A five-hour scenic drive to the northeastern part of manila is the prequel side trip to a beautiful island called “Potipot”. Small boats with no makeshift cover to shield you from the seething sun can sit five people at most and will take you to the white sands of Potipot for a fee of $10 (Php400).
It is a short ride but the excitement at seeing the puny island from shore will make the trip seem longer. When we went there awhile back, there was no fee imposed, only a gentle reminder not to leave trash behind.
I remember that there were quite a number of people sharing the island with us. However, we were blessed to set camp on our small nook far from where they were. It was a rough set-up with nothing but our “sarongs” to lie down on and was shaded with the palms and unfamiliar trees strewn around.
There were big driftwoods scattered as well, and they became good sources of inspiration for capturing the beauty of the island. The kids didn’t bring any gadgets with them, and it was such a joy to see them take pleasure and appreciate what nature offered as a respite from urban distractions.
I am setting my heart at taking this road trip once more with the family and hoping that the Lord will allow us to launch this meaningful journey soon.
Candelaria, Zambales Coordinates: 15° 1′ 0″ N, 120° 6′ 0″ E