Burot Beach + Isla Puting-Buhangin

Last Saturday we went to Burot Beach, Calatagan , Batangas. We have been checking this beach through internet for months but we can’t decide as this is privately owned by SMDC.  However, a friend told me about her contact (Mang Ramon- (09156028907)) and we inquired. He said that the beach is still open to public until further notice.  With the blogs we read, the travel time for bus is 2-3 hrs. However, our experience is different! We left around 5:00 am from Pasay and arrived 9:45 am at Calatagan Public Market! Almost a 5-hr drive!

TIP: Bus and van rates are BSC liner – P193.00, Celyrosa – P160.00 and van P180.00. They all have terminal in Pasay. For buses: At the back of Mc Donalds (First trip 4:00 am). For vans: At the back of Kabayan Hotel.

As soon as we got there, we bought our baon and looked for a tricycle driver who took us to the beach!  Travel time is 15-20 mins.

TIP: Tricycle fares vary from 100-150 pesos. Also, ask the driver to pick you up.

Our plan is day-tour only so we asked the tricycle driver to pick us up at around 3:00pm as the last trip from Calatagan to Pasay is 5:00 pm. If you want to stay overnight, make sure you have a tent or you can rent a tent from Mang Ramon if you don’t have one. 🙂

 

Here’s a sample Itinerary below:

2D/1N Burot Beach sample Itinerary

Day 1

5:00 am ETD Pasay bus to Calatagan

9:45 am ETA Calatagan Public Market (you can buy your baon here, but limited lang choices.)

9:55 am Look for a tricycle driver that will take you to Burot Beach. Travel time is 15-20 mins.

10: 15 am ETA Burot Beach

10: 15 am beach bumming, swimming

11:00 am Prepare lunch

12:00 pm Lunch time!!!

1:00 pm Beach bumming, swimming or you can go to Isla Puting-Buhangin. Look for a boatman. Rate is 40 pesos per head. It is only 3-5 mins away from Burot Beach.

2:30 pm Back to Burot and enjoy the beach!

6:00 pm Prepare dinner

10:00 pm Lights out

Day 2

5:30am Prepare breakfast.

7:30am Free time! Enjoy the island. Swim, beach bumming. :)

10:00am Preparing to go home.

11:00am ETD Burot Beach to Calatagan Public Market.

11: 20am ETA  Calatagan Public Market. (you can eat your lunch here)

12:00-12:30 pm ETD Calatagan Public Market to Pasay

4:30 pm ETA Pasay Terminal

Expenses for 2 persons
Bus (to Coastal road) Php26.00
Bus (to Pasay) Php20.00
Bus (to Calatagan) Php386.00
Tricycle (back & forth) Php200.00
Burot (table) Php150.00
Burot (entrance) Php120.00
Van (to Pasay) Php360.00
Boat (putting buhangin) Php100.00
Food Php160.00
banana P30
corned beef P35
water P30
bread P55
TOTAL Php1,522.00

Exploring Calaguas Group of Islands

Calaguas is a group of islands in the Pacific located in the Province of Camarines Norte, Bicol.

Sample Itinerary: (via Paracale Port)

Day 0: 
10:00pm :  ETD Manila to Talobatib

Day 1:
5:00am:  ETA Talobatib, Labo, eat breakfast and wait for the bus going to Paracale
6:00am:  ETD to Paracale. Contact your boatman.
7:00am: ETA Paracale. Look for your boatman going to Calaguas. Buy foods, drinking water, etc.
9:00am: ETD Paracale to Calaguas Island
11:00am: ETA Calaguas, Island. Set-up camp, cook lunch!
12:00pm: Lunch time!
1:00pm : Explore, beach bumming, swimming!
5:00pm: Cook dinner!
6:00pm: Dinner time! sarap!
7:00pm – onwards: Socials. 😀

Day 2:

5:30am: wake up call, cook breakfast
6:00am: breakfast time
7:00am: free time
10:00am: prepare lunch
11:00am: early lunch
12:00pm: wash up, prepare to go home!
1:00pm: ETD Calaguas to Paracale to Talovatib by bus/trike
3:00pm: ETA Paracale. Bus to Talobatib.
4:00pm: ETD Talobatid, Daet to Manila

How to get there: (via land)

1. Ride a bus going to Daet.  There are buses from Cubao and Pasay. Travel time approx. 7 hrs. Fare around 750 pesos (not updated).

