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Lezz Go Island Hopping! (rate is 500php only).
It’s still cloudy in the afternoon but as we sail, the rain didn’t fall. I’m very excited to see the 3 islands I saw in Ambot Ah‘s blog. There were 3 that was featured but there were still more small islands nearby that we can check out. I also referred to the itinerary he posted in his blog. Unfortunately, we’re not able to follow it as it is. But it was a lot of help! (Thank you!)
Along the way, Mang Sonny is telling us bits of information on the islands we see. One of them is an island owned by Edu Manzano’s family. Yes, you heard it right. Not just a beach resort but the whole island itself! Enormously rich eh?!
30 minutes of smooth sail had passed and we reached Tambalisa Island. This is commonly mistaken with Pan de Azucar. Pan de Azucar is the name of the mountain situated in Tambalisa.
Unlike in Sandbar, the sand is fine and fairer in this island. There are houses near the shore where a number of boats are docked.
Knowing that it’s very near the shore, I thought she can’t catch a single fish – she proved me wrong then.
I asked if I can help her out but more than 20 minutes passed but no luck came my way. If I wasn’t living in a mountainous area, I’ll definitely master this craft. 🙂
Mang Sonny showed us a rest house owned by one of former President Gloria Arroyo’s cabinet members. It’s the only rest house you can find in the island.
The weather is just getting better and the sun shows up from the clouds. It’s time to beach bum! We’re all ready to take a swim..
But hep.. hep.. before we dive into the water, Mang Sonny asked us to see Hampangan Rock – a small mountain just a few meters uphill. He promised us that it’s going to take us a few minutes. He doesn’t want us to miss seeing it. And so we go.. 🙂
Along the way, we met friendly and chatty locals and asked for directions on how to get there. They said the mountain will give us a perfect view of Tambalisa and nearby islands.
After 15 minutes of brief walking, we saw the mountain. I didn’t expect Mang Sonny to be as adventurous and extreme as a kid. He didn’t follow the right path up the mountain but instead, went over the twigs and started climbing right away! (talk about excitement + adrenalin rush hehe) Without wearing any climbing gears on (but only bottle of pepsi at hand), we have no choice but to follow. . *sign of the cross*.. I never felt frightened until I saw how high we already were. I shouldn’t have turned my head back. lol
We rested for a while, drunk the remaining drops of Pepsi (free advertising… hehe) and I didn’t even think of continuing the climb. But, they’re all going so there, I reached the top!
We just spent a few minutes at the top because it started to rain – weird weather.. And we began our trek down.
Along the way, Mang Sonny told me that it was his first time to climb the mountain. He spent all his life in Sandbar and just heard Hampangan Rock from stories of his childhood friends. This explains the excitement and the smile painted all over his face. At that point, I felt a jerk in my heart (honestly). Being a part of someone else’s memorable adventure is priceless. I won’t forget this as well.
Before we head back to Sandbar, we took our time to swim – finally! The goggles has found their use.. hehe We decided not to visit other islands because we still have a 3-hour land travel going back to the city and another 30 minutes going to the airport.
At noon time, the sand hit high. Look.
At noon I thought the rains will delay our departure. Good thing, it only poured for a few minutes. We’re going back to the city to catch our flight at 7PM!
Nami ang stay namin sa Iloilo! (hope I got that right!.. hehe)
P.S. Before our flight take off, I received a text that there’s an ongoing earthquake in Manila. I was extremely worried that time. Thank God, when we arrived it wasn’t as bad as I thought.