#TeamIya Fortune Island Frolic

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Grecian arts have highly influenced the global culture and are adapted by many countries. Greece is famous in ancient architecture including the pillars of Acropolis, from which Fortune Island got its inspiration.

Located 8.7 miles off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas, Fortune Island is known to its Grecian-inspired structure and inviting cream sand beach, a perfect spot to unwind and escape from chaotic city life.

It was April 9, 2016 when our team went to Fortune Island, of course to relax and relieve ourselves from stress.

DAY 1

We rode a provincial bus (DLTB) at Buendia, Makati (Bus fare is Php 160). It was 2:30AM when we left for Fortune Island. The travel took almost 4 hours, quite enough time to sleep and gain strength.
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We alighted at Jollibee Nasugbu. Upon disembarking, some of us went to the market to buy raw food and other things that we would need in the island.
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Prior to this trip, we chartered a ferryman to bring us to Fortune Island itself. We agreed to pay Php 4,000 (discounted) for two-way trip. If you don’t know someone, there are lots of ferrymen at Nasugbu whom you can hire. The rate normally ranges from Php 4,500 to Php 5,500 for two-way trip. We also paid Php 400 each for landing fee (Quite expensive, but let’s see where this amount would bring us.)

We had to ride a tricycle (Fare is Php 10 each) to reach Baybay (Port where you can ride a boat.). There, we embarked on the boat to bring us to the island.
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The travel going to the island was somewhat shaky due to huge waves, and to get rid of the motion, we took the opportunity to rest. According to the ferryman, the best time to visit the island is from the month of January to May because the waves are higher the in the remaining months.
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Fortune Island stands mightily.

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After an hour, we safely reached the island. Everyone of us was surprised by its crystal clear water and inviting semi-fine cream sand. The weather that time was very hot and (heat of the) sun was scorching; hence we immediately looked for a shaded part (to stay).
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When we found one, we settled our stuff, put up our tents, and prepared our lunch.

Setting expectation:
● No cottage (we brought tents and sleeping bags)
● No tap water supply (We bought few gallons of drinking water prior to coming.)
● No functional toilet
● No merchandise
● No electricity

The island is an abandoned resort formerly owned by the former governor of Batangas, Antonio Leviste, and now being managed by a Korean. The aura provides a settings of a world a la “Survivor”, the reality show of which I am an avid fan. Whenever I watch it, I imagine myself as one of the castaways in the island. Here, I was able to somehow experience it. Fortune island is a perfect place for camping, too.
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There she goes, preparing for her special dish, adobo with love.

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Sing along while waiting for the food to be readied.

All set! Everyone was very hungry that time. Lunch just got better by doing the traditional way of eating food during festivals, the boodle fight.
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For cowboys only.

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Happily positive people are gifts.

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After taking our alfresco lunch, we readied ourselves to dip into the tempting water of Fortune Island.
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Its shoreline that offered different views is long. There were parts that are rocky under the water (Be extra careful), and there were parts with fine sand. It’s best to bring a snorkeling set, so you can enjoy the under water attractions of the island (fishes and corals).
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We went back to our camp after enjoying our delightful time in the water. We washed up with a very limited amount of water (2 Liters per person). I don’t know how we were able to manage that (because but we had to, otherwise, we would ran out of water and nothing to use the next day.) but we did.

We took our dinner at about 7:30PM (chicken, sinigang na bangus and pork). Since there was no electricity, we used a torch as a source of light.

Given the fact that the island is perfect for camping, we didn’t let the opportunity to create a bonfire to pass. While some were preparing for dinner, a teammate and I went out to gather twigs and dried leaves for fire. We lit them up on the sand, away from our camp to avoid accident.
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We knew already that bonfire is allowed in the island, that’s why we brought lots of mallows for s’mores. Thumbs up!
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The entire time was filled with laughter.

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The weather is cold during night time in the island. The wind blew wherever it wished. We laid down and stargazed, but some of us fell asleep on the sand.

As soon as our fire went off, and we didn’t have any twigs to burn, we came back to our camp to continue resting. I opted to use my sleeping bag and lie down under the starry sky, rather than spending the rest of the night inside the tent. Truly, it was an awesome experience. I did enjoy it, though it was a bit inconvenience.

DAY 2

I woke up early (5:30AM) to witness the stupefying sunrise in the island. The rising sun did not fail to amaze me with its dramatic motion.
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Witnessing its picturesqueness from afar.

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After taking our breakfast (coffee, rice, fish and chicken), we went to the beach anew to dip and swim in the water. This was also the time that we visited the Grecian pillars at the top of the island. We spent lots of time taking selfies and groupies in that place. It was quite frightening because the ruins were built near the brink. The pathway was very narrow, which means any wrong move could make you fall; but don’t worry, deep water will catch you, though. LOL.
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We could have done better, guys. Haha

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Aside from alluring beach, Grecian pillars and light house, one of the attractions in the island is the cliff jumping/diving. There was a certain spot for adventure seekers to jump over the cliff of approximately 20 meters high down into the water of about 40 feet deep. Scary, right?

Well, perhaps, this was my best experience in this island to jump my ass over the cliff without any floating device with me. This wasn’t my first time to do it; I did it in Hundred Islands, but that was way different from this one. The previous one was safer (life vest) and shorter (approx 7 meters).

It took me a tons of courage to jump over. There was no official lifeguard to save me in case of emergency (I don’t know how to swim), and I knew that I might die if I would do it (I just said to myself, if I die, so be it.). Nonetheless, I still did with so much bravery. It was an achievement unlocked for me. There, I was able to discover something about myself; It somehow proved my prowess and valor.
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Finding courage really takes time.

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Since I was able to surmount the first attempt, I did it once more.

After the show (haha :D), we went to the beach again to take a final dip. We had to keep our time updated because we had to leave the island at 12PM, otherwise, we would be needing to stay in the island for one more night.
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Take nothing but pictures.

We came back to our camp to pack up. We did not wash up prior to leaving; we opted to take a shower at Nasugbu since we ran out of tap water.

Our experience in the island was very worthwhile. I’ll come back to this place if there will be anothet chance.
“I SURVIVED FORTUNE ISLAND”

I believe that nature is God’s blatant demonstration of love and passion to us. Therefore, if nature astounds you, remember that God is loving you.
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O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small.
Psalm 104:24-25

BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES:
● 160.00 Bus (DLTB) from Buendia terminal to Nasugbu.
● 10.00 Tricycle from Jollibee Nasugbu to Baybay.
● 4,000 to 5,000 Two-way boat transfer. (overnight stay is higher)
● 400.00 Landing fee
Fees and prices are based on the time of writing.

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