Day 4 My Birthday!
A sad surprise, it was raining mad outside. We weren't able to hike Mt. Tapyas. It was really raining hard & I remembered the calm sea the night before, "it's the calm before the storm". The flights were cancelled. Thinking of what to do that gloomy morning, we just enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes. I didn't intend to spend the whole day in the hotel room, so even the weather is weird, Ma'am Cinch and I pushed through with the island hopping. Besides we are already used to that activity.
We first went to CYC Island; we weren't the only crazy people there. There's also another group. It's nice to bathe in the sea with rough rain but they say it causes allergies. The sea water is warm but the raindrops are harsh when they hit sun burnt skin.
We went to Beach 91, a small beach cove. It's a beautiful one, like your own personal beach & it is more beautiful during summer time. We bathe for a long time. The bottom half of the water is warm and the upper half is totally freezing due to the non-stop rain. It’s our first time to experience that.
For lunch, we enjoyed a very simple birthday buffet of bread, liver spread, polvoron & Coke. I always wanted to do new stuff on my birthday, so I can't just sit around. Ma'am Cinch told me that my addiction to beaches has gone deeper, but still she's supports me with it. Our hands are all wrinkled up.
The next beach is Atwayan Beach, it is not under your typical Coron Island hopping list. It's a nice spot, secretly located behind some islets. All day we were drenched cold so we wanted to go to the hot spring again. Our boatman Rodel is also fun to talk with; he told us some information on Coron.
Before heading to the hot spring, he took us to Siete Picados again. There they harvested some sea urchins for us to taste. The other boatman just dived right in with his net. Rodel shook the net to get rid of the sharp spikes. They peeled of the cover & threw it to the sea where fish came to surface to feed on the shells. But before we got the urchins, we first got permission from the caretaker. It's ok because sea urchins damage parts of the marine life there & posts danger to the divers. They took the Urchins’ meat and put some vinegar on it. Again it was a first for both of us. It tasted ok having a creamy & sandy texture at the same time. It was also a good thing that we were tucked in the between the islets, a sudden storm came and it was unsafe if we were in the open water. We had to wait for it to subside.
The boatmen took us again to Maquinit Hot Spring. All day we looked forward to it, because it was so cold, the rain never stopped. I wish we could stay there longer. It's warm and comfy. We can even see the hot spring steaming. On our way back, the sea was really rough & looks scary but I didn't feel scared at all. Maybe it was the addiction kicking in. At least we reached Seadive safely.
Bye Coron, July 28
The next day, good thing our flight wasn’t cancelled. The almost 5 days of vacation was too long for me. I missed working. Hehe. I need to get back to reality.
I enjoyed traveling with my friends, I love sharing with them the beautiful places. I remember, we were always laughing at Teff because from time to time she would burst out saying, “ Ang ganda talaga ng Pilipinas”(The Philippines is really beautiful). I can’t blame her. When you are in the places like this, you won’t hesitate to voice out your feelings with such admiration. I also remember on my first time here, I described the place to be enchanting. And I think it’s true, anyone who visits this group of islands will forever be enchanted by it’s natural beauty.
Next time, when we’ll visit Calamianes, it would be in the hot summer days, & we will be venturing out further North, but we won’t forget Culion, my friends weren’t lucky to see the historical island. It’s a case of too many islands, so little time.
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