Heritage

Mid-January 2015, the Pope visited the Philippines which meant three days of vacation for employees, like me, in NCR. Being a person wants to get away whenever she can, I grabbed the chance to take some R&R and bugged my dad to take us somewhere nice. He was so into vacation-mode since we stayed at Montemar Beach Club (Sosh!).

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Montemar Beach Club supports Pawikan Conservation

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetMontemar offers a wide range of room types for couples and families. The loft-type is our favorite. You can find more information about Montemar here.

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The next morning, we took a walking, guided tour of Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar, a heritage resort with a collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses by Jose Acuzar. The resort transports you to 18th Century Philippines. Each house/casa has a  unique story to tell. According to our guide, some parts of some of the houses like the banisters, beams, walls were from the original house and some houses were replicated on-site. Houses (original or replica) of some Filipino heroes, politicians and prominent people during the Spanish rule in the Philippines can be found in Las Casas. The place is so instagramable.

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See? Very IG friendly place. Next time a holiday pops up, explore Bataan, you guys.

‘Til the next sosh tour,

Deedin

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Secluded (A Photo Diary)

After two hours of riding a bangka on Camarines Norte waters, islands called Calaguas welcomed me with their white sand and pristine waters and I couldn’t say anything. Calaguas literally took my breath away, and all I could let out were muffled shrieks of wonder and delight as I splashed the crystal clear and cool waters.

I will once again fail to document this travel in words but I tried during my short stay, capturing the beauty of these shores. img_2381img_2411img_2413

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Experience this paraiso. You have to go to Calaguas. Here’s a little guide:

How to get to Paracale, Camarines Norte : Ride a bus bound for Daet/Paracale from Cubao or Turbina.

How to get a boat to Calaguas from Paracale, Camarines Norte and find a tent: Call Mang Boy at 0908 546 0683.

Where to stay : Pitch a tent under the stars.

What to do : Gaze at stars. Swim the turquoise waters. Climb the hill overlooking the islands and sea and try to fathom how tiny you are in this universe.

Enjoy life in transit,

Deedin