Zambales Trip: Morning Jog in Nagsasa Cove

Despite sleeping early after our cookout and campout in Nagsasa Cove, I still woke up late. I must’ve been exhausted at the time because my mind aimlessly wandered on trivial things I could’ve just worried about later on – going back to the office in a couple of days and thinking about my pending freelance tasks that were way overdue.

My eyes were fixated on the view from inside the tent and I didn’t want to get up. But the sun motioned me to step out.

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales
February 20, 2011

jogging nagsasa
who wouldn’t want a sight like this when jogging?
photo by Doi

I got out and saw my companions already taking photos of the beautiful Nagsasa scenery. Footprints were already present indicating how people have also awoken from slumber, taking advantage of the sand that was washed away by the previous night’s tide.

I used to wake up early even without an alarm to remind me. But it was too late to whine; besides, Nagsasa still holds its charm due to its stillness.

nagsasa landscape

nagsasa cove

Morning Jog in Nagsasa Cove

Wearing my sweatshirt to fight off the morning chill, I decided to jog while I waited for the sun’s rays to creep out from the mountain range. With a view like this, who wouldn’t want to stop time?

After a few laps (just wanted to call it laps so I would feel like such a runner, haha), I quit the physical activity. I found out I was still limping from the fall in Anawangin the previous day so I decided to stop the absurdity of feeling “athletic”.

photo by Doi

I went back to the tent, brought out my camera and started shooting. Pine trees were still present and although there were already a number of people around, the place was still big enough to safely say that you can have a section all to yourself.

nagsasa cove
pine trees

cove nagsasa photo
still water

Panoramic View of Nagsasa

Streaks of cirrus clouds adorned the landscape and I couldn’t contain myself from admiring the panoramic view of the location. The weather was definitely on our side during this day – something I was truly grateful for.

Click the photos for a larger view.

nagsasa panorama view

cove nagsasa view
Nagsasa Cove in Zambales

2-Year Wait

It was through a friend’s Facebook album where I first had a glimpse of Nagsasa Cove. It was 2 years ago when I wondered if I could even reach this destination at all. When I finally did this year, it makes me realize that so long as we keep a mental thought of something we want, we can definitely achieve it. This trip to Nagsasa surely didn’t disappoint me.

nagsasa cove zambales
people and photo ops

I came back from the stroll with food already prepared. I thank Teresa for taking the lead and ensuring that we were well-taken care of. We were to continue our trip to Capones Island where another adventure awaited us. Breakfast was definitely needed to keep ourselves full.

breakfast nagsasa
breakfast served!


We were able to stay on budget with this trip. So I’ve been thinking about preparing for other travels and adventures that are well within my range. I’ve been saving a lot these days in order to replenish funds that were depleted because of these travels. I even stayed away from airline promo websites so I wouldn’t be tempted to book out of impulse. But thinking about rewarding myself in the process, I’ve thought about searching for cheap holidays to Turkey so I can go out of a country and experience another place and their way of living. I just have to keep on saving in order to get out the soonest time possible.

failed headstand
a failed headstand –  used a tripod but 15 seconds was too long. haha

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26 thoughts on “Zambales Trip: Morning Jog in Nagsasa Cove”

  1. The landscape is not typical Pinas. There's just something Pacific Northwest about pine trees on the beach. Oh, and no worries about the failed headstand. It looks more appropriate for the serene scene. 🙂

  2. wow, everything seemed so inviting! Ive been to Zambales like 5 times in different spots but never been to Nagsasa Cove. My plans in the future is to trek Pundaquit mountain, rest in Anawangin, Cove hopping to Nagsasa, Talisayin and Silaguin coves and Climb up Mt. Cinco Picos… I wish magkasya ang 2 days! ambisyoso na ako nito!

  3. @pinaytraveljunkie: haha, mabuti na rin at isang pack ang binili namin na hotdog kasi ginutom kami nung nag Capones na. hehe.

    @pack up and drift: parang wallpaper tapos yung mga tao, parang cinut-out at pinaste lang. hehe

    @renevic: haha, balik  ka sa Nagsasa renevic! hehe.

