ARMADA RESORT EXPERIENCE

We had the chance to explore the other resort in Magalawa Island. An entrance fee of P50 per head you’ll get unlimited access to the beach especially to the sand bar. This is where we had dinner and lunch for only P200 complete meal with dessert and oh! my favorite unlimited rice lol. We did not choose Armada because they have higher rates compared to Ruiz Resort and due to their “quiet please” policy as well. We travel to have fun anyway. Here are some of the photos taken at the resort.

No guest, no entry!
No guest, no entry!
Chillin under the tree
Chillin under the tree
The Love Boat <3
The Love Boat ❤
My friend Wil getting ready for underwater photography
My friend Wil getting ready for underwater photography
Here's Anton selfeet-ing with the starfish
Here’s Anton selfeet-ing with the starfish

 

Beach pole dancing
Beach pole dancing
lounging
lounging
Yay! mowdeling
Yay! mowdeling
headache pose
headache pose
Yay! mowdeling
Yay! mowdeling
beach bumming
beach bumming
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Ray-ban collectors
Lemme take a selfie with ray-ban
Lemme take a selfie with ray-ban
Mandatory shot in the sand bar
Mandatory shot in the sand bar
Sand bar shot using Wil's gopro
Sand bar shot using Wil’s gopro
Sun and sand
Sun and sand

 

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” – Gustave Flaubert

 

I love everything in this island, from the ambiance to the sunset and our island getaway to Masinloc Zambales and of course the people I was with. Every trip with #layas is unforgettable. For itinerary and estimated budget, check out Magalawa Island blog.

 

xoxo

IG: @wheresjoanne

 

 

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MAGALAWA ISLAND ZAMBALES

I thought we are done with September trip after our quick getaway to Stella Mariz Bagac, Bataan last September 12, 2015 but there’s a long weekend due to celebration of our Muslim brothers of Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice. We couldn’t just stay at home and wait for Monday. We actually planned of going to Magalawa Island right after our Bagac trip. Magalawa Island is now one of the newest tourist destination in Zambales.

How we got there:  

  1. Reserved a ticket via Victory Liner Pasay bound for Sta. Cruz Zambales a day before the scheduled trip to ensure seats. Just pay for Palauig only, fare is P384. There are only two trips 4am and 4pm, we took the 4am trip.
  2. Tell the conductor to drop you in  Brgy. Pangolingan tricycle terminal
  3. Be ready for a 20-30 minutes bumpy ride. The fare is P100 per head one way
  4. We have a reservation in Ruiz Resort so we have contacted Kuya Mulong and he gave us directions to go to Veritas Beach where there’s a boat that will take us to Magalawa Island for around 10 minutes. Round trip fare is P100 per head.
  5. Welcome to Ruiz Resort
    Welcome to Ruiz Resort – prepare for P100 for entrance fee
    cottage for rent
    You can rent this cottage for P500
    beach camping is cool
    beach camping is cool
    Floating cottage - you can eat here while swimming
    Floating cottage – you can eat here while swimming
    Parking site
    Parking site
    Meet Anton, new friend
    Meet Anton, also an Iger – follow him on IG: @itsantonymous
    Off to Mangroves for sunset session
    Off to Mangroves for sunset session
    Here's Cher mowdeling - IG: @ku7et
    Here’s Cher mowdeling – IG: @ku7et
    BTS
    BTS
    Thanks to Allen for the parasol as props
    Thanks to Allen for the parasol as props
    Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second. - Mattie Stepanek
    Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second. – Mattie Stepanek
    Sunset silhouettes
    Sunset silhouettes
    Here's Faye
    Here’s Faye
    Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second. - Mattie Stepanek
    Favorite time of the day
    Sunset is best spent with friends and love ones.
    Sunset is best spent with friends and love ones.
    From left: Faye, Allen, Dude Gary, Anton and Idol Wil
    Because S6 is such a selfie camera, let us take a groupfie. From left: Faye, Allen, Dude Gary, Anton and Idol Wil.

    Before going to the resort, make sure to coordinate with Kuya Mulong first – the caretaker of Ruiz Resort. Since we are a group of 10, we booked for 2 fan rooms/cottages good for 5 pax each. The rate of an overnight stay is P1500. There is 24-hours electricity in the resort so don’t worry about your gadgets. There’s also common bathroom free for all the guests. Ruiz Resort doesn’t offer food, you may bring your own and cook it there. But in our case, we ordered lunch at Ate Leny’s canteen. We asked her to cook rice for the ten of us. We also bought water and other stuff in her sari-sari store. For our dinner, we opted to eat in Armada Resort for P200 per pax complete meal already with dessert.

