Thank you, Puerto Galera!

When life is just so toxic and all you need is a really quick getaway from the city works, this is what happens:

An Overnight trip to Puerto Galera!!

 

Since I have my birthday leave, at least I used it with a superb quick vacation.

 

From Cavite, we rode a van going to Batangas Port. The travel time is almost 2 hours, and from Batangas Port to Puerto Galera, is almost an hour.

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We booked at the hotel a day before so after we landed the Sabang Puerto Galera, we head straight to the hotel.

We made a mistake, we thought that the White Beach and Sabang are just in one shore, so we decided that it is okay to booked at Sabang, we can just walk right to White Beach, but it is not.

Sabang, PUerto Galera is good for Scuba Diving, it doesn’t have the beach you were longing for, it is purely for the Scuba Diving. We didn’t do scuba diving, but on Batangas Port, we were offered to do some activities such as, Snorkeling, Underwater cave, Sand bar and other beaches.

So friends, if you want the normal beach, go to White Beach, if you are going to book a hotel, please always check the location. So you won’t have the same mistake as we did. We just looked at the brighter side so we won’t be having any regrets.

We booked at Tropicana Castle Resort. The Resort has its MEdieval Themed castle, with 5 floors, one swimming pool, fitness center and rooms has its own blower, bath tub (you just have to pay additional 500.00 for it), heater and television, for only 2,000.00, I am telling you, it is worth it.

 

 

We checked in by 1:00pm, a little relaxing a tour in the resort and we get ready for our adventure.

The boat we rented was waiting for us in the shore, and it was big for just the two of us, we met Kuya Jay-R, and he said we will be transferred into a smaller boat.

 

and here it what the smaller boat look like,

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Unfortunately, my action camera’s water proof case broke just before we go to Puerto galera, so I was crying for its wrong timing. Snorkeling was really the best experience I had, better than what I had in Cebu. The corals are huge, there were so many fishes. It is the best!

So here are some of our photos as well.

 

Sorry not to give you detailed blog about this trip, I was so heart broken for my camera, I wish I could share you how beautiful underwater sea in Mindoro is.

Photo Dump:

 

 

For the breakdown of cost:

 

From Pala-Pala to Batangas Port= P165.00

Lunch @ Batangas Port = P60.00

Batangas Port to Sabang (round trip ticket) = P500

Environmental Fee, Sabang = P50.00

Activities (Snorkeling, Beaches, Underwater Cave) = P1500.00/2 person = P750.00

One night at Tropicana Castle = P2,000.00/2 persons = P1,000.00

Dinner = P140.00

Lunch = P70.00

Environmental Fee from Sabang = P30.00

Tricycle Batangas Port to Grand Terminal, Batanagas City = P70.00

Batangas to Cavite = P160.00

 

ALL IN = 2,995.00

 

This is a very quick and tiring getaway. Haha.

But as I got back to Cavite, I feel renewed, no regrets in the past, and ready for what life is going to throw me. ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you for reading!!

Everything, Everything

“You jump off cliffs even though you can’t swim”

Oh. That hit me.

My office mate referred this movie to me because she saw me in the movie. And I was curious of why she saw me in? I was never an actress. haha. But I already had the hint since I watched the trailer months ago.

The girl in the movie, Maddy, is sick, her immune system is too weak for the world outside. So she was just locked up in their house with everything sterilized. She never had a life outside the house for 15 years. And for me, it sucks.

So, how I found myself related to the movie as well?

Same as Maddy, I was not allowed to travel much, to do other and extreme activities, because I have a Scoliosis with a 47 degree curve. My doctor says I am a candidate for an operation, but I don’t want, and there’s another option, to wear a hard brace. Wearing hard brace made me quit my job, and almost quit life (life as in the enjoyment of life).

But like Maddy, I wanted to know what is to live life, to know that we are alive.

I quit the bracing and therapy, I just wanted to enjoy life. But, I still do the exercise taught me in therapy for less pain.

 

I found a job, just 20 minutes away from our house, very convenient for my back. I start travelling again, and live my life.

 

Just like Maddy, we don’t know what life is until we have the courage to know it.

One scene I ย liked in Everything, Everything is when Maddy jump off the cliff without knowing how to swim. And I was like, “OMG! I already did that, but, I drowned. haha”

 

 

Yes, I drowned for 5 seconds I think? I jumped in a waterfalls, and unlike sea water, waterfalls are different, they are not even salt water for me to float. And most epic was, our tour guide didn’t even know I don’t know how to swim. hahaha.

 

But, I managed, I am alive and here I am blogging to you my experiences.

So Maddy, thank you, I somehow felt that I am not alone, we all need courage in life to know what it is to be alive.

 

Thank You, Legazpi!

May 18-21, 2017

We traveled for almost 12 hours from Cavite to Albay just to attend our 2nd Family COnference: We Stand For Jesus. ย And if you ask me how did I managed it? Of course, I have my pain reliever ready with with me.

