|Posted on October 30, 2015 at 7:25 PM|
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FRIDAY APRIL 24 - I thought I was early to arrive at 7:00 AM at the Jam Liner Station in Kamias, but I was surprised to see several members there who arrived 6:30 AM or earlier. According to them, they were too excited to be able to sleep and just had to go to the meeting place early.
We took the 8:30 trip to Batangas Port - 16 of us. Love Nufable, who lived at Alabang, was to meet us at the Port for she lived closer to Jam Liner at Pasay. We missed the 11:30 boat by few minutes after our bus was stopped somewhere in Laguna for a ticket that delayed our trip. Next boat departure was 11:45 so we took that. However, to our dismay and especially to those who haven't had breakfast, our boat left at 12:45 PM, in time for Bruno Exiomo's arrival who came late. We had to scamper for any snacks that our tour mates may have brought with them to ease our mounting hunger.
We arrived at White Beach past 1:00 PM. The hotel owners wanted to give us our Welcome Drinks right away, but we opted to get settled in our respective hotel rooms first, leave our stuff, and come back for the drinks.
Wow! Real thirst quenching after the long trip and mid-day heat at Puerto Galera. Others in our group preferred to eat in other restaurants, but Josuel Racca prevailed on us to order the group meals. For 100p each, we literally had so much delicious food and sumptuous lunch! We had our respective personal activities after that. Some went for the swim; others for the crazy tube, parasailing, banana boat, etc. Staying just at the beach was such a calming, refreshing sight.
We had our stargazing starting at 10:PM (after dinner and after watching the night shows) at the far end of the beach where there was no light, no music, no noise. The moon set at 11:30 PM, and the Milky Way peeked an hour later. Reginald Quinto was the nonstop lecturer for the group, pointing to all the planets, deep-sky objects, constellations. How lucky we were for that clear sky at Puerto Galera. We ended the stargazing at 2 PM.
SATURDAY APRIL 25 - While Josuel Racca left at 7 AM for Manila, Johanna and Caesar Lopez, Jr. arrived at 11:00 AM, in time for our Saturday activities - picnic lunch and buko session at the coconut plantation of Reggie Quinto's family; view and swimming at Tamaraw Falls;another swimming at Aplayang Munti where the bigger waves made the group constantly shriek after they were swept to the shore.
We arrived back at our hotel at 7:00 PM and had group dinner again at the Cafe de Paris Hotel beach area, while watching the night shows. The group had the second stargazing session in same end of the beach.
SUNDAY APRIL 26 - Oh boy, Sunday was sort of a depressing day. We were scheduled to leave White Beach at 1:30 PM. Most spent the half day shopping for souvenirs. I had to settle our hotel fees. Luckily, the hotel owner gave us a big discount and charged us 500p each for our two-night stay.
Thanks to all the 20 participants. We enjoyed the trip so much!!! Thanks to Reggie Quinto for the free picnic lunch and buko session and for handling the activities of our second day at Puerto Galera.
We started the trip as strangers to some who we met for the first time, but we left as friends. It was quite hard to part after the bonding we have made for three days. VE
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