    We had fresh catch crabs, sinigang na hipon (shrimp) fried fish, coke and fudgee bar
    Dinner – we had fresh catch crabs, sinigang na hipon (shrimp) fried fish, coke and fudgee bar. Also with us were Noel, Yoyce and Cher.

    Sharing below our expenses for a group of 10. Went island hopping to Bacala Guesthouse Masinloc, P200 per head. I will post a separate blog. Our budget for this trip is P2,500. Thanks for reading and hope it will help you. Check out more photos at https://instagram.com/wheresjoanne/

     

    ESTIMATED EXPENSES PER HEAD COST
    PASAY – STA CRUZ – PASAY (RT) 471.00
    TRYK TO VERITAS BEACH (RT) 200.00
    BOAT RIDE (RT) 100.00
    ENTRANCE FEE 100.00
    COTTAGE (4-5 PAX) – P3k/10 300.00
    MASINLOC BOAT RENTAL 200.00
    ARMADA ENTRANCE FEE 50.00
    ARMADA LUNCH & DINNER 400.00
    FOOD AND DRINKS (lunch and breakie) 169.50
    BUS TO IBA TERMINAL 22.00
    BUS TO CUBAO 347.00
    TOTAL 2,359.50

     

     

     

     

     

Stella Mariz – Bagac, Bataan

Bagac is a third class municipality in the province of Bataan and is the largest municipality in the province of Bataan. This is one of the provinces near Manila that I haven’t explored because I really don’t enjoy long hour road trips before but I guess I have to be more adventurous now and will try to visit other provinces in Luzon. My companion for this trip were Alex, William and Dude Gary. We are all burn out with work and just want to be at the beach.

How we got there:

Meeting place was Genesis bus terminal in Pasay Rotonda (at the back of Sogo Hotel). We took the 6am trip bound for Balanga. It was a 2.5 hours land travel including one bus stop. Bus fare for air-conditioned is P210. Ate breakfast in a fast food chain and took tricycle (P10) going to Bayan where the terminal of jeepney going to Bagac is located. Jeepney fare from Balanga to Bagac market is P47. It took us 30 minutes to get there. Bought food and drinks for lunch and hired tricycle going to Stella Mariz at P50 per head. It will take you 10-15 minutes the resort, entrance fee is P100 for overnight stay. For cottage please contact Ate Delia 0999-438-2963 and Kuya Rudy for tricycle service at 0918-754-3901. Sharing all out photos in the resort – enjoy!

No it's not pine trees - it's Agoho tree
No it’s not pine trees – it’s Agoho tree
Pack light - here are their Herschel bags - shalen
Pack light – here are their Herschel bags – shalen
As soon as we arrived
This is just perfect!
and after pitching our tent - my friend Wil
badly need this
Where we pitched our tent (Photo by Alex)
Where we pitched our tent (Shot by Alex – my edit)
We ate lunch in one of the cottages, it's for free.
We ate lunch in one of the cottages, it’s for free (Shot by Alex – my edit)
Our view for lunch
Our view for lunch
You can also eat lunch here for free.
You can also eat lunch here for free (Shot by Alex – my edit)
It is also a surfing site but not for a begginer
It is also a surfing site but not for a begginer (shot by Alex – my edit)
This place is just relaxing and peaceful - perfect for some R&R
This place is just relaxing and peaceful – perfect for some R&R
Brought this dress for photo ops (photo by Wil)
perfect day at the beach (Shot by Wil – my edit)
Footprints in the sand
Footprints in the sand
perfect beach weather as well
perfect beach weather as well
We own the beach!
We own the beach!
Batanes? No, it's just Bagac
Batanes? No, it’s just Bagac! One of my favorite shot from Idol Wil
I love everything about this picture - thanks to Wil
I love everything about this picture – thanks to Wil
Best thing about traveling is having your own photographer lol - with the amazing Idol Wil
Best thing about traveling is having your own photographer lol – with the amazing Idol Wil
Start of the photo shoot! :D
Shoot! Processed through VSCo App
props
Instant props
Floaters time
Hayahay!
#gorpo shot
But first lemme take a selfie… #gopro
Sunset sesh
Sunset sesh
Sunset sessions
Sunset sessions
Playing with the water!
Playing with the water!
<3<3<3
<3<3<3

