San Vicente, Palawan: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Days 3 and 4)
|The private beach cove at Caparii|
After breakfast, we headed out to the market in front of Picardal Lodge to buy something for lunch. Our plan was to just laze around the long beach since we felt it was still impossible to go island hopping due to the weather.
Picardal Lodge's location is very strategic, as it is literally a few steps away from the market and the port. It's really an advantage to stay in an inn where everything's within reach, especially in a place like San Vicente. If you'd rather stay somewhere far from the market, you better bring all your food and necessities with you as it's difficult to find a restaurant or a store in some baranggays there.
|The wet market at San Vicente|
Our driver, Kuya Ramil, brought us to Caparii which was about a 15-minute ride from Picardal Lodge. The resort was actually closed due to some renovations but we were allowed to check out the cove by the caretaker.
|Entrance at Caparii|
|Walkway to the private cove|
|Cabanas at the garden|
|Capari's private beach cove|
|Our own version of Survivor photo op =)|
|Beach volleyball, anyone?|
|The waves were still strong at day 3|
|Boyet's property at the long beach|
|Waves at the long beach|
What's fo lunch? Well, irresistible steamed crabs!
|Crabs at Php 130/kilo at the market|
|Fine sands at the long beach|
|The sand is super soft that you can walk barefoot|
|Glen having his highest jumpshot ever!|
We all went inside the van since the beach house's first floor was an open air hall. We decided to leave the place after the rain and the wind subsided. We went back to Picardal Lodge, had coffee, vodka, tequila and everything else in between. That concludes our third day.
September 22, our fourth and last day in San Vicente. We told Kuya Ramil we would leave early so that we have a time allowance in case the roads are not in a good condition. True enough, when we were just a few meters away from Picardal Lodge, our van got stuck in a huge puddle of mud. The ever reliable Kuya Ramil went down to dig the mud and asked for help from the locals. Some of us were asked to go down to make it lighter for them to push van ahead. We were there for about 30 minutes until they finally managed to maneuver the van out of the puddle. That was level 1.
Level 2 was even harder. We were at the foot of Itabiak Road when Kuya Ramil noticed that the mud's getting softer and softer. He parked the van and said he'll walk up to ask for help. Man, he walked up kilometers of wet, sticky mud! We sat beside the road while waiting for him. It took him awhile to return, and when he returned, he removed his sandals that were full of mud sticking on it! We gave him food and drinks and asked him to rest for awhile before driving up. When he finished drinking, he called all of us to get inside the van and he drove us up to the muddy hills. The grader was there, waiting for us, already starting to flatten the road to make it possible for us to pass. Then, Kuya Ramil realized that he left his sandals where we had parked earlier!!! Since it was really muddy and hard to go up and down the hills, he didn't dare go back to get his sandals and drove all the way to Puerto Princesa with bare feet.
|That was our driver Kuya Ramil from afar|
|The grader assisted us throughout Itabiak Road|
|At the foot of Itabiak Road|
Our flight, which was supposed to depart at 8:30 pm, was delayed. It arrived at 8:30 pm, so we were able to board at around 8:45 pm. For the last hurray of unfortunate events -- drum roll -- plane couldn't take off because apparently, a bird got caught inside the plane's engine. We waited for another hour inside the plane and arrived in Manila at little before midnight.
That was our four day epic fail trip to San Vicente. Though we had encountered a lot of unfortunate events during this trip, the beauty of the place, the delicious and affordable seafoods, and the kind and warm people, beckon us to return. San Vicente, wait for us. We will return. The revenge!
We would like to thank Francis Picardal and his staff Lemuel for taking care of us while in San Vicente, Bantay Dagat for rescuing us during our second day, Boyet for welcoming us in his beach house at the long beach, Kuya Ramil for giving your best effort to transport us safely, and to the grader's operator who paved the road for us! Thumbs up to all of you!
And of course, thank you to my friends Uly, Bhey, Glenn, Jen, Tita Lennie, Toni, Tiara, Jonel, and my husband, Efren, for making this trip possible. Babalik tayo, karakaraka!!!
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