Thursday, March 15, 2012

Secrets of Puerto Galera, Mindoro Philippines

Puerto Galera is a small town on the northeast coast of the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. Though it is a quiet little town, it is a popular summer destination in the country. People come here from all over the country and the rest of the world for its wonderful beaches and fun water activities. Others also come here for its nearby forests, waterfalls, and dive spots.
This is my 4th visit in Puerto galera but i never had the chance to go around and visit other islands, and to check out the small town in mindoro. But this time, i made a small check list where should i stay, what to eat, what i need to see, etc. etc.
 HOW TO GET TO PUERTO GALERA:

The easiest mode of transportation to Puerto Galera is via the land-and-sea route that begins in Pasay City in Manila. Trips are frequent and buses arrive at Batangas Pier in about 3 hours. However, one needs to ensure that bus is headed for the pier instead of Batangas Bus Terminal.
From Batangas, reaching Puerto Galera is possible by sea. Passengers can have a choice between basic outriggers to state-of-the-art air conditioned fast ferries. The RORO (roll-on/roll-off) trip is another viable option. 

Well since i have my car and don't want to think that much when i get back to manila so i decided to bring my car to batagas port and park it there for 4 days. kinda expensive though.
  so basically i choose the normal boat ride going to puerto Galera, no air condition. 

  This is talipanan beach. you can ask the locals in the area how to get reach talipanan or look for LUCA MIRAMARE resort. it will cost you P20.00 each for tricycle ride. i recommend this place for lovers, honeymooners.

since i heard from the locals that LUCA MIRAMARE was known for Italian PIZZA and PASTA. and not just PIZZA... its the BEST PIZZA in town.
  they called this pizza "LUCA PIZZA" half open and half close..hmmm very interesting huh!!
 Light Lamp on the side.

Delicious pizza + cold vodka ice + steady music + stunning sunset, i almost say this is life..hahaha i almost don't want to go back to manila.. LOL

after we finish the pizza and feel emo at that moment hahaha. we decided to go the local clubs which is located at the "white beach"

White Beach is the center of all beaches in PUERTO GALERA, you can see more people,have early dance move on the small clubs,sing ktv,do beach activities like jet-ski,beach volleyball,banana boat ride, etc. basically it's like mini boracay version.
so me and my friend decided to hangout to this place called "hiyas" also one of the best clubs in puerto galera. since this is my 4th time in puerto, well i still want to drink the "mindoro sling" one of the best picher drinks in town. But the bartender told me to try there 2nd of the best which is called "Lumumba" in short picher version of baileys.hahahaha
    CHEERS guys.

eric, enzo and me.. still drinking the picher. plus plus rum coke.. hahaha

while drinking you can also watch the "EXHIBITIONIST" FIRE DANCERS.


if you feel like hungry like me and my friend around 3am in the morning... "FOODTRIP" is the answer, best bacon rice.. hahaha

so the following day, i decided to go around. we rented a tricycle ride so we can go to the other side of puerto galera.
 "puerto galera town"

you can see this "sailboats" park at the small town of galera.

other resorts at the town proper of galera, you can also see the local schools at the area.

MORE PHOTOS: "PUERTO GALERA TOWN"
after taking some photos of the bangka, i want to see more.. so i ask the tricycle driver to bring us at TAMARAW FALLS. it will take you 45min. tric ride.

 
"The Manong Driver"
 you can see this while driving going to Tamaraw Falls.

you will also pass by this native houses along the road...


going up to the mountains you can see the whole view of puerto galera, i already ask the tric driver to stop. i was so love at 1st sight at that moment. so amazing!!

weee finally almost there..

 That's me...

Tamaraw Falls cool mountain waters plummet 30m into a natural pool beside the road, run under a stone bridge into two constructed swimming pools, then flow out again into a jungle gorge. The Tamaraw Falls are popular on the weekend, especially on Sunday when admission is free, but during the week you can just about have them to yourself. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy the views; thatched shelters, perched on the edge of the pools, are available for picnicking. There are toilets, and a kiosk at the entrance selling snacks, soft drinks and beer.
The falls are 14km from Puerto Galera on the rough, mountainous road to Calapan - only the first 7km of which is paved.

