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I’m RomBlown Away

Happy to have been romBLOWN away by Romblon.

This is one of those destinations that I never thought I’d be visiting soon. That is, until I saw its breath taking pictures all over the net! I am glad that I visited the Marble Capital of the Country with my med school travel buddies Mowty, Marilyn, and Taro. Originally, only me and Mowty planned to visit Romblon before the start of the semester. Due to the unpredictable schedule though, we were only able to do so after the semester finished. And with so much hullabaloo going on in med school, I did not even have the time to study this trip (something that i NEVER do). Luckily I was with Mowty, and I am so thankful of her for arranging our Itinerary beforehand. It is also worth mentioning that this is my first time riding a ship again since I was 6 years old 🙂

Important things to consider:

Time

-We maximized our limited travel dates to 1 island per day (Sunday – Transpo; Monday – Sibuyan; Tues – Romblon; Wed – Tablas; Thurs AM-Manila). We didn’t jampack our daily itineraries. After reaching a few of our destinations, we realized that the distance from one spot to another is rather remote (like on the minimum, 1 to 2 hrs travel time).  It is also worth mentioning that there’s a uniform and limited schedule of public transportation within the three main islands, so if you did not make it on time to the pick-up point, you would have to wait for the next scheduled pick-up which may be a few hours to even a day later. You may also opt to rent your own private vehicle (pump boats for sea travels, and tricycles for land travels), but of course it comes with a higher fee. Romblon is best visited with a group, for this reason alone. So as a tip, allot time for transportation, and negotiate and haggle with the tricycle drivers.

Language

Most of them speak in Bisaya. But, they also know Tagalog. Good thing “Kabalo ko gamay,kasulti ug gamay,so makasabot ko:)”

Transportation

  • Tricycle
  • Roll-on/Roll-off Ship (RoRo)
  • Pump boat
  • Small boat

The tricycle drivers in Romblon were very accommodating and kind. We did not haggle that much even if we were on a tight budget.  I think I need to emphasize that in renting private tricycles, we should be considerate of some factors, like the driver’s trade-off income for the day, the extra income that they need to earn, and the price of Gasoline (which is quite expensive in the three islands). As mentioned, it is best if you bring more friends so you can share the fees of a private vehicle. A typical romblon tricycle can fit 6 to 7 passengers. But there’s a lot of traveling, and not all the roads are cemented so naturally I felt bad for the driver and his tricycle every time we passed these roads. Since it is an island, the gasoline is probably expensive.

 

ITINERARY:(c/o Mowty)

Day Summary

DAY 1 – Sibuyan Island
-cresta de gallo
-‎seabreeze inn

DAY 2-Romblon, romblon
-cobrador island
-‎bonbon sandbar
-‎nonok beach
-‎marble factory/shopping center

 DAY 3-Tablas Island
-Aglicay beach
-‎Looc fish sanctuary

 


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DAY 0

  1. RoRo Ship Ride via Montenegro Shipping Lines

All four of us started the journey from Quezon City, so we first had to ride a Jam Liner bus in Kamias headed to Batangas Pier. We arrived at the pier at 4pm. The queues were disarrayed and we really had to be vigilante in order to get our tickets. It was humid and  vastly crowded as well, and this may be attributed to the upcoming elections. We were able to write on the enlistment form for the 5pm RoRo. Unfortunately, we only managed the “chance on board” passenger type and we didn’t have a bed to rest on. We nested on the side of the ship, seated on the floor, facing the ocean. It doesn’t seem as bad as it sounds, because we were probably breathing the freshest air in the ship. (I think there is also Batangas to Sibuyan via Navios but that was at 4pm, we came later than that.)

2. We reached Odiongan Port at 2:30am.

When we arrived at Odiongan, we didn’t know the importance of “unahan basis”, so we just gradually walked out of the the RoRo and therefore missed the only 2 topload jeeps headed to San Agustin port. (Because we are heading to sibuyan)This resulted in us renting kuya _________’s tricycle for P1,000 (haggled from the original P1,200).

3. At San Agustin Port, porters immediate come to assist you, and it’s in your discretion if you will want a porter (they will ask for a small tip). The Starhorse RoRo going to Sibuyan isnt that far of a walk, but you will of course need to secure a ticket first before getting a chance to board it. In our case, we opted for the porters so that we would be secured seats  in the RoRo (our bottoms were still numb from the nearly 10-hour boat travel, plus 1 hour tricycle travel) . The porters did deliver, and all four of us were given seats in the air-conditioned section of the RoRo.

It was really a nice vessel. I was shocked it really looked good inside, plus the AC was really cold. The comfort rooms have AC as well. This was their economy class, the one that has lowest price.

4. When we reached Sibuyan, we hired another tricycle (P1,500) going to Azagra Port. This is where you hire a boat going to the famous Cresta De Gallo. BTW, we chose to travel from the farthest then to the nearer islands, so it would be easier for us for the succeeding days to go back to Batangas.

Landmark

We came straight from our travels, so we were still on empty stomachs. We thought that there would be a local eatery in the area, so we did not bother buying food before arriving.  Upon arrival though, there was only a small store that sold snacks and water, so that was all that we bought. It’s best to prepare food in advance

I suggest you wear your swimming attire before you head on this place as there is no designated changing area. Mowty changed during our ship ride and I think, that’s the most favorable time to do it. As for us, we just used her malong to change in the island itself. (Mowty is so ready:D)The boat ride is a bit shaky, and you may get wet during the boat ride. Also, secure your things or gadgets in a waterbag for a worry-free sea travel to cresta de gallo that took almost 2 hours. It was visible from Azagra. We really thought it was near haha.

WE can already see it!!:))YEY!

5. Cresta De Gallo

Touch down!

We really traveled a lot for this. Its white sand and crystal clear water did not fail us. It is really worth it. Tip: I think it is better if you bring more friends with you to share the price of the pump boat. (P2500).

Look at the crystal clear water.

There are only a handful of visitors here.

Hayahay life. There are no cottages so The trees serves as Resting shades.

Here is a mini clip of our boat ride:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/4QmJTJXOvjmIGADR2

Back to Azagra. I think we reached this at 6pm.

6. Benj’s Place and Sea Breeze in

This is how the sky looks from Benj’s Place, an eatery near our place of lodging

This is where kuya Marvin, our contact boatman, suggested for us to eat.

