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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Bolinao Or Never: 10 Photos that Will Make You Go to Bolinao Now!


Sharing some snapshots of our most recent trip to Bolinao.
Family Bonding at Patar Beach

And oh! Look at that amazing sunset!

Hello from the other side of Bolinao

Found this huge rock at the middle of nowhere :)

Enjoying the golden fine sand of Patar Beach

Do you still remember the first time you ever hit the beach?

No one said that kayaking could be one of the most exciting activities here in Bolinao

That summer feels with the whole gang

Because YOLO

Get up now and go to Bolinao!

For your complete travel guide to Bolinao, click here.

You may also check the following posts about Bolinao:
Enjoying the Unspoiled Beach of Patar
Philippines in Focus: Sunset at Patar Rock Formation
Bolinao Itinerary: Your Do-It-Yourself Guide to Chasing Bolinao, Pangasinan
Enchanted Cave: Bolinao Pangasinan's Must-Visit Site


Monday, May 02, 2016

Enchanted Cave: Bolinao, Pangasinan's Must-Visit Site




Enchanted Cave in Patar, Bolinao Pangasinan is open from 8:30AM to 5:30PM

Enchanted Cave is one of the must-visit attractions in Bolinao, Pangasinan. The entire place is really enchanted since it is like a huge coral reef that emerged from underwater. Probably, the signboards would explain it in a way.
Some reminders before you hit the Enchanted Cave...

An obligatory snapshot at the entrance...
Alas! a decent group pic :p
Thank you Kuya Guide!

Since Enchanted Cave is gaining popularity among travel enthusiasts, the entrance fee continuously increases. As of this writing, entrance fee is Php50.00 and Php150.00 if you are planning to take a dip inside the cave.

Somehow, I developed this fear of caves when I was in Puerto Princesa Underground River; the thought of a dark, muddy, and stinky cave started to haunt me when I saw the stairs to Enchanted Cave.

Surprisingly, Enchanted Cave is well-lit and well ventilated. There is a huge fan inside! Amazing! :)
The turquoise freshwater inside Enchanted Cave

The water inside the cave is deep and it is not recommended for those who do not know how to swim. The water is clear and is not stinky too. The guide said that there is a small passage to the sea at the very end of the cave and that is where the water comes from. The guide also said that the reason why the water is clean and clear is that it is being replaced almost every 4 seconds because of the air coming from the small passage. These words make it more enchanted since 1) the water is not salty and 2) one would not see any movement from the water.
Enjoying the clear water of Enchanted Cave. 
The bottom does not have algae or any other strange thing.

A friend of mine tried to go beyond the blue ropes and attempted to see the end of the cave but he failed, Enchanted Cave is huge if explored.

Unbelievable. Enchanted Cave truly lives by its name!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

World Street Food Congress 2016: First Time in Manila!


Don't miss the biggest food event in Manila this 2016 - the World Street Food Congress happening this April 20 to 24 in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
World Street Food Congress 2016

There will be 24 participants from all over the world. Average food rate is Php200 and above.

Opening Hours:
April 20 - 22 (Wednesday to Friday) -- 4:00PM - 11:00PM
April 23 (Saturday) -- 12:00NN - 11:00PM
April 24 (Sunday) -- 12:00NN - 9:00PM

Entrance Fee in the World StreetFood Jamboree is FREE!

See you there!
Address: Federacion Drive and 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Sunday, April 03, 2016

10 Unspoiled Beaches Near Manila


With over 7,107 islands to choose from, many Filipinos consider a beach trip as the ultimate getaway during summer. While there are several popular beach destinations, some of them are even world-renowned, there are still a lot of less visited beaches in our country. Included on the list below are the 10 Unspoiled Beaches that you can visit and enjoy for a 2-day trip with a maximum travel time of 6 hours only from Manila.

