Alighting from our vehicle, Cape Bolinao Lighthouse stood towering from afar, partially covered by the surrounding canopies and occasionally dotted by broken sun rays. Seeing her for the first time like that gave me a magnificent feeling, one that could leave you speechless for several minutes. With the sea breeze coming from the east, I took a deep breathe and began my walk around her girth, mesmerized and still unwillingly, blinking my eyes, not wanting her sight to disappear in front of me. I have to do it so as to realize that she was real and not just a dream.
|Cape Bolinao Lighthouse – built in 1903, this towering structure is still in use as of today|
I know I sound sappy, but then what emotion could you not help but associate when you are at the sea. After our quick tour around the lighthouse, my friend Chie and I were finally at Abrac Beach in Brgy. Patar. I have read several travel bloggers write about this secret beach here in Bolinao. Kinda curious what is it with this beach, I searched over the net and got attracted to its almost powdery-white sand and alluring waves. Kissing the shoreline, inviting you to take a dip just for a while.
|Fresh from a swim!|
Chie and I enjoyed the late afternoon walking along its sandy shore and taking occasional photographs of the sunset, of the sea, and of course, ourselves. This beach is now my second favorite after Boracay (you are still the best!)
After the long night trip we took (travel to Bolinao takes about 5 hours from Victory Liner Cubao bus station at P 432 per person), we were longing to rest our tired backs in the little nipa hut we rented for the night. At P 800, this can get cheaper if there are more of you staying, dividing the fee among yourselves. For interested vacationers, you may contact Kuya Benjie Sarte at +639108366257. Hut rates start at P 800 per night during off-peak season and could go to as much at P 3000 during peak season. There is no limit to the number of persons staying. Basic beddings were provided for us: two pillows and two blankets. Fans are no longer needed since you will be lulled to sleep by the fresh air coming from the sea, though an electric fan is found at the terrace. Bathrooms are located at the far side of the area. It says P10 for a shower but no one was really asking for our payment after taking several baths during our stay. Upon arrival in Bolinao, we had our early morning snack at Adorra’s restaurant located not far from St. James the Great Parish church, then we had our brunch at La Parola Restaurant right in Brgy. Patar. La Parola is just about a 3-minute walk from Abrac Beach.
|Adorra’s restaurant is open 24 hours|
|Kuya Ronnie, owner of La Parola Restaurant|
|Open from 7 AM to 8 PM|
|St. James the Great Parish Church|
Kuya Rowell, our trike tour guide. If you are coming to Bolinao, rates starts at P800.00. You may also check out Josiah Sicad’s website for a much more detailed Bolinao itinerary. You can also contact other drivers he was able to encounter during his trip.
Before proceeding to the lighthouse and Abrac Beach, we had a side tour to one of the three caves in Bolinao. We visited Enchanted Cave. At P50 per head, you can enter the cave and take some photos. For those who would like to swim, entrance fee is at P 70 per head. The other two caves we did not get to visit are Wonderful Cave and Cindy’s Cave.
By mid-morning, my eyes were already drooping because of lack of sleep the other night. I hesitantly told Chie I need to catch some Zzzzss so I can wake up later that afternoon to take a swim. It was kind of hot during noon-time and nearby guests decided to do their own version of a Valentine’s day concert. Hearing the crashing of the waves, I could no longer resist her invite so after a few yawns and warm-ups, I donned on my two-piece swimwear and headed on for a walk.We met Dada Macusi, a mountaineer associated with Calatagan Art Gallery. Sensing we share the same passion, he quickly spilled he loves all about the outdoors. I am seeing a trip with this cool guy in the future. Dada was the one who introduced us the to the beautiful ladies we saw not far from our hut. Spell gorgeous if you may, their skin the color of caramel, we could see them lying on the beach. Both are beautiful and oozing with sex appeal, but the other one strongly reminds me of Beyonce with her curly locks, round brown eyes and vava-voom body! (Yes, I am in love with her, I mean with the beach) 😀
|L-R: Me, Charisse, Natasha and Chie|
Upon talking to them, our dream of sleeping that night in our warm bed instantly vanished (bye-bye bed). The girls are from the ******* **** and they are longing for a comfortable sleep just for that night. They won the **** and this was their *****. :-D. I know, I know, but you will know when it’s time to know.
They stayed with us for the night. The hospitable Filipinos became evident in Chie and me. We offered our room, served them free dinner, chatted with them, attended to their little needs. We were glad we had them as company. They talked about their present experience, the difference between our countries and their lives back home. Their English was really good (they are from the Netherlands) so chatting with them was easy as A-B-C. However, sensing that they were pretty beat, we told them they could already turn in since they will have a long day ahead. Chie and I slept in my tent which we set up right beside their room. We did not expect this so we did not have thick blankets to protect us from the cold but still we managed to steal a few hours sleep. We need to wake the girls up at 5:30 in the morning. Before parting with them, we had a short breakfast and took one last shot together.
|With Dada Macusi of Calatagan Art Gallery|
That night Chie and I laid down on our mat by the shore and did star gazing for the first time again in years. The last one we did was when we were at Superferry 19 back in 2007 on our way to Manila from Bacolod City. The heavens were simply mesmerizing. I was wondering how old the starlight I were actually seeing. I know from some reading that the lights coming from the stars we see could be millions of light years old. Yes, they are that old because of the distance they travel. So we were actually seeing a part of the past in the present! Ain’t that the coolest thought?
Bolinao’s laid-back vibe got into my heart and soul. Even though we have not stayed for more than two days, I knew at the back of my mind that I will definitely come back here in the not so far future. Doing nothing. Beach. Bum. Bolinao.