Monday, May 16, 2016

Under the Sun and Stars: Camping at Isla Puting Buhangin, Kuwebang Lampas, Quezon

Have you ever experienced camping beside the sea, under the sun and stars? I suggest you try it even once in your life! And if you are looking for an option, why not try Isla Puting Buhangin at Kuwebang Lampas in Quezon?

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Isla Puting Buhangin in the morning, May 14, 2016

My high school classmates and some friends invaded the island on May 14, 2016, a day prior to the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban. We were 11 in all. We rented a van from Valenzuela for Php 10,000, which already included the driver’s fee, toll fees, and gas. We left Valenzuela at 2am and reached Padre Burgos, Quezon around 6am. From there, we rented a motor boat for Php 2,000. The same boat was what we used for the island hopping.

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At the coast of Padre Burgos, Quezon

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Groufie as we sail


The ride from the coast of Padre Burgos to Isla Putting Buhangin was around an hour. At about 730am, we’re already in the island. There were a couple of tents already put up, perhaps by those who camped from the other day. The sight of kids and adults alike enjoying the strip of powdery sand (just a strip, though) and the sea, brought excitement to us. We rented a cottage for Php 800 (overnight) and paid Php 200 for the space where we would set up our tents (Php 200 per tent, but we just paid Php 200 for the three tents; it’s a matter of negotiation).

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Our tents (Php 200/slot)

There’s not much activity there, though. Campers should be the ones to think of their “to-do’s”. Tips to enjoy your stay?

First, great food. For our breakfast, we had boiled eggs (chicken eggs and quail eggs), cup noodles, tasty bread and spreads. For lunch, we had rice, adobo and laing, and for dinner, we had grilled hotdogs, Delimondo corned beef, and grilled porkchop.

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Items for sale/for rent


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Grilling hotdogs!

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Dinner: Hotdogs, Delimondo Corned Beef, Grilled Pork Chop

Second, music. Good thing, a friend brought his JBL Bluetooth speakers! We sang our favorites – “Hanap-Hanap (Jadine)”, “Dati (Sam and Tippy)”, and of course, “Mr. Right (Kim Chiu)” – and danced to our heart’s content!

Third, exciting day and night activity that would keep you up. During daytime, we played volleyball, visited Kuwebang Lampas, landed on Borawan Island for a while (since there was an entrance fee of Php 150!), and swam all we wanted! And at night, we played “1-2-3 pass”, enumeration game (ala-Family Feud), and King’s Game over wine! Playing King’s Game was probably the best game I’ve played using cards. In the King’s Game, each card represented a task or a condition, for example, A – shot one, 2 – buddy shot, 3 – shot all boys, 4 – shot all girls, and so on. If you got the first King, you had to drink one shot, and if you got the fourth King, you need to drink four shots! If your buddy got the fourth King, you also need to drink four shots! The only way to counter this was to get the “Jack”.

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Island Hopping
Bestfriend Harold and myself, Borawan Island. Entrance fee: Php 150,
So, we just had a photo-op there!
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At Kuwebang Lampas


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Underwater shot
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Swimming...


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...modeling...

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...and having fun!

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Never forget to bring cards on these occasions!

It’s always good to be one with nature from time to time. The challenge in this type of activity, though, is taking a bath and using the rest room. They had makeshift restrooms in the island. Each gallon cost Php 50, which was rather expensive! We asked the boys selling water about their daily income and they said that they earn more than Php 10,000 a day for selling water!

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Shower areas (the better ones)
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Campers before night time


Camping like this – in the absence of one’s usual conveniences – might not be one’s type of get-away, but it’s still an activity worth-experiencing.

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With my high school classmates/friends

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