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camara island!
the boat ride from anawangin to camara island was so smooth! ben was so dissapointed as he was expecting high waves thats why he asked me if he can sit in the front! ahaha tough luck for him, because early in the morning, the sea is always calm. we sailed by the cove entrance, the sharp rocks, the cliffs and mountain drops! but instead of going back to the small town of pundaquit, the boatman, rico, maneuvered the small boat towards the islands of camara and capones! we didnt had any lifejackets on, i know its dangerous, but the water was so calm, then while i was smoking, my eyes caught something, the mountains in the horizon! i asked rico if the mountains belong to mt.
camara is such a small island!
pinatubo range, and he pointed that the highest peak is mt, pinatubo! arrgggh frustrations again came to us! ahahahaha


yesterday, i asked the boatman to bring us to camara island, instead of capones, because it is smaller, nearer to pundaquit and it is not so commercialized like in capones island were most people after camping at anawangin go.

ben and me high fived as we approached camara island as WE WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE THERE! ahahahaha! i dont know why! but were like hermits! we dont want to bump into people as much as possible! lol!


IN THE ISLAND OF CAMARA
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as the boat landed on the shore, i asked the boatman what time he'll gonna pick us up and rico said at 12:00 pm! i trusted him, because he was an hour early picking us up at anawangin! so we told goodbyes and we will sea each other again in 5 hours!

we grabbed our packs and headed to the small forest of camara island! oh my god! it was fucking beautiful! the beach was so small! smaller than agho island that we went to! and a magnificent view of mt.
view of the beach of camara island.
pinatubo in the distance, clear water with dried seaweeds washed ashore, a small hill on the island with thick and thorny vegetation, in no less than a minute ben and me were jumping in the island to enjoy freedom!

ben was climbing rocks i let him do so, while.... well.. ahmm.. i wanted to do something, actually i want to swim naked because i want my tan to be even, my skin was only tanned outside the clothes line but if i would do that ben would be turn hysteric! ahahahaha so i just put on my speedos, better to even my tan! i left ben alone doing his imaginary things and playing with the island! ahahah while i sat and smoked in the beach, enyjoying the glorious warmth and heat of the sun! with ben seeing me in my tight swimshorts he actually called me a russian prostitute! wahahahahha i just rolled my eyes! lol

after a while, boats came with people, there arent much, but there are people! ahahaha, ben decided to go to the much smaller island, connected only by a small gap in between camara island.
me lounging and smoking on the beach.
its quite dangerous because the rocks were slippery, but i just let ben do what he wants.

when i was eating some chips and lying around the sand, a boatman came also in the shade while his passengers were enjoying the beach. then we talked alot, because in camara island, although it is inhabited, people come and go and just leave their trash in the island, the boatman said it was never the same as before. then he talked about ben who was climbing the rocks on the very small island, he said it was dangerous of ben to do that, but i told him not to worry, ben can take care of himself. he aslo said not to leave our belongings, as we can trust the boatmen, but the outsiders not, i told him again that i have all our important stuff but it was so nice of him to look after us! i asked the boatman if theres a trail going up to the small hill in the island and he said yes but not many people use it, so its partly hidden and thorny, i thank him again for the informations.
anawangin in the left, capones island in the distance and the secret beach below with the waves.


then more people came as it was already almost the middle of the day including body surfers or whataver they call it! ahahha. ben came back from climbing the rocks in the small island fuckinlyg unscathed, i couldnt believe it! ahaha. i got bored and asked ben if we can go up in the island and look at the landscape. he agreed wholeheartedly afterall, he gets excited about these kind of things! ahahaha.

our backpakcs where heavy, so what we did, we put our bags closer to the surfers but we took out everything thats important and put them in bens small pack. so with 2 bottles of water we set off and climb the thorny hill!

UP THE HILL AND WHAT A VIEW OF OUR LIVES!
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climbing the hill was difficult for me, because my feet was hurting from yesterday and ben wont give me band aids because he said that its all in my head! hahaha crap! ahaha i really hate him for that! lol

we waded through thorny planst and it didnt helped because there were fucking giant red ants crawling! it was so hot and humid, me and ben were sweating so much, and i smoked while we were climbing up and i was panting heavily.
the deserted beach! ben was already down!
we crawled around the dwarf and thorny trees and vines, there wasnt really a path. when we came to the end of the small thorny forest, came again a nother forest of dwarf dapdap trees.

we really had to crouch and practically crawl to be able to get out of the dapdap forest. when we came out, came sharp grass, and then behold us! a beautiful view of the mountains of zambales, capones island and the stretch of the south china sea! beautiful! and thy sky so bright and blue! where was the typhoon they were talking about?!

ben and me explored the hill on the small island, we found a specie of a flowering plant attached to the rocky cliffs, but it was mostly sharp grass, eventhough we were on the top, it wasnt windy, if we were marshmallows we couldnt have melted already! ahahahaha.

