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Survivor Zambales: Pa-Celebrity Showdown Day 2 & 3

December 6, 2010

We enjoyed our first day in Nagsasa Cove in Zambales. I could say it’s one of the best islands I’ve been to so far. We initially planned to stay in Anawangin but it wasn’t a bad idea that we stayed in Nagsasa Cove instead.

Our second day in Nagsasa Cove started just fine. I woke up as early as 4PM. I suddenly realized I slept on the table under the pine trees but I could barely remember what happened the other night. I was glad though because I had no hangover. Others were still asleep so I just decided to hangout in the cottage and walk though the shore. It has always been a nice feeling to walk by the shore as waves rush through it. It’s like I’m shooting a music video. woot!

After few minutes the group came out of their tents and we  then prepared for breakfast. We only had coffee, cup noodles,and bread. After taking breakfast, we then roamed around the place to have a view of the sunrise. We had our pic taken everywhere! Yeah, camwhores! The sun was burning us to a crisp but that didn’t stop from enjoying it was already early noon when we got tired of striking poses.

After lunch, we started my favorite part: the inuman session. We brought bottles of Tequila all the way from Manila. (kelangan may rhyme?) Two bottles of tequila didn’t suffice so we added GSM Blue which costs P100 each in the island. No choice because there’s no effin way we can buy tequila there.

We decided to go skinny-dipping swimming before sunset so we just brought the drinks to the shore and continued our drinking stints there. Inuman on the beach while watching the sun set was classic. But one thing I didn’t like was that the water was too shallow for me. I had to go farther to get a good swim.

It was already dark when we left the shore. We just had dinner and continued the drinking session afterwards. We gathered around the bonfire that we made out of the dried twigs and leaves of pines. I also got to try to smoke shisha that Buck brought. We had a good time talking about everything under the moon and answering JP’s survey questions.  LOL. I lied down on the sand while waiting for my shot but I dozed off in no time. I was in deep sleep that they can’t wake me up to they decided JP to lift me to the tent. Errr…

The boatmen are scheduled to pick us up at 7AM so we left Nagsasa Cove as early as 9PM. Yeah, we let them wait. Lol. We headed for our next destination: Anawangin Island. We missed to check the place on our first day in Zambales so we asked the boatmen to make a quick stopover. We only stayed there for 30 minutes so we had a quick photo op and sight-seeing. I was just saddened because I never got to try trekking in the hill near the area.

We also initially planned to drop by Capones Island but we ran out of time because it was already noon and we have to be back in Manila before night. It saddened me because I heard many good things about Capones and I think it would have been a great experience if we were able to drop by.

Anyways, there has been safety precautions as well because we heard a group of travelers failed to check the island because of rough waters along the  way. Proceeding with the plan would mean buwis-buhay! Woot! Perhaps we’ll just spend more days and check Capones next time. Besides, our first time in Zambales won’t definitely be the last. I can’t wait to revisit the place where the sun meets the sky (as the sign somewhere in Zambales says).


Survivor Zambales: Pa-Celebrity Showdown

November 9, 2010

I have always loved adventures and outdoor activities. I dunno but I’m always looking for that kind of experience when I can just forget about city life and my 8-hour shift every night.   I guess I’m just so wild that I always want to be in the wilderness. Rawr! Lol. It’s not that I was raised in the so-called island Noah, but sometimes I want to explore the outdoors.

It’s my kind of adventure. The idea of being free and isolated excites me. That is the reason why my fave reality show is Survivor (not the Philippines version, though). I got so hooked up with the show that I even auditioned for Survivor Philippines’ first season. And yeah, I didn’t make it. Call me a loser now. Woot!

So when my officemate Nes, invited me to join their Zambales trip I instantly said yes without hesitation especially when I was told we won’t be going to a resort but to an island where there is no electricity and some sort of decent accommodation. That would mean we would have to camp out and cook for survival ala-Survivor castaways. Yehey!

So the trip went on and we conquered Zambales with our Survivor Zambales Pa-Celebrity Showdown.

3 days. 2 nights. 8 castaways. Survivors Ready!

The Locations: Nagsasa Cove and Anawangin Island in Bgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales

The Dates: October 30-November 1, 2010

The Castaways:

Buck                              Jovz                              JP

Lex                                      Rose                                  Dennis

Nes                                  Kate

Tribe Name: Tribung Pude*
* “Pude” is a term coined by Jovz and the rest of the girls. We don’t know what it exactly means. Google found no results and the etymology of the word can’t be further researched. I tried to find out what it is but I always end up getting a nasty idea. haha.

