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 5 favorite beaches in the philippines

I just need to reblog this.

the pauses between

it’s funny how we, filipinos, welcome the summer with much anticipation as if it isn’t perpetually summer year in and year out. well, save for the rainy days, that is. but still. other than a bit of midyear rain showers here and there, the weather is generally the tropical kind (when you’re not faced with a tropical storm). yep, think coconut trees and sandy beaches with warm wind blowing against your already-sunkissed cheeks.

the kind that i daydream about when i’m chillin’ in melbourne. like, literally.

now, understand that we have 7,107 islands — low tide. (during high tide, you’re looking at 7,100.) this list might not make a fair representation of the gorgeous beaches this archipelago has to offer but with april creeping in 2 days from now, allow me to share with you my favorite beaches here in the philippines (in no particular order). because, as far as…

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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

Are the Childless Necessarily Selfish

For another couple of years

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The Childfree Life Time Magazine Cover

Selfish, decadent, irresponsible are just a few of the words sometimes used to describe those of us who have chosen not to have children. Oftentimes these charges are nothing more than a kneejerk reaction to an emerging lifestyle choice that is at odds with longstanding tradition. It’s common for such criticisms to be levied at people who buck convention. But that fact alone doesn’t prove the accusations untrue.

So when we saw that Time Magazine had titled this week’s cover story The Childfree Life, we hoped it might address these charges. And while the article takes a sympathetic stance regarding childless women, it ducks the central question. Are we and others like us selfish for not having children?

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Are the Childless Necessarily Selfish