Monthly Archives: April 2014

South Bound

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Spent the weekend in South. Went to Quezon Province with my travel buddies.

Heard of this island called Borawan in Quezon. Sabi nila, pinaghalong Boracay and Palawan, because of the rock formation and fine white sand. I guess they havent been to any of this place. Yes, ok din ang beach nila. May rock formation, pero not so much na kahawig ng mga nasa Palawan. No, not really white sand like the sand in Boracay. Kinda creamy ang color, and masaket sa paa ang mga durog na shells sa shore. They have jelly fish on the three beaches na pinuntahan namin. Hindi naman marami, pero one of my friend got sting by a jelly fish sa Puting Buhangin. Hindi na namin pinasok yun kweba, tinamad na tuloy. And natakot na ring lumusong sa water.

Anyway, Ate Irma met with us pagbaba namin ng bus.  Bumaba kame in front of Vista Playa. Sobrang kilala si Ate Irma don. Di pa kame nakakatagal, hinainan na kame ng early lunch namin. Inihaw na tilapia, alimasag at ensaladang mangga.

Lunch

Lunch

Hinatid na kame sa bahay after eating. Nagpalit na kame ng swimsuits and went to Puting Buhangin. Kuya Hermie our boatman is Ate Irma’s brother, mabaet naman si kuya.

After sa Puting Buhangin, diretso na kame ng Borawan. Ang daming tao. They have signal, kaya tuwang tuwa naman kame. We had halo-halo (P 30), masarap naman. Mineral water costs 15 (500ml) at malamig naman. Ok rin sa Borawan kase they have cottages, bathroom, net for volleyball, security guard, water sports, sari sari store and carinderia. May net sa beach para di mapasukan ng jelly fish, pero merong nakakalusot. The water in Borawan isnt clear as Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan.

Puting Buhangin

Puting Buhangin

Kwubang Lampas in Puting Buhangin

Kwubang Lampas in Puting Buhangin

Borawan Island

Borawan Island

Borawan Island

Borawan Island

Walang sunset in Borawan, natatakpan ng bundok. Pero nung pabalik na kame sa house, wow ang ganda ng sky. Sunset, pero di na namin makita ang sun. 😀

Sunset

Sunset

Pagbalik ng house, nag-wash up and nag-dinner. Ate Irma prepared inihaw na liempo and adobong manok. Sarap! Busog na naman kame. (no pic ng food sa kagutuman at excited kumain). After eating, pahinga saglit then shower. Tapos Sally, Cris and I went to the store para bumili ng inumin. Tanduay Ice and that flavored beer binili namin. We were all tired kaya di naman kame nakarami.

I was the first to wake up the next day. Dumating na rin yun manang na nag-prep ng breakfast namin. Merong Longganisa, sunny side up egg, rice, coffee. Busog! Around 9am, we’re of to Dampalitan Island. Para syang Anawangin. Pero parang sya ang favorite ko sa tatlo naming napuntahan.

Dampalitan Island

Dampalitan Island

Water is clear, sand is creamy. With jelly fish pa rin. So no one even bothered to dip in the water. We just sat there, took pictures, ate halo halo. Chillax!

Mangroves

Mangroves

Dampalitan in Panorama

Dampalitan in Panorama

Around 12, we left Dampalitan and nag-ready pauwi. Super init lang no! Hahaha 1ish, we’re at Lucena na. Ate late lunch at Chowking. Dito na kame naghiwa-hiwalay. Sally and I rode the bus to Pasay. And it was traffic. Manila na kame around 8pm.

I had a great time.

Road trip to Dasol with my girlfriends

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Holy Week 2014, plan namin lang puntahan ay Tondol Beach in Anda. But 2 days before the Holy Week, nagbago kame ng plan. Instead of Tondol, we went to Dasol. Read on other blogs kase that low tide in Tondol, parang most of the time lalo na summer. Parang di naman kame mag-enjoy non kung di rin kame makakapaglublob sa water.

So, a day before the Holy Week, naghanap na kame ng mga matutuluyan. And ang mga sumagot kay Otchie ay mga puno na. Kaya we decided to leave early ng Holy Thursday para makahanap pa kame ng accommodation.

And so we left 3am. I drove from Manila to Mangatarem in Pangasinan. It was traffic sa NLEX, kala namin dahil na sa Holy Week kaya traffic. May accident pala. Isang oras din yon kaya I let them sleep muna. Makikipagpalitan kase dapat ako pag di ko na kaya.

In fairness kinaya ko nga. I asked Sally to drive na nung nasa Mangatarem kase nag-start nako masilaw, at teary eyed nako.

Stop over, inabot ata kame more than 10. Hahaha mga yosi break, wiwi break, at pagtatanong. We also dropped by sa bahay in Malindong, kase I told them meron masarap kainan sa may Binmaley. Nagpaturo lang kame ng way papuntang Lomboy. Nag-enjoy sila sa pabaon ni lola na mangga at bagoong.

We had lunch at Rudy-Jing Eatery, napakasaya lang. Sa pagkagutom at excitement kumain, di na nakunan ang food. But we ordered inihaw na hito, tortang talong, adobong talaba, ginisang sayote, 3 rice and 3 fresh buko, naka 500 pesos lang kame.

Rudy-Jing Eatery

Rudy-Jing Eatery

After eating, we left na rin at diretso nang Dasol. Took us 2 hours pa rin, kase niligaw na naman kame ng Google Maps. Nung Makarating kame ng Dasol, boy we were happy.

