Lately, I’ve been coming home seeing one piece of plastic bag lying on the cement floor near our gate, most likely thrown by some cretin. I always feel bothered every time I see one, that I can’t resist picking it up so I can properly dispose it in our own garbage can. At first, I was annoyed having to do it because it just reminds me how thoughtless people can be. Have they no care to the world they live in?! Have they lost respect for themselves that it doesn’t matter if their surroundings are dirty because of them? Hayy..such angst..but then I learned to cope with these people…I can’t change people..they need to change for themselves so I decided to look at these plastics I see lying around as opportunities to help improve things around our lil old town. Each time I had to pick one plastic from our gate, I feel happy because that’s one less trash off our streets. You should try doing it... make something good out of bending over. Hehe! Hopefully, time will come when every place is spic and span, like most of the streets in Ilocos...I’m not losing hope..these days, anything can happen…
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Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The sand is dark brown and the waves we saw made swimming impossible for the faint of heart and defintely scared the wits out of regular people like me. I didn’t see any cottage and if you want to change to dry clothes, you’re going to have to hide under a tree – that is, if you can find one. There are no commercial establishments near the area and on a weekend, we had the shore to ourselves. I love this place.
We arrived here in the afternoon, about two hours before sunset. We had to leave when it started getting dark. Short as my stay was, I had an incredible time here with just me, my friends and the strong waves. We just sat near the shore, under these incredibly smooth pebbles and just prepared ourselves and guts for the strong two feet waves which had the power to scatter our group in different places.
*pictures courtesy of Monette
What Else to See ? The famous sand dunes of La Paz which is within walking distance from the shore. The trike ride to the beach is also filled with fascinating view of trees and hills.
How to get to La Paz ?
I posted some information here :
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Kwebang Lampas or KL as I enjoy calling it, is an island in Pagbilao, Quezon. It is a place that has intrigued me for some time because it’s only a couple of hours away (about five hours) from Manila and yet not a lot of people have ventured there.
I was told that getting there would be easy but you really have to plan because of the limited bus and jeepney schedules. My friends from my backpacking group explored the place last September and they haven’t forgiven me for skipping this trip. They even took a group shot especially for me.
With pictures like these, who wouldn’t cry over a missed trip?
The controversial events that transpired on this trip are narrated here : I love what my friends wrote. Please check these out, you'll enjoy reading these:
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here’s a rundown on my butt-numbing vacation up northern Luzon. Our original plan was just to go to our friend Monette’s house in Ilocos Norte and swim in Pagudpud but we decided to deviate from the plan and do a little exploring.
• From Laoag town proper – there’s a mini bus that goes to Pagudpud town proper and ( you can just ask the trike driver to take you there). The trike ride to terminal costs 7.50 pesos/head
• On your way to Pagudpud, look to your left once you get past the Bangui signage and from the road you can catch a glimpse of the Bangui windmills - rows and rows of magnicifent windmills. Also, from your right, after passing the Burgos marker, do watch out for the top layer of the Burgos lighthouse.
• We stayed in Saud Beach Resort which reminded me of Coco Beach in Puerto Galera with its uniformed staff. They changed management already and the staff are quite accommodating and courteous. The open cottage costs 500 pesos for a day tour; Entrance fee is 50 pesos for adults and 25 pesos for kids. If you want less crowd, go here. Their food is more than what we were willing to pay for – quite pricey for me – you will be spending 200 pesos or more , so we walked a few meters from the resort and looked for a nice eatery.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Our chosen destination was Cagbalete Island in Mauban Quezon which is now becoming popular as an excellent beach hideaway, an antithesis of the famous Boracay. As usual, I got everything polished before our journey and based from what I dug from several blogs - getting there would be a breeze.
There were 6 of us in the group – most of them, I haven’t seen in months – and there’s Tristan – who I met for the very first time after years of hearing stuff about him from Jules. With the exception of Erwin – all of us were former members of our old college mountaineering club and we somehow stuck together over the years.
We convened at 10AM at Wendy’s Buendia. Well, that was original plan but Oli – who is fashionably late as always showed up an hour later. (note to self : Always set meeting time an hour earlier for Oli..ahehehe).
Four hours later after leaving Manila, we were still on the road - with grumbling stomachs and a vague clue where the heck Mauban is, the jump-off to Cagbalete. We were racing against time just to catch the last trip of the boat from pantalan and we could not afford to waste any time. After several minutes though, we were all rallying for a stopover to grab a quick late lunch. Our choice was Resty’s in Lucban. It’s a nice eatery beside the Parish of St. Louis Bishop. Me and Jules shared a pancit habhab – a famed local pasta. It only costs around 55 pesos and it was more than enough for two! I also ordered LONGSILOG (it tasted good but kinda icky because I think they used internal organs for the meat). For dessert, I grabbed some turon from a vendor outside the eatery. Opps, did I just say grabbed? I meant, I bought turon..Hehehe! Anyway, after that hearty meal, we proceeded with the long muscle aching drive. None of us were familiar with Mauban but after an hour and a half of driving, we finally reached the Taino ancestral house – owned by the same family who manages Villa Cleofas where we will be leaving Tristan’s beloved van.
We arrived at past 5:00 PM and it took about 45 minutes or so calling out to the caretaker to let us in (he’s super nice btw), grabbing our stuff, and buying some supplies before the boat ride.
Mauban to Cagbalete - 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM (not sure if this is daily)
Cagbalete Island to Pantalan - 1:00 PM (Last trip, I'm not sure what time is the first trip back)
*Fare is 40 pesos/head as of October 12, 2008.
Boat ride lasts for about 45minutes.
*Ideal Budget for this trip : 1,500 pesos plus bring your own food.
Lucena Lines Buendia to Grand Terminal Lucena
Lucena to Mauban Town Proper
Trike from Villa Cleofas Ancestral house to Pantalan
Mauban Port to Brgy. Sabang
Entrance Fee - Villa Cleofas
Camping Fee - Estimate/head
Total Expenses - Going There
Going back :
Sabang to Mauban Port
Trike from Pantalan to Villa Cleofas Ancestral House
Mauban Port to Lucena
Lucena to Manila