pot pot pot… POTIPOT!

While we were drunk last new year, we planned to go somewhere North, in Subic or Olongapo, perhaps. Two weeks later, we found ourselves on our way to Potipot Island, Candelaria, Zambales.

We agreed to meet at McDo Katipunan at around 2pm. And because we’re compliant enough to the concept of Filipino time, we got complete at a little over 4pm.

We went straight to Victory Liner terminal in Caloocan, where we got on a bus going to Sta. Cruz. It was a crazy 6-hour ride, the longest ride I have ever been.

We arrived in Candelaria at around 11pm. We checked-in at Dawal Beach Resort to spend the night and to drown ourselves with food and alcohol, while we wait for the sun to rise.

We havent had dinner then and the closest to meal we got while we’re on the road is a bbq budget meal. So to satiate our physical hunger, we ordered pork sisig, beef steak, fried chicken wings and lots and lots of rice. Solb!

We spent the night drinking and talking and laughing and doing some crazy barkada shots.

We dont really have much time to spare in the hotel room, but Kenneth and I managed to sneak out a good power nap, just enough to prep us for ‘a long day ahead”.

We left Dawal at a little past 5am, took on a boat that we rented from Ate Minda, and ‘enjoyed’ a 10min boat ride to Potipot.

Here we are, seconds away from the most virgin island I have ever seen!

We instantly dove into the water and enjoyed its ‘clearness’. Here’s a rundown of the photos:

We even made our own sand castle! 😀

We tried to make a ‘scene’ just by raising our forefingers. However, noone seemed to noticed. :))

Enjoying the serenity of the place.

This is the other side of the island. Had we discovered this earlier, we would have gone on this area after lunch and spend the rest of the day ogling at the endless waters.

This is one hell of a jump shot!

Our silhouettes behind the setting sun.

Here’s to more random trips, to infinity and beyond!



reliving ze jetsetter moments

Some of the forecasts I’ve read online tell that 2012 will be a good year for me. On which aspect? That I’m still not sure of. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some positive vibes this year.

I must say that I’ve started the year of the dragon with a bang. I welcomed it with some of my high school friends where we resurrected from the 1800s.

Since then, I’ve been invited to some really awesome plans (even if it’s only the sixth (as of writing) of January!)! These first two months, I already have some series of travels lined up. :p

First stop: Surigao

Travel date: Jan 8-11

Surigao virgin, yo! This is my first time (well, not technically, for I already went there once, but I was still a kid then and I can’t remember a thing) to go to my father’s birthplace, the ‘territory’ of the Tiukinhoys.

All of the Tiukinhoys were ‘summoned’ to go back home to Surigao to celebrate two occasions:

1. house blessing

A once simple two-storey house, which has been rocked by a couple together with their twelve kids, has been transformed into a ‘mansion’ that can now be easily filled up by the said couple’s grand and great grandchildren.

I think this is the first time the house was renovated for the family matriarch did not want to alter anything for every fixture, corner and wall holds a great familial memory.

PS. For many of us in the family, this is the first time we will be seeing the new Tiukinhoy ‘palace.’

2. Lola Mom’s birthday

On Jan 9, Lola Mama will be turning 86? 88? 90? and as a birthday wish, she wants for all the Tiukinhoys to gather and celebrate another wondrous year. This will actually be a family reunion, the biggest, by far.

However, it’s sad to note that on our end, only Daddy and me can come because a) ticket’s so expensive and b) younger sibs have classes at school and Mom has to look after them.

Second stop: Subic

Travel date: Jan 14-15

I’ve mentioned that I welcomed 2012 with some of my batchmates. And as we were merrying ourselves with alcohol, we decided to take on another travel – this time, northbound!

The trip’s not yet finalized (a big hurrah for spontaneity!) but I’m pretty sure this’ll push through. So let’s all be nice and hope that Santa can give this to us.

Third stop: Anawanin

Travel date: Feb 3-5

“Saan ulit ang Anawangin?” “Sa Zambales.”

I’ve long been wanting to go to Anawangin since a lot of my friends have been there and put up a lot of good reviews. That’s why I promised myself that I would soon conquer that place.

And so, a good opportunity kicked in, and sure enough, I immediately grabbed it.

Ms Rob, Ms Grace (officemates) and friends will be going there for some nature-tripping, bonfire-loving moments. Kim, Kuya Jake, Sir Ariel and I will be tagging along the group. Mehe.

Fourth stop: Cagayan de Oro

Travel date: Feb 14-15

Have I ever told you that the spontaneous and unplanned trips are usually the ones that happen? Well, this is one of the great manifestations for that.

I was busy scouring the internet a day ago when I saw CebuPac go on sale. P12, yo!

So I immediately booked one roundtrip ticket to Cagayan de Oro. Afterwhich, I told the humanoids about this and we all agreed to go.

It’s an overnight trip, with no itinerary, no budget earmarked, and two days of fun! God bless us all!

PS. For those who wants to go somewhere, just let me know. 🙂