In fairness, we loved their sisig and pansit. It is tasty and delicious. Their sisig is like dinakdakan with some carrots on it. We also ordered tuna sinigang. The cook even made chika to us.

This is the veranda.

The rooms we had were decent for their price. (OK NARIN FOR OVERNIGHT:P) We had fully air-conditioned rooms. Ours was really cold that we had to turn it off in the middle of the night. They also have common living rooms. We did not really have a chance to roam around the place because if you might have noticed, this was our first actual rest since leaving from Kamias. One thing I can say about Sea Breeze Inn though is that if you don’t feel like staying in a sawali-walled room, you may opt look for another place/room to stay. Also, they have common bathrooms. So you really have to wait for your turn. The bathroom on the second floor where we stayed is just for pee and poo. The water supply can’t go upstairs. (My rating for their bathroom is 5/10. If you are picky for bathrooms, then you may consider a different place for this reason). But the people were really accommodating, despite the fact that we did not have any reservations. I am glad there is a room available for the four of us.

The view next morning.

P800 rm with AC

P600rm with AC


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2

The view in front of See Breeze

Sibuyan Island Road trip (going to Magdiwang port)

Off we go!:) I am not sure if it is comfortable to ride on the side street for more than an hour ride!Must be painful for your bottoms

We stopped here at their bayan to buy breads and coffee for breakfast :))

BTS

Lighthouse (but it is non-functional though.)

 

We stopped at a random corners in the tricycle’s route. After a few land travels in the Romblon islands, you will start to realize that, apparently the only roads built on the Islands are in the peripheries. If you’re fond of seeing raw nature, then you’re in for a treat! Tricycle rides may span for hours, but all your eyes will gaze upon are blue seas, blue clouds, the greenest of grass and trees, and birds all over. Taro was mostly the backseat rider, and he didn’t complain one bit. He probably took more than 100 photos of the scenery alone! And I am willing to bet, this will surely be a pleasurable experience for you as well 🙂 Oh but do bring sun screen and a mask. It’s raw nature, and nature is sunny and dusty. haha (Yes,dusty that I had some breakouts:( My Skin care and SummerLove failed me. Please give me tips regarding this:((( What do you use when you go out?What are the best water-resistant sunscreen that are also eco-friendly?)

We saw someone swimming there too:))

Then here…

Behind us is the view of Romblon island and Tablas Island:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s me on the Driver seat!haha

I AM GLAD WE MADE IT:)

Happy Fiesta!!We saw this as we approach magdiwang Port.

We reached Magdiwang Port earlier than expected.

The schedule is at 10pm. Do not forget your ID’s for student’s and senior citizen’s discount.

This is supposed to be queue . But people are not falling in line. Everyone is rushing to get a good seat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye for now, Sibuyan! (See you when I go back for G2 in God’s time):)

Here is the video during the ship ride : https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZqK4iJ6x25XeWBrH2


Romblon,Romblon

We set foot here at  around 1:30pm. Upon arriving, we looked for a trike driver and luckily we met kuya Jun. He also made suggestions on how we could maximize the rest of our day there. . He looked for a boatman who can tour us to  the nearby islands. He was really nice and accompanied us.

We ate our lunch here at Yum’s delight.It’s just near the port.

2:00-Then, we checked in at Nonok’s beach resort (10-15mins from the port)

2:30pm -Island tours

Cobrador island.

We only docked at Cobrador island.

Our attention was caught by the kalachuchi flowers.

 

We had to walk a little to get to the other side. (It was really hot that time.)

 

 

 

In less than 10mins, we reached this place. It actually lookes like a modern community already. They have a basketball court, a barangay hall, and a school up front. This was island 1 of our island hopping, and it’s rather surprising to find a barangay in your “hopped” islands. On a side note, I think it would also be nice to have a project here.

 

There were kids who were collecting flowers. They were shy at first, but they gave us flowers. They said that they were preparing for Flores de mayo.

This is the view of the sea. Unfortunately, we did not swim because it was really, really, tremendously hot at that time.

We also stayed near Tagoso island to enjoy the view. We did not stay that much because we were trying to catch the sunset and the sandbar at bon bon beach, and we were running out of time. We might have overstayed a little at cobrador, and the tide was already low so we couldn’t dock or even go near the shores of another beach, Logbon.(sayang din!)

BonBon beach

Good thing we were able to arrive on time before the sunset. The tide is still low and we were able to walk on this sandbar. It is not actually the kind of sandbar that you can walk bare foot (because there are rocks and dead corals).Wear aqua shoes,or outdoor sandals. also our boatman noted that we were fortunate because BonBon beach tends to be unreachable due to the tide.

Sun sets

It is actually fun to see the sunset spectrum of colors’ reflection to the water.

Capping off Day 2

After this, we went back to the port. Eat dinner at a near local eatery. Then, we stayed at Nonok Beach resort to spend the night. The sky there is so clear that we were able to look at the stars so vividly, something that we do not usually see in the metro. It is so priceless. The wind was also gentle and mind.


DAY 3

 

We got the tent accomodation for 1200. (It fits four people). We were lucky enough that there were no renters of the nipa hut adjacent to us. We got this whole area to ourselves.

It was a peaceful morning. It seemed as if we rented the whole place. We already settled our payment when we checked in so we did not have any hassle as we left the following day.

 

 

 

Our tent is above stilts. The veranda was sturdy enough. That is where we planned to sleep the previous night until it showered.

 

 

 

The view from where I am waving(refer from the pic above)

5:30am

Goodbye and thank you,Nonok!

Our tricycle driver kuya Jun happened to know a boatman that manned the Pumpboat to Tablas. The fare P100 (P90/student) which is paid on board. But you have to pay for terminal fee 10). At 6:45am, we were once again fortunate to be included in the trip, as the last passengers even. As a tip, get enlisted ASAP because of course, there is a max capacity, and missing this trip might delay you for the afternoon RoRo at 1pm. If you’re not willing to wait, the only means you can travel to tablas is by renting a private vessel.

Just to share my experience, I was uneasy during the whole boat ride because the lady in front of me was so agit and restless. The back of the vessel smoked for a few minutes and we had to stop in the middle of the sea. There must be something wrong but the boatmen remained calm, unlike the woman. Whatever happened, I think they were able to fix it right away and we were able to dock safely. But my heart was really racing that time. I am not afraid to swim but I was not able to “waterproof” my bag.

