Part 2.3 - Hopping on 123 Islands, Tough Job!

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on the way to Hundred Islands aboard a banca

We all woke up at around 4AM. While Jenneth was busy preparing our sandwiches (which served as our breakfast of sorts), Foyan and I showered. Not together, of course. Geez people. Anyway, we left the hotel at 5:30 and went to the info center which was just walking distance from the hotel. Our boatman and guide was already there, and while they were busy preparing our boat, we busied ourselves cam-whoring. After 30 minutes or so, time to board the boat.

The boat trip was quite smooth. We contented ourselves watching the sun rise from the horizon of sea and of course, islands. There were some fishermen getting their early catch. The whole scene was just very basic and relaxing, watching man and nature work together. Good stuff. Anyway, our first stop was Governor's Island, which was one of the only three islands with facilities for sight-seeing (and probably one of the biggest).
before leaving the wharf
So, we went up the 123 steps over the limestone hill to the viewing deck above. It was quite a tedious task because the steps were steep, but when we got to the top, all of that was forgotten.

Still catching our breath, we stood amazed as an almost 360-degree view of the whole place unfolded right before our eyes. It was breathtaking, something that needs time to digest. We just felt blessed to have been able to see such beauty, and we thanked our lucky stars that the weather was perfect. Why did it took me (and them for sure) all these years to go and see the Hundred islands, I have no idea. All I knew then was, I want my own island :D

So, Foyan and I went to our boat while Jenneth stayed behind to take some pics of the Big Brother house that was built on the island for the very famous reality TV show (it could be rented for P10,000 per night, by the way).
a panoramic view of Hundred Islands atop a limestone hill in Governor's Island
So we just asked our boatman to take us to the other side of Governor's Island where the house is to pick up Jenneth. Then, on we went to Quezon Island.

This island is the main touristy island and complete with facilities such as toilets, changing rooms, eateries, and a swimmable beach. No electricity though, but we were told some people do overnights there, camping style. Here, one can also go snorkeling, and on some parts of the island, they said one can see giant clams under the waters. Well, we didn't get to see giant clams then, but there were a few arm-less mermaid statues :D By the way, the ride from Governor's to Quezon Island was rough. For a non-swimmer/thalassophobic like me, it meant almost ruining my pants. Now THAT's scary!!!

We stayed in the island until before noon.
uhm, i dunno what this is, seriously
We're still supposed to go to the third island (Children's Island) where many families go for picnics and stuff, but we thought it looked the same as the other two islands, so we 'maneuvered' our boat and headed to one of the caves where another famous local TV series (Marina) was filmed before. The cave dissects the entire island whose name I can't remember. It was cool though, perfect for camwhores like us. After that, back to the mainland...