then we both saw a deserted beach just below us! it was on the same side of the beach in the island, but its totally hidden and no boats can come close because of the sharp rocks before the beach! we got so excited about it! finally a beach - ONLY FOR US!

ben and me looked at each others eyes! before anyone could say a word! we are fucking going down to a beach that has no path with almost 50 meters  cliff down!

should we go down?! we asked each other and we both said: YES! ahahahaha

CLIMBING DOWN THE 50 METER CLIFF
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ben went down first as he wanted to check the rocks and crags, because there isnt any path below and we will only hold on to rocks, roots and grass.
ben going down the cliff!
i was a little bit excited and scared at the same time! sure ive done rock climbing but WITH HARNESS! i was a member of a rock climbing group before in the philippines when i was twenty! ahahaha long time ago! but i was one of the best, eventhough im small i can really climb fast. but it was a long time ago and age has finally caught up with me (hahahaha i had to laugh when i type this)  but i still have instincts in these kind of things!

as i finished pondering, ben was fucking jumping up and down on the ciff and in no time he was down! ahahahah what?! are you kidding me ben?! he was already enjoying the beach below! i shouted at ben that he dont dare go out of my eyesight while i do down! ahahahaha.

now my problem was my feet because its bruised and stinging, so i threw my slippers down at ben and climb down the cliff with my barefeet, it is better because the grip will be good.
can you see me climbing down the cliff?! "oh god" was the only word i said!


the cliff has a gap, it gets wider at the bottom. first part of climbing down was easy as i can touch the rocks with my feet and the gap was still narrow that i can stretch my hands to give me support. but as it got wider, it was now dfficult for me. because i also have to pay attention to the rocks im stepping on, one mistake then i have to kiss my ass goodbye. so what i did i turnd around facing the wall instead of facing the beach. my feet were looking for something to step on, while my hands looked for something to grab on. when i looked down! ben wasnt any help as he was just taking pictures of me! ahahaha

finally after 15 minutes, i am near the ground, at least 3 meters but theres nothing more to grab or step on! so i turned around again and jumped in the pebbly beach! and cheered! ahahahaha! oh god, i asked water for ben as i needed a drink after that! lol ahahaha.
ben on the deserted beach!


when i looked at the cliff from below i almost fainted because it was fucking higher than i thought! lol! ahahaha.









IN THE SECRET BEACH WHERE BEN MADE A RAFT WITH HIS BARE HANDS

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in the beach we led separate lives! ahahaha i let ben do his own thing, while i did my own thing! at first i dont know what he was doing but he was hopping around the rocks constantly looking for things! ahahaha while i just lied in the pebbly beach to even my tan and dipped myself in the warm water of the sea.

i dont know what ben was doing but he was going back and forth carrying bamboo debris! ahahaha.
ben gathering some bamboo debris for his raft! can you hear the waves and the sound of the ocean and great weather?!
then he approached and asked me to help him, i told him what?! he said hes going to build raft! ahahaha i was like what?! how could you?! apparently he also found nylon rope debris blah blah blah! he wanted me to help him tie the nylons tightly in the bamboos, but seconds after doing that the skin in my hands burned because it was thin, i told him im useless at this point! ahahahaha. so i just watched him build a raft while im dipping in the water.


then i started to get bored and i collected little pebbles and started writing and building the names of our friends in the sand, rubs, lori, hannah and alex - were our friendship started while the 6 of us traveled and roadtripped spain and portugal last summer of 2008. then me and ben get in touched a lot and never looked backed! ahahah.

it was so hot! and im getting hungry, plus im worried about our bags! weve been here for more than 2 hours.
i was scared of ben here! ahahaha
ben was almost finished with his raft and i couldnt believe he actually ordered me to take pictures of him! i refused! ahahahaha i said no! lol. but i was only teasing him, i took out his camera and took pictures of his amazing hand made raft and while he was role playing as a castaway on an island! lol! hahahaha

after ben was finished with his role playing we gathered our things and went up again at the cliff, ben was first, then i followed, were just steps away from each other, i removed my slippers and slid them into my arms.


CLIMBING UP AT THE CLIFF AND BACK AT THE MAIN BEACH

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ben was amazingly fast at climbing, but i wasnt behind, it was fairly easy to go up rather than going down.
the little tadpole shaped island!
i grabbed dry roots and grasses, then rocks. ben was already up but i shouted at him that he should be far away from me, because i got nervous all of a sudden.

i was gripping rocks and crags, it was fairly easy, until i grab one rock and the rock slipped from the cliff, oh my god i thought i was going to fall below! i grabbed some grass but they were weakly rooted, im really falling! i shouted at ben to help me! then suddenly, as if some sort of life force helped me in the last seconds, my other hand just grabbed and grabbed and grabbed roots, grass to keep me from falling and my other hand was clinging into a sole rock tightly. everything was happening in seconds and was so fast, it felt as though ben heard me after 30 minutes! with quick thinking, ben pulled out his t-shirt - because i am still far from the edge of the cliff, he used as rope and told me to hold on, i hold it and he pulled me up!

