Yes, Potpot had a grand time in
! (Nice rhyming eh!) He was with us when we drove to Candelaria,, the second farthest town of the Potipot Island . We left the house in the morning of Thursday, April 1 to spend two nights of the four day holiday in the much talked about Province of Zambales . Daughter and I persevered to reach the island though hubby was adamant to drive that far. We arrived at the place late afternoon and started to comb all the resorts for available cottage or room. As expected, every nook of each resorts were already occupied and even setting up of tents were not allowed. Luckily, we found the resort named “Bakasyunan ni Doc” (Doc’s Vacation Place) and they allowed us to put up our own tents for a fee of 1000ps/a night. Honestly, I feel it was pretty steep but what can we do, there’s nowhere to go and besides, it’s peak season. We should understand! Nevertheless, the owner that is Dr. Mon Edejer is very friendly and kind! Moreover, his lovely wife is caring enough to always check on our safety. Potipot Island
We trekked the NLEX and SCTex going to Zambales.
The reception area of Potipot Gateway: Our firat choice of resort
but fully booked.
This big house in Bakasyunan ni Doc is priced 5000/night.
These Nipa Huts are priced 1000ps/night.
A carabao pulled cart look alike but actually one place to rest on in
Bakasyunan ni Doc.
Our tiny space in the resort.
We slept on our tents for the night but we were unlucky to be near another tent occupied by a big group. They were having great fun till the wee hour of the morning that they never cared if they were disturbing other people on the resort.
The following morning, we woke up excited to set foot on
which is a 5 minute boat ride. Potipot Island
Hubby as usual went his own way, this time exploring the nearby towns of Zambales and Pangasinan on his bike. I, together with the big kiddos boarded Doc’s boat and headed to
. The boat cost 500ps two way. Potipot Island
A boat heading towards Potipot Island.
The island is privately owned and undeveloped though there are a number of cottages available for overnight tourists. Tents are very much welcomed and on that occassion, the small island mushroomed with masses of colorful tents everywhere.
We took a dip in the crystal clear waters after strolling on the sugary fine white sand of the shore. And here, Potpot had a great time swimming.
Potpot doing his favorite butterfly stroke. Ha ha ha..
This couple caught and zoomed in by daughter's cam.
The island appeared to be like another Boracay that time, teeming with tourists clad in bikinis. I truly, truly, truly love the place. I wish to go back. Hopefully soon! (wink.)
We went back to our resort by noontime to have our lunch. While eating, we decided to cut short our vacation.
For the time being, it was enough for us to have seen Potipot.Island. The decision to cut short our vacation was prompted by the discomfort of a jam packed restrooms. Perhaps if we had our own private cottage, we could have enjoyed the place much better and may have used up the whole stretch of the holiday.
We left the resort at around 5pm then passed by SBMA to have dinner at the Aristocrat Restaurant. As we waited for our food, I came to realize I wasn’t able to pay our boat ride. Feeling so ashamed, I texted and call the owner, Dr.Mon Edejer to apologize as well as ask how I can send my payment. Unfortunately, his cell phone was unattended. Well, maybe I can take this opportunity to call his attention just in case his son would really visit this blog site of mine as he told me he will.
Aristocrat's popular fare: Chicken Barbecue et al.
Btw, this is a note to Doc’s son. Just leave a message or comment here if ever you drop by. I want to let you know that we appreciate the kind and warm treatment you gave us, as your guests. We will surely come back to your "Bakasyunan ni Doc" if there's a chance and an available room or cottage as well!.
That's all we had for our summer holiday folks. I hope you guys had much better days than what we had. See you soon in your sites. Thanks for dropping by!
Happy Easter everyone!