La Union and Tangadan Falls : not only for surfing

La Union is one of the places my friends and I keep going back to. For one it’s only 4-5hrs away from Manila, two, it has really cheap accommodations, three, there’s great coffee shops and restaurants in the area, and four, the general laid back vibe is so inviting.

I specifically wanted to share some non-surfing activities in La Union for non-surfers in this entry. My friends and I normally go here to learn to surf, but sometimes the waves don’t cooperate so we have to find other things to do, which is a lot when you’re in LU.

We tried the paddle board in one of our visits. We rented it one afternoon for two hours and we took turns in riding it. It was fun but I warn you, it’s not as easy as it looks.

Here’s a friend of mine doing yoga poses on the board. Pretty neat for photo ops.

When you’re not into paddling, have a friend do it for you. Haha! #likeaboss

Or challenge your friends to ride the paddle board all at once. Time yourselves for the added pressure! 😂

Another awesome thing you can do is hike to Tangadan Falls. It’s a 1.5hour hike (one way) although I think now they offer a shorter route to save time and for those not too hot for hiking. Although I recommend you do the full hike as the view is worth it! 

The photo below is my favorite travel photo… the view is so pretty and my cap has a perfect cameo of “❀ Philippines.” This is the point where you can jump off the cliff. There are different levels, you can jump from as high as 18ft I think, but as a beginner we took the 10ft drop instead. Haha!

Geronimo!

Then off to the actual falls…now like most falls the water was freezing. This is me freezing to death and dreading that icy falls. 

Now we were told that we were in for some water massage therapy. Then I immediately  found out it was more water torture! Haha! The falls was too strong that time and it felt like I was being slapped at the back of my head repeatedly. I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Although, some of my friends really liked it, I guess to each its own. 😅

Overall, the experience was really memorable. The view was amazing. I recommend it for those looking for some adventure. Definitely a must try for all LU visitors. Now something to do beyond surfing 😊

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Cebu Oslob Bluewater Sumilon and Mactan Mövenpick

I’ve been meaning to write another entry since last year, but you know how busy life gets sometimes. I have a long list of places I want to share in this blog but I never got around to writing it until now.

I’m starting with my Cebu trip last March 2015 with some friends from work.

We stayed for 5 days in Cebu, 3 days in Oslob and 2 days in Mactan. Upon landing in Cebu Mactan Airport, we went directly to Oslob via van which we pre-arranged with our hotel, Bluewater Sumilon. It took us about 3 hours to get to the docking point and I think another 30 mins from the pier to the resort itself.

Here’s us waiting for our boat to the island! oslob cebu bluewater sumilon

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oslob cebu bluewater sumilon

Here we go!!!

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Arriving at the island of Sumilon! Doesn’t it take your breathe away?sumilon bluewater beach

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sumilon bluewater beach oslob cebu

The room we stayed at had 2 queen sized beds, clean sheets and soft pillows!
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Love the view from our room… sumilon bluewater beach oslob cebu

Bathroom is also amazing, so spacious and clean.
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Our first day, we just lounged at the pool, toured the small island, ordered shakes, took lots of photos and just enjoyed each other’s company. It was such a relaxing getaway, it felt like we had the island to ourselves. The water was so clear with different shades of blue, it was mesmerizing.

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oslob cebu bluewater sumilon

oslob cebu bluewater sumilon

The following day we went to see the whale sharks, it was our most awaited event! The main reason why we flew all the way to Cebu was to see these gentle giants. It has been all over blogs and our curiosity just couldn’t take it anymore. We had to see and experience it ourselves.

Now it gets a bit crowded since it is, as I’ve said, all over blogs like this. If you want to avoid the crowd, you have to be there extra early. We decided to go at 7am, but still there were people earlier than us. Most people go for the tour at 9am onwards, and it just gets too crazy.

We were all very excited to see the whale sharks, and of course, very much excited to take a photo with this majestic mammal. I kid you not, we even practiced our underwater poses in the pool of our resort! We thought it would be easy, the other travel bloggers made it look that way. Effortless! I promise you it was not as glamorous as I thought it would be. Classic case of expectations vs. reality. Hahaha!

Here’s my best photo… after nearly drowning for trying several times!

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You can barely see the whale shark here…
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Photos above were cropped strategically, the photo below is the actual photo without cropping or editing! I told you not so glam… hahaha! There were people who will assist you. They are amazing swimmers and they offer to take your photo for you. Best of all, they make sure you don’t drown! See that orange thing on the upper right of the photo below? That my friends is my life vest, I kindly asked “kuya” to bring it for me so that I don’t need to go back to the boat every now and then when i’m tired of paddling. Hahaha! (#whatisUTUSERA) Going under water with a snorkeling mask is difficult because you are more buoyant in salt water, so the “kuyas” will push you down when you’re ready to take a photo… thus the outcome of this photo! It was a hilarious experience. I can’t imagine how this would end up if there were more people. Seriously laughing our guts out when we saw our underwater video of this… The struggle is real (#expectationsvsreality)

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Even if our photos were not what we expected it to be. We had an awesome time. The whale sharks were really intimidating at first but once you get over that fear, they are just magnificent!

I know Oslob gets bad reviews because they feed the whale sharks to make them stay in the area. Some would say that they are exploiting these gentle giants and using them for profit. That is a sad thought, however, I believe that people in Oslob don’t see it that way. They are ordinary people like you and me trying to make a living the best way they can. For me, as long as they give back to the sea and use some of the proceeds to protect marine life, I’m happy. I’m grateful I was able to experience this.

After meeting the whale sharks, we went to Kawasan Falls. We took a habal-habal, it was so much fun getting there. Now Kawasan Falls did not disappoint. I was so kilig to see double rainbows at the foot of the falls.

