Zambales 2014

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If there’s one thing that I wouldn’t get tired of doing, it’s traveling. I love immersing myself in the culture, the people, and most especially with nature, despite the bumps and waves that I may cross along the way. Last May 17-18, I went on a weekend getaway to the beaches of Zambales along with my adventure-seeking buddies from Travel Factor. We had our early morning road trip at 5am and got to our resort by 9am. The ocean that was as clear as the skies and the warm sand between my toes made me feel like I was in paradise.

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Once we arrived on the coast of Pundaquit, we took a boat to Anawangin Cove and it was absolute paradise. The campers were very communal and the place was so peaceful. You would see people having picnics, getting their tan on, playing beach volleyball, and going along with the waves in the beach. We set up our food and stuff on our table, while my friend Kaycee even hung her knitted hammock for us. The sand was so hot though, which caused me to literally sprint to the ocean! I enjoyed everything about my stay there – from the food, to the cool waters, from the warm sun and sand, to even my sunkissed skin. Caution: summer selfie overload coming up!

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At around 2:30 in the afternoon, we hopped to the Capones island where we had a surprise trekking trip to their well-known lighthouse that has been there ever since the Spanish era. We had to hold on to a rope and cross the ocean just to get to the shore. Now if you have ever gone trekking in your swimsuit and slippers just like I did, I salute you! The trail we took was one of the roughest ones as it was extremely rocky, narrow, and at the edge of the mountain. However, once you reach the top, you’d be glad you made that climb, even though the thought of going down the same path could be tricky and quite scary. My friend Kaycee and I took hilarious and dramatic shots and then finally decided to go to the top of the lighthouse. It was difficult because it was so rustic and you had to go through small holes, and again, I was still in my swimsuit and slippers. I refused to wear more clothing because it was insanely hot! The views were breathtaking and truly something to check off my bucket list!

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At around 5pm, we went back to our resort in Pundaquit, which was just a minute walk from the shore. We dipped once again in the pool and lounged for some time there while chatting and sipping on cool drinks. We had our dinner and then proceeded to have a chill drinking sesh, which later on turned crazy at around 2am when our friends Abby and Gelo joined us. We munched on chips and barbeque, drank cold beers followed by Cuervo, and simply enjoyed each others’ company and conversations. We headed to bed at around 3:30am and woke up at 10am. We had our breakfast, lounged by the pool, and packed our stuff. We went to Harbor Point in Subic and had our lunch there. At around 2:30pm, sadly, we had to head back to Manila and say our good-byes.

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This won’t definitely be our last adventure. I love how we were all so free spirited and game for anything. Not a lot of people have that mindset or stepping out of their comfort zones for spontaneous and exciting trips. I’m glad to have spent this amazing weekend with such amazing people. I have to take care of my super red skin now and head back to my EIC duties. Life’s a beach. x

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