But as I've already mentioned in my first post back, I will try to spend even the littlest time I have available here in this space. But tell me, how in Hades can I find the time to drop in every other day or so when even my weekend breather gets spent on a whirlwind of impromptu activities with my friends? This month alone had me out of the house every Saturday night when that's usually when I do my online stuff.
July 5 had me going out for a videoke party with my housemates at Gimmick. That was one heck of a night! They finally forced the mic on me and lo, I didn't feel like like letting it go again. I felt like a rocker even though my score was the pits! Too bad for my friends because they had to listen to me belt out (a.k.a. murder) all my songs. But I guess it was okay since they did their share of killing. But the point was that we all had fun, fun, fun!!! Our night started out late since we went to watch a basketball game--our friendly neighborhood varsity team was playing. Then we had a dinner out--well, we were already "out" after the game. Then we were bound for Gimmick right after ten in the evening. It was Saturday so we didn't expect to get a booth (I can't say room!) right away. Unbelievably, we were browsing the songbook in 20 minutes. The night went on and on and on...until 3am. There were a lot of (old) songs I couldn't believe these people could sing! But I can't wait to do it again...*hums*
But last weekend was one giant adventure. We were planning to go beach camping up north and we had it all planned out last week. We had chosen a beach resort to go to and we had called ahead of time to know what their amenities are. WE HAD A LOT OF EXPECTATIONS! So imagine our ginormous disappointment when we got to said resort. Suffice it to say that we did not like it so we had no other choice but to look for somewhere else to camp. But we can't find somewhere else that we found satisfactory enough. So on we decided to just get to get to the next town from where we already were--where it's just a boat ride away to Malapascua.
Malapascua Island was in our shortlist the week that we planned this excursion. But the weather had been kinda unpredictable, we had to scratch it off our list since most of us were not very keen on making the crossing. But last Saturday forced us to make the decision to do just that.
Man oh man.
The island was great! I mean, considering that a major typhoon just passed through the general area a few weeks before destroying a lot of infrastructure (including beach resorts) in its wake, the place was still beautiful. Who doesn't like white sand must be mad. And I'm not! Really, last week's point was to go somewhere with white sand. And we weren't disappointed--with this destination, it's inconceivable. The five-hour bus ride and the thirty-minute boat ride became insignificant compared to the fun that we had there. Not to mention that we had very limited budget--and I didn't bring my ATM with me. But no matter, we had fun fun fun!
The moment we stepped into the island, a storm came in. And not just an ordinary storm, mind you. It was a one heck of a thunderous and lightning-full affair. I just can't bring myself to imagine if that storm hit while we were still out at sea. Scary, scary. And then we got into our impromptu rooms--recommended by the peeps we got our boat ride from. And then we had to prepare dinner...and then the lights went out. Heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and no lights in a strange island--it really seemed like a really bad B movie. Redundant, no? But is there any other? No wait, the only thing that was missing was Jeff Probst!
But then morning came and even though the sky was still a little overcast, I had a feeling that we are going to have a blast the entire time we planned to stay in the beach. And the morning was filled with laughter even though we woke up at five. That was really strange since the usual waking time of the most of of us is nine! Blame it all on adrenaline. But with our stomach full with a hearty breakfast, we headed for the beach with sunblock in tow (of course!). And no sooner than we had an hour's worth of sea-romping that we started on our lunch. Barbecue at the beach--wooh!
I didn 't feel like leaving at midday. But then a plan is a plan. And being there in the budget we were was certainly not going to be fun. Lesson learned--if you wanna go camping, bring lots of money because who knows if you decide to go to an island resort anyway? LOL!
Check out the slide I posted on YouTube from this adventure. Can't wait to get back and soak up more sun!