Cams, Joyce, Finn, Ben, and I. WE ARE ALL busy people–busy with work, busy thinking how to survive in this cruel world, busy resolving (or not really) our personal issues, busy discussing Instagram posts of celebrities and commoners–in short, WE ARE ALL BUSY…and tamad. But we all wanted to go somewhere we could relax and bond (We believe our friendship needed to be strengthened ’cause we’re always on the verge of falling apart) without putting too much effort in planning–and without spending too much; hence, the birth of the AFLAB or the Alak-and-Friendship-Lang-Ang-Baon gameplan.
Zambales is basically known for its unspoiled beaches and wonderful coves. And get this: It is only two and a half hours away from Manila (woot, woot!) which makes it the perfect quick barkada getaway. Since I have been to Anawangin Cove already and we live in a democratic country, I have decided that we spend our weekend in Nagsasa Cove. So off we went.
It took us quite sometime (4-5 hours) before reaching Brgy. Pundakit, Zambales because we are all such a hassle too each other. Plus, we had to stop every now and then to pee, buy food, get lost, and all that. In short, the travel time was too long and we couldn’t wait to hit the beach already.
Anyway, upon reaching Pundakit, our next struggle in life was to find the cheapest boat ride. Not that we are kuripot (trust me, we love spending our money..,especially on isaw, lotto tickets, Emperador, yosi, and other relevant stuff a normal person can’t live without), but we are just being practical. After talking to almost three bangkeros, we finally convinced Mang Carding (not his real name) to take us to Nagsasa for 1,500php only inclusive of two tents and unlimited jokes.
We actually thought we’d reach the island in 15 mins. Ahmm, it took us about 1.5 hours ’cause of the strong waves. I literally fell asleep. But lo and behold, I woke up surrounded with so much beauty. Finally!!!
We didn’t want to waste time because it was 3pm already so as soon as we got off the boat, we set up our tent, ate lunch as fast as we could, and searched for the perfect inuman spot.
I wanted to post pictures right away and update my followers about this amazing weekend I was having but my signal was less than zero. AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THAT WAS WHAT MADE THE DAY SO PERFECT. JUST PERFECT. Because we were all there, my friends and I, feeling disconnected from everything and enjoying the pristine island of Nagsasa.
Our disconnection from the hassle and stress in Manila brought us closer together, made us appreciate life more, and strengthened our weird connection (as friends) while drinking Emperador (‘coz we’re burgis like that). We drank ’til the sun went down. We drank and laid down on the sand, feeling the earth, watching the moon and the stars in the sky, listening as the waves crashed against each other, and watching Joyce as she rolled like an Espasol in the sand while laughing and crying (not really sure if she’s drunk or sinto-sinto).
We didn’t have any plans of getting up but our stomachs begged us to. So we went back to our camping site for dinner. Other campers were really prepared coz they had all the stuff for cooking– they had lamps, grillers, and all that. As for us, we only had each other and some more bottles of liquor. Haha! So we ate our canned goods and went back to the shore, again with our Emperador and this time, with an imported Tequila whose name I can’t even remember.
Since we didn’t know how to make a bonfire and our only baon was ALAK and FRIENDSHIP and katamaran, we just sat somewhere with the dimmest of lights (thanks prepared campers for setting up the bonfire) and off we drank again. And the rest was…not really history…but friendship. Haha!
We left the following day without a heavy heart. We left Nagsasa feeling a little bit lighter than before. Lighter because aside from I threw up a lot, we realized that sometimes, being disconnected from the world makes you appreciate the simplest things.. Yung kapayakan.. And that feeling of “ka-payak-an” filled the gap and indifferences (’cause we were so drastically different from one another) and connected us even more.
What a weekend, that AFLAB weekend. CHEERS NAGSASA!!!
How to get disconnected:
Via private car – Take NLEX then SCTEX bound to San Antonio, Zambales. From San Antonio public market, take a left turn (across the market) to Barangay Pundakit.
Commute – Take Victory Liner bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz Zambales. Ask the driver to drop you off to San Antonio. From San Antonio, take tricyle to Pundakit.
1. Camp prepared. Bring your own food and water for convenience. Nagsasa is literally a virgin island. There is no electricity but there are mini sari-sari stores where you can buy canned goods, pancit canton, and 3-in-1 coffee.
2. Entrance to Nagsasa is Php100.00 per day. Rental of bahay kubo/nipa hut is Php50.00.
3. There are available tents for rent 200-300php. Ask your friendly bangkeros for it.
4. To experience Nagsasa’s full beauty, you may want to do a little trekking. Ask the locals to accompany you and don’t forget to give them a tip. We were too tamad so we were not able to trek the mountain that led to the beach. There’s always Google images, anyway. Our friendship and the alak were the only thing that mattered to us. Not really the view. Hehe.
5. There are decent bathrooms available, so don’t worry too much if you want to do “number 2.”