Here we are at the Marble shopping center. I was able to buy the a cellphone stand in a shape of a hand. The others stores were still closed.

I think it was already a good deal.

This is kuya Jun saying goodbye as we were dropped to the port of the pump boat going to Tablas.Thank you po.

(I cannot emphasize this enough. Make sure you know the timetables of your transportation. This can make or break your itinerary, especially when you’re on a limited budget and are trying to maximize your day.)


Tablas Island

9:30am Touch down San Agustin Port.

We had a hard time looking for a driver who would agree with our itinerary and our price offer. Good thing, there was one who agreed, kuya Noel. We were running out of sunblock, and apparently only 2 stores(pharmacy) sold them. Unfortunately they were both out of stock. So I just used the minute amount that was left.

After, we agreed on the price we immediately started our travel by land.The travel time took a lot of time even if we just stopped once on this part of the road. All through out the ride, we can see the waters. It was such a breather.

11:30am Aglicay beach

From the highway, you still have to drive for about 15-30mins(?) depending on your vehicle. Ours was a trike so it was really bumpy for us. It almost overheated that it needed to rest. Good thing, another trike driver came by and offered to drop us off on a flatter ground. We arrived 30mins before the lunch time. We just ordered our food from their restaurant.  With their P70 entrance fee, who would not want to stay at Aglicay beach for a daytour. It also has a good deal for visitors who are BUDGETarian. I think their tent accomodation cost around P150 per night(?). They don’ have a corkage for any food and drinks that you would like to bring. The place is so cozy and wonderful. I would’ve wanted to stay more

We noticed that the waves were continuous and strong (but not so strong for surfing or so. haha)so we asked kuya if there was any news about people taken away by the waves, he said there was none. He also mentioned a “story from words of mouth” saying that some of the white sand here are from Boracay. I still had to use my aquashoes here.

We no longer rented a kiosk because we won’t stay that long.

But we managed to rent this table in front of the beach near the swing.

 

 

 

Time for a real Splash!!Swimwear:MagindaraPh

Who wouldn’t love a lunch in front of the beach.Here is Kuya Noel With us!

 

As you can see, they also have volleyball nets behind us:)

You can trek on that side…

It would probably take around 10-15minutes to hike that.

You can pass on this as you walk to the jump-off.

Start

the view from top.

Actually, there is another trail going to the left side but we did not bother going down there because it was hot.  There was no any shade. Good thing, we brought our umbrella!.(ALWAYS BRING WATER AND UMBRELLA.They are lifesavers.haha)

That’s the view of Aglicay beach.

3:30pm Looc

This is the Looc bay marine sanctuary. You still have to ride a pumpboat so you can go here somewhere in the middle of the bay.

It was actually a good place to visit because of its accessibility and affordability(P100 fee;Snorkel P60).The place is until 4:30pm.

I remember the front lady there, she is the one who is in direct contact with the tourist. She just told us to read the rules and regulation outside.Then, someone on the adjacent table told her, “Explain it to them. Don’t tell them to just read it because they are first timers”.

 

 

I’m glad somebody just said it. Because “HUMANS” out of excitement or out of lack of concern would not care about reading these.) Locals of Looc, protect your marine sanctuaries.Please Educate your tourists!

There is a division there. That part is shallower than the other parts(about 4-5feet). That is where you can see the marine creatures and the coral reefs. On the left side were grasses. It ‘s waist-deep.

Swim free fishes.🐟🐠..i don’t have any food for you🐟🐠 🐠🐟
I hope Looc will be able to preserve this sanctuary.👮 🕵 they should be strict about educating people about their rules and regulation that are posted in front of their office…😟😔i have mixed feelings about this… I just went and observed. I remember myself telling people not to touch the starfish or take them out of the water as well for pics.🙅🙅🙅

 

 

This is actually the area of fishfeeding. (We did not give them any food.)You are not allowed to swim here.

This is where Kids can start to appreciate marine life.This is the best place where Older generations can teach them how to RESPECT MARINE LIFE and  to care for the ENVIRONMENT.

Things is because of the accessibility and affordability, many tourist may flock on this place without being educated rightfully.#NoToFishFeeding #respectMarineLife

 

There were shallow areas and deep areas but it was divided by a long rope up to the lighthouse..

I cannot imagine how some people walk easily because they couldn’t see clearly what is under. Snorkel rents costs P60. And only a few rented when we went there. Do you think they are just stepping whatever is under?We are actually cautious not to touch anything down there even if we were just floating. This is actually a nice place, I am telling you. Your kids will love it. I am not against this but we should uphold “Responsible Tourism”. Most People just needs to be educated.

This part looks so cool. This is the cottage area and the stay is free. You can bring your snacks and food.There are no stores here. I am glad I did not see any trash floating.

Last ITI before we bid goodbye. We needed to return to manila that night and they still have to continue their Romblon trip to Carabao Island.

The more we “go to places/ go out” , the more we appreciate the environment, the more we wanted to protect it.That is why you should “go out”(because “Travel” is such a big term. LOL)

This is our last itinerary for the day, capping off our whole Romblon trip.

Good thing kuya Noel was really knowledgeable of the island, and gave us many suggestion to our trip.

The other drivers suggested that the price was P2,000, but we haggled. Good thing, there is one who agreed.We were able to haggle but as we go on with our trip, we realized that the places to visit are far  plus he is “mabait” so we just paid 2k. He said that the gas was really expensive. and the locals really have time for the things that they do(like going to the market).

It was actually challenging to change the iti if you do not rent a trike.(Just like us, if we go for a jeep to odiongan, we have to leave at 2pm. In that case, we won’t be able to maximize this day.) He just dropped us on the  port.We boarded Starlight going to Calapan at 10. This one is also good and very orderly.