2. From Daet, tell the driver to drop you off Barangay Talobatib junction.

3. Ride a bus going to Paracale. First trip to Paracale is 6:00 am. Last Trip is 6:00pm. Travel time approx. 1 hr. Fare around 100 pesos.

4. Rent a boat going to Calaguas. Travel time approx. 2 hrs. Boat rent: 2000-3000 pesos. (not updated)

 

Or you can also rent a VAN or get a package Tour. 🙂

 

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2nd Asian Sky Wizardry Fireworks Competition at Enchanted Kingdom

Last October 22, the Grand Finals for the 2nd Asian Sky Wizardry Fireworks Competition was held at Enchanted Kingdom. The competitors are from China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Philippines. Singapore won the epic battle of  “pyro-musical” synchronized to the tune of EK’s new jingle.

Here’s our photos:

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Manila Zoo

One Sunday morning we decided to tour Manila. We went to Intramuros and Manila Zoo.

Visiting Manila Zoo was not exactly in our plan. I heard negatives reviews about it. However, it was too early to go home so we (my boyfriend and I) took a short visit. I was expecting that it looks bad but when we entered, I can say that it is ok.

However, I got disappointed when I realized that the animals are neglected. Their condition made me sad. Yes, it made me happy seeing them, but looking closely, I saw that they are not well taken care of.

It seems that Manila Zoo is losing its animals, I can still remember a Giraffe (during my grade school days), but it is no longer around. I also saw a dead bird in a cage (maybe a Philippine Seargent Eagle, I can’t remember and I did not take a photo).  One of the Ostrich does not have feathers.  The elephant looks so sad and lonely. Other animals looks sick and some of them are thin as if they do not have enough food.

I hope that the zoo should make an effort in improving the zoo.

 


Intramuros: the “Walled City”

Intramuros, the “Walled City”,  is the most historical place in Manila.  It is a Latin  word which means, within the walls.

How to get to Intramuros:

Ride and MRT bound for Taft. After getting off at the Taft  Avenue Station, walk towards the connecting footbridge to LRT-1 EDSA Station. Buy a ticket bound for Libertad Station.  From Libertad Station, walk towards the corner of Taft Avenue and Libertad Street(Arnaiz Avenue).

Ride a jeep with “Pier Harrizon Plaza Luna” sign, tell the driver to drop you off Fort Santiago.

Getting  Around Intramuros:

By foot:

The cheapest mode of going around. However, you need to have comfortable shoes, umbrella and bottled water!

Ride a pedicab:

The pedicab driver will tour you around the wall city.

Ride a kalesa:

An old-fashioned way to get around Intramuros, however it is more expensive than hiring a pedicab.

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

How to get there:

via public transport:

From Manila, take a bus going to San Antonio, Zambales or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. (Note: Victory Liner has everyday trip schedules) The bus (Fare: from Pasay P285.00, from Caloocan P275.00) will pass by San Antonio, Zambales, your drop off point. Make sure to tell the conductor to drop you off in front of public market near the Municipal Hall. Then take a tricycle going to Pundaquit (Fare: P35.00 per head ).

From Pundaquit, ride a boat going to Nagsasa Cove. Boat rate going to Nagsasa Cove with island hopping (P500.00 per head).  You may text/call Rowel Cabasan @ 09292376935 for SMART and 09166490847 for GLOBE

Sample Itinerary:

-FRIDAY-

10:00PM – ASSEMBLY @ VICTORY LINER Caloocan

12:00AM – ETD to SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES

4:00AM – ETA to SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES

-SATURDAY

4:00AM – GO TO MARKET and BUY SUPPLIES

5:00AM – TAKE TRIKE to PUNDAQUIT

5:30AM – ASSEMBLE @ PUNDAQUIT

5:45AM – DEPART FOR CAMARA ISLAND

6:00AM – ETA @ CAMARA ISLAND (SWIM & TAKE PICTURES)

