Because I pushed my luck and went to Catubig (meaning I spent additional Php200 on RT van fare), I don’t have a choice but to sleep on my hammock on my last night in Northern Samar.
Story: If I remember it right my wallet contains less than Php500, I think is exactly Php461 on my 4th day in Samar (reminds me of my BORACAY – LAGUNA survival trip last year). I need to survive on this budget until I get home to Manila then to Los Banos. Calculating my chances and my money and the risk involved, I did pursue the trip to Catubig even if it means I need to find a place to set up my hammock. UEP White Beach seems a probable candidate for another hammock-hanging adventure.
Tweet: “Budget is depleted. My accommodation? Hammock by the sea here at UEP white beach. Manila bound tomorrow.”
From Catubig I get off at UEP White Beach. I planned to stay at one of the kiosk for the night but then I learned that they close at 7pm. Oh oh!!! Damn, I have a BIG problem.
What I did was to walk along the beach (its already 7:30pm and man, its so freakin’ dark) until I found some kind of a resort being built near the UEP White Beach. I looked for the caretaker but found no one. So I decided to set up my hammock there, quite scary as I can be found dead anytime but that is what adventure calls me to do. And the price I pay for going to the Forgotten Town of Catubig.
I finally found my sleep around 9pm, awoke at 11pm (quite afraid) and then again at 1:00am, after that I was able to find a deep sleep until I woke up around 4:30am, fixed my stuff and then went back to UEP White Beach to take a bath. I know this is prohibited but I already asked for sorry when the security guards saw me. What an adventure!
Do I have to say that I was mistaken to be a member of NPA (they are looking for me last night and was surprise when I told them I slept somewhere). I told them, I’m trying to write a book about traveling the Philippines on a Budget and I don’t have money to pay for accommodation. I then showed them my ID and my plane ticket. Was I afraid? NO! I was jumping inside for I was successful with my Northern Samar adventure. Laveeeet!
That’s it! Next post will be a summary of everything (IT IS HELPFUL, promise) and my EXPENSES.
Secrets of Northern Samar is a series of blog posts that encourages intrepid travelers to try the out-of-the-usual-tourist-trail. This happened last February 2011, one of the no-plans-whatsoever trips I made. I have a ticket to Catarman and I just said to myself, go and let’s see what’s in it for me… So I found these: