MOMI WANDERS/ the daredevil gene in me

Feb 5, 2016 | Only Berlin

“Not a hundred but 123 islands.” A trivia manong bangkero  shared while on our way to Alaminos, Pangsinan’s famed Hundred Islands.

After five hours of worry-free road travel, we safely arrived at Victory Liner Alaminos bus terminal with great anticipation of overcoming my extreme and irrational fear of heights.  Yes, though I have acrophobia, I was about – that time – to wall climb, rappel, and do zipline in two hours or less.

Funny that I dreaded more the crowd of the overly aggressive tricycle drivers who repeatedly asked for our destination.  They were like paparazzis to me, only that they kept on persuading us to hire them.  We approached a more friendly-looking tricycle driver to bring us to Brgy. Lucap.  From there, we went to the local tourism office to have our name registered and rent a boat.

Fee varied depending on preference of activities and places to visit.  Snorkeling gears were also available either for rent or for sale.  Other items for sale ranged from apparel to food, from simple to intricate souvenir items.

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The Hundred Islands inside a glass is quite a nice souvenir item one can buy at the tourism center found in Lucap wharf.

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Now I regret not buying one of these seashell-themed lanterns.

A very welcoming attraction in Hundred Islands (which I anticipated that time to push my body and mind to new heights) are its daring activities like wall climbing, rappelling , and zip lining.   I realized that these activities considered as daredevil quests weren’t that terrifying when to compare to my daily quest called life.  I travel everyday and there are threats everywhere.  I may say then that these activities, which are perfect for any weekend adventure, helped me discover the adventurous side of me.

Governor’s Island

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The Hundred Islands inside a glass is quite a nice souvenir item one can buy at the tourism center found in Lucap wharf.

First we visited the Governor’s Island where the view of the amazing islands could be seen.  One must climb less than a hundred steps, though, to reach the view deck.   I gamely took the challenge, ever optimistic that the view was worth the challenge.  And indeed, it was!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cliché as it may be, but the climb was indeed worth the view. Up here, I paused and thanked God for giving us a beautiful place called Earth.

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My travel buddy described the islands as “scattered like beautifully cut emerald stones upon the blue-green waters of the Lingayen Gulf.”

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Governor’s Island, which is the largest among the 123 coral islets, has a small and shallow cave.  I didn’t dare explore the insides of the cave for fear that I might see some bats.

Governor’s Island has a commanding view of the sea and the nearby islets.   Too sad though manong bangkero told us we only have max of 15 minutes to explore the island.  I wasn’t able to even dip my feet in the water.

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From where I was standing, I could see the other islands. the sun’s ray added more realism to the final effect — making the nearby islands’ green color more prominent and the clear water’s color more blue.

Turtle Island

On our way to our second destination, Children’s Island, we passed by a number of mushroom-shaped land formations.  One island caught my attention and immediately named it Turtle Island.  Funny when I googled it on the internet, it was indeed named Turtle Island  because it resembles a turtle.

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Felt like a geologist naming this island Turtle Island only to find out that its name is indeed Turtle Island. Its craggy outline in the shape of a monstrous sea turtle is a give away.

Children’s Island

Ideal for family get-together, Children’s Island has cottages for rent.  Manong bangkero described the island as the smallest thus the name Children’s Island plus the fact that it is one of the most kid-friendly destinations within the Hundred Islands Park.  It also boasts of an impressive vista of the sea and sky.  Its sand, which has a little circular hole, perhaps done by a sand crab, is powdery, really fine like Boracay’s Puka Beach.

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Cottages for rent at minimal fee.

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Children’s Island has powdery sand like quartz crystal, very different from other beaches with silica or shell sands.

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Why do sand crabs dig holes in the sand?  I don’t know but the hole looks fascinating than intriguing.

Last destination was the Quezon Island, the most developed of all and which offers new attractions for both tourists and locals.

Quezon Island

For the thrill seekers, the island offers zipline, rock climbing, and rappelling.  To ride the zipline, one must first climb a tower by the end of the Quezon Island.  It’s the same tower for the rock climbing and rappelling — all artificial rock walls and a less complicated compared with other man-made structures for the same purpose.

