Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Hundred and One Reasons To Enjoy HUNDRED ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

The most exciting plan for a vacation is not to plan your vacation at all. What was supposed to be a planned trip to La Union one weekend ended up in an impromptu trip to Alaminos, Pangasinan, hence visiting the Hundred Islands, where else?

Tess and I again embarked on one of those random weekends when all we wanted was to hit the road, get on a bus up north and find out where our tickling feet may lead us in our quest for finding a lighthouse to add up to our collection.

It all started with the 3am trip to Zambales that Saturday morning with an intention to visit El Faro De Punta Capones, which we successfully accomplished. This is actually our second attempt to visit the lighthouse. (It was storming during the first attempt when boats were not allowed to sail, so sad!)

The lighthouse chase that weekend would have ended in Luz Del Puerto San Fernando in Poro Point, San Fernando City, La Union. Only that we hardly had any idea how to get there from Zambales.

So we took the best possible route. To head north, we had to take the San Antonio to Sta Cruz (both in Zambales) Victory Liner bus, then to Alaminos, Pangasinan. The entire trip took long hours and it was almost midnight when we reached Alaminos. Hoping this is not the end of the road for us that evening, we attempted to find ways to get out of town and continue the journey to La Union but to no avail. We spent the night in a standard hotel near the city center.

We abandoned the La Union plan due to limited time the following morning, and we thought why not go to Hundred Islands instead? Besides, it's just a stone's throw away from where we are!

We hit the road, walked a few steps to the plaza, had a few negotiation from a tricycle driver, who eventually became our guide (and a very good guide, really!) and provided us with all we need! It was a marvelous experience, unplanned yet we managed to see and feel and awe in more than a hundred ways in Hundred Islands,


With Alaminos City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste







Visiting the Hundred Islands? Contact Ronnie.

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