JeAr says:
salamas! ;)
Posted on: Nov 27, 2008
sunstroke says:
great blog ate! :D
Posted on: Nov 26, 2008
JeAr says:
yeah, it's a must-do at least once in ur life. time to see what we've been reading in our school books since elementary! :)
Posted on: Jul 25, 2008
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on the way to Hundred Islands abo…
before leaving the wharf
before leaving the wharf
a panoramic view of Hundred Islan…
uhm, i dunno what this is, serious…
uhm, i dunno what this is, seriou…
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
good morning Alaminos!
good morning Alaminos!
good morning Alaminos!
good morning Alaminos!
good morning Alaminos!
good morning Alaminos!
good morning Alaminos!
good morning Alaminos!
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
posing in the morning
good morning Alaminos!
good morning Alaminos!
so far away...
so far away...
boarding
boarding
preparing the boat
preparing the boat
boarding
boarding
our guide and cameraman
our guide and cameraman
posing before leaving the wharf
posing before leaving the wharf
leaving the mainland
leaving the mainland
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
to Hundred Islands
to Hundred Islands
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
to Hundred Islands
to Hundred Islands
to Governors Island
to Governor's Island
to Governors Island
to Governor's Island
to Governors Island
to Governor's Island
on our way to The Islands
on our way to The Islands
to Hundred Islands
to Hundred Islands
to Hundred Islands
to Hundred Islands
to Hundred Islands
to Hundred Islands
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
Foyan in deep thought (or sleeping)
Foyan in deep thought (or sleeping)
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
posing again (now where was i?)
posing again (now where was i?)
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
to Hundred Islands
to Hundred Islands
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
fishermen
fishermen
fishermen
fishermen
buoy (?)
buoy (?)
to Governors Island
to Governor's Island
to Governors Island
to Governor's Island
approaching Governors Island
approaching Governor's Island
approaching Governors Island
approaching Governor's Island
approaching Governors Island
approaching Governor's Island
approaching Governors Island
approaching Governor's Island
our boat
our boat
posing
posing
at Governors Island
at Governor's Island
posing
posing
at Governors Island
at Governor's Island
at Governors Island
at Governor's Island
the 123 flights up stairs begin he…
the 123 flights up stairs begin h…
going up...
going up...
going up...
going up...
the viewing deck
the 'viewing deck'
Jenneth and the Hundred Islands
Jenneth and the Hundred Islands
JeAr and the Hundred Islands
JeAr and the Hundred Islands
the view
the view
the view
the view
viewing my kingdom (geez i have to…
viewing my kingdom (geez i have t…
the view
the view
the view
the view
the view
the view
the view
the view
yeah!!!
yeah!!!
Jenneth
Jenneth
Foyan and the Hundred Islands
Foyan and the Hundred Islands
dont do that! :P
don't do that! :P
Foyan et Jenneth
Foyan et Jenneth
group pic
group pic
the view
the view
going down
going down
going down
going down
going down
going down
going down...
going down...
Foyan
Foyan
me Foyan, me cave-girl
me Foyan, me cave-girl
where the hell is Jenneth?!?
where the hell is Jenneth?!?
going around Governors Island to …
going around Governor's Island to…
going around Governors Island to …
going around Governor's Island to…
going around Governors Island to …
going around Governor's Island to…
Jenneth going to Big Bros house
Jenneth going to Big Bro's house
Jenneth going to Big Bros house
Jenneth going to Big Bro's house
Big Brother house
Big Brother house
Big Brother house
Big Brother house
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
Jenneths solo moment
Jenneth's solo moment
posing for Jenneth
posing for Jenneth
posing for Jenneth
posing for Jenneth
but first, ill view my nth kingdo…
but first, i'll view my nth kingd…
...and well pose for a pic :)
...and we'll pose for a pic :)
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
fishermen
fishermen
fishermen
fishermen
leaving Governors Island
leaving Governor's Island
fishermen
fishermen
leaving Governors Isla
leaving Governor's Isla
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
some of The Islands we passed by
fishermen
fishermen
fishermen
fishermen
fishermen
fishermen
at Quezon Island
at Quezon Island
at Quezon Island
at Quezon Island
group pic
group pic
which one is Ursula?!?
which one is Ursula?!?
phwoarrr
phwoarrr
turn around...
turn around...
... NOT!!!
... NOT!!!
going towards mermaid land...
going towards mermaid land...
mermaid land
mermaid land
mermaid land
mermaid land
some squids swept ashore by the ti…
some squids swept ashore by the t…
some squids swept ashore by the ti…
some squids swept ashore by the t…
view from the helipad
view from the helipad
view from the helipad
view from the helipad
im tired...
i'm tired...
paying homage to the mermaid
paying homage to the mermaid
ooopppsss...
ooopppsss...
paying homage to the mermaid
paying homage to the mermaid
paying homage to the mermaid
paying homage to the mermaid
posing
posing
virgin (?) sacrifice to the gods *…
virgin (?) sacrifice to the gods …
posing
posing
posing
posing
posing
posing
candid
candid
candid
candid
after breakfast
after breakfast
at Quezon Island
at Quezon Island
at Quezon Island
at Quezon Island
at Quezon Island
at Quezon Island
searching for a cave
searching for a cave
cave-people
cave-people
cave-god
cave-god
cave-people
cave-people
cave-god
cave-god
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
uhm, calling the spirits (?)
uhm, calling the spirits (?)
Jenneth
Jenneth
Foyan
Foyan
there was no toilet around, so i h…
there was no toilet around, so i …
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
cave-people
cave-people
our boat
our boat
our boat
our boat
posing endlessly
posing endlessly
group pic
group pic
group pic
group pic
Foyan loves her big pole
Foyan loves her big pole
Foyan loves her big pole
Foyan loves her big pole
Alaminos
photo by: jen_proudlypinay