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Hundred Islands and Hundred Fun

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I really want to chronicle the fun and memories of our recent cousinhood getaway. And i am attempting to be true to my “title” of 100 fun… so here it is….

  1. Early morning road trip up north via SCTEX
  2. Pandesal moment at a gasoline station in Tarlac
  3. Few wrong turns and few misses… all 4 cars tagging along
  4. Short stop and holy moments at St Joseph Church at ALaminos Pangasinan
  5. Bumpy dirty ride going to Bolinao Falls
  6. Our “all-white” cars because of dirt and soil
  7. Hiking to Bolinao Falls
  8. The amazing Bolinao Falls
  9. Swimming in cold water
  10. AJ the 8-yr old guide
  11. The unpretentious Carolina Resort, it suits our big family. Nice owners!
  12. Superb lunch at Carolinas Resort, our baon.
  13. Low-tide walking at the beach with the family! Priceless!
  14. The sporty-beachy get-up of Aann
  15. Papa Nick’s umbrella at the middle of the sea… unusually funny
  16. The short spelunking at Enchanted Cave
  17. Swimming in cold water again
  18. The sunset by the Cape Bolinao
  19. Posing by the old house
  20. The view of China Sea
  21. The jump shots at Patar Beach
  22. Low tide walking by the sunset
  23. Counsinhood bonding moments by the beach
  24. Pelentz Do-it-Yourself jerbax
  25. The superb sinigang dinner!
  26. The boy’s midnight orchestra!
  27. The buffet breakfast of Aling Juliet
  28. The unified green tribe!
  29. The classic green japanese umbrella
  30. The Aquarius Boat and Kuya Bong (Boat 1)
  31. The Nina Boat and the makulit na boatman (Boat 2)
  32. The titanic pose!
  33. First stop: Governor’s Island
  34. Hiking up the viewdeck
  35. Couple’s moments picture-picture
  36. The passion of the carabao
  37. The carabao tree…
  38. Conquering the Big Brother house
  39. Second stop: Quirino’s Island
  40. The dive in the cave
  41. The broken life vest of Aann
  42. The silent dive of Nunu
  43. The cold beer while swimming
  44. Snorkeling by the beach (muna)
  45. Third stop: Lunch at Quezon Island
  46. Picture taking 1×1
  47. The giant clams “museum”, lucky for us to view just by the beach (no need to swim for it)
  48. Fourth stop: middle of the sea for snorkeling
  49. Fish-feeding
  50. Fifth stop: Childrens Island
  51. Tambay by the “cave”
  52. Papak tira, sawsaw Mang TOmas
  53. Shell picking
  54. Sand-tabunan
  55. Dylan’s learning to use floater
  56. The lightning to signal us to go home
  57. The Cuenca Cave
  58. The Anchors Away ride
  59. The kabog moments… “kilay ng matsing”
  60. Dinner of halaan and seafoods at Ate julieta’s
  61. The kwentuhan at the resort, “ghost” stories
  62. Early morning trip…
  63. Posing ala model by the beach
  64. Paul floating by the beach, fisherman mistaken him as ewan
  65. Papi and me moments on low tide
  66. Fresh fish for breakfast
  67. Nunu’s escapade with kayak
  68. Enteng’s rescue
  69. Christian tumbling in kayak
  70. karaoke at the resort…
  71. Packing time…set to go…
  72. Stop by Bolinao Church, souvenir hunting
  73. Way to go going home….looong ride home
  74. Lunch at Jollibee Tarlac
  75. Oppps… lastly, short stop for Razon’s halo-halo…
  76. 76-100 All accounts for the 25 of us that all have their moments of fun and memories and stories to tell (to fill this list too)… All of us who were all feel the adventure and closeness of the family….to name:Willy,Marie, Boyet, Blanca, Miko, Patis, Bone, Nunu, Jon, Enteng, Papaboy, Christian, Maccoy, Che, Angel, Papanick, Ta Mary, Aann, Soc, Dylan, luz, Romy,Paul, Jolo, Babel…

101…. Fun, adventure, family…. one great awesome, memorable trip! Next year uli!

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Hundred Island and Hundred Waves (Day 2, Part 2)

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Part 2 of day 2… The interesting and scary part of the adventure…
(See Day 2, part 1 here…)

So, we had the Children’s Island all by ourselves… And enjoying it… Then the great lightning and thunder all startled us! Seeing the storm from the “far” away made us decide to pack and go back! Apparently the storm is not that far!

Well, that hurrying to go back to mainland put us to a “dangerous” adventure. Something was also amiss since our two boats were docked at different sides of the island, that’s why we didnt see each other went. A single blow of the wind and sudden mild darkness made me wary and anxious. One can see an all-white horizon ahead of us. Storm! Our boatman said that we’ll dock for awhile at Cuenca’s Cave… Kuya Bong, the boatman said, “Sandali lang yan, palipasin muna natin” (that will only take fee minutes, lets just wait to let it pass)… that made another kabog in me (how about the other boat?) anyway we hope that the other boat will follow us and stick to the itinerary (the Cuenca cave).

