Our summer was indeed very busy, with excursions and outings weekly. Yui was really sunburned but it sure was fun to be in the water. One of the places that we’ve been was The Pacific Recreation Kamp (The PaRK) at Real, Quezon. It was hubby’s company summer outing and his teammates are frequent visitors of the place, being surfing enthusiasts. The PaRK is popular for surfers since there are nice waves that they can truly enjoy.
Our road trip from Libis, Quezon City to Real, Quezon took about 3 hrs and we passed by the famous Bitukang Manok, which is a very long road with too much sharp curves it will make you dizzy. Good thing hubby drives carefully that we didn’t feel too nauseous along the way. If we were riding a bus, I would have felt reaaaaaly bad! :p
Arriving at The PaRK, you will see this neat graffiti wall with PSA on it, which, I assume stands for Philippine Surfing Academy.
Even though the place is mainly for surfing, we still made the most of our stay there and enjoyed the other things that they offer. In their vast lawn, there are chairs made from recycled car tires and a play house that kept the little one entertained.
The guys also had fun playing basketball and lawn bowls. It was the first time that I saw those lawn bowls and I thought at first that it was just a game invented by the owner since they have a huge lawn to play with. Apparently, it really is a sport popular in the UK and other parts of the world.
The team bought (very cheap) fish, squid and liempo from the nearby market which they grilled there while the others are busy exploring the resort. We had a very filling lunch with all those grilled food goodness, some hotdogs and lots of rice! Yummy! One of the good things about the resort too is the discipline that the guests have. Upon our arrival, the owner welcomed us and informed us of the rules of the resort – which is to throw trash in the proper bins and do not feed the dogs. That’s why the place is really in tip top shape.
Of course our main goal is the beach and surfing! We had fun playing with pebbles along the Tignoan River and some walked along the low tides of the Pacific Ocean. One of the great things about The PaRK is that it is located along an estuary – where the Tignoan River meets the Pacific Ocean.
This is the side of the Tignoan River.
And the Pacific Ocean side. You can just sit around and gaze upon the vastness of the ocean or walk hand in hand with your special someone during the low tide
Going to the surfing area, you have to cross the estuary. It is chest-deep but the current can make it difficult to cross. We had to ride a banca to cross that small stretch because Yui was scared of the fast-moving current.
The group had a short crash course of surfing since most of them are first timers. It was fun to see them enjoying the waves even though most of them wasn’t able to stand on the board :p
It was a short but sweet stay at The PaRK and hopefully we will be come back someday – with Yui surfing with us.