Day 2: An Island in the Sun
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February 17th, 2008 – by: JeAr
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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