Ride a boat to somewhere

The Perks of Living Near the Ocean

Tanned skin. Brown hair. Fresh air. Need I say more?

The perks of living near the ocean

The perks of living near the ocean

For more than 20 years, I’ve been living surrounded by sea water and maybe that was the reason why I failed to appreciate the beauty it truly behold. I don’t know how beautiful our place is; I forgot that adventures were just a step away from our home. And though I know that people from other places go here to experience the perks of living near the ocean even just for a while, aside from feeling proud, I never did really care.

The perks of living near the ocean

The perks of living near the ocean

The perks of living near the ocean

The perks of living near the ocean

The perks of living near the ocean

The perks of living near the ocean

And sometimes, to be able to see the beauty that others see, you need to be far from it for quite some time so that when you return, you’ll appreciate it even more.

So this time, I think I saw what others envy about us who live near the ocean. The perks of living near the ocean:

1. The sunset was so breathtaking. No need to travel far just to witness this kind of perfection. This could be perfect for a date. 😉

Sunset in Cavite

Sunset in Cavite

Sunset in Cavite

Sunset in Cavite

2. Perfect for a quality time with the family. Why spend a lot of money to enjoy the moments with your family when you can be in such a wonderful place like this in an instant?

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bond with the family

bond with the family

But no matter how beautiful this place is, it can cause harm when you become less careful of these..

Jellyfish in the house!

Jellyfish in the house!

Jellyfish in the house!

Jellyfish in the house!

Well I guess, life isn’t perfect without something to be careful of.

3. You can actually travel places by just riding a Bangka (boat). It will take you much less time compare to when you travel by land. And I’m tempted to try that next time, though I know it can be very much dangerous.

Ride a boat to somewhere

Ride a boat to somewhere

Ride a boat to somewhere

Ride a boat to somewhere

Ride a boat to somewhere

Ride a boat to somewhere

4. I believe that business minded people were not only found inside buildings and corporations, sometimes they live in Cavite. Our place was also known as one of the main exporters and suppliers of sea food in the market.

This can be a very helpful income when one manages it the right way.

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

Seafood industry in Cavite

5. And lastly, nothing more pays off than having peace in you whenever you see this indescribable scenery. So, peace be with you.

Peace and serenity

Peace and serenity

Now, need I say more? Come and experience it yourself. 😉

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Taal Scenery

Taal: The Little-Cutie-Volcano Within a Lake

Last day was a perfect day to go on hiking. The sun was perfectly hiding behind the clouds every once in a while and the breeze was not that warm for the skin. And so I said, ‘finally I’ll go hiking for the very first time. No more cancelled plans! :D’. And we all know that when you’re turning 25 in a few months you got to grab more of the awesomeness of this life given by God.

So our location was this little-cutie-mountain, I mean volcano. As I have said, this was my first time to climb a mountain, so this little-cutie-volcano was perfect for first-timer like me.

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

This little-cutie-volcano, which is called Taal and is considered the smallest volcano in the world, is found in Tagaytay, Philippines. But truth be told, it was actually part of the Municipality of Talisay, Batangas. It’s funny that I grew up believing it is in Tagaytay when the truth is it’s in Batangas. You can only see the beautiful sight of this volcano in Tagaytay but once you go there, you will be heading to Batangas. You will also know this once you heard the accent of these people who will welcome you. If you’re a Filipino, you will know these are Batanguenos.

And before you think this post is about the issue of this volcano’s ownership, let’s now talk about this amazing adventure.

Once you arrived in Olivarez, Tagaytay, and you don’t own a car, you will be riding a tricycle all the way down to Talisay. Please prepare P50 each for this ride. And prepare for a 20-minute rough ride. 😉

I was glad to see foreigners visiting this place, of course it made me feel proud as a Filipino.

Tourists in Taal

Tourists in Taal

Tourists in Taal

Tourists in Taal

Tourists in Taal

Tourists in Taal

Aside from being the smallest volcano in the world, Taal is also a volcano within a lake, and it has another lake within it. Isn’t that wonderful and amazing?

