Bato Springs Resort

So here’s where I celebrated my birthday with Jay. I’ve been needing this kind of vacation and I’m just so happy that it happened kahit na ang ending ay dalawa lang kami ang natuloy.

Anyway, the original plan was to go Masasa Beach, Batangas. It just so happen that I read a lot of negative reviews that’s why we shift going to Bato Springs, Laguna. Photos of this resort suddenly went viral online telling that this is a budget friendly, worthy place near Metro.

Bato Springs Resort is located at Brgy. San Cristobal, San Pablo City, Laguna. It’s a 2-hour bus travel from Metro Manila plus 20 mins motorcycle ride.

The feeling of being drop off into a place where you can only see tall trees, different flowers, beautiful garden landscapes and the cool, fresh air from the mountain is an unexplainable relief.img_0960We took an overnight stay at the resort to have a one weekend getaway to celebrate my 22nd birthday. We planned on bringing our own tent to save money but super thanks to Mommy (Jay’s grandma) that gave us extra budget to rent a room. The sad part is, when we got there, there’s no room available! I really thought we’ll be going home that time, but thank God cause there were still tents available! I can see Jay’s face being disappointed that time though. Luckily, they offered us banig and pillows to rent, still a happy kiddo.

We decided to swim around 5PM and the water is ice cold. I promise, you’ll both have that “Rose” and “Jack” hypothermia moments of Titanic at the time you dip your whole body. As in! SOBRANG LAMIG. Night swimming was a complete suicide and is only applicable for immortals.img_0961

After eating dinner, we went back to our tent. Jay brought his laptop and we had a not-so-movie-marathon-kasi-nakatulog-ako moment. Look at his annoying face! Bwiset e.

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There is a store near the office and a place to eat but you’re also allowed to bring your own drinks and food. This is the reason why we spent more than what we expected cause food inside were too expensive. We also had our starving moment the next day when store opens around 8AM and we don’t have something to eat cause we woke up 6AM in the morning! To kill time and also to forget that we’re somehow starving, Hahahaha, we walk around and took pictures!

img_0984The Pavillionimg_0981Main Officeimg_0988Canteenimg_0993The famous, ice-cold man-made Fallsimg_0995We woke up like this. Hahahaimg_0998img_1002img_1004img_1005img_1008img_1010img_1013img_1019img_1040img_1038The camp site!img_1036The pool area with mini falls. That tent was ours! Hahaha.img_1051Call me Khaleesi. Hahahaimg_1052img_1049

We’re guessing that this area was also a pool before. Mayroon kasing signages like 4ft, 5ft, No diving, etc. I saw from the previous reviews, mga way back 2010, that water at Bato Spring were still overflowing. I guess now it has lessen kaya hindi na umaabot sa part na to.

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As you can observe, ang ganda ng kuha ko sa kanya, pagdating sakin, epic fail. Hahaha. That’s how sweet he is.

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You know the struggle of not having a waterproof camera? Hahaha. We really tried our hardest to take pictures of ours while in the falls.

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Too much of our pics together. Don’t worry cause after those photo ops, nothing follows. Hahaha. We enjoyed our stay, that’s given. But what I will never forget were the times we talk about our sentiments, dreams and plans. It’s just incredible to feel that there is someone whose always ready to listen. That’s priceless.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Php132 : Bus at Taft Ave. terminal (JAC Liner) bound to Lucena, Quezon. Just ask the bus attendant to drop you off at Maharlika Hi-way where you can see the Bato Springs sign board.
Php30 : Tricycle to Bato Springs.

FEES

Entrance Fee for Adults/Kids

Php80 : Weekends/Holidays
Php75 : Weekdays
Php125 : Overnight

ACCOMMODATION

Room rates range from Php1000 to Php5000 depending on the number of guests and the kind of accommodation you wish to avail. You may also want to bring/use tents that range from Php150 to Php500.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, you may call Ms. Elaine at (0926) 5822-822. Be very patient cause they seldom answer phone calls. I’m lucky to get to talk to them once after trying a lot of times. Busy daw sila. 😦

TIPS

  • First come, first served basis on rooms, huts and tables. It will be very helpful to call them first to make reservations specially if you’re going as group.
  • Bato Springs can be so crowded due to its popularity. I suggest you pay visit when its not seasonal to avoid the crowd and appreciate nature most.
  • Bring your own food if possible. Foods inside were expensive.
  • Bikinis will be very useless. I tell you, you will want to wear pajamas on the pool. You may wanna save the space on your backpacks too! Hahaha

Overall, Bato Springs Resort is still a good place for someone who wanted to sneak out from the busy life of Metro. It is true that you wouldn’t spend more than Php500 to get there and the place is already worth the price.

Quick Escape at Talisayin Cove, Zambales

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At last! the Zambales 3 days 2 nights summer vacey has happened. We’ve been very frustrated and excited planning this escape since April and thank God, we made it!

So let me share our not-so-epic getaway.

Talisayin Cove is located between Anawangin Cove and Nagsasa Cove along the coastline of Zambales. I’ve been at Nagsasa before and since then, I know I’ll be back to Zambales. I really enjoyed the place and the memories my college batch have shared. I just got interested to Talisayin cause I’ve read a lot of good reviews picking this place as the best among the three. So here we are, changed our plans and push ourselves to experience the life at Talisayin.

