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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

 

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[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

Groupie

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!!!

[10th in 2014] Birthday getaway: Puesto del Sol

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Second time ko sana sa El Nido, Palawan eh. Naka book na kame ng 2 months. All set na, may e-ticket, boarding pass, may van na from Puerto Prinsesa to El Nido, may hotel na rin. Problema, traffic.

Hindi kame umabot ni Otch sa flight namin. Tama plano ko umalis ng maaga eh, hindi ko alam baket medyo di ko tinuloy. Isa pa rin na nagpatagal sa pag-alis ko ay naghanap pa ako ng mapagwi-withdraw-han. Ang hirap kumuha ng taxi, pinatulan ko na nga ang Uber, makasiguro lang na may masakyan at safe makarating ng airport. Kaso sobrang traffic talaga.

Our flight is at 6:30pm, since naka-check in na kame, dapat nasa airport na kame at nai-drop ang bags at quarter to six. Nakarating kame ng airport, 6:10 hahaha ok kasalanan namin, but yun may mga tumulong lang sana sayo na staff sa airport, wala eh. May bigla na lang girl nagsabi na kanina pa umalis ang plane, na ang hirap paniwalaan. Madalas delayed ang AirAsia, and naka-check in na kame. Hindi sila agad agad aalis. At 6:30pa ang alis, pero ang sabi kanina pa umalis, at 6:10 pa lang yon. Imposible!

Anyway, kahit anong gawin namin, sa madaling salita, goodbye airfare, goodbye hotel reservation. All paid in full. Ang saya!

I hate lang na yun hotel, nagpabayad ng buo pagka-book pa lang. Kakaiba diba? Usually, you pay the balance sa check out. And no refund or rebooking daw yon, parang airline lang.

Kinita namin sila Gladz and Ley sa HapChan, kumain na lang din kame and nagplano na umalis na lang kinabukasan. Kase naawa ata si Otch saken na malungkot ako. Well, malaking pera din nasayang at isa pa, birthday trip ko sana to eh.

Umuwi kame sa condo ni Otch, nag-plan magpa-massage at naghanap na kame ng mapupuntahan. Batangas! Napakaraming resort kame tinignan, pero mahirap na makahanap dahil peak season na rin. And ok, may nakita si Otch na resort, hmmm maganda sya. Kaya, nagpa-reserve na agad si Otch bago pa makatulog sa sarap ng massage nya. Hahaha

Woke up early, took a shower, ate breakfast. Umuwi pa ako para kunin si Grey, coz mag-convoy dapat kame. Turned out, pagdating ko ng bahay, wala si Grey. Ginamit pala ng kapatid ko. So problemado na naman kame.

To make the long story short, sinundo ulet ako nila Gladz sa bahay at tumuloy pa rin kame sa Batangas. Uuwi nga lang ng madaling araw the next day. Malayo rin pala ang Calatagan, pero keber dahil masaya kame sa road trip namin.

Dumating kame, padilim na. Maganda ang Puesto del Sol. Maliit pero maganda rin. Buti wala ako dala oto, kase di ko kaya ang papasok sa kanila. Ang tarik!!!!

Mabaet yun kausap ni Otch, panay check sya samin habang nasa road pa lang kame. Tapos nagpa-prepare na kame ng food kase wala pa naglunch samin and almost dinner na.

Our Room

Our Room

Nice din room namin, simple pero pasado saming lahat. We had extra mattresses. Yun tv nakakatuwa, may dvd player na sya. Kaya akala namin nung una parang hotel, na bigla na lang may mga default movies and pipili ka na lang and play. Yun pala, andon sa likod nya, kasama mismo sa tv yun player.

Yummy Dinner

Yummy Dinner

Knowing Otch, parang ang lakas kumain. Nagpaluto ng tortang talong, sinigang na isda, inihaw na liempo, pinakbet, chicken bbq. Tapos ang sarap ng mango shake!!! The owner is really nice. He speaks tagalog. Hindi namin naubos food namin, kaya sabi namin sa ibang staff, kanila na lang.

After eating, nagpalit na kame ng swimsuit at lumipat na sa pool. Ordered drinks also. So windy, so lamig. Hahaha

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The pool

The pool

Bar/kitchen

Bar/kitchen

Tekali (special drink made by Ralph)

Tekali (special drink made by Ralph)

With the owner Ralph

With the owner Ralph

The sweet staffs

The sweet staffs

We got up at 4am. Ate breakfast and said goodbye to the wonderful people of Puesto del Sol.

We’ll definitely go back here, bitin kase kame. Hahaha and maganda yun place, magandang sulitin.