Once upon a time, in a far away office (Hello Alabang!) there lived 4 single ladies who have wanted to unwind.
“Let’s go eat after shift!”, said one. For she was always hungry.
“Let’s not go too far. It’s too hot!”, said the other. She lived very near the office so she didn’t want to go far and commute all the way back.
“Let’s go to the beach!”, said the dark one. It has been raining lately and she was dying for some sun.
“I wanna go Glamping!”, said I. Because.. Meh. I was just bored.
We all wanted different things and so we talked. We talked about what could do together, day after day, until it was a week before our 3 day off from work. It was crunch time and we had to decide what we wanted to do. Do we go to the beach? glamping? go somewhere near? or just pig out somewhere until we go into a food coma?
Long story short. ZAMBALES BABY!
We left the office at around 8am to catch the 9am bus going to Zambales at the Victory Bus terminal. We got there on time and was able to ride the bus with no dramas.
Day 1 – On the way to Zambales ♡
I know this is going to sound stupid. But I honestly thought Zambales was just as far from Manila as Batangas was. Like 2 hours or so. I kept asking the conductor when we’ll get there. I must’ve asked 4 times until he patiently told me that since we are going through the different towns and not via the expressway, It’ll take us 5 hours or so to get there. In actuality it took us 6 freaking hours to get there. 6 HOURS!!! My butt has never been so numb!
Day 1 – Hanging out in the tent area. Those white tents in the background are the “Glamping” tents. They come with 2-3 beds on top of a wooden platform, pillows, blankets, towels, toiletries and an electric fan. Our glamping tent even had a couple of free frogs (fucking toads according to my friend Ney) under the beds.
So we got there. We checked in. Got to our tent and it was..well, It was cheap so we got what we paid for. 3 bed foams put together and placed on top of a wooden platform. 1 electric fan and 2 free electric socket. Pillows, towels, blankets and toiletries were also provided. The tent also had a mosquito net and the tent itself was the zip up kind so our stuff was somehow secure.
Day 1 – Late lunch at the Resort’s restaurant
They say you shouldn’t eat before swimming but damn it after that loooong bus ride, we were HUNGRY.
Day 1 – The waves were too strong for us to go into the water so we waited for the water to come to us.
It turns we wouldn’t be able to swim anyway. The current was too strong because of the bad weather. Surfing was okay though but since none of us knew how to surf and there was only 1 strong swimmer among us we just opted to play around on the beach like mermaids. The beach was lovely though and the water felt good. My only feedback is that the beach wasn’t actually sandy. It was like it was made up of tiny rocks that got in everywhere. And I do mean EVERYWHERE!
Day 2 -I swear the three of us didn’t plan on wearing pink. Well, Okay fine we did 😛
Day 2 was more of a repeat of day 1. The current was still to strong for not-so-strong swimmers such as myself. There were lifeguards available of course. One of them event told us about a person who was staying at the resort next to ours who dared the elements and how his body was found 3 days later off the coast of Zambales. Nice guy, that lifeguard
And thus, we spent Day 2 listening to music, drinking, pigging out and screaming names laced with profanity into the vast blue sea
Day 3 – Stormy weather. Bright smiles
Day 2 – Sunless Sunbathing
Finally. After 2 days, countless prayers and one very embarassing ballet attempt/sun dance (which I will not elaborate thank you ver much). The sun broke through the gray clouds and spread light and warmth all around. It felt amazing. The same feeling you get when you find out your pay is finally in your bank account. It was bliss ♡
The first thing we did? groupfies of course! Current was still too strong to seim though so we played around on the shallow end, careful not to get caught and dragged by the waves.
Day 3 – Not sure if I’m at a beach or in the mountains. Such lovely Pine trees ♡
But alas, All vacations must end. So around lunch time we made our way back to our camp to pack up. The place overall was okay. Facilities were so and so but what I loved was the staff. From the lifeguard who shared stories to the kuya who got rid of the 2 bullfrogs who accidentallt got into our tent. I would definitely go back (Maybe not in September again. But some other time)
PS: I forget to mention..
They have hammocks!