Scuba Diving Rediscovered

Underwater selfie

Underwater selfie

Rich marine life in Anilao

Rich marine life in Anilao

A couple of months after I took a challenge to see things underwater in the flesh, I found myself inside Stef’s car traversing South Luzon Expressway. My feelings were mixed like my insides were going ballistic–I was anxious, nervous, and excited at the same time.

Euphoria, the state of being intensely excited–the very reason why I decided to join another DSD this time with my Travel Factor friends. Since January, Vhik was persuading us to join her. She told us how addicting it is and how diving helped her health immensely. And true enough, when I had my first DSD in Malapascua, I went nuts.

When in Anilao :)

When in Anilao ūüôā

Flashback to Saturday–16th of May. After my work, I happily went to a convenience store to buy some snacks for the next day’s adventure. At around 7PM, I set my alarm at 3AM although our meeting place was just at the Sta. Rosa Exit which is about 20 minutes from our house without traffic. I was tired the entire week but adventures always do the impossible of giving me recharged mind and body without the state of fully caffeinating my system.

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Mt Talamitam Climb (630 MASL)

At the summit

At the summit

View from the top

View from the top

June 20, 2015

‚ÄúI like the mountains because they make me feel small,’ Jeff says. ‘They help me sort out what’s important in life.‚ÄĚ ‚Äē Mark Obmascik

I was having a tough time the past week when one of my colleagues asked me to join their trek to Mt. Talamitam. To tell you the truth, I never saw myself going to these mountains as a hobby. I mean, I like nature and seeing different places in bird’s-eye view but I also know how difficult it is to climb, especially steep and slippery mountains. I know¬†I don’t have the stamina for rigorous activities like that ūüėČ . But I gave in to peer pressure and accepted the challenge. I felt I needed the adrenaline rush to take out the negativity anyway.

Achievement unlocked!

Achievement unlocked! (c) Jaymee Mata

LS Team

LS Team

Fast forward to June 20. Jaymee, TJ and Deo¬†picked me up at¬†Sta. Rosa Exit. From there, we took the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road and Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway¬†until we reached Kilometer 83. The jump off point is beside Brgy¬†Aga Elementary School in Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu, Batangas. One should not miss the area since there is a¬†yellow marker of KM83 and the climbers¬†and guides also gather in there. For those bringing your own cars, there is a small parking space in front of the registration area and sari-sari store. Parking fee depends on you. ūüôā

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Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas

Burot Beach

Burot Beach

Few weeks ago, I was having a dilemma on where I would go this Holy Week. Last year was really an eventful one because I backpacked Indochina then. I couldn’t let this year go to waste without going somewhere special. I had Ho Chi Minh in mind but the plan did not work out due to budget constraints. I knew I had to travel and I had high hopes that there is a gem hidden just few hours from home. Good thing there were a lot of articles that featured¬†amazing getaways near Manila. I opted for the nearest one from my place which was the Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas.

Summer it is!

Summer it is!

A Gem

A Gem

Burot Beach is a semi fine white sand beach¬†just 3 hours from Manila (2 hours in my case since I live in Laguna). It was a ‘secret beach’ back then but due to word of mouth, a lot of people, friends and families alike, have been visiting this place.

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La Luz Beach Resort, San Juan Batangas

April 4-5, 2014

Summer with work friends.

Summer with work friends

Stunning view of the beach

Stunning view of the beach

To officially begin the summer season and to beat the scorching Manila sun, our company went on a summer outing at La Luz Beach Resort in San Juan, Batangas.

La Luz is a privately owned resort and just recently opened to the public. It is a 4-5 hours drive from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Star tollway and a couple of Batangas towns and municipalities. It is a haven away from Manila for those who want to have a quick weekend getaway.

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