Hundred Islands 2017

The Hundred Islands 2017


A quick blog post for this unplanned and sudden road trip. T'was a holiday weekend and having adventurous cousins, we were dragged to explore that is The Hundred Islands.


We had our waze and maps on driving our way to a new place. And as expected, the place are packed! Registrations and parking was a chaos and yeah, we didn't had a room we can rent.


We ended up renting one of a resident's hut for the night. We were told that they just built the hut and the people who owns the lot pretty much had connections there. We had managed to settle here overnight. It was one tricycle away to the town proper and we were assissted on how to register for an island hopping trip early morning tomorrow.


It was the unconventional way to register for the trip as told by the caretakers. We pretty much made a lot of talking to go about this trip. ^^'


Normally, it's the hotel's reponsibility to register their guests at the tourism office. It was pretty strict, there were lots of lines and papers that you need to hand out to people. So for the record, it is best to go there during OFF PEAK season to avoid confusion and enjoy the place more.


We finally had the time to explore Lucap Wharf after we had dinner at our small rented hut.

At night. #100islands #Pangasinan #travelspecs

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The next morning, the caretakers stopped by our hut so we can personally be in line for the registration. The guests should personally do this part - get in line, pay the corresponding fees and get an ID for your boat ride.


And so - our island hopping began!

Me, being a Luffy and sits upfront the boat. ? #100islands #nofilter #Xperia #travelspecs

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During peak season like this, they have this policy of drop and pick to accomodate all the tourists. It means that we had to pick just one island to drop off at and our boat will come pick us up at a specific time.


On a normal day (not as crowded as today), they can drop off the tourist to every island they wish. In our case, we only get to see the islands from our boat and we chose to drop off at Governor's Island.

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Governor's Island is one of the largest islands and is connected to Virgin Island with a floating bridge. They also have a zip line that connects these two islands. They have small cottages here and small carts that sell refreshments. It was also here where you can get a pretty good look of the rest of the islands by a view deck.

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The Hundred Islands 2017


Some of the islands are named after former Presidents and are occupied with small houses that you can rent for the day. Some offers other activites like snorkeling too.


The Quezon Island and Lopez Island are the huge ones that pretty much looks like a private resort!


~spamming~ Quezon and Lopez Island ~ they have rooms here. #100islands #Pangasinan #nofilter #Xperia #travelspecs

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Here are some things I've learned from this trip:

  • If you are wanting a daytrip, be there as early as 5AM.
  • Payment transactions for boat hopping should only be made inside the tourism office.
  • All fees are fixed. No haggling.
  • There are no extra fees for dropping off on an island beside in-island activites and cottage rentals.
  • Bring extra cash.
  • Bring a huge bottle of drinking water.
  • Make sure to bring your waterproof cases for your gadgets.
  • It is always better to pre-book rooms.


I will surely want to come back and experience "island hopping" and explore the rest of the islands!


As for my usual reminder, if you are planning to visit the place make sure to "Leave NO Trace". There were people keeping the place clean, but it would be better to always clean up after yourself. Thanks for reading!



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**The photos used at this post are collectively taken with my Sony Xperia Z2. Applications used: Adobe Photoshop and Xperia Movie Creator.


Punta Verde Dive Resort 2017

Punta Verde Dive Resort 2017


This is our third year celebrating April's birthday as a group and this time we have chosen a far off place. This year we all agreed to stay at Punta Verde Dive Resort.


Punta Verde Dive Resort is located at Lobo, Batangas. Lobo is just beside Laiya so we were expecting a really nice beach area at the resort.


Some of us had different time schedules at the time so we all decided to just meet up at SM Batangas - since we needed to buy food and other stuff. My group took the bus from Gil Puyat Station and dropped of at Batangas Grand Terminal - fair is P125.00/ea.


It was a 2-hour (or more depending on traffic) trip from Gil Puyat Station to Batangas Grand Terminal. From there, we took a jeepney that would drop us off at SM Batangas - fair is P25/ea. We were told by the locals that there weren't any buses that would exactly drop off at SM Batangas, other alternative would be the vans.

SM City Batangas


After doing groceries, we went to the terminal that would take us to Lobo. The terminal can be found at the back of the nearby church. Fair is P55.00/ea.

Santissima Trinidad Church


The trip was a good full hour. We were dropped of at Lobo Town Proper, the landmark is an intersection with a plaza and a nearby commercial building with a 7-11.


It has been a long day for us but we still have one last ride to get to Brgy. Malabrigo - the location of the resort. The resort has this shuttle service that can fill up to 12 passengers. This is separately charged for P150.00 per trip.

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The 35min ride was pretty long considering that we have gone past hectares of farms and long unpaved roads. There's this very narrow way that's really close to the sea, so if you are driving here with a private car, be sure to be extra cautious.


By 2:35PM, we have successfully arrived at Punta Verde Dive Resort. YEY! It was raining when we got there but we were well taken cared of upon our arrival.


We were shown to our villa right away after we checked our names in. The villa is huge! There are two air-conditioned rooms each with one queen size bed and two pull out beds - more than enough for our group of 12.

