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[1st in 2016] ThessJason

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My first out of town trip for this year is Boracay. Bagong bago. Hahaha I have 2 more trips to Boracay this year.

We booked this trip just last January. Akala namin hindi na kame matutuloy but nahiya kame sa groom. He is our good friend Packy, a.k.a. Jason. Good thing nagkaron pa ng seat sale, but weeks after booking Cebpac sent an email to Joyce saying na-move ang flight namin to a later flight. Hindi naman pwede, kase the next day na yun wedding. Found a cheaper flight from AirAsia but earlier date naman. Ok naman din sa kanila kaya we booked it na rin.

So, our flight is at 5:40pm. But AirAsia texted Joyce around lunch time na delayed ang flight namin to 7ish in the evening. Nag Uber ako coz nahiya ako magpahatid sa airport. Sinundo ko si Joyce sa Makati and diretso Airport na. We got there past 4. Tambay lang muna and waited for Noel.

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Still smiling kahit 4 hours delayed ang flight.

Later on, nag-announce na delayed na naman flight namin to 9:40pm. Bad trip na kame gutom pa. Isa pa, wala pa kame tutuluyan sa Bora. They gave us 1 pc chicken joy and a bottled water, thank you but no thank you for a cold chicken joy without gravy and room temp na water.

We ate them anyways, hahahaha sayang din.

After eating, Joyce and I went outside for a smoke. Yun pala si Noel, kumokontak na to inform us mag-board na kame. Sakto naman pagpasok namin, narinig ni Joyce na boarding na nga ang flight namin. Takbo kame. Muntik pa ako di makasakay coz muntik na mawala boarding pass ko. Nahulog sa may xray. Hahaha

Pagdating Kalibo, wiwi lang then nakahanap na ng van si Noel papuntang Caticlan. Kame na lang hinihintay para umalis. Kahiya hahaha

Nagkaron pa ng friend si Joyce sa van.

11ish, we arrived Caticlan. In less than 20 minutes we were walking na para humanap ng tutuluyan in Station 2.

Found one sa La Fiesta pero sinubukan pa rin namin i-check sa Tans/Taj/Eriko’s. Pero no luck and we’re all pagod na. Buti nga di pa nagkaka badtripan.

Packy or James called up Joyce and sabi pumunta na lang muna kame sa hotel nila. So we walked from Station 2 to Station 3, medyo malayo yun resort ah. Hahaha but it’s ok, kase nag-enjoy naman kame sa kulitan. Bought hotdog din while walking para may konti naman energy.

We finally reached the resort and James let us stay in their room for the night. Binaba namin stuffs namin and lumabas. We stayed sa may convenience store where we saw them and bought some drinks. Nadapa pa ako. May gumapang malaki gagamba saken and I freaked out. Subsob sa sand, and sugat ang tuhod hahahha it was funny. I hope they didnt check the cctv.

Past 4, we all went to our room na and slept.

Woke up 9ish pero wala gusto bumangon. Tried waking James up coz he needs to work at 10, even si Noel.

Pero walang bumangon until almost lunch time na. Lumabas na lang kame to have brunch.

Mahirap humanap kainan in Station 3 hahaha

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Lunch at Casa Pilar

Found Casa Pilar and medyo ok na samin coz gutom na talaga. We ordered sweet & sour pork (na parang ketchup lang ginamit na sauce) and that garlic dory na mali ata yun luto. I forgot ano order ni Noel but sabi namin sana buttered dory with garlic na lang sinabi hahaha then I ordered a mango shake. It was ok na rin.

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Went back to the hotel after eating. Stayed there and chill lang. Ka-text ko si Otch and kawawa naman coz na-cancel ang flight nya. Walang tulog at nag-book ng bago sa PAL. Nakarating sya ng 3 na ata, met up with her. Medyo kabado ako nung una kase first time namin ulet magkikita since July. Pero ok naman, parang wala naman nangyari. Ang laki ng room nya, este namin hahaha

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Took a shower after ng kwentuhan, and we went out na. Almost sunset na rin and malapit na mag-start yun practice nila Packy, kaya di na kame lumayo sa resort.

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Ordered frozen margarita while waiting/watching the practice. Dumating na si Noel after few mins and naka facetime namin si Sally and Chloe.

After almost 1 hour, nagka ayaan na kumain, but di na kame sumama kila Packy sa D’Talipapa. Gusto ni Otch mag tapsi, and actually ako rin, the night before pa. So naglakad kame pa-Station 2, poor Noel kase don na sya galing and pagod sya kalalakad. Pero baet pa rin coz di naman sya nagreklamo.

