Zambales: Puerto del Mar & The Day After :)

Puerto del Mar’s Native Hut (Php1000/night, non-peak season)

After our *exciting* boat ride to Potipot Island (LOL), we were only too happy to be led to our cottage. The occupants checked out early, thank goodness. My body was screaming for a shower & a nap XD

Inside our humble abode:

(L) The very basic but clean bathroom; and it has a shower! (R) Two double beds, with 2 pillows/2 blankets for each of us ๐Ÿ˜€

The beds were comfy, the linens clean. My only (slight) complaint is that, since the roof and interiors are made of native materials, there are bugs and random bits of stuff constantly falling on the beds ๐Ÿ˜ฆ A mosquito net for each bed would be an improvement. In any case, I’ll make sure to bring my own net next time ๐Ÿ™‚

The shower (oh, bliss!) was strong enough, but the flow was rather erratic. If you’re in a hurry, just use the faucet and pail+dipper. Also, the water drains rather slowly through a hole in the wall, so turn off the water while you’re soaping/shampooing to give the water time to drain.

For lunch, we had Bread Pan with Century Tuna spread, and soda w/ice kindly provided in a pitcher by Nanay Flora. Then we both lay down and fell asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach ๐Ÿ™‚

It was already getting dark when we woke up, so we hurriedly bought more soda and ice from Nanay, then set up our portable stove on the bench on the veranda:

Pasta boiling on our portable stove. Please note that cooking is prohibited in the rooms. I dunno if the rule applies to the veranda, but no one scolded us (the place was deserted as we were the only guests, and I think everyone went home except Nanay Flora, who had retreated into her little house-slash-store as it was raining hard). Also, there’s a Php30/person/day corkage fee when you bring in your own food.

After about half an hour (maybe a bit less), we drained the pasta and topped it with cubed Spam & kungpao sauce in a pouch:

Kungpao/Spam pasta, sliced Spam & ice-cold soda in plastic cups from our last Pizza Hut delivery XD (Recycle & reuse! :D)

After dinner & washing up, we retired to bed with our phones and iPad. If I hadn’t been constantly brushing dead/live bugs from my bed I would have fallen asleep earlier LOL…eventually I got tired of it and just pulled the blanket over my head XD

We woke up early the next morning, with the waves crashing down on the beach a few meters from our veranda. Sarap! ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast of champions ๐Ÿ˜›

After breakfast, we packed our things, tidied up the cottage, put our trash in the trash bin outside, then walked around a bit taking pics:

Baby TP at the beach ๐Ÿ™‚

After paying our bill at the office, we bade goodbye to Nanay Flora & Kuya Manny, and promised we’d be back ๐Ÿ™‚ They had a trike waiting for us, but we politely declined, as we wanted to walk to the highway. We’d taken a different route the day before and wanted to see the river road ๐Ÿ™‚

Puerto del Mar
Bgy. Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales

  • Patrick Collantes (09174093230 / 09291966360)
  • Manny Eclarinal (09195016395)
  • Ronald Pangan (09183170478 / 09324038864)
  • Flora Pangan (09207087296)

On our way to the highway:

This is the turn off the highway that you need to take to get to Puerto del Mar (see the sign?). If you want to get off directly here from the Sta.Cruz bus, you could, but I don’t recommend walking here in the dark because the walk is really long and has far less houses than the street to Dawal. You could get off at Petron and take a trike to the resort instead, but be prepared to pay a rather pricey rate as it is pretty far. This is also where you can catch a bus/jeep to Sta.Cruz.

After reaching the highway, we waited for a bus or jeep to Sta. Cruz. We figured it was better to catch a bus at the Victory Liner terminal instead of taking our chances on the highway. Besides, it was starting to get hot and I didn’t look forward to riding in a non-aircon bus all the way back to Manila (or even to Olongapo) :/

We waited about 20 minutes, then caught a jeep to Sta. Cruz (Php13 each). The trip takes about 30 minutes. Be sure to tell the driver to drop you off at the Victory Liner terminal; a lot of the passengers alight at the market proper, and it’s still a long way off from the terminal.

We were too late for the Caloocan bus, so we took the Sampaloc-bound bus instead. Fare is Php456/each (we got off at Balintawak, and got a cab to Mindanao Avenue from there).

And that ends our Potipot adventure ๐Ÿ™‚ Next time, we’ll try to actually camp on the island, since we still have our vouchers hehehe. (Though to be honest, I’m looking for people to give them away to, as I REALLY did not like those restrooms :/ But don’t tell hubby, sssshhhh LOL)

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