Saturday, May 5, 2012

hundred islands: cliff jumping, anyone?

Can I have a woot-woot? I just did another life threatening activity - CLIFF JUMPING!! But before we proceed to the story of risking my life, which by the way is rather usual, let's begin where we should begin. :)

This Hundred Islands trip is our summer teambuilding slash S and C's despedida. J and O planned this trip while M's the one who rented the van. So here's an interesting story. We left our office at around 6pm and decided to just stop over somewhere for dinner. So there, we were happily eating at Mang Inasal when an armed soldier {as in may mahabang armalite, c'mon} entered the place looking for the owner of our SUV. He said that the van was carnapped and that its passengers were kidnapped. We were like WHHAAAAT?!! Okay lang kami dito, anong problema nyo? And then the investigation begun with a crowd of other policemen and officers. Turned out someone who saw us at NLEX reported such and it was for crying out loud, a FALSE ALARM. We went on with our trip knowing that we were still under surveillance for our safety. Definitely a prelude to our cliff jumping adventure.

while everyone was obviously worried -
there I was making pa-cute to the camera :")

Fortunately, we got to Alaminos safe and sound. Our accommodation was O's friend's lodging. By the way, we got lots of perks due to the fact that O's a friend of the owner's son. {ano daw? asawa ng kapatid ng ninong ng kapitbahay nyo. hahaha!} Thanks big time, D. :)

By 4am, two of us went to the market to buy our food for the entire trip. If I understand things correctly, nagpaluto lang kame sa kanila for the entire day. Obviously, I wasn't part of the organizing team so katuga lang ako - kain, tulog, gala. :D

good morning, Pangasinan ☀

Our first stop was at Lucap Wharf where we got to buy pasalubong and other souvenirs. I got myself a t-shirt and a fan. It was so hot even at around 6 or 7am hence the pamaypay. I hate sweating! I don't know how many times I already said that in this blog. :P

By the time, we got back to our house, breakfast is ready. And mind you, with presentation pa! We ate somewhere at the back of their house with a nice view of the sea. For breakfast, deadma kame sa dining area ng bahay nila. 

 on the way to Lucap Wharf
Hundred Islands says welcome. :D

my talikodgenic shot plus the view plus our breakfast

Our Hundred Islands trip started at around 9am. I guess we were all still feeling maganda and gwapo by that time, we were so fond of taking pictures - group or solo, just shoot! We probably all knew that towards the latter part of the trip we'd look wasted from all the snorkeling, trekking and spelunking.

fresh pa? magpapicture na!

The first island we visited was Century Island. It was just a cave and all we did was easy spelunking and take pictures, what else? I was so thankful I was wearing comfy knit top and shorts and I didn't have a hard time transferring from boulder to boulder. Independent ang peg ko. Hi M! Hahaha! :*

when you have gone to Sagada,
what any other cave can make spelunking difficult?

Our next stop was Governor's Island. We had to trek to get to the viewing deck. It was tiring but worth it as it offers a stunning view of the other islands. Perfect spot for pictures too. See for yourself. ♥

didn't I tell yah?

Then it was lunch time. We were supposed to have it in Children's Island but the place is too crowded already. We had no choice but to take our lunch in the boat, anyway it wouldn't make our food less pleasing. Gutom na choosy pa ba? :P

bangus, tahong, pusit and adobo for lunch

The third stop is where I risked my life for the nth time. It was in Imelda Cave, Marcos Island {sounds cheesy, eh?} M and K were the first ones to try cliff jumping. They just called us from where we were swimming and told us to jump as well. They were the first ones to jump again and then I followed next. You perfectly know I can't swim in deep waters so imagine the thrill. Prior to jumping, I told K to save me in any case my life vest escapes me. Sigurista ang peg.

In case you might wanna know the feeling.. it was like two seconds of free falling and then when you finally splashed to the water, you won't know whether to complain about your hurting butt or the saltiness of the water you have swallowed. No regrets though. It is a lifetime experience.

1..2..3.. JUMP!

right before cliff jumping

Fourth stop is Quezon Island. Prior to docking to the island, some of us went snorkeling while others stayed on the boat for some rest. I proudly belong to the 'others' group. Upon arriving in the island, we headed to the clam viewing area. It was in this island where we stayed the longest. And while the others were just chilling in the dining pavilion, S and I were soaking ourselves in  salt water and under the scorching heat of the sun. It was a literal 'everything under the sun' kwentuhan for like an hour.

clams, corals and starfish
plus photographs in the dining pavilion

Fifth Island, Cuenco Island with its matching Cuenco Cave. It was a just a quick photo-op since we were going back to the lodge already.

my almost silhouette shot :)

We also passed by Paniki Island where hundreds of paniki reside. Syempre, pass by lang talaga ang drama sa island na 'to. It was amusingly creepy.

bored? count the bats! teehee

Going back to the lodge, we had dinner first then the despedida drama. I dozed off after we had dinner but J woke me up for the said activity. I was so sleepy that after C {or Carol as revealed by the picture :P} gave me her message, I fell asleep again. They were actually joking since the start of the trip that my sleeping time is part of the itinerary. You know me so well, guys.

we'll miss you, Carol :*

Then finally, they woke me up again as it's time to head home already. And guess what I did on the way home.. sleep of course! Hahaha! Boo! You sleepyhead! :P

By the way, I'm leaving you with the expenses, albeit discounted. The itinerary on the other hand is quite obvious for a day trip. Fine with you? Yes? Oh, good.

Yay! Done! I'm excited for my champorado. :))


Aiza said...

Wow, gusto ko talaga yung mga adventures mu!!!! NAsa life list ko na yun. Hahaha.

I love your outfit! And taray. Naka bikini while spelunking! Ikaw na teh. Tapos I like yung humor mo sa post! Oooh, I love you already. Hehehe. Looking out for your other travel adventures! :)

Kristeta  (kalokang Pinay) said...

Hay Apple, you just made me miss home! I grew up in Pangasinan and have visited this place several times with my family... Huhu mega homesick!
Delighted that you all had a good time. At natawa na naman ako sa post mo! =)

anney said...

Saya ng summer getawy nyo ha! Di ko kaya mag jump sa cliff! hahaha! duwag ko!

Sey said...

I was like, oh my, who was the informant that you guys were kidnapped and what's the basis. But nothing to worry about that I guess, cause you guys can testify for the innocence of everyone, while you were making pa-cute. LOL.

Gusto ko yung silhouette shot. It seems like you really enjoyed the tour though kasama ang tulog mo sa itinerary. hehehe. And thanks for the expenses breakdown, rapang alam mo na hihingin ko ah, hehehe.

p.s. patia ng pagtalon may poise pa rin hehehe. Love it.

RochellekeCloset said...

oooh my such a great trip! super adventures. I miss na pinas tuloy .

Chari T. said...

Cliff jumping omg!!!! Seems fun! I've been wanting to try that!! :p

Forever Nineteen

Apple Borbon said...

@miss 'chievous. thank you. such a sweetie. more adventures soon.

@kristeta. didn't know you're from pangasinan. sorry for making you feel homesick.

@anney. face your fears. it's worth a try. :)

@sey. you're welcome. that breakdown is actually for you. kelangan mo magcliff jump for me soon. haha!

@rochellekeCloset. thanks. be visiting your site soon.

@Chari T. its fun indeed. go try it. :)