MORE PHOTOS:

 
 eric and enzo..

new friendships...hahaha

for other activities and sightseeing that you can do in puerto galera:
  
Places:
Sabang Beach 
Small Laguna Beach
Aninuan Falls
The Excavation Museum
The Mangyan Village
Mount Halcon
Mount Malasimbo
Naujan Lake
Coco Beach
Long Beach
The Bondong Jungle
Paradise Zoo
 Floating Bar


Activities:
 Island Hopping
Scuba
Trekking
Kayaking 
Jungle Trekking
Snorkeling 
Dolphin Watching
Banana Boat
Jet-ski
Food Trip
Henna Tattoo




Sunday, March 4, 2012

Halloween Horror Night at Universal Studio, Singapore

one of my best trips I had...
Being one of the largest Halloween event staged in Southeast Asia, Halloween Horror Night at Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, is built to be intense, fun and highly entertaining horror.

From the moment you step into the theme park till you leave, you will receive RANDOM “welcomes” from the undeads and the spirits in the dark, misty and eerie streets. 



Left 4 Dead, my favourite spot have to be New York Street where it is transformed into a Post Apocalyptic Rage street where Earth becomes hell, consumed in chaos. To make your S$60 worth it, get frightened by 280 scare actors roving around the theme park and in the chaotic New York Street.





I enjoyed the experience at Halloween Horror Nights, the scare actors are always ready to role play with you to get that perfect shot, Priceless!
I also love those occasional scares and seeing girls on the street screaming and running away from the roving zombies. This is the best Halloween event I’ve ever been, I recommend to go as a group of not more than 4 people and have HELL lot of fun time to celebrate Halloween there.


Photos by: Fritz Chan 


Friday, March 2, 2012

Hot Air Ballon Festival, Clark Angeles City

The yearly colorful, head-raising Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is once again gracing the aviation field of the Clark Freeport.  This venue is projected to host over 100,000 tourists.




The Clark Freeport zone has become the home to this annual international aviation sporting event for many reasons. The wide-open spaces, favorable flying weather, scenic ambiance and the general features and tourist amenities the zone has to offer make it the ideal venue. Also, Clark has a wide array of hotels and resorts to cater to just about every budget, from simple and small single unit hostels to incredibly high-end hotels and leisure establishments that provide full suite and even villas for any number of group accommodations. Golfers, casino lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will also be happy with the array of these facilities that cover the zone.  The close proximity of Angeles city, with all of its casinos, resorts, night life, bars and restaurants and mention additional lodging options, makes for a complete, integrated fun zone for this – the largest of all events in the Philippines.



extremely successful event that attracts thousands of spectators both local and international. Aside from the display of a plethora of multi-colored hot air balloons, the festival also features a number of expedition events such as skydiving, flag jumps, micro-light aircraft and rocketry demonstrations, small plane fly-bys and fly-ins, remote-control airplane and helicopter flying exhibitions, freestyle aerobatics, precision maneuvers, light airplane balloon bursting, ultra-light flying formation and bomb dropping, kite-making and choreographed kite-flying, hi-start launch gliding, pylon racing, banner towing, aero-modeling symposium and races between ultra lights and motorcycles.


that's me again... "BOOM"

HOW TO GET THERE:
Getting to the Clark Freeport Zone, otherwise known as the Clark Special Economic Zone by car is easy. Simply needs to take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit at Dau, Mabalacat. After your exit, a left turn towards Angeles City, and a little Angeles City/Dau traffic, will bring you to within an easy right turn of the Clark Zone itself. The trip should take about an hour and a half from Manila without heavy traffic.


Photographers: Yappie Espiritu & Chito Espiritu(my dad).
our bonding moments together.