1. Balinmanok Beach in Dasol, Pangasinan
Balinmanok Beach is along the coastline of Villa Balinmanok in Dasol, Pangasinan. Villa Balinmanok is composed of 3 private beach resorts owned by a family.
How to Get There:
by Public Transportation (a.k.a. Commute)
Take a bus bound to Alaminos; you may either take Victory Liner or Five Star. Fare is Php393/person. Travel time is around more than 6 hours. In Alaminos City, take a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Zambales and ask the driver/conductor to drop you off at Dasol, Pangasinan. Travel time from Alaminos to Dasol is approximately around 45 minutes. Fare is Php40/person. Once you reach Dasol Highway, you may hire a tricycle for Php300 good for 2 pax. Take note that the rate is for one-way only and the tricycle ride would take more than an hour.

by Private Vehicle
From Manila, take EDSA and drive all the way to Balintawak Exit. Take NLEX, then SCTEX. Once you reach Tarlac, take the road going northwest to Alaminos via Camiling. Before reaching Alaminos town proper, take the short diversion road to Mabini then Burgos. At this point of time, use WAZE. :)
Look for the road leading to Villa Balinmanok; it is actually around 32 kms from the main road. This long and winding road is a combination of 90% newly-paved road and 10% rough road. Travel time from Balintawak Exit to Balinmanok Beach is more or less 6 hours.
More about Balinmanok Beach here.

2. Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas
Burot Beach was previously called as the Elizalde Beach (owned by the Elizaldes, an affluent family in the Philippines), but was recently bought by SM. Now, Burot Beach is a private property of SM Group of Companies but is open for public until further notice.
How to Get There:
by Public Transportation (a.k.a. Commute)

You can either take a bus or a van to Calatagan.
By Van - There are vans available going to Calatagan near the Bus Station and MRT Taft Station. Fare is Php180.00/pax. Travel time is approximately 3 to 4 hours. At Calatagan Market, hire a tricycle for Php150.00 or Php60.00 per person. Again, use your haggling skills, you can avail the tricycle fare for Php120.00.

By Bus - Bus Terminal is located along EDSA near MRT Taft Station (at the back of McDonald's and Sogo Hotel). Fare is Php180.00. Travel time is approximately 3 to 4 hours. Calatagan-bound buses are available daily, first trip is 4:00 AM. Ask the conductor to drop you off at Calatagan Market. At Calatagan Market, hire a tricycle for Php150.00 or Php60.00 per person. Note: Tricycle ride will be around 20 minutes only.


by Private Vehicle
1. From Manila, take Coastal Road or SLEX (South Luzon Express Way). Drive all the way to Nasugbu, Batangas until you reach a junction or rotonda. At the junction, take the right turn going to Lian; a Caltex Gasoline Station will serve as your landmark.
2. Drive straight ahead. After passing the CADP (Central Azucarera Don Pedro) Sugar Refinery, take a left at the intersection (Landmarks: Shell and I-Gas Gasoline Stations).
3. Drive straight ahead. Once you see Sto. Domingo Church, turn right.
4. You'll pass through a small public market (Talipapa), then a cemetery. From there, you'll see signs going to Burot Beach. :)


More about Burot Beach here.

3. Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon
Cagbalete Island is located in the town of Mauban Quezon. The island is surrounded by white sand and can be considered as a perfect paradise for nature lovers. Though it is only 3 hours away from Manila, Cagbalete remains to be untouched.
How To Get There:
by Public Transportation (a.k.a. Commute)
suggested departure from Manila is 3 am.

From Buendia, you can take JAM or JAC Liner to go to Lucena (around 3-4 hr trip). Fare is P209.00/pax. Once you reach Lucena Grand Terminal, take the ordinary bus to Mauban via Mainit. It is a 1 1/2 hr trip, fare is P50.00 each. From Mauban Bus Station, take a tricycle to bring you to Pantalan Port (there are 2 ports in Mauban, so better to be specific). To make sure, tell the tricycle driver to bring you to the port to Cagbalete Island. Standard rate of tricycle fare is P9.00/person. At the Pantalan Port, look for the ferry boats to Cagbalete. I highly recommend for you to take the big ferry boats Anthony or Neneng. It will be approximately 45mins-1 hr boatride depending on the weather. Fare is P40.00 each. Once you arrived at Cagbalete (Sabang Port), to reach the resorts, you need to trek for about 10-20 mins.

More about Cagbalete Island here.


4. Patar Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan
Located in Bolinao, Pangasinan, Patar Beach is one of most under-rated beach that I have gone so far. Its golden-colored sand is safe for kids and is open for public. One can pitch a tent or rent the nipa huts/cottages along the shore.
How To Get There:
by Public Transportation (a.k.a. Commute)

Manila to Bolinao would be approximately 6 to 6.5 hours travel time. For direct trips to Bolinao, you may take Victory Liner (available in Cubao station only) or Five Star Bus (available in Pasay terminal only). Upon arrival at Bolinao Terminal, hire a tricycle to bring you to the resort of your choice. Standard rate from Bolinao town proper to Patar is Php250 which is good for 4 pax.

