Day 2: An Island in the Sun

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the island...

I woke up at 5AM because I wanted to take an early walk on the beach as the sun rises. It was still dark outside when I went out of the cottage, but Pam and Rhea were already awake because they're going to wait for the fisherman to come ashore and buy fish from them fresh from their morning catch which we would cook and eat in the island.

At around 7AM, everyone was up and ready to go! We found out that we won't be having fish for lunch, so we just bought packed lunch from the resort. At past 8AM, we were already boarding our banca for the short trip to Potipot (less than 5 minutes). Since the boat can only carry a maximum of 4 people (plus 2 boatmen), it took 2 rounds to transfer the whole group to the island, and I took the last one together with Sheena, Leslie and Bohn.
a pic of me taking a pic :)
When our boat touched the shores, the firs group has already set up the food and other stuff, and Rhea was already in the water. This got us really excited!

Potipot Island is just amazing! The water was very clear, the sand fine and very light-colored, and the scenery within it was just unique! After soaking in the water for a bit, Pam and I took the time to tour the island and take pics. As we go further south, we saw some debris of trees uprooted it seemed by storms that hit the island a long time ago. Aside from those, there were rocks and some water vegetation scattered all over the shallow waters. Together with the surrounding sea against a backdrop of clear blue skies, they form such an environment akin to a barren desert yet still uniquely tropical.
so tranquil...
A unique island indeed! :)

When we got to the northern part of Potipot, we saw some other groups of people who've camped in the island the previous night. Since Potipot is a private island that hasn't been developed yet, there's no electricity or running water, nor any facilities that anyone can use to stay overnight. Moreover, the island is very small; in fact, we're able to circle it in less than 30 minutes (that's walking leisurely plus some stops to take look at the views and take pics). Furthermore, although the beach resorts in the mainland uses the island to market themselves, you can only normally be with around four other small groups of people, so there won't be a lack of private space for your own group or for yourself.

When we got back, we sat down and ate some chips, bread, and some mangoes too.
my shadow could barely keep up
Then, it's time for the whole group to tour the island. So we got on our feet again, this time taking Pam's tripod with us. Oh yeah, it's picture time once again!!! No corner of the island was safe from shameless camwhores who think that every strange-looking tree or piece of rock is a good backdrop for a self-proclaimed pictorial. Of course, the tripod came in handy, very handy. Poor island...

One million poses later, we're back where pur things were and decided that it's hight time we eat lunch. So we shared our 'baon' of favorite Pinoy breakfast items like egg, tapa, tocino, hotdogs, and longganisa alongside a nice serving of sliced green mango and bagoong (shrimp paste). It was a very simple meal, but for us gluts, it was heaven! So we ate to our hearts content, or better yet, til there's no more food to devour and no more space in our stomach.
group pic
After cleaning up, we realized that it was only 12 noon, and our boat's supposed to pick us up at 3PM. With that, we complemented our satisfying lunch with something the Spaniards gladly handed down to us: the siesta! :)

One hour later, almost everyone is up and chillin in the sands. The tide has gone up higher and almost reached the still-sleeping people's feet. The sky has also turned a bit cloudier, and we noticed that only one or two other groups were left. Well, since it's still early, and none of us wanted to sleep longer anymore, we decided to call the resort and have them pick us up an hour earlier. The rest of the time was spent talking and reflecting on our experiences and how wonderful the island was and how we wish we didn't have to go back to crowded Manila at all. But of course, the boat came at 3PM and back to the mainland we went.


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the island...
the island...
a pic of me taking a pic :)
a pic of me taking a pic :)
so tranquil...
so tranquil...
my shadow could barely keep up
my shadow could barely keep up
group pic
group pic
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
fisherman
fisherman
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
waiting for our lunch to be cooked…
waiting for our lunch to be cooke…
sunrise... sunrise...
sunrise... sunrise...
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
good morning!
drunken woman...
drunken woman...
mmm yummy...
mmm yummy...
want some pizza?
want some pizza?
jump jump jump
jump jump jump
the shirt says it all :)
the shirt says it all :)
waiting for our boat
waiting for our boat
dont leave us!!!
don't leave us!!!
the first batch
the first batch
the Sierra Madre Mountains from a …
the Sierra Madre Mountains from a…
the Sierra Madre Mountains from a …
the Sierra Madre Mountains from a…
getting closer
getting closer
almost there
almost there
taking a dip
taking a dip
Ursula?!? =D
Ursula?!? =D
the morning sun
the morning sun
Sheena and Bonne
Sheena and Bonne
approaching...
approaching...
the Sierra Madre Mountains from a …
the Sierra Madre Mountains from a…
the Sierra Madre Mountains from a …
the Sierra Madre Mountains from a…
the second batch
the second batch
all in!!! :D
all in!!! :D
all in!!! :D
all in!!! :D
Pam doing what she does best: posi…
Pam doing what she does best: pos…
a coccoon...
a coccoon...
walking around the island
walking around the island
poor coconut :(
poor coconut :(
so tranquil...
so tranquil...
so tranquil...
so tranquil...
Pamela
Pamela
walking on sunshine... barefoot...…
walking on sunshine... barefoot..…
...but only God can make a tree :)
...but only God can make a tree :)
...but only God can make a tree :)
...but only God can make a tree :)
sun rays...
sun rays...
the wonders of a tripod...
the wonders of a tripod...
walking round the island
walking round the island
lady magnet. right.
lady magnet. right.
Rhea et moi
Rhea et moi
Rhea et moi
Rhea et moi
Pamela again...
Pamela again...
were still not posing...
we're still not posing...
i wonder whos taking these pics, …
i wonder who's taking these pics,…
i rock!!!
i rock!!!
moi
moi
what the hell?!?
what the hell?!?
what the hell?!?
what the hell?!?
Rhea et moi
Rhea et moi
its the L word ;)
it's the 'L' word ;)
its the L word ;)
it's the 'L' word ;)
an old hag...
an old hag...
hiding behind an Ent :)
hiding behind an Ent :)
sooo heavy...
sooo heavy...
a fossil...
a fossil...
the only thing lovelier than a tre…
the only thing lovelier than a tr…
noir et blanc
noir et blanc
avec colour
avec colour
group pic
group pic
group pic
group pic
group pic
group pic
moi, Pam, and Ken
moi, Pam, and Ken
moi, Pam, and Ken
moi, Pam, and Ken
moi
moi
told u, no stone or rock is safe f…
told u, no stone or rock is safe …
new species found =D
new species found =D
shooo Jenny, ure blocking the vie…
shooo Jenny, u're blocking the vi…
like overgrown kids =D
like overgrown kids =D
like overgrown kids =D
like overgrown kids =D
yeeehaaa!!!
yeeehaaa!!!
HELP!!!
HELP!!!
dugong =D
dugong =D
passed out...
passed out...
our boat is waiting
our boat is waiting
Zambales
photo by: JeAr