Saw this while we are having a vacation in Sorsogon. After cleaning, these fishes will be cooked and served at the adjacent restaurant. This town is near the sea so they serve a lot of seafoods. This is the first time I ate sinigang na isda with calamansi as the sour-based instead of the usual tamarind.
Would you believe that this is a coconut grater? Well it is!
I saw this piece at the National Museum. Mindanao Muslim art is so nice. Very minimal trace of western influence as Spain was not able to control this part of the Philippines wholly. Thus, they were able to more or less maintain their culture.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like if the Philippines wasn’t colonized.
There are actually three islands you can go to when you are in Zambales – Capones, Anawangin and Nagsasa. (Too bad, we weren’t able to go to Anawangin though.)
We stayed overnight in Nagsasa. I like the place since it has amenities like huts, toilets, a supply of fresh water and a sari-sari store (convenience store). Plus, you can hire someone to cook for you like what we did. Definitely hassle-free. Mind you, they cook really well. 🐷
For some reason, pine trees are growing in this island instead of the usual coconuts. I’m not complaining. It suits the place really well.
You can bring tents like what we did. Or if you don’t have one you can just sleep in the huts. Or on the beach. Whatever floats your boat. 🙂
After resting, we went around the island.
I love how the place like flaunt out the mountains. Reminds me of Batanes. At least from what I see in pictures of Batanes (I haven’t been there. Yet. #Bucketlist:)). 🗻
As expected, we took pictures. A lot of pictures. Haha
After going around and having our pictorial, we decided to take a dip. The water is cool. Perfect for relaxing. It’s low tide at that time so it’s pretty fun to “swim”. Especially for someone like me who only knows hot to float on water. Haha.
We just swam and talked about random things and then we witnessed this:
I love sunsets! It feels great talking to friends while looking at this. Good times. The only thing missing are ice-cold beers! Haha.
The place is also good for star-gazing. Below was taken by my friend. Too bad I was not able to take a picture of the stars since I’m already asleep by that time. (Blame the alcohol. Haha.)
You can also have a bonfire by the beach. We planned to have one but we had a drinking session and just ended up talking and goofing around. Bottomline, we forgot to set-up the bonfire. Haha.
We strolled around. And heard the waves. 🌊
After having breakfast, we had a mini hike on one of the peaks.
Me with my friend / photography sensei. Haha.
Nice view of the island from the top.
We took a rest after the climb and then went to Capones Island (see previous post).
I really enjoyed this trip. The place is perfect if you want to disconnect from city life for a while. :)👍
I love lighthouses. I’ve been to a number already and each time they mesmerized me. I don’t know. I just find them romantic and sad at the same time. Haha.
This time, we went to Capones Island in Zambales. Zambales is only 3 hours away from Manila. Perfect for a weekend getaway.
Did I mentioned the island has a lighthouse? Haha. (Warning, lighthouse porn on your way.)
Below is the view of the island / lighthouse from our boat.
See the waters.
Say hi to Mark Anthony. ☺
Look at this beauty. The gate is very beautiful.
I’m guessing this was built during the Spanish era like most of the lighthouses in the Philippines. Sadly, just like most of them, it’s not well-maintained too. Calling the Department of Tourism.
This is the entrance going to the top of the lighthouse.
The staircase looks really good.
And then, there’s this door at the top:
Go inside and see this beauty.
I’m actually quite afraid of heights. Haha. This is me holding on to my life. Lol.
Of course, we took a bunch of photos at the ground as well.
Me. Trying to be mysterious. Haha
Beautiful doors! This lighthouse must be very gorgeous before.
This is what the lighthouse looks like from the outside.
And then there’s this view as well.
I love the colors!
Our boat is waiting for us at the bottom. Until we meet again Capones. ☺