Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Zambales is my second home.

Though I am not a beach person, I have to say that Zambales beaches never fail to hold me spell-bound with their charm. Some four years ago, I was held captive by the exquisiteness of the Capones and the Camera Islands. I enjoyed the beach so much, I wanted to stay there for a longer period of time. 

We toured Zambales in 2006 because of a school project. Notice how thin we were. Sigh. Those were the days.

During the Labor Day long weekend, I came back to Zambales to get away from work and life related stress. Just like before, I only have good things to say about the beaches. For our first day, we had a photo shoot at La Paz beach during sunset. I had posted an entry about that experience already. For our second day, we went to two beaches. 

First Stop: Anawangin
Teeming with naturally beautiful land and seascapes, it's no wonder Anawangin is frequented by travelers and nature-lovers who want a taste of life away from civilization, a la Survivor. In this place, cellphone reception is very bad, water supply is only from a single poso, and makeshift toilets and baths are sure box office hits. But these discomforts are compensated by the wonderful scenery. In this place, nature speaks its beauty.

[1] Good thing we didn't have to pay the entrance fee. BF's mom knows the owner. [2] We did some hiking / mountain climbing.
View from the top :)
Classic jump shot.
Wading in the estuary. 
Some silly but fun "Agua" shot. Lol.

My only disappointment is that the place is no longer "virgin" as it was used to be known as. By the time of our visit, the place was already owned and commercialized, cigarette butts were everywhere, and broken liquor  bottles afloat. I have to say the jellyfish were also big fat epals.

Anawangin is picturesque. I hope people don't end up destroying this wonderful place.

Next Stop: Camara Islands
These islands are famous because they are interestingly connected by a sand bar when the tides are low. One may swim in either shores and travel by foot from one island to another through this sand bar. However, during our visit, the sand bar wasn't there, probably because of high tide. As a result, we were only able to stay in one of the islands.

The sand bar used to be here.
Scenic view.
Whiter sand, clearer waters.
Classic jump shot part 2 :)

It's really fun to travel, especially when you share these happy moments with good company. Looking forward to more travel sprees with friends and family!


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