Puerto Galera Saga (Part 1)
SAGA ito! SAGA!
Since I was in college, it’s always my policy, that… it’s better to be late than never. Then on top of it, I admit that I have obsessive-implusive-compulsive-adhesive chuva! I feel like so many things to do, so little time hmmm….o baka naman kulang lang sa time management? Hayy.. I feel like I should take a week or two vacation leave to update my blogs, to put and edit everything! For sure my friendly friends are going to hate me for posting this too late. Anyways…
Puerto Galera. I’ve been wanting to go here for nearly two years. As what we usually say, I think we’re the only group (of friends and outdoor lovers from work) who have not been to Puerto Galera or as we fondly call it “Puerto”. So after attending Lizzie’s hubby (JP’s) birthday, the plan was formed and the L2SMOC will go to Puerto Galera for our anniversary this year! So here’s the planned itinerary.
6:30AM Assembly at Araneta Center Bus Terminal (Bus going to Batangas Pier) 7:00AM ETD Batangas Pier or
7:30AM ETD Batangas Pier
10:30AM ETA Batangas Pier
11:00AM ETD Boat going to Puerto Galera or
11:30AM ETD Boat going to Puerto Galera 12:30PM ETA Puerto Galera (Cottage Reservation)
1:00PM Swimming / Roaming / Wandering /
6:00PM Prepare Dinner, Cook Dinner, Eat Dinner
8:00PM Socials / Optional to go to the beach (seaside bar)
11:30PM Lights out
06:00AM Wake up call / Prepare Breakfast
08:00AM Optional to go on Swimming again
10:00AM Back to Cottage or
11:00AM Back to Cottage (we need to reserve for 1pm trip back to Batangas Pier)
11:00AM Shower / Last minute preparation /
12:00NN Halo-Halo sa Beach side
1:00PM ETD Boat going to Batangas Pier
2:30PM ETA Batangas Pier
3:00PM ETD to Cubao
6:30PM ETA Cubao
So, as what I’ve mentioned..it’s just the planned itinerary, suppossedly in ideal world it should be followed but in reality this is what really happened….
Before DAY 1 – October 24 (earlier)
I’m feeling so guilty. I really wanted to see Reynz before he goes back to the United States of GI Joes but because of work (gee!) and work (gee! gee!) I was not able to. Please forgive me Reynz!!!!!
I’m going to Puerto Galera tomorrow and I have not yet prepared my things and necessities.
I need a lot of sleep coz I’m lacking of it…been working six straight days for couple weeks and a little bit of double shift on the side for my new account. So in short, I need a lot of sleep.
Nearly…Before Day 1 – same, October 24 (later)
Before going to bed I know that I have to prepare my things. But I’m not sure why I did not, I saw my pillow inviting me to just dip my head for a minute…
DAY 1 – October 25
Luckily I set my alarm right this time with 15 minutes to spare! Ooops not to spare! Not to spare! I just remembered that I still have to pack my things and the worst of it all I’m still sleepy. As in sleepy. I have to had a 5-minute power nap. I did and it all made the difference!
In just a little as 10 minutes — I got to prepare the things that I needed for the Puerto Trip! Minus the soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, tissue, hair clips, extra short, fem wash, digital camera charger, cellphone charger and life vest. Yuuupp!! All minus since I forgot all of it! So that’s why my bag was half lighter than what I used to carry when to mountain climbing. Hehehe…Ay naku!
No need to brag but I was at Jollibee Farmers Cubao at 6:00 am, with 30 minutes to spare, now this time, it’s really spare so I decided to eat there coz I love their Hotdog Breakfast Meal with extra garlic rice! I decided to wait for Aimz then after that we met Lizzie and JP with Lanna and also Malen, then after an hour, Boyet and his kids Alexa (X-Files) and Nicole (Piso) at McDo – Ali Mall, front of the Bus Terminal.
We rode Partas to Batangas Pier at past 8:00am. We arrived at the Batangas Pier after a 3-hour drive full of laughter, picture taking and silly jokes. From the port, we rode a ferry boat to the White Beach of Puerto Galera for nearly 2 hour, because the ferry left a little late than what was scheduled. But I was so excited to see the beach and the sand, that I don’t care if there’s too many people there sand walking already.
We stayed at a hotel near the Coco Aroma resto. The place was ok, good for 4-6 people for 24 hours for only P1,500. The room is clean and there were no mosquitoes..pramis! There’s a television, a closet, changing room, one well-spaced comfort room with shower, two double beds, electric fan and it’s air conditioned. We have to ask for an extra mattress to accommodate us all. I can say that compared to the other hotels near the front shore, the one that we got is kinda the most peaceful and quite with a touch of nature compared to the other hotels.
After changing into our swimsuits (yes! I did wore one!) we swam for couple of hours and took gazillion of pictures. Above and under water since we’re trying to use the underwater camera that Lizzie brought. Imagine us beautiful girls in our swimsuits, Malen in her off-shoulder pink blouse with matching shorts, Lizzie in a pink tankini halter type swimsuit with black macarena skirt, aimz in her also haltered floral tankini with black shorts and with black sarong and I had 2-piece black swimsuit covered in a green batik sarong. And thanks to Lizzie coz I did not look like a witch and my hair was not that tangled because of the braid! And imagine doing it for us the next day too! Mwha! Mwha Lizzie! While swimming in a salt water that’s not too salty, we had our merienda. We ate Bananaque ni Manang. Only 10 pesos, it’s kind of cheap really! And there’s a certain sweetness in it. According to Manang, they did something to the sugar mixture to make it sticky. I dunno what it was called… Hmmm…. We also got our customized bracelets but I can’t have “angelofthewaters” coz it was too long so I settled with simply “Ruthie”. And if you enjoy massage in the sand, braid, and henna; there are people offering their services for your enjoyment.
We went to the wet market, if you can call it that to buy food for our dinner around 5PM. And then about 6PM, we preparedour special dinner: salted egg with tomatoes, sizzling sisig, and spicy tuna carbonara, courtesy of Boyet. After dinner, we started our FHM pictorial in the hammock outside the place where we stayed, where we also had our dinner. My stomach ached because I laughed too much. I could not stop myself from laughing because we really did try our best to take a “slimmer” shot of ourselves. Gee! I think I’m the one who failed the most. But that’s not how we ended the night, because we also had a night out. We strolled the front shore of White Beach. We checked out the restos and stalls for souvenirs. I really felt relaxed while strolling. It was nice. The air was cool against my face. Really nice.
Wait for our adventure in our second day at Puerto Galera!