Sinikmura si Otch sa pagka-inom namin, kaya di sya makakain ng maayos. Super nice Noel went to the drugstore to buy meds, at di pa nya kinain food nya. Nahiya sobra si Otch, kaya pinabilihan nya ng water si Noel. Tapos na kame kumain nung nakabalik sya, pawis na pawis. Hehehe

Sabi namin, pagbibigyan namin sya mag-dessert dahil sa pagod nya. So we went to D’Mall. Gusto daw nya sa Lemoni Cafe because meron sya gusto (I forgot kung ano yon) pero naubusan na.

IMG_0117Puro kalokohan ang kwentuhan over desserts. Ang kulet lang. Hanggang bumalik na lang kame ng resort.

And andon na si Donnie, nakikipagkwentuhan na kila Packy, syempre kunyari surprised ako. Hahaha

Nakihalubilo kame sa friends nila Packy. But didnt stay long, we went to our room na lang to drink. Natapos kame almost 5am na. Halo halong topics and puro funny.

On Saturday, wedding day, woke up at 9ish. May text na Joyce and Donnie. Di na kame abot sa breakfast ni Otchie, but Noel and Joyce are having breakfast na. Donnie’s waiting for our text lang daw. We got up and took a shower. Decided to go to Station 1, mag happy hour at Obama. Nag-trike kame going there kase ang layo naman from Station 3 diba.

Nag brunch na lang kame and kwentuhan ever.
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Went outside after eating for drinks. Took a 10minute dip in the water, sarap ang lamig. Malumot lang. Didnt stay long coz we need to go back sa resort and mag-ready for the wedding.
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One hour is all we need to get ready, in fairness kinaya namin.
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Went downstairs, saw them lining up. And while waiting, we again ordered drinks.

Hanggang sa nag-start na, di na namin naiwan drinks namin. We just witnessed the wedding ng nasa restaurant kame. But we heard Tess’ vows, ang ganda!!!! Packy’s serious with his vows, medyo nanibago kame sa part na yon. We all love them both! They’re perfect for each other. Kakilig!

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Donnie and Otchie with the Groom, Packy

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We had sangria before mag-start reception, and we didnt get a table na. Nasa cocktail table lang kame, parang mga wedding crashers lang.

Food was yummy!!

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After sa reception, sa room na naman namin kame napadpad. Medyo mga kalokohan kwentuhan hanggang naging seryoso. In fairness, maaga kame natapos. Hahaha

On Sunday, woke up past 9 again pero umabot sa breakfast. Ayaw ni Otch kumain, so I asked Donnie if gusto nya sumama mag-breakfast. So we had breakfast. Not that masarap ang breakfast nila, and yun ibang food pa handa from the wedding. Bat ganon? Sana tinabi na lang nila for lunch or dinner. Di na bagay for breakfast and parang nakakahiya naman kase most guests from the wedding stayed at the hotel.

Anyway, si Otch ready to leave na and di na muna ako nag shower coz sa room na lang sana ni Donnie. But sabi namin mag-drinks na lang muna kame downstairs til umalis si Otch ng 11. Sumunod na sila Joyce and Noel, naka ligo na and all packed up. And since di pa nga kame aalis, nakiusap kame if pwede pa ako mag-shower sa room namin. So I did.

When 11 came, Otch left na and we went to Donnie’s place para iwan gamit namin. Dapat mag-dip pa kame sa beach and iinom sana pero kapos na sa oras. We had lunch na lang at Jony’s.

At 4, we left Boracay na. Left Donnie na rin there coz Monday pa balik nya ng Manila. From Caticlan Port, may lumapit samin mama and nag-offer na mag-cab na lang kame to Kalibo. P800 lang daw, and P750 na babayaran namin kung mag-van lang kame. We took it, at least comfortable pa kame and pwede namin patigilin kung feel namin.

Delayed flight ni Otch kaya inabutan pa namin sya pagdating namin ng airport. Cebpac sucks big time. Delayed din daw flight namin and di nila alam what time na ang flight namin. Funny diba. So nag-dinner na lang kame. Naki-charge na rin. At masaya naman kame sa kinain namin.

Went back to the airport, nag-tanong kung ano na balita sa flight namin, wala pa rin. Pero si Otch 9:50pm na raw. Galit na galit na sya, coz buong maghapon na sya andon. 4pm dapat ang flight nya eh.

At 11, finally nag-board din kame.

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So happy that we’re finally on board.

