As early as 5 in the morning, I was already out in the shores waiting for the rise of the majestic sun. The morning breeze was chilling indeed and the tides had already swallowed my balanced rocks from last night.
My point and shoot however, don't do well in dark shooting. The only remedy for its weakness is a stabilizer, a tripod perhaps. Sadly I don't have one, and my shaky hands can't provide the needed support. Lucky me, I found an empty noodles' cup (made it an improvised tripod). Set my camera facing the east and waited until the sky's color started to change. I was very excited to witness the Poctoy beach sunrise. In 3... 2...1.... the sun has has finally showed up.
|early morning sunrise|
|cute scene, buti biglang may tumakbo|
|rising pa rin|
|beach volleyball is possible here|
|ayan na mataas na yung araw|
|thanks to this, my improvised tripod|
Now that the sun has enlightened the beach of Poctoy, I started exploring its beauty, a beach photowalk. I walked eastward and to my surprise I saw the rocky side of the beach. The rocks vary in size, perfect for another rock balancing activity. So I made one again.
|balanced rocks again, hehe, my work :)|
|rocky shore on the eastern part of the beach|
|dahil trending ang boat shots sa mga beach entry, hindi ako papahuli|
|pebbly shore on the western side|
|corals, shells and a starfish I collected along the shore|
|view of Mt. Malindig|
As I walked further west, I saw again the lively bar last night, this time it's a place of kayak rentals. P150 per hour.
|Kayaks for rent, P150/hr|
|white sand on most part of the Poctoy beach|
|wahaha, kunyare shell collector|
|whatda, bakat yung tshirt ko from yesterday's jeepney topload. nangitim na naman ako ng sobra. Nakalimutan ko na naman may sunblock nga pala akong dala|
|look at the face, he's expressing something|
|beach bumming mode|
|the white sand beach of Poctoy, Torrijos|
Thinking about my trip back to Manila, I was no longer in mood to go swimming. I just slept na lang again under the large beach umbrella.
I slept for more than an hour and I was dry already. When I woke up, I saw the Teodoros kayaking, wow. Nainggit ako bigla pero talagang wala na ako sa mood to get wet again.
|the Teodoros kayaking|
At around 10:30 AM, we're already packing up. Loaded our things into the truck and finally we're back on the road.
|price board, click the image to enlarge|
We reached Sta. Cruz again at around 11:30 AM, I quickly made banlaw (nawala kasi yung tubig sa shower ng Poctoy Beach) and packed my things. I had a lunch first before I finally bid my goodbye to this very nice Teodoro family (nakakalungkot lang dahil wala man lang ako naibigay na token of appreciation).
By 1:30 PM, I hopped inside a shuttle service bound to Balanacan Port stationed in front of the Sta. Cruz church. It was a long road trip to the Port of Balanacan so I slept again during the whole trip.
The Port of Balanacan
When I reached the port at around 2:20 PM, I saw again the same scene I encountered last Thursday at the Lucena Port. Indeed it was the resurrection of the Thursday Madness. From 2 to 4 in the afternoon, I was in the ferry ticket line. Of course, I was not able to catch the 4 o'clock trip, so the ticket I bought was for the 6:00 PM trip (grabe iniisip ko talga kung anong oras ako makakabalik sa Manila, may OJT pa ako ng 8:00 kinabukasan).
After I paid the terminal fee, I went to the docking area. I saw there the Shrine of Biglang-awa, a tall statue of Mama Mary overlooking the whole Balanacan Port. I walked towards its feet, and felt the strong winds blowing on my face.
|chaotic ferry ticket line|
|the Biglang-awa shrine|
|much closer look|
|the Balanacan natural harbor|
|boatmen by the sea|
|oops, babae pala, boatwoman|
Siksikan and tulakan, I still managed to board the ferry, kaya lang standing ovation mode ako. I was on the middle deck, near the railings. The ferry left for Lucena Port at 6:10 PM.
Fast Forward>>> After 4 hours of sailing, feeling the cold evening sea breeze and splashes from the huge waves, with no sitting break (actually nakatulog ako ng nakatayo), I finally reached again the port of Lucena.
I ran towards the buses waiting outside the port, I chose the Lucena Lines bound to Cubao-Kamias. Left for Manila at 10:30
Fast Forward>>> I reached Cubao at around 1:30 AM.
From Cubao I rode a jeep back to my crib, reached my home at around 2 AM, April 25.
End of my Marinduque Adventure.
Summary of expenses
shuttle service Sta. Cruz to Balanacan Port - P90
ferry Balanacan Port to Lucena Port - P221
bus Lucena to Cubao - P220.50
jeep Cubao to home - P14
terminal fee - P12
drink - P30
Total expense for Day 4 = P587.50
Total Expense for the Whole Marinduque Trip = P1,740.50 plus an unforgettable priceless Marinduque Experience
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