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So I was able to cross the little patch of water and was soon climbing up the rocky trail towards the top of the hill. K, who was barefoot cuz he thought he’d just go walking along the beach with Gerald and Troy, was walking so slowly cuz most of the stones were sharp-edged.
Halfway up, I looked up and was rewarded with this view:
Uphill, though, the view was most breathtaking.
At the other side of the hill, there’s another beach much like the cove. There seem to be no activity there, though. There was actually no one in sight.
When I asked around, I learned that it is so rocky on that part that boatmen find it hard to go there.
After about half an hour, K and I decided to head back. But we couldn’t help but stop by the cove again for some more photos.
Back at the camp, we were divided into groups. I was put in the group in-charge of cooking together with K, Gerald, and Judylyn. We never cooked, though. We just washed the fishes and pork (okay, they washed it, I just pumped the deep-well thing).
I have never been much a fan of eating so I won’t elaborate on the food. But really, there was so much food. So much, at least, for the 200-peso contribution I gave which included 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner.
After lunch, I killed time at the swing facing the beach. Almost beside me were these boatmen waiting for their passengers to go home.
Most of us slept the afternoon off. But I guess I overslept. I almost missed the sunset!
Here’s my little video of the Anawangin sunset using my Kodak ZX1:
Everyone spent the night drinking aside from me and the other applicant named Ervic. A little before midnight, they started the deliberation. I wanted to watch but the other guest was told not to watch so I didn’t push my luck anymore.
The deliberation finished a little before 3 AM and I was able to sleep around 4 AM, reason why I missed the sunrise.
More time to kill Sunday morning. I tried to go to the little beach at the right side of the cove but the rocks were so slippery and the waves so strong. The boatman I talked to said I should’ve done that a little earlier when it was low tide. But, oh well, I overslept so I missed the low tide.
This souvenir vendor passed by while I was on the swing (again).
I bought this bracelet for 50 pesos. And look, I was darker than the vendor.
It was kinda disappointing when they said we wouldn’t be having a side trip to the Capones Island anymore, just like what was stated in the itinerary. Sayang. I knew it would be long before I could go back there again. And it’s really sayang cuz I saved a lot on this trip by going with the Stallions. When I was planning an Anawangin trip, my original budget was 3,000 pesos, most of which goes to renting a boat. But going with the Stallions had me shell out only (believe it or not) 900 pesos.
After much eating, we left Anawangin for Pundaquit on a pumpboat at around 3:30 PM.
Here’s me with the Stallions applicants:
With the entire group minus 2 (Euflin and Ma’am Mimay):
After about 30 minutes or so, we arrived at the little fishing village of Pundaquit.
From there, we took a tricycle ride back to San Antonio Municipal Hall, then another Victory Liner ride back to Manila. It was almost midnight when I arrived home to the happy barking of my dogs and my Nanay's pork sinigang.
As much as I like traveling, I also like the idea of going home to my loved ones who I know miss me when I'm out.
HOW TO GET TO PUNDAQUIT/ANAWANGIN COVE:
* Ride a Zambales-bound bus and ask to be dropped off in front of San Antonio Municipal Hall (Victory Liner student fare costs 202.00 as of 05Nov2010. And in case you’re wondering, I was with students so they thought I was one. My bad.)
* Hire a tricycle to take you to the jump-off (25.00 per head with 4 persons max or 100.00 if you wanna hire it for yourself.)
* Trek Mt. Pundaquit to go to Anawangin Cove or hire a pumpboat for a minimum of 1,200 pesos a day.
* There’s no fresh water in Anawangin and bottled water and soda prices are double than their regular prices.
* Toilets are not so nice and you have to fetch your own water from the hand pumps.
* No rooms so you have to bring your own tents if you wanna stay overnight.
* It can get boring. Bring your own entertainment in case your friends slept early or you woke up early and your friends overslept.