More about Patar Beach here.

5. Magalawa Island in Palauig, Zambales
Magalawa is an island in Palauig, Zambales surrounded by the vast China Sea. It is a small (barangay) island that offers a rustic experience due to its untouched and uncrowded beach. If you're looking for some peaceful getaway, have a quick escape to Magalawa.
How To Get There:
by Public Transportation (a.k.a. Commute)

Take Victory Liner either to Sta. Cruz or Iba, Zambales.

via Sta. Cruz
From Caloocan, take a Sta. Cruz bound bus. Asked the bus driver to drop you off at Radio Veritas Road in Brgy. Pangolinan (Palauig Zambales).

via Iba
From Caloocan, take an Iba bound bus. At the Iba Bus Terminal, take an ordinary bus to Palauig. Asked the bus driver to drop you off at Radio Veritas Road in Brgy. Pangolinan. Fare is Php34.00.

From the drop-off point at Veritas Road, ride a tricycle. Fixed rate is Php150 which is good for 2 pax only. Make sure to tell the driver that you will be staying at Mang Mulo (locals call it 'Ruiz') since almost all of the drivers there are used to bringing visitors to Armada Resort; it's important because the 2 got different ports. After a 30-minute-exhausting-bumpy-ouch-ugh-super-rough-road-tricycle-ride, Mang Mulo's boatmen will pick you up at Luan Port. Don't worry about the boatride to Magalawa Island; it is smooth and will only last for about 10 minutes or so.

More about Magalawa Island here.

Since most of these beach destinations are unspoiled and are less visited, planning is really needed. 

Hope you guys will enjoy your summer!

Important Reminders and Tips: For other ultimate destinations and dream vacations, give ample time to do research and read some reviews. This will ensure that you will get the most out of your vacation and might even give you cheap last minute travel deals. It will definitely save you time and money. Look for pocket-friendly hotels in the Philippines, too! Swear, there are a lot!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Balinmanok Beach: The Hidden Paradise of Pangasinan


At this point of time, I am sure you guys are searching for that perfect summer destination. Well, me too! Haha! Just like most of you, it seems like I am always in chase for the most beautiful places so I could bring my loved ones there.

Luckily, my family is always on the go and is always game for some adventure. Yes, they do not care about bumpy rough roads, lengthy boat rides, make-shift overnight camping, etc. Believe me, they accompanied me for more than 9 hours searching for Calaguas Island way back when it was still unknown to many. They also drove that long and winding rough road going to Burot to keep me company. I could say that they are the best travel buddies in the whole wide world. Simply the best!

Anyways, without further a do, let me share our most recent trip.
P.S. Don't worry, it's a budget travel.
Balinmanok Beach is along the coastline of Villa Balinmanok in Dasol, Pangasinan. Villa Balinmanok is composed of 3 private beach resorts owned by a family.

How to Get There:
by Public Transportation (a.k.a. Commute)
Take a bus bound to Alaminos; you may either take Victory Liner or Five Star. Fare is Php393/person. Travel time is around more than 6 hours. In Alaminos City, take a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Zambales and ask the driver/conductor to drop you off at Dasol, Pangasinan. Travel time from Alaminos to Dasol is approximately around 45 minutes. Fare is Php40/person. Once you reach Dasol Highway, you may hire a tricycle for Php300 good for 2 pax. Take note that the rate is for one-way only and the tricycle ride would take more than an hour.

Make sure to get the tricycle driver's contact number to schedule your pick after your stay; Villa Balinmanok is far from the city. :)

by Private Vehicle
From Manila, take EDSA and drive all the way to Balintawak Exit. Take NLEX, then SCTEX. Once you reach Tarlac, take the road going northwest to Alaminos via Camiling. Before reaching Alaminos town proper, take the short diversion road to Mabini then Burgos. At this point of time, use WAZE. :)
Look for the road leading to Villa Balinmanok; it is actually around 32 kms from the main road. This long and winding road is a combination of 90% newly-paved road and 10% rough road.

Travel time from Balintawak Exit to Balinmanok Beach is more or less 6 hours.

Disclaimer: I am not really good with directions but, you'll get there. Promise!

Balinmanok, at last!

Balinmanok is such a relief! It's a Batangas, a Calaguas, and a Burot Beach in one. Why? It has the comfort of Batangas (less the noise and crowd, of course), the ruggedness of Calaguas, and the accessibility of Burot. These are aside from the fact that the sand and the crystal clear water are the bomb.
Balinmanok is my new favorite beach!

