Zambales in San Antonio
26th.1 province of the Philippines I’ve visited
the great hilltop view of the cove
January 26-27, 2013
I’ve seen its pictures online and in magazines. I’ve heard a lot about camping in the cove. And I just couldn’t help but daydream of being there too.
Of course I could easily just go there since its not that far from Metro Manila, but I guess there’s just so many awesome places here in Philippines that sometimes its hard to decide where to go first. Plus, I intended to go to far away destinations in the country.
Well, I daydreamed no more.
I applied and got accepted as a part-time Travel Coordinator for http://www.travelfactor.org and our training was in Nagsasa Cove. The trip not only brought a new chapter to my life as I met and bonded with new great people who knows adventure like me, but also provided new thrilling adventure that I always look forward whenever I’m on the road.
at Pundaquit beach, jumpoff to Nagsasa Cove
The Beach Place,Nagsasa Cove
The cove was a real get-away for me. Had 3 and a half hours of travel from Metro Manila and more than an hour boat travel from Pundaquit beach in San Antonio going to the cove (also the jump off point for Anawangin Cove and Capones Island).
Who would have thought that this awesome place was born out of the rage of Mount Pinatubo in June 1991? For me, the cove was like a rainbow after the rain, or sunshine after a great storm. Delight!
So we had our training process, set up our tents, cooked our designated dishes, all by the beach.
Laughters, booze, games, friendships, talks, sharing, all by the beach.
These are not common scenes, you see. In fact, most are my firsts, like cooking and camping by the beach.
But my favorites, just like any adventurers like me, are the moments when I commune with nature.
Like a little trekking on the side and getting this great view, delight!
marveling the sunset…
moonlight watching at night…
moonlight watching at dawn…
early morning beach bumming…
another hilltop view after trekking some hills nearby…
After a peaceful sleep by the beach and under the moonlight, all wrapped up with my warm malong, I woke up in the morning looking forward for a new adventure the day would offer and the day didn’t fail me.
After doing our cooking assignment for the group, hiked up on a different trail with my co-trainees Milo and Bea, found a great place looking over the whole of the cove, great enough to close my stay there.
Our boat travel back to Pundaquit was rough and I was seriously soaked wet. It was a roller coaster boat ride and I swear I talked to the waves to just let us pass. hehehehe😀
But I guess the waves are on its high spirits so I just psyched up myself to befriend it anyway. The real thoughts running on my mind that time was, if I were to learn how to surf, I need to befriend the waves. And I think I was calm almost the whole wild ride. heheheh
One big indication was my ability to still take pictures on our way. hahahahhaha. How could I not shoot these awesome views? Delight!
Another great chapter in my life indeed all because We Know Adventure. I hope to see you soon in Travel Factor! check our great adventures here : http://www.travelfactor.org