Azure Pool Bar

An evening with the ex at the Azure Pool Bar

The Azure Pool Bar signature cocktails

The Azure Pool Bar signature cocktail Crimson Red

Beautifully prepared kinilaw

Beautifully prepared kinilaw

The night was hot and humid but I was with my ex. Yes, we’ve just parted but we were still seeing each other.

Unfortunately.

Dating an ex, and the attendant post date sex is a no no. But then, the dying embers still haven’t been put out. I was still hoping to mend what was broken and this was a year and a half ago. We stayed at Mactan Island’s Crimson Resort and Spa and that evening we had drinks at the Azure Pool Bar.

I like the place. It’s out in the open just near the beachfront. Beautifully lit and well designed. It’s actually a hut made into a bar. Tables and seats surround it with parasoled wide and padded beach chairs at the periphery nearer the sea.

We talked. Reminisced about the past while having Crimson Red (P300), Azure’s signature cocktail which is a combination of vodka, white wine, pineapple, crannberry and grenadine and ordered a beautifully plated kinilaw (ceviche).

There’s something uneasy with exes. There’s that familiarity yet there’s a sense of awkwardness. There’s that openness but at the same time imaginary boundaries that needed to be observed. You can’t just grab the other’s hand and hold. Or stare and speak with each others eyes.

Conversations have slowly been inebriated with alcohol that the tongue got untethered. Actions mellowed and hands have lives of their own. Alas, the night had other matters in mind.

Looking back, what if I was alone that night? I would have just ensconced myself at one of those comfortable lounging beach chairs and felt the night wind on my skin. Or smelled and tasted the saltiness of the air while at the same time sipping from that cocktail mix. Or just lie down and place my arms behind my head and stare into the sky not minding the music and the muffled conversations of people.

Enjoy the cool breeze while lounging or having drinks from Azure Pool Bar

Enjoy the cool breeze while lounging or having drinks from Azure Pool Bar

The Azure Pool Bar

Azure Pool Bar at night with guests

Azure Pool Bar
Crimson Resort and Spa
Mactan Island, Cebu
http://www.crimsonhotel.com/mactan/restaurants-bars/#bar3

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

9 Comments

  1. darwin
    February 24, 2014 @ 18:24

    yieeeeee! mainit na gabi! haha

  2. Brenna Bustamante
    February 24, 2014 @ 18:34

    yun oh. lumalabstory na din!

  3. estancabigas
    February 24, 2014 @ 18:38

    🙂

  4. estancabigas
    February 24, 2014 @ 18:38

    Hahaha

  5. Roland Fontilla Jr.
    February 24, 2014 @ 19:42

    #mainit

  6. estancabigas
    February 24, 2014 @ 19:51

    at dapat magpayong

  7. Raffy Pekson II
    February 24, 2014 @ 20:00

    Nice one, Estan. Sizzling article. 🙂

  8. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    March 3, 2014 @ 14:51

    You sir Estan, have a way with words. hahaha =)

  9. estancabigas
    March 3, 2014 @ 17:39

    Hahaha 😀

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