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Extra towels and blankets are given upon request. There's no phone at the room but the pool area where the servers are is easily to get to from the villa.


The place is so quiet and peaceful plus the view at the balcony is perfect to hangout at. The location of the resort is very secluded and very private - perfect escape for a long vacation.


For the meals though, staff always asks beforehand as there are no accessible wet market nearby. Meals for the whole day are to be pre-ordered early in the morning or late afternoon for the next day.


As we waited for dinner, we tried checking the coastal area. It was a long way down but it's worth it! There's not much beach at the coast but it's filled with pebbles and boulders.


There are gazebos, lodges, toilet and shower nearby too. There's also this big hangout place that has a separate small kitchen with fridge and utensils that's free to use, just ask the staff to open the electricty. It's kind of cool to stay at the lodges here, though its a long way up to the pool area where the restaurant is too. We stayed there for a bit and played sungka until it's time for dinner.

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We weren't able to explore the rest of the place on our first day as we came in late but we did enjoyed the pool area for the night all for ourselves. The staff packs up early so requests such as food and beverage orders should be made on or before 9PM.

Punta Verde Dive Resort 2017


There were no curfew but we were cautioned to not swim late at night nor to go down the coast below.

Goodmorning Punta Verde Dive Resort 2017

Waking up at Punta Verde Dive Resort is really a sight! It showered a bit in the evening so it was a damp morning. We explored the place even more and had the sun cooperating for photo ops! Here's more photos from the resort:

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The whole place is highly instagramable! We found the rocks at the shore perfect for photoshoot as well as the rock pathways that links the different lodges of the whole resort.

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The restaurant was pleasantly decorated with old ship pieces, sticking with a sailor's theme. More photos from the restaurant:

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There's a bunch of activities that we weren't able to do with the small time we stayed there. There's also a museum that's beside our villa.


The resort also offers Kayak rentals and snorkeling. And a guided trek to a hidden falls. You can experience these by inquiring to their site or their facebook page.


We went home the same way we got to the resort. The resort shuttle dropped us off the town proper, find our way back to the Grand Terminal and rode separate buses home.


Overall...

  • The resort gave us a very memorable experience, every spot is picturesque and I would definitely go back and experience everything again - and more!
  • The staff are very accomodating and friendly.
  • Tap water is filtered and the resort have their own tanks for it.
  • Each of the villas have its own generator, so power and electricity was never a problem.
  • Rooms are air-conditioned with very nice lighting.
  • The place is very peaceful, perfect for a serene getaway!
  • Food choices are pre-ordered as the staff needs to go back and forth the town proper for ingredients.
  • You can bring in snacks, but cooking at the resort is prohibited. You may however order meals at their restaurant. (Coffee is free!)
  • There's not much bugs and mosquitos.
  • Access to pool and the museum is included with the rates.
  • The hard part though is the long drive from the city to the resort. Making the resort true to it's tagline - "it's worth the trip".


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**The photos used at this post are collectively taken with my Sony Xperia Z2 and grabbed from the friend who were with me at this trip. Applications used: Adobe Photoshop and Xperia Movie Creator.


Cosplay Carnival 2017

Cosplay Carnival 2017


Quite a long time since my last cosplay post! :D


I'm so happy to get invited at this cosplay event to debut an Akame Ga Kill cosplay group.


I have long been planning to cosplay Leone since I saw the anime series. Akame Ga Kill is one of those animes that has caught my heart even though it lasted for just one season - not a manga reader on this series tho.


The process of making my Leone took me just around a week of planning and sewing. The stressful part for me was the wig since I literally received it a day before the convention, so there's no styling whatsover with it. I pictured myself with fangs too, but the glue just ain't sticking... T__T (few photos of my work in progress here)


On to the convention ~


I attended the convention with some new and old cosplay friends, three of whom I am acquainted with my GrandLine Philippines family - Dok, Eiji and Amee.

Cosplay Carnival 2017


I thought we were just a small group at first but as time pass, we eventually found fellow Akame Ga Kill cosplayers who joined our group for the rest of the day.


One of the fun parts for me (always) was people recognizing who I was even when I'm not with the group. There were con-goers shouting me "Hi Leone!" / "it's Leone!!!" when I pass by them - and it's really a nice feeling for the cosplayer and crafter in me. :D


The photo booth thingy on this event was extra fun with the rest of our group! There wasn't even a line whenever we want to take a photo - so worth it!

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There were lots of attendees this year but I was still able to see friends!

Hooray for old friends too! ­čśä❤ #cosplaycarnival #cosplaycarnival2017 #AkameGaKill #AkameGaKillcosplay #Leone #leonecosplay

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Here are some grabbed selfies from our Bulat and Mine!

Cosplay Carnival 2017


We kept losing our Akame whenever we attempt to have a group photo - then our Esdeath grabbed us for a shoot just before it gets dark outside. :)


Here are grabbed photos from Sir Marvin/Yuki:

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We ran out of pegs during the shoot due to major fanservice we each had for our characters and got back in to had lots more of fun. xD

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Overall, the day was suuuuuper fun! I was so happy I got invited. I always loved doing group cosplays, it's so much fun sharing fandom with friends and total strangers. :D


And to cap off our day, we all had dinner altogether and continued the fun until we part ways.

