Burot Beach, Calatagan

Some of my friends went to this beautiful beach recently, so I was reminded of how much fun we had last year. Burot beach is a well-maintained resort for beach camping. The rates are pretty affordable and it’s located near Manila. A very serene place for nature lovers, just be very careful with sea urchins.

Burot beach, Calatagan

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How to Get There:

Via private transportation:

We went there via private car; here’s how we made it.

From Pasay
Go to SLEX and exit Sta Rosa Laguna and take the Nasugbu Road.
Go straight once you reached Lian, Batangas. Once we reached Calatagan, we asked directions on how to go to their public market to buy some stuff. Then we asked one of the tricycle drivers to guide us to Calatagan beach, we paid him 100 pesos.

Via public transporation:

Go to Coastal Mall grand terminal, there are buses bound to Calatagan. Updated fare is P160.00, approx 3-4hrs travel time. According to some blogs, the earliest time of departure is 4 am. Alight at Calatagan market then ride a tricycle going to the beach, updated price is P200 for special trip, P50.00  per person.

Expenses and Itinerary:

Entrance fee:

daytrip = P65.00

overnight = P130.00

small table rental = P150.00

Day 1:

travel to Calatagan from Pasay

swimming, relaxing, bonfire at night

Day 2: island hopping for P100.00 each

picture-taking

bound to Manila

We’ve been here on February of 2014 so the prices might have increased as the place already gained popularity. Our total expenses including food is below 1kphp.

Masasa Beach Tingloy, Batangas

It’s a gloomy and a humdrum day. It’s a peculiar feeling in the month of March, my soul yearns for a sweet adventure out there. I was reminded of a beach in the coastline of Batangas. I want to go back and feel its summer breeze once again. Masasa beach in Tingloy, Batangas is unexploited and yet to be known by local and foreign tourists but it’s the best place for beach camping and nature intertwining.

awesome rock formations in Masasa beach

awesome rock formations in Masasa beach

Well, as you see getting there is not easy and convenient.

Getting there: From Manila, take a bus to Batangas City Grand Terminal (2-3 hours travel, P120-P180). Take a jeepney to Anilao Port (P35) and board the passenger boat to Tingloy (P70). From the port, take a tricycle to Masasa Beach (P30). Then you need to walk for 10-15 minutes to get to the beach. 10933801_1050077418342414_9017123625744921621_n 10945715_1050077641675725_2451546154733600579_n 10502503_1050077495009073_5643029647566501390_n I recommend this place for beach bums and nature enthusiasts. It is worth the long travel. More photos below 🙂

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Expenses:

P120-P180 bus to Batangas City Grand Terminal
P35.00 jeepney to Anilao Port
P70.00 passenger boat to Tingloy
P30.00 tricycle to Tingloy beach
P150.00/person overnight food
There’s no entrance fee or resorts near the area, some houses offer shower for P20.00.

Things to bring:
tent
bed
headlamp
cookset
insect repellant
cooking utensils
camera

Tips:
Make sure to leave the island early in the morning, passenger boats are only available til 12pm. Unless you want to rent a boat for 1500-2k from Tingloy to Anilao Port.

Mt. Pulag; A Journey on top of the Clouds

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It is the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines. I wasn’t able to see its beauty at its finest because of the weather but I’ll surely be back sooner or later. I wanted to see the famous “sea of clouds” but unfortunately I just saw a glimpse of it.  This is an amazing place and one of the reasons why I climb mountains. Inspiringly and spectacularly beautiful plus the amazing bunch of people I got to climb with.

Mt. Pulag I’ll see you again later 🙂

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These are the magnificent rice terraces you can see at the beginning of the climb. It can surely ease your shortness of breath before starting the upward trail.

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The summit with these two amazing people 🙂

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And yes! It’s a rainbow up there, it’s like a dreamlike scenario. Quite pleasing to the eye and uplifting to a weary soul.
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Climbing Mt. Pulag wouldn’t be complete without trying to ride on top of the jeepney, worth the risk. You can see amazing landscapes along the way.

on the way to Mt Pulag

on the way to Mt Pulag

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I got to climb with these tough girls, how amazing 🙂

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As Mt Pulag constantly gains its popularity, the number of tourists and climbers are also increasing. This is actually an alarming scenario, years from now I wonder how this place would look like if people wouldn’t start taking action to protect this lovely gem of Cordillera.

