Laguna: Majayjay Falls

Friday, May 26, 2006

Ateneo has this Alternative Class Program (ACP) where for a day, instead of going to classes, you'll be signing up for a different kind of class like Coastal Clean-up or some art class, etc. I decided to sign up for the Environmental trip in Majayjay Falls with my friends.
The water was speeding down.

We just had to get wet.
We went to the falls which included a short hike. Unfortunately, it was raining so hard that we could get near the falls since the current might drown us or bring us downstream. We just had some cold fun by the rocks, just so we'll get wet. 

One of the 1st outings we had as a batch was to go to Puerto Galera. It was one of the nearest beaches in Manila. What happens when you put a bunch of boys together at the beach? Crazy riot! I was the only girl from our batch who came. Nevertheless, it didn't change a thing coz they treat me like one of the boys anyway.
Nice coconut trees. But the buko juice there costs a fortune!

Boys will be boys.

The water is nice there.
We spent around two hours until sunset jumping up and down the big waves. We were trying, very poorly, not to be dragged down the shore. Of course with the big and forceful waves, we were mostly dragged to shore where we rolled over the sand, rocks and pebbles. Despite all the injuries we incurred, we all had a good time. Kudos to Mac for trying very hard not to drown since he didn't know how to swim.
Up and down.
All the prices are bloated in puerto galera. The way to minimize cost is to order lots of rice then egg. haha! oh and bring water bottles then just ask them to refill it. 

Masbate: Halea Adventure Trip

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

My friends goofing around.
Took us almost 24hours to get to Halea, Masbate with all the traffic in Metro Manila. It is so far down Luzon that we passed thru Legazpi and Sorsogon already. At the end of the road in Sorsogon, there is a sea port for boats headed to the Visayas like Masbate, Catanduanes, Leyte. That's how long it took to get there.
Last stretch of the trip. The boat ride.

Nice clear blue sea.
 Once we got there, a feast was laid out for us. We had an island all to ourselves. The island was pretty tiny that only one resort can fit on top of it. There were just 2 rooms with magical views of Mount Mayon and the Visayas islands. The island was leased from the government by my friend's family. Yes, they are rich! I learned that islands cannot be bought in the Philippines no matter how small they are. They can only be leased and after 30-50years, the island will go back to becoming the government's property. We felt very privileged and first class since the island caretakers cooked for us all day long. There were only 4 of us but they cooked for a large group. We did a lot of island hopping too. There were a lot of jellyfishes but they weren't a bother. At one point, we had to go down the boat and walk to the shore. The thing was the water was jellyfish-infested. Apparently, the jellyfishes with clear white heads don't sting much. There were just like sipon when you pick them up. haha!
Going back now. Tired!

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