Black Saturday at the Beach

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We spent Black Saturday (the day before Easter, in the Roman Catholic tradition) at the Camayan Beach in Subic Bay, Zambales. Our pre-schooler (I used to refer to him as “our toddler” when I write, but boy, time flies so fast) has been asking for a trip to the beach ever since summer ads started showing up on TV, and we had to give in, as a prize for doing good at home and in school.

We chose to just stay not far from Metro Manila for Holy Week 2013, and unfortunately, there aren’t any good beaches within a couple of hours radius of the city. We were thus left with the choices of having a long drive south, to Batangas, or a long drive north, to Bataan, Zambales or La Union. We eventually chose the easiest one to drive to…Subic. It is by no means the nearest, and courtesy of a series of tollways – not exactly the cheapest to get to either. However, there’s something about Subic that makes it a default hang-out spot. There’s not much there to be honest – just a seaport, a couple of small amusement parks with animals,a handful of duty free shops, a few notables restos, and a desolate, underutilized airport. However there’s something that makes the place tick, as I keep coming back to it time and again despite of it having “not much”. The beach itself is good, but not great. There is better sand out there in the rest of the 1,107 islands that make up the Philippines, but it’s quite clean and the water is cool. It also wasn’t as crowded as I feared.

It was my nth time at Subic and I’ve written about it a couple of times before, so I don’t really have much to say anymore. And besides, nothing much has changed in the past couple of years. So I’ll keep this post short, and end it by wishing everyone a fun summer!

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* All photos taken last March 2013, with Panasonic Lumix LX5.

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