Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Trip to Morong, Bataan

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Watch the Travel Channel #TheWayYouWantIt

I love travelling. And I'm sure you do to. However, we can't travel everyday, can we? As much as we like to, not all of us are blessed with a job that takes us everywhere, talk about it, and be paid a hefty sum =)

For all of those who aren't as lucky, here's one way you can enjoy a very fulfilling and life-changing (not to mention entertaining) trip - watch it #TheWayYouWantIt

Travel shows are created to educate and entertain. And it is such a waste if you can't visit one beautiful place everyday. Always remember that beautiful places are everywhere. It is just a matter of appreciating all the things around you.

SkyCable offers the most comprehensive travel channel today. You can view it on regular channel 82 and 201 on HD. The channel is ready to provide you with the best travel shows on earth.

Visit there everyday and you won't have to take the plane or ride the bus to go anywhere you want to go.

See you there!

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Mindoro Escape

The prettiest island I've been to thus far
Mindoro's beautiful sunset...
...and wonderful sunrise!
Postcard perfect (just remove the wires!)
Crystal clear waters...
...and pretty white sands.
I even found a new pet - a transparent white crab!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

More Pangasinan Pics

Visiting Pangasinan for a Family Affair

It was a long trip to Pangasinan. Normally, it would just take you 4 hours to Macatarem. But for us, it's an 8 hour ride. Why? We were lost. We made one wrong turn and boy, we paid for it big time. We left at around 10pm. It was morning when we made it to the city.

Macatarem is a vast, plain land. There weren't too much to see, maybe because we really didin't go around much. We were there for the wedding. And after the 8-hour gruelling ride, there isn't so much room for sightseeing. Right after going down the vehicle, we have to change clothes for the wedding will start in 3 hours.

When the wedding is over, we decided to go to Lingayen. The locals said there's a beautiful beach there and it's only a 30-minute ride.

Well, it isn't. Maybe an hour, tops. For someone who knew the place, it is possible to wheeze through the highways and get to Lingayen in a jiffy. That's not a problem with us. We were able to see good sights along the way anyway.

Pangasinan was a beautiful province during the day. We sure have seen countless of breathtaking scenery along the way. Most are fields with the mountains as the backdrop. It was a nice sight. I felt so close to nature.

And the beach, it was magnificent. It's the best spot we have gone so far. The wide beach is all for the taking. No entrance fees or anything. It was not too consumed by the commercialism, like in Batangas where every beach is fenced and you have to go through a private property before you can enjoy the waters.

It's like being in California where you can just park near the beach and enjoy some water fun. It's possible to just lay a bath towel on the sand and enjoy the sights. There are nipa hut cottages at the sides too, just in case you want to relax under a cool roof, away from the heat of the sun.

The waters are clean too. As far as I know, this is the Lingayen Gulf we're in. You better see it for yourself and have fun like we did!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nasugbu Batangas Revisited

I have frequented Batangas. But this is only the first time I'm writing about it. Last Saturday, we drove to Batangas at around 2pm. We arrived at our destination by 6pm. It's a four hour ride from Manila and the traffic's good. It's the holidays so we're really not expecting any traffic jams at all.

But when we got to Silang Cavite, there's a slight congestion on the road. The reason? It was their feast day. There were bands playing on the streets, making the roads a little clogged up. But that's okay. We had fun seeing all the bright colors and the costumes of those who participated in the parade.

As we passed by Tagaytay, I tried to take some pictures of the famous Taal Volcano. Unfortunately, I wasn't that successful. I was able to take shots of the pineapple farm though. But as for the smallest volcano, I would have to try my luck about that next time.

We arrived in Nasugbu and rented a small nipa hut. We're going to spend the night at the resort so a good place to stay is necessary. We didn't sleep though. We just swam the night away. When we went back to the cabin, its almost 2pm.

I'd say the night swimming in Nasugbu is not as fun and as loud as that of Puerto Galera or Boracay. It's a lot peaceful, with only a handful of people braving the waters at the wee hours of night. There's not much lighting either. We have to rely on the full moon to light our swimming path. There were people peacefully sleeping by the sand too. If I had a bonfire I would be more than glad to join in.

I had fun at the beach. I tried the floating technique and I'd say I was able to get the hang of it. I wasn't all that good but it's a start. I'll practice more next summer.

The next day went in fast. As early as 4am, the kids are awake already asking permission to swim. The sun didn't shine until past 5am so it was still dark at that time. We have to wait because the waters are still cold. By 6am, we decided to go back into the waters. We had fun until eight.

It wasn't noon yet but the sun is high and the water's getting warm. Even the sand is slowly getting to hot under your feet. At high noon, nobody can walk to the shore without shoes or sandals on. It's impossible to cross the scorching heat towards the beach without foot and head protection.

By 2pm we prepared to go home. It's a full 24 hour experience for me. Nasugbu is not a new place. But every time I'm closer to nature, I feel as if I'm in a new place all over again. This is how I love Mother Earth. And I'm doing my share to save it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Rizal: A Place Near Home

If there's one place that you should go to this Holy Week, a good suggestion would be in the province of Rizal. The area is just a few hours away from Manila. It is adjacent to Pasig City, which makes the province very accessible.

Rizal is very popular for Antipolo, the church to go for devout Catholics. The feast of the Shrine of Antipolo happens in May. But during the Holy Week, a walking pilgrimage forms at the Ortigas Center and they would all walk together to the Shrine. Many people tend to join in along the way too, with a few of them barefooted.

Aside from Antipolo, there are also other places of interest in the province. One is the rapeling park in Tanay, Rizal. There are also several resorts in the area, such as Club Manila East in Taytay, Lake View in Binangonan, and Thunderbird in Angono, Rizal.

Indeed, Rizal is a nature's place right in the city of Manila. Come and visit. You don't have to go far to experience nature's luscious beauty.