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kawasan falls cebu
So beautiful we literally camwhored our time away in Kawasan Falls!

After that we went back to the hotel to rest, eat dinner and get a massage. 🙂 The next day we just chilled at the sand bar again until we had to check out.

Our next stop was Mactan, we stayed at Movenpick, which was a really posh hotel. I loved it. Super nice hotel. We booked 2 rooms with 2 double beds each.mactan cebu movenpick

Here’s a photo of the lobby.

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Nice beach front huh?
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Here’s the pool…

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…and this is the most popular spot in the hotel for epic photo ops, as you can see… pardon the photobombers. I am not alone in my vanity.


We stayed at the hotel for another night. There was a party gathering that night, so we joined in the fun. The following day we just chilled at the beach and savor the last moments of this beautiful island.

I would really recommend this place to anyone, it’s not cheap, but definitely one for the books. Sometimes we just really need to pamper ourselves and great company is definitely a must have for trips like these. Ideally, friends who like the beach, the outdoors, and the photo ops, as much as you do. Hahaha! Til the next!:) xoxo

 

First Beach Trip for 2015 – Buri Resort and Spa

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Here goes my very first entry in my very own blog. I know I’m starting this so late in the game but I just thought “what the heck!” I’m really no writer, but I do love a lot of things and It excites me to share so much about it here. Hopefully, some of the things I share can be of help to someone who stumbles upon these things I write.

Anyway, my very first entry is about a beautiful resort I’ve been to this January. O my gosh! Ang ganda! It’s called Buri Resort and Spa in Puerto Galera.

The last time I was in Puerto Galera was when I was in college I think and that was like 8 years ago! A bunch of friends and I went to White Beach, it was fun but we found it too crowded. Since then, it never occurred to me to go back, until I stumbled upon this lovely deal from Deal Grocer. Oh boy, I fell in love with the place! I got the room for Php6,500… It included the following:

  • Boat transfers from muelle port to the resort
  • P1,000 worth of food and beverage
  • free breakfast for two (2)
  • overnight stay for two (2) at the pool villa
  • 20% off massage services

Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

Getting There: We brought a car and drove around 1.5hours from Manila to Batangas Pier (we used the Waze app for directions). When you get to the pier, you can leave your car there and pay P100 per night. (The parking attendant also offered to wash our car for another P100). Buy tickets to Muelle port, one way ticket costs around P240 per person + P40 terminal fee. There are two boat companies that go to Muelle port, Minolo and Father and Son, the resort recommended we go with Minolo. We arrived at Batangas Pier around 12:15pm, we waited for the next boat which left at around 1pm. I texted the resort to advise them to put our boat transfer from Muelle port to the resort on standby. The boat ride from Batangas Pier to Muelle Port was around 1.5hours (depending on the waves, it can take as long as 2 hours). Upon arriving the Muelle Port, we transferred to a smaller boat to get us to the resort.     

We arrived at the resort at around 2:45PM, we were immediately greeted by the warm staff and were given welcome drinks and a short briefing from one of the staff assigned to us. They explained to us the facilities and the tours they offered. The staff were all very pleasant and well trained. I really commend the staff in this resort, absolutely great service!

Now to our room… all I can say is WOW! the room was so clean and spacious, it had a second floor (not in the pictures) which had 2 twin beds. the lower floor had one Queen bed facing the view. OH WOW! They also added some cute touches to the bed as they laid fresh flowers on top. How romantic! image     image

There was also a patio which was a very neat place to chill, read, and just enjoy nature. image           image

 A small private pool was also just outside the room for a very romantic moment with your special someone, or if you have kids, it can be a small pool where they can play and just enjoy themselves.image

The bathroom was very clean and spacious and it really looked new. There was a closet on the side to hang your clothes and it also came with a safety deposit box.image After checking in, we had a very late lunch at around 3PM. I was so hungry I forgot to take good shots of the food. They have a very good selection of food, mostly Filipino cuisine. For me, their food was delicously satisfying, however a little bit pricey. The food costs around P300-P500 per person I think. Good thing we had P1,000 food and beverage voucher from the Deal Grocer coupon.image

After eating, we went back to our room to rest a bit. You will get a good exercise climbing numerous steps to your room, which I think was a great way to burn what we just ate. hehe!image

Now time to dip in the pool. It was breathtaking. What a beautiful spot to just relax and enjoy the fresh breeze from the lust forest.  I can lounge in this area for days and days to come if only I could. 

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After enjoying the pool, we went to the beach. It was a small cove with close to white sand. It was not fine sand but it was more than what I expected. The water was clear, although there were some seaweeds. I’m not a big fan of seaweeds, so we decided to rent a kayak (free of charge). It was so fun, we got to explore the nearby islands. So beautiful!image

Kayaking was pretty tiring so we decided to rest on this small raft that used to be a dock I think.image

The next day we decided to go snorkeling.  All I can say is that two thumbs up for Puerto Galera! This place had abundant corals and fish, what a colorful reef they had! It was amazing. Unfortunately, I do not have photos with me. I did take some videos though with my gopro, will try to upload it here when I have more time.

Overall, the trip was sooo worth it. We loved the place so much we wanted to book another night but the resort was already fully booked. I 120%  recommend this place to anyone, it is a bit pricey, but I say you get your money’s worth. The place is beautiful, staff is friendly, food is delicious, pool is amazing, beach is so relaxing, and best of all it’s just a 3hr trip from Manila.  Oh I also forgot to mention, we also tried their traditional hilot for around P800, it was so good my body felt like gelo right after. All in all, a very unforgettable stay at Buri Resort and Spa, I will definitely be back. My new place for a quick retreat! 🙂

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