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More Information: La Union

27 Jan

Accommodation

As mentioned in my La Union post, my friends and I stayed at San Juan Surf Resort, located in San Fernando City. It’s pretty accessible as it is located along MacArthur Highway, which most buses ply on. For those riding public transportation, you can just ask the bus conductor to drop you off here.

From Google Maps

San Juan Surf Resort

I never learned though. 😀

Here are the published rates, taken from their official website:

    Standard Aircon
Good for 2 people: P1600.00
For 2 w/ hot water: P1760.00
Good for 4 people: P2200.00

Bungalow
Good for 2 people: P1760.00
Good for 4 people: P2360.00
For 4 w/ hot water: P2460.00

Deluxe
Good for 2 people: P1760.00
Good for 4 people: P2360.00

Villas
Good for 2 people: P1600.00
Good for 4 people: P2360.00
For 4 w/ hot water: P2740.00
For 4 people w/ 2 rooms: P4240.00
For 6 people w/ hot water: P4240.00

Fan
Good for 2 people: P890.00
For 2 people w/ CR: P1240.00

Ground Floor (for Standard Aircon only)
Good for 2 people: P1760.00
Good for 4 people: P2360.00

Family Room
Good for 12 people: P6000.00

To contact them, click on this link.

Landline:
(072)720-0340 / (072)242-0389
Mobile:
+639178803040
eMail:
sanjuansurfresort@yahoo.com

Transportation

We decided to take a Partas bus bound for La Union. The bus liner has terminals based in Cubao, Pasay and Sampaloc here in Metro Manila.

Buses leave on an hourly basis, so make sure you get to the terminal with enough time to purchase tickets. There are two stop-overs on the way to La Union (and my apologies, I forgot where they are -_-).

More information can be found on their Facebook page (they actually have one!). Click here or you can contact (02) 727-82-78 for more information.

Partas bus (Image credit: http://www.roamingronos.com)

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(Not) Surfing in La Union

25 Jan

The title’s a bit surprising, isn’t it? It seems like this combination of words don’t belong in one sentence, no?

When people speak of La Union, the first activity that pops in their mind is surfing. They can’t be blamed though as people from the Philippines and tourists from other parts of the world travel specifically to La Union to catch the waves. And again, because of my inability to stay afloat and swim, I decided not to try this sport. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t have a blast in this awesome place.

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City Travels: Feeling Festive at the Ayala Triangle Park

5 Jan

It was literally a few days before Christmas, and just like a number of young, working adults, I was not feeling its spirit. It wasn’t that I wanted to become a female Grinch or anything. Because of the stress at work (both at the day job and freelance), figuring out what gifts to give to my loved ones and the financial chaos that goes with it, I have yet to be as giddy and excited for Christmas as I was when I was 10. Signs of aging, I suppose?

Add the fact that I was working in the busy streets of the Makati Central Business District. Sure the streets are filled with lights and decor, but the people remained the same: all rushing about, probably trying to get to the office/home the soonest.  It seemed like the days during the Christmas season are no different.

Plus, I’ve been feeling down lately because of the tragedy brought by Typhoon Sendong to my beloved hometown. Though I am here in Manila, I can feel the worries, fears and sadness in Cagayan de Oro.

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Washed Up in Mabini, Batangas

3 Jan

My friends went on another Bgy. Malimatoc escapade last December, in time for the barangay fiesta. I wasn’t able to tag along this time because of my work schedule. (First time I didn’t join in. *sad*) This prompted me to try to squeeze in and write another post on Bgy. Malimatoc. 🙂

In my own world, every out of town escapade is not complete without a trip to the beach. I may not know how to swim and the idea of death by drowning terrifies me, but I still love the beach. I feel calm and collected when I laze about in the sand, like all the problems in the world are going away as I hear the waves crash to the shore. Come to think of it, most of my travels have involved a trip down to the beach. And my escapades to Bgy. Malimatoc are no exception.

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All the Way Up Mt. Gulugod Baboy

9 Nov

Don’t let the title of this post fool you – in no way am I a mountain climber. While I am quite intrigued with hikes because of the many blog posts and pictures I’ve read and seen, I know that it’s not really in me to go up a mountain.

Although, I lived for seven years near one of the country’s highest peaks, Mt. Apo. I may have thought about climbing it and drafted a few plans here and there, but I never really got the courage to push through with any.

