Last minute trips always turn out having the best stories... and this one held that standard. I did none of the planning... I literally packed a bag in 10 minutes, and walked out the door.
I called my friend Jill on the way to find out how to get on the NLEX, the north bound major highway, and we were on the way to Zambalas.
Upon arriving to the hostel that my Korean friends picked out, I may have been a little bit in shock... there were chickens running wild, sandy floors, and Filipino traditional hut's that I was surprised could hold my body weight without collapsing.
I don't know what I was expecting... but this wasn't it.
I must say, I was a little unprepared. But, that brings about the adventure of it all, right?
I had my hammock packed, with no mosquito net. I had my chacos, but no swimsuit. I had my camera, but only enough battery to take a few photos.
Oh, and did I mention that I got the car stuck in the sandy path to the hostel? I walked to the closest building, asked every Filipino man inside to come help the poor ginger that got the car stuck. After they got over the shock of the fact that I could drive, they all came out and helped save the day. One of them mentioned that he didn't have big muscles... I told him that every little bit helps. In fact, I'm pretty sure I was about 5 inches taller than each of them.. and I definitely weighed 30 pounds more than all of them. With their help, we got the car out of the sand and driving back down the pathway. I gave each of the guys twenty pesos (fifty cents) for a snack.. they were excited about such a small treat.
The next day we got to spend the day surfing... we hired 4 kuya's to help us learn... they were in the water with us the whole time. I rode a few waves ... and I developed a good new respect for surfers.
The views on the way were wonderful. We passed through a town called Subic, or what I like to call "little America." It was so nice. They had turn lanes on the highways, police officers, and nice grassy areas.
The trip was awesome, and the ridiculous stories from the journey are even better.
|Some of the views on the way.|
|I have never seen anything like this... it was sand.. probably used to be a river.|
|We stopped to take a few pictures!|
|Subic! This was so pretty!|
|Sophie, Nara and Bessie.|
|More of the sand storm.|
|Sophie hanging out in the hammock at the hostel.|
|Kebabs. Too bad we ran out of charcoal.|
|Beautiful deserted beaches!!|
|We built a camp fire on the beach one night.|
|This was so pretty. I've never seen pine trees and the ocean in one view.|
|This place was beautiful.|
|Pine trees on the left, ocean on the right.|
|I love these ladies.|
|Here are the guys that saved us!|
|Sophie and I hanging out at the beach.|
|The hammocks we slept in at the hostel.|
|Going surfing... so much fun!!|