Since we’ve been here before (same time last year to be exact), I really didn’t bring my camera gear anymore because I didn’t really see myself taking pictures this time around. So I just brought my handy waterproof Canon D10, and my Nikon D90 “just in case”. True enough, I hardly took pictures, because we were too busy being like kids. So if you want to see photos of the awesome resort, just search for “Calicoan” on the search bar of my blog, and it’ll show you links to the 3 posts I did same time last year. It was a very simple, low-stress weekend. We practically spent 3 days soaking either under the sun or in the salt water pool.
We also spent whatever time we had out of the water, wolfing down platefuls of sinful delights like crispy pata. We stayed there for 3 days, and for 3 lunches straight, we feasted on one of the best, if not THE best crispy pata we’ve ever tasted. The balat was thin and crispy to the bite, quickly breaking down into juicy morsels with every nibble. Of course we always ordered veggies or fish with it to justify the culinary orgy we partook of. It was food porn, I tell you!
We also tried out surfing, and unexpectedly we found it quite easy to stand. We all got the hang of it on the second or third try. Maybe the background we have on wakeboarding made it a little easier to learn. The waves were small, so our instructors said it was the perfect size for beginners like us. Surprisingly, the hardest part was not finding our balance, but paddling far to where the waves were breaking. It’s much harder than you’d expect! By the time I paddled far enough to catch a wave, I was totally exhausted and out of breath. I’m just glad I tried it this time around, since we skipped the surfing part the last time we were here.
Like I said, for the most part, we just fooled around like kids. We’ve never quite behaved like this before, just having fun, not thinking of anything except relaxing and laughing and making fools of ourselves. To give you an idea, here are some samples of MANY pics we took goofing around:
All in all it was one of the most fun vacations we’ve ever had. It was inevitable that we’d get the blues coming home, given that it was so much fun, and it was way too short. As it was, we had to swap with the Playtime Girls to be able to maximize our stay there. So after 3 wonderful days, we come home recharged, armed with wicked tans and memories to last a lifetime.
(the famed San Juanico bridge linking Leyte and Samar, where Dante Varona notoriously jumped off)