I had a great time kahit puro alak laman ng tyan namin the whole trip, umuwi naman kame may kabag. Joke. Hahaha

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2015 Travels

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  1. Boracay – my forever favorite island in the world (as of now coz I’ve never been to any beach outside Philippines. Oh except in 2002, when I was in the US nag-beach kame in Venice, not pretty hahaha). This was biglaan, as two of my long time friends planned in going. Kinulit ako and 2 days before the trip, I bought a roundtrip ticket.
  2. Baserri de Lipa – obviously, it is located in Batangas. This was a Holy Week panata with my bff’s. But since Sally was here for a short vacay only and no definite plans, Otchie looked for a place where we can spend our Holy Week. At dahil Holy Week nga, puno ang lahat. End up mag overnight na lang at dito nga nakakita si Otch ng may available room.
  3. Nasugbu – another Batangas getaway. It was Jemjem’s birthday and we want to go to the beach lang. I told Alfie we can share na lang. Sya naman din talaga ang may gusto mag out of town. I am happy kase nag-enjoy naman si Jem, even si Brenda eh nakabakasyon.
  4. Laiya – guess what, Batangas again. Hahahaha it was our company outing, and ayaw masyado lumayo. We stayed at Kabayan Beach Resort, good thing they have available room. Yun lang, good for 20 people and 7 lang kame. I enjoyed naman kahit di ko ma-enjoy yun dagat. Ang dami pang tao.
  5. Calaguas – actually, mas favorite ko na sya kesa sa Boracay. But I just cant stop coming to Boracay. I was with the Avon peeps, we booked a tour with Yapak ni Jose! Ang saya kase solo namin ang van, and comfortable. Di ako nabitin sa water and ice.
  6. Dasol – Pangasinan. My second time here. Independence day holiday and nangangati nako maglakwatsa. Good thing, may gala sila Joyce and sinama ako. I had fun, and super tawanan yung trip.
  7. Magalawa Island – Zambales. I’ve heard about this couple of months before kame nakapunta rin. Buti sumama ako, ganda sya. And memorable yun trip because of my ATM moment.
  8. Cebu – my second time in Cebu. Biglaan. At least this time, nakapasyal ako. We went to two  of 90+ falls in Cebu. When I heard we’re going to the falls instead of the beach, na-sad ako sa totoo lang. But, di ko pa rin pinagsisihan kase I had fun! The trecking and sitting on that cliff just for a photo, was just liberating. I was too scared kase ayoko sa mga edges, pero ang saya!

Ang konti ng 2015 ko, but better than none. I wish for more travels in 2016.

And my wishlist are:
Siquijor
Camiguin
Enchanted River in Surigao
Coron
Bohol
Bantayan Island, Cebu
More of El Nido

Australia
Phuket
Japan
Amsterdam
Paris

 

[7th in 2015] Magalawa Island

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This is my second out of town trip with the Layas peeps and long weekend ulet.

Been hearing about this island for couple of months now. And so, napuntahan din sa wakas.

Budget was at least 2k dapat. For bus (Manila-Zambales-Manila), boat transfer, room, island hopping and food. I brought 3k para sure. Coz uhawin ako and of course para sa mga ang etcetera lang.

We were at Victory Liner Pasay around 3ish. Bus left 4am. Slept the whole time pero mababaw sobra coz nakakatakot yun driver. And syempre sa stop over. We had 3 stop overs (in Pampanga and Zambales). Nakarating kame ng siguro 10:30 at Barangay Pangolingan, Palauig in Zambales. Took a trike (2 persons per tricycle) to Luan Port which took 30 mins din. first 15mins rough, then about 5 na flat, then rough again.

Magalawa Island from Luan Port.

Magalawa Island from Luan Port.

A boat fetched us from Luan, 2 balikan din coz 12 kame (10 kame sa group and may 2 pa kame kasabay). Mga 5-7 minutes na tawid din.

Then, nag-settle kame sa mga kubo namin. And humanap kakainan. At since nabasa ko sa ibang blogs na may kainan, hinanap namin ang tindahan. Found Ate Leny’s store. Hindi na pala sila nagpapaluto. Nagtitinda na lang sila ng ulam. Pero pumayag naman sila magpaluto kame ng rice. Binili na lang namin yun ulam nila. Don na rin kame bumili ng iinumin namin for the night, water, juice, soda, etc.

At Ate Leny's Store (photo credit: Joyce)

At Ate Leny’s Store (photo credit: Joyce)

While waiting for our food (Photo Credit: Joyce)

While waiting for our food (Photo Credit: Joyce)

After eating lunch, nag-ready na kame for our photoshoot. Hahaha paid 50 each at Armada Resort para makapag pic kame sa sandbar. Its a good thing pumayag sila. Kase I read sa ibang blogs, di sila pumapayag magpapasok don pag guest ng kabilang resort.

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Stayed there for a while. And pagbalik ng Ruiz, rest lang for a while and went to Armada for dinner. No pic ng food but it was delish. We had frie lapu-lapu and pampano, fresh crab, sinigang na hipon, unli rice, fudgee bar and coke. Busog!

