Captivating Cagbalete

Since my favorite season (among the two choices, haha) has ended, I’m gonna share to you my summer-ender for 2016. Too sad that it ended that quick but I’m still looking forward for the remaining of the year as I have at least four trips planned, yaay! Beach season never ends if you’re here in the Philippines! :)

We went to the most talked about place in my father’s hometown, the island of Cagbalete.

It’s a 5 hour drive from the Metro and 30-45 minutes boat ride from the port to the island. We had an agency to fix everything for us. Budget each pax was 2,500Php inclusive of land & boat transfers, environmental fees, accommodation and food. :) You can also try to have a DIY trip, and bring a private car. Now, don’t worry where to park your car as there are many parking lots near the port. All you have to do is to bring your food and book a resort in advance. :)

So let’s get this started. :)

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We arrived at the island at the best weather condition. :) The first in our itinerary was to visit the famous sandbar. Just ate our breakfast and left our things in the resort then…

Off we go! :)

And ta-daaaaaa! Sandbar! On a High Tide! Hahahaha! Yep, major epic fail :P Don’t even start imagining how disappointed we were when we saw the outstretched sea instead of the sand. Haha!

So tip # 1, check first if it’s high or low tide before going to the sandbar. :P The sandbar is about a 30 minute boat ride (from our resort) so better be sure before going there. It takes some time and money of course to rent a boat again.

Since we have no choice, we just enjoyed the sun, the sea and the sand underneath. :)

The super fine sand… under the water. :P

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After swimming and burning our skin, we head back to the resort.

Had our lunch and got some rest since we really got tired from the morning’s travel. Note that there is no electricity in the whole island from 6am to 6pm so bring some powerbanks and extension cords. :)

And after a few hours of getting rest, time to check the whole place! :)

We woke up with the place on a gloomy weather and low tide. When it’s high tide, boats can usually ‘park’ up to this point. :) You could see how low or even close to no water at all compared to the first picture I posted.

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Photoshoots will never be excluded in our agenda! Especially having bestfriends like them? Na-ah! :P Thinking of posting another blogpost featuring my pagemote in the island, hmmmm :P

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When it’s low tide, you could easily roam in the island, hassle free! :) You could go to the other resorts freely and enjoy what’s in store of the place.

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And that’s what we do for the rest of the day. :)

We had some dinner, drinks, games, stories to share the whole night and got some sleep in preparation to more exciting day tomorrow. :)

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Since our stay wouldn’t make sense if we don’t get to see the ‘actual’ sandbar, we decided to give it a shot on our second day. Of course, I have assessed the sea level first if it’s on a low or on a high tide. Thank God, it is! So here we gooooo! :)

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It was indeed beautiful. They call this place, “The Boracay of the South” and I guess it is living its name. It may even be better than Boracay as this is not as famous as the said place, which meant that this is more preserved than what’s in Boracay. :)

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Luckily, we have witnessed a well saturated rainbow. Ahhhhhh, so nice!!

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What else should we do? With this set of group, we took photos on every angle of the sandbar, haha!

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Mangroves are very visible in this area as well, so without a doubt, another photoshoot session has started. :P

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And jumpshot photos were taken as well. :)

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Time to go home! But before that, my brother and I have to manually push the boat until we reach the resort, haha! Just kidding! :)

After all these photos taken and memories created with this group, it’s time to go home now.

Our stay was really worthwhile. :) Hope you could all visit Cagbalete and enjoy this as much as we enjoyed our short vacation here. :)

kat

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Nostalgic Nagsasa

Planning is always the easiest part when you wanted to travel with friends, but making it materialize would always be the hardest part. Thank goodness my officemates or what we call ourselves – “Donnatics” – were that persistent to push through our plan. :) We didn’t even have to force everyone to join because we all wanted to go. Especially we really wanted to have a break with our work. Away from the city and away from all the stress the world has given to us. #Hugot! Haha.

