>March 27-28, 2010: Acapulco Beach, San Fernando, La Union
It was foreseen as an awesome adventure as none of us have been to La Union for a beach outing and we’re all tight on budget to afford getting lost. We even brought our own supplies of canned goods and rice just to have something to munch on.
Supposed meet-up time was 6:00am at Partas Bus Terminal along Gov. Pack Road, and yes, I was late since I’m checking on the cheapest possible resorts online. It was lucky that one of my housemates was from La Union and referred me to her aunt who knows the budget-friendly resorts around.
Student fare’s 75 bucks at Partas. We left the terminal at 10 am and traveled for an hour and a half to San Fernando, La Union. If you’ll be traveling from Baguio like we did, tell the bus conductor to drop you off at the plaza. From there, there’s a bunch of tricycles waiting to take you to Acapulco Beach. Fee’s 10 bucks each, maximum of 3 person per trike so that’ll be 30 bucks when you’re flying solo.
The trike dropped us off directly at the beach, just behind the rented cottages. A mumbling man, as Raffy love to call him, approached us and offered us a cottage fit for like 10-15 people and our own bathroom (minus the toilet) for 300 bucks, 500 if we’re gonna spend overnight. Not bad since there’s the six of us paying and the beach’s free.
By afternoon, we’ve realized that the food we’ve brought – several cans of tuna and sardines, a casserole of rice, and two loaves of bread – won’t be enough to last us overnight with 3 additional people coming. Since we still have enough cash, we decided to hit the public market.
Again, we took the trike without any idea where on earth is the public market. We were like, “okay, Mr. Trike driver, take us to the market wherever that is.” It seems like the standard price for the trike is 10 bucks each since the market seems quite farther than the terminal we were dropped off that morning.
Sorry, no pics except for Uno’s photo-op with eggs but San Fernando’s Public Market is probably the most awesome market around. The place is unbelievably clean, even the fish stalls, and everyone’s friendly and accommodating. I guess it helped a lot that Jyx and Raffy are fluent in Ilocano, they were able to get us discounts and make us look less-tourists. :P
We got back just in time to catch some awesome sunset, though not as awesome as those in Manila Bay since some clouds got in the way. But hey, it still looks great.
After a delicious dinner of grilled milkfish, red eggs, and canned sardines, we set out to start our bonfire. It took us quite a while since I think none of us have done it before. Then came the mallows, the roasted mallows that melt in your mouth, and some gin and beer.