My colleagues’ main addiction is to have excursion out of town but I never involved myself due to the fact that I prefer to stay at home and sleep the whole day long, or probably spend my time at timezone, watch my favorite TV shows or just mainly browsing the net during my free weekend days. Never did I wish to go out of town for swimming as I can go home to my province (Cagayan Valley) instead to do such as we have plenty of beach and nice falls to visit. My workmates whom I can’t resist to come with are the culprits why my feet had landed to one of the best Islands I’ve seen so far haha!
Sunday morning at about 3ish, using a huge white van, about twelve of us went on a 6-hour trip to Zambales heading the Island. We dropped by at Lubao, Pampanga at about 5ish to witness the hot air balloon but wasn’t lucky at all as undeniably, it will really eat an hour of our time to wait for it until 6, therefore we just decided to continue the trip straight ahead. In Candelaria Zambales, we arrived at about 9ish.
Potipot Island located in Uacon, Candelaria, is about 6 hours drive from Manila. Before we reached the Island, we checked in at Dawal resort which is in the mainland. The accommodation is pretty much affordable and it’s where we bought our food to bring to the Island. The resort itself is like an ordinary resort which has only 2 pools (for adult and for kids). To reach the Island, we have to ride a boat costing to 180Php back and forth which took us about 5 to 10 minutes to reach it. The Island is literally small and we can’t see any establishments other than the nipa huts for rent and the restrooms. No stores to buy food or anything but those who walk along selling tahoes (soy milk), ice creams, sweet yellow corns, etc.
This place is really good for picnic. It’s a must to bring bunch foods to eat to get rid of starving. It’s like a paradise indeed, all you can hear is the gentle ocean waves crashing, woods cracking, and the strong wind blowing and that seemed like whispering in your ears how nice the nature is and to let you know the feeling relaxing and unwinding after a long tiring week at work. If you look around, what’s visible for you are people on their best bikinis and swim wears shouting, running or taking their group photos in the seaside. Kids also have their own yayas or parents while they’re enjoying the water in the middle of the sun.
We ended our Island trek at about 4pm and went back to the resort and I got myself plunged into the pool as I wasn’t able to swim in the Island, had spaghetti for the snack at about 8pm and took a rest until about 9pm for our dinner. Aris bought our dinner outside the resort as it’s a lot cheaper (only about 1,800Php with the snack). We had pansit bihon, grilled fish and shrimp sigang. We woke up at about 7am and left the resort at about 8ish. Initially, we planned to drop by the Ramon Magsaysay ancestral house in Olongapo but we failed as Manong Ricky (our driver) took a different route. One thing I’ve been wanting to see but I guess we’ll be there some other time instead. We arrived in Manila at about 2pm ready for the 3pm work (for some) but for me my shift starts at 6pm. It was an awesome journey that anyone shouldn’t miss. Other than the convenience of having an affordable transportation, It wouldn’t be that tiring and you could drop by anywhere you want. We spent just about 2,500Php in total for the astonishing 1-day trip.
Thanks Jennifer Belarmino, (one of my closest workmates) who allowed me to take care of her Nikon DSLR camera having this awesome photos, To Aris who managed everything from transportation and all, To my colleagues who pushed me to be there and to GOD above all who grant us safety all throughout the tour. Hasta luego muy bonitos! :))