Photo credit: Joanne

Photo credit: Joanne

Went back to Ruiz, kwentuhan. At sinimulan ang nomo. No pictures, but full of laughter. At 12mn, we called it a night.

Woke up at 6ish. Went to Ate Leny’s store for coffee and paluto of our breakfast. May dala akong vienna sausage, spam and corned beef. So nagpaluto na lang kame ng rice and scrambled eggs. Busog again. And nag-ready na for Masinloc.

It’s high tide pa kaya we didnt really enjoy the sand bar at Masinloc. Sayang.

Bacala Guesthouse at Masinloc

Bacala Guesthouse at Masinloc

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Groupie

Sad to go.

Sad to go.

Expenses:
Bus (Victory Liner Pasay) Manila – Sta. Cruz, Zambales : P471
Candy (Double Happiness Stop over) : P30
Rest room: P5
Trike: Bgy. Pangolinan to Luan – P100/head
Boat to Magalawa (Roundtrip) – P100
Entrance fee – P100
Entrance at Armada Resort (for photoshoot at the sandbar) – P50/head
Bahay kubo at Ruiz Resort (4-5 persons) – P 3k/300 per head
Dinner at Armada Resort (sinigang na hipon, fresh crabs, fried lapu lapu and pampano. plus coke and fudgee bar at unlimited rice) – P200/head
Boat to Masinloc – P2000/200 per head
Lunch at Armada Resort (calamari, pork adobo, veggies, fudgee bar, coke and again, unlimited rice) – P200/head
Lunch/drinks/brekky: P169
Trike – P100
Bus (Victory Liner Iba to Manila – P347
Sept. 26-27, 2015

Back in Dasol

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June 12-13, 2015

Went back to Dasol Pangasinan for the long weekend. But di naman sinagad yun 3 days. Almost, but didnt. Hahaha

This time I went with Joyce and her IG friends. We first met at Starbucks Reserve thursday night. Waited for Alex, Joanne and Will. Rode an Uber car to Victory Liner in Cubao. Since long weekend, kinda mahirap sumakay. We got there around 1. Nakasakay kame ng bus 4am na (aircon bus Cubao to Alaminos P393). Bus left 4:30 am. Natulog kame. At 9am, bumaba na kame ng Terminal in Alaminos. Rode another bus (ordinary) going to Sta. Cruz. Bumaba kame at Burgos market (alala ko yon kase nagpunta rin kame don last year nila Sally para magtanong and stop over lang). Pahinga slight, some bought burgers, some halo halo. Waited for our sundo and ate lunch sa market. After eating, namalengke yun iba and kame naghintay lang.

And then rode a trike going to Tambobong, its a 40mins long ride. Ok naman kase di na sya kasing bumpy like last year. Fare is P350/trike. Since 10 kame, we rented 3 trikes.

Pagdating Tambobong, sinalubong kame ni Ate Venus (09292326947), she’s really accommodating and nice even her husband kuya Rommel (I think yan name nya). The house is nice, simentado sya. May fridge, 3 bedrooms (but only 2 rooms ang pinapa-ren coz sa mga anak na nila yun isang room), 2 bathrooms (1 sa masters  bed and 1 outside ng rooms), kitchen, sala. Kumpleto actually. Sayang di ko ito alam nung nag-outing kame sa office.

In front of Ate Venus' house

In front of Ate Venus’ house

They arranged bangka na rin for us. 2 bangka daw coz di kame kasya sa isa. P200/head.

We first went to Cullebra Island. Umambon pa while nasa bangka kame. So medyo makulimlim pagdating sa island. But later on umaraw na. Syempre picture. Medyo nagkalayo layo kame para makakuha pa ng mas ok na view ng island. Di naman kame pwede mag-stay ng matagal kase pupunta pa kame sa Cabacungan Cove.

Cullebra Island

Cullebra Island

We left the island medyo malungkot coz we wanted to stay. But ok lang.

Next stop, Cabacungan Cove. Mas malayo pinagbabaan samin ngayon kesa nung kame last year nila Sally. Bago pa marating ang cave, nakaraming picture na kame. 😉

Cabacungan Cove

Cabacungan Cove

Di ko na pinasok yun cave, so I stayed na lang sa labas and naghintay sa kanila.

Pagbalik sa Tambobong, pahinga slight at kwentuhan. Tagal magkakuryente, kaya sa beach muna kame.

Group pic at Tambobong. (pic from Will)

Group pic at Tambobong. (pic from Will)

We stayed at the beach til sunset. And nag-wash up na kame. Then dinner, sarap ng luto ni Ate Venus ng adobo!! After dinner, hinanda na ang inumin at kwentuhan, takutan at tawanan. Lahat kame natulog sa sala.