We Stand For Jesus is something so personal for me. Something that came up to: How long could I stand for Jesus? How much strength could I give to Jesus? And in the whole conference, Jesus just reminded me to I am not standing alone, I stand with Him and also for Him.

As I stand for Jesus, I also knew that I am with my family, my Kids For Christ Family. I thank God for their humble hearts and everything feels so easy for me because of them.

Right after the conference we had the chance to stroll Legazpi. And here are some photos I wanted to share. โค

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The 156-meter high Ligรฑon Hill (also spelled Lingรฑon, pronounced as /li-NYON/) is one of Legazpiโ€™s most famous landmarks. For years, Ligรฑon Hill is known only for the PHIVOLCS observatory located in its flanks and an old lighthouse on its summit. Today, it has become one of the cityโ€™s prime destinations for sightseers, adventurers and even fitness buffs.

Because we have our van with us, it was easy for us to reach the top. And there, you would see the breath-taking views of Mayon, perfect for photo-op. YOu can also see the city view from the top.

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We also entered the Japanese Tunnel. But there’s nothing in there, honestly.

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At the top of the hill, there are also Sili Ice Cream.

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It is one of the must-try in Bicol!

Of course, we can’t go home with out visitng the famous Cagsawa Church.

Here are some photo ops, again.

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This trip wouldn’t be fun without these brothers!

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and have you ever experienced this, you wanted a photo of you, but your team doesn’t know how to use your camera. so here’s the output. huhu.

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Nevertheless, from the whole Cavite Team,

THANK YOU, LEGAZPI!!

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Pampangga Trip 2017

Hello! It’s been long since I wrote something about travels. I occassionaly write before, but during my tumblr and blogspot days. And since I have my wordpress account already, I might as well write often, I do hope I had tone of time to do it.

So, for years I always wanted to watch the Hot Air Balloon Festival. I guess, God really delayed it so I can go there with my love.

Me and my workmates planned everything but as usual travel, not everything that was planned happened.

We arranged it thru travel agency, it was cheap, for only PHP 800, we can avail, Van for roundtrip to Pampangga + Entrance Fee to Hot Air Balloon and Sandbox + Side trip to Sky Ranch.

The original IT was, meet at SM Bacoor by 11pm. But the agency failed to meet us and said that the van they rented has back out. So thankfully, our officemate had a contact for a van rental, so we proceed. Also thankfully, we had our tickets by us already a week before.

We arrived Pampangga by 2am. It was a quick travel, but the gate was still closed. By 3am, we were lined up. And believe me, if you are trying to go there with a baby, or child, back out from that plan. There were too many people, it was almost stampede. We get in by 4am, and the show starts by 5:30, sunrise. So we had the chance to sleep first.

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Since we were too early, we got the front seat and we really enjoy the watch because it was too close.

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There was a DJ announcing of what is happening there, I learned that Hot Air Ballons really depends on the air, the best time to take off is before sunrise, wind is calm and everything is perfect for the hot air. But some hot air balloons didn’t have the chance to take off, they encountered problems because of the wind. There are international hot air balloons that came to PH just for this festival.

The whole festival was fun, you can really enjoy it if you have long patience because of too many people.

I hope I can show you all the photos, but I can just upload my phone and action cam photos. Photos from my Nikon cam were not still copied.

After the balloons had been take off, we decided to go out and proceed to the next stop, the Sandbox. But I am really telling you, our path to exit was not easy. Dust. Stampede. Shoulder to shoulder. It came to the point that I don’t need to walk anymore, I can just go on with flow. Plus, portalets are horrible. My officemate took 45mins in line just to pee.

So there, on our way to Sandbox, we were exhausted. We are about to eat lunch, but we don’t want to end up by eating at Jollibee, so we decided to find something else while on our way to Sandbox.

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A place of people fallung in line for everything. We fall in line for the entrance, for the CR, for food, and all.

And here, we end up going back, retreating from Sandbox. And eat in a Korean Restaurant.

I am not a fan of Kfood, but yes, it became my favorite now.

SAMGYUPSAL.

We had it for only 250php, unli samgyupsal already. Unli pork, unli sidedish, unli icetea, plus an icecream for dessert. It’s all worth it.

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I thank my boyfriend for being expert in these kind of food. He was born in Japan, and learned for to use chopstick first before spoon and fork.

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A shot of soju, of course. You wouldn’t want to eat in Krestau without trying their drink. This thing has been my favorite since then.

And this, this was my sight after soju drink. Hahaha. Kidding. It was just blur from the camera.

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And we went home already.

If you think this was a boring trip, NO.
All may not happened according to the plan, buuuut, I enjoyed it with good collegues and with my love. It was memorable because February was love month, and our anniversary month.

That’s it!!!

I will surely upload all for photo dump of the Pampangga Trip 2017!!