After reading that being in nature is a scientifically proven way to get reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being, I went to a private and unplugged beach (no amenities except for toilets) to “re-center” since I had fallen away from my good habits the last few months.
Here is the view from my tent:
So while E went to her yearly Holy Week Baguio trip with her cousins, Kuya B, Crikee (our mini Schnauzer) and I went to the nearest palengke bought food for the next 3ish days and 2 nights. Dinner was tilapia, salmon, bangus. Melon for breakfast and singkamas for snacks. There is no food for sale at the beach (unless you order ahead of time) except for cup noodles and some forlorn can of sardines. No cold water either but lots of cold beer. Go figure.
Kuya B dropped us off at the port and we arrived at the beach around 6pm. There was little daylight left, but thankfully Ate D packed the rechargeable light so I went about pitching my tent while Crikee cased the area.
Our boatman, Jan Jan, was very professional. He helped carry my stuff to the campsite and start the charcoal grill. He was waiting for his father to come back with the boat so I asked him to have some tilapia with me and we talked for a bit.
In my solo travels, I like to have short conversations with locals or tour guides and then be by myself most of the time. Jan jan was very personable and a cheery dinner companion. He gave me tips on where to pitch my tent (look out for ants!) and how to start a fire quickly (get some ga-as from your local mangingisda).
Here is our dinner (sorry for the bad picture, it was super dark!):
Had lots of books to read but only managed to sleep the whole of Thursday on the beach. I only moved from time to time when the sun was getting too hot. So no, I didn’t read a lot.
Did you notice that the head is still fresh looking (i.e. very uncooked) while the body is oh so burnt? Lesson learned: in grilling, placement is everything.
The leaf was my pamaypay to keep the coals going. Maybe I fanned the coals too much that’s why the fish got burned. Oh well.
It looked and tasted alright though, post neck. Btw, do fish have necks?
In the late afternoon Crikee and I explored the area. She was greeted warmly by the other beachgoers. Then we went home around lunch the next day to beat the rush.
Very thankful for the restful and much needed break. Definitely a hashtag blessed situation. #blessed
Where I went: Playa De Caleta (you can order food ahead of time but I didn’t want to risk not bringing food with me since it was packed during the Holy Week)
How much I spent:
Pitching tent fee: 300/night *2 = P600
Rent for the Grill: 200/night*2 = P400
Private boat transfer rental (I didn’t want to hassle anyone since I had a dog with me): P1,800/roundtrip. A per head charge is P200
Food at the Bagac Public Market: about P1200 (due to panic buying obviously – I had leftover fruits, vegetables and fish)
Tips, Gas, and Toll: about P1200
You’ll definitely save a lot of money if you (1) share your boat ride and land transportation costs (or take public transit) and (2) do not panic buy.
How was your Holy Week weekend?