Part 2.2 - Darnit, Rain Much?!?

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finally!!!

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.
HELP! ladies in trouble!
We tried to ask the people we passed by every few meters, and they all responded with 'This way' or 'That way'. Whenever we saw a glimpse of the sea, we cheered hoping that we're very close and could finally rest our tired butts and feed our hungry stomachs. But just when the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel appeared, we're back where we started, going towards the interior. When does it end?!?

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.
posing at the 'hotel'
So much for going back to Manila on the same day.

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.
self-timer
One of the guys took a liking to Foyan and asked for her name and number, and since he's been very helpful, Foyan obliged. I wonder if he ever sent her a message. Maybe he did. Maybe they're secretly engaged, who knows? As long as I get invited to the wedding, I'm fine with it. Oh, and he should teach Foyan how to drive properly and successfully in tricky weather. Ladies just can't be trusted with these things! :D

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.
at Shakey's (waiting for pizza and mojo potatoes yay!)
We asked the locals by the road if that's where we're supposed to go, and they said yes it leads to the info center and they're the authority when it comes to touring the Hundred Islands. Gosh, where have you been all my life guys?!?

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.
some ugly church


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

JeAr says:
bongga! enjoy the trip ate! at wag kalimutan ang mga pics! :D
Posted on: Sep 22, 2008
JeAr says:
wish ko lang pwede... ay, saya, eastern europe! nako, kasama ba ang prague jan??? sheeet kaingget!!! ikuha mo ko ng emails at numbers ng mga hotties dun ha nyahahaha! saya! ay, sana magkita kits tayo pag uwi mo dito :-)))
Posted on: Sep 22, 2008
JeAr says:
ay talaga??? ang saya naman nun! minsan nga wish ko malipat sa cebu para naman ibang scene, basta outside of manila... musta naman jan? kelan ka ba uwi dito?
Posted on: Sep 22, 2008
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finally!!!
finally!!!
HELP! ladies in trouble!
HELP! ladies in trouble!
posing at the hotel
posing at the 'hotel'
self-timer
self-timer
at Shakeys (waiting for pizza and…
at Shakey's (waiting for pizza an…
some ugly church
some ugly church
some good-looking guy
some good-looking guy
some good-looking guy
some good-looking guy
thats where were heading!
that's where we're heading!
uhm, where are we?
uhm, where are we?
the Islands from afar
the Islands from afar
stuck
stuck
stuck
stuck
stuck
stuck
HELP! ladies in trouble!
HELP! ladies in trouble!
pushing it further down
pushing it further down
the lady and her knights in shin…
the lady and her 'knights' in shi…
careful...
careful...
i did ot!
i did ot!
another infinity pool...
another infinity pool...
uniform, anyone?
uniform, anyone?
uniform, anyone?
uniform, anyone?
some river that flows to the sea
some river that flows to the sea
map of the Hundred Islands, or at …
map of the Hundred Islands, or at…
tour boats
tour boats
guess which ones ours (or Foyans…
guess which one's ours (or Foyan'…
uhm, lighthouse-ish?
uhm, lighthouse-ish?
posing at the wharf
posing at the wharf
inquiring and negotiating
inquiring and negotiating
can u tell that it was stuck in th…
can u tell that it was stuck in t…
Villa Antolin
Villa Antolin
some privacy please! geez...
some privacy please! geez...
the landmark to look for when goin…
the landmark to look for when goi…
at Shakeys
at Shakey's
at Shakeys
at Shakey's
buying some food for the trip
buying some food for the trip
witches or slutty chambermaids? u …
witches or slutty chambermaids? u…
modeling
modeling
modeling
modeling
modeling (and mimicking Josh)
modeling (and mimicking Josh)
Alaminos
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