Thursday, November 27, 2014

Blogging Once Again

Wow! It's been more than four months since the last time I made an entry in this blog. Not because I lost my interest in writing but because I been so busy and was preoccupied with a lot of things. Aside from that I also lost the same enthusiasm to write these past few months because of so many things happened to me.

But I guess my creative juices are now ready to flow to get all the right words and thoughts to again create a beautiful story in this blog. But honestly I was thinking of just deleting this blog and just create a new one but there are so many written memories in this blog that has been part of my life story, both sad and beautiful memories were jotted in here and so I would like to keep this blog going.

I am excited to put more beautiful memories in this blog from now on. I would like to document here more of travels which I have been doing lately. So guys, watch out for it!

Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 IMG Gala Night

After series of stint in the mountains and the sea I think it's about time to become fabulous even just for a night.  Wow!  I can't imagine myself wearing a gown but because it was a requirement in the Gala Night I have to make myself beautiful. LOL!

It was an exciting event for me not only because it was my first time wearing a gown because it was also the time when I first attended the IMG convention which gave another reasons to move and be resilient in doing our mission, our mission to spread financial literacy to every people we meet everyday.

There was about 2000+ attendees of the convention and there was an exciting aura when I entered the venue at SMX Convention Center.  It was huge venue and the tables were arranged in an elegant manner adorned with Burlap Faux Fitted Tablecloths to match with the event.

I couldn't recognized some of my friends who were also at the event because of their transformation.  Ladies were wearing gowns while gentlemen were wearing their tuxedo.  I'm used being out in the sea or being on top of the mountains and this Gala night was something different for me.

Mt. Batulao - Nasugbu Batangas

Two weeks ago since we climb the peak of Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu Batangas but before the climb my friend told me who previously climb that mountain that it was an easy trek.  I was really expecting that it will be an easy one but I gets really tired after the hike.  It was probably because of the weather and since there was no much of trees in most of the trail I find it really difficult compared to our Pico De Loro hike.

But no matter how far it was and how difficult being on the top we still enjoyed the hike.  We started at around 7:00 am and ended the hike at around 6:00 pm.  Wow, it was an 11 hours walk to reach the peak of those mountain ranges.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Clean Air, Cool Breeze in Potipot Island - Candelaria Zambales

My summer weekends were mostly spent appreciating the nature and through this I was able to at least breath a cool summer wind and free myself from the busy life of being an employee.  Last weekend, I and my friend traveled from south to north to check out one of the beautiful islands in Zambales.  It took us almost six hours to reach the place and while on the road we were able to talked and discussed a lot of things including the green energy and what is air intake.  It is very important for my friend since she is driving her car.  There are many regulations that a car owner should follow which includes The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

Anyway, after almost six hours of travel from Manila to Zambales we were able to reached Candelaria where we agreed to spent our weekend.  There were many resort along the shore ranging from 1400 pesos up to 1500 pesos per night.  There were one resort that we really like however we don't like the way the management approached us and so we end up checking in at the Harvest Hotel in which both of us enjoyed our stay.

After checking in, we then headed to Potipot Island which is the famous island in that area.  The easiest access to this island is from Candelaria through boat ride.  The cost of the boat going to and fro in that island cost for about 400 pesos which is already good for four person then there's an entrance fee of 100 pesos per person once you reach the island.  The price isn't so bad and so we decided to go there even if the water was rough.

We were more than glad to check out the Potipot Island because it has an amazing view basically just everywhere.  There were group of people camping in the Island when we arrived and so we just choose one of the tables near the sea to enjoy our lunch before jumping into the sea.  We both love the sea and so after lunch we then decided to swim and did our snorkeling.  We did not see any fish but we did enjoyed watching the grass underneath the sea. 

After few more dipping in the water we decided to explore the island.  The other side of the island was empty and we really enjoyed the water and sand there.  It was as if we owned the entire island that we don't want to go.  It was an awesome feeling being just alone in that beautiful island wherein you don't need to compete with any other person just to enjoy the place.

But just the same, any good things has to end but of course the beautiful memories were added to our bank of happiness.  Here are some of the few pictures that I took to give you a hint how beautiful is the island.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Three Beautiful Island in a Day - Pagbilao Quezon

Rainy season started as early as June but we were so lucky to be blessed by good weather last June 15, 2014 which allowed us to enjoy the beauty of Dampalitan Island, Puting Buhangin Island and of course the famous Borawan Island located in Pagbilao Quezon.

It was another beautiful weekend for 15 lovely people.  We started our day at around 2:00 am and travel all the way from Manila to Pagbilao Quezon to experience a day full of fun adventure. 

