White Cove Beach Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines
And this time, we were able to
travel further to go to nearby beaches using two Jet Ski. At times
we steered our Jet Ski so fast and we playfully chased each other. I
am the coward and prudent one and always left behind on all of the
skiing and as a result the Jet Ski
I was riding would bumps on the waves created by the faster one in
front of me.
On July 18, 1998, at 11 P.M. we arrived in
Nasugbu, Batangas. We (four of us)
slept on two tents so as not to bother my other friend who own a
condominium unit (2
bedrooms) and who was with his family and his father at that time.
The place we visit is a beautiful and clean private beach resort
(about 150 meters wide) called Evercrest White Cove. My friend brought his Yamaha
WaveRunner Jet Ski and we ride on it the next day till we all turn red hot under the
The (three-seat) Jet Ski watercraft had a
three-cylinder 1,100-cc gasoline engine that runs for about one hour
in fast speed with its 40 liters tank of fuel. It has about a
maximum speed of 50 Kilometer/hour. With built-in speedometer, fuel
and oil gauge. It also had a safety ignition key and a reverse
thrust handle bar. A push to start engine switch, a pull to stop key and an accelerator handle bar are standard
features. Inside the craft, are two to three small watertight compartments to prevent it
from sinking when the Jet Ski turn upside down. Cost of the Jet Ski in 1995, US$ 11,500 (Php
300,000. rate of one US$ to Php 26.00)
After each use you need to clean the outside of the watercraft,
use tap water to flush all the salt out of the underneath internal propeller and other
parts, and spray special oil inside the engine and related mechanism.
Two to three strict rules you must follow in order to ride a Jet
Ski are, First everyone must wear a life buoy jacket. Secondly the driver must wear the
engine switch strap or band of the watercraft on his/her wrist. And thirdly (only for White Cove beach
resort) observe speed limit of 5 kilometer/hour inside or along the beach shore.
When you are thrown away from the Jet Ski due to sudden turn, big
waves or whatever. Even when you wear a life buoy jacket you will splash into the water
and, depending on how high and heavy you are before you, dive in. It
will takes about 5 to 10 seconds
wherein you will submerse deep into the water before the life buoy jacket pulls you afloat to the
surface. It is a little bit scary the first time, in that 5 to 10 split seconds
submerge, you will shout inside the little head of yours. "HELP! Somebody help me, I
must have lost my life buoy jacket somehow!"
On July 22, 1998 (if I am not mistaken the date), after only two
to three days when we slept inside the tents along the shore, tsunami struck Papua New Guinea
wherein thousand of people drown and buried by very large ocean waves caused by an underwater
seabed earthquake. Wow! This will be my first and last time to sleep in a tent
on a beach very near the sea.
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