Tuesday, 19 May 2015

10 Great Reasons to Visit Potipot Island

Often called as the "Little Boracay of the north"? But nahh, Potipot has its own identity.  Let me give you just 10 reasons to visit this island.

1)  5 to 10 minutes boat ride from the mainland.  Scared of treacherous boat rides? Well fret not!
Potato from the mainland shore of Uacon, Candelaria Zambales
I took the above photo from the mainland. You will spend P400 for a round trip boat ride to the island.  It is roughly around 1 km from the mainland shore, napakalapit!

Entrance to the island is not free though, you have to pay P100 per head, we paid P50 each for the kids for day trip and P300 per head for overnight stay.  Just a tip, if you want to enjoy this place more, then avoid the weekends! We literally enjoyed the whole island with just 2 other groups.

2) Accommodations are available for a fee or for free.

For overnight stay they have these well maintained nipa huts "kubo" available for P1,500 a night good for 5 to 10 pax.

Or if you want free accommodation, then bring your own tent.

3) You can tour the whole island in 20 to 30 minutes! Make sure to bring fresh batteries for your camera, a lot of photo ops along the way!

So what do you think,  am I a model material or what? hahaha!! =))

4) Trees are everywhere to give you shade!

5) Secured, clean and well maintained island.  They have caretakers, at least we know that the entrance fee is well worth it. And you will feel secured too that there are local people there manning the place.

6) Soft and white powdery sand 

7) Pristine water

8) Good and safe swimming area

9) Close encounter with nature. Well, you'll never know what else you can encounter in the wild!

10) Location! It is just 5 to 7 hours from Manila, 2 to 3 hours from Olongapo and Dagupan.

How to get there:

If commuting, take the Victory liner bus going to Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Ask the conductor to drop you off at Brgy. Uacon, then take a tricycle from there to Dawal Beach Resort, you can rent a boat from there.  

If via private car from Manila, take the North Expressway and SCTEX towards SBMA. Exit at Kalaklan gate then head towards Candelaria. Continue along the National Road while keeping an eye for the signs. Look for  Dawal Beach Resort then rent a boat from the resort going to Potipot.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Saddest Word, Goodbye

When God calls our children
to dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometimes question
the wisdon of His love.

For no heartache compares with,
the death of one small child.
Who does so much to make our world,
seem so wonderful and mild.

Perhaps God tires of calling
the aged to His fold.
So He picks a rosebud
before it can grow old.

God knows how much we need them,
and so He takes but few.
To make the land of heaven
more beautiful to view.

Believing this is difficult
still somehow we must try.
The saddest word mankind knows
will always be Good-bye.

So when a little child departs,
we who are left behind,
Must realize God loves children.
Angels Are Hard To Find!!

Author unknown 

The way I feel

They say there is a reason,
They say that time will heal,
But neither time nor reason,
Will change the way I feel,

No-one knows the heartache,
That lies behind my smile,
No-one knows how many times,
I have broken down and cried,

I want to tell you something,
So there won't be any doubt,
You're so wonderful to think of,
But so hard to be without.

~Author Unknown

I’ll Lend you a Child

I will lend you, for a little time,
A child of mine, he said.
For you to love the while she lives,
And mourn for when she’s dead.

It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or three.
But will you, till I call her back,
Take care of her for Me?

She’ll bring her charms to gladden you,
And should her stay be brief.
You’ll have her lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the wide world over,
In search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes
I have selected you.

Now will you give her all your love,
Nor think the labour vain.
Nor hate me when I come
To take her home again?

I fancied that I heard them say,
‘Dear Lord, Thy will be done!’
For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we’ll run.

We’ll shelter her with tenderness,
We’ll love her while we may,
And for happiness we’ve known,
Forever grateful stay.

But should the angels call for her,
Much sooner than we planned.
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.

by Edgar Guest

Part of me

I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. 
I thought about you yesterday and the day before that too. 
I think of you in silence. I often say your name. 
But all I have are memories and your picture in a frame. 

Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part. 
God has you in His keeping. I have you in my heart. 
I shed tears for what might have been. A million times I've cried. 
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. 

In life I loved you dearly. In death I love you still. 
In my heart you hold a place no one can ever fill. 
It broke my heart to lose you but you didn't go alone 
for part of me went with you, the day God took you home. 

~Author Unknown

Photos taken at Sabangan, Lingayen Pangasinan

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