Here are our expenses for this trip: 

PARTICULARS PER HEAD
PASAY – BALANGA 210
TRYK TO TERMINAL (BAYAN) 10
JEEP TO BAGAC PALENGKE 47
TRYK TO STELLA MARIZ 50
ENTRANCE FEE (OVERNIGHT) 100
TENT (BRING YOUR OWN)
FOOD & DRINKS 475
TRYK TO BAGAC TERMINAL 50
BUS TO GENESIS TERMINAL 35
BUS TO CUBAO 200
TOTAL  1177

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xoxo

Day Hike to Botolan Mountains – Zambales

On our second day in Botolan, we explored the mountain and chased waterfalls. After our favourite breakfast we went straight to the mountains. It was my first time to go on a trek, well I have no choice but to join them. Sorry guys, I couldn’t give details of this hike as it is a private property.

Mountaineers
Mountaineers
“pretentious mountaineer”
Earth colors
Earth colors
mandatory group shot
mandatory group shot
to the mountains
to the mountains
slight trek won't hurt
slight trek won’t hurt
First waterfalls - they named it Dingding Falls
First waterfalls – they named it Dingding Falls
Ding-ding Waterfalls
Ding-ding Waterfalls
Saging Falls with the BNP Gang
Saging Falls with the BNP Gang
souvenir
souvenir
F4 pose
F4 pose
The BNP Gang
The BNP Gang
View from Saging Falls
View from Saging Falls
Conquered Botolan mountain - success!
Conquered Botolan mountain – success!
Appreciate everything you have right now.
Appreciate everything you have right now.

P.S – after the trek I had chest pains until I got home. It was definitely one of the most unforgettable experience. I’m not really fond of mountains but I love Mother nature. ❤

Botolan hidden beach, Zambales

Instameet – it is a great opportunity to meet new people, share opinions, tips and experiences related to Instagram.  Nevertheless don’t forget that it should mainly be about taking pictures and uploading them to Instagram. Source: http://instagramers.com/destacados/how-to-organize-an-instameet/

But wait we are not just taking and uploading photos on Instagram we also build friendship. It all started with Instagram when the members of our group called BNP (Bananas in Pajamas) named us after the characters of a TV series for kids. We are seven (7) in the group and my name is Topsy. We’re always making fun on IG but we haven’t seen each other yet until we met last September 6, 2014.

On our first day, we explored this hidden beach of Botolan – a private property. Luckily we got the access. This place is not just for beach bumming but also a surfing site.Unfortunately, we don’t have boards with us. Here are some of the photos, we took bus bound for Iba Zambales and get off Botolan. Free lodging and contribution for our food. xoxo

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Left to right: Morgan, B1, Amy, Lulu Bear, Topsy (me), B2, Dodie
Had a privilege to visit this such a beautiful beach
Had a privilege to visit this such a beautiful beach
it was a gloomy day
it was a gloomy day
reflections
reflections
FS (fan signs) are always part of the instameet
FS (fan signs) are always part of the instameet – these are for LAYAS Family
sunset session
sunset session
sunset is <3
sunset is ❤

CAPONES ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE – APRIL 25, 2015

Capones Island Lighthouse
Capones Island Lighthouse. Photo by my friend Ian (@ian_ko) my edit

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The traveling hat

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Capones Island Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located in Capones Island off the coast of Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio, in the province of Zambales, in the Philippines. The light guide international vessels coming from the north to northwest towards Subic Bay or to Corregidor Island Lighthouse at the entrance of Manila Bay. It has first-order lenses when it was first lit on August 1, 1890. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capones_Island_Lighthouse

A side trip from our Nagsasa Cove getaway. For itinerary and expense breakdown going to Capones Island, please refer to Nagsasa Cove blog. xoxo

 

 

 

NAGSASA COVE – APRIL 24, 2015

Pundaquite shores
Pundaquit shores
Approaching paradise
Approaching paradise
Picturesque - Mount Balingkilat
Picturesque – Mount Balingkilat
Shot by my friend Ian IG: @ian_ko
Shot by my friend Ian IG: @ian_ko

