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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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February 3, 2009

finding my way back to osmeña (dasol, pangasinan)


My trip to Cagbalete island was canceled due to the fickle weather in Quezon province (its facing the Pacific Ocean, east side of Luzon). But another one quickly opened up, a group of friends wanted to go to Tambobong beach (on Pangasinan's west coast), they've asked me to take them there for the longest time. (Btw, Tambobong was split into two barangays: Tambobong and Osmeña. However some folks still refer to the beach front in Osmeña as Tambobong beach).

It was a long drive, we left Manila at around midnight and drove north to Pangasinan via Tarlac. The road is well paved until we reached the town of Burgos in Pangasinan. There are two roads to Tambobong/Osmeña: one is via Dasol - about 20km of extremely rough road, the other one is via Burgos - about 25km of narrow partly cemented road. I opted to go via the latter, and boy did I wish I had that GPS! Although I am familiar with the route, navigating the dusty backroads at night was a bit different. I can't see the landmarks and twice we took the wrong fork. The "misadventure" was enough to put every one on alert mode :).

We reach the fishing village just before dawn, just in time to see the first rays of the day. The rest tried to catch up on their sleep (I was awake for 24 hours already by the time we reached Osmeña), but two of us decided to head down to the beach and quickly got to work :).

Sunrise Shooter
Sunrise shooter

The beautiful hues of the dawn were enough of a reward for the long trip.

Rosy Morning
a nice way to start the day

The sky was clear, indicating we will have a fine day ahead of us. The tones and colors intensified just before the sun popped out of the horizon.

Goooooood Morning!
sunrise banca

The hues of red, pink, and magenta were gone within a few minutes after the sun rose. The "magic hour" is really just a couple of minutes.

We headed back to our host's house after we had our takes. Time to unpack stuff and cook breakfast. We still have a long day ahead of us, and snorkeling is hard work. :)
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Photo Cache said...

really wonderful shot and so close to my hometown.

thanks for sharing this.

my entry is at www.ewok1993.wordpress.com

the donG said...

amazing photos allan. i like the last photo the most. sayang yung cagbalete natin. makakapunta din ako dun.

Skies said...

This is an awesome place to be. Your dawn photos are also great. Thanks for sharing this part of the world. I'd like to be there too. :)

chrome3d said...

Those were really magic moments. Yes, sleep later if you have this kind of scenes to catch!

sheng said...

Ang galing, grabe, I got goosebumps seeing the pictures of the rising sun. Makes me want to kneel and thank God for granting us new days!

Marites said...

goodness, each time I come here..i see jawdropping pictures. I love them!! what's your camera again? And who's the silhouetted guy?

Jenn said...

Gorgeous indeed! Love the colors! It pays to be up early no? Or in your case not sleep. :-) So how was the snorkeling? Are there places to stay?

MysLykeMeeh said...

That was really refreshing--loved it! I miss the sunrise--honest!

Louise said...

This is truly beautiful. The richness of color in the last photo takes my breath away!

Jack and Joann said...

Hi there! I wanted to let you know that Jack and I just finished a week's cruise to the Caribbean and all the waiter/waitresses on this Italian ship were from the Phillipines. They all were very efficient and nice servers. We enjoyed talking with them about their jobs on the cruise ship and about their families back home in the Phillipines.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Oh my these are stunning shots and well worth the long journey!

Lantaw said...

Photo Cache, Thanks! From what town ka?

Dom, Salamat bro, I plan natin ulit, mukhang OK na ang weather

Skies, Thank you! Visit Philippines if you have the chance to.

chrome3d, Yes sleep later, or wake up real early :). Thanks!

Sheng, Each new dawn is a gift nga, and we can see it if we just wake up early :)

Marites, Thank you! I use a Nikon D50, the guy's my shooting buddy. You can see his photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/buboy1/

Jenn, Yup it pays to wake up early :). Snorkelling was great! We went to this place:

http://lantaw.blogspot.com/2008/04/balinmanok-wreck-dasol-pangasinan.html

There are no resorts there so you have to bring a tent.

MysLykeMeeh, Thanks! Wake up early :D

Louise, Glad you liked the photo!

Jack and Joann, I'm glad to hear that, visit Philippines and get more of the Filipino hospitality

Sarah, It was all worth it indeed! Watch out for more photos :)

Sidney said...

Those are awesome pictures... you really got the magical light of early morning.
BEAUTIFUL !

Skies said...

Lantaw, I'm now back in the Philippines. And I'm catching up with little things around.

With regards to your question about going to the cave, you have to ask permission from Basey Municipal's office, ask around where to get the permit, you have to pay a little amount. Then maybe you can just hire a vehicle to bring you to the riverdock to hire a banca for 400.

A mistake we had is, we didn't go to the Municipal's office, the cave guides asked for more than what we should be paying, asking for many additional charges. What more can we do?

I'm going to ask around in the city if you want more info about caves in Samar, there are lots of them there. As what I've read you in your blog, you may want to drive to Quezon Province way to Sorsogon and take the ferry from Matnog crossing to Allen, Samar.

Namaste~

Lantaw said...

Skies Thanks for the tips! I didn't realize you are a kababayan :)

fortuitous faery said...

wow, they're all postcard-perfect! :)

Lantaw said...

fortuitous faery, Maraming salamat! Watch out for more soon :)

Lawstude said...

ang ganda naman ng kuha mo bro. ang dalas ko sa pangasinan pero i have never heard of this part yet. i will definitely check out the place next time.

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Lantaw said...

Oman, Do check it out bro. Ganda dun, pristine beaches, no tourists. Thanks!

vanny said...

wow. u really captured the nice start of the day! =)

btw, i chnaged my blog. follow me at
http://lifeisfullofbeaches.com/

pacgange link na lang po! thanks!

lagal[og] said...

beautiful shots bai, lalo na yung sunrise banca. certainly worth the getting lost moments :D

Lantaw said...

ey Vanny! Nice new blog. Thanks for the update.

Kakapagod bai Oggie, pero sulit pag ganyan ang mornings mo :)

Anonymous said...

hello, help naman, panu i-commute from Manila to Matabang Beach Resort, Osmena, Dasol?

Lantaw said...

Anonymous, sent the reply to your email address :)

diamonddust13 said...

Hi. Same question din po. How to to Matabang Beach Resort from Manila pag commute? Thanks

diamonddust13 said...

Hi. Same question po. How to go to tambobong via commute? thanks in avance

Lantaw said...

@diamonddust13, Take a bus to Alaminos, then a jeep to Dasol. From Dasol market there are tricycles and jeeps that can take you to Tambobong

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