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Beachin’ at Laiya, Batangas

When my sister is here, it is imperative that we visit the beach because inasmuch as there are castles and fancy architecture in the UK, beaches are close to nonexistence there. Plus the sun is rarely ever out in gloomy Oxford so when they visit, we just have to roast ourselves so her British colleagues will turn green with envy at how tan she is.

We went north to Bataan last year so we went south this time to Laiya, Batangas. If you leave early from Manila, you can pretty much get there in three hours.

We left early and didn’t make our usual stopover for breakfast at the SLEX; instead, we traveled all the way to Lipa before we had our breakfast. That way, we had a lot of headstart and escaped the early traffic at some choke points on the way to Laiya. 

Hello Laiya! This is at Kabayan Beach Resort.

Guess what he's selling? 😉

Get tattooed by the beach. It's located between Kabayan and Laiya White Cove Resorts.

A rather idyllic scene at the Laiya White Cove Beach Resort.

They sure are proud of their sandcastle.

Definitely proud of his beach bod @__@

We bought this Ice Munggo from Tatang. It was just too hot then but no one seems interested to buy so we got 7 and let him keep all the change. Tatang thanked us so profusely it almost turned me into a mush 😦

This pretty much describes just how delicious the ice cream was. It wasn't spectacular but because it's from Tatang, it's definitely good 😉

This beach scene is fairly reminiscent of this one particular summer. 😉

Though really not contented with our tan yet, we had to head back to Manila as we have kids with us so we packed our stuff and had some heavy afternoon bellyfest of bulalo and lomi.

When in Batangas, no matter how hot the weather is, Bulalong Batangas is something you don't pass up. Ever. Marimar is a simple resto by the gasoline station but it serve one mean rockin' bulalo.

Sevilla's Lomi is right beside Marimar. Try eating your lomi with a dipping of soy sauce, calamansi and chili. m/

Saba con Yelo is just too perfect for the hot weather.

Now this Leche Flan perfectly capped off our heavy afternoon "snacks" (.^_^.)

Because as always, I just can't help myself. And I had to drag my niece into it. (.^_^.)


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Caleruega Revisited

I’ve been here numerous times already but this is the first time that I, actually all of us, felt drained. Despite the adults outnumbering four kids, looking and chasing after them proved too much for our bodies and sanity. Much as we wanted to really tour the place, we were limited to just a few places because the sweltering summer heat (and the kids!) just tired us too soon.

Caleruega details:

  • Regular Sunday Mass: 11:00AM
  • Caleruega Office Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Caleruega Park Hours:  7:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Entrance Fee: Php30.00
  • Parking Fee: Free

How to get there:

If you have a car, take the Sta. Rosa exit at SLEX then turn right at the roundabout. It’s a two-hour drive from Manila but pretty much worth the travel.

If you’re commuting, take the Nasugbu-bound buses along EDSA-Pasay then alight at Evercrest, Batulao. There are trikes that service that route to Caleruega. Or if you’re aptly dressed for some hiking, maybe you can try it. I haven’t, so don’t take my word for it. 😉

Caleruega’s Transfiguration Chapel or the Chapel on the Hill

The chapel is surrounded by lush greenery and is ideal for nature-tripping and soul-searching. And yes, it is pretty much one of the most sought after wedding venues.

The grandparents flanked by their insanity-inducing grandchildren.

First time to see this kind of flowering vine

Like cute little grapes….

… that my youngest nephew was probably thinking, “Are these little grapes for little kids like me?”

Its color reminded me of cherry blossoms…

I don’t know what this tree is called but it sure looked like some monkey tail.

…and when it grows this tall, it transforms into something like an ostrich head.

This flower is just so summery! Love it!


Now that you’re in the Tagaytay vicinity, you may want to drop by at Loumars Cafe. I don’t know where it’s exactly at but it’s pretty popular so just keep your eye open for the sign 😉 They have better tasting buko pie and a wider variety of tarts and pies!

Blueberry Cheese Tart and Ube Tart

Chillin’ inside their cozy cafe while waiting for our orders.


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The Lunar Project: February

Photo #02 

I got me a Nikon D3100 as a post-Valentines gift to myself… that’s how much I love ♥ myself 😉

It was such lovely timing that we headed to the beach a week after I got My Precious. This time to Calatagan, Batangas.

The place was nowhere near fabulous but the caretaker was nice and gave us discount for our room; there were few people in the beach, and there’s a swimming pool where kids can frolic to their hearts’ content.


Take nothing but pictures.

 Leave nothing but footprints.

Kill nothing but time.


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