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Playa La Caleta Island, Bagac, Bataan: The Beach

Playa La Caleta Island

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The night before I watched The Beach of Leonardo Di Carpio which was downloaded on my phone months ago. It was kind of freaky in the middle of the movie but nonetheless a beach like that in the movie is what I was hoping to my after-independence day vacation will be.

I woke up feeling bad the day of our trip it’s because of all the caffeine intake I made weeks ago. But I still managed to get up. I grab my pre-packed favorite blue Hawaiian styled backpack and fought the dry mist of the early morning of June.

Tagged three of the best girls in my life – Yeng, Joe and Jen! We were feeling lucky to ride the bus bound to Balanga, Bataan at 6:00am. Last year was also a trip to Bataan so I thought we will not get lost. We arrived at the bus terminal at 8:00am and decided to walk our way to the plaza since it is just five minutes away.

I am still amazed with the architectural design of their plaza and their Municipal Hall. We met Kuya Mike of Bataan Nature Adventures at Jollibee where we also ate our heavy breakfast before heading to the great unknown.

We rode a jeepney to Balanga Port and from their on we met these two awesome Makati people! They are really friendly! I’ve never travel in the ocean before or even ride a boat and that was my first time to ride one without wearing a life vest. So adventurous!
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We were twelve in the boat and I am starting to think drastic problems like what if the engine stopped in the middle of our ride? Is there a shark in here? Oh well, all of that came from my movie nights! Fortunately we arrived 45 minutes later at the beautiful island of Playa La Caleta Island.
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After arriving and settling into our designated tents we excitedly took some photos! Even the greatest painter of all time can’t paint our amazed faces at that time – ha-ha!
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Because we don’t want to get burned by the blazing sun we spent our time under the trees lying on our backs and playing categories. We had so much fun! Without thinking of our phones or the social media world. Have I told you that there is no communication signal in this island? So it’s definitely like a retreat! Your day off from the busy life and the busy world!
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What about the food? This is one of the amazing things in this trip! You will never get hungry! Food is just as awesome as it taste.
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And when the sun starts to slow down its heat we played volleyball which of course no one is good at it! We invited our neighbors to play and after a three-set game, Joe, Jen and I won! Haha! No one expected it though! image

After that tiring game we took a dip in the beach which has a long shoreline and I think it is only 4 ft deep but I am not that adventurous with water so I stayed close to the shore even the beach is not that deep.

To our surprise at 3:00pm the sky turned to gray and thunder starts to roar. I never experienced a rainy day in the beach because I am such a scared kid with the rain. Oh I think the rain and I have this kind of love-hate relationship! When the rain starts to pour and the clouds starts to cover the beautiful sunny sky I got sad because I will not be able to see my favorite time of the day – Sunset.
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But after a thirty-minute raining session the sun starts to shine again and the waves , which my girls love, starts to fade I got giddy and excited for my Sunset! We rode this balsa and tried to sail our way to the other end of the beach but no one in our group is brave enough with her swimming skills so we just sail near the shore. Ha-ha!
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The beautiful sunset never fails me. This is how my day ended. A colorful sky mixed with pink, blues, violets and yellow. Oh how I love sunsets!
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The night has came and we had this socialization time where we got to meet our fellow campers, we are 29 campers in the island. It was fun knowing them and playing this category game with them. We had literally enjoyed the night with some fruits and chocolates.
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But every story has its twist right? But who knows that my story has it. It wasn’t a movie but after our fun socialization night and as we prepare for the night to end some of the campers (they don’t belong to our group and DIY-ed their trip to this island) claiming that they got robbed. At first we don’t believe their story because no one in our batch complained for a missing valuable. But we got scared to the fact that they are just near our tent.

We just ignored their noise and tried to sleep the night away. But at the middle of the night we just heard voices of people discussing and shouting. Authorities from the bayan already came to the island. But it never settled. So the complainants called police officers from another town. And guess what? It’s like a movie where the policemen tried to flashlight your tents and check on you. I just prayed that it stops, because it is just too frightening.

It stopped. We tried to sleep amidst the situation. We tied our tent’s zipper in case someone’s try to open it (medyo paranoid) and we just take turns in sleeping. What a night!
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We were greeted by the waves in the morning crashing by the shore, by the birds chirping through the trees and by the beautiful sky of the beach. Took a long walk in the shore and build some stone figures before having our breakfast and before our adventurous day of trekking!

At 8:00am we assembled and took the trail to another island. It was low tide that morning so we can just walk along the stony side of the beach. We climb and sometimes slip on muddy stones.
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And the most awaited time of the trekking has arrived! The cliff jumping! You will jumped off a 30 feet high cliff and who knows how deep the ocean will be. Even the guides wore life vest. When it was my turn my knees are literally shaking and my heart thumps like a loud drum I think it will be jumping of my body any minute and I can’t see. I left my eyeglasses for safety reasons with my two girls who are afraid to jump.
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I wore the vest. I shout. I am shaking. I am nervous. I can’t see. People under are encouraging. Then I shouted, “Magkaka-boyfriend pa ko!!” and jumped!! Haha! Seconds after I was floating and finding someone to cling to. It was so fulfilling! I feel like I won the lottery. I feel like a champion overcoming his battles! Super exaggerated ko na grabe! After I jumped, Ate Yeng conquered her fear too. So in our group of four only two of us did it! Sabi ko nga,

“you missed half of your life kung hindi mo nasubukan ito. Ahaha!”
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Every movie has its ending, even the day ends with a beautiful sunset. Even Disney always end it with a “Happy ever after”. Our trip to Bataan has come to an end. With this ending I may not have souvenirs but I have stories to tell and memories to savor whenever I feel lazy and down. This experience brought me to the time when I don’t need my phone to check, when I don’t need to open my instagram account to see beautiful things, when I don’t need to log in my facebook account to chat with my closest friends. In this island I got all the time that I needed, I saw the beauty of nature and most of all I talked to my closest friends up close and got to meet new people that I can call friends. It is such an amazing movie kind of weekend. And most of all I learned to believe in myself, to trust strangers and to never expect anything.

Camille
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(From a sunny, rainy, scary, buwis-buhay kind of trip!)

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