I'd love to visit Samar again. I've only been there once, and I loved it! My sisters and I spent about a week there 3 years ago, and it was one of the greatest trips I've ever had.
Upon arrival in Calbayog, we dropped off our things at our grandmother's house in Gandara and went straight to the Blanca Aurora Falls.
|Blanca Aurora Falls (left side)|
|Blanca Aurora Falls (right side)|
|a local kid jumping from the waterfalls|
The next day, we went to San Antonio in Northen Samar. It was quite far from our grandmother's house; it took us a long jeepney ride, a pedicab ride, and a boat ride to get to the island, but it was all worth it. The beach was exquisite; it reminded me of Laiya and Anilao.
|the beach reminded me of Laiya|
|the clear waters reminded me of Anilao|
That night, we had dinner by the beach, under the starry sky. And in the morning, we were greeted with a beach-front view of the sunrise.
|sunrise on San Antonio|
Upon leaving Northern Samar, we headed south towards Leyte to see San Juanico Bridge, the longest bridge in the country.
|the bridge that connects Samar and Leyte|
|it spans over 2km|
After our tour of Tacloban, we went back to Gandara, Samar to take a break from our "busy schedule".
The rest of our trip was spent resting, hanging out with other relatives in the area, and visiting the farm.
We took a bangka ride along Gandara River to get to the farm. In the farm, we hung out at this hut where we had coconuts and played with the chicks. We also got acquainted with the carabao, whose name I have forgotten, and with the farmers who were talking to us in Waray like we can understand them (well, thanks to context clues, we sort of can).
Our last day in Samar was brief as it was our flight back home. On our plane ride back to Manila, the pilot announced that we were passing by Mt. Mayon in Albay.
|Mayon Volcano, as seen from our plane|
Apparently, there are more places to see in Samar. I can't wait to return; hopefully during fiesta! Hope you guys could also visit and enjoy Samar! :)