. I went with a couple of my best girl friends 2 years ago and we had the beaches to ourselves save for the handful local school kids playing after class.

And with the beautiful ocean in the background and great company I found myself an oasis. And laying on that hammock watching the sun set with the waves as my soundtrack I was in peaceful bliss.
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Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines