Tag: Subic

Subic, Zambales

I remembered my trip to Subic about five years ago with my friends. I was a backseat passenger at that time so I did not get to enjoy the ride that much. On the way home from White Rock Beach Resort, we stopped by Samson Road to grab some lunch. Back then, Subic was a favorite weekend getaway and was sort of glitzy, it was like being some place else. Last weekend, we drove up north to visit Subic again, this time around I was with my family. Since I had the best seat, that is the passenger seat up front, I became the designated navigator cum tourista during most part of the ride. I was surprised at how fast the drive up north is now via SCTEX. During the whole 1.5 hours that we had to travel along SCTEX, I was wide awake because I was entertained by the fantastic view. We were literally cruisin’.


I like how Subic has maintained it’s peace and order after the Americans left. Security and checkpoints are still very much in place as well as the honest to goodness traffic enforcers and cops.
Waterfront Road

I love love the beach, so the sight of Subic’s sand and sea last weekend excited me to no end. It was quite refreshing seeing and being in the beach again after 10 months of slavework.;)The beach was, what can I say, picture perfecty.:)
Lighthouse Marina

sand and sea (yipee)

sand, sea and love
In a nutshell, Subic is still as beautiful and clean as ever, but then it looks lonely to me now. It has lost it’s old world charm. Even the duty free shops from the outside looked abandoned. Gone are the cheerful Americans talking animatedly, the cheery signs along shop windows, and the upbeat character of the place. It has a melancholic feel somehow. Even the night life seems to be put on. But then, there’s hope for a great comeback for Subic, what with the many things it has to offer such as Zoobic Safari and Ocean Adventures. I am sure eventually business will pick up. I am crossing my fingers for Subic:)

Ocean Adventure

Last weekend, my family and I made a roadtrip to Subic for a much needed R & R. We left Manila early to avoid the heavy traffic in EDSA so we arrive just before 10 am in Subic. Since I am not a good navigator and bad with maps, we took a wrong turn, so we decided to just go ahead and follow the road that points to Ocean Adventure. We thought, what the heck, we’re there already, might as well check out what Subic has to offer. I’ve always wanted to see the dolphins anyway. We arrived at Ocean Adventure just in time for the first show which is set at 11:00. We went right ahead to Eco Theatre for the Walk in the Wild Show. It is basically a show that teaches some basic forest survival skills and sort of a show and tell of some of their trained animals:

This show is okay except that it is very much like the animal show in Night Safari, Singapore. Even the gimmickery like the snake gone lost and was found under one of the chairs is the same. For me it is sorely lacking in originality. I will give this a 3/5.
After this, we proceeded to the Seaside Theatre for The Adventures of Olangapo Jones Show. This is one is about the story of Olangapo Jones who are out hunting the Basura boys (who did some mean tricks using the trampoline), with the help of his two dolphin friends.

This show is for the kids. I have to hand it to the Basura Boys, they really left the audience spellbound with their trampoline skills. The guy playing Olongapo Jones though appears to lack the energy and seemed to be too tired from the heat. He looks like he’s just going through the motions and needed some boost up. Overall this is a 4/5.
The next show in El Caritan Theatre is something that I was really looking forward to, The Dolphin Friends Show.

dolphins showing that they can indeed walk on water

playing dolphins
giving his trainer the ride of his life

giving his trainer a big boost so he can fly

there goes my dolphins

The dolphin trainers truly love their job, it shows in the way they handle the dolphins and speak about the dolphins. And what can I say, the dolphins are simply adorable. I never took my eyes off them lest I miss some of their smart moves and tricks. This show is definitely a 5/5.
Overall, Ocean Adventure is worth the drive. My family and I enjoyed it very much, and the view of the bay down there is simply amazing too.:)