Here are the few reasons why:

  • I have bronchial asthma. I’m not dependent on any medicines yet, thankfully, but I still bring a stash of anti-histamines and -asthma wherever I go. I also have a handy inhaler, which my friends call my choice of drug as it’s white and powdery. (It’s real medicine for quick relief for asthma attacks, promise.) I get really awful attacks once a year and these really make me feel like I’m dying. But most days, the asthma’s manageable.
  • Because of the above reason, I’m in no way physically fit. The most I can do is walk long distances, but with short breaks in between. I can’t run even if my life depended on it (well maybe I can, when I get an adrenaline rush or something). I even find it hard to lift myself up to a certain height because of my poor upper body strength. I skipped PE classes that required too much running way back in elementary. (It doesn’t look like it, yeah?)

So you could probably imagine the look on my face when my friends thought of going up Mt. Gulugod Baboy on the second day of our Mabini, Batangas escapade this year. You can click on the link above for more info on this mountain that’s gaining popularity among hikers in the Philippines and tourists as well.

The typical jump-off point of most travelers is in Anilao, Batangas. However, Kuya Sande told us that there was a way from Bgy. Malimatoc II up to the mountain. I think it’s a trail opposite that of Anilao’s.

Hello Kuya Sande, Jhoann's cousin and our forever tour guide! He's actually very camera-shy. 🙂

We also asked him if the trail was okay for first-timers like us. He said it was okay, but the path would be slippery and muddy because of the recent rain showers. We said it’s okay, we’ll just be extra careful and he agreed to accompany us! So everyone got excited and decided to go up Mt. Gulugod Baboy the next day.

I didn’t tell him about my medical condition though. Wrong move on my part.

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A Refreshing Dip in a Barangay

8 Nov

In my past three visits to this quaint barangay in Mabini, Batangas, the first destination of the group would always be the cumba, as the locals would call it. It’s a small waterfall located below a vast area of trees that I think are only seen in jungles/forests. You would have to go down a dangerous (well, it was and still is very life-threatening to me) 10 to 15-minute trail just to reach this hidden wonder of nature.

And whenever we’d go there, either it finished raining or it’s about to rain. Maybe Mother Nature was playing tricks on us and wanted our trip down her slope extra special (read:difficult).

This is the starting point of the trail. Told you it was a jungle/forest.

2008 photo. I was trying to look relaxed and happy. Also, that was the year of me doing the "peace sign" pose. Refer to other pictures for further proof.

There were relatively easy parts, and there were areas of the trail where I had to pray for my life and safety.  After going down that trail three times, I still cannot perfectly go down without having to trip, slide down or almost fall.

This was one of the hardest parts of the trail. You would either have to jump (and hold on to someone/thing) or slide down. It's really steep, plus it had rained in the morning so it's all muddy and slippery.

This was from this year's escapade. I would always slip and slide down this part of the trail in the first two visits. But lo and behold, I survived this time! 🙂

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Escapades to Mabini, Batangas – An Introduction

7 Nov

When people talk of Batangas, the common places you would hear from their mouths would be Laiya, Calatagan, Nasugbu and other well-known beach areas in the province. But Batangas has other undiscovered terrain, which definitely makes you feel that you’re out of the city and taken into provincial life. One of those places is Barangay Malimatoc II, Mabini, Batangas, which I have traveled to three times in the past five years.

I first visited the town in 2007, when one of my good friends asked us to accompany her to her hometown. Luckily, school was out for the rest of the year then and I had earned enough money from my English tutoring gig (I love freelancing jobs. ;)) for me to tag along. Plus, my friend enticed us with free lodging, as we could stay in her old grandmother’s house, and unlimited food because of the town fiesta. Who could say no to that?

Me, Eras, Melchor and Jhoann. Pardon the quality of the photo, we didn't have a digital camera back then. Also, old picture is old.

So along with three of my good friends, we ventured off to Bgy. Malimatoc II in Mabini, Batangas.

Getting there is pretty easy, especially if you’re from the south. The bus terminal in Alabang has buses which go to Lipa/Batangas City/Pier. I believe they operate 24/7, so you won’t have to worry about hitching a ride during the wee hours of the day. You then have to get off the diversion road (the bus conductor would know this) and ride a jeep to Gasang.

View from the Gasang, the drop off-point before going to Barangay Malimatoc II

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