The Unadulterated Paradise Called Bulalacao (Part 2)
While we spent our first day in Bulalacao sleeping and mastering the art of doing nothing (thanks to the soulful sound of the waves that served as our natural iPod for the time being), our second day was full of exhilarating activities that include braving waves of the Bulalacao Bay and surviving the challenging trail to Talon Falls.
We woke up early to the sound of the pouring rain, had a warm cup of coffee while waiting for our breakfast, which consists of garlic rice, eggs, and lamayo (a local half-dried fish). Service at the South Drive Grill and Homestay was impeccable. All the staff were efficient, fast, and friendly.
At first, we thought it would be impossible for us to go even to one island, as the rain poured non-stop and the skies remained grey and gloomy. Thank God, the sun peeked into the clouds minutes after we finished our breakfast, and so Tita Ching, our host, called the boatman right away to schedule a trip to Aslom Island.
|Lamayo, fried rice, and egg|
Since we went to Bulalacao during the southwest monsoon season, our journey to Aslom Island was not an easy one. The small boat, which can fit two plus a boatman, was banging the waves like crazy. It even rained hard with zero visibility halfway to Aslom Island. I actually panicked, and I even asked him to pullover somewhere near. But he said the rain would clear soon, and true enough, it did! And when I opened my eyes, we were already approaching the beautiful island of Aslom.
|See those waves?|
The island is privately owned and in fact, the owner has started building rooms on it. Our boatman says it might be ready by next summer.
You can enjoy beach bumming, trekking, and tennis here. There's also view deck that commands an unhampered view of the nearby Target and Silad islands. Aslom Island also has twin beaches: the sandbar and one on the other side of the island facing Silad and Target.
|Footprints in the sand|
|Our teeny weeny boat|
|Mangroves on Aslom Island|
|The second cove on Aslom Island|
|A view of the second cove from Aslom Island's natural view deck|
Talon Falls is about 30 minutes away by car from South Drive Grill in Tulali Beach, and another two-hour trek, back and forth. You may also take a habal-habal (single motorcycle for hire) to go to the falls' jumpoff point in Brgy. Bagong Sikat.
The trek indeed looked easy...if it didn't rain hard that day. It was muddy and slippery when we trekked the trail, so we had no choice but to remove our flipflops for us to maneuver better. It was really hard and challenging, so unless it's summer, don't risk it. Safety first, right? Good thing though that three of Tita Ching's staff and a local from Brgy. Bagong Sikat were with us. They really made sure we're safe while trekking. They're the best!
|The marker to the jumpoff point|
|We had to cross flowing rivers...|
|and this. Let the photo speak for itself|
|Our view from our room|
|In Bangkal, waiting for our boat. On the foreground is Suguicay Island|
|Mangroves in Bangkal|
|Approaching Buyayao Island|
|Buyayao Island's shoreline|
|From Buyayao Island, we could see several private coves across, of which, one was Tita Ching's|
|Under the sea!|
|Tita Ching's cove|
|Is that a floating bar? =)|
It was already dark when we arrived at South Drive Grill. We freshened up and packed our things as we were headed back to San Jose. Our flight was early the following day so we had to stay a night in San Jose. Good thing, there are still vans and buses that go to San Jose from Bulalacao even if it's a bit late already.
In San Jose, we stayed at the Mindoro Plaza Hotel, which has rooms for less than a thousand bucks, airconditioned.
|Our room in Mindoro Plaza Hotel|
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Tulali, Maujao, Oriental Mindoro
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