I have no idea what the “island” is officially called but it is “tiis niknik” just to be in this place overlooking Palaui Island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
This is where it all started. If Garfield hates his Mondays, he would definitely love waking up to the first work of the week if the scene is like this. Just like me (not that I hate Monday —just the traffic that goes with it). I spent my week in Siargao (for the nth time) for the project we have there. Since we have a full packed sched on Monday, my colleagues and I decided to cut our weekend short and proceeded to Siargao on Sunday (waking up at 3 AM for a 5.30AM flight is such a breeze, as of late!).
My companions were not first timers here in the island but it was the first time we traveled together for the project. For a change, it was a different of vibe. They were outgoing and funny as you can be. It seemed like we’ve been traveling together for so long! Well, if you count the numerous emails and reports that travel back and forth among us —then, that made us close. It was fun talking about non office stuff on a Sunday. You talk about pizza, abs (yes, the six pack type) and tips for all the single ladies. It was a different kind of fun. And how fun it was when we walked from our resort to the fave pizza place (give or take a good 20 minute walk in the unpaved and unlit road of GL) with the moon as our only source of light.
Pizza and pasta came and eaten. Playing pool followed. Night cap with the wind blowing on your face. Ahhh, wish the work place is always like this. And then the sandman came along for a restful sleep with sound of the wind singing a lullaby.
As my clock hit 5.20 AM, I peeked at my window and this sight welcomed me. Hello, Monday!
After two years and many trips in this part of the island (2nd for this year), I still get mesmerized of this mala-Blue Crush view in the morning.
- Siargao Island can be reached thru Cebu Pacific via Cebu.
- A 2 hour ferry trip can also take you to Siargao if you enter Surigao City via Palexpress and Cebu Pacific.
- From Sayak Airport in Del Carmen or Dapa Ferry Terminal, hire a habal-habal or multicab going to General Luna(Cloud 9) and other parts of the island.
As much as I like taking photos, I also like to be in the photo. There are instances, though, that a selfie or a selca wont cut it. I prefer showcasing a place instead of my humongous forehead grabbing the spotlight.
I’ve been told that this became some sort of my signature pose. Kinda. Sorta. Maybe this means I found peace in every place I’ve been. Maybe it is just Love holding a Peace sign.
The strong wind. The ginormous waves. Not the best time to surf at Surf Camp.
Since the first time I set foot in mainland Palawan a year ago, I’ve been to this not so hidden treasure called San Vicente. For all 12 months, I saw how it transformed from being just the site of local Survivor reality show to must visit area in this side of Palawan.
First quarter of 2013 is not yet complete but I have been in the area twice. It is not an easy feat given the long and winding road going to San Vicente. Yeah, it doesn’t beat the half day trip to Bantayan but the still in progress road improvement can turn off some people. I am so lucky that we got SanVic as one of our project sites. I feel at home in the town proper. I’ve befriended FRNDZ’ owner and at first name basis to some of the locals. Oh yeah, I even saw my childhood friend in one of the remote barangays in the area. It is a small world after all.
When the airport is completed, I think that SanVic will be a completely different story.
But as for now, I have to savor every experience.
Daplak in Boayan. Coral nursery + crystal blue water + fantastic host (and house!)
From the exposed scaffoldings to this lounge area —Gemma and Kuya Germs have gone a long way!
A row of themed Christmas trees by the beach
Enjoy while there are no establishments yet.
San Vicente is a 4 hour drive from Puerto Princesa City. Ask a tricycle driver to take you to the shuttle van terminal going to Poblacion, San Vicente.
The fare is about Php300. If commuting with other people is not your thing, you can hire the whole van for around 3000 (one way) and 1500 going around San Vicente.
Boayan Island can be reached by hiring a small outrigger boat (around Php1000-Php1500) with a request to stop at the Naked Island.