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Asia » Philippines » Batangas » Batulao January 5th 2019

Another weekend getaway with my former colleagues during my annual vacation to trek one of the scenic mountains in Batangas, Mt. Batulao. Also a great way to greet 2019! It has been more than a year away from home and one of the activity that will relieve me from stresses of working abroad is to be with nature, to be with friends, long drive, bulalo (beef dish from the Philippines. It is a light colored soup that is made by cooking beef shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat has melted into the clear broth), enjoying the views and meeting new people. Mountains are a truly magnificent work of nature. They are art molded intricately into various shapes and sizes. Each of them has a charm that is unique only to them. Some are ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Batangas » Anilao November 2nd 2017

ANILAO 2 THE STORM I settled into a routine…eat, dive, relax, eat again. The diving was easy and there was so much to see. The weather was foul; heavy winds and heavy rain. It just got worse and worse, but we are divers, right? It makes little difference underwater. So we got up, ate breakfast and went to the boat. Surface intervals were very cold. I was hungry for the sun. Then one of the staff told us there was a typhoon in Leyte and we were getting winds and rain because of it. On the way back to my room after lunch I glanced up at my bungalow and wondered if it might slide down the hill. Then I shook off the thought…don’t borrow trouble I told myself. The fifth night I woke to use ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Batangas October 29th 2017

At last... a month vacation after a year of hard work from the sands of Arabia. A time to be with friends and family. One of my trips during my vacation with my friends took us to a nearby mountain. Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas. Major Jumpoff: Mountaineer’s Store, Brgy. 7 “Siete”, Cuenca Exit point (traverse): Brgy 5 (to Grotto), Cuenca LLA: 13°55 N; 121°2 E; 706 MASL (Rockies) / 930 MASL (summit) Days required / Hours to Rockies / summit : 1 day / 1-2 hr / 2-4 hr Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 (Rockies); 4/9 (Traverse) Trail class 1-3. Features: Scenic views of Taal Lake, rock formations, forests (From www.pinoymountaineer.com)... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Batangas » Anilao October 28th 2017

SOUTH PACIFIC - PHILIPPINES ANILAO My time in Puerto Galera was nearly over. On the last day I got in the pool with Bria. After lunch we joined Steve and went to the beach. There was quite an extensive shopping area and I purchased a couple of t-shirts and refrigerator magnets. Then we went to the water’s edge. I had parcels so Steve and I took turns watching our purchases and wallets and playing in the water. When we got to the hotel we discovered that the whole group was again invited to dinner at a special villa that the hotel rents. It was basically the same routines as the night before, but the food was good and the larger dive group made it more interesting. I did not stay for the karaoke. I packed and ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Batangas » Batangas City March 8th 2016

On my second morning in Manila I contacted my Mum via text message that I am now leaving Manila for Boracay. The reaction 'Oh, did you still not arrive??'. Well, this is something that separates me from the rest of my family. For me the holiday starts when I leave my hometown with my travel bag. From this moment on I always feel happy knowing that '9 to 5' and other day by day thoughts are now behind me. I bet that my smile is never broader than on these days... This time on my third day of traveling I encountered with Bejing and Manila two new cities and I enjoyed this part of my journey already very much. My family would also not understand why I chose the variant to take a bus and ferry ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Batangas » Laiya January 3rd 2014

Great! It has been three years since I last saw the land of my home country. I'm with my family and other relatives and together, we dive into the one of the beautiful beaches, in my own opinion anyway. Laiya, Batangas in the Philippines is very good and nice! We've spent the whole day there and ending up getting really tanned by the time we are all ready to go home. I truly recommend it for a family holiday. Another amazing thing is there are locals who will come and sell beautiful pearls! It's relatively cheap, everyone can afford it! ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Batangas » Taal January 23rd 2013

This blog will be out of sequence. "Here I sit lonely hearted . . . . . ." to coin a childhood poem. 7,000 km from anyone I know with 6 people who can hardly string a complete sentence together in English between them. (all but one have disappeared on their daily routines anyway). There's no (reliable) internet, 1 viewable TV channel and that's in TAGALOG, it's raining so I can't go outside and one of the dogs has just walked into the bedroom and pissed on my sandals. This "holiday" has hit a new low point. Might go and pay that penny now . . . . . . Later in the day, I went to Sonya's Secret Pleasures at Sonya's Garden and had a Hot Stone Massage. . . . They heat some largeish ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Batangas » Taal January 7th 2013

Taal - the great Filipino Con Job. - Jan 7 Given we're staying on the side of Taal's original volcano - I figured we should probably get a closer look at this icon so we loaded the car (Nissan Urvan) to capacity again and headed off, up over the edge of the caldera and down to the lake. All of the kids were still knackered from the Pinatubo trek, so we were to book only a single boat to the inner volcano. When Arthur mentioned that there was the option to ride a horse to the summit and back, suddenly ALL the kids got fired up and wanted to come along. So we hired TWO boats and half a dozen horses for the trip - the blokes decided to do the trek on foot. The CON ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Batangas » Taal December 31st 2012

It seems bloggiong is going to be more difficult this tiome than last. Not a lot of Internet cafes where we are and the bloody ASUS tablet is hopeless running on 3G up here... read more

Asia » Philippines » Batangas » Taal December 29th 2012

Not much to say at this stage as we haven't really done that much. ;;'re staying in Apiad near Tagaytay City.My turn to cook last night so I did the old garlic honey ansd soy marinade for chicken wings and then played with some of the local produce. Made a salad of julienned green mango and white radish with rice vermicilli and a dressing of bagoong paste cocnut vinegar and kalamansi juice.... read more
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