Posts Tagged ‘pangasinan


joined a tour group with my office kuya, kuya onion, to see the hundred islands national park last september. i’ve gone there before when i was kid, but i didn’t really appreciate it then due to my bickering old folks, lols. this adventure happened to be kind of peaceful and a happy one.

we arrived at the port in alaminos early in the morning but the sun was already beating down on us… i find that this is typical in pangasinan, or at least it’s similar to what i have experienced in bolinao and infanta. the port isnt packed with merchants any more though, or maybe it was too early…


the water was pretty calm that day, which was a blessing, because i’ve been travelling during crazy weather from the start of the year.


high tide or low tide? the hundred islands range from little stony hills to medium sized ones, with lush vegetation that make them look like they were dusted with matcha powder from a distance.


and of course, the larger islands which are occupied by people… either privately owned or filled with resorts. we docked in some of those large ones and well there were lots of stuff to ogle…


this was actually the last island that we went to, i can’t remember what it was called, but i’d like to discuss it first because it wasn’t as nice as the others. it had a cave… that is sort of being destroyed by tourists and that smelled like urine. but it kind of looked interesting from the outside. this island also had a diving spot, although, you have to watch out from protruding nails from the little bamboo ledge and the huts.


quezon island was a little better, it was kind of pretty with mermaid statues and interesting jars and benches… it was kind of like a messy garden. it also had a creepy statue of president manuel quezon after which the island was named. somehow, the statue seemed alive and i thought it might walk around the island at night.


governor’s island is way better now, there were people selling food, and there were ziplines, even a bridge to virgin island. it had none of those when we stayed when i was younger (my family was trying to kill me… with boredom and hunger before, haha.)


so eun, i’ve had a lot of fun this time around at the park, i did try counting them at one point but gave up when kuya gave me an exasperated look. might come back with family someday when they’re no longer fussy and stressful, hehe.

yun lang.

♥ melai

i wandered around infanta…err… town proper, (for i do not know what baranggay it was) when dad was busy with his business shizznitz. the place is quite small but brimming with relatives, lol.


it hasn’t changed much, except for some new houses… those giant trees have been there for as long as i can remember.


i also remember being hungry and being very bored here when i was younger (neglected, haha). although, we had gorged food most of the time during our visit, care of dad’s bffs, haha. that’s certainly an improvement on the food part although there’s still not much entertainment.


there’s a small elementary school on the other side and uh… more trees, haha.


i could circle the area several times in half an hour, there isn’t a lot to see, but if you happen to drop by infanta during the late afternoon and you’d like some quiet, it’s breezy enough for a short walk.

yun lang.

♥ melai

when i was younger, i used to hate going to infanta, pangasinan… where my dad comes from, there wasn’t anything to see, really. if i didn’t consider the family feuds and just the shallow part… well, the nearest mall was several towns and a city away, the old ancestral house didn’t have a computer, and the people who took care of it didn’t know anything about hosting and making guests comfortable, lol. i remember eating the same dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and at one point the hosts forgot lunch entirely…

so when dad asked me to join him for a visit, i was determined to make better memories… last time i travelled to infanta, i took a bus to sta. cruz, it was the longest bus ride i had and i was alone and it was dark already and that freaked dad so much, i received a million ‘where ka na?’ text messages, haha. this time around, we had bogart (lol, i came up with this funny name), his new car, and dad drives like one of those pros in track races, it was very comfortable. sorry to blab, but it was a huge improvement. we also stayed in one of my aunt’s houses where the keepers are really kind and despite having fish all the time, the food tasted good.

anyhoo, for his hs reunion, we went to one of the beaches in macalang, that’s owned by one of his classmates, (who’s possibly one of our relatives too) i don’t remember her name but i called her auntie grumpy because she has the most pessimistic face that i have ever seen… quite in contrast with the happy place she owns, heto o…


it’s a pretty quiet place, somewhat breezy… and the internet works!  i thought i wouldn’t have any signal at all since we passed several rice paddies to get there but i did! on the other hand, dad’s reunion with his classmates went pretty well. i think i was forced to sing an aerosmith song, bwahaha, and we ate some pretty decent food and drank beer. i met some of his classmates who were either my uncles and aunts or, for the love of kami-sama, my frakkin nephews and nieces, and they’re like twice my age, haha!


sunsets are beautiful in macalang beach, i hope dad i and can visit sometime again soon.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

hello, my name is melai and i write to document the places i’ve been to, the things i’ve seen, and the books i’ve read. sometimes, i also write about food.