Part 2.2 - Darnit, Rain Much?!?
Alaminos Travel Blog› entry 6 of 8 › view all entries
July 6th, 2008 – by: JeAr
And then it happened. What?!? Not again?!? Last time I was in Pangasinan, there was a typhoon, and now there's another one?!? Nooooooooo....
Okay, I wasn't that hysterical. But seriously, we went there to have fun and explore the islands, and how was that possible when it's raining. And not just raining, but raining cats and dogs and cows and goats and all other animals you can think of. It didn't help that we're kinda lost either. We were already in Alaminos, but we didn't know where to go. So, in our eagerness to get to our destination, we turned right when we saw a sign saying 'Bolo Beach'. That must be it! We're heading to the Hundred Islands, so there's gotta be a beach, right?
So, for about an hour, we followed that logic, or more specifically, a wet and long and winding road that seemed to go towards, not the beach, but the mountains.
Then, after what seemed like an eternity, we saw a sign saying 'This way to Hundred Islands National Park'. Woot! We're almost there! Then another glimmer of hope: 'Maxine Resort - this way'. All right! So we followed a dirt path leading to what we thought was the resort. We got lost a few times and each required turning our vehicle around to go back where we came from. We barely noticed the time as minutes after precious minutes were lost to us.
We finally took the very narrow road that lead to Maxine, but to our utter dismay, we couldn't find it. We saw what looked like a freshly-painted resort perched on a hill, and so we drove towards it. Upon reaching the top, we realized that it was just a house, so, without turning around because there wasn't any room in the narrow road to do so, we just tried to back downhill. Bad idea. Stuck, tried to get un-stuck, got further stucked, almost flipped over, wet and looking for help. Please look at the pics to see what I'm talking about.
Anyway, some nice local men helped us out and Foyan was able to get the car out of the mud eventually.
So, after all the trouble, we didn't end up in Maxine's. Why, you ask. Because it's a private resort that only caters to guests who made a prior reservation. So where to then? Back to downtown Alaminos we went. Thank goodness we had some chips to feed our hungry stomachs. By the time we got to the main road and the city proper, it was already past 2PM. Then, when we got to the town center where the plaza and church was, we saw the sign 'This Way to Hundred Islands' like some serious insult.
Anyway, we went straight to that route and found the center. Well, the guys we asked were right - they had all the info that we needed, including where to bang our heads for being stupid, also known as a hotel. So we booked our tour for the following day, then proceeded to search for a hotel that suits our tastes, or better yet, wallets. We found one called Villa Antolin. The room we rented had 2 double beds at P1,200 a night (will review the place some other time). Checked in, got some sleep, tried to have some food delivered to our room (stupid Jollibee don't deliver for free gggrrr), but ended up downtown getting some stuff for our island-hopping and having dinner at Shakey's.
Then, when darkness fell, we bought a few drinks (rum and coke) and chilled in our room, talking about life in general. At 11PM, we decided to call it a night, and agreed to wake up at 4AM the next day so that we could start the tour at 5-ish. Yeah right :D
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