I was really worried where’s the other boat, what if they went straight to that storm! Kabog kabog….
After awhile, Kuya Bong told us to go back to the boat, i am sure he was worried about the other boat too. After struggling thru rain and wind, we. eventually we found the other boat (full of green people) and I remember feeling the same way when I almost lost Jolo at Singapore train and later found him. The relief!! But Apparently, they have been through that storm and came back (all in one piece)! Speechless and non-smiling, traumatized and relieved… that’s what they all looked like.
Well, the story is more frightening based on their accounts (big waves, angry winds, water on the boat, all foggy-white surroundings, “apparitions”, their struggle to take the u-turn, their fear)… it is written somewhere in a facebook account… I know i cannot do justice recounting the story. The older people in the boat described it as “delubyo”… the younger members described it as just like riding anchors-away in Starcity… I will just leave to your imagination!
Back in Pantalan, one boatman said he had not experience that in his life; Aling Juliet said, it happened only in few times, its like twister that passed fast; another boatman said, he saw the “Monkey’s Eyebrow” kilay ng unggoy — apparently a sign of terribly bad weather. Well, we’ve been through that!
So that’s the extreme adventure we were looking for!?
But in the end… we all thank God we are safe and intact!

The sky before we left…

Boat 1 “Aquarius” – those who worried a lot… the “seniors”

Boat 2 “Nina” – those who experienced the great storm… the “adventurers”

The LESSON…

Hundred Islands and the Green Tribe (Day 2)

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We thought that Pangasinan adventure will not equal the fun, excitement and amazement with our Sagada adventure last year… But we thought wrong…
The start of our second day was going well according to the plan… thanks to our dear organizer, tata pentz… we will not have to worry about the food, the boat, the registration, diving equipments and the guides… he had already “bothered” them all everyday before this day!

We were all in Green… The motif of the year…


The Buffet Breakfast was superb, thanks to Tita Julieta at the pantalan. San ka pa complete with dessert, unlimited coffee and smiles! Ala-hotel minus the ambiance… yum-yum….

We arranged for the diving, snorkeling equipment and food to bring to island picnic…. then we were assigned to our respective boats…


First stop, Governor’s Island. We hiked up to the hill for a top view point of scattered islands. Piktyur piktyur..,


Then we walked farther at the other side of the island to see ‘big brother’s house’… Another good viewing deck! Awesome sight of God’s splendid creation!



We passed the Monkey’s Island

Then we went to Marcos Island for a dive in a cave… Sila lang di ako kasama… They swam passed the cave to the sea. Then spent some time swimming there while drinking cold beer.
Then we were told to get going, we have to go to beat too many people taking their picnic lunch at Quezon Island.
Quezon Island is the most “commercialized” island and too crowdy. But at least we’ll take our lunch on cottages. Our lunch is hataw again, with the pancit canton being the highlight, again thanks to Tita Julieta at Pantalan! We took the rest and just enjoying each other’s presence.


Then its time to go snorkeling… At the middle of the sea… Most of us took the dive… I know everybody was enjoying!

Then we went to Children’s Island… The water is shallow and we can relax either by the mini cave or by the beach… We played “tabunan” of sand. Sayang wala na lahat battery ang camera. And after awhile we had the couple of islands all by ourselves!! As if owned by the Green Tribe! We relaxed some more with bit still sun shining to our left.

But the came the big quaking lightning! And as if that signals us to pack and go!

(to be continued…. for more “adventure” going back)

2nd Cousinhood Adventure @ Pangasinan (Day 1)

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The second cousinhood adventure! April 21-23, 2012…
This time our destinations are Bolinao and Alaminos Pangasinan, 200 kms north of Manila.
We are 25 in the group, we took 3 cars and 1 van. Our itinerary follows:

  • Assembly time 3:30, take-off at 4:00 am
  • Quick pandesal and CR break at Tarlac city, near Hacienda Luisita at around 6:00 am
  • Long drive up to Alaminos, St Joseph Church at around 9:00am, where we stopped for a while.
  • An hour drive to Bolinao and took the rough road to Bolinao waterfalls. We met AJ the 9year old guide.
  • Few of us took a dip at the stream by the falls and enjoyed the cold water. I dont know why they are not ready to take the swim? Kaya antayin na lang nila kami… Sorry….
  • We havent seen the other Bolinao falls which they said is more beautiful…. I think they are more worried with their cars getting dirty and got bumped by the rough road…hehehe
  • At around 11, we looked for the Villa Carolina Resort… We took a few wrong turns… But finally we arrived.
  • We ate our lunch and we are all famished…. We ate even without proper table setting… Heheh… Relleno, tinapa, adobo, itlog na maalat, mango, crabs, shrimps…. Yum yum!
  • Rest time… Settle down….
  • Walked to knee deep sea…. Picture taking….
  • Prepared to go to have some caving and spelunking….
  • We visited Enchanted Cave and we all took a dive and swim…. The water is cold, but the cave is too small…. Its not really a spelunking because they already cemented stair steps going down… So bigo sa spelunking.

  • Then while we all still wet, we drove farther to Cape Bolinao, the lighthouse near Patar beach, we were supposed to wait for the sunset, but it is now too early, so we drove back to resort.
  • Picture taking by the beach of the resort…. While watching sunset! Jump-shot and silhouette photos…. Great time spending with family!
  • Dinner time with sarap sinigang na baboy! Wow….
  • Wentuhan up to bedtime…. Saya…

That’s our day 1….
More exciting story in day 2…. To be continued….

Picture Story #18: Let These Pictures Speak For Itself…. AGAIN!

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Typhoon hit Philippines again! October 6, 2009 (barely 2 weeks after typoon flooded Manila in Sept 26)….
This time it hit the northern Luzon causing devastation to ricefield, livelihood, mountains, roads and lives of too many people…. How sad… 😦

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