Pag-gising, hilamos, kape. Naghintay ng almusal. Hahaha kumain, naligo at nag-impake. Gusto pa sana namin mag-stay kaso wala na kame tutuluyan. Dahil may naka sked na kay Ate Venus. Ending, na-suggest ko bahay namin sa Malindong. Kaya nagpakuha na kame ng trike, nag-bus kame from Dasol to Alaminos. Bus again from Alaminos hanggang sa bahay namin. Nagpaluto ako lunch. Busog naman lahat. After eating, nagpahinga at naghintay ng oras. Tapos pumunta na kame sa Lingayen. Pictorial sa Capitol. Hihi

Photo credit: Joyce Cairo

Photo credit: Joyce Cairo

Namili sila pasalubong sa palengke. Then we had dinner at McDonald’s. Bumalik kame sa bahay and nag-impake. Nahabol pa namin ang 10pm na byahe from Dagupan to Manila. Dumating kame ng Manila ng 3am. Nag-aya pa sila Joyce, Joanne and Alex mag-stay muna sa Bo’s in Glorietta kase maghintay na sila ng liwanag para umuwi. Kaya kwentuhan pa rin kame hanggang lumiwanag na.

Fun trip! Enjoy ako sa mga new found friends!!!

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.

Balerrr

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Ok, another trip that is not on my list. Biglaan ito. At eto na, talagang break in ni Grey.

Last week, Sally called me.. Tinanong kung gusto ko mag-Baler since long weekend ng katapusan. Napa oo ako, hahaha so naghanap na kame ng kasama. May lakad na sila Otch eh, and naka usap na ni Sally office mate nya. So 4 na kame. Then we asked Sarah if she wants to join, kase nung nag Palawan kame ni Sally, sabi nya sama sya on our next adventure.

Nag-start na kame humanap ng tutuluyan, and nag-search how to get there. Mali namin, di kame nagtanong sa mga kakilala nang nakapunta. Nag-depend kame on Google Map.

We decided to leave Manila ng madaling araw on friday.

Sally and I left home around 4. Met up with her officemate Len and husband Silver. Then, Sarah naman sa Eaton City at 5. Ako muna ang nag-drive. Dito pa lang sa Manila, naligaw na kame. Hahahaha pagpasok namin ng NLEX, napa yey ako coz first time ko mag-drive sa North.

Stopped at Shell para magpa-gas sana, kaso after namin pumila ng matagal eh wala pala silang premium. Sabi ni kuya, next gasoline station is Total. We had coffee na rin muna at Starbucks and nag-start na ng search sa map. Pare parehas lumabas samin na dadaanan. We left ng 7. Nakapagpa-gas kame at Total, after non si Sally na pinag-drive ko.

When we got to SCTEX, baket ganon ang traffic? 2 hours kame before nakalabas. At pila lang ng toll gate yon. After toll, hinanapp na namin kung san kame mag-exit. We were looking for Sta Rosa. And wala!!!! Umabot na kame ng TPLEX. We asked yun mga nasa toll how to get to Baler. They said we should’ve exit na sa Tarlac pa lang. Ayoko ng sisihan, pero kase according sa tinext ni Sarah, Sta. Rosa daw. Anyway, syempre tinatawanan na lang namin. Almost lunch time na sya.

Nakarating kame ng Cabanatuan around lunch. Hinanap namin yun Puno’s Ice Cream. Napakaliit lang pala nya. Hahaha parang Dan Eric’s lang din. So, nothing special for me. Siguro I expected too much lang. Di ko naman napanood yun KrisTV kaya wala ako idea sa ice cream na yan.

Puno's Ice Cream

Puno’s Ice Cream

After mag-ice cream, back to the road. Naghanap na ng kakainan. And wala na yata! Hhaha later on we saw this Henry’s Grill. Stop!!!! Went inside, nice ng place. Ordered and kumain. Mura na, dami pa. Busog! Sa gutom ko, di nako nag-take ng pictures ng food. Hahaha

Happy Busog!

Happy Busog!

04After this, the adventure begins! Sarah drove from here to Baler. After eating masasaya pa kame eh. After few mins, tinahak na namin ang malubak na daan ng Tarlac-Aurora High way. 4pm kame nag-start, nakalabas kame ng 8pm.

That rough road is one hell of a… rough road! hahaha sinusumpa ko yang dinaanan naming yan. Hirap nakikinig sa google map eh. Nung una nakakatawa pa kame eh. Later on, natahimik nako. Nagdadasal. Awang awa ako sa kotse ko sa dami ng gasgas na naririnig kong tumatama sa kanya. Mga nakailang tigil din kame dahil ginagawa yun road. It took us 4 hours ata sa rough road na yan, to think yan pa raw ay short cut. Nakalabas kame sa bundok na yan ng 9. Dumating kame ng Sabang around 9:40. Nag-check in, at nice naman yun house. Merong 3 beds sa taas. Ang baet pa kase nagbigay extra pillow and water dispenser. Kaya nakatipid ako sa water. Bathroom is downstairs. Pwede magluto coz may kitchen.

