Tondol Beach – Part 1
Tiny and Oyet on the beach.
February 25-26, 2012
This is my long overdue post on the wonderful time we had in Tondol Beach Pangasinan.
Tondol Beach is in Anda, Pangasinan. Anda is called the mother of the Hundred Islands in Alaminos since it is an big island separated from mainland Luzon by a River and is only a few kilometers west of the famed islets. It is probably bigger than all the hundred islands combined.
I’ve read in some blogs that Anda offers the best beach that the province of Pangasinan has to offer. I’ve initially set on a trip to Patar Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan but after seeing how Tondol Beach looks in google maps (kilometers of exposed white sand), I decided to plan the trip to Anda instead.
With my trusty and ever kaladkarin companions, we set out to Anda, Pangasinan. Joining us for this trip is Ellidel (Eman’s friend) and her companions. We did several research on how to get to Anda as it is not a famous town and information on the web is rather paltry.
Another sunset shot.
Going to Tondol entails riding a bus to Alaminos, Pangasinan (which took us about 4 hours due to traffic), a jeepney ride to the town of Anda (about an hour) and hiring a tricycle to Anda Beach (30 minutes or so). On our arrival in Alaminos, we had lunch and bought food and other supplies in CSI Warehouse Supermarket.
Instead of riding the public jeepney to Anda, we just hired one to take us to the town of Anda and bring us directly to Tondol Beach. (There were tricycle drivers asking us to hire them to bring us to Tondol but it is too far for a tricycle).
Our color coordinated tents.
On arriving in Tondol Beach, there is a minimal entrance fee (P10 or P20 per person). Ellidel and her companions looked for a room to rent while the six of us pitched our tents (we like roughing it). Oyet and I have the same model of tent (Apexus tadpole) while Jem and Badz have just bought an Apexus Halcon tent of the same but darker hue.
My first intentionally skewed landscape shot (sunset).
Similar to previous trips, Jem and Badz are our cooks with Jason, Oyet and Tiny helping out while I bum around. They cooked afritada and some other dish I can’t remember.
Mardi Gras vodka schnapps (left) and our shot glass (right).
Jason and I are supposed to share a tent but since it was hot and humid, he decided to sleep on the cottage while I snore my way into the morning inside the tent.
While they are cooking breakfast, I decided to go to the other side of the beach (the side opposite the rising sun) and take my photos there.
What wonderful light!
Early Morning Calm.
My picture taken by Tiny. I won’t let her forget this since the horizon is not level!
Breakfast includes fried rice, scrambled eggs (one with tomato and another without), tinapa (smoked fish), Mah-Ling (chinese meat loaf) and salted eggs.
After our breakfast, we decided to hire a boat to go to Tanduyong Island and Cory Island.