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Burot Beach, Calatagan Batangas


Accessible beaches from Manila

Burot Beach is one of the most accessible beaches you could go to from Metro Manila. It took us about four hours to get there due to heavy traffic in DasmariƱas Cavite and a stop at Tagaytay where we took our lunch.

Past 1PM when we arrived at the entrance gate, we stopped at the guard house and our driver paid for something, we also signed a waiver affirming the full responsibility of our safety as we enter the premises. Then another few minutes to the shore, it was a very remote and quite route that it made me thought of an exciting day having a beach all for ourselves which was easily changed by the sight of crowd as we arrived the site.

Right after settling our things in one of the bamboo cottages, I went around and took a stroll. It was a warm weekend and the salty wind makes me feel like its summer in early December. Burot beach is a beautiful place with wide shoreline where you could spend a relaxing dip or sunbathing. After a long tiring day, you can indulge your self with a good chat or perhaps a cold beer while enjoying the splendid sunset. Burot beach is facing west hence its always a good place for sunset chasers like me.

Where to stay in Koronadal City: Greenstate Suites


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While my friend always refer their place as Marbel, google always return the name Koronadal City in all my searches. I too had some confusions about the two names worrying that I might have booked at the wrong place, thanks to some good sources. Both name refers to one City, in the past locals called the poblacion as Marbel from the B’laan word “Marb-EL” that means murky waters which refer to a river now named Marbel River; while Koronadal is believed to have originated from two B’laan words that natives used to describe their place, these words are “Koron” means Cogon grass and “Nadal” meaning plain.

Koronadal City has surprisingly good number of accommodations to choose from, we originally plan to stay at FB Hotel but they were booked for a cultural event on the same date of our trip so off we checked for another place. Greenstate Suites was from a friend’s suggestion, she mentioned that it was clean and reasonably priced which we’ve discovered true.

Welcoming 2016!!!

2015 was a very tough year yet an equally blissful one with so much lessons to keep, for which I couldn't thank Him enough. With that, I shall welcome 2016 with so much gratitude and love in my heart, guided with this inspiring snip.

“YOU ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE

The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, will point blank not like you. But it is also filled with those who love you fiercely. They are your people. You are not for everyone and that’s OK. Talk to the people who can hear you.

Don’t waste your precious time and gifts trying to convince them of your value, they won’t ever want what you’re selling. Don’t convince them to walk alongside you. You’ll be wasting both your time and theirs and will likely inflict unnecessary wounds, which will take precious time to heal. You are not for them and they are not for you; politely wave them on, and continue along your way. Sharing your path someone is a sacred gift; don’t cheapen this gift by rolling yours in the wrong direction.

KEEP FACING YOUR TRUE NORTH”

Not the #2015bestnine but my #2015favenine :)

Cheers to y’all for a happier 2016.


My 2015.


"Today, as I turn 28, I thank the heavens for this year, this blog, and my beautiful readers."


Hello all lakwacheras!!! It’s been a while, yeah? Just wanted to drop by to express how I miss this blog. I wish I could write down my year ender obligatory post but it was such a busy month, way busier than my previous Decembers.

I am finishing an entourage for a Caleruega wedding this 29th, it's something that I wished for and it came earlier than I expected so I am burning all my energy for it right now. Plus, just left the company that I worked with for more than six years and here I am humbled by my new job with a new company.

My 2015 evolves around building long term goals and few trips which I wish I could share next year. For now, I’d like to thank you all for the continuous visit. Got a few but very valuable message asking for updates and new stories and those mean so much for me. I love sharing more than writing so I hope I could get those mojo back soon.

I have less travel plans for next year and have less books inline to read. I have to set priority so I could afford more travels and more books to read soon. Slowing down doesn't always mean that I am about to stop, sometimes it just means that I am preparing for a stronger launch.

For those who wonder what's up next, here are something to look forward to for next year – stories from Koronadal South Cotabato, Kidapawan City, Burot Beach Batangas, Taal Batangas, Tagaytay’s Second visit, and continuation of my Cebu series.

I wish everyone a Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Advance Happy new year!! May His grace be with us all this yuletide season and forever.

Simala Shrine and Basdaku Beach Moalboal DIY Day Trip.



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We woke up early and had some coffee before leaving the city at six in the morning. We headed to E-mall where we could catch a V-hire to Sibonga. V-hire is the term Cebuano use to refer a passenger van. The terminal is at the back of a Gas station in front of E-mall. No signs what so ever but there were barkers around which will direct you to the location of the van. The first trip left full as early as 6:30AM. We were able to catch the next van which immediately get filled after 30 minutes. Our van left the City at around 7:00AM and we arrived in Simala Shrine at 7:30AM. 30 minutes early for the opening.

I was surprised about the travel time as some travel guide would show a one hour and 30 minute travel time from Southbus terminal and another 20-30 minutes habal-habal ride to the shrine. I guess the advantage of v-hire is that it’s a direct ride to Simala Shrine and it does not have a lot of pit stops to pick up or drop off passengers which takes a lot of time. Apart from that, it also eliminates the need to hire a habal-habal. One way fare is 100.00Php, I am not sure if they're operation is legal but it seems that they are very common to local commuters and I was thankful for my cousin's suggestion that made us aware of this option.