From Talisay, you will need to ride a boat to Taal. It’s amazing to experience all these adventures before you even get to the actual volcano. It was all worth it. Renting a boat costs P1,500, with a maximum of 6 people, this also includes a ride back to the port. So P250 each isn’t a big amount for explorers on a tight budget, like us.

Boat to Taal

Boat to Taal

Boat to Taal

Boat to Taal

Boat to Taal

Boat to Taal

Boat to Taal

Boat to Taal

Boat to Taal

Boat to Taal

But before you ride a boat make sure you have a hat, if not, then please buy or rent a Bulihat, I swear, you’re going to need this. It was pretty available everywhere.

Bulihat

Bulihat

Bulihat

Bulihat

The lake is so clear, you can see what’s actually within it.

Taal lake

Taal lake

I must remind you this isn’t an ocean. This almost 1-hour boat ride is a ride within a lake. Yes, it’s such a wide lake. And if you don’t believe me, taste the water to find out.

Taal lake

Taal lake

Taal lake

Taal lake

Taal lake

Taal lake

Taal lake

Taal lake

Taal lake

Taal lake

The island is full of tourists and travelers and tour guide. But no, you won’t need a tour guide. But if you want to help one of our fellow countrymen earn an income then go and get one.

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The entrance fee only cost P50, and it’s up to you if you’d ride a horse up to the top or use your feet to get there. We chose the latter. Not because we’re explorer on a tight budget but our goal was to experience the environment and treasure the moment and explore – literally explore.

Entrance Ticket

Entrance Ticket

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

Taal Volcano hiking

You will need a face mask, but if you don’t mind inhaling ‘alikabok’ then don’t bring one.

The scenery as you climb higher and higher is so breathtaking. And the word ‘beautiful’ is not enough to express how the views look like. It is maybe beyond beautiful. These things prove how real God is. Even them, tell it to our face that our God is an amazing God!

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Taal Scenery

Other parts of this volcano were used for planting and harvesting vegetables, i guess?

Plants in Taal

Plants in Taal

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As we climb, I noticed a path which was not part of the trail for tourists, and my curiosity attacks.

Taal trail

Taal trail

Taal trail

Taal trail

As I was following this path I suddenly heard a noise behind the bushes. And I thought it wasn’t a good idea to follow this mysterious path, so I headed back and just follow the trail for tourists. But these I swear, when I get back there (together with someone), I will know where that mysterious path ends.

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

The moment you see this smoke from underneath this volcano, which is actually hot, you will know that you are almost at the top. But the challenging part as a climber without a horse, and as a horse, is yet to come. Because this is where the real ‘matarik’ spot you’ll need to pass.

Taal hiking

Taal hiking

Taal hiking

Taal hiking

Taal hiking

Taal hiking

And after that last challenge. Dyaraaaan!!!! The lake within the volcano. The amazing crater of Taal volcano.

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

Wow, this feeling when you have reached your goal.

IMG_6776Whether you’re wearing this or that, it’s still the amazing feeling you got that matters.

Don’t forget to buy souvenirs. And drinks if ever you forget to bring your own.

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

At the top of Taal

And please, as a Filipino, I also strongly recommend to follow this reminder! Have a great trip!

A friendly reminder

A friendly reminder “Please maintain the cleanliness of the environment.”

P.S. It’s haeder to go back down. So brace yourself on your way down. 😉

Travel Expenses:
1. Tricycle from Olivarez to Talisay – P50 each
2. Boat from port to Taal – P1500 (maximum of 6 pax, back and forth)
3. Entrance fee – P50
4. Tricycle ride back to Olivarez – P300 (as a whole payment)

Must Have:
1. Jag/Big tumbler full of water
2. Face mask
3. Hat
4. Plastic/Safety Bag (for gadgets)
5. Sandwiches
6. Extra shirt
7. Tissue
8. Wet wipes