So October last year, our ninang Malou and ninong Ronald (who are very adventurous :D) invited us to come with them for a weekend trip to Burias, Masbate, courtesy of GoRon Adventures. Rae and I were like, okay, sure. Why not? It had been a while since our last trip anywhere. I think. XD We were going to Korea next month, but local travel? Well, we had been sorely lacking in that department. And had we heard about Burias before? Nope. I had been to Masbate once, but that was it.
We booked our slots on the trip, and then we found out that we should bring our own sleeping bag, as well as lunch for the first day. So since we both have never gone camping before, we were kind of clueless as to what would happen to us on our trip, yay. XD And because we were going to “rough it”, and be near lots of seawater, I decided to not bring my work cameras, and just brought along my old, trusty Nikon D90, with a semi-damaged 20mm lens. XD It has scratches and stuff. I was like, eh, I’ll just shoot RAW and edit. Haha.
The start of the route to Masbate would be an overnight roadtrip from Makati to Quezon. Actually, it amazed me that we could go all the way to Masbate from Quezon. I was like, isn’t Masbate in Visayas? Cool. But I digress. We all met up at the Shell gas station near the Ayala MRT station along EDSA, and that was when we met Ron, the head of GoRon and our overall guide for the duration of the trip. We piled into the van, and we were off! After a looooong (8 hours at least) journey, and a stopover, we finally arrived. We had breakfast (thanks Ninong Ronald!), and then, off to the actual start, which meant an island hopping adventure. Well, go check out the photos. 😀 Some of them have captions, so you have a general idea of the story of this adventure. Hehe. Again, this is not going to be the typical travel blog thing, because like I said in my post of my Vietnam travels, it’s more of photos of things I found interesting while on this adventure. And I didn’t pay attention to the names of the islands we went to either. Yes, I was just living the moment. XD
So, before I continue… yes, you have to go camping. I immediately am not recommending this trip to people who don’t want to rough it. You’d have to sleep on the hard sand. Yeah, that means if you have major back issues, I wouldn’t recommend this trip at all. XD Unless you have like a pillow or something. We had sleeping bags, but it was still hard. We probably would have achieved better sleep options And for bathrooms, there are bathrooms there, but it is manual flush. For bathroom use, I think we had to pay 10/20 pesos, and then the local kids there (who speak in a mix of Bicolano and Bisaya) will haul water from the sea for flushing purposes.
Also, in base camp, there’s no signal, so even if you are loaded with gadgets and powerbanks, you won’t be able to immediately post photos. XD So yeah, this is recommended if you are looking to get away from it all, but not recommended if your job is the kind that you are needed all the time… unless you took a leave or something.
I forgot if we had electricity… I think we didn’t have, so make sure everything is charged the night before.
So, back to the trip!
Yes, I jumped from the cliff, but no pictures. It’s really hard to not have a waterproof and weather sealed camera with you. XD
We got back to home base around dinner time, where Ron and his team prepared a freaking FEAST for us. While he and his team were doing that, we all took the chance to get a shower. I think it was another P20 per head, because the kids had to haul in fresh water. I don’t know where they got that. XD
After eating, we talked a bit, then slept. For breakfast the next day, and lunch, more FEASTS. I definitely recommend GoRon Adventures for the food alone! 😀
I don’t have photos of day 2 anymore, because on the second day, it was all wet. Haha. I didn’t have an underwater casing for my camera (still don’t XD), so, well, no more pictures. Sadness. Made me wish for a GoPro that time, but oh well, sometimes, you just have to stop taking photos and just live in the moment. XD
Anyway, after our last stop, we headed back to the port of San Andres. For our showering needs, locals in the port brought us to various houses, and we paid P50(?) per head to wash the sea water from our bodies and heads. XD Then it was back to Makati, in another 8 hour or so journey. Thankfully, it was a Sunday, so aside from the one stopover for dinner (yay, Jollibee), it was a very fast trip.
Overall, the experience was, well, a great experience. Some things I didn’t like or cared much for was the van we rode, because it was cramped and had no legroom for people seated on the second and third row. It was a chore just trying to relax and fall asleep on the road trip. Same goes for the boats, because the seats are literally just wooden planks, and there was also no leg room. Thankfully, I was able to find a better position on the second day. It wouldn’t be a problem for short trips, but the locations were like, I dunno, hours apart from one another, so it wasn’t really comfortable. Rae and I literally kissed our bed when we got back home. Like, you know, oh thank God, something soft to lie on!
But yeah, anyway, aside from that, everything else was great. Ron and his team were very helpful and professional, and had no problems taking photos of us and for us. He even shared the photos to us on the way back to Manila. And like I mentioned, the food was great, and the sights were definitely worth seeing. It made me wish I could go back and have a shoot in those places. XD And I am looking forward to going on another adventure with Ron’s team. Hopefully, Kalinga soon. 😀
Thanks ninong Ronald and ninang Malou for bringing us along! Hope to have many more adventures with you guys soon! 😀