After ibaba ang mga gamit, lumabas na kame for dinner. I wasnt that hungry. Tsaka medyo matagal ang order sa Yellow Fin. Sila Sally, Len and Sil naglakad muna para humanap p ang ibang makakainan. Naiwan kame ni Sarah, kase order kame ng Nachos. Afer few mins, tumawag si Sally, nasa Costa Pacifica daw sila. Sumunod na lang kame. Pero hindi rin ako kumain, sila lang. I ordered Mango Shake lang.

We were given this to die for dessert. Kase may nakalimutan silang order na food ni Len. Wow ang sarap!!! Recommended!!

Free Chocolate Chip Brownie with Caramelized Banana

Free Chocolate Chip Brownie with Caramelized Banana

After nila kumain, we went back to Yellow Fin to pre-order our breakfast the next day. Then back to our room. Wash up, kwentuhan saglit. And went to bed.

Day 2.
Woke up early and punta na ng Yellow Fin, kase 7:30am namin sinabi i-serve. Aba, napakahaba ng pila. Nakakain ata kame 8ish na rin. Ano use ng pre-order diba? Pero wala naman kame nagawa, we waited na lang din. Ok naman yun food. And after eating went back sa room ulet to change. At yon, ready na sila to surf.

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One hour ang lumipas at natapos din sila. Nagbanlaw, nagbayad. Bumalik ulet sa room at nag pack. Nagpaalam na kame kay Nanay at nagtanong kung may iba pa sila masa-suggest matutuluyan. Meron, pero malayo na sa Sabang. Sabi namin mag-lunch lang muna kame.

Sa Costa Pacifica kame nag-lunch. Kase gusto ulet namin nung melted chocolate chip. Nag-share kame ni Sally sa food. It says on the menu that good for sharing sya, kinda bitin if gutom ka. Pero ok lang naman.

Baler bbq mixed plate

Baler bbq mixed plate

Syempre nag-order nga ulet kame ng melted chocolate, at naka dalawa kame. Yummy eh!!!

Ayun, after kumain pumasyal na kame. We went to Museo de Baler, Baler Church, Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon House.

Lunch at Costa Pacifica

Lunch at Costa Pacifica

Beside the pool

Beside the pool

Pool at Costa Pacifica

Pool at Costa Pacifica

Museo de Baler

Museo de Baler

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Baler Church

Baler Church

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Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon House

Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon House

And went to our new place na. Di ako sure san sya exactly, didnt bother to take photo nung place kase di ko sya type. Super lamok nung bahay, pag open mo ng bathroom malamok din. Yun faucet sa may kitchen pag binuksan mo, makalawang pa. Air conditioned yun room, mura ang house kase they have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, may kichen, sala and veranda. Pero kung tinamad lang rin lang sila linisin yun house before magpa-upa at di nauubos ang lamok, thank you na lang.

We went back sa Sabang for dinner. Pinuntahan namin ang suggestion ni Abet na Kusina Luntian. Masarap food, pero maghihintay ka lang talaga kase isa lang ang lutuan nila.

Daing na pusit tib P65.00

Daing na pusit tib P65.00

Daing na bangus da P65.00

Daing na bangus da P65.00

Wapang wapang na liempo P85.00

Wapang wapang na liempo P85.00

After eating, bumalik na rin kame agad sa bahay, coz naiwan din namin si Sarah.

The next day, we went to Diguisit Beach. Naku, sana dito na lang kame nag-stay. Maganda sa Diguisit. Wala na kame iba napuntahan, plan namin puntahan sana yun Mother Falls, kaso it rained the night before kaya malabong pumunta dahil malakas ang tubig.

Diguisit Rock Formation

Diguisit Rock Formation

Diguisit Falls

Diguisit Falls

Diguisit Falls

Diguisit Falls

Having tanduay ice at Dela Torre Beach Resort while resting

Having tanduay ice at Dela Torre Beach Resort while resting

After sa Diguisit Beach, went back sa house to get ready. Left the house at noon. Lunch at one of the carinderias in The Rolling Stores of Baler. Good cheap food! Larga na around 2ish.

Had dinner naman at Hapag Vicenticos in Cabanatuan. Wow, sarap ng food.

Dinner at Hapag Vicenticos

Dinner at Hapag Vicenticos

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This trip was indeed an adventure. Bitin lang, kapos sa oras. We’ll definitely go back to explore more!

