Monday, May 21, 2007

Escapin' at Anawangin

Life has been becoming extra toxic the past few weeks and I long to escape, not to the nearest mall, but somewhere I can sleep under a canopy of stars. With no network coverage. no electricity. Where I can have the luxury of shutting off my mouth and resting my weary spirits.  Thanks to a post by blog-friend, Ferdz, I found the perfect place -- Anawangin. Just 4-4 1/2 hours away from Manila yet like the cliche, it is really seems like a world away. My travel buddy, Tinskie, was entertaining the same idea, as if by chance. Grabbing the opportunity last weekend, we went off to anawangin and momentarily left the world behind. 

It is a piece of paradise found, indeed. we had a big chunk of the beach and forest just to ourselves. We lounged around, swam the afternoon away, reading, talking, catching up. When we were hungry, we just bring out the stove and our rations, cooked and ate under the stars. And the delightfully surprising part is that we did it on a backpacker's budget. It's true what Ferdz wrote (thanks buddy) -- see Anawangin before the developers spoil the simple beauty it has to offer. I pray and hope they won't as we're running out of nice places to escape to. If you're planning a trip, please bring trash bags and pack your trash out of the island. Mother nature (and future visitors) will thank you for it. 

Details on going to Anawangin: Ride bus headed for Iba, Zambales (Victory Liner - P209, one way, approximately 4-4 1/2 hours), alight at San Antonio; ride a tricycle to Pundakit (around 15-20/person; approx. 15 minutes); hire a banca headed for Anawangin (prices vary from 700php up; approx. 15-20 minutes) • As there is no Globe or Smart coverage in the island, make arrangements for the bangkero to fetch you at a specified date and time.

10 comments:

eric said...

Outstanding!

I've really enjoyed your last couple posts. It's comforting to know that people on the other side of the earth also feel the need to seek quiet places. Beautiful photos - keep it up!

eric

estan said...

my mountaineering mates have been asking me to go with them to this piece of paradise and always, i can't find time...

quite ironic. with anawangin being frequently featured in blogs (yes, I've read about it in other blogs), maybe the developers will find out about it and have this beauty all for themselves.

Ferdz said...

Glad you enjoyed the place as well! Napaka relaxing talaga dyan. I love the still of the lake shot. Ang galing!

lagal[og] said...

eric, thanks so much!

estan, biyahe na bro! sama ako!

ferdz, thanks for the heads-up! kelan kaya tayo magkakasama sa biyahe? :-)

dodongflores said...

Hi, Oggie. Nice photos and wonderful experience. You write well a wonderful travelogue and quite a useful travel tips. Thanx for sharing...

lagal[og] said...

dodong! thanks for visiting. if my blog encourages even just one soul to explore the philippines, i'm one happy camper :-)

Sidney said...

I am not really a camper but it sounds (and looks) like a very attractive place!

The more I travel in the Philippines the more I realize how beautiful the Philippines is.

lagal[og] said...

amen to that sidney :-)

tutubi said...

sama sana ako dyan ni ferdz e kaso booked na ko that weekend :(

next time na nga lang

pero nakarating na ko ng capones di ko pa nga lang na-blog sa dami backlogs ko :(

tutubi said...

sama sana ako dyan dati ni ferdz pero di ako pwde :(

missed it...next time na lang

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