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[7th in 2015] Magalawa Island

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This is my second out of town trip with the Layas peeps and long weekend ulet.

Been hearing about this island for couple of months now. And so, napuntahan din sa wakas.

Budget was at least 2k dapat. For bus (Manila-Zambales-Manila), boat transfer, room, island hopping and food. I brought 3k para sure. Coz uhawin ako and of course para sa mga ang etcetera lang.

We were at Victory Liner Pasay around 3ish. Bus left 4am. Slept the whole time pero mababaw sobra coz nakakatakot yun driver. And syempre sa stop over. We had 3 stop overs (in Pampanga and Zambales). Nakarating kame ng siguro 10:30 at Barangay Pangolingan, Palauig in Zambales. Took a trike (2 persons per tricycle) to Luan Port which took 30 mins din. first 15mins rough, then about 5 na flat, then rough again.

Magalawa Island from Luan Port.

Magalawa Island from Luan Port.

A boat fetched us from Luan, 2 balikan din coz 12 kame (10 kame sa group and may 2 pa kame kasabay). Mga 5-7 minutes na tawid din.

Then, nag-settle kame sa mga kubo namin. And humanap kakainan. At since nabasa ko sa ibang blogs na may kainan, hinanap namin ang tindahan. Found Ate Leny’s store. Hindi na pala sila nagpapaluto. Nagtitinda na lang sila ng ulam. Pero pumayag naman sila magpaluto kame ng rice. Binili na lang namin yun ulam nila. Don na rin kame bumili ng iinumin namin for the night, water, juice, soda, etc.

At Ate Leny's Store (photo credit: Joyce)

At Ate Leny’s Store (photo credit: Joyce)

While waiting for our food (Photo Credit: Joyce)

While waiting for our food (Photo Credit: Joyce)

After eating lunch, nag-ready na kame for our photoshoot. Hahaha paid 50 each at Armada Resort para makapag pic kame sa sandbar. Its a good thing pumayag sila. Kase I read sa ibang blogs, di sila pumapayag magpapasok don pag guest ng kabilang resort.

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Stayed there for a while. And pagbalik ng Ruiz, rest lang for a while and went to Armada for dinner. No pic ng food but it was delish. We had frie lapu-lapu and pampano, fresh crab, sinigang na hipon, unli rice, fudgee bar and coke. Busog!

Photo credit: Joanne

Photo credit: Joanne

Went back to Ruiz, kwentuhan. At sinimulan ang nomo. No pictures, but full of laughter. At 12mn, we called it a night.

Woke up at 6ish. Went to Ate Leny’s store for coffee and paluto of our breakfast. May dala akong vienna sausage, spam and corned beef. So nagpaluto na lang kame ng rice and scrambled eggs. Busog again. And nag-ready na for Masinloc.

It’s high tide pa kaya we didnt really enjoy the sand bar at Masinloc. Sayang.

Bacala Guesthouse at Masinloc

Bacala Guesthouse at Masinloc

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Groupie

Sad to go.

Sad to go.

Expenses:
Bus (Victory Liner Pasay) Manila – Sta. Cruz, Zambales : P471
Candy (Double Happiness Stop over) : P30
Rest room: P5
Trike: Bgy. Pangolinan to Luan – P100/head
Boat to Magalawa (Roundtrip) – P100
Entrance fee – P100
Entrance at Armada Resort (for photoshoot at the sandbar) – P50/head
Bahay kubo at Ruiz Resort (4-5 persons) – P 3k/300 per head
Dinner at Armada Resort (sinigang na hipon, fresh crabs, fried lapu lapu and pampano. plus coke and fudgee bar at unlimited rice) – P200/head
Boat to Masinloc – P2000/200 per head
Lunch at Armada Resort (calamari, pork adobo, veggies, fudgee bar, coke and again, unlimited rice) – P200/head
Lunch/drinks/brekky: P169
Trike – P100
Bus (Victory Liner Iba to Manila – P347
Sept. 26-27, 2015

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[4th in 2015] Calaguas Island 2015

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Calaguas Island

Calaguas Island

It is my fourth visit to this Island (16-17 May 2015). And it is my first time to see A LOT of people on this Island. Akala ko nasa Puerto Galera or Boracay nako eh. But no, kase hindi kasing clear ng water ng Calaguas ang Boracay or Puerto Galera.