 

Our Recent Romblon trip include a lot of travel time by trike, or boat because we tried to travel its 3 islands. (There is one airport in Tablas Island.)We tried to lessen our expenses but this was what we have tried given the situation. It was such a breather especially after our final exams. I used to be very vigilant against treacherous sellers or drivers by the way they rate but people here are very honest and you can see their pure intentions. For me, it is still worth the experience. You should go here too.:)


Day0 to Day1
1:00pm-4:15pm Jam liner (P140)
5:00pm-2:30am Batangas port to Odiongan (Montenegro) (P734)
4:15am San Agustin Port (P300)   Expenses:Trike 250; Porter 25
8:30am Magdiwang Port
10:30am Azagra port
11:30-430 ETA Cresta de Gallo
5:30pm Et back to azagra port
6:00pm dinner at Benj’s place
7:00pm-Sea Breeze inn

Day2
5am wake up call
630-9am travel to Magdiwang port  via trike
1030am-1:30pm Romblon Island
2:00pm Check in at Nonoc beach, Lunch at Yum delights food station
2:30pm start of island hopping (Cobrador,tagoso, bonbon)
7pm end of trip

Day 3
5am wake up call
630am check out nonoc
645am settle terminal fee for pump boat
730am leave romblon;travel to tablas
900 arrival at san agustin port
9:30 hire trike for inland beach tour
1130am Aglicay beach
330pm Looc bay
645pm odiongan port
930pm-1230am travel to mindoro via starlight
1230- 215am Mindoro to calapan via van
330-530am calapan to batangas via fast cat
6am- batangas to cubao via jamliner
————————————————————————————————————————-SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

Day 1
P140 Fare to Batangas Port
P734 Fare to Montenegro
P30 Terminal fee
P300 Fare to Sibuyan via Starhorse
P650 Boatride fare (P 2500 for 4)
P250 trike to san agustin port
P250 trike to azagra port
P300 accommodation seabreeze inn

—-2654

Day2
P300 Trike to Magdiwang Port()
P200 montenegro to romblon, romblon
P12 terminal fee
P350 nonoc beach accomodation
P350 island hopping(1400)
P100 special trike (400)

—1312

Day 3
10 terminal fee
90 pumpboat to tablas student fare
50 trike
500 trike hire around tablas(2000)
290 Starlight (2hrs) (tf-13)
250 van to calapan(2hrs)
230 fast cat to batangas(2hrs) (tf 20)
140 jamliner bus to cubao

—1560

Grand Total=P5526

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Romblown Away

Happy to have been romBLOWN away by Romblon.

This is one of those destinations that I never thought I’d be visiting soon. That is, until I saw its breath taking pictures all over the net! I am glad that I visited the Marble Capital of the Country with my med school travel buddies Mowty, Marilyn, and Taro. Originally, only me and Mowty planned to visit Romblon before the start of the semester. Due to the unpredictable schedule though, we were only able to do so after the semester finished. And with so much hullabaloo going on in med school, I did not even have the time to study this trip (something that i NEVER do). Luckily I was with Mowty, and I am so thankful of her for arranging our Itinerary beforehand. It is also worth mentioning that this is my first time riding a ship again since I was 6 years old 🙂

Important things to consider:

Time

-We maximized our limited travel dates to 1 island per day (Sunday – Transpo; Monday – Sibuyan; Tues – Romblon; Wed – Tablas; Thurs AM-Manila). We didn’t jampack our daily itineraries. After reaching a few of our destinations, we realized that the distance from one spot to another is rather remote (like on the minimum, 1 to 2 hrs travel time).  It is also worth mentioning that there’s a uniform and limited schedule of public transportation within the three main islands, so if you did not make it on time to the pick-up point, you would have to wait for the next scheduled pick-up which may be a few hours to even a day later. You may also opt to rent your own private vehicle (pump boats for sea travels, and tricycles for land travels), but of course it comes with a higher fee. Romblon is best visited with a group, for this reason alone. So as a tip, allot time for transportation, and negotiate and haggle with the tricycle drivers.

Language

Most of them speak in Bisaya. But, they also know Tagalog. Good thing “Kabalo ko gamay,kasulti ug gamay,so makasabot ko:)”

Transportation

  • Tricycle
  • Roll-on/Roll-off Ship (RoRo)
  • Pump boat
  • Small boat

The tricycle drivers in Romblon were very accommodating and kind. We did not haggle that much even if we were on a tight budget.  I think I need to emphasize that in renting private tricycles, we should be considerate of some factors, like the driver’s trade-off income for the day, the extra income that they need to earn, and the price of Gasoline (which is quite expensive in the three islands). As mentioned, it is best if you bring more friends so you can share the fees of a private vehicle. A typical romblon tricycle can fit 6 to 7 passengers. But there’s a lot of traveling, and not all the roads are cemented so naturally I felt bad for the driver and his tricycle every time we passed these roads. Since it is an island, the gasoline is probably expensive.

 

ITINERARY:(c/o Mowty)

Day Summary

DAY 1 – Sibuyan Island
-cresta de gallo
-‎seabreeze inn

DAY 2-Romblon, romblon
-cobrador island
-‎bonbon sandbar
-‎nonok beach
-‎marble factory/shopping center

 DAY 3-Tablas Island
-Aglicay beach
-‎Looc fish sanctuary 

 


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DAY 0

  1. RoRo Ship Ride via Montenegro Shipping Lines

All four of us started the journey from Quezon City, so we first had to ride a Jam Liner bus in Kamias headed to Batangas Pier. We arrived at the pier at 4pm. The queues were disarrayed and we really had to be vigilante in order to get our tickets. It was humid and  vastly crowded as well, and this may be attributed to the upcoming elections. We were able to write on the enlistment form for the 5pm RoRo. Unfortunately, we only managed the “chance on board” passenger type and we didn’t have a bed to rest on. We nested on the side of the ship, seated on the floor, facing the ocean. It doesn’t seem as bad as it sounds, because we were probably breathing the freshest air in the ship. (I think there is also Batangas to Sibuyan via Navios but that was at 4pm, we came later than that.)

2. We reached Odiongan Port at 2:30am.

When we arrived at Odiongan, we didn’t know the importance of “unahan basis”, so we just gradually walked out of the the RoRo and therefore missed the only 2 topload jeeps headed to San Agustin port. (Because we are heading to sibuyan)This resulted in us renting kuya _________’s tricycle for P1,000 (haggled from the original P1,200).

3. At San Agustin Port, porters immediate come to assist you, and it’s in your discretion if you will want a porter (they will ask for a small tip). The Starhorse RoRo going to Sibuyan isnt that far of a walk, but you will of course need to secure a ticket first before getting a chance to board it. In our case, we opted for the porters so that we would be secured seats  in the RoRo (our bottoms were still numb from the nearly 10-hour boat travel, plus 1 hour tricycle travel) . The porters did deliver, and all four of us were given seats in the air-conditioned section of the RoRo.

