Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

May 24, 2008. My parents picked me up from the Manila Domestic Airport, fresh from my 5 AM flight from Cebu City after the KASAMA sa UP National Council Meet. We were to proceed to my father’s office outing at Laiya Beach in San Juan, Batangas that day. Because I was largely sleepless, I was asleep for most of the four-hour drive from Manila to San Juan, Batangas, only to be awaken when we were to eat breakfast at a fastfood restaurant.

We arrived at San Juan, Batangas at more or less an hour before noon. Since I felt really tired and sleepy, I immediately looked around to find the nearest couch to take a nap on. I only woke up for lunch. After lunch, I went around the beach to take a few pictures.

Laiya Beach, San Juan, Batangas

The heat that afternoon was intense. After satisfying my click-happy fingers I went back to the cottage and took refuge in the shade. I eventually slept the rest of the afternoon, without caring much about not being able to enjoy the beach. An afternoon siesta was just what I really needed anyway. We headed back to Manila late that afternoon.

US Trip ’07: Sta. Monica beach, CA

Santa Monica Beach, California
June 3, 2007. This was a relatively lazy Sunday. We stayed home most of the morning. While my parents went to do the groceries for breakfast and lunch, my brother and I stayed and watched TV, amused of all those amazing HDTV features available at the apartment.

After having home-cooked lunch, we headed off to the commercial district of Sta. Monica for my parents’ shopping. While my parents were at Macy’s, I strolled down to the beach and took some photos. After quenching their commercial thirst, my family joined me at the beach a few blocks from the department store. We had some churros while strolling.

Santa Monica Beach, California
When we got home, my aunt asked my third cousin’s husband to accompany me to the Apple Store at the promenade on 3rd Street. And that was when we bought this wonderful Macbook I’m using right now. When we got home, I could barely sit down and eat the lamb chops we had for dinner, because I was too excited to play around with the Mac. I spent the entire night tinkering with this.

Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin (Part III)

We woke up early the next day to be able to catch White Island at low tide. The island, which is actually a white sandbar, can shrink or disappear depending on the tide. It was just a ten minute banca ride from our resort.

White Island, Camiguin

They’ve set up picnic huts on the island already. I used to think it was all uninhabited and void of any human structures. I think the huts ruined the pristine beauty of the island.

White Island, Camiguin

The island was still beautiful nonetheless. With the majestic (dormant) volcanoes of Camiguin as backdrop. White powedry sand. Relatively few people. Crystal clear waters.

White Island, Camiguin

One can just spend the entire day there lying on the sand in this isolated island. Have a picnic with friends or family perhaps. If only the tides weren’t so unpredictable for ignorant tourists.

White Island, Camiguin

Check out my photo gallery for more pictures.

Which monkeys?

That trip to Subic was part of my dad’s office’s outing. It was another moment where I reaffirmed to myself how I really dislike traveling with a big bunch of people. As in a hundred. Imagine touring Ocean Adventure with one tour guide screaming her lungs out to a hundred chattering adults and children. Before going to Ocean Adventure, we spent time at a nearby beach resort. Anyway, more pictures…

Ocean Adventure Camayan Beach Resort

Puerto Galera a second time (II)

After a hearty lunch at Patti’s grandmother’s, we went off to a secluded beach down a cliff a few meters from the house. They call it Dungon. It was a small beach, (with lots of rocks and stones, but that’s all right). We were the only people there (well, except for the divers on a boat a hundred meters off the coast). I’m a fan of secluded beaches. Beautiful.

Dungon, Sinandigan, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

EDIT: Darn, the photo collage says, “a small secluded beach in Sabang…” It’s supposed to be Sinandigan, not Sabang. I couldn’t edit the collage, I delete the original PSD files right after uploading the JPGs. Hehe.

