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Postcards from Pangasinan

I went to Alaminos City, Pangasinan earlier this month with a couple of colleagues. It was a weekday vacation of firsts since, one, even though my father's family is originally from Pangasinan (Santa Barbara to be exact), I've never visited Hundred Islands. I've never been to this part of town. And second, it was the first time I got to interact with this certain group of people from work! I've been employed under this company for almost 4 years now, and to be honest, there are still a few who I haven't had the chance to talk to. Hahaha.

Here are a few photos I took during the trip:

Arrived at Alaminos City early Monday morning and we were surrounded by all these blue! Warm day break, blue skies, blue waters, colorful boats! What a beautiful sight to wake up to.

Banca operators prepping for today's business. This is the dock for small boats used in island hopping, and there's a separate one for fishing. Spot the boat named Trisha!

The busy intersection near the jetty. You can find all sorts of souvenirs and food here at cheaper prices.

We spent our first day at Bolo Beach. It's the most tranquil sea I've ever been to. No waves whatsoever the entire afternoon we were there. Here's a kid that dug a hole and kept on leaping inside of it. He had so much fun.

I've made another canine friend at Alaminos! Here's Nemo (the dog) making his usual dip in the sea. So cute he even looked back at me as I was taking photos.

Even though we're definitely no strangers to each other, I don't get to interact with them as much as I want to because they're from a different shift. But was glad to tag along this trip and get along with everyone!

Island hopping time! While others opted to try the zipline, Joy and I crossed this floating bridge from Governor's Island to Virgin Island. Looks easy? We were so wrong. The pontoon was continuously moving because of the little waves so we ended looking like drunk people rambling just to make it through the pathway. Totally reminded us of something out of Takeshi's Castle. Hahaha.

The view from the jetty at dawn. There were more blues and periwinkles and tangerines. We woke up early to catch the sunrise.

The sun peeking through the mountains and trying to shine even though there's an overcast. A sunrise is one of the most satisfying things to see. I hope to be back soon.