I don’t know why we chose Nagsasa, but since we crave for a getaway, we just go with it. :) Besides, it’s not my first time in Zambales as I have went to Anawangin last year, I think it’s a good idea to explore the other side of it. Nothing to lose, more to gain. :)

We left at 1:30am from our office in Bulacan and swooosh! Off we go to our destination! I’m not sure what time did we arrive there, I just know we did arrive earlier as expected. Not to mention our driver overtakes almost all the cars in front of us even in the zig-zag road!

If you are about to ask, we have budgeted at least 1,700Php per head, inclusive of our driver, land transfer, our accommodation, boat rides and transfers, plus the food we bought from the market. Also, it is much better to bring cooking and food utensils with you as there are no fancy hotels and restaurants there. You get to live on your own. :)

Sooooo. Let’s start exploring Nagsasa through our eyes, and I hope I could share to you how happy and grateful I am with this trip. :)

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First to visit – Capones Island. As I have mentioned in my Anawangin post, there are no resorts in this island. We just have to take advantage of the view and took our first group pictures in here.

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And now, we’re ready to go to a stress and signal free island – Nagsasa!

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Of course our first agenda was to set up tents and prepare for lunch. Thanks to these boys for taking care the whole group and being oh-so responsible! :P You know how intense we get with regards to Boys vs. Girls topic in the office, but this one goes for you! Naks. Minsan lang yan. :P

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After lunch, we didn’t thought time would be so SLOOOOOOOW. That was the longest 3-4 hours in the island. It was so hot that we can’t last a 5 minute nap. That’s why we did everything to entertain ourselves. From story telling, to the corniest knock knock jokes, hahaha, Pinoy Henyo, card games – the controversial 1-2-3 pass that almost cost our relationship with others, haha, and officemates doing an exhibition of catching food from the air. Hahaha!

And after all those craziness, time to swimmmm! Yaay!

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Four girls out of 13 in the group!

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The boys also took advantage of the scenery. Ughh, what a beautiful view! And I’m referring to the mountains there, haha!

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And our running shot! Our Ready, Set, Go! set of photos and the aftermath – splashes of water all over the place! Haha. Super fun!

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Here comes my favorite part of our trip.

It has been set beforehand that we’ll trek here in Nagsasa. What we are not yet sure of, is the time we are to trek. We were still having a good swim and when most of the boys noticed that the sun is about to set, they quickly decided to trek… NOW. Yes, the next thing I know, they are starting to go to the trekking site. I didn’t have time to decide whether I’ll go or not cause I really wanted to witness the sunset, and it’s my first time to trek. :)

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I never thought trekking would be so tiring, especially I’m coping up with how fast my officemates are going up the mountain. Oh, and did I mention there are some parts of the trek that you can be on the bottom of the mountain in an instant? One wrong step and you’ll die! JK! I’m exaggerating, maybe you’ll just have fractured legs or arms and wounds all over. Hehehe, I’m just saying, just be careful. And for those girls who wanted to try, be sure to have a guide while going up. Remember, climb at your own risk. ;)

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Sure enough, we are in awe to see the whole place on top. :)

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One of my favorite photos that I took. It’s not scripted and everyone just wanted to take a break of everything, just appreciating what’s in front of us. :)

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Favorite time of the day. Sunset. :)

It’s amazing how it can take your breath away, just watch it and makes you smile. Giving thanks to God for everything. For giving this chance to watch Mr. Sun set with the one you really treasure. Someday, every sunset will be as memorable as this one. :) #HugotPart2

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And after appreciating, time to go down! When in fact we can just roll down because of the steepness of the mountain. Haha!

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And our stay would never be complete without setting a bonfire. Different stories has been shared, games were played and s’mores were eaten. Too bad most of them have slept early and there were only five of us left. Talked about everything under the sun, or the moon I guess. Haha. Work, lovelife and of course the then hot topic, politics.