Last time I was here was in 2013. Oo, medyo matao na that time, may isang resort na rin na ginagawa. Pero fewer cottages/nipa huts, bathrooms, fewer people, no electricity and yeah may nagpa-party na rin. In 2012, mas lalo wala ang mga ito.

This time, malayo layo pa sa Island kitang kita na ang dami ng boats naka park, mga tents na nakatayo, cottages and there are now big nipa huts na pag mamay ari na ng resorts or sino man. 😉

May kuryente na, well of course gawa ng generator. They said lights out at 12, pero nagising ako ng past 2 am, may ilaw pa. Dumami na rin ang stores, pwede na nga rin magpa-charge ng gadgets. Halo halo, 25 bucks pa rin. I think yun 1.5L na coke nagmahal or siguro sa ibang store lang.

Meron nag-team building, and nag party nung gabi. Akala nila Boracay, kase di sila basta party lang. They wanted a naughty party. As in the MC or host or whoever he was, sumisigaw ng body shots, pero wala naman sumasali. They’re also screaming who want to have s*x or who’s having s*x that night. Stuffs like that. They stopped naman ng 12midnight. But there’s also this one big boat na nakapark lang don and didnt stop mag-videoke.

Oh well, they say some like the parties and pagbabago ng Island. Some dont, they want the quietness of the Island. Ano nga ba magagawa natin kung kilala na sya at gusto na sya i-develop. Just that, sana ingatan ang island. Nakakita na rin kase kame ng mga kalat. Some kalat I picked na rin and nilagay sa trash.

Anyway, syempre nag-enjoy mga friends ko sa first trip nila in Calaguas Island. Worth it daw ang 9 hours sa kalsada and 2 hours sa boat at ang 45mins delay sa port.

Salamat sa Yapak ni Jose Travel & Tours for taking care of us. On time sa meeting place, mas maaga pa kame nakarating sa Daet kesa sa nasa IT for breakfast. Mas maaga rin tuloy kame nakarating sa Island.

Very maasikaso, masarap ang pagkain and mabaet ang coordinators (Myke and Riden) also our driver. Comfortable kame sa van, coz bago bago pa (Toyota HiAce). And di nila kinalimutan ang request kong maraming ice and water. Thumbs up.

Na-miss ko rin tuloy ang RACE (Radical Adventure Concepts and Events), kase lahat ng package tour ko before sa kanila kame. And syempre, family na kame don. But di naman kame pinabayaan ng Yapak.

Sarap magbilad sa arawan at magpaitim. Yun lang, ang hapdi sa mata ng water. Hahaha project tan achieved!

Btw, tahimik ang water papunta (8:30am) til makarating kame (10:30am), pero nung pabalik sa Vinzons kinda may alon na (left the Island 10:30am). Di pa naman nakakatakot pero enough din para makabasa, lalo na sa mga nakaupo sa harapan :D.

The gang with Yapak's Sir Myke and Sir Riden.

The gang with Yapak’s Sir Myke and Sir Riden.

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Finalist

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My photo was chosen to be one of the finalists in Globalnomads on Instagram.

Unexpected naman. I’m excited and nervous syempre. Di na lang yon dito lang sa Pinas eh. So if you have Instagram account, would you be so kind to vote for my entry? Just to go @globalnomads’ feed and choose photo entry #6 and click like. Thats it! No need to follow.

@globalnomads photo entry number 6.

Voting ends tomorrow, October 11, 2012.