And this is how clear the water is! :)


I love the feeling of exclusivity, in a sense that we had the entire Villa Balinmanok to ourselves. The place is not popular as other nearby beaches - and that's why I love it so much!

It's a perfect getaway if one wants to relax and have a quiet moment for a while...
Just because we have this beach for ourselves ONLY.


Where to Stay in Villa Balinmanok:
Villa Balinmanok is composed of 3 private beach resorts owned by a family. All resorts are nice to stay at with a wide variety of accommodations. We chose to spend our 3 days and 2 nights at Recudo 2 managed by Kuya Willy (09202694783) and Ate Linda (09161668438).


Recudo 2 is at the farthest part of Villa Balinmanok which makes them more secluded. It also has the most beautiful shoreline among the three resorts.

BMK in Recudo 2's welcome arch stands for Balinmanok


Option No 1. - One-Bedroom-Nipa-Huts
These consist of a bamboo double deck bed, an electric fan, a very small receiving area w/ table, and a common CR. Good for 2 to 3 persons for Php2000 a night.

Option No. 2 - Open Cottages
These open cottages come with day beds and may be rented either for day tour or overnight. Rate is at Php1500 a day/night.

Option No. 3 - Air conditioned One Bedroom Villa
This consists of 1 room with 2 beds (1 single and 1 double-sized bed), AC, electric fan, dining table, own kitchennete w/ stove and refrigerator, private CR. Good for 5 to 6 persons for Php3000 a night.

Option 4 - Airconditioned Two-Bedroom Villa
Rate is Php5500 a night good for 10 persons.

Option 5 - Non Airconditioned Family Villa
This consists of 2 double-sized beds (w/ extra beddings), 2 electric fans, dining table, own kitchen, and receiving area. Rate is Php3000 a night good for 10 persons.
Option No. 6 - Tent
You may either rent a tent or bring and pitch your own tent. Rate is Php150 for a maximum of 3 persons. You are free to use the cooking area and comfort room/shower. Not bad. Not bad at all. :)

A total of 4 common bathrooms and shower rooms (they have separate common bathrooms for gents and ladies) for guests in non-airconditioned accommodations including for those who opted to stay in tents.
They're all amazingly clean!


IMPORTANT!!!
* Electricity is available 24/7.
* Strong mobile network signal including mobile data. Woohoo!
* No wifi available.
* No mosquitoes around. Promise!
* Make sure to bring all the things that you need. Villa Balinmanok is far from any convenience stores or market. Do make sure that you have everything that you need for your entire weekend menu.
* Island hopping is optional. Rate is Php1000/boat which is good for 7 pax. Ideal island hopping is 7AM - 12NN only.
* You may use the grill at the resort for NO CHARGE.
* You may buy fresh catch of fish and squid around 5AM in the morning. The boats dock at the far end of Villa Balinmanok.
* No need to bring your own potable water. Mineral water is available for Php40.00 only.
* Ice is available for sale - Php5.00 each.
* Entrance Fee is Php60.00/pax.
* In front of the non-airconditioned family villa is the most inviting seabed. Trust me!


Balinmanok is a certified good chase!
Tranquility at its best.

What I love most about Travel. :)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Enjoying the Unspoiled Beach of Patar


Patar White Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan is one of the most beautiful beaches I have gone so far. I am not really sure why I love this beach so much - it could probably because of the long stretch of golden fine sand, the clear water, or probably because of its simplicity.
Need I say more?

The clear and fine sand of Patar Beach

Patar Beach is very unspoiled - no bars, no restaurants, and no night parties. It is a long stretch of sand where you can have a low-key beach retreat.
A day at Patar Beach is all about a laid-back escape. 
No mobile phone signals so it is all about - sun, sand, and snooze.

How to Get There:

via Public Transpo/aka Commute:
Manila to Bolinao would be approximately 6 to 6.5 hours travel time. For direct trips to Bolinao, you may take Victory Liner (available in Cubao station only) or Five Star Bus (available in Pasay terminal only).

Bolinao Bus Schedule and Rates:
Five Star Bus


Victory Liner
Upon arrival at Bolinao Terminal, hire a tricycle to bring you to the resort of your choice. Standard rate from Bolinao town proper to Patar is Php250 which is good for 4 pax.

Sunset at Patar White Beach


Who's not gonna love the sunset here at Patar White Beach?

Do you think it's worth chasing for?

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