Day 1
After shift around 7:30 AM, we loaded our baggages into Buck‘s 4×4 pickup and  prepared to hit the road. It was my first time to travel to Northern Luzon and I thought it was a long trip. We arrived in San Antonio, Zambales before 1PM and picked JP who traveled all the way from Laguna. We then headed to a village called Pundaquit where we waited for a boat to take  us to Nagsasa Cove. It took more than an hour for us to get an available boat so we had some beer while we were waiting. We left Pundaquit shores at 3:30 PM and took the wavy boat ride.

As what my blogger friend, Kuya Dong, who has been in Zambales last May, told me there would be huge waves and rough waters along the way. And he wasn’t kidding when he said that. It was a good thing the weather was fine that day. We enjoyed the 1-hour ride because we passed by some sceneries of green hills and rock formations. We didn’t even realize that it was a long trip because we were amazed with what we saw and what we drank (Red Horse) along the way. FYI, all of us boys were a bit tipsy when we jumped off the boat. Or was it only me? hehe.

It was already sundown when we arrived in Nagsasa Cove. I already had a nice view of the island even if I was still on the boat. As I like asking myself, ‘Am I in New Zealand’? It was picture perfect that when you take a pic of yourself with the place in the background would make a great Facebook profile pic. Woot!

We then met Nes and Buck’s friends who came there before we arrived. We also met some locals who voluntarily offered help when we unloaded our bags from the boat. Many thanks to them especially Ate Yolly. woot! I had fun with her not only because she pronounces ‘tubig’ as ‘tupik’ but also she’s so kind that she always voluteered to run errands for us.

We never had lunch while on travel so they (because I was already drunk and wasted that time) wasted no time to setup their (because I don’t have my own) tents, and they (again, I was already sleeping) prepared the cookset and cooked chicken caldereta.

I just woke up to eat and came back to sleep after. I missed a lot that night. I totally lost sobriety that I slept on the table under the pines. They tried to wake me up but I was already dead asleep. What happened next in the island? Find out next on Day 2 of Survivor Zambales Pa-Celebrity Showdown…

Special thanks to a new friend Buck of for some of the photos!

Sinulog Festival Experience Year 2

January 24, 2009

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Pit Senyor! I dunno what it exactly means and the history behind it. Of course, because I’m not a native Cebuano (this is the only excuse that I know). But I know it’s something that is said to honor Sto. Nino., which is the reason why Sinulog Festival is celebrated every year here in Cebu. I bet you already heard that because it’s the chant that we ususally hear during the Sinulog Festival.

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Days before the festival, you would hear ethnic music with that certain chant almost everywhere in Cebu – in food chains, malls, department stores, restaurants, etc. That’s how they set the festive mood here. It’s like the LSS during the Sinulog season. And I love it!hehe.

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Sinulog Festival is something that I don’t wanna miss here in Cebu despite of all the not-so-nice things that one must go through. Looking back on what I experienced last year, I knew it’s gonna be exhausting as usual.  

sinulog festival 2009

sinulog festival 2009

Here are the 10 things that discourage me to watch:

1) I would have to walk few miles.

2) I would have to prepare myself for a possible stampede.

3) I would have to bring lots of hankies and buy bottles of mineral water.

4) I would have to prepare myself to sniff smelly armpits.

5) I would have to brace myself for the possibility of being sick the next day.

sinulog festival 2009

sinulog festival 2009

6) I would have to be patient whenever someone steps on my feet. 

7) I would have to join the long queue in the food chains and have my lunch a bit late.  

8) I would have to run for cover when the scorching sun is burning me to a crisp and would make me have have that “Neyo-and-Usher-like” skin.

9) I would have to realize that I’m only 5 feet-something and feel self-pity when a giant stands in front of me. 

10) I would have to pretend there’s no malice when a girl rubs her b**bs on my back. lols.

sinulog festival 2009

sinulog festival 2009

But like what I did last year, I spent the entire day in the streets and joined the eager spectators who flocked to the sidewalks to watch the Mardi Gras and street-dancing. With my friends Raf and Candice, I wandered along the streets as early as 9 AM.  I was already sweating profusely when we finally found a place where we could have a good view of the contingents. And yeah, the parade started and we saw ’em all strutt their stuff. lols.

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I just wanna share these pics to those who missed the festival. Forgive my highlow-end digicam for producing clearblurry pics (or was it me who failed to adjust the settings). And forgive my poor framings and compositions. I’m no pro photographer. lols. 

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 At the end of the day, I was dead tired again. I didn’t even want to watch the fireworks display and laid flat as soon as I got home. The idea of having dinner on time didn’t interest me at all and I zonked out right after I took off my shirt and pants. Nuff said. I’m not complaining here. Watching Sinulog Festival would always be a great experience. And when the time comes that I would have to leave Cebu, I’ll keep coming back for Sinulog and say “Pit Senyor!”. woot!

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