It was really a nice vessel. I was shocked it really looked good inside, plus the AC was really cold. The comfort rooms have AC as well. This was their economy class, the one that has lowest price.

4. When we reached Sibuyan, we hired another tricycle (P1,500) going to Azagra Port. This is where you hire a boat going to the famous Cresta De Gallo. BTW, we chose to travel from the farthest then to the nearer islands, so it would be easier for us for the succeeding days to go back to Batangas.

Landmark

We came straight from our travels, so we were still on empty stomachs. We thought that there would be a local eatery in the area, so we did not bother buying food before arriving.  Upon arrival though, there was only a small store that sold snacks and water, so that was all that we bought. It’s best to prepare food in advance

I suggest you wear your swimming attire before you head on this place as there is no designated changing area. Mowty changed during our ship ride and I think, that’s the most favorable time to do it. As for us, we just used her malong to change in the island itself. (Mowty is so ready:D)The boat ride is a bit shaky, and you may get wet during the boat ride. Also, secure your things or gadgets in a waterbag for a worry-free sea travel to cresta de gallo that took almost 2 hours. It was visible from Azagra. We really thought it was near haha.

WE can already see it!!:))YEY!

5. Cresta De Gallo

Touch down!

We really traveled a lot for this. Its white sand and crystal clear water did not fail us. It is really worth it. Tip: I think it is better if you bring more friends with you to share the price of the pump boat. (P2500).

Look at the crystal clear water.

There are only a handful of visitors here.

Hayahay life. There are no cottages so The trees serves as Resting shades.

Here is a mini clip of our boat ride:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/4QmJTJXOvjmIGADR2

Back to Azagra. I think we reached this at 6pm.

6. Benj’s Place and Sea Breeze in

This is how the sky looks from Benj’s Place, an eatery near our place of lodging

This is where kuya Marvin, our contact boatman, suggested for us to eat.

In fairness, we loved their sisig and pansit. It is tasty and delicious. Their sisig is like dinakdakan with some carrots on it. We also ordered tuna sinigang. The cook even made chika to us.

This is the veranda.

The rooms we had were decent for their price. (OK NARIN FOR OVERNIGHT:P) We had fully air-conditioned rooms. Ours was really cold that we had to turn it off in the middle of the night. They also have common living rooms. We did not really have a chance to roam around the place because if you might have noticed, this was our first actual rest since leaving from Kamias. One thing I can say about Sea Breeze Inn though is that if you don’t feel like staying in a sawali-walled room, you may opt look for another place/room to stay. Also, they have common bathrooms. So you really have to wait for your turn. The bathroom on the second floor where we stayed is just for pee and poo. The water supply can’t go upstairs. (My rating for their bathroom is 5/10. If you are picky for bathrooms, then you may consider a different place for this reason). But the people were really accommodating, despite the fact that we did not have any reservations. I am glad there is a room available for the four of us.

The view next morning.

P800 rm with AC

P600rm with AC


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2

The view in front of See Breeze

Sibuyan Island Road trip (going to Magdiwang port)

Off we go!:) I am not sure if it is comfortable to ride on the side street for more than an hour ride!Must be painful for your bottoms

We stopped here at their bayan to buy breads and coffee for breakfast :))

BTS

Lighthouse (but it is non-functional though.)

 

We stopped at a random corners in the tricycle’s route. After a few land travels in the Romblon islands, you will start to realize that, apparently the only roads built on the Islands are in the peripheries. If you’re fond of seeing raw nature, then you’re in for a treat! Tricycle rides may span for hours, but all your eyes will gaze upon are blue seas, blue clouds, the greenest of grass and trees, and birds all over. Taro was mostly the backseat rider, and he didn’t complain one bit. He probably took more than 100 photos of the scenery alone! And I am willing to bet, this will surely be a pleasurable experience for you as well 🙂 Oh but do bring sun screen and a mask. It’s raw nature, and nature is sunny and dusty. haha (Yes,dusty that I had some breakouts:( My Skin care and SummerLove failed me. Please give me tips regarding this:((( What do you use when you go out?What are the best water-resistant sunscreen that are also eco-friendly?)

We saw someone swimming there too:))

Then here…

Behind us is the view of Romblon island and Tablas Island:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s me on the Driver seat!haha

I AM GLAD WE MADE IT:)

Happy Fiesta!!We saw this as we approach magdiwang Port.

We reached Magdiwang Port earlier than expected.

The schedule is at 10pm. Do not forget your ID’s for student’s and senior citizen’s discount.

This is supposed to be queue . But people are not falling in line. Everyone is rushing to get a good seat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye for now, Sibuyan! (See you when I go back for G2 in God’s time):)

Here is the video during the ship ride : https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZqK4iJ6x25XeWBrH2


Romblon,Romblon

We set foot here at  around 1:30pm. Upon arriving, we looked for a trike driver and luckily we met kuya Jun. He also made suggestions on how we could maximize the rest of our day there. . He looked for a boatman who can tour us to  the nearby islands. He was really nice and accompanied us.

We ate our lunch here at Yum’s delight.It’s just near the port.

2:00-Then, we checked in at Nonok’s beach resort (10-15mins from the port)

2:30pm -Island tours

Cobrador island.

We only docked at Cobrador island.

Our attention was caught by the kalachuchi flowers.

 

We had to walk a little to get to the other side. (It was really hot that time.)

 

 

 

In less than 10mins, we reached this place. It actually lookes like a modern community already. They have a basketball court, a barangay hall, and a school up front. This was island 1 of our island hopping, and it’s rather surprising to find a barangay in your “hopped” islands. On a side note, I think it would also be nice to have a project here.

 

There were kids who were collecting flowers. They were shy at first, but they gave us flowers. They said that they were preparing for Flores de mayo.

This is the view of the sea. Unfortunately, we did not swim because it was really, really, tremendously hot at that time.

We also stayed near Tagoso island to enjoy the view. We did not stay that much because we were trying to catch the sunset and the sandbar at bon bon beach, and we were running out of time. We might have overstayed a little at cobrador, and the tide was already low so we couldn’t dock or even go near the shores of another beach, Logbon.(sayang din!)

BonBon beach

Good thing we were able to arrive on time before the sunset. The tide is still low and we were able to walk on this sandbar. It is not actually the kind of sandbar that you can walk bare foot (because there are rocks and dead corals).Wear aqua shoes,or outdoor sandals. also our boatman noted that we were fortunate because BonBon beach tends to be unreachable due to the tide.

