One of the best spontaneous decisions I’ve made this year was when I sought refuge in an island party that’s second to none, and now I’m hooked on it and here’s why.
Vulan is a celebration of life and appreciating all its glory through art, music, love, and community. It’s a mystery island party that’s held a couple of times in a year depending on the season, it’s a getaway without all the extravagance and stress that comes with planning- you won’t know where you’re going until you get to the island (which makes it even more exciting for me).
It was definitely a first for me to go somewhere where I didn’t have a clue where I was being taken, the scenarios that went through my mind where more comical and hilarious to ease my nerves for the upcoming trip. I always made it a point to be prepared for any eventuality and plan ahead- this was the exception to that rule, and it wasn’t at all bad.
Details for the trip:
VULAN TICKET = P1,500
Inclusive of the following:
– 3 ️Drinks
– 1 Meal (Vegan/ Vegetarian options are available)
– Camping and Entry Fees
– Yoga & Meditation Sessions
TRANSPORTATION TICKET = P1000
– Bus & Boat
• Bring your own camping gear
• Rent a tent P400
• Share a cottage with other friends P1,000
Assembly time is 2:00 AM at the Petron Station in Ayala Triangle Park right across from Mcdo. While waiting for the bus we chatted up and made friends with the other travelers going to Vulan, which is one of the best things about the trip and the whole experience is to meet new friends. There were a lot of solo travelers that left with a bunch of new friends, it was definitely one of the highlights!
Climbing aboard the bus was already thrilling because the people were hyped and excited bringing a contagious positive energy throughout the entire trip. Each person was given this cool beaded necklace and this tiny gourd-like container with 3 stones that represent the 3 drinks that come with the trip and 1 big stone for the complimentary lunch.
So we spent around 7 hours on the bus and turns out we were headed to Zambales! The boat ride lasted around 30 minutes and as we set sail we saw in our sights the location of our travel- Anawangin Cove.
As soon as we got our land legs working we set off to set-up camp and we ended up renting the tent from one of the locals.
Everyone was quick to find their spots and set-up their camp because the sooner you get it done the sooner you can explore the island and mingle with your fellow travelers.
And also lunch was served by 12PM, the island has stores where you can buy food and drinks from but beware of the higher prices. Also, be sure to bring your own cutlery and mug when you go to Vulan.
After lunch we had some hours to kill just catching up on sleep (I definitely needed it because I went through a lot of stress preparing for my MBA application and GMAT exam) and chilling by the shore. It wasn’t long before our new friend Mitch got out his art supplies and started creating masterpieces for anyone who came up to our table to join.
I got an incredible painting of a fish on my arm! I even considered getting a tattoo similar to it in the future (let me know what you guys think about that).
There were no limits and restriction, you could go up to anyone and ask them to paint on you.
I credit the awesome people who decided to use me as their canvas that day and I promise to be better at painting next time to make up for the elementary scribble that I did on some (I’m a bit rusty is all..) add that to my list of things I need to improve on top 1 being my hula hoop skills.
Fortunately, we got some people on the island who are naturals with it!
And then there’s me…crazy amazing I know.
The real party begins after dark, and what’s an island party without fire dancing and a kicking bonfire to officially start the night?
The night went on without any troubles and I had an awesome time, met new friends, wrestled in the sand, got dragged to the beach by my foot, and came back feeling as motivated as ever! Music was blasting literally 24/7 and alcohol was available as long as supplies lasts so the only thing you really need to have a good time is to let loose and just go with it.
This is the beginning of my Vulan journey and I can’t wait for the next one! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below 🙂