Friday, November 28, 2008

Playa La Caleta

To continue where I left off in my previous post, let me introduce you to a small cove/paradise located in Bataan. Playa La Caleta is a virgin resort sitting along the shores near Morong, Bataan. Lush green forests, amazing rock formations and pristine sand greet visitors as they set foot on the place.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I Know A Place...

Do you remember this campfire song?

I know a place where no one ever goes
There’s peace and quiet, beauty and repose

It’s hidden in a valley beside a mountain stream
And lying there beside it
I find that I can dream

Only of thing of beauty to the eyes;
Cloud-capped mountains rising to the sky.

Now I know that God made this place for me

One can imagine himself as in a dream
Climbing up a mountain or down a small ravine

The magic of the peace and quiet ever shall stay
To make this place a haven every day

Oh how I wish I never had to leave
All my life such Beauty to receive

Now I know that God had made this place for me.

Guess where this place is? I will keep you in suspense for a while. More photos and stories about the place in my next post...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Procrastinating @ Caragman Cove

Procrastinating is the art of doing nothing. WHAT? an ART? Well, let me qualify a bit. It is true that we are always told not to delay things or don't put off tomorrow what we can do today. But here in Caragman Cove, life is very simple if not slow. No one seems to be in a hurry because they have one of the most precious thing in the world - time. People here seem to have everything they need. A mini-forest to fetch for crops and a sea to haunt for their fish. There is no electricity here but folks here never seem to mind for they have the beach for their recreation. And if you happen to visit this place, you could not help yourself but also to take things easy. Just walk along the shores of the fine sand beach, taking photos of their amazing landscape, inter-acting with people and just basically do nothing. In Caragman Cove, procrastinating is an art.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Paitan Cove's Seafood Pasta

This is probably my first food post in almost three years of this blog's existence. I just could not help myself share the recipe of this snack/meal that was served to us by Kel while we were in Paitan Cove. Although, we are in this luxury-lacked cove, it does not mean that we have to deprive ourselves of sumptuous meal, so this meal really is a welcome treat to us.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Paitan Cove's Unspoiled Beauty

With more than Seven Thousand Islands and various shapes and sizes, the Islands Philippines is truly gifted with lots of beautiful coves where the sea touches the hills and mountains thru fine-textured sand. Some of the best coves in the Philippines can be found in the Gulf of Bagac in Bataan. One of them is Paitan Cove - an unspoiled place and one of the town's best kept secret.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sunrise @ Paitan Cove

Waking-up in a world with no electricity and any trace of civilization is always a welcome change from our busy and hectic urban life. I had one of my most sound sleep in days... the sound of waves splashing on the shores, the constant cry of tree lizards and the consonance of leaves dancing in the gentle breeze all add up to a night of solace. And as I wake-up, the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen greeted me and welcoming me to a day of nurture. It's time to go back to basics.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Real de Acuzar Part 2

This is the second set of the photos I have taken in Ciudad Real de Acuzar located in Bagac, Bataan. This community of restored houses and buildings is spearheaded by Gerry Acuzar who happens to own the famous San Jose Builders. There are more than twenty houses and buildings already restored in the area with few more awaiting construction of furnishings. There are also plans of building a church there to make the community complete.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Real de Acuzar Part 1

There is a real gem that is about to emerge near the Gulf of Bagac in Bataan. A community of restored old houses are now on-going in Ciudad Real de Acuzar in Bagac. Unlike other heritage sites like the Mestizo District in Vigan or the Old Houses of Silay in Negros where the structures are preserved, in Real de Acuzar, these houses and buildings are bought from their original location and transferred piece by piece to this place. Restoration then is painstakingly done here to built it to closest to its original state possible. Lots of construction are still on-going to date including a hotel where guests can spend some time in the future. It is still close to the public but the person in-charge there kindly allowed us to take some pics of the place. And here are some shots I can share to you:

Friday, November 07, 2008

Boracay Belongs To The State

Here are photos of some of the more famous establishments in Boracay. And if you have enough time, please read also my law post about the place:

Mandarin Spa

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Sports Activities in Boracay

You will never run-out of things to do in Boracay whether you are the laid-back type or the hyper kind. Island activities are truly impressive, apart from swimming and diving, water fun includes boat rides aplenty - in everything from a small banca, a paraw, to a Jet Ski , to full scale speedboat. You can windsurf, parasail, waterski, ride the banana boat or flying fish and much more.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Willy's Rock

Willy's Rock is the most photographed landmark on Boracay. This Gothic castle-like volcanic formation is located in Station One and dominates the White Beach seascape. Facing the beach is a grotto which contains a statue of the Virgin Mary. During high-tide, you can wade out in shallow waters approximately one hundred meters to Willy's Rock, but on low-tide, you can just walk right thru it and even climb on the stairs leading to the Grotto. On top, you will have a commanding view of the White Beach and also Panay Island on the distant horizon.