It was quite a long journey but for backpackers like us 5 hrs. in the road was nothing compared to what we were about to see.  It was just like any other road trip that everyone enjoyed.  As usual we had our share stories and laughter while we were in the van.  It was not a boring trip and so the 5 hrs. or road trip became so short that before we knew it we were already at the port of Pagbilao Quezon waiting for the boats that will bring us to the three beautiful islands.

 At around 7:30 am we departed the port and headed to Dampalitan Island where enjoyed the early morning dip in the sea.  It was fun except for the jellyfish attacked in one of our MTAG friends.  I think this was one of the things you really have to be aware of while you are enjoying the sea.  And because of the unfortunate event we became more careful and observant while we were in the water.

We also enjoyed the peaceful scenery of the place and we were able to even play the Frisbee while some of our companions were hanging around the place and were enjoying the hammock scattered in the island.

After few hours of enjoying the Dampalitan Island it was time to go and headed to Puting Buhangin Island.  I enjoyed the boat ride going there because of the beautiful scenery all over the place.  There were portion that you can see the bottom of the ocean because the water were really clear.  There were also some portion that water was deep and all you can see was the deep blue water.  There were mountains scattered at one side while the other side was a beautiful sky kissing the water.

 Our eyes were already full with beautiful scenery however there were a lot more to see when we arrived Puting Buhangin Island.  I immediately feel in love to the beauty of the island that I couldn't wait to jump off the boat and start swimming. LOL!  There were bunch of people when we arrived but thankfully that it was not too crowded to enjoy the beach.

As soon as we settled down some of our companions prepared our lunch while others started to enjoy the beach.  There what they called "Kwebang Lagpas" which you can enjoy swimming away from the sun because you were basically inside the cave while enjoying the water.

Aside from swimming and chatting we also enjoyed snorkeling.  The water was so clear that you will enjoy watching the fishes. But again you need to be careful with the jellyfish as they were also hanging somewhere.

Then it was time to feed our hungry stomach and so everyone gathered at to cottage to enjoy our boodle fight, a unique way to enjoy eating together.  It surely add to the overall fun we experienced that day. 

After lunch was our siesta time where many of us just enjoy lying in the sand but for me water attracts more and so without further ado we then lurked in the water again and enjoy every minute in Puting Buhangin Island.

After an hour the group decided to transfer to the next island.  They called it "Borawan" Island which most of the locals said that it was a combination of Boracay and Palawan.  Wow!  Who can't say no to that invitation and so no matter how we enjoyed our stay in the other Island we have to go and move to another beautiful Island.

As soon as we stepped down the boat we were mesmerized with the beauty of the island.  The rock formation were awesome and can be compared to one of the islands in Palawan.  There were also store in that island where you can enjoy beer or tanduay ice while relaxing near the beach which of course we tried.

There were so much things to see in the island but we haven't explore that far but instead we just enjoy the other portion where there were things that you can enjoy that as if you were in Boracay.

I guess this was also the reason why the locals compared this Island to the two famous tourist destination in the Philippines which are Boracay and Palawan.  But nonetheless, you will surely enjoy the amazing beauty around it.  My eyes were so full that day and had feast to have this beautiful creation of God.  Indeed this invites me to travel and discover more.

There are so much to see around the Philippines and as much as possible I want to witness everything. LOL  So I think until my next adventure?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fortune Island - Nasugbu Batangas

    Photo credit: Anna Florence Sontillano

Fortune Island in Nasugbu Batangas is one of the must see island in this area not only because of the controversy lies in this place but more than that is the beauty and serenity that this island brings to whoever took courage and time in sailing just to be there.

Last May 25, 15 brave souls travel to see the beauty of the island.  We did the road trip as early as 2:00 am from Manila to Nasugbu then took a boat ride from Nasugbu to Fortune Island.  It was a long ride but all the time and efforts are all worth it.  Indeed we were so fortunate to see the calm beauty of this island which used to be a grand resort before but for some reasons this resort was abandoned.  This Island was long owned by Jose Antonio Leviste, the former governor of Batangas province.  Hearsay said that it was because of political controversy but whatever the reasons behind of abandoning this place should not be the reason for you to visit and explore the beauty of the place.

There are many things you can enjoy while spending your weekend in this secluded place like photo opps, swimming, cliff diving, snorkeling or even just sitting and relaxing while enjoying the beauty of the island is I think more fun than being inside the mall.  If you are into history, I think you will be fascinated by the shipwreck that can be found in this island.  This shipwreck was discovered in 1992 by a French underwater archeologist Franck Goddio and according to history this is Galleon San Diego sunk on December 14, 1600 by a Dutch warship Mauritius.

Photo credit: Nick Ferol

Photo credit: Jerry Defeo

Photo credit: Nick Ferol

Photo credit: Anna Florence Sontillano