Sun sets

It is actually fun to see the sunset spectrum of colors’ reflection to the water.

Capping off Day 2

After this, we went back to the port. Eat dinner at a near local eatery. Then, we stayed at Nonok Beach resort to spend the night. The sky there is so clear that we were able to look at the stars so vividly, something that we do not usually see in the metro. It is so priceless. The wind was also gentle and mind.


DAY 3

 

We got the tent accomodation for 1200. (It fits four people). We were lucky enough that there were no renters of the nipa hut adjacent to us. We got this whole area to ourselves.

It was a peaceful morning. It seemed as if we rented the whole place. We already settled our payment when we checked in so we did not have any hassle as we left the following day.

 

 

 

Our tent is above stilts. The veranda was sturdy enough. That is where we planned to sleep the previous night until it showered.

 

 

 

The view from where I am waving(refer from the pic above)

5:30am

Goodbye and thank you,Nonok!

Our tricycle driver kuya Jun happened to know a boatman that manned the Pumpboat to Tablas. The fare P100 (P90/student) which is paid on board. But you have to pay for terminal fee 10). At 6:45am, we were once again fortunate to be included in the trip, as the last passengers even. As a tip, get enlisted ASAP because of course, there is a max capacity, and missing this trip might delay you for the afternoon RoRo at 1pm. If you’re not willing to wait, the only means you can travel to tablas is by renting a private vessel.

Just to share my experience, I was uneasy during the whole boat ride because the lady in front of me was so agit and restless. The back of the vessel smoked for a few minutes and we had to stop in the middle of the sea. There must be something wrong but the boatmen remained calm, unlike the woman. Whatever happened, I think they were able to fix it right away and we were able to dock safely. But my heart was really racing that time. I am not afraid to swim but I was not able to “waterproof” my bag.

Here we are at the Marble shopping center. I was able to buy the a cellphone stand in a shape of a hand. The others stores were still closed.

I think it was already a good deal.

This is kuya Jun saying goodbye as we were dropped to the port of the pump boat going to Tablas.Thank you po.

(I cannot emphasize this enough. Make sure you know the timetables of your transportation. This can make or break your itinerary, especially when you’re on a limited budget and are trying to maximize your day.)


Tablas Island

9:30am Touch down San Agustin Port.

We had a hard time looking for a driver who would agree with our itinerary and our price offer. Good thing, there was one who agreed, kuya Noel. We were running out of sunblock, and apparently only 2 stores(pharmacy) sold them. Unfortunately they were both out of stock. So I just used the minute amount that was left.

After, we agreed on the price we immediately started our travel by land.The travel time took a lot of time even if we just stopped once on this part of the road. All through out the ride, we can see the waters. It was such a breather.

11:30am Aglicay beach

From the highway, you still have to drive for about 15-30mins(?) depending on your vehicle. Ours was a trike so it was really bumpy for us. It almost overheated that it needed to rest. Good thing, another trike driver came by and offered to drop us off on a flatter ground. We arrived 30mins before the lunch time. We just ordered our food from their restaurant.  With their P70 entrance fee, who would not want to stay at Aglicay beach for a daytour. It also has a good deal for visitors who are BUDGETarian. I think their tent accomodation cost around P150 per night(?). They don’ have a corkage for any food and drinks that you would like to bring. The place is so cozy and wonderful. I would’ve wanted to stay more

We noticed that the waves were continuous and strong (but not so strong for surfing or so. haha)so we asked kuya if there was any news about people taken away by the waves, he said there was none. He also mentioned a “story from words of mouth” saying that some of the white sand here are from Boracay. I still had to use my aquashoes here.

We no longer rented a kiosk because we won’t stay that long.

But we managed to rent this table in front of the beach near the swing.

 

 

 

Time for a real Splash!!Swimwear:MagindaraPh

Who wouldn’t love a lunch in front of the beach.Here is Kuya Noel With us!

 

As you can see, they also have volleyball nets behind us:)

You can trek on that side…

It would probably take around 10-15minutes to hike that.

You can pass on this as you walk to the jump-off.

Start

the view from top.

Actually, there is another trail going to the left side but we did not bother going down there because it was hot.  There was no any shade. Good thing, we brought our umbrella!.(ALWAYS BRING WATER AND UMBRELLA.They are lifesavers.haha)

That’s the view of Aglicay beach.

3:30pm Looc

This is the Looc bay marine sanctuary. You still have to ride a pumpboat so you can go here somewhere in the middle of the bay.

 It was actually a good place to visit because of its accessibility and affordability(P100 fee;Snorkel P60).The place is until 4:30pm.

I remember the front lady there, she is the one who is in direct contact with the tourist. She just told us to read the rules and regulation outside.Then, someone on the adjacent table told her, “Explain it to them. Don’t tell them to just read it because they are first timers”.

 

 

I’m glad somebody just said it. Because “HUMANS” out of excitement or out of lack of concern would not care about reading these.) Locals of Looc, protect your marine sanctuaries.Please Educate your tourists!

There is a division there. That part is shallower than the other parts(about 4-5feet). That is where you can see the marine creatures and the coral reefs. On the left side were grasses. It ‘s waist-deep.

Swim free fishes.🐟🐠..i don’t have any food for you🐟🐠 🐠🐟
I hope Looc will be able to preserve this sanctuary.👮 🕵 they should be strict about educating people about their rules and regulation that are posted in front of their office…😟😔i have mixed feelings about this… I just went and observed. I remember myself telling people not to touch the starfish or take them out of the water as well for pics.🙅🙅🙅

 

 

This is actually the area of fishfeeding. (We did not give them any food.)You are not allowed to swim here.

This is where Kids can start to appreciate marine life.This is the best place where Older generations can teach them how to RESPECT MARINE LIFE and  to care for the ENVIRONMENT.

Things is because of the accessibility and affordability, many tourist may flock on this place without being educated rightfully.#NoToFishFeeding #respectMarineLife

 

There were shallow areas and deep areas but it was divided by a long rope up to the lighthouse..

I cannot imagine how some people walk easily because they couldn’t see clearly what is under. Snorkel rents costs P60. And only a few rented when we went there. Do you think they are just stepping whatever is under?We are actually cautious not to touch anything down there even if we were just floating. This is actually a nice place, I am telling you. Your kids will love it. I am not against this but we should uphold “Responsible Tourism”. Most People just needs to be educated.

