I have been looking forward for this trip that I purchased a tour package a month before. I just need to get some things off my head and a weekend getaway in the beach would be perfect (and I don’t have to file for a vacation leave).
Our contact person (let’s call him Miss J for I can’t remember his name) informed me that we are going to leave Metro Manila at 9 pm sharp (Friday night). I decided to change my shift from 8 am – 5 pm to 6 am – 2 pm in that way I won’t have to take a half day leave and still have the time to finish everything that I have to finish at work (I’m coming from Bataan). The trip from Bataan to Metro Manila usually takes 3-4 hours which depends on the road situation.
My friend and I arrived 30 minutes early at Amihan Terminal but sadly we cannot go into our bus yet. The seats at the waiting area were all taken; we ended up standing for 30 minutes watching passersby and stray dogs. Miss J at least had the decency to let us in the bus first because we were the first in our group to arrive.
I did not expect that our group would fill up the whole bus. Most of them ate their dinner inside the bus and I heard my stomach growl although I just had a heavy dinner. You see, whenever I smell food I get hungry.
The first hour of our trip felt so long because I was hungry and my mind s*cks because it kept thinking about food. I was so relieved that we had a stopover and yes, we bought food. The rest of the trip was purely dedicated to sleeping.
Finally we arrived at Daet, Camarines Norte. The trip took 10 hours, from EDSA Cubao to Daet, which was supposed to be 7-8 hours only. Road works were ongoing and there was a long traffic somewhere in Quezon (which I didn’t notice because I was sleeping). It was 7 in the morning and again I was hungry. Our bus stopped besides Jollibee but Ayankins was craving for a Daet-feel food. We tried to look for a restaurant but it was 7 am (they’re still close) and we were advised not to go very far from our bus. There was a near tapsilogan and we chose to eat there and their tapa meal was delicious that Ayankins ordered another cup of rice.
Vinzon’s Fishing Port was only five minutes away and we hopped on a small boat that would take us to a bigger boat that would take us to Calaguas Island. I was a bit disappointed when I saw our boat to Calaguas: it was a fishing boat. There were nets but there were also life vests placed in big plastic bags at the side so I got that going for me. Although the boat smells fishy I just filled my mind with other stuff like pushing the couple (who are 2 meters away from me) away to the sea or putting a tape to a girl’s mouth who had been talking the whole boat ride. The boat ride took three hours.
|See?! It was a fishing boat.|
|At least there were life vests in the boat|
Three hours and we’re at the island and boy the water was crystal clear. I wanted to dive in immediately. I just realized that I was still wearing my office clothes. But it was time for lunch and I don’t want to be the last in line. Food is my top priority and the beach is just next.
During lunch, we noticed an on-going construction somewhere at the back. My instinct told me that it was going to be our bathroom for our stay at the island. It’s fairly acceptable; at least no one’s going to see me taking a dump. By the way, electricity and air conditioned rooms are not present here. We stayed on tents but the organizer brought a generator just so we can have a light during dinner (and sounds). We also have to fetch water from a pump well when we need to use the bathroom. Well, I can go on 3 days without taking a bath. haha!
No hotels, just tents
Applying sunscreen :)
Preparing for the beach
Inside the tent, with Ayankins
After sorting out our things we swam right away. Who cares if it’s 2 pm, the beach is so inviting even though you’re going to swim with boats. There are less boats during weekdays. The water was so clear that you could see your toes clearly under the sea. I think we swam until around 5 and we hit the beach again before eating dinner.
Today's a good day, more boats!
I know, I'm good at taking jump shots.
Meanwhile, Ayankins' shots
Who knew that we’re going to have new acquaintances (and now fb friends) here? While drying ourselves at a hut, a lady offered us lambanog (there were three of them drinking). Learning that we were from UPLB, they told us that they thought a woman would get pregnant if she went to the famous Fertility Tree at UPLB. Well, I've never heard of this but it's not true. :D Then another two couples joined us. What I like about these people is they were very friendly and accomodating. We exchanged stories and didn’t notice that there was no more lambanog. We decided that we’re going to drink more after dinner. :D
Api, Len, Rhea and Ayankins
The organizers cooking dinner
This would have been better without the boats
The organizers had a mini presentation on wine mixing and poi dancing after dinner. The only thing I liked about this is that there are free drinks. Yeah!
L-R: Len, Api, Jov, Clem, Rhea, Ayankins
Andrej, Jhong, and me (credits to organizers)
Truly we continued drinking after dinner, which finished around 3 am. Drinking is fun; it makes you feel happy, crazy and sometimes sad and horrible all at the same time. Although it sucks the morning after. We talked about random things but I don't remember most of them. I remember us talking about our work and that Calaguas was much better a year ago. That one of the couples in our group is getting married. Well, we had so much fun that they want our group to have another beach getaway.
I woke up at 6 am feeling sluggish. We are leaving the island at 8 am that's why. This is the time where I regret drinking the last night. I went directly to the sea and swam thinking that the water might wipe off the alcohol I've consumed last night. Somehow it did.
Smile at the camera even when your head feel like it's gonna explode
I slept on our boat ride back to Daet (still the same boat). I was too tired that it didn't matter if I was sleeping on the part where the fishes caught are stored. I didn't even wash myself after swimming at the beach. I took pictures before sleeping :D
Going back to Daet :)
We had a stopover at Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel Resort where we ate lunch. It has a restaurant overlooking the Bagasbas beach but the beach doesn’t really feature a picturesque view:it’s a surfing spot. We had a quick dip at the hotel’s pool before showering.
the organizers offered free henna, i asked for bird feet and this is what i got
one last picture before sleeping :D
I was asleep throughout the trip back to Metro Manila. But it doesn’t end there; I still have to catch the 4 am trip to Bataan and go to work at 8 am. It's all about time management haha!