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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Anawangin / Punta De Uian / Capones Island Photo Blog

As far back as two weeks ago i’ve been wanting to get away from the city even for a brief respite from the doldrums of commuting to and from work, the usual thing you do day in and day out that sometimes makes you wonder of living into a groundhog day the moment you wake up eyes staring at the ceiling wishing you had a terrible case of hangover just to feel different this time.

I’ve been reading some accounts from a few fellow Multipliers about the place of Anawangin in Zambales, especially Mikay’s own account in her blog. As the holyweek approaches my friend Don and her girlfriend Kat came on board, that was on Monday and then on Tuesday night Mitzi and her boyfriend JB confirmed their participation in the trip to Anawangin.

Multiply friend Lani was the last person to decide to come, by Wednesday night there are 6 of us ready to roll. 3:00 AM: meeting place in Cubao near Gateway became 2:00 AM as i arrived an hour early and started texting them to hurry their ass over, which they did, so after picking up Kat in P.Noval in Manila, by 3:00 AM we’re rolling the asphalt road of North Expressway.

Excited for what awaits us in our roadtrip to Zambales. Nothing beats travelling with your friends, it’s like you get to know them even more, bond with them more or do and see stuffs you won’t normally get by hanging out in the city.

Another thing working great for us was Guy’s offer of dropping by the resort that he manages in Pundaquit, Zambales which is Punta De Uian, a beautiful resort nestled in the fine white beaches of Pundaquit.

We went there first not knowing what to expect, but was surprised of the view from the resort particularly the beach front part and of course the friendliness of the staff headed by their accommodating Manager Guy Morales.

After having our coffee there and a supposed to be short trip to the market where the girls ended up buying foods until Saturday, we went back to Punta De Uian and wished if we could just stay there.

To make the story short, I’ll just shift to a photo blog in detailing the rest of our vacation:
Took the boat from the very beautiful resort of Punta De Uian:

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After 25 minutes
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set up camp by the lake:
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Luto – lutuan
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Tas Kainan na:
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Tas nahiga, eto nakita ko:
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Naglibot ng hapon:
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Naghanap ng mga naka bikini
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Nag Storyahan sa gabi:
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lumipat ng camp the next day:
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Kat: Friends lang daw si Oyo and Tintin, baka dahil sa movie cguro.
Mitzi: Anu ba movie nila?
Kat: Wala!
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ng laro ng flying saucer, “Frisbee” raw sabi ni Don:
Kat: gusto nyo magsaing na ngayon para mamaya wala ng gagawin?…..Marky!

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Sunset:
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Next Morning:
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Agahan:
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To Capones Island
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Nghanap ng trail papuntang lighthouse
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Matapos mg tanong ng daan papuntang Lighthouse nag pa picture na lng sa isang Navy Dude.
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Pabalik na ng magandang resort na Punta De Uian
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Saturday Lunchtime nasa Punta De Uian na ulet:
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Where Guy Morales prepared a hearty lunch for us, cooked by their Chef na kababata ni Mitzi:
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Nag pahinga:
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Punta De Uian beachfront
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Tas Uwi na…
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Sa susunod naman ulet…

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Punta De Uian, Zambales

Punta De Uian is a beautiful beach resort located in Pundaquit, Zambales. Everything about it expresses tranquility, peace and a majestic setting fit for one’s pursuit of total relaxation and leisure. Nestled in the fine white beaches of Zambales it offers a wonderful view of the ocean and the nearby Capones Island.

Enjoying the beautiful sunset while lying on the beach is an experience one will never forget.
The beachfront is popular for being a turtle habitat, every week there are turtle egg hatching being done in the resort and afterwards the turtles will return to sea only to return for an unspecified time.

Activities are a plenty as well, the resort offers the use of Jet Ski, banana boat and kayaking even up to the nearby Capones Island. Visitors can also rent a boat in Punta De Uian to go to nearby Anawangin another beautiful beachhead part of Zambales but is only accessible by boat.

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It is said all the time that first impressions are very important. Punta De Uian impressed me from the get go as we parked our car and noticed the fresh wind breeze coming from the ocean. It continued to impress me as the helpful and friendly staff entertained us and offered to help us unload our things plus the presence of Punta De Uian’s manager who answers at the name of Guy Morales continues to make sure that everything we needed are being taken care of.

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Punta De Uian offers many choices of room accomodations
Garden view
Moutain view
Single de luxe
Double de luxe
Suite
Family Villa
Me and my friends stayed at the Double De Luxe room which is good for 6 people, it was spacious and clean and neatly designed that provides for a cozy stay. Makes you want to stay there forever. The foods are delicious and prepared well by the in house chefs of Punta De Uian. Menu selection was vast that includes both local and foreign cuisines. Other features includes hot and cold shower, cable TV, wi-fi internet connection, karaoke and many more.

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Special thanks to the friendly staff of Punta De Uian headed by Guy Morales, our stay there became a memorable and truly enjoyable experience. for reservations email elsa.puntadeuian@gmail.com or visit www.puntadeuian.com. pundaquit, san antonio zambales

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Caliraya Lake

I tagged along my friend Don’s family who went and celebrated his sister Myla’s birthday at the Lake Caliraya Resort along with Don’s girlfriend Kathrina. The resort is as the name suggests is located along Caliraya lake in Laguna, it has amenities like accomodations, bar and restaurant, swimming pool, basketball courts, wall for wall climbing and of course the lake where guest can go fishing, go kayaking or just ride a horse all over the vast surroundings of the place.

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After having our buffet lunch (900 pesos for the day tour + buffet lunch / pax) we went wall climbing – It’s been a long time since I last gone wall climbing and with the current shape i’m in I was a bit worried that I won’t get far up the wall, but the wall was fairly easy until you reach the inclined angle at the top when my fingers and hands and everything gave up, but Don made a career of giving it a try though hehe, he lost grip at the last minute offering excuses ranging from UFO manipulation to Global warming as the reason why he fell haha.

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Kat
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Ron Kauk? err it's me
Ron Kauk? err it's me
Don was trying to show everybody how it’s done.
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Then 20 seconds before he falls down, he insists the Martians made him lose his grip.

That's all on you man, don't see any UFO's above
That's all on you man, don't see any UFO's above
After that we went for a swim, and a few days after that my arms and upper body hurts like punching bag at the wildcard gym of Freddie Roach.

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Marimar and Sergio
Don and Kat then shoved it in me how its going as the third wheel. It was a fun time to enjoy the sunny weather and the cool breeze coming from Caliraya lake with all those trees around you, gives you a lot more reasons to take care of the environment.

But, Don still can’t stop worrying about his failed attempt at the wall, hey man loosen up, we can all try again next time.

Jimmy Hoffa's ghost made me lose my grip - Don
Jimmy Hoffa's ghost made me lose my grip - Don

And if you have some spare cash, you can also rent a jet ski and roll all over mad man style on Caliraya Lake.