This part looks so cool. This is the cottage area and the stay is free. You can bring your snacks and food.There are no stores here. I am glad I did not see any trash floating.

Last ITI before we bid goodbye. We needed to return to manila that night and they still have to continue their Romblon trip to Carabao Island.

The more we “go to places/ go out” , the more we appreciate the environment, the more we wanted to protect it.That is why you should “go out”(because “Travel” is such a big term. LOL)

This is our last itinerary for the day, capping off our whole Romblon trip.

Good thing kuya Noel was really knowledgeable of the island, and gave us many suggestion to our trip.

The other drivers suggested that the price was P2,000, but we haggled. Good thing, there is one who agreed.We were able to haggle but as we go on with our trip, we realized that the places to visit are far  plus he is “mabait” so we just paid 2k. He said that the gas was really expensive. and the locals really have time for the things that they do(like going to the market).

It was actually challenging to change the iti if you do not rent a trike.(Just like us, if we go for a jeep to odiongan, we have to leave at 2pm. In that case, we won’t be able to maximize this day.) He just dropped us on the  port.We boarded Starlight going to Calapan at 10. This one is also good and very orderly.

 

Our Recent Romblon trip include a lot of travel time by trike, or boat because we tried to travel its 3 islands. (There is one airport in Tablas Island.)We tried to lessen our expenses but this was what we have tried given the situation. It was such a breather especially after our final exams. I used to be very vigilant against treacherous sellers or drivers by the way they rate but people here are very honest and you can see their pure intentions. For me, it is still worth the experience. You should go here too.:)


Day0 to Day1
1:00pm-4:15pm Jam liner (P140)
5:00pm-2:30am Batangas port to Odiongan (Montenegro) (P734)
4:15am San Agustin Port (P300)   Expenses:Trike 250; Porter 25
8:30am Magdiwang Port
10:30am Azagra port
11:30-430 ETA Cresta de Gallo
5:30pm Et back to azagra port
6:00pm dinner at Benj’s place
7:00pm-Sea Breeze inn

Day2
5am wake up call
630-9am travel to Magdiwang port  via trike
1030am-1:30pm Romblon Island
2:00pm Check in at Nonoc beach, Lunch at Yum delights food station
2:30pm start of island hopping (Cobrador,tagoso, bonbon)
7pm end of trip

Day 3
5am wake up call
630am check out nonoc
645am settle terminal fee for pump boat
730am leave romblon;travel to tablas
900 arrival at san agustin port
9:30 hire trike for inland beach tour
1130am Aglicay beach
330pm Looc bay
645pm odiongan port
930pm-1230am travel to mindoro via starlight
1230- 215am Mindoro to calapan via van
330-530am calapan to batangas via fast cat
6am- batangas to cubao via jamliner
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Day 1
P140 Fare to Batangas Port
P734 Fare to Montenegro
P30 Terminal fee
P300 Fare to Sibuyan via Starhorse
P650 Boatride fare (P 2500 for 4)
P250 trike to san agustin port
P250 trike to azagra port
P300 accommodation seabreeze inn

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Day2
P300 Trike to Magdiwang Port()
P200 montenegro to romblon, romblon
P12 terminal fee
P350 nonoc beach accomodation
P350 island hopping(1400)
P100 special trike (400)

—1312

Day 3
10 terminal fee
90 pumpboat to tablas student fare
50 trike
500 trike hire around tablas(2000)
290 Starlight (2hrs) (tf-13)
250 van to calapan(2hrs)
230 fast cat to batangas(2hrs) (tf 20)
140 jamliner bus to cubao

—1560

Grand Total=P5526

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When the best thing to do is DO NOTHING!

 

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Photo taken at Nacpan beach El Nido

There are times when extreme stress would really hit and take its toll on us. Our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental faculties would all be drained out. Despite this condition of being “Just a Human”, our inherent positivism still shines. No matter how small and big inner struggle is within our system, WE.STILL.CHOOSE.TO.MOVE ON. Go on and start a new day…fighting against all the deadlines that this society demands.

We even came to a point that in order to feel safe and secured with our stability, we choose to devoid ourselves of feeling. We have already mastered the arts of resiliency. (which is in someway bad because we just repress our emotions. Repressing emotions has its way to resurface in a negative comeback in terms of mental health.). And then we never had a chance to recover ourselves from the vicious cycle of stress that keeps on going. We are lost and we allow  ourselves to just go with the flow with what is happening around us. We are dead and burnt-out deep inside.

 

And to our surprise, we become depersonalized. We can no longer relate to other people and we do not consider what others are going through.We become insensitive. It is at this point that you must need to stop when the stress becomes unbearable and you no longer running as a “human”—–JUST STOP! DO NOTHING!(Keep in mind that The term “unbearable” is subjective and it varies from one person to another. Never ever invalidate individuality.)

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Doing NOTHING may seem off the record of choices, and a pathological(or a bad) way to cope up. But hey, when you do nothing, you just literally stop from doing anything that boggles you. It may it be from your school, your work, your family, or the toxic people.

Zone out. 

Allow yourself to achieve peace for a moment.

Rest. Relax, breathe in and breathe out.

If you can literally think of nothing as well, it is better.

Meditating is not as easy for other people,you know.

You don’t have to stay there doing nothing for a long time.

 You just need to STOP temporarily and regain your focus.

 

 

 

It also doesn’t equate to Quit.  (If you haven’t read the poem “Don’t quit”, Read it! ) When this world’s demands are taking the best out of you and you are really exhausted, you are left with no option but to stop for a while.

 

Wise and happy is the heart,for it knows how to relax. For those who don’t know, The heart even has an absolute refractory period that even a great amount of stimulus will not make it beat. The heart teaches us that in order to be efficient we should also have an absolute refractory period. So spare some time for peace and pause.

 

The importance of Doing Nothing

Doing NOTHING is so undervalued that its significance needs to be overemphasized. For those who feel like you cannot stop this whole rat race, remember that you can only go far as your mind and body allow you, the mind might be powerful enough but the body tires out and later on be screaming that you are already have maximized its energy supply up to its spare batteries.

