Friday, 30 November 2012

3 Day Vacay

Me and ate Gigi went to La Paz, Tarlac to visit my friend Diane and her hubby Adrian. We stayed there for 3 days. That was my second visit and I still enjoy staying there. It was so hot in Tarlac but the climate plays an important role in the economic activity of the province. Like the rest of Central Luzon province, there are two distinct seasons there: Dry from November to April, and wet for the rest of the year. That is why it looks summer when we're there and the heat was just energy draining. 

People in Tarlac are very accommodating and hospitable, we feel that we are welcome. During our first day, they have invited us to sing in the videoke and they're just listening to our wonderful voice.. ahemm!! 
Because we really miss each other, Diane, Ate Gigi and I were busy chatting with out latest chikas until 2am. We haven't noticed the time. 

Our second day was so great, we went to Adrian family's ricefield. It was about 18 hectares of ricefield, huge!. We wanted to walk along the rice paddies but it was so hot and we don't want our skin to be darken. Sayang ang kogic! So we decided to stay and sit under the tree near the ricefield. 

Aside from the hot climate the only problem in Diane and Adrian's place is the network signal. They have a terrible connection. But we enjoyed our bonding time together. 

Before going home, we went to Betty's Native Rice Cakes for our pasalubong. They have a very good kakanin where you can only see in Tarlac. Our 3 day vacation were too fast but nothing compares with the joy and bonding we had with my friend Diane. Next time, we'll gonna visit them again before she gives birth. :)


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tingloy Island

We have spent our summer in Tingloy Island Batangas (Masasa Beach) where I established a good friendship with my friends.

Batangas used to keep so many secrets. Its proximity to capital easily makes it an easy target for the beach-chasing crowd. This makes Masasa Beach a surprise, the kind that does not shock but pushes you to a joyful reverie.

Tingloy is the municipality in Batangas that is not part of mainland Luzon. Its main island is Maricaban, which together with another island, form a fish silhouette rising in the middle of Verde Island Passage.

Me and my youngest sister went there one day late as my work vacation did not approve immediately.
 From Alabang,we took a bus to Batangas City Grand Terminal, rode a jeepney to Anilao Port and board the passenger boat to Tingloy. 

A quick tricycle ride from Tingloy port led us to the start of the trail to the beach. The path snakes across a thin residential area and across rice fields. It’s an easy, no-sweat walk down to the shore, where coconut trees stood in line, as though guarding the precious beach.

It was.fabulous during our visit as the sand was sparkling. The shallow waters were serene at the time (low tide). It was so clear withstanding the apparent scarcity of light. To the east are sharp cliffs that skirt the coast. At their feet is a paved walkway that leads to another sand-and-shingle beach. This part is more rocky road than vanilla, but still scenic.

Development is hardly felt (if felt at all) in this corner of Batangas. There are no resorts or hotels in sight, encouraging the more natural option — camping 
and renting the "kubo" of the JW couple that my friend's contact. 

It was a very good experience, and definitely I will go back to that mini paradise.