8:00AM – DEPART FOR CAPONES ISLAND

8:30AM – ETA CAPONES ISLAND (EXPLORE AND TAKE PICTURES)

10:30AM DEPART for NAGSASA COVE

11:30AM – ETA @ NAGSASA COVE

12:00PM – PREPARE for LUNCH

1:30PM – CHILL, RELAX, EXPLORE, TAKE PICTURES and SWIM

5:45PM – VIEW SUNSET

6:00PM – PREPARE for DINNER

8:00PM – CHILL, RELAX by the BONFIRE

10:30PM – LIGHTS OUT

-SUNDAY-

6:00AM – WAKE UP CALL

6:30AM – PREPARE for BREAKFAST

8:00AM – SWIM and TAKE PICTURE

10:00AM – WASH UP and PREPARE for DEPARTURE

11:00AM – DEPART for PUNDAQUIT

12:00PM – ETA @ PUNDAQUIT (Optional: Take lunch at nearest carinderia)

12:30PM – DEPART for SAN ANTONIO via TRIKE

1:00PM – WAIT @ BUS STATION for BUS (VICTORY LINER either bound for PASAY,

CALOOCAN or OLONGAPO – for OLONGAPO, stop over & buy LUNCH)

7:00/8:00PM – ARRIVE @ MANILA

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A trip to Manila Ocean Park

For only 750 pesos, I was able to experience and enjoy a day with the sea creatures.  My sister, her boyfriend and I went to Manila Ocean Park. I was not expecting that I will enjoy it as I have heard some negative feedback about the park.

But on our first stop, I found my self clicking the cam and enjoying everything.

First stop:  (Encounter with the Sea Lion) Sea Lions are adorable and intelligent animals. They can end up being extremely large. They are pinnipeds (winged or fin-footed marine mammal).

Second Stop:  (Sea Lion Show) I love the Sea Lions! They are so adorable, witty,  lovely and so intelligent.

Third Stop: (Jellies) The dancing sea fairies. They made me feel relaxed.

Fourth Stop: (Oceanarium) The marine life park! The home of the thousands sea creatures. An underwater adventure where I came face to face with amazing sea creatures! I want to try the auqanaut ( up-close encounter with sharks and other sea creatures).  Too bad I was not able to bring extra clothes! 😦 Nevertheless, I enjoyed the adventure. Just taking pictures made me busy. 🙂

Fifth Stop:  (The Fountain Show) Simply Majestic!

more pictures: 

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Halo Halo de Iloko

On our La Union vacation, we visited the famous Halo Halo de Iloko. Upon entering the restaurant, you can feel the homey ambiance.

I actually do not eat halo halo but I really want to try La Union’s best so we ordered Fiesta Halo Halo, Emparedados, Mais Con Yelo and fries (merienda).

Fiesta Halo Halo is definitely one of a kind. I like the creamy taste and the fresh ingredients. I really enjoyed the unique taste of their Fiesta Halo Halo. Maybe the secret is on the cream?! Hehehe.

Emparedados - a native hamburger made from longganisa and bread. I ate two orders of these. 🙂

Cheesy fries

Fiesta Halo Halo

Fiesta Halo Halo- so yummy and creamy

Moriones Festival – Marinduque

Last 2009, I celebrated the Holy Week (Maundy Thursday- Black Saturday) in Marinduque. This is the first time I celebrated it without my family (I was with my officemates).

I was able to experience the Moriones Festival which is held every Holy Week. Moriones is a week-long festival that re-enacts the story of  Longinus (a Roman soldier).  The participants of the re-enactment are called Moriones as they are wearing the Morion (mask) and costumes of the Roman soldiers.

Little Morion :p

When I was in Marinduque, I was able to visit the Lourdes Grotto and Malbog Sulfur Hot Spring. (Photos were taken using phone cam)

view from the top of Lourdes Grotto