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Anawangin Cove – Zambales
Anawangin is that island in Zambales where there are only 4 kinds of trees that alternates with each other.
Pines, umbrellas, palms and one I could not identify. Pines out-numbered the rest of them. This is why Anawangin is unique from the other islands.
We’re not supposed to stay longer than 30 minutes in this island. We stop over not only because it is included in the package that my friend had taken advantage of. But because the natives are also proud to showcase one island after another. The people are very welcoming and I noticed that each time there’s a boat approaching the island their necks are extended and were smiling and they were waving their hands and you can feel in the air that upon plight you are a guest to them.
I saw tourists having their photos taken standing behind each tree. Usually in group. I’ve taken mine of these as I was walking. With all conviction I told my friend that you can get your energies recharged by touching them.
I showed her how I touched one’s trunk with the palm of my hand. And it’s either the tree will absorb all that is negative within me or it is me who will absorb all the positive trees from the tree. And she looked like its’ as if I can read her mind feeling strange or thinking I might be gone crazy.
I consumed the 30 minutes all wrapped-up despite of my friend’s constant reminder. For all I know, they’re not leaving without us anyway. We were running and doubled our speed when we found out that the whole group were already on the boat and were just waiting for the 2 of us. Their eyes focused as if they’ve been there for the longest time, when I waved my head and pleaded and yelled “Sorry”, they all smiled in sync. =)
I also bought a souvenir from a very persistent man convincing me that his rainmaker is a “24 carat”. It is made of bamboo with tiny puca shells inside and littlest sands perhaps which created that very soothing sound. I bought it for those times I need destressing. And secretly wishing that if I play with it, the rain would literally fall instantly.
The length isn’t that handy for someone who’s just about to hop on 3 more islands with bags and luggage and gadgets and I don’t mind. I’ve been wanting to buy one ever since I saw it from my boss’ garden some years ago.
I saw one from Davao and in Intramuros and they’re so expensive. This one I got for more than a hundred pesos only that comes with a grateful smile from that corteous vendor. I think it is worth every centavo. He even wished us to enjoy the day and surely we did.
Try toe-dipping soon in Zambales. It’s going to be a memorable one. =)
When the boat started it’s trail to our island destination. There was a bout between the sound of the engine roar lulling me to sleep. And the beauty that surrounds me.
The turquoise bluish sea, which makes me wonder what lies beneath.
That in my wild imaginings, if not for the other members of our group or if we have the boat all on our own, I have this wild imaginings of jumping on the water and feel the ocean floor with my bare feet, I imagine myself walloping back, struggling for my breath to surface myself out of the water. And while during my ascend, my eyes would revel all that I can under. I am also pretty sure the boat man will assist me if my jumping to the water will come to them as a surprise. =)
The least I could do is dip and squish my feet on the water while the boat is running. Though the wondering as to how deep it is, remains a mystery to me. Not even the boat men who had spent all their lives in the sea could not fathom as well nor give me the nearest equation.
The waves are enticing too, the way they shine, like crystals, almost like diamonds, when the sun starts kissing them while they prance with the wind.
The parallel view of the pines, the pinkish tone of bonggavillas and the lush extending to the foot of the ocean shore.
The seemingly endless mountain ranges that sits quietly looking at us from a distance, almost touching the cotton-like skies in white and blue.
The rock formations that looks the same for some, while I see them unique from each other. My soul sis exposed me to it’s grandiose and beauty and had an appreciation of it years ago. Each formation is like welcoming us to stop over and grasp its’ allure.
Witnessing all these, without a wink, I chose the latter. For it reminds me a kind of peace from within. They reminded me of God.
The minutes ticking from the time I hopped on this medium boat and when the boatman pulled something for the engine to start, the islets and islands we passed by getting my attention for the mean time,the soft sound of waves felt endless. I can’t wait to see Capones light house.
I pictured myself here.
Exactly where I’m standing and calculating the exact size of that lighthouse that seems to be looking at my direction, standing mighty proud, sweetened by age, hundred of years have passed, beyond the images of wear and tear….
I felt the wind brushing off my hair, my skin. The same wind that touches its whole being. And now I’m here. Right where I wanted to be.
Capones lighthouse. How are you? I’m losing my breath I can’t wait to be near you. Pointblank.
