Tuesday, June 22, 2010
it's not unusual for me to wake up as early as 4:30am when i'm traveling. there's just two reasons why. one to see the beautiful sunrise and two to see the locals doing their usual early morning routine. during my first trip in the island, i opened the idea to the group of them joining me to climb a hill and capture the early morning rays. quite a surprise that five out of seven made a yes.it was so dark that we can't find a way up the hill that i wanted to climb. we had to change our route moving towards the village. from there, one local who was up that early showed us a way up to another hill.this time there's a path up which made us pursue even more. but as we were going up one hill, another hill comes into view. nobody gave up since we've been walking for an hour already. a great view of the sunset can be ahead of us. we crossed path with some cows, carabaos and a tree full of crows. what a surprise to see no houses on these hills. either the hills is owned by someone or it's just that it's too far from the central village.just as we reach the peak of one hill, again another hill comes into view yet it still hides the view of the rising sun. one thing that kept us from walking was the beautiful grassy hills. we were like in Gulugod hill in Batangas. from one of the peaks, a great view of Mangkawayan village, Tinaga island's central village. located opposite shoreline of Mahabang Buhangin. from here, we can feel that there's one last hill to trek for a peek of the sun.we went farther up and reached the peak just in time for the sun's display of its rays. took a lot of silhouette jump shots and took a time seeing the sea that connects to Pacific ocean. more beach shorelines can be viewed from there. next to the beaches... i should say that the hills of this island gives it a great character. which simply meant that there's more to explore in Calaguas beyond beautiful beaches.