    @AJ: that's what makes these places really charming. haha, next time, I'll post the headstand once I finish my 'tips and things to know' about Zambales 😀

    @Dee Quixotic: grabe, naka 5 times ka na. sounds like a plan ah! good luck with it! I'm sure it will be worth it pag nagawa mo! 😀

    @lakwatsera de primera: haha, naman sa TJ hotdogs. random photo lang sana, di ko alam na maraming magkocomment. haha! 😀

  4. I love the 2nd pic! It looks like a picture scene from a Narnia movie with all the scenic view of sand, mountain and sky view of Nagsasa cove. Even the whips of clouds in the sky seems to be icing of the whole picture!

    Then, the paronamic shots are all gorgeous! You capture the whole beauty of Nagsasa Cove! How do you do that? It's all perfect scenic shot!

  5. sha ikaw na ang may photo album sa gilid. hahah!  Nice one. 
    Ang ganda ng mga landscapes na yan. Wala pa rin pinagbago.. Malborong Malboro pa rin ang dating. Kabayo't kalabaw na lang kulang. Natutukso ako sa SLR. hahaha! nakakainis. Anyway, na-miss ko ang jogging bigla. Buti ka pa active active-an.

  6. "so long as we keep a mental thought of something we want, we can definitely achieve it." — yes ed damang dama kita dyan! haha.
    Iba talaga ang ganda ng Zambales coves!

  7. kahit malapit na ang Zambales, hindi ko pa rin mapuntahan tong mga sikat na coves, as I can remember, anawangin-nagsasa-capones ang isa sa mga unang blog posts na nabasa ko…
    pero may isa pa akong napansin.. hindi ako nakakakain ng hotdogs tuwing breakfast pag on the road ako.. I wonder why?.. makapag stock up nga.. hehe 😛
    na miss ko tong blog mo Ed 🙂 ngayon lang ulit nakapag blog hop..

  8. @mervz: thanks for sharing your story about Nagsasa. It helped us  when we were planning our itinerary! 😀

    @ian: wow, thanks! chamba lang! haha. 😀

    @kura: haha, salamat at napansin mo pala! haha. active-active-an lang tong jogging2x kasi may camera, lol.

    @supertikoy: thanks jerome! mas grabe talaga yung mga mental thoughts mo siguro! haha

    @jeffz: ey Jeff, thanks for dropping by! appreciate the feedback. naway, makapagblog pa ako nang marami. hehe.  sa hotdog talaga nakapagcomment ang mga tao dito ah! haha

  9. Nagsasa's still gorgeous! They've put up a lot more shacks pero its still as serene as I remember it. 🙂
    Parang sangkatutak ata ang pictures ko dun sa rocks na parang pinagpatong-patong na Lego blocks. 😀 Awesome pics, as usual. 🙂

  10. @mel: gorgeous talaga! 😀 di na ako nakapagpicture sa rocks, andaming tao kasi. hehe. thanks!

    @joan: makakapunta din ka talaga dito. thanks for dropping by! 😀

    @cedic: haha. you should visit the place on summer! para di dehado sa panahon. 😀

    @tinathefrustratedtraveler: haha, malapit mo na tong mapuntahan! 😀

    @dong ho: thanks dong ho! 

  11. @pinoy boy journal: camp ka uli! hope to travel with you soon para mainterview din kita sa podcast sessions ko. haha! thanks jerik!

    @tripper10: lol sa almusal. dami talagang nakapansin. nagpapasalamat ako dahil isang bag talaga ang binili namin! naging lunch rin namin toh! haha

  12. i really appreciate scenic landscapes such as those you featured here. and i usually prefer strolling, trekking or jogging through places that should look spectacular coz it helps to transform my perspective while taking time to be fit. and just like you, seeing this, i will only fantasize now going there but will eventually have to pursue it and schedule hehe. thanks for the wonderful photos, ed

  13. hi ganda ng blog mo saludo ako sau sir…sana wag po kayo magsasawa sa mga isla dito sa pundaquit…boatman din po ako para sa mga budget trippers jan pwde nyo ako itxt sa 09069444388 ..tanx more power godbless …

  14. @jam santos: salamat jam! 😀

    @karl: thanks for dropping. hope this virtual tour will inspire you to get out as well! ganda talaga ng Nagsasa!

    @holysmoke20: thanks sir, hope to go back one of these days 😀


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