Yey

Yey

Hanap na ng tutuluyan at ang pumatok ay ang La Playa Beltran. Karamihan ng mga nadaanan namin ay puno, syempre Holy Week eh. Nung una, sabi samin puno na, we asked baka kahit maliit na room meron sila, since 3 lang kame. In-offer samin ay attic. Aba, patok na patok.

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Our room for 2 nights

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Store/Tambayan/Reception

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We checked the beach right away. Hmm low tide.

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Inihaw na bangus, fried tilapia and tanigue steak, ginataang gulay = YUMMY

Inihaw na bangus, fried tilapia and tanigue steak, ginataang gulay = YUMMY

Sobrang busog sa dinner. So, nagsimula na kame magkwentuhan at uminom. Syempre our fave Absolut. Around 11pm, we called it a night. Shower, and went to bed.

Woke up early the next day para sa aming island hopping. Nag-shower, at breakfast. Naku, napa rough road na naman kame, pero syempre wala pa ring sinabi ang dinaanan namin sa Baler.

Inis lang talaga si Google maps sa pinapadaanan nya samin. But, nakarating naman kame. We reached Tambobong White Beach after an hour or more ata. Almost lunch time na rin when we got there. Nag halo halo muna kame while waiting sa pinaluto naming lunch. Napag usapang sa island na lang kakain para masulit pa namin ang araw. Nagpaluto kame ng daing na bangus, with fresh tomatoes, bagoong and yun mangoes na galing pa sa bahay.

Dasol Route was kinda bumpy. So, kawawa naman si Grey. Better bring SUV na lang. Not bad naman, pero para lang wag kabahan like me. Pero pauwi, we accidentally took the Burgos Route, longer but much better. Mas ok yun road.

Nakakatuwa lang, kase sa Dasol Route, ang daming cows, horses, goats sa daan.

IMG_2823 IMG_2825 IMG_2828 IMG_2835Sobra happy kame pagdating namin ng Tambobong. We had halo halo habang hinihintay ang paluto naming pagkain na babaunin sa Island hopping.

Just beside the road ay ang beach na. Aliw much

Just beside the road ay ang beach na. Aliw much

Tambobong White Beach Resort

Tambobong White Beach Resort

Off to Cullebra Island (also known as Snake Island)

Off to Cullebra Island (also known as Snake Island)

Culebra Island (also known as Snake Island), Dasol, Pangasinan

Culebra Island (also known as Snake Island), Dasol, Pangasinan

Cabacungan Cove, Dasol, Pangasinan

Cabacungan Cove, Dasol, Pangasinan

Cabacungan Cave

Cabacungan Cave

Maganda sa Culebra Island, kaso bago kame dumaong parang lahat ng tao samin nakatingin, eh bawal ba mag swimsuit? Sabi namin kay kuya ibaba kame sa wala masyadong tao. Kaya inikot pa nya at sa likod kame nagpunta. Dito na kame nag-lunch, nagbilad sa araw at uminom na rin.

Sumunod ang Cabacungan Cave, natakot naman ako sa loob. Parang ang lalim at medyo malakas ang alon. Pero masaya pa rin.

Dinaanan din namin ang Balinmanok Shipwreck, sayang mataas ang tubig, hindi pwede bumaba. Kaso si kuya sabi namin tumigil kase kukunan namin, dedma.

Balinmanok Shipwreck

Balinmanok Shipwreck

Nakabalik kame ng Dasol medyo madilim na. Medyo iba dinaanan namin, mas mahaba pero mas maayos na road.

Pagbalik sa resort, di muna kame nagbanlaw. Nagkwentuhan lang kame, inubos yun vodka, nagtawanan… ng malakas. Napagtulungan ako nung dalawa. Hahaha hanggang sa napagod na rin, nag-shower na at nag-ready para matulog.

Nag-breakfast kame mga 8am. Naligo, nagligpit. Umalis kame lunch time na rin. Namalengke rin sila ng mga pasalubong.

I had a short but awesome holy week get-away with my Best Friends!

Thina’s Birthday [04.08-09.14]

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Reunion ulet to!! Thina celebrated her birthday in San Pablo. Umalis kme dito sa Manila after work na. Sinundo ko si Sally, then si Tin naman sa Columns. Met with others in Petron SLEX. Had fries and coke lang. We left na rin ng 9:30pm. I asked mag-convoy at igitna ako, di nangyari. Hahaha syempre ako pinaka mabagal mag-drive. Proud ako sa sarili ko ah, longgest drive ko to. Arrieved Manalo Farm 10ish. Tapos kumain na kame, then videoke, at uminom.

We had inihaw na bangus, tilapia, okra, talong with bagoong, spaghetti, rice, pork bbq and sodas.

Stop over at McDonald's Petron SLEX

Stop over at McDonald’s Petron SLEX

IMG_2460 02 DCIM100GOPRONatapos na ang videoke ng past 5am. Winner si Terence. First time namin nakita ang ganong side nya. Hahahaha nagligpit na, wash up and natulog.

Woke up ng 9ish. Karamihan ay gising na. Paglabas ko, inabutan ko ang Lagman kids sa pool. Nag ikot na rin at took some photos. Tapos si Oros nagsangag na, nagpainit na kame ng tubig for coffee. And decided to take a dip. Brrrr

Thank you for my bro's GoPro for our photos sa pool!!

Thank you for my bro’s GoPro for our photos sa pool!!

Had fun. Kulitan as ever. Picturan as ever!

We left for Manila ng almost 4 na rin. I asked Sally to drive kase di kaya ng mata ko yun liwanag. Mabuti at walang traffic. Kaya home na kame before 7pm.