Lake Pandin

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Yesterday my bestfriend and I together with one of her friends went to Pandin Lake in San Pablo, Laguna. I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about it lately plus one of my friends, Mac already went there. The photos were so beautiful that I just had to see them for myself personally. Also, my bestfriend is taking tourism and decided to do Pandin Lake as their subject on their research paper.

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Capones Island

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So on my recent post which was our trip to Talisayen Cove, I mentioned that we had a side trip to Capones Island. So here is my post about it. 🙂

We were supposed to be fetched at around 10am but the kuya arrived an hour late. The sea is much calmer now and not as wavy as when we first arrived. I just love seeing the clear waters and different islands around us.

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The island is shaped like a shoe! How amazing is that.

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Its like a 30 minute boat ride from where we were. And there are my friends walking under the scorching heat of the sun. I immediately run towards the shady area because the heat was just so intense that day. Haha!

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I just love the gradient color of the sea. And look how clear the water is! Although on some areas there were lots of seaweeds which I totally hated.

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L-R (Me, Joan, Clare)

Meet my college buddies. Clare and I have been blockmates since 1st year college and were even officemates now. While joan was only our blockmate during our 1st year because she shifted to a different course on our 2nd year.

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The place isn’t really advisable for camping. Its really just for a day trip since the port is also like 15 minutes away from it.

We actually visited two more islands which I forgot the names (sorry bout that). But Capones was one of the highlights. Although I was a bit disappointed because we were not able to climb the famous lighthouse.

Although we didn’t stay long in the island it was still a fun side trip. I didn’t take a dip anymore and just took pictures. More beach trips to come please! 🙂

Talisayen Cove

And yet another beach trip. This time I went with my college friends. We’ve been planning a summer getaway for the longest time but somehow our schedules won’t match. Originally, we were 7 in the group but some of the girls wasn’t able to make it. So Clare decided to invite her brother, her brother’s girlfriend and a guy friend.

I only had 1 hour of sleep that day. We arrived at the bus station around 5am. We were not able to catch an earlier bus so the next one was at 7am. Honestly, I was asleep the whole trip. Haha! We were dropped off at Olangapo and from there we need to ride another bus. What is fun about this trip is that we rode an ordinary bus (no aircondition) plus we were standing. It was my first time and it was fun.

I forgot what time we arrived at the port but it was so freakin’ hot plus the sand hurts my feet. But I was so excited!! It’s a 45-minute boat ride going to the island. It was a pretty rough ride. We were so wet. The water was splashing all over us. It was really wavy and a little bit scary. Plus it was also high tide at the time.

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I was so happy when we finally reached the island. There were only a few people. Which is good because its not too crowded. We set up our tent and prepared for dinner. The boys started out the fire so we can start cooking and grilling. Another camping experience. Ahhh I love it. I really don’t mind camping by the beach overnight. And hearing the sound of the waves is just so calming and relaxing. Its like its singing me to sleep.

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And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a bonfire and some smores. We drank, played cards and talked all night.

This was kind of a packaged trip. Inclusive of the boat ride, tents, and side trip to Capones Island. We paid 800 pesos to the travel tour. And I think our bus fare from Cubao-Olongapo was 200 pesos. And Olongapo-Pundaquit was round 40 pesos. This trip all in all cost me just about 2000 pesos. I’ll be posting another set of photos from our Capones side trip. 🙂

Hopefully I’d get to explore more places here in the Philippines. We have so many beautiful islands that I’ve yet to explore. Philippines is such a wonderful country. I hope more people could get to see that as well.

Travel

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Ever since I got to travel out of the country last year I’ve been aiming to travel and go at least 1 country per year. Last year I got to explore Macau and HongKong. 1 day in Macau and 4 days in HongKong. I really had fun in my first out of the country trip although it was tiring because we did a lot of walking. Every now and then I can’t help but to reminisce those happy days I spent in those countries. It was such an awesome experience. This year we went to Singapore. We stayed there for 3 days and 2 nights. I love it when I get to explore new places and discover things.

I’ve been wanting to travel all by myself and next year my target’s either Thailand or Vietnam. I’ve been reading a lot of travel blogs and taking down notes. I’ve also been looking for cheap places to stay and budget trip tips. I would love to meet new people and just totally get out of my comfort zone. I wanna be more adventurous and just enjoy life. I don’t need to stay in a fancy hotel or eat in lavish restaurants. I wanna try something new and different. Hopefully, I’d have enough savings to push through this trip.

Nagsasa Cove

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Last April, my former officemates and I went on a trip to Nagsasa Cove in Zambales. Its been ages since I last went to the beach. And I’ve many of my firsts in this trip. It was a very memorable experience for me.

We were 14 in the group and rented a van. It was a Saturday and we left Manila around 9am. The trip was actually kinda dreadful. It was a long and tiring trip. The traffic was so bad since it was also summer and a weekend a lot of people were really going to the beach. And as you can see (that’s me on the right side with the pillow) I just slept almost the entire trip. Yes, I know I’m such a sleepy head! 

Just seeing the view from the window made me even more excited!

We arrived at Pundaquit port around 3:30pm. It took us almost 7 hours to get there when it was suppose to just a 4-5 hour trip. However, we still need to take a boat and travel for 45 minutes more to reach the island we’ll be staying in.

And finally we arrived the island around 4:30. And I can say that the long trip was all worth it! The island was so beautiful. We were surrounded by mountains and trees.

Our guides helped us set our tents. This is my first time to camp. Although I had lots of mosquito bites I was still able to sleep well. We also had bonfire at night, drinking beers and making smores. It was really fun.

The morning after was the best part. What a sight! I can’t get enough of it. This place is such a beauty. It was just an overnight stay and we headed back in Manila later in the afternoon. It was a short trip but it was sure a lot of fun. My first time to camp, sleep in a tent, ride a boat, and bonfire session. 

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Thank you Nagsasa Cove for such a wonderful experience!

Singapore 2k16 (Day 2)

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I was excited for day 2. We met a driver who would take us on a tour. He was really nice and he is married to a Filipina.

He first brought us to the Singapore Flyer. We didn’t ride anymore. (Hopefully I’d get to comeback in the near future and ride it already)

And here I am with the famous Merlion.

Our guide also brough us to Little India, Arab Street, and China Town.

One thing I loved about Singapore was their architectural structures. They don’t just build and build and build. Each structure has its own meaning and purpose. Singapore is really beautiful especially at night. ❤

This is indeed one memorable trip. I learned so much about the people and their culture. If given another chance I would really love to go back to this beautiful country.

 

Singapore 2k16 (Day 1)

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Last March my cousin, our aunt and her two other friends went to Singapore. We stayed there for 3 days and 2 nights. Our flight was at 5:30am arrived at Singapore around 9am.

 

We stayed at the Village Katong Hotel. As soon as we arrived at the hotel we just dropped our stuff and started exploring the city. First stop was the S.E.A Aquarium.

After roaming around we decided to have our lunch at The Hardrock Cafe. We were suppose to eat at the restaurant in S.E.A Aquarium but there’s no available spot near the glass tunnel where we could see the fishes swim as we eat.

 

Our next and final stop for the day was Universal Studios. I badly wanted to ride the Human vs. Cyclon but no one wants to ride it with me and there was a long queue. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the other rides (nothing extreme though).

For our first night we went back early to the hotel and grabbed some rest for next day’s adventure.