First off, I want to apologize for the lack of recent updates here in LFP Creative Studios blog. I just got super swamped with both personal and professional stuffs swirling around. We transferred to a new house (lovin’ it btw) and recent work changes that wholly ate up most of my time. Hmm, ok – let’s just ignore the fact that my last post was April lol.
I have been to several out-of-town trips recently: Bataan, Subic, and most recently, to Camarines Norte. The two former trips were just simple photo walks to see normal day-to-day sceneries and so let’s skip ‘em (honestly, they are just not-so-relevant anymore). What I want to share with you guys is this little island called “Calaguas” in the province of Camarines Norte. It was brought up by my college friend Miguel Paolo (who I came with during the Baguio trip early this year) and me being an absolute home buddy, didn’t have any idea what we may see there. With a bit of Googling, I managed to have an insight on what Calaguas may offer, and it got me so excited!
Everything was set, well, except for the weather. The day before the trip, we were actually thinking of rescheduling. All of the weather forecasts I checked showed 90% probability of rainfall in Camarines Norte, dimming the littlest hopes we had. But we decided to give a green light, hoping and praying that the sun will shine on the paradise.
We left Makati around 7PM in the evening after having a quick dinner. Originally, we planned to leave around 5PM but that day was just immensely plagued by traffic jam all over the metro. Not to mention my mobile phone got stolen the night before that, so I didn’t have any immediate means of updating them where and what time will I arrive at the meeting place – boo! But with a stroke of luck, all of us met as planned and continued with the journey.
We headed next to Alabang, Muntinlupa where we took a bus (DLTB Co.) going to Daet, the capital city of Camarines Norte. It took us about 8 hours and a humble P440.00 to get to the drop point and from there, rode a tricycle going to the fish port. All nine of us waited for our rented boat at the port, and while doing so, some of us (myself included) grabbed a quick breakfast (Rice porridge with egg on a rainy day is wonderful!) and the others went to the public market to buy food. Rain was pouring lightly when we got our feet settled on the fish port. The low gray clouds above the sky covering the sun scared the crap out of us! Imagine being stranded on an island with no cellular coverage and electricity, oh we can’t afford that heehee!
After about 45 minutes, our rented boat arrived. It was large enough to hold all nine of us plus our ‘bangkero‘ and his assistant. The boat ride lasted for about 1 hour and 40 minutes before we arrived at the island. Seeing all the other small yet beautiful islands during the ride was awesome!
The long stretch of white and powdery sand was named “Mahabang Buhangin” by the locals and arched right perfectly in Tinaga Island. This virgin paradise can rival that of white sand beach of Boracay, and the tranquility of Pagudpud. But I’ll let you guys decide through some of the photos I took during our trip. God is really good, the sun was brightly shining when we arrived at the island letting us do our chores quite easily! Thank you!
Here are some of the photos I took while in Calaguas: (You may click them to see the higher resolution version posted in my Flickr page)
Until next trip, thanks for reading!