I can definitely say that experiencing the serenity and the nature of Talisayin Cove is really one of the best and is the perfect getaway if you really wanted to get out from the city life — no electricity, no signal and no perfect beds. There are no resorts to stay in but there are beach huts, rest rooms and camping site which makes the place more like of a castaway.

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We all met at Victory Liner (Pasay) around 9:00AM and as planned, we are suppose to ride a bus to Iba, Zambales but all going straight to Iba are fully booked. And since we can’t afford to wait any longer, we decided to just do two trips, first stop will be in Olongapo then another ride to San Antonio. The Expectation vs Reality hit us when we did stand the whole trip! YES. YOU READ IT RIGHT. WE STAND. WTH! STANDING IN A 5-HOUR TRIP?! Insanity at its best for the sake of travelling.

Lesson learned: Never ever ask your boyfriend to download a Series expecting you’ll be sitting on a long trip while in fact, you’re just a chance passenger. Hahahaha 😀

So after a long trip, we past by San Antonio’s Public Market to buy all the foods we need and did some last minute supply check before heading to Pundaquit by a tricycle were we met our contact, Kuya Joven. I saw his number on a blog I read before, contacted him and had a very good deal.

He offered us a boat, good for 6-persons, going to Talisayin for only P700/head with side-trip to Capones Island and the following: Tents for the group, cooking utensils, bonfire materials, 10 gallons of drinking water and cooler. The deal help us a lot since we don’t want to hassle ourselves anymore for our 3D2N vacation. Anyway, you may contact Kuya Joven at 0915-959-9595.

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The boat ride didn’t feel that long since you’ll pass by the breath-taking color of the sea, rock formations and mountains of Zambales.

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The family who live near our camping site helped us arranged our tents, prepared the grilling area and offered us rechargeable lights and a beach hut for just 150/day. They have clean restrooms, changing areas and a deep-well.

We’re not able to explore the cove on our first day cause we’ve been through a lot and all we wanted is to eat and sleep right away.We cooked inihaw na tilapia for dinner, clean ourselves and rest inside our tents right away.

The best feeling is when you woke up seeing the beautiful cove, hearing the sounds of the trees and feeling the breeze of the ocean. Exactly the things we’re needing.

13139266_1164286396935171_4459556106367951086_nMe, Ylyza(my sis), Jay(my love), April and Eric(lovers) and Jason the loner. Hahaha13179443_1164286473601830_7424787171154895578_n13178856_1164286200268524_8263814461671705322_n13178514_1164295706934240_414016719532749935_nFeel ko lang mag-inarte. 13178851_1164295636934247_1430631679082293018_nThis happens during low tides. You’ll see all the rocks and corals of the beach. We tried snorkeling at sobrang nakaka-aliw yung mga isda. 🙂13151620_1164298876933923_5473848863347147884_n13082648_1164295613600916_79752716569381608_nBinaboy nila ako. Napaka-bastos eh. Hahaha13178741_1164286090268535_8180506973166386853_n13138799_1164310866932724_2733395635994082871_nOur cook. Jason the loner. Hahaha.

We had pritong talong and itlog na maalat for breakfast, sinigang na baboy for lunch and inihaw na manok for dinner.13139236_1164298440267300_476679577094232843_n13151647_1164298510267293_7683176920234703009_n13151710_1164309180266226_1567383768885707268_n13164288_1164309166932894_2425779222915633731_nEnding the day with a bonfire.

The entire day felt almost a week! We we’re not able to climb the hill anymore kasi sobrang solve na kami sa dagat pa lang. Our stay was very relaxing and stress-free. We almost had the beach by ourselves sa sobrang onte ng tao.

On our last day, we woke up at almost 7AM and had our bago-umuwing-tampisaw-sa-dagat! AYOKO NG UMUWI!  😦

We left the cove at 1PM. We never had a chance to pass by Capones Island anymore cause the waves are crashing and we’re all shouting during our ride going back to Pundaquit. Hahaha

All in all, our experience is a ton of happiness not including our epic byahe papunta at pauwi. We’ll be back AGAIN. That’s for sure. 

BUDGET

  • Public Transportation: Php218 bus going to Olongapo; Php 58 bus going to San Antonio; Php30 tricycle going to Pundaquit beach
  • Package Deal: Php700/head for Talisayin round-trip inclusive of tents, cooking utensils, bonfire materials, cooler and 10 gallons of water.
  • Food: Cook your own food. You can bring your own raw materials or pass by San Antonio’s Public Market before heading to Pundaquit.

TIPS

  1. Arrive at your chosen bus company VERY early. As much as possible, reserve your trip to make sure you’ll never experience the kind of hassle we faced!
  2. Don’t forget to check your supplies before heading to Pundaquit Beach.
  3. Bring extra cash.
  4. Put your phone in an Airplane Mode to maintain your cellphone’s battery level. It’ll be useless cause again, there’s no SIGNAL at Talisayin.
  5. Restrooms don’t have electricity so better to bring your headlamps.
  6. If you’re into climbing the hill, bring extra clothes for your little hiking experience.
  7. PRAY for a safe and happy trip.

It’s true that life at the beach is really one of the essential vitamins we need Vitamin Sea. I’m really praying that I’ll get to visit a lot of the Philippine’s hidden beauty someday. #MyFirstTravelEntry