May 2011


Of all the wonderful spots in San Antonio (Zambales), Nagsasa Cove is the closest to my heart. It has this rugged charm that captivated my nature-loving heart.

Those pine trees that surround the calm lagoon against a mountain backdrop is a wallpaper-worthy landscape that will surely ease any weary soul. The sound of the blowing wind coming from the mountain adds to the serenity of the place. It is very relaxing just to sit by the lagoon and relish all its glory.

Outside the lagoon, Nagsasa offers waves that are good for skim boarding. I found an enthusiast relaxing along the shore after trying out the seawater.

Nagsasa is more serene than its neighbor Anawangin, thanks to the higher rate of visitors on the latter. I only stayed for a few hours here, but the time spent was all worth it. I had so much fun and relaxed time I intend to come back and camp for a night or two.

That tricycle driver volunteered to bring us to the nearby street market so Erwin, my younger brother, can buy a pair of slippers. He did not just drive for free – he stopped from one stall to another until we found a pair.

This story happened in Pundaquit, Zambales. Genuine, Filipino kindness in action.

Gulayat, the 4-year old goat of Lolo Badong, helps in earning a living by taking children and kids at heart to a leisurely stroll around Plaza Luisita Complex in Tarlac. Their tandem is a refreshing sight around the complex because of the colorful mini kalesa that can hold three passengers including Lolo Badong. For only Php 20.00, plus tips if you are kind-er, you may experience a goat-drawn kalesa ride around the complex.

I found a video of Lolo Badong and a smaller goat while net surfing. The video was uploaded March 2008 by tsikotdprox on YouTube.

Catch the eco-friendly duo on your next northern adventure.

It was a perfect sunny day for beach bumming but I found myself running wild like an Amazing Race contestant in the island of Corregidor. You see, Corregidor does not only offer a historical tour of the island but also a fun and exciting Adventure Challenge.

Sun Cruises, Inc. transported me to this island off the coast of Manila Bay. Excitement filled me as the Sun Cruiser II sailed away from Manila because I have never tried an adventure challenge before. Add the fact that I was with some of the nicest people in the travel blog industry.

A waiting shed joined the sun in welcoming us as we docked into ‘The Rock’. Not far is a quiet sentinel.

A tranvia led the group to the starting point of the Adventure Challenge. As we slowly drove to reach the place, a cheerful tour guide clearly refreshed us about the history of Corregidor. It was a slice of the Guided Day Tour offered by the island.

I was fascinated. He has memorized Corregidor’s history by heart, I thought. He continued to deliver information as we strolled deep into the island until we reached the Adventure Challenge’s starting point – the Battery Way. We were told that this is the last artillery to cease fire before Corregidor surrendered.

The group was divided into two teams: the Red Horse Team (Ada, CA, Lloyd, Marcos, Roman and myself) and the Orange Jumpshot Team (Ivan, Ian, Chinchan, Nicely, Mica and Aleah).

Each team member were given a bag of goodies/survival kit (flashlight, sunblock lotion, trail food, bottle of water). At the signal of the tour master, we excitedly started our Adventure Challenge. We ran, searched for clues, solved puzzles, walked through tunnels, climbed ladders, laughed a lot and took pictures.

 

After two hours, the Orange Jumpshot Team finished first. Cheers to everyone who organized and joined this trip! Special thanks to Mr. Ivan Henares and Mr. Bobby Aquino.

Visit Corregidor Island with your friends through Sun Cruises, Inc. Check their site for details on tour schedules.