Sometimes all a girl really needs is a carefree weekend spent away from the city with nothing but a few friends to keep her company.
I went on a trip to Cagbalete with a few of the boyfriend’s friends last weekend, in an attempt to unwind. For the record, I’m still pretty amazed at all the beach trips I’ve had for this year, considering I used to be a self-professed beach hater. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just deathly afraid of the sea and all its mystery. But maybe that’s how Cagba was able to charm me. The waves were at low tide during our trip, which meant more sand and less moments to freak out. Thank You, God, for Cagba because I honestly don’t think I’ve been out that far in the ocean before.
Here’s a tip: When riding a boat from the port to the beach, it’s best to decline offers from strangers (especially little kids) who’d offer to help you carry your bags – that is, of course, unless you’re fine with swarms of open hands asking for tips for their services. That’s just my personal opinion though. I’m all for charity, but somehow, being bombarded the moment I step on the ground is something I’d rather do without. Plus, I’m a little too cautious when it comes to strangers handling my things.
It took a bit of a walk from the drop off point to our resort, but it’s all good! The cheery hellos that welcomed us as we walked past the houses of the residents were enough to put us in a good mood, amidst the heat of the noonday sun.
Pansacola beach resort.
My dad attempted to make me laugh by saying that I should tell my boyfriend (who’s currently in Pensacola, Florida) that I was in the area.
We had a delicious spread for lunch during our first day. Once we saw the plates of sinfully delicious crispy pata, squid, and tuna with seaweed placed on the table, we knew we were in for a feast.
Had the best heart-to-heart conversations with Zin and Chay. <3 Ever since Vergs left for the US Navy last April, I’ve been catching up with them over 3-hour long dinners and juicy iMessage and Viber convos. I’ve never really been close with girl friends of a boyfriend before, but Zin and Chay sure are an exception!
Spending time with Vergs’ friends made me miss him a lot, so I posted a little something on Instagram for him to see. :)
We hired a private boat to take us back to Mauban and I’ve realized that I’m slowly trying to eradicate my fear of the sea – albeit at a turtle’s pace. I switched seats with Earl, who was sitting in the front with Chay, and loved every wave that crashed against our boat. My shorts and sunnies were damp with seawater, but I had no complaints whatsoever!
After having lunch at Kitoy’s grandmother’s house in Mauban, we stopped over at a restaurant known for their Tamis Anghang pancit and Halo-Halo.
Honestly, I couldn’t help but feel like such a glutton during this trip. I just kept stuffing myself silly with platters of delicious food! I don’t regret it for a second though. And that coming from someone as weight conscious as me says something.
All in all, my weekend was – as cliche as it may sound – one for the books. After working in advertising for more than a year, I think a mandatory out of town trip should be scheduled quarterly, in order to maintain my sanity. Either that or a strict 4x a week gym session to keep the endorphins coming in.
It was great getting to bond with Vergs’ friends as well. It’s one of the things that remind me to be grateful, despite the struggles of an LDR. :)