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Ang Pooritang Gala

Akala ng iba sa akin (lalo na yung mga hindi mahilig magtravel), porket umaalis ako halos buwan-buwan, napupunta sa mga bundok, dagat o saan pa man, akala nila ang dami ko nang pera. At akala nila, napupunta lang sa ‘galaan’ lahat. 😄 Continue reading Ang Pooritang Gala

She’s a traveler, a frustrated accountant. An artist and a writer at heart. Unpredictable and spontaneous. A little weird and a little mysterious. So chase her and run with her. You’ll never get bored and you’ll never regret it.

Bright Red on Blue

Just want to share with you a hidden paradise in Masasa, Tingloy, Batangas, PH. A really nice escape from the city.

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You can take a bus from Jam Liner, Kamuning to Grand Central Bus Station, Batangas. From there, you take a jeepney ride to Nasugbu Pier. You can ride a boat directly to Masasa beach at Tingloy Island, but we were lucky to have a friend who’s from Tingloy so we had an accommodation almost for free. Then we just took a tricycle to get to Masasa – but there’s a long walk from the terminal to the beach. It’s worth it though. 😀

She’s a traveler, a frustrated accountant. An artist and a writer at heart. Unpredictable and spontaneous. A little weird and a little mysterious. So chase her and run with her. You’ll never get bored and you’ll never regret it.

Why Do We Climb Mountains?

As I lay on a sofa, resting my body with sore muscles from shoulders to feet a day after a climb, a friend asked “Why are you so hard on yourself? Why do you climb mountains?”

I just grinned back and smiled a ‘you-will-never-understand-because-you-don’t-try’ smile. One just can’t simply explain why we, you and I climb mountains. It is never a simple one-word explanation. Words can’t even be enough. Continue reading Why Do We Climb Mountains?

She’s a traveler, a frustrated accountant. An artist and a writer at heart. Unpredictable and spontaneous. A little weird and a little mysterious. So chase her and run with her. You’ll never get bored and you’ll never regret it.

Fortune Island Itinerary

And because I am just ‘bitbitable’ — just tell me where we are going, how much is the budget and I’m on the go or to anywhere my feet will lead me to (the more spontaneous, the better), I never had the mastery and skill to make an itinerary. So rely on our itinerary master, Phoebe. 🙂

Our budget is 1,750 php per person.

 
INCLUSIONS for OVERNIGHT (2D/1N);
•Transportation (Tourist Bus) (Petron Jollibee Eastwood-Nasugbu-vv)
•Boat Ride
•Guide Fee
•Island & Entrance Fee
•Camping Fee
•Environmental Fee
•Meals at the Island Day 1: Lunch & Dinner Day 2: Breakfast & Lunch (Brunch)

Itinerary
Day 1
05:30 AM – assembly at Eastwood Jollibee Petron
06:00 AM – departure
08:00 AM – arrival at Nasugbu , buy food for overnight stay
09:00 AM – arrival at Brgy. Bucana, waited for the boatman
09:30 AM – departure to island
10:30 AM – arrival at Fortune Island
11:00 AM – tent pitching, cook food for lunch
12:00 NN – lunch break
03:00 PM – swim, explore, diving, snorkeling, picture taking
06:00 PM – dinner, bonfire, social
10:00 PM – sleeping time

Day 2
06:00 AM – breakfast
08:00 AM – exploring ruins, light house, photograph
10:00 AM – swim, cliff diving
12:00 NN – lunch
01:00 PM – fixing tent
02:00 PM – back to Nasugbu
03:30 PM – freshin’ up
05:35 PM – early dinner
07:30 PM – back to Manila

 

Also, don’t forget this important things to prepare and remember:
1.) Always remember to pack light
2.) Medicine / Hygiene & Kikay Kit(for girls)
3.) Flashlight / Lamp
4.) Mosquito Repellant / Off Lotion
5.) Sleeping Bag/Blanket/Sarong/Malong/Tent
6.) Swim Wear / Rashguard wear
7.) Comfy Sandals or Slippers
8.) Shades (of course, optional)
9.) Sunblock / Spf Lotion
10.) Waterproof your things & gadgets
11.) Garbage Bag for your trash! Leave no trace!
12.) Extra Foods/Drinks – Drinking WATER
13.) Extra Batteries / Powerbank

And above all, remember: in every adventure, your safety is a priority.