El Nido Adventure

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It was my first time to go to Palawan. Honestly, Palawan is not even on my bucket list of to go-to places in the Philippines. If ever man, siguro nasa huli ko na sya. Until last summer, Sally asked me if I want to go to Palawan. May seat sale kase. I said yes na rin, naisip ko pwede ko na to pa-birthday sa sarili ko. So she booked us to Puerto Prinsesa.

Original plan talaga was Puerto Prinsesa lang and a night or two in El Nido. Kase nga maganda raw talaga in El Nido. Wala ako idea, all I know is that, nasa Palawan ang El Nido, Coron and Puerto Prinsesa. Wala ako alam kung asan man yang mga lagoons na yan. And since I’ve been to Caramoan, feeling ko nakapunta na rin ako ng Palawan.

Muntik pa hindi matuloy ang trip kase dapat pupunta ng NY si Sally. Week before the trip, sabi nya na-move na to January 2014 ang trip so tutuloy pa rin kame. Madaliang plano. And we decided to stay in El Nido for 3 nights (pero ending, we stayed in El Nido buong trip). Tuesday before the trip, saka lang nagkaron ng IT. Wednesday, nag-start na kame mag-deposit for our accommodation, called the Van company, printed our e-ticket. We also planned to stay in Apulit Island Resort. Patok na kame patulan ang 18K a night nila. But when I called to book, the girl told me na minimum of 2 nights sila. No way! That’s 36 thousand pesos!

Anyway, here’s my kwento.

Day 1 (Dec. 12):
Manila Domestic Terminal 4
Puerto Prinsesa Airport
San Jose Terminal (had lunch at carinderia here)

Wala ako plan matulog. Pero syempre nakatulog pa rin ako. Buti at nagising pa rin ako on time. Woke up ng 3ish am, left home mga 4ish. Dumating kame ng airport around 5. Checked in and waited for boarding. Bought coffee at Coffee Experience, and corned beef pandesal at Seattle’s Best.

Waiting for boarding

Waiting for boarding

Left Manila few mins earlier. Ang saya lang kase ang aga. Kaya maaga rin kame nakalapag ng Puerto Prinsesa.

Puerto Prinsesa International Airport

Puerto Prinsesa International Airport

Paglabas ng airport, we rode on a trike and asked san pwede kumain. Since 9am pa lang yon, gusto pa namin mag-breakfast ng maayos dahil 11am ang byahe namin to El Nido. Lahat ng pinagdalahan samin ni manong ay mga sarado pa. 10am pa raw ang open, and ayaw naman namin maghintay ng ganon pa katagal. Ending, umabot na rin kame sa San Jose Terminal. May mga carinderia, kaya don na kame kumain. Mura pa.

Left Puerto Prinsesa ng 11am.

Arrived El Nido around 4:30. Checked ourselves in at Marina garden Beach Resort. At naghanap na ng kakainan.

Marina Garden Beach Resort

Marina Garden Beach Resort

Dinner at Seaslugs. I had grilled porkchop (3pcs of porkchop, 1 rice, fresh fruits) and mango shake, Sally ordered garlic shrimp and watermelon shake.. FYI, pag sinabi nila sa inyo na good for 1, wag kayo maniwala. Kase good for 2-3 persons ang food nila. Hahahaha. Both ended our dinner with Frozen Mango Margarita. Its yummy!

Grilled Porkchop at Seaslugs

Grilled Porkchop at Seaslugs

Frozen Mango Margarita

Frozen Mango Margarita

Pagbalik ng room, freshen up, online and ka-text ko pa si Ser Chief. Tapos, nakatulog na ako.

Day 2 (Dec. 13):
Tour A:
7 Commando’s Beach
Secret Lagoon
Small and Big Lagoon

The next morning, woke up early para sa aming tour. Had breakfast sa cafe. Ugh sarap ng bacon! Prepared for our tour after kumain. I forgot ate’s name na sumundo samin. Hahahaha she asked if we want to rent kayak para daw kung sakali eh makapasok kame sa mga lagoons. Also nag offer sya ng scuba shoes na nung una hesitant kame. Pero sige (good thing coz laking tulong pala sya).

Breakfast at Marina Garden

Breakfast at Marina Garden

Seven Commandos Beach

Seven Commandos Beach

Me at Seven Commando Beach

Me at Seven Commandos Beach

Secret Lagoon

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Delicious lunch at Payong Payong Beach

Corals

Corals

BFF's at the Big Lagoon

BFF’s at the Big Lagoon

Kayaking in Big Lagoon

Kayaking in Big Lagoon

Sally at Small Lagoon

Sally at Small Lagoon

I loved Seven Commandos, wish we could stay longer. Binaliktad ni kuya Lito (our tour guide) yun mga pinunahan namin. Nakakatuwa sya, kase bigla na lang nag-english when he introduced himself. 6 kame sa tour, 3 kame pinoy, 3 foreigner. He’s funny and naging photographer ni Sally (actually, ginagawang personal photographer ni Sally mga naging tour guide namin hahaha).

