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Trip to Masasa Beach Tingloy, Batangas

IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!

A place without wifi signal and cellular signal, a place where you’re left only with clear beaches and cheap houses for rent.

I won’t say that Masasa Beach is as stable and marvelous as the newly renovated Boracay or other established beaches in the Philippines but one thing I liked about this beach is it’s so raw. It’s like a newly discovered beach that hasn’t been overly used or populated by visitors. It’s raw, it’s hidden, it’s a sanctuary.

From Anilao port, you have to ride a boat to Masasa Beach for about P60 if I remember correctly, there is NO other way than to ride a boat as the beach is in an island about 30-45 minutes away from the port.

Upon arriving in Masasa, there will be a lot of people welcoming you and offering your cheap house rentals for you to stay in during your vacation and I must say, they’re SUPER CHEAP.

We rented a house having P300/person per night. The house owners were also there to assist us buying coals if we wanted to grill, cooking rice for us as we rest ourselves from the long trip, cooking and grilling foods for us, entertaining us. They also accompany us with free tricycle rides whenever we go down to the beach which is about 5 mins away from the inn. They also served as our tour guide and photographer during our whole stay. They just made us feel at home.

The house was big enough to accommodate all of us (10 persons). It has three bedrooms, comfort rooms and karaoke.

Let’s now talk about the beach. We went snorkeling and Pawikan searching. We rented two boats for P600 each with a capacity of 5 persons per boat plus the tour guide.

The boat drove us to three islands and stopped somewhere in between the beach so we can snorkel down and see the huge Pawikans swimming down about 30 feet below the surface of the water. We also fed fish with some bread after the Pawikan search. It was indeed mesmerizing.

Sorry I wasn’t able to take photos of it, I was too busy appreciating the beauty of the animals in their habitat and the wonders of nature and of course, the Philippines.

We also visited the lagoon with such sky blue waters and the cave with two entrance which is quite terrifying because the waves suddenly raged when we entered the cave as if it doesn’t want us to leave. Yikes.

The whole place really didn’t have much cellular signal and if you happen to get some, it’s not even enough to send a message. We had some social media and onlien detox during this getaway. Me and my friend purely bonded because we didn’t have much reasons to hold our phones and be distracted — which is cool.

This vacation felt like a get away from all our stresses and problems in life. Masasa Beach is like another world to us, it gave us sanity and peace of mind. The views gave us solace and the nature didn’t fail to impress us.

Roughly computing my budget for this trip back and forth from Manila is about P1,800 including all the foods, meat and other pasalubong I bought. Not bad for a perfect getaway.

My trip with the Duterte-Robredo supporters in Naga City

February 4, 2018, Sunday.

I decided to join my friends from Dubredo Army to go to Naga City to unwind myself from the stress I’ve been facing lately. Yes, we decided to go to Naga City, the hometown of our beloved Vice President Leni Robredo. The members of Dubredo Army came from different cities, has different professions, auditors, teachers, MA students, marine transportation and others so it’s really a tough charade for us to match our schedules so we had no other choice than to settle on a Sunday.

This was the time when Mayon Volcano in Albay started emitting ashes causing disturbances to the residents nearby the Volcano. Once we heard of it, we, the Dubredo core group of admins, agreed to give our own shares in order to buy face masks for the people of Albay to protect themselves from the harmful effects that the smoke might cause to their health. We would also like to thank the people who donated and entrusted Dubredo, special mention to my fellow DDS and friend, Mr. Christian Arrieta and others. We managed to gather over 1,000+ masks a week before we went to Naga buying boxes of it from Bambang in Manila where medical supplies are very rampant. We even haggled a bit to be able to purchase more quantity of it (lol!).

Goals:

  1. Unwind and have a tour in Naga City.
  2. Turn over face masks to Naga City Hall for the Albay residents.
  3. Visit the Earthquake Cafe in Robinsons Naga where Duterte Red Velvet shake and VP Leni Mango Banana shake are served.

We decided to go to Naga City instead of Albay because it’s quite unsafe during that time (Kakasimula palang mag-alburoto nung bulkan, we cannot hahaha!) After purchasing the masks, we started to feel troubled to where to turn it over once we reach Naga City, we are going there on a Sunday, we tried communicating with DSWD but then they said that the don’t have anyone to attend to us on a Sunday — no office hours. We started to worry because I’ve been busy that whole week with exams, quizzes and acads, I can’t help in finding an office to have our donations turned over until Friday night. I messaged one of my friend, N (I’d like to hide his identity with such initial for some privacy.), to ask him if he can suggest where can we turn over the donations once we arrive in Naga. He sent me the number of Ms. Laarni from the Naga City Hall.

I was so grateful so I messaged her and she said she’ll be willing to go to the office early in the morning to accommodate us as we turn over our donation because our expected arrival in Naga is around 7AM. I didn’t really know much about Ms. Laarni but I was really grateful that she was willing to go to the city hall kahit na wala naman talagang working hours every Sunday and she doesn’t really know me or our group because N just sent me her number but man, nag-effort si ma’am. Thank you talaga.

The Dubredos departed the Raymond bus terminal in Cubao around 10PM, Saturday, if I remember that right and took the 7-8 hours bus trip to Naga City. We arrived there around 6AM. It’s very seldom that I ride a bus or commute but I enjoyed this one, no wonder why VP Leni loves bus rides.

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We ate lugaw and some soup as we arrived in Naga City bus terminal before we went to the Naga City hall through a tricycle. It’s so cool because tricycle rides there only costs P8.00 per head! Compared here in Manila na from TIP Manila to SM Manila, P50. lol.

We had a quick chitchat with Ms. Laarni as we turn over the donations to the city hall office. I really didn’t know much about her because I don’t have a facebook account to do a background check of who she is and it surprised me to know that she is actually working at the city hall and she personally knows VP Leni, my soul mom (Duterte is my soul dad lol!).

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After then, she accompanied us to Jesse Robredo Museum when she knew we were planning to go there. The museum was free and most of us really look up to the late DILG secretary, Jesse Robredo so we really gave time to go around the museum. Sobrang aga namin doon, we don’t even know if the museum is already open but the guards and people there accompanied us anyway and welcomed us, they knew we were Duterte-Robredo supporters, they looked amused, I was proud. We’re for unity! Hahaha!

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It’s raining nung lumabas kami nung JMR museum pero go parin sa pagpapapicture. Minsan lang yan noh.

Honestly, I was really hesitant to enter the JMR museum because whenever I see Sec. Jesse Robredo, his photos and videos and all, I get the sigh of “man, I wish you’re still alive.” I have this fondness feeling for him like the fondness feeling I have for dad (Rodrigo Duterte). But then my Dubredo friends convinced me to go so I went in. As I look around, I had that sigh feeling again — as expected. It suddenly crossed my mind, what if Sec. Jesse is still alive? What is he’s the one who ran for the vice president position and won and he becomes the vice president of dad? Parang indestructible yung tandem ng President at VP non. Imagine electing people with so much devotion and love for the country and people at the highest offices in the government. Okay, I’m being dreamy now. Let’s move on.

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