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April 2014 – Pandan Island (Occidental Mindoro, Day 2)

MindoroHere we are for day two of the Mindoro series! Just to tell you, fresh tomatoes and grilled eggplant don’t leap to mind when I think of breakfast, but after having this breakfast, I suddenly had the feeling that I wouldn’t want it any other way. 🙂

A good breakfast for a whole day of adventuring!

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DSC_4175Yeah, we were here a few days ago. Jealous? Okay, I won’t rub it in. 😉

DSC_4166Joking! 😀

DSC_4160DSC_4161DSC_4163I’m not kidding you – you drive to a certain place and hike a looong way to get here, but one of Mom’s friends happened to work at the Pagbilao Power Plant (that red-and-white striped tower on top), so you can drive through inside the power plant and into a gate considerably nearer this piece of paradise. This was what we took advantage of; if not, you have to fare like how we did the first time and hike a good 30 minutes or so to the place.

But I mean, look at that water rushing. When we stepped out of the gate and into our little hike, the wide expanse of sea and the crystal clear azure water raging through the rocks just pumped us up!

DSC_4167Friendly reminder: avoid hiking at the sun’s peak hours of 10am to about 3pm. Pure torture, not to mention you’re practically asking for a sunburn.

DSC_4170DSC_4171DSC_4211AND HERE WE ARE! Look at that water! Look at that pristine white sand! We always call Pulo our “secret Boracay” because in terms of natural beauty, Pulo easily levels out Boracay.

DSC_4178DSC_4183DSC_4177Not to mention it has its distinctive cave, called Kuwebang Lampas. I tried crossing the cave to the other side of the ocean (not an easy swim, I tell ya), and… wow. It’s breathtaking. Pictures next time, though! Kaia’s not so waterproof right now. 😦

DSC_4188DSC_4185DSC_4186A swim is definitely recommended. Bring your snorkels and goggles, because even on the shore – yes, on the shallow waters where water goes only up to your knees – you can see Nemo and all his fishy cousins and relatives there. Crystal clear. Isn’t it amazing?!

DSC_4190DSC_4198DSC_4195DSC_4189Sounds perfect to picnic in, right? Weeell, that’s the catch. The area hasn’t been developed much yet, so now there’s only a few straw huts that charge you a fee for each person and the cottage. Don’t count on restrooms too, because they’re crude, and they charge one peso for each visit. Hmmm.

Well, some things have to go slow, right? I mean, the very first time we visited, there wasn’t even a restroom.

DSC_4199DSC_4192DSC_4231To show you how the huts generally look… and to campaign for our family friend. 😀


DSC_4210DSC_4202DSC_4213Having some fun with the cave 😉

DSC_4217DSC_4237DSC_4221Now this is a good idea to enjoy the waves without getting burned to a crisp. 🙂

DSC_4217DSC_4229DSC_4226The Dan photoshoot that ended with this hilarious shot. 😀

DSC_4234DSC_4236DSC_4238DSC_4239This shot went all skewed, but upon transferring it to my computer, I actually loved it. Ahh, Pulo, you are too picturesque.

All I can say is, if you know someone from Quezon Province (preferably the cities of Lucena or Pagbilao), this is an alternative worthy considering over the more expensive Boracay. 🙂 Just uhh, bring your own tents and airconditioning or something. HAHAHA 😀