BTW, merong nangangagat na fish sa Payong Payong Beach, nakakaloka sya. Nanunugod eh. Haha

After ng tour, ginutom kame syempre. Decided mag early dinner. Lakad lakad, dapat sa The Alternative kame, kaso merong party. Dinner at Seaslugs again. Had Pizza and Spaghetti na napakarami again. Mango shake and Frozen Mango Margarita!

Spaghetti and Pizza

Spaghetti and Pizza

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Maaga inantok, so maaga bumalik sa room.

Day 3 (Dec. 14):
Tour C:
Helicopter Island
Matinloc Shrine
Talisay Island
Secret Beach
Hidden Beach

Breakfast at Marina Garden. After breakfast, syempre nag-ready na ulet kame for our tour. Went sa beachfront, naghintay ng sundo.

Omelet for breakfast

Omelet for breakfast

Intay ng sundo

Intay ng sundo

Helicopter Island

Helicopter Island

Matinloc Shrine

Matinloc Shrine

Matinloc Shrine

Matinloc Shrine

Buwis buhay at Matinloc Shrine

Buwis buhay at Matinloc Shrine

Talisay Beach

Talisay Beach

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Sal & I at Secret Beach

Sal & I at Secret Beach

Sal & I at Secret Beach

Sal & I at Secret Beach

Sal & I at Secret Beach

Sal & I at Secret Beach

Secret Beach

Secret Beach

Entering the Hidden Beach

Entering the Hidden Beach

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Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach

Super scared ako papunta and papasok ng Hidden Beach, kase ang alon na. Di naman ako marunong mag-swim no. Pero inalalayan naman kame nung kasama ni kuya. Sayang, we didnt stay long here.

Pagbalik namin, gusto namin umabot sa sunset. Kaya we went to Corong Corong for sunset viewing. Tapos nagtanong ng matutuluyan.

Corong Corong Beach

Corong Corong Beach

Di gaano successful ang sunset kase maulap. But its ok.

We went back to Marina Garden. Nakipagkwentuhan muna kame sa staff. Hanggang ginutom kame. Kaya lumabas kame para humanap ng kakainan. We’re looking for isaw sana, kaso wala. Puro seafood lang talaga. Ending, sa carinderia in front of Marina Garden kame kumain. Then, lakad para bumili ng ice and water. And went back sa room.

Day 4 (Dec. 15):
Pag gising namin, breakfast. Shower and packed our things na. We had lunch at The Alternative. Nakakatuwa yun place. Kinda pricey, but hey ang sarap naman ng food. Worth it! We want to sit sana sa hanging lounge kaya lang, tanghaling tapat ang inet eh.

Hanging Lounge at The Alternative

Hanging Lounge at The Alternative

My yummy lunch at Alternative

My yummy lunch at Alternative

Sally's food

Sally’s food

After eating, we went back sa Marina to get our things. Went to Corong Corong and checked in at Orange Pearl Resort. Ok naman yun room. Mali ko, di muna ako bumili ng water before pumunta. Ang mahal ng food and drinks in Corong Corong. Medyo malayo kase sila sa bayan. Sad lang talaga. But, na-keri ko naman. Waited for sunset. Sal and I had tanduay ice and fries while lying sa beach bench.

Corong Corong Beach

Corong Corong Beach

Chillaxing

Chillaxing

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Orange Pearl Resort

Orange Pearl Resort

Sunset at Corong Corong

Sunset at Corong Corong

Wala kame mahanap kainan at Corong Corong, kaya we went back to Orange Pearl. Had tuna sandwich, quite expensive ah.

Expensive tuna sanwich (P150)

Expensive tuna sanwich (P150)

Off to bed ng 12ish I think.

Day 5 (Dec. 16):
Woke up at 6. Breakfast at Orange Pearl. Shower, pack, checked out. Nakamagkano rin ata ako sa water ah. Hahaha

Lexus picked us up. Van left around 10.

El Nido Terminal

El Nido Terminal

Pipino & Beef Salpicao

Pipino & Beef Salpicao

Deep fried Tamilok & Crocodile Sisig

Deep fried Tamilok & Crocodile Sisig

Arrived Puerto Prinsesa ng 3:30. Nagpababa na lang kame at Kinabuchs. Waited til 4.

5ish we left for the airport. Check in. Bought pasalubong.

At quarter to 7, our plane left Puerto Prinsesa. Arrived Manila before 8pm.

Off to Manila

Off to Manila

Expenses: (to follow)