What a pleasant surprise!

Shortly before we started preparing for breakfast very early in the morning on the second day of our Holy Week sojourn at Kalanggaman Island, we had an unexpected guest who dropped in.

It was the islet’s resident Black-crowned Night-heron, locally known as “lapay” :)

It was actually not our first meeting.

I first met the Lapay during one of my earlier trips to Kalanggaman. I was told by the islet caretakers that there was originally one pair of the birds bred in captivity and released in the islet by Palompon’s local government personnel. The other bird vanished and only this one stayed around.

Here are photos I took of her during that first encounter May of last year…

 

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Yes, I know I’ve featured Kalanggaman Island several times already but I just can’t help it. ;)

This time, the family together with some friends, spent the Holy Week break there and were joined by the staff of calle Z cafe for their annual summer break.

I sort of had my own “mission” – my own “adventure” – and this was: to try my hand at doing timelapse photography, while vacationing in the island.

Here’s what I came up with…

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At the old Manila Domestic Terminal while awaiting to board my flight back to Tacloban recently, I was annoyed to hear the public announcement of our 4:30PM flight being delayed by about an hour or so.

Shucks! That meant I won’t be able to do some errands later upon arrival.

In moments like this, one can only do so much as to update others waiting for you about the delay, then you wait and kill time.

Cautiously.

Things could get worse. Like your flight being cancelled.

Boarding time came sooner than the announced one-hour delay, and we were up above the clouds in no time.

It was after I dozed off for a couple of minutes when I awoke and took stock of my bearings that I instinctively peeked out of the plane’s window. And lo and behold: I was met with a spectacular visual feast!

Plane delays do have some redeeming moments!

Some times ;)

 

 

 

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Over the years since it opened to the public, the Caluwayan Palm Island Resort has steadily improved its facilities.

Located at Brgy Caluwayan, Marabut, Samar – about an hour’s drive from Tacloban via the San Juanico Bridge – the resort added a beautiful swimming pool and refurbished their cottages and villas.

Last Sunday, March 11, 2012, the resort had the blessing and inauguration of their main hotel wing – a three-storey, beautifully designed building with 15 rooms and a function room at the top floor.

Here’s the official tariff of Caluwayan Palm Island Resort:

Rooms Rates
Open Cottage PhP1,600
Single Superior PhP2,300
Single Deluxe PhP2,500
Superior PhP2,900
Deluxe PhP3,200
Deluxe Suite PhP3,500
Family Room PhP4,500
Beach Villa PhP5,200 (high season); PhP4,200 (off season)
Beach Villa Suite PhP5,900 (high season); PhP4,800 (off season)

Extra person PhP600

High season: Jan 1-12; March 15 – May 31; Oct 1 – Nov 9; Dec 15-31
Breakfast for 2 pax inclusive
All Hotel Rooms are good for 2 pax

For details, contact Leyte Gulf Travel & Tours: (053) 523.7966; 321.7966
email: leytegulf@callezaragosa.com

It’s a great option for vacationers and local residents out for a quick getaway from the city…

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