I don’t know how to explain it, but it really got exciting because of the group few feet from us. They spread “Good Vibes” all over the place. We don’t know each other, we don’t even know how they look like, they just made the remaining crowd in the place jam with them. :) It was full of laughter that night. How cool that we could laugh with someone you didn’t know and just wanted to have a stress free night. :)

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This would be my second favorite. Credits to our official photographer – Adam! :)

Quiet time between you and the nature. Sand underneath your body, bright stars, shooting stars once in a while. It really felt amazing that how much you’re overloaded in the city, yet you feel free and felt no burden at all when you’re in front of this kind of view. By far, the best night of the year. :) Thanks to the natural decorations of the sky. :)

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When I woke up the next morning, I visited the other side of the island.

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I felt like I’m in the other country then, super nice and quiet.

And since I have spent a lot of time roaming around the place, cause I got lost also, haha, I decided to take a bath while everyone’s swimming as we are to leave later that morning. Little did I know, I’m missing the fun out there. :(

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They had jump shot photos and I missed the highlight of our trip!!! I am so doomed, and sad, and I can’t even forgive myself for missing this!! The boys danced the famous “May Tatlong Bibe“. Not sharing the video though cause they might kill me, haha, but I saw how fun it is and I really hate myself for being KJ. </3

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And before leaving the place, one last group picture with the gang. :)

I really had fun with them, and I am excited and looking forward to more outings with them. Hope our July getaway will push through! Excited about it!

That’s it for our Nagsasa trip! And yes, it was one for the books!

*Photos from Adam, Kuya Eric, Mich and my Candice*

kat

San Juan Surfing

My first of summer took place during the Holy Week. I took advantage of the long vacation and a non Period End Close which is one of the main considerations in our field when going to a vacation. We opted to spend the week in my Mom’s hometown – La Union. We’ve been here many many times but all we do is to stay in my Lola’s house and bond with our relatives. But thank goodness for social networking sites, I finally saw something new we can do – Surfing! Yaaay!

I’ve always asked my Mom if she knew about San Juan and all she know was that it was nearby our place. So since I’m the one who really wanted to go and visit there, I persistently pleaded my Mom to go there. *winks*

And oh, if you haven’t heard the place, San Juan is the Surfing capital of the North! :)

Now I’m sharing you some of our photos we had. Sorry though if it’s minimal as we are so excited to try this recreational activity and it’s the first time we’re doing this!

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Before we set our foot in the sea, we have to undergo some tutorial class first – what are the parts of the surfing board, the positions while in the surfing board and of course the safety procedures before, during and after surfing.

One hour of surfing cost us 400 pesos, inclusive of surfing board rental and instructor. They strictly implement 1:1 student-instructor ratio to better guide amateurs like us! :)

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These are the three main positions when surfing as far as I remember, haha. The getting ready, standing up and balancing position.

Note that I’m just an amateur surfer and I don’t how they call these positions, it’s just the way I remember it. ;)

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It took me I guess, three times before I finally get it. The waves are good for surfers that day and how I wish we could go farther from the shoreline so that we can stay longer.

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Of course, there are still moments that we fall. And because my Dad loves me so much, he perfectly captured it. Haha! For an hour, it’s getting on top of the surfing board, riding and falling, on repeat. :)

Oh and remember, you got to have your arms ready as you will always have to lift your weight to get on the surfing board. This is a good exercise to tone your arms. ;)

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Really enjoyed the surfing experience and that’s because of our super patient instructors! It was getting dark when we finished our trial and our instructors said that the resorts here hold night parties and asked if we could stay a little longer. I heard night life here is pretty awesome! I’ll go check it next time ;)

I promise to visit this place every time I go home and stay at least a night. :) Will keep you posted! :)

Until the next beach waves!

kat

Summer’s here!

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So summer here in the Philippines has finally started, YAAAY! Since we only have two seasons in the country, most probably, this is your favorite season except for the scorching heat. Everyone’s looking forward for this season as this is the time for beach outings and time to bring out all your summer outfits. :) I wore this one during our Ilocos trip. Don’t you love my shorts??? This surely matched the brightness of the sun, haha! Anyways, I hope you are all enjoying the season. :) Looking forward to my own adventures this summer! :)

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6Charles and Keith sunnies, DSDRTM top, Vanilla Breeze Clothing shorts and Tutum Shop sandals.

