- Companions and Destination
1) Make a team for the trip
2) Pick the destination with the members and discuss our activities.
2. Arranging Van and Accommodation
1) A room we have to book a van and accommodation before 2 or 3 weeks because of the Philippine’s Easter event.
2) Luckily we could book our room easily thanks to T. MARK.(Renting a van is good for many people.)
3) It is necessary to confirm your reservation by telephone, mail or text.(In advance, because it is possible to be canceled even though you reserved it through the hotel booking site.)
1) You can save you money if you buy the things you need in SM previously because the prices in vacation spots are more expensive than Baguio City’s(Also Korean food and products are difficult to buy there so you have to buy them before you go.)
2) If you check where the mart or convenience store is in your destination, it will be helpful for you to buy necessary items.
4. Booking activities
A friend of the hotel owner accompanied us to Alaminos and helped us to book our activities; Snorkeling(300), Helmet diving(400), Banana boat(250) and Booking boat to Hundred Island(300). Including the entrance fee of Hundred Island. Even if there is no person who helps you there, you don’t need to worry~~ I think they seem to rip off foreigners, so be careful.
The lodging we booked : Lucap Alaminos City Pangasinan Hundred Island, 2404 Alaminos, Pangasinan
Contact Us – 091 8789 0639, 091 8253 4095
The condition of the lodging was poor at water pressure and we tasted a little bit rust while we were brushing our teeth.
That’s why I don’t recommend this accommodation.
We paid 18000 pesos for 2 rooms(6 people can stay), for 3 days and 2 nights and 13000 pesos for three-day van rented.
1:00AM ~ 4:30AM
We started early because we were concerned about the traffic jam of the holiday. But it unexpectedly took only 3 hours so we checked-in early.
10:00AM ~ 10:40AM
We made a reservation of the activities.
10:40AM ~ 12:00PM
We took a boat and moved to the first activity place, the Helmet diving. It was too boring to wait in the boat so we dived into the water without hesitaion~~ The helmet is really heavy so you should be careful.. You can see lots of fish and Nimo(Clark’s anemonefish). We fed the fish and we were really delighted.(Cold drink and beer are essential~~)
12:00PM ~ 1:30PM
We moved for the Snorkeling and enjoyed it a lot. Drowning one other and enjoying Snorkeling, we had a lot fun. A few people terribly watched a sea snake, but we were happy enough.
1:30PM ~ 2:00PM
The highlight of the Hundred Island was the cave diving. In the middle of the island, there is a diving spot. We dived there looking down the ocean. It was quite high so many people gave it up but Henry and I, the bravest men, dived from the highest spot. It’s not secret that it took 3 seconds to touch down the water~~
2:00PM ~ 3:00PM
At last we moved to Quazon island. There were lots of activities and e took a banana boat which accommodate 10 people. Banana boat in Philippine is just like sightseeing so we ordered the driver to turn it over. Falling in the middle of the ocean was really exciting that I can’t write in words.
3:00PM ~ 3:40PM
After all of the activities, we got ready to go back to the room. Becuase in Alaminos, it gets dark in 6PM. It’s really dangerous getting aroud outside in Alaminos different to Baguio so you need to be careful when you trip here.
3:40PM ~ 4:30PM
After we arrived at the lodging, we took a shower and rest.
4:30PM ~ 6:00PM
While everybody was resting, we were ready for Barbecue party. We made charcoal fire, corn cheese, green onion with sauce, ramen, etc. We prepared lots of foods which goes well with pork. Also, a few of our members went to the market and prepared neccessities such as water, alcohol and other food. And we also bought tiger shrimps because we were in the beach.
6:00PM ~ ∞
We started the Barbecue party and all of us enjoyed alcohol, pork, and shrimp. endlessly……. Some people rested for tomorrow and some were drunken. But I stayed up until at the end of the party.
∞ ~ 2:00PM
After we woke up it was raining cats and dogs.
2:00PM ~ 5:00PM
Suddenly it stopped and rained again, we looked at the dark clouds and its gone and we visited the Bolo beach in front of Hundred Island, its water was too clean and a little bit deep area of the beach was perfect place to play. So we carried each other and threw into the beach and enjoyed playing in the sea. Especially we took away each others cap and making sandcastle were funny, hence Filipino watched us wonderfully. But same as yesterday it got dark early so we went home early.
5:00PM ~ 6:30PM
After we came back to our room and we got ready for second Barbecue party. But yesterday we ate too much meat and drank alcohol, so we needed to buy them again. Moreover, someone stole our 1kg pork, so we were also angry. Unfortunately, we’ve just arrived to Alaminos city, we found out that lots of markets were closed. The reason was, it was D-day holiday. But we didn’t feel embarrassed and it was possible for us to buy chicken and tiger shrimp.
6:30PM ~ ∞
Same as yesterday we did barbecue party with chicken, shrimp and pasta.
Furthermore, we made a team and we enjoyed alcohol games and speaking with body games. The losers did the dishes. It was really sad that we would go back to Talk academy tomorrow.
10:00AM ~ 12:00PM
We enjoyed our 2 days eating and playing as well as we woke up late and ate brunch. And then, we were ready to go back to academy. We checked our luggages and put them into the Van. Later, we gave drinks and tips to the driver, who was kind and responsible. After that we left there.
12:00PM ~ 4:00PM
I think because it was holiday so we took 1 hour longer traveling than previously. It was so silent in the Van because we were so tired. And after we arrived at the academy. Thus, we enjoyed our weekends.
First, I didn’t know that I could travel here because my own purpose was to study only. But I think I recommend that you enjoy as much as you can and experience in here and also study well!