no mobile phone signal.
no internet connection.
electricity was rationed from 6pm till about midnight only.
water was scarce.
no restaurant/eateries anywhere (so you need to cook your own food).
you only sleep on tents.
fire is very essential.
does that sound too detached? hermit life like? – i’d say YES big time!
…and i LOVE it (big time too)!
the trip to Anawangin and Nagsasa coves came perfectly when i was about to give up already w/ the tension brought about by work and life in general.
it was the time that phone calls were at its maximum. deliverables were at record high and i was reporting to 3 bosses and 2 superiors… there wasnt much diversion also as i never wanted to involve my family w/ my own issues… nonetheless my family was also struggling w/ their issues on our fam business (umay na umay na ako wala na ibang topic sa bahay). i didnt want to bother friends since i am always the protagonist for good vibes (#gv lol)…and yes im not into drinkin also during that time…
and well zero love life… what do i expect… asa pa ako.
so when my officemates from Cebu clued in that they’r coming over for a trip to Anawangin and Nagsasa, i readily said yes…i wanted to aloof from the world.
for 888P package tour (thanks to www.ensogo.com.ph for the good deal), we were off to Zambales in the western end of Luzon to explore and say hoola to Anawangin and Nagsasa coves!
its like bahay-bahayan con reality show moment for us as we had to cook our own lunch (w/c by the way we had to look for fishermen so that we can buy fresh fish, good thing the owner of the place where we stayed also go fishing so we got a few variety of salt water fish and milk fish as food).
after eating, we had to kill some idle time so we opt to play ‘pinoy henyo’ using Bokz IPad. probably this was the only time Ipad was put into significant use haha.
i specifically enjoyed this moment since nobody was holding their mobile phones and kept updating their instagrams, facebook or twitter. we really felt time slowed down…and we really felt the idleness… ang sarap pala.
since there was still extra time, we went trekking and took a dip at a water falls in the area… (this deserves a separate blog).
when we got back from the trekking, it was already near sunset and we still had some extra time (again) to frolic in the beach… ang sarap magdrama
we were already in deep slumber when it rained. we didnt know that the tent provided (included in the package) had a lacking piece that shoud be placed on the apex of our tent so naturally we were all supposedly got wet. good thing though, my tent mate was quite ‘shunga’ (peace bokz lol), he left his towel to dry and hung it at the apex of our tent. ending, we were the only ones who were left dry. lol.
another authentic experience i had in Nagsasa was the bonfire and the overnight camp out. what made it ‘authentic’ was the absence of electricity and the basics. that meant we made it through with the bonfire thru countless ghost stories and urban legends, stargazing in the clear night sky, playing in the beach front w/ only the moonlight above and more than enough solo time to think about things… of course we cant ignore alcohol on the side. good thing we were able to store ice from the mainland.
it was soo soothing. very relaxing physically and mentally (buti na lang walang lamok). i woke up the next day feeling fully charged and renewed. if the need to detach to the world comes again, i’d want to go back to Nagsasa.
one major tip, if you plan for an overnight stay, choose Nagsasa over Anawangin since Anawangin is too crowded already.