oh my god! when i got up! i really really thanked ben!  i owe my life to him and looking back down the cliff, i realized how an idiot i am! ben said that if we have girls on the trip, we couldnt even be bothered to go down there as it was too dangerous.
view from the dapdap forest of camara island!
but my heart was beating so wildly.

we went back to the main beach and i was still trembling, we sat down and cooled off and ben ate some chips. there was a big group of family sitting near where our bags are. but we took a look at our bags and nothing was missing.

as me and ben were relaxing because in an hour, rico the boatman will pick us up, a child from one of the family came near us and the mother shouted and reprimaded the child that it shouldnt go near us because were rich kids. hahahha you know if i hadent been so scared in my life, i wouldve laughed so hard! ahahaha.

at 12 pm, rico stil wasnt to be found, im im getting giddy and impatient because i am hungry! i dont want instant noodles anymore! i want real food! 12:30 came and rico wasnt to be be found, great he abandoned us! ahahaha

but at 1 pm, he came, i thought he would be early again but he was late! arrrghh and im so hungry! so me and ben decided to eat somewhere in the big town of san antonio.
in the dapdap forest!


we put all our things in the boat, take one last look of camera before sailing to pundaquit.

as the boat rolled, i couldnt help thinking again of the incident that happened to me in the cliffs. i couldnt believe i survived it. was it self preservation that kept me alive while my hand kept holding for something to grab on and i was suspended for a few seconds until ben came? i would never really know the answer.

but i was and i am sure... it was the love and hands of my mother that held my hand to keep me from falling.


lauro says:
if i hear a slight word of russian prostutue coming from your lips, i will abandon you goosen :D lol
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010
dyevushka says:
I love the first video and the music! wow it looks amazing. have you seen Y Tu Mama Tambien?
Posted on: Aug 28, 2009
lauro says:
yes he finished the raft - with his fucking bare hands! ahahaha
Posted on: Jul 23, 2009
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camara island!
camara island!
camara is such a small island!
camara is such a small island!
view of the beach of camara island.
view of the beach of camara island.
me lounging and smoking on the bea…
me lounging and smoking on the be…
anawangin in the left, capones isl…
anawangin in the left, capones is…
the deserted beach! ben was alread…
the deserted beach! ben was alrea…
ben going down the cliff!
ben going down the cliff!
can you see me climbing down the c…
can you see me climbing down the …
ben on the deserted beach!
ben on the deserted beach!
ben gathering some bamboo debris …
i was scared of ben here! ahahaha
the little tadpole shaped island!
the little tadpole shaped island!
view from the dapdap forest of cam…
view from the dapdap forest of ca…
in the dapdap forest!
in the dapdap forest!
good morning camara island!
good morning camara island!
one of my favorite pictures!
one of my favorite pictures!
ben facing anawangin! one of my fa…
ben facing anawangin! one of my f…
landed in camara island! lol i was…
landed in camara island! lol i wa…
ben was fucking happy!
ben was fucking happy!
testing the waters!
testing the waters!
ben! and the distant is capones is…
ben! and the distant is capones i…
the quiet beach of camara island e…
the quiet beach of camara island …
the volcano mt. pinatubo in the di…
the volcano mt. pinatubo in the d…
dried seaweeds scattered on the be…
dried seaweeds scattered on the b…
yay! ahahaha
yay! ahahaha
ben again!
ben again!
so quiet and calm in the morning a…
so quiet and calm in the morning …
the small beach of camara island a…
the small beach of camara island …
hahahahah ben was such a caveman l…
hahahahah ben was such a caveman …
ben making the raft out of his bar…
ben making the raft out of his ba…
bens raft!
bens raft!
ready to sail!
ready to sail!
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5 - looking smug! lol hahaha its a…
5 - looking smug! lol hahaha its …
hahahaha i love this!
hahahaha i love this!
ben far into the sea with his raft!
ben far into the sea with his raft!
look out ben! lol
look out ben! lol
ben taking pics of what?! lol
ben taking pics of what?! lol
ben being a mountain goat again lo…
ben being a mountain goat again l…
and his stupid ideas lol
and his stupid ideas lol
rocky and stony secret beach but i…
rocky and stony secret beach but …
sunny and clear skies - the thing …
sunny and clear skies - the thing…
ben called me a russian prostitute…
ben called me a russian prostitut…
love this! it looks like a desert!
love this! it looks like a desert!
ben was secretly taking pics of me…
ben was secretly taking pics of m…
ben on the tadpole island!
ben on the tadpole island!
capones island in the distance!
capones island in the distance!
surfers resting.
surfers resting.
where a small forest meets the sea.
where a small forest meets the sea.
footprints in the sand?! lol
footprints in the sand?! lol
arrghhhhhhhh
arrghhhhhhhh
Camara Island Sights & Attractions review
camara, the temptation island.
as ben and me were in the philippines for 3 weeks, it was not enough time to visit all the sights and nature to see! we had been only to 4 islands in … read entire review
Camara Island
photo by: lauro