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Entrance fee per head – P100

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Hammock for only P150 - free set-up/installation
Hammock for only P150 – free set-up/installation
Cottage fee - P100
Cottage fee – P100

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Salt in the air
Salt in the air – shot by Ian IG: @ian_ko
While others are busy
shot by Ian IG: @ian_ko
Another resort to stay in Nagsasa but campers prefer to pitch tent instead. Aside that it's cheaper it also completes beach camping experience.
Another resort to stay in Nagsasa but campers prefer to pitch tent instead. Aside that it’s cheaper it also completes beach camping experience.
My good friend Ian took some DG pose
Gimme some DG pose
Been to Nagsasa for more than 5x but this is my first time to climb and see the whole picture
Been to Nagsasa for more than 5x but this is my first time to climb here
Breathtaking indeed
Breathtaking indeed
Thank you God for this view
Superb
Another DG pose from Ian
Another DG pose from Ian

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Here's Ma-ann doing her signature pose?
Ma-ann doing her signature pose?
Approved
Approved
I'm not fond of climbing mountains but promised myself to do this pose when I do LOL
I’m not fond of climbing mountains but promised myself to do this when I do LOL
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Hanggang kailan kita mamahalin? 😀
un-edited/raw photo shot by my friend Ian IG: @ian_ko
un-edited/raw photo shot by my friend Ian IG: @ian_ko
un-edited/raw photo shot by my friend Ian IG: @ian_ko
un-edited/raw photo shot by my friend Ian IG: @ian_ko
un-edited/raw photo shot by my friend Ian IG: @ian_ko
un-edited/raw photo shot by my friend Ian IG: @ian_koNagsasa Cove

Nagsasa Cove will always be my favorite beach camping site. It’s just 5 hours away from Manila. Beach bumming, swimming, trekking, camp fire, stargazing or simply just chilling on the sand with your ice cold beer. If you are planning a trip here, just contact Ate Weng at 0906-4131560. She will arrange everything from your sundo in San Antonio to your preferred food.

 

Here is the breakdown of expenses:

BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES:
PASAY – SAN ANTONIO (VIA IBA)                280.00
TRYK TO PUNDAQUIT (TWO WAY)                  60.00
BOAT (P2500/6)                416.00
ENTRANCE FEE (NAGSASA)                100.00
COTTAGE FEE (P100/COTTAGE)                  16.00
FOOD (P2500/6)                416.00
ENTRANCE FEE (SIDETRIP TO ANAWANGIN)                  50.00
SAN ANTONIO – PASAY (VIA SCTEX)                302.00
TOTAL per pax            1,640.00

 

ITINERARY:
APRIL 24 (DAY 1)
4:00AM PASAY – SAN ANTONIO BUS (VIA VICTORY LINER)
8:30AM ETA SAN ANTONIO
BUY EXTRA FOOD FOR CAMPFIRE
9:00AM ARRIVAL IN PUNDAQUIT
PREP THINGS
10:00AM ETA TO NAGSASA
ONE HR BOAT RIDE
11:00AM ARRIVED IN NAGSASA
PITCHED TENT
12:00NN LUNCH
01:00PM FREE TIME
EXPLORE THE ISLAND
PHOTO OPS
04:00PM TREK TO SEE THE VIEW OF THE COVE
PHOTO OPS
05:30PM SUNSET SESSION
06:00PM DINNER PREP
08:00PM NIGHT SWIMMING
09:00PM CAMP FIRE (FREE TIME)
12:00MN BEDTIME
APRIL 25 (DAY 2)
06:00AM BREAKFAST PREP
07:30AM BREAKFAST TIME
 08:30AM BREAK CAMP
09:00AM OFF TO ANAWANGIN COVE
30-40 MINUTES TRAVEL TIME
10:00AM 30 MINUTES PHOTO OPS IN ANAWANGIN
DAY TOUR FEE: P50 PER HEAD
10:30AM OFF TO CAPONES ISLAND
11:00AM EXPLORE CAPONES ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
NO ENTRANCE FEE
PHOTO OPS
12:30PM OFF TO PUNDAQUIT
01:00PM LATE LUNCH
BANLAW AT ATE WENG’S QUARTER
03:00PM OFF TO MANILA (VIA SCTEX)
7:30PM ARRIVED IN AYALA MAKATI