Mt Pulag

Mt Pulag

Expenses and Itinerary:

It’s advisable to go to Mt. Pulag in a group if you want to save money. I’ve been here Dec of 2013,  we were a group of 20. We paid 2k inclusive of ride from Manila to Baguio and vice versa, monster jeepney from Baguio to Mt Pulag jump-off, 3 set of meals and a souvenir shirt.

Day 0:
night trip from Manila to Baguio

Day 1:
06:00 monster jeepney from Baguio to jump-off
lunch and briefing
start trek
Ambangeg-Ambangeg trail =2-3 hrs trek
campsite = dinner/socials

Day 2:
05:00 am = trek to summit 1-2 hrs
summit = sea of clouds if the weather if good
picture taking
back to summit
pack your things and leave no trace
travel to Baguio, sightseeing for 2 hrs then back to Manila

Notes:
There’s a portable toilet at the campsite but don’t expect much.

Things to bring:

The usual camping stuff

tent
headlamp
insect repellant
super thick jackets = really cold
waste bags
cookset
survival kit
first-aid kit

Kwebang Lampas; Pagbilao Quezon

I always want to spend time at the sea, the serenity it brings is like a medicine to the soul. I normally search for an unexploited wonder where I can unite with nature without the usual hard partying which is common among the popular tourist’s attractions.

Quezon Province has a lot of beautiful wonders to offer. I searched the internet and convinced my friends to go to Kwebang Lampas for an overnight camping. We used a private car going to Pagbilao, Quezon. It took us 5 or 6 hours to get there.

How To Go There:

By Public Transport

Ride a bus en route to Lucena (either from Buendia, Kamias or Cubao) and get off at Lucena Grand Central Terminal. From the terminal there are vans and jeepneys en route to Pagbilao. All buses en route to Bicol will also pass the town of Pagbilao.

From the Lucena Grand Central Terminal
Take a jeep ride bound for Brgy. Polo for Php 35.00.
Tell the driver that you are going to Lukang Beach (Lukang Beach is the old name of Kwebang Lampas).
Once in Brgy Polo, you can hire tricycle going to the Kwebang Lampas Registration area.
Tricycle drivers are charging around Php 200-250.00 one way, to bring you to the registration area. From the registration area, you can either walk all the way to the beach or ride a boat for P20.00 Round Trip, after the boat ride you need to hike to the beach for 15-20 mins.

At the registration, you have to pay for entrance.
Php 160.00 for an overnight stay.
Php 20.00 If you are crossing the lake via boat, two-way.
Php 300.00 Tents for overnight rent. bring your own tent to save money.
Php 700.00 Tables for rent.

By Private Transport

From Manila take SLEX to its end at Calamba and follow the signs towards Batangas. You will see a fork road on the right a short distance after passing the entrance to the STAR expressway. The right fork goes to Lipa City and the left goes to San Pablo – take the left fork towards San Pablo.

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The photos will speak for itself 🙂

Kwebang Lampas

Kwebang Lampas

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Scuba Diving at Anilao

So I finally tried diving.  I’m now a licensed open water scuba diver. I just got my license on July of 2014. I couldn’t be more proud. It was an awesome experience.  To be able to witness those underwater wonders is really an awesome experience. I want to encourage everyone to try scuba diving diving.

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

Anilao Scuba Diving

10862490_1029023983781091_9127815667708567525_oDiving is fun but it doesn’t mean it’s expensive. if you want to try diving at a discounted rate, please visit my new facebook page 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/pinaywanderlust?ref=hl. See you underwater!

Kapurpurawan Ilocos Norte

Alas! I got the chance to blog again. I’ve been so busy lately. There are many places I’ve been to since my last blog. I’ll try to post them soon.

I just want to share some photos of my Ilocos trip, I never got the chance to update my blog after my last post.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurapurawan Rock Formation

Kapurapurawan Rock Formation

Kapurapurawan Rock Formation

Kapurapurawan Rock Formation

This is my first solo travel. Never miss this place when you go to Ilocos Norte.

Here’s how to go to  Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte via Bus (Public Transport)

Partas Bus, Philippine Rabbit, Fariñas, and Dominion Bus are the most common buses that travel to Laoag.  Check their travel schedule at least one day before your trip:

Partas Bus Pasay Terminal:  (+63 2) 852 – 8194
Partas Bus Cubao Terminal:  (+63 2) 727 – 8278
Dominion Bus:   (+63 2) 741 – 4146 ; (+63 2) 727 – 2350 ;  (+63 2) 731 – 4780