Dark Chocolate Day - Bitter-Sweet-Self-indulging
Trip Start Nov 29, 2008
6Trip End Dec 01, 2008
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After a full night of easy chilling and a good dose of scare for me, it was fantastic that I survived the night sane. Hm... Okay, I'll stop right there and move on. Haha.
The day's agenda was to have an early breakfast, cook lunch to grab after the Capones exploration. It all sort of fell into place.
The early breakfast was a breakfast at your own pace. I was supposed to join J and R in exploring the place, but as usual, I woke up late - the sun was already shining brightly at us - at around 8am. Thankfully, they still went with L and me to check the lagoon out.
Rising from slumber and be greeted by the cool breeze and smell of wood is just so fortifying! I was up on my feet eager to discover the once but a beautiful picture to me. The sea was calm and clearer from what I imagined it was the day before. Amazing! We came across an area with vines and pretty purple flowers before turning to the lagoon.
Just a few meters from the beach was this clear-greenish pool - if there's such a thing - with the lush pines as its backdrop. It was surreal. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that there are little fishes thriving in the lagoon and I was so concerned of walking on them - thus horrendously murder them with my sheer weight. I did not voice that concern because the guys will surely laugh at the scaredy cat girl they've now known me to be.
But, going back to the place, it was really nice and calm. We waded the pond, saw carabao horns perched on a fence and came up back to the campsite. Too bad I could not rip any bull horn photos from the guys - but, I haven't checked L. Hmm...
The place is really such a sight to keep. The experience is worth sharing to inspire. I just hope that it stay that way - uncorrupted. I just hope.
After a quick breakfast at group photo ops, we boarded our respective banka's (boat) to set sail to Capones.
As what I have observed that morning, the sea was definitely cleared - more vibrant that my "boatmen" and I couldn't resist ourselves from taking pictures aboard our banka.
We reached Capones with the sun blaring at us. It was hot but with the cool sea breeze and the view - we were all still recharged and ready to discover the lighthouse. As we walked the shore and I was surprised to see garbage spewed on the side of the rock ledges outlining the beach. We were told that those are brought by the tide from all over. It is such a shame to see waste on a place like this. I mean, if I was in Manila, this dump site would be normal - sad to say, but yes, this should be a usual street corner. But, never would I imagine this on an island so far away from the polluted Metro!
I have to talk to the guys and organize a clean-up drive or something.
With all the trekking we went through the past 2 days, I never thought that there would be more in Capones. From the jump-off, we traversed the island and walked along its rocky shores to hike up to the tower itself. Whew! Hahaha, I honestly thought after the boat ride, we would land on the foot of the lighthouse itself. But, it was great nonetheless. I mean, after the trashy area; Capones redeemed itself by letting us see its beauty on the other side. We got the chance to take photos of ourselves on top of huge rocks and got to leisurely - albeit risking being burned or skin cancer - stroll-hop on its jagged shores.
After 15 or so minutes of light hiking, we reached the lighthouse. Yay!
It was so fun because J and O, hummed and sung their way up the tower leaving enchanting echoes for us to enjoy. Well, obviously, not too much for me, as I get creeped out too easily.
The view up the tower was amazing and coupled with gentle and relaxing wind taking our exhaustion over the climb with it. Wow!
Recharged and ready for a late lunch, we all peeled ourselves off the lighthouse to go back to the jump-off where we left our food.
The heat was too much to bear on our way back; that L and I couldn't help but to jump to the waiting sea and refresh ourselves. Soon enough, the others joined us.
After a quick and satisfying lunch of grilled tuna (we bought from some fishermen docked in Anawangin for 200php!) and some other fish, grilled eggplants, salted eggs, bagoong and rice - of course, we're Filipinos! For dessert, we feasted on fresh watermelon. Yum!
It was a great day that we all - as a group - boarded on one banka that brought us to Pundaquit Bay. The ride this time was sober, maybe because we all know that our trip is now really coming to an end. We bathed "koboy" (cowboy) style using pumps in full view of the village and used some rooms for rent to change into some more "respectable" garb for our return trip home.
We reached Cubao at 8.45pm. With a smile on my face, I followed my friends to grab a quick bite at Chowking before heading home. I've experienced and lived my dream, found myself a reason, made friends and bonds with the people I was with. How could I ever ask for more?
This is one of my best travels and I couldn't wait to add to this list. Is that too much to ask?