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 what Anawangin makes them unique.
We’re not supposed to stay longer than 30mins 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 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 losing my mind. And I’m not.
I consumed the 30 minutes all wrapped-up despite of my friend’s constant reminder. For all I know, they’re not leaving wdo us anyway. We were running and doubled our speed when we found out that the whole group were already on the boat except 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 puca shells inside and litlest sands perhaps which creates such a 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 the vendor. I think it is more 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. =)