Class outing 2: San Fabian beach

The next day, November 30, 2003. We all went to San Fabian and spent the first half of the day basking under the sun frolicking in the light-brown colored sand of the beach. The sand was fine, but maybe people just got too used to white sand, that some of us didn’t appreciate the beach at all. Of course, the kid in me took over, and I spent the entire time, digging canals, moats and a castle on the sand. Some of my classmates were also building castles. Some were just walking around, some were burrying Raf under the sand, some just stayed under the umbrella and didn’t move an inch.

classmates at the beach

classmates at the beach Rene at the beach
Joseph at the beach

Raf being burried under the sand classmates burrying Raf under the sand classmates burrying Raf under the sand classmates burrying Raf under the sand classmates at the beach classmates at the beach

little girl with a sand castle

classmates at the beach Skip, Wyson and Jayo at the beach

Puerto Galera and schedules

My review classes started last Monday. The schedule is MWF 8 AM-5 PM. It’s tiring as it takes the whole day. But at least, Jake, Rene, Erik and Cinco are there!

Anyway, so last Monday we ate lunch at this Thai restaurant nearby with Erik’s friend from Miriam. Then after classes, we headed off to Burger King. Today I didn’t eat with them because I needed to attend the Hilites Magazine editorial meeting at school. After classes, we went to Jollibee!

Anyway, the review is pretty much an information-overload. But it’s okay… Plus, I still have my Mandarin lessons every Tuesday and Thursday! Wow, I am studying the whole week!

I was at Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro last Thursday till Sunday. I just tagged along with my mom and her officemates who had to work on something there. We stayed at the Puerto Galera Yacht Club overlooking Muelle Bay. We rode the RORO going to Mindoro. I mean our car rode the ferry. A two hour ferry ride to Mindoro.

Thursday. The SARS-check in the pier after we arrived was a hassle but oh well. Nothing, just stayed at the Yacht Club mostly. Actually, just in the room with my good-for-nothing brother.

Friday. My mom and her officemates had work so my brother and I were left with the drivers. So whee. We went to White Beach, Puerto Galera’s most famous one (I think). The one where most people go to. It was a social beach, the type you’d go to with your barkadas and party. But if you’re just with your good-for-nothing brother and no one else but your mom’s office drivers. And… if you dislike being in a beach where cigarette buds are littered everywhere in the sand, you better go off to some other beach. I disliked my time there. Most of the people there were yuppie college barkadas.

Victor on the bridge in front of Tamaraw FallsLater that afternoon, we drove up along a winding rough road along the steep densely forested mountainside overlooking the sea to Tamaraw Falls. It was just along the highway bridge. Just below the bridge were pools where the water from the falls collected. And of course, I swam. It was cool.

After the falls, we went to some secluded beach going through some other rough road. It was a great beach, no fancy resort houses or anything commercial, there was just a fishing village beside the beach. It was late in the afternoon and the air was cool and the sea water was cool too. There were much less people. It was somewhere where I enjoyed my solitude. The sand was not as white and as powdery as that in White Beach, it was much coarser. Actually, it was more of like fine pebbles. The type you’d find in a home aquarium.

We went back to the Yacht Club when it got dark.

Saturday. My mom and her officemates finished their work so we went beach hopping! In the morning, we stayed at White Beach. Same beach littered with cigarette buds. Kinda murky water. Hoards of ferry-bancas parked on the beach waters menacing everybody swimming. I therefore concluded that you shouldn’t go to White Beach unless you’re with your group of friends, or your girlfriend, or your entire family.

That afternoon, we hired a boat from Muelle Bay and went all throughout along the coast of Puerto Galera and beach-hopped! It was great. There are tens of beaches in Puerto Galera you could choose from to stay. But of course, why not go to all of them! There are lots of secluded beaches along the coast. There was Long Beach where there were lots of corals. So we went snorkeling. The corals were at most just a feet from the water surface so we stepped on them a lot, what a pity. Anyway, they were really sharp too so be careful. I got wounded actually! So there, we went to Coco Beach, the La Laguna Beaches and to Sabang Beach then we also went to Tamaraw Beach. We didn’t stop at all the beaches we passed through since there were so many!

It was really cool. The more I want to be a travel show presenter. Haha, like a Lonely Planet traveler or something. My mission now is to at least visit all the 70+ provinces in the Philippines!

Sunday. We drove off to Calapan the capital of Oriental Mindoro where we ate lunch before we boarded the RORO ferry back to Batangas Pier.