Cosplay Carnival 2017


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**The photos used at this post are collectively grabbed from people who were with me at the event and taken with my Sony Xperia Z2. Applications used: Adobe Photoshop.


Anahaw Beach Resort

Anahaw Beach Resort


Another weekend with my travel buddies - as we start our summer early with a trip to Anahaw Beach Resort - a resort we just found whilst Googling for a place that's nearby. Booking details are listed at the bottom part of this post


How to get there:
  • Ride a Nasugbu-bound bus and alight the Lian Public Market. Fare is P157.00.
  • Ride a Calatagan-bound jeepney and drop off at Luksuhin Public Market. Fare is P33.00.
  • Look for a tricycle that's bound to Brgy. Hukay. Fare is negotiable.


We took the Nasugbu bus via the DLTB Terminal at Beundia which took us almost 4 hours to arrive at Lian Public Market. Their public market was still open even though we arrived at 1PM - usually, public markets closes before lunch. They also have paid toilets at the middle of the market.


Lian Public Market


A canteen nearby served us lunch for just P20.00 and up. Once we were all charged up, we did our palengke stuff and looked for the jeepney that would drop us off at Luksuhin Public Market.


It almost took us an hour before we arrive at Luksuhin. The landmark is an intersection with a small public market and a gas station. It is however recommended to do your palengke duties at the Lian Public Market since all you can see here are fruits, vegetables and small stalls that sells meat.


Anahaw Beach Resort is still new, so we had a hard time looking for a tricycle who knew where it was - but they know where Barangay Hukay is. Upon arriving the welcome point of Barangay Hukay, we just asked our way around from the residents who pointed the directions to the resort.


The tricycle ride took us almost 40mins - with the asking-around-part included. Now, the fare was negotiable since the tricycle driver didn't know where exactly he would drop us off, but it should not exceed at P35.00 per head. You would also want to get the contact number of the tricycle driver since he will also be your transportation back to Luksuhin.


By 03:42PM, we arrived at the resort.


Anahaw Beach Resort


The place is still new and we were told that we were just the third batch of guests they've catered. After talking with the people taking care of the place, we found out that the first guest they had was a foreigner who boooked the whole place - around the first week of March.


The caretakers are cousins of the owner of the resort, so there's a homey feel on the place instead of just a public resort.


The place is very cozy and peaceful. They only have a total of 8 rooms and 6 cottages which makes the place ideal if you don't want that much people while having a vacation.


Anahaw Beach Resort


We did asked if they rent out videoke for the guests but they only allow it if you rent out the whole place - considering the other guests who would like a goodnight sleep.


Each fan rooms have two bunk beds good for 4 persons for P1,800.00 overnight. One room is good to squeeze in 2-3 extra matts for P300.00. Both this fee includes the entrance fee.


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One thing though, their toilet and shower room is for sharing. They have two cubicles each for the toilet and the shower room - and is separate for male and female. Each cubicle is clean and well lit.


They have a corkage fee of P250.00 for all the food and drinks you bring in to the resort. They don't have designated sinks and grilling area yet but you are free to use their sink at their canteen or request the caretakers to cook a meal for you. They don't have a menu yet when we visited, but the usual silog meals can be requested and they have coffee and beer too.


We had halo-halo for P35.00/ea when we arrived. You can also buy 5 gallon of water (the square gallon with faucet) from them, good for an overnight stay. They also have ice at P5.00/pc.


Anahaw Beach Resort


Their cottages are priced separately at P800.00 which is good to use for the entirety of your stay.


The front view of the resort by the shore is very beautiful and the beach area was quite unique. It's a familiar shoreline setup from La Ch─ôvrerie - a resort at Batangas we visited before.


Anahaw Beach Resort


You would only want to wear slippers if you'll go in the water since it's all rocky at the bottom.


Here are photos of the place that are definitely more gorgeous in person:


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Dawn is very pretty here especially the sunset - you are sure to witness the sun go down and disappear before your eyes.


Checkout is 12PM. In case you forgot to get the contact number of the tricycle driver who dropped you off here, you can ask the caretakers to contact someone who would take you back to Luksuhin Public Market.


At this time, we did not went back to Lian Public Market, but instead we caught a van that's bound to Robinson's Pala-Pala for P130.00 which made our trip home much easier.


All in all...
  • I would recommend the place to friends, but it would be nice if they have a more accessible route to the place for larger vehicles.
  • I love that there are large trashcans on each of the cottages.
  • The caretakers are really friendly and approachable but take note that they will not stay up late with you to cater with your requests.
  • Faucet water here comes from the sea, so if you want to shower with filtered water you might want to buy an extra 5 gallons to use the next morning.
  • Their canteens are only accessible if the caretakers are around. Use of utensils doesn't have an extra charge, but make sure to ask before you use them.


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**The photos used at this post are taken with my Sony Xperia Z2. Applications used: Adobe Photoshop., Xperia Movie Creator.