 

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

We started our 2016 a little different — camping in an island! When you’re up to a challenge and at the same time, want relaxation on the beach and feel the yearning-for-adventure traveler in you, then, Fortune Island is for you.

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Little Greece of Batangas

Fortune Island is located at Nasugbu, Batangas. It is once a luxury resort, isolated and now abandoned yet still gained popularity despite the fact that there is no electricity and fresh water in it. I never had the chance to ask the keepers of the island of how come it was abandoned but they only managed to tell me that it was now being rented by a Korean. But according to some stories, the island is filled with mystery.

They say many ships sunk within its vicinity and that is why stories of ghosts in the island adds thrill to it. Glad we didn’t encounter any of them though during our stay. Hmm, if you won’t count the mysterious disappearance of the grilled pork belly (for forty people) we prepared for the next day ahead, that would be another mystery to add. 🙂

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Together with my office mates, friends and friends of friends, off we went to seek back-to-the-basic experience. We rented a bus from Eastwood to Nasugbu. It’s like an educational trip for we are more than 40 pax. Then we rented two boats to the island. The boat ride was almost an hour, but we feel excited.  Even more upon seeing dolphins and flying fish welcoming us on our way.

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Experiencing the ‘Back to Basic”

The white sand beach and the tranquility of the island was comforting. A really nice place to lift all your burdens and throw it at the sea. The famous Acropolis of the island stands tall, above the cliff, visible from afar. The structure was inspired by the Acropolis of Greece. It seems like it was the gate to the island or the watcher and the guard. As if the gods were somewhere there, under its strong pillars, having their picnic and enjoying the view of the sunset.

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

And since the island has no electricity and fresh water, if you’re planning to go there, be sure to bring enough drinking water and a flashlight. That also means, no washrooms. If you want to take a bath, the sea is wide open. If you want to pee, the beach is wide open, if you want to poop, the sand is abundant — all you need to do is dig. But make sure you’re far away, got it? 😛

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

You may gather some wood around the place and cook the old way or make a bonfire at night. Or you may pitch your tent anywhere. Be sure to try cliff diving as well for those who love adventure and thrill. It is the most exciting part of the trip — oh the fear of falling. And that unexplained feeling when you are falling; counting the seconds in your head (but can’t focus) on how long will it take before you reach the water. And once you’ve hit the sea, and float back again, all you can shout is, “Wooh!” You will realize in an instant how great cliff diving is, ignoring the fact that you’re afraid and hesitant at first.

Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

All in all. Fortune Island is truly a fortune. If you’re up to a challenge, seek this island. I truly recommend it to travelers out there. Those who love the gratifying and fulfilling experience of being back to the basic. –jle

Photo credits to Ginnie.
If you want to see our itinerary, please click this link: Itinerary 2016

 

Continue reading Fortune Island | Nasugbu, Batangas

She’s a traveler, a frustrated accountant. An artist and a writer at heart. Unpredictable and spontaneous. A little weird and a little mysterious. So chase her and run with her. You’ll never get bored and you’ll never regret it.

Mt. Pulag | Benguet

Mt. Pulag | Benguet

Team Pahinga Conquered the Playground of the Gods: Mt. Pulag

We Conquered Mt. Pulag

The 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Pulag standing 2,922 MASL, had usual visitors who dare to reach its peak. And then we came: This group that maybe made the gods laugh and happy. The group that loves to rest, but didn’t quit. This is my journal on how we came, walk, rest, trek, rest again, another walk, trek, rest again for the nth time (that’s why we’re called Team Pahinga). Until we saw and at last, though tired and freezing from cold, conquered the playground of the gods, Mt. Pulag. Continue reading Mt. Pulag | Benguet

She’s a traveler, a frustrated accountant. An artist and a writer at heart. Unpredictable and spontaneous. A little weird and a little mysterious. So chase her and run with her. You’ll never get bored and you’ll never regret it.

I Am Wilderness

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“The wilderness is calling, and I must go.”

The forest always fills me with awe. The smell of the wild air, moss and earth feels like some heavenly scent for me. The wild flowers are amazing and gorgeous. And beneath the depths of the earth hide their roots, crawling to the deepest part of the crust, always working in mystery.

Despite being surrounded by tall trees, I never felt that I am small. Somehow, I know, everything arounds me, breathes with me. And I am no more or less than the wild. I am one of them.