And now I’m here. Capones lighthouse is I guess one of those that is mostly heard of at least by me. And I just want to pinch myself a little that I am already a few inches away fr this old tower.
My 5th lighthouse.
I am full now.
So much with contentment for the time being.
With happiness for as long as I can recall Capones.
though I know I am eyeing another one after this.I’ll just savor the moment. Allow me to taste the feel of it. It’s like finding something that you’ve been looking for the whole time. It felt good. Period.
The old feel is there.
I guess my photos speaks that I literally can’t gt enough of it. Just like I did on d others.thanks to Jen. No need to buy films just to suffice my hunger to pictures. Cameras nowadays can give you thousands as long as u want run out battery and memory. Sadly, we ran out of it, there was no electricity on all the islands of Zambales.
So long. I have met Capones lighthouse finally. Til my next encounter.
So this is where we’re going to spend the night. It alarmed me to find out that there’s no electricity nor signals of any mobile phone network.
I want the afternoon to take forever. We were warned, and we’re actually prepared. We had everything fully charged and we bought a power bank as well.
Though it only sinked in to me upon being there and witnessing that there were no sign of electricity, no TVs, no radios, no hint of city life. It was a relief when I saw a signage that gadgets can be charged at a minimum cost. The cove boasts its coastline of fine sands, one native described it to me as a little bit larger than the sands of Boracay. It is also whiter than the rest of the other islands of Zambales.
The shoreline of the others are mostly of rocks and weeds that grows under the water. Nagsasa is the cleanest. What attracted me most, are the rock formations that seems to be on queue which you can even either venture into from both sides of the island.
We opted venturing on the right side of the island if you are facing it. During previous researches, this is the best spot to capture the long coastline of Nagsasa.
Let me tell you first that it was my first time to sleep in a tent. My friend was a girl scout, she brought a flashlight when all the rest of the guests brought a lamp. I was worrying of all the kinds of insects that were dancing in my mind. Or crawling creatures that we might encounter or might see us as intruders during the night. And so we did. The sound of the waves lulled me to sleep. And in the middle of my sleep, there’s something moving outside which creates an unusual sound, it turned out to be a rooster. So goodbye to the fear of the unknown. Hi rooster! After basking under the sun and prancing on the sands. I lied on my deep purple shawl, it was great to be there and enjoy the quietness of the place. There were only a few guests during our stay and it was of our advantage as we were able to enjoy a part of the beach all on ourselves. The quietness later on started killing me. I was not able to anticipate that it could be that quiet. Though thanks to this white yacht which parked for the night and played good music until the following morning. I could thank the owner for sparing me the night. Besides, I went there to have fun and not sulk out of loneliness. Oh, the sound of silence (could kill me). In reality, I thanked the owner, at a later time, for allowing us to charge our powerbank in his yacht and our souvenir photos in Capones, is something that we owe to him. See you soon owner of the musical yacht. =)
I must not forget that while lying on the water, floating on it, I saw a falling star. I immediately said my prayers, it was so fast like the usual that I see as a child, I said my wishes with my palms together. I felt peace. I felt there’s hope that my dreams can come true. (–,)
Had we didn’t get cold, we could stay on the water for the whole evening, while my body is aching for a good rest, out of tiresomeness, my back didn’t mind the uneven floor where our tent was positioned. I was too lazy to bring a small pillow (As I can do without one), I just made use of my clothes to protect my head during that particular slumber where each time I open my eyes, I get to peek at the evening stars because a part of the tent’s ceiling is of transparent material. It’s a good view after all. The same rooster (I guess) and a group asking us if we want to see the falls woke us up the following morning. I pretended to be still sleeping and my friend told them we’d rather go for a swim until the sun isn’t up yet. I definitely want to swim again. The water is the most attractive thing to me at that time. I can’t wait to splurge. And so we did.
After trailing the foot of the mountain where they usually get the best spot to take a panoramic shot of the cove. We dipped again. For hours. We also took advantage to take sexy pictures we might not be able to take had there been plenty of swimmers. Luck is on our side, we got a portion of the beach (again) all for ourselves. The sun is kind enough to hide on the clouds though around past 11am. It is already hurting my skin. We opted to have lunch and patiently waited for our next and finale voyage. This is our voyage to the highlight of this trip. The chance to see Capones light house up close and personal.