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It must have been my thirst for challenge and somehow my growing passion for the outdoors that pushed me to first, try rock climbing and second, rappelling.   For both activities, a strong and willing body isn’t enough to climb and go down the artificial rock formations; mental strength is very much needed.  I was really hesitant to try rappelling but I was told that it was just like lying comfortably not on a lounge chair though, but in mid-air.  Also, I have my helmet to protect my head just in case, and a harness securely strapped around my body so why worry.

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Rock climbing involves not only strength but proper calculation and quick thinking on where to land your feet and hands. I did it for my own personal satisfaction and was pretty pleased with my achievement.

The true delight in trying rappelling was that finding out your capacity rather than assuming you can’t do. It was a liberating experience indeed.

 

 

Our last activity was traversing the 120-meter zipline cable.  Though my ride was more of a laid-back aerial adventure, still I was thrilled gliding through Hundred Island’s picturesque landscape.   The experience also gave me the opportunity to see the new side of Hundred Islands.  Perhaps, it was the sea and islands’ tranquil look that gave me that calming effect.

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Ever daring and fun to be with, this man was such a joy to look at as he tried the zipline over the bright turquoise waters of Quezon Island. Too bad, I forgot his name 🙁

My weekend travel at Alaminos, Pangasinan was indeed fun and full of first times.  It was good to note that I am improving as I age — no longer the passive gal but becoming a daring adventurer.

Looking forward to more adventures in the coming months.

* This Hundred Island adventure was more than two years ago, I guess.  Staying at home gives me the time to collate and arrange photos and also write something about them.  My other purpose is to show this to my boys for reference should they dare try it someday.

22 Comments

  1. queenofeternalbangs

    Looks so much fun! Putting this on mu bucket list. ☺

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    • msbolin

      Yes, you will surely enjoy the travel and activities. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Queen Elizabeth

    I been wanting to visit this place.. i’ll include this in my bucket list! Looks like you had a great time with all the activities!

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    • msbolin

      Yes, fun indeed. Hope you be able to visit there anytime soon.

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  3. Elisha Caballero

    This looks fun! I’ve been wanting to go here. Ang ganda pala talaga.

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    • msbolin

      Yes, try it. You’ll surely enjoy too.

      Reply
  4. mysliceofcake

    Seems like you had a great time! Makes me want to visit the islands too. U rock climbed? I’m impressed! May acrophobia din ako. Hehe.

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    • msbolin

      Yey! Rock climb, rappel.. Zip line, too. Remember our first zip line experience? I’m definitely not like that na here in Pangasinan. Hahaha.

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  5. MommyPehpot

    ay ang sayaaa! kahit 2 years ago na parang kailan lang nangyari no?

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    • msbolin

      yes, now that i have plenty of time at home, im trying to collate all the pictures and write the experience hanggang kaya pang matandaan. 🙂

      Reply
  6. den

    Wow! This makes me want to visit Pangasinan too!

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    • msbolin

      visit na! bring E with you para may nagboboost sa confidence mo to try the activities.

      Reply
  7. Mhaan Arambulo (@momyrockinstyle)

    I’m super excited to be back in adventures when lo gets older, another year perhaps? And when that time comes, I will include Hundred Islands on my list to visit.

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    • msbolin

      same here. when lo is older na, i will get back to backpacking. its something i miss to do. 🙂

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  8. Madz

    Didn’t know they had a zipline and rapelling in Hundred islands! So cool!

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    • msbolin

      Yes, a new attraction that time. keeping up with the latest 🙂

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  9. Louisa Mercado

    A bit adventurous for my blood but sounds like a once in a lifetime experience. I’m sure my kids would enjoy those activities though.

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    • msbolin

      Yes, indeed. A once in a lifetime experience while we still can. 🙂

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  10. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    Looking at the zipline, I feel thrilled and excited. I love adventure. My father’s hometown is Pangasinan. I must visit this place.

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  11. mumwrites (@vixquips)

    wow! should be an awesome experience to visit all these island! i sure hope to visit the place with my boys soon! love that glass bowl souvenir, by the way! 🙂

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    • msbolin

      Yes, the glass bowl is super nice. Sayang, didn’t even get one. Hope you be able to travel with your boys too– soon. 🙂

      Reply

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