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Beach Stop: Morong, Bataan

My nephew recently graduated from kindergarten and instead of the usual dine out treat, we decided to give him a treat that he’s likely to enjoy more. A day at the beach. It was also a chance to take our mom out for a change of scenery and get out from this urban jungle’s heat and weird weather.

Off we headed to Sunset Cove in Morong, Bataan.

Sidenotes: For P150/100 (adults and kid rates, respectively) this resort is ok.  They don’t even charge corkage fees if you bring in food and beverage.

While the beach is gorgeous, their amenities need a lot to improve on. Like a paved walkway going to their restrooms/shower rooms so you don’t bring in the sand with you  and cause clogged drainage.

And maybe better maintenance of the beach as the smell of dogs and chickens will greet you as soon as you step out of your vehicle. There was even a dead frog in one of the pails near the shower room that seriously reeked.

All those aside, their amiable and helpful staff pretty much make up for what they lack in amenities. Nanay Openg was really nice as well as the guys cleaning the place.  

Sunset Cove is about 10 minutes away from Morong Gate.

Sunset Cove is about 10 minutes away from Morong Gate.

And you can enjoy the sand, sun and beach.

And you can enjoy the sand, sun and beach. As an added bonus, we have the beach to ourselves. Sweet!

This beach day out is my graduation gift for my nephew. And did he love it!

This beach day out is my graduation gift for my nephew. And did he love it!

So is my niece having a good time? Hindi halata. :)

So is my niece having a good time? Hindi halata. 🙂

The lush greens perfectly complements the sun, sand and beach.

The lush greens perfectly complements the sun, sand and beach.

Daytour rate for nipa huts start at P750. Spacious and newly painted too.

Daytour rate for nipa huts start at P750. Spacious and newly painted too.

Walk along the stretch of the beach and you can several other resorts.

Walk along the stretch of the beach and you can several other resorts.

This resort is currently undergoing renovation. I found out from a local that this will be Pineda Resort. Or something to that effect. :P

This resort is currently undergoing renovation. I found out from a local that this will be Pineda Resort. Or something to that effect. 😛

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Glorious weather. Until around 2PM when it really poured. This weird weather is brought to you by Global Warming. 😦

Just like that, the sun shone again. And rained again when we were passing by Subic.

Just like that, the sun shone again. And rained again when we were passing by Subic.

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The Road to Bagac, Bataan was Paved with Kindness

A wedding in the afternoon at Malolos, Bualacan that finished early evening did not deter us from heading on to Bagac, Bataan to celebrate the last weekend of summer.

We had our reservations at Fajardo’s Beach but they sadly gave it to another group because we arrived quite late already (they didn’t even bother to contact us!). But instead of feeling annoyed, we actually felt relieved. We’re not snooty but the groups having videoke sessions kind of gave us that uncomfortable feeling. After getting our deposit, we left and asked neighboring beach, Bagac Bay Beach Resort but they sadly cannot accommodate us.

As expensive as it is at Las Casas, we thought we’ll just stay there but they’re also fully booked. The guard suggested we go to Montemar Beach Club. Three of their employees who just finished their shift offered to lead the way. Really kind people. We followed their motorbike. Luck finally smiled our way.

When things don’t go as planned, don’t sweat it. In our case, we’re just thankful; it brought us to a much nicer placer, more expensive than what we initially had in mind, but pretty much worth it.

When things don’t go as planned, cross your fingers; say a prayer; brave the twist and turns and REFRAIN from telling ghost stories. Save it for breakfast. 😉

Good morning, Montemar!

Because a carb-loaded breakfast is just the way to go \m/

Lovely day at the beach

Somewhere along the beach

Just love the beach!

Montemar Beach Club has their own sea turtle conservation program

This is but one of the many Bataan Death March Markers lined up on the roadside

Dambana ng Kagitingan from afar

Manila bound via SCTEX

The road trip comes to an end.

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The Lunar Project: August

Laziness has struck ever since I got back in Manila and I just can’t get my act together and choose  something for August.

But finally, I decided on this photo. It was taken yet again at the Phi-Phi Hotel and Beach Resort on a stormy August 27 morning. A dear friend was on vacation that time and we decided to spend it differently since whenever he comes home for a visit, we always end up meeting him for lunch or dinner which always feels like we still have tons to catch up on.

There were howling winds and raging waves but those didn’t dampen our spirits and we still went in for a dip, but very much close to the shore.

But on Sunday morning, surprisingly, the sun showed it’s face and I drew this sun just to make sure it doesn’t hide until Monday as some of my companions were still staying behind.

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Asking the heavens for some sun on a stormy weekend at the beach

 

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Take nothing but pictures.

 Leave nothing but footprints.

Kill nothing but time.

Break nothing, especially hearts.

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The Lunar Project: March

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I am slowly getting the hang of using my Nikon D3100 and this entry level DSLR prove to be deserving of the two awards it recently received from the International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover Germany.

I am soooo in lo♥e  with this camera. The moments it captured of the places I’ve been and the people I was with were priceless. They are still amateur shots but I won’t stop till my ok is good; my good is better and my better is best. 😉

This is taken at Phi Phi Beach, Morong, Bataan

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Take nothing but pictures.

 Leave nothing but footprints.

Kill nothing but time.

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Travel Diaries: Morong, Bataan

Our fear of the terrible traffic down south led us to decide on going up north for some last minute beach bumming before my sister and her family left for the UK last week.

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) was free-flowing as we left early that when we stopped over for breakfast at Jollibee, they were still closed; and so we waited for 5:30AM.

We passed by several toll gates from NLEX to Bataan but I found them quite reasonable considering the roads are well-kept. No traffic hassle at all.

I chanced upon Phi Phi Hotel and Beach Resort as I was surfing the net and it was indeed my lucky pick. The place is just gorgeous! What you see on their website is exactly what you will see when you get there. The general manager, Rhogel gave us a pretty good deal and the staff were very nice and accommodating too. Their food is quite pricey though, around 300+ per viand but it was delicious and the portions were meant for sharing. Plus we were so tired of eating fast food, that the real food they serve is a welcome treat 😉

And if those were not enough, we have the entire beach to ourselves as it was a Wednesday when we visited for a daytour. It was a glorious day, indeed!

The gate leads to the gorgeous beach

The sand isn't white but you wouldn't mind!

Beach Front Accommodation

There are lounge chairs by the pool where you can roast yourself silly... like we did! 😉 or you can go down the shore for some ultimate roasting experience. 😀

My nephews love their kiddie pool so much, they don't want to get out of the water.

My niece just looks bored here but she enjoyed the pool in her cute inflatable

It was a shame we didn't get to see the Bataan sunset as we have to leave early because we have kids with us. But I would definitely go back!

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