Next post, our Bohol and Cebu trip!! :)

kat

 

Photo Diary: Anawangin and Capones Island 2014

Summer’s ending and the rainy season is fast approaching. But before anything else, I want to share with you the experiences we had and of course the captured memories we took.

Last May 24, my boyfriend and his cousins decided to go to Zambales. Yes, it’s kind of short notice that’s why I didn’t have time to prepare that much. We left home at 2am and had at least 3 stopovers and bought our food on our way. So technically, we arrived at Zambales by 2pm – stopovers, buying of supplies, fetching a friend in Cabanatuan and asking of directions considered.

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Pundaquit Island. Some stay here since the view is nice as you can see. You also have the choice to go to different islands by renting the boats there. And without a doubt, we choose the latter. Explore the other islands of course!

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Who’s excited to ride a boat!?

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Sorry for our super excited faces. Most of us are first timers, haha!

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Along the way, you’ll see different rock formations and mountains. Really really nice, and good job to the people who preserve and take care of this place.

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And our choice? Anawangin Cove!

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This is what WE call the Red Sea. Haha. Don’t worry, it’s not polluted. They said it rained the night before that’s why the soil from the mountains went down to the lake.

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Assembled our tents and cooked our lunch before anything else!

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And after an hour or so…. we’re wet! Haha! Not because we went to the beach, but because it rained! hahaha. So guys, please buy a waterproof tent. I guess this marks our first camping experience, hehe.

After fixing and settling our things again, we headed to the beach to enjoy the afternoon. No pictures, sorry! :P

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To maximize our stay there, we set up a bonfire. It’s my first time again, haha. Thanks to our neighbor, Kuya Joseph, for helping us to set this up.

**You can buy the woods there, I guess it’s P200. Be sure you have the Butane Gas and the torch!

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Grilled hotdog and ate our dinner before calling this day off.

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And this is how Mr. Sun greeted us! Our campsite :)

Ate our breakfast and headed to the beach for some sight seeing!

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Amazing Anawangin!! ♥ Really really beautiful..

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We went to the left side of the island (facing the beach) to see a nicer perspective of the Cove. This isn’t in our plan so basically, this explains why I’m still wearing my PJs, haha!

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Where sky, earth and water meet each other.

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Our next stop: Capones Island. This is included in the package we had together with our boat transfers from and to Anawangin and Capones Island.

What is in this island?

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Beautiful rock formations and fine white sand. This is my first time to see and be in a white sand beach!

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The super clear water. I love the colors!! I love how the sky kisses the ocean. Snorkeling is a must in this place!!

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And lastly, the network connection, haha!! You saw it right. I know it’s weird to take calls when you’re in vacation, apparently, we didn’t know that there is no signal in Anawangin Cove. Too late for us to make our calls and messages to inform our parents that we safely arrived in the island. Though I’m into no-signal island because you get to appreciate more of God’s gift when there are no social networking sites to check time after time, right? :)

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And there! We left Capones Island after 15 minutes and went back to Anawangin. Enjoyed the rest of the day at the beach before going back to the city.

Really had fun in that quick weekend vacation! If only I can go back and forth here during weekends, haha! There are still so many things that we can do here so I guess I’ll be visiting this place again!! Can’t wait for that day to come :)

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*Most of the photos are taken by Samsung S5, my new baby! I didn’t edit or add filters in the photos for you to see how good the camera of S5 is :)

Have a Summer Fling with Chicabooti!

Chicabooti is an Australian based clothing apparel shop that has an up-to-date designs to cater the ‘needs’ of the shop-a-holics! Luckily, Chicabooti Philippines gave me the opportunity to create an online shop for them. Since they have just started to operate here at the Philippines, for about a year ago, this would help them advertise their products.

Here are some products offered this Summer Season:

Model: Danica Nalo

There you go! :)

For Filipino Shoppers, you can buy it Here.

For International Shoppers, you can buy it Here.

Thank you, and enjoy shopping! :)