Puerto Galera 2014

BF and I went to Puerto Galera last Friday, and because none of our ever so busy friends want to come, we ended up just being with each other again, Yay! Lol no I wasn’t being sarcastic. 🙂

 

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And because it’s almost the end of Summer which is a bummer! (lol it ryhmes! haha!) we were not disappointed by the beauty of it. Always here yearly but never have I seen it this beautiful.

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Puerto Galera 2014

My First Climb, Mt Pulag

It was one of the most unforgettable experience of my life. But it was all worth it.

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This is the view from where we spent our night before ascending to the summit at exacly 4am the next day,  it was around 4pm that exact day in the afternoon that we reached camp 2.

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The temperature that night was negative 2 degrees. The coldest temp i have ever experienced in my life.

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It also was the most tiring thing that I have done,  I was so exhausted (as you obviously can see on that pic below)  that all I wanted to do when we reached the peak was to lie just down and sleep on the dirt. Lol

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This was his dream, to make me come with him every time he climbs mountains. Well,  it’s his birthday so for him i agreed to come.

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They said there were less clouds, not what we were expecting but still the view was spectacular.

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Well,  how about next year? I think I want to see this beauty again.

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My First Climb, Mt Pulag

Burot Beach, Calatagan Batangas

It’s almost summer and the beach is the place to go. This beach is owned by SM and apparently some say that it will soon be turned into a resort. Meaning to say,  all the natural beauty will of course not be lost but soon it will be a place full of tourists where there’s going to be partying, lights and noise. But because there still hasn’t yet any man made renovations then you might as well see it with your very own eyes.

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We are from Cavite and there’s a van terminal near Robinsons DASMARIÑAS that travels to Calatagan for 150php. Then after the van we contacted a tricycle driver we found in a blog. Beware of the ‘kolorum’ trike drivers who will charge you higher than the usual. I have read on a blog that you must make sure that the tricycle should be ‘green’  as they are the legit ones.

You may have searched about this beach before that there are no fancy hotel or even inns or room accommodations, there are only tables and cottages, but if you want to stay overnight you can bring your own tent or you can rent as they also have tents there too.

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There is a small sari sari store nearby but preferably you must bring your own food. What we did was, we just bought our food at the Calatagan market since it’s where we will be riding tricycle off to the beach.

It was the second most beautiful that I have seen.

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And because there’s not much to do, I suggest you bring your ipod or a book or just bring lots of your friends as it can be boring when there’s nothing to do in the afternoon. But what really humored me was the kennel of dogs in the beach,  some of them even took a splash. Lovely.

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We also happen to meet the friendliest among all the dogs.. 

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We named him Whitey..  What a peculiar name for a dog lol.

All in all,  i would rate this beach 7/10 because of its beauty. But please, before you leave the place take your trash with you. Act responsibly. Let’s all help take care of our beautiful beaches as there may not be anymore of these in the next fifteen to twenty years. Ok? Ty for reading.

Burot Beach, Calatagan Batangas

Bataan

For our 2nd year anniversary we BF and I decided to go back to the beach, and this time it’s Bataan. Here are our pics:

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We first visited the St. Joseph Church in Balanga

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Right after we had our breakfast at one of the numerous fast food chains in Balanga, we went to the Mt. Samat shrine, as can notice in the pics, the weather is not kinda friendly, it was very foggy and it really reminder me of the Silent Hill movie which was kind of scary, because there were no other tourists at all when we were there.

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Forgive me about the quality of the photo, all i can blame right now is the creepy fog in the background. lol

We weren’t able to take a picture of the giant cross as obviously… the weather wasn’t pretty nice with us. So we just took pictures at the Shrine.

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Right after Mt. Samat we went to Westnuk beach…

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The skies finally gave us a bit of sunshine in this late afternoon shot in the beach…

It was the most nakakapagod trip that we ever had. And going to the beach from Mt Samat was a bit of a challenge as we would need to ask the guards who were at the  jumpoff to westnuk to bring us there, as it’s not walking distance to the beach, thankfully it was really nice of them to bring us back and forth from and to the beach. It was a memorable experience though. 🙂

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West Nuk, Bataan: Finding Solace Up North

My next destination.

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It is summer in the Philippines–the best time to hit the beach to beat the summer heat! Famous summer getaways are not far from Metro Manila: a four-hour drive will take you up north to the summer capital of the country, Baguio. A 2-hour drive if is its southern sister, Tagaytay. Batangas and Zambales are nearby provinces known for their beaches as well. I didn’t have any plan of hitting the beach this summer. I will be moving out of the country next month so I’m busy with stuff (Am I?). Anyway, I admit I’m not a beach person and I cannot think of any nearby destination that is not too commercialized. Until my boss invited us for an office outing in Bagac, Bataan.

I didn’t know that Bataan has such a secluded, beautiful beach. Perhaps it’s a secret. Bagac houses the controversial Bagac Nuclear Power Plant…

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West Nuk, Bataan: Finding Solace Up North

Boracay Escapade – Prelude

Perfect!!!

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Travelgraphy travels from Haarlem to Amsterdam, to Singapore, and then to Boracay. All in a single day. No joke.

I was supposed to be having a 2-week date with the majestic land of Europe until I was seduced by the world-acclaimed Best Island, Boracay, for a 5D4N rendezvous. What a flirtatious me. 😉

Great thanks to the Philippine Department of Tourism and Tiger Airways, I’m going to experience some real solid beach life very soon! Some of the trip highlights include cliff diving, Zorb, helmet diving… So, stay tuned!

我與長灘島有個5天4夜的幽會。這個被評為"世界上最美麗島嶼"的東海明珠將會給我帶來怎樣的驚喜?我們拭目以待吧!

萬分感謝菲律賓旅遊局與虎航,他們是這次旅程背後勞苦功高的贊助商與導遊。單單看著行程表就已經讓人亢奮不已了 — 悬崖跳水、頭盔潛水、太空球(Zorbing),騎馬,等等等等。。。

一小時前我才剛下飛機,歐洲的時差還沒轉過來就又要做空中飛人了!嘻嘻。倒數計時,長灘島,我們六小時後見!

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Diving In Malapascua Island, Philippines

I will surely add this to my “Places I Must Go Before I die” list! Wouldn’t you agree?

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They say if you want to go to a world class diving and beach location, go to Philippines.

It was with these hearsay that we decided to head to Malapascua Island, off the northern tip of Cebu Island, for our advanced open water course.

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To get to Malapascua Island, my diving buddy and I flew to Cebu and took a 3 hours taxi ride to Maya. At Maya jetty, we took a private boat to Malapascua Island. The boat landed us exactly in front of our diving center, Evolution. Dive centers and resorts lined up the beaches of Malapascua Island. The water was clear blue, the beach was clean and parallel to the beach were rows of coconut trees with hammocks strung across one another. It was exactly how I imagined Malapascua Island to be.

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Diving In Malapascua Island, Philippines