Overnight Trip in Matabungkay Beach

Hubby and his colleagues planned to have an overnight swimming in Antipolo because it’s an hour away from where they work.Β  But two days before the said event, hubby told me that instead of going to Antipolo, we’re going to Lian, Batangas. One of their colleagues, who happened to have a grandmother in Nasugbu, insisted to have the outing in Matabungkay Beach and requested to drop by at her lola’s place for a sumptuous lunch before we go back to Manila. I had no choice but to go with their plan. 😦 We left Manila at around 8:00pm and instead of taking the SLEX, we took the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in going to Matabungkay. Yup, that was a long ride. All of us were starving to death but we were saved by the sandwiches they prepared in the car on our way to Batangas.

cheap accommodation in matabungkay beachon our way to Batangas

We reached Lian, Batangas at exactly 11:00pm hoping that we would be at the same place where my hubby’s colleague had gone to a year ago. Some men started to follow our car and offered a place to stay. Of course the price was too pricey for us! Thank God Alfred managed to haggle at the best price. The humble house made of bamboo and nipa has only one room, a not so okay toilet/shower (the door was busted) and no aircon or fan. Well, what do you expect for a P600 house huh! Since we only needed that for sleeping, taking a bath and leaving our things, it’s was actually a good deal. πŸ™‚ We won’t be staying there most of the time right?! Oh, the bamboo float… it was given to us for only P500! Yey! Haggling really works! Lol! The whole night to dawn was spent for eating, drinking, swimming and chitchats. πŸ˜‰

lian, batangasbamboo float for P500 (ranges from P1000-P1500)

cheap accommodation in matabungkay beachfood & drinks for dinner

cheap accommodation in matabungkayenjoying the cold & clear water

cheap accommodation in matabungkayalone…

cheap accommodation in matabungkaybonding after swimming at the float

Hubby and I were not able to have a good night sleep at all for it was already dawn and in a few hours, the sun would be up.Β  We took a walk along the shore while waiting for the sunrise. Matabungkay beach had a lot of improvement. No litters around, perhaps tourists are more disciplined now and throwing the garbage in the right place. In addition to that, the locals maintain the cleanliness of the place. The place is beautiful, enough for you to relax and enjoy without spending that much. A day trip to this place can take away your stress, great time to bond with loved onesΒ  too.

cheap accommodation in matabungkayan hour before sunrise (c% hubby)

lian, batangasthe sun is up πŸ˜‰

batangasbamboo floats

lian, batangasMatabungkay shore

lian, batangasPedal boat for P200/hour (it’s so slooow!)

The gang became interested with snorkeling. We had rented a pedal boat for P200 per hour. Little did we know that the pedal boat was too slow. It even consumed a lot of time in going to the snorkeling area as well as in going back to the shore. Nothing much to see there… aside from the small school of fish who were so tiny. The corals were almost dying (I guess) because it was not as colorful and alive as snorkeling areas in Bohol. Upon hitting the shore, hubby and I went swimming though I had no plan of getting wet. We had fun that day. Oh, what a quickie overnight outing. πŸ˜‰

daytime swimming is the best πŸ˜‰

 

For affordable rentals of nipa hut and bamboo float, you can contact this person who I happened to spoke with that day:(or should I say, interviewed?) Mang Toto Bausas – 09484971047. House & float rentals are too high during peak season, which is April.

Puerto Princesa (Day 3) DIY Tour

LOCAL BEACHES: Pristine Beach & Nasin-aw Beach

Most of the locals go to Pristine, Nasin-aw and Silica beaches. These are the beaches in the city that can be reached within 15 minute trike ride. The entrance fee is very affordable. It ranges from P10-P20 per person while renting cottages would cost you around P200 and above.

 

We got off the bed early in the morning to see the beaches of Puerto Princesa. From Aniceto, we took a trike and paid P30 for the ride. According to the driver, it was a special trip. Ows?!

 

 

It was low tide that time. If it’s high tide, the water can reach the cottages. P20 is the entrance fee in Pristine per person while in Nasin-aw, it’s only P10. If you choose to go to Nasin-aw, you can also go to Pristine without paying for the entrance. All you have to do is to cross the fence or the boundary of the two resorts. That’s what we did. ^_^ There were no other people around aside from us. After we got tired of shooting, we decided to take a dip. I was too hesitant to leave our things unattended but since it’s the only option, we ended up hanging our things on the tree near the shore. The place is good for photo-op but for swimming, NO! Why did I say so? Every step you make, the fine sand goes up, though the water is clear. But if you love taking pictures, you should visit the place.

BUYING SOUVENIRS & PASALAUBONG

 

Since it was our last day in Puerto Princesa, we have to buy PASALUBONG before we go back to Manila. We asked the trike driver to bring us to NCCC Mall, the only mall in Puerto Princesa. Nothing much to see there. It’s like Ever Gotesco and Isetann. It was already lunch time so we looked for a place where we could eat. We saw a pizza house across the mall. They have pizza, pasta and chicken as well as the LOG meals (tosilog, losialog, tapsilog).

 

TIANGGE TIANGGE

 

Tiangge Tiangge, the place where you can buy cheap and affordable pasalubongs, is near the NCCC Mall. Just cross the street. When you see the shoe salon (Rusty Lopez/ Centropell), walk straight ahead and you’ll see the Tiangge Tiangge. Don’t forget to haggle. In some stores, the small pearl earring is P20 each but there are other stores inside the area where you can buy it for P10 each. Pearls are cheap here. πŸ™‚

 

 

What we bought? 1 pair small pearl earrings – P10, 1 pair medium pearl earrings – P20, 1 buddha beads bracelet – P35, 1 ref magnet – P35, 3 pieces pearl bracelets -P50, 1 pack of cashew tart – P80.

 

 

PP PUBLIC MARKET

 

Then we went to the public market of Puerto Princesa. You can also haggle here. We bought 1/2 k of dried pusit – P100 and 1 pack of daing – P80. In case you forgot to buy hopia at Bakers Hill, no need of going back again. There are some stores near the market that sell hopia from Bakers Hill at P43 per box.

 

After our haggling tour, we immediately packed our things as we came back at the pension house. Our flight was at 4 o’clock in the afternoon but we were able to get in the airport at three in the afternoon. Yey! We checked-in our luggage as soon we got our boarding pass. Since we still have time to have some snacks, we left the airport and go to Kamarikutan Cafe to have some coffee.

 

KAMARIKUTAN KAPI & GALLERY

 

How to go there from the airport: Cross the road and turn left. It’s only 5-10 minutes away from the airport.

 

Kamarikutan Kapi & gallery is such a nice place. When you get inside, you’ll see some arts and crafts displayed in the place. And part of visiting the place is tasting their coffee. We tried 2 cups of Kamarikutan Blend, P35 per cup and 1 piece of ham and cheese sandwhich, P50. Well, the coffee was good as well as the sandwich. Try to visit the place if you still have time. =)

DIY TOUR DAY 1

DIY TOUR DAY 2

OUR DIY EXPENSES