 

And from that moment, the exhaustion will now penetrate your inner lines of resistance and takes its toll to your mentality. Your inner sunshine will die out. You might continue to go on but you are no longer productive and efficient. Remember being busy is not the same as Productivity. You can do something but the outcomes are not as good. You, who are stressed and burnt-out, will just be a stress-maker to anybody else. You might even forget your moral values as a human.This is the perfect time you get vulnerable from anxiety and depression. It might as well be better that you STOP momentarily and do Nothing else.

Doing nothing is not the same as playing your video game, going on a vacation, watching some show in big screens and  television. But,yes, I must say “Doing nothing” is a form of taking a break. This is to emphasize that SOME form of taking a break might also gives stress, like planning to go somewhere else, choosing what to do, tagging some available person to go with you, thinking ways of “how to’s”, fighting an emotional battle when you lose in a game and you feel bad, watching tv shows overnight .These would not regain your health and make you feel rested.This is not to say that you don’t do those. That is a different story.Just Reserve another time for that.  Just rest, DO NOTHING and prepare your whole body system for an upcoming work.

When someone raise an eyebrow to you and still gives you a tower-high list of things to do despite explaining that you have reached your max,remember that not all person are bound be understanding.

Thoughts to Remember!(This is for the those who are working hard!)

-Do not feel guilty of doing nothing at times.

-Do not feel guilty of taking a rest, because this is what your body demands you.

-It is not Procrastination. Remember You may go on but you are no longer productive.

-Do not apologize for the limitation of your body if it really couldn’t go on.

 

This society must realize this so that we do not get flooded by unrealistic expectations.If the world fails to understand, let this speak and reach those who have the capacity to understand that…

You are human, you have physiologic needs. You also need to stop doing anything.

You run the world. Let not the world demands’ run you.


Photo Taken at BonBon Beach,Romblon by Taro Burger

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Addendum:

Personal

Doing nothing, for people like me, cause me so much anxiety as well. Those people who really understands me know how much I value time, that even at rest, I try to make myself productive. I cringe to the fact that I do nothing. . Like I could not really shut off my racing thoughts that I need to mentally utter the words “STOP.STOP.STOP” It is a constant struggle of balance. How come rest is so expensive we cannot afford it?This is somehow makes this blog ironic so I let this be another #notetomyself. So it is understood that this may be said easier than done for other people who are accustomed to busy lifestyles

Med students can relate

Being a medical student and a future health care professional, i understand that  I deliberately and  wholeheartedly signed an invisible waiver to become a helpful slave, servant for a better term, of this profession. I love the job and I will love the job no matter what (pray for me), but I know that  the demands of the system that is associated to it is what is gonna give me an unavoidable torture.

Pagod.Puyat.PutaYokoNa!
Let The 3P’s of Burn-Out be..
PahingaMuna.PutaYokoNaMuna.PeroMamayaLalabanUli!

I wrote this Note for all those people,including me,who needs to hear, “It is okay to Do nothing and relax! “.Hope you like it.

 

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A Different Dose of Vitamin Sea: Skindiving👌🐟🌊

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This is me taking the “deep” into a different level.😀😍🙌Never thought I’d be able to do it. Crossing it out in my bucketlist but not in my heart. ❤❤❤
#AchievementUnlocked

There are many times we have said that we love something or someone, but we do not say it is true love until we love everything about it, including its depth and its darkness. The same goes with the sea.  This time, I will challenge myself to do something that I am scared of.That is going deep as in Skin Diving.

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Tips:

(I am not an expert so this is not about the technicalities. My tips are for rookies like me.LOL.)

  1. Do not be afraid. But,if you do be afraid enough so you will follow the standards and the safety techniques under water.
  2. If you are really that afraid to try,  pretend like you are not.  If you get a good team of mentors who will guide you. Just trust them. Allow yourself to learn
  3. Do not feel like you are in competition just go to your level of comfort. Readiness is of importance. It is only you who can assess yourself when is the right time to go deeper. Relaxation is the key. Do not stress out.
  4. Never dive alone. Always make sure you have a buddy with you to be your spotter or photographer !haha!
  5. More than the pictures and advancing the level of your diving, do not forget to savor the feeling and enjoy!Best of luck!

THE STORY OF THE SEA SHORE LOVER

Take it from my experience. I know how to swim.I know how to float. I can swim in a 6feet pool but I can’t afford to spend a lot of time there. I even won a “cute” swimming competition in school–Part of breast stroke relay(I told u,my participation was cute). However, i never really had the confidence to go to deep sea waters without a life vest. I was afraid that I might have leg cramps or i easily exhaust myself and drown myself instantly.

 

I love the sea-The way it rests calmly above the stretch of ocean floor gives me tranquility. But, i rarely go beyond the shore.I just stay there because the thought of floating without anything for my feet to step on or anything for me to hold on creeps me out.

 

I was not a fan of Masks and snorkel. Seeing snorkeling in any iti did not really me excite me. I was already satisfied by staying in the beach with its waves fanning to the sand,taking pictures and selfies because other people would love to go farther.

 

All of these are true until I met SkinDivePH.

 


 

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Sometimes you just have to face what’s coming.

Last December, I was looking for something different but would fit my budget. I mean, c’mon this is my last(crossing my fingers on this) legit sure vacation before my clerkship, this must be effin awesome. That’s when I thought of skindiving or freediving. I even posted something like:

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I began looking for some classes or getaways related to this. But I got busy. So thanks to Mowty, who is also an adventurist like me, for finding this page/package.She also went hiking with me in Mt.Sipit Ulang. Our original plan was to go Romblon, but we detoured because of the unpredictable weather.haha.At least we have #ganap #lakwatsa #escape before med takes us away in 2018. 

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It is worth a try!Actually, upon going there, I was really not expecting to get the skill . I was even thinking about the possibility that I would return manila without doing it or That I would just waste my money because of my fear of deep water. But thank God, it turned out the other way. When something catch my interest, I am never reluctant to learn even though I am scared. As for this, I am so happy that I can now float vertically without threading or finning or holding to a floater . (with snorkel,haha).I can see the fishes and corals underwater. I can reach them because I learned how to dunk dive deeper and hold my breath longer.

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Me, Zach and Jigs

I am also happy for my friends, especially to my new friend Aubrey who was a non swimmer.She even had intense fear of getting into water.Now, her fear was lessened and she can even dunk dive.:)  Indeed, just like what our Mother(ms bev )said, everything fell into its places.Hahaha.

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That’s Aubrey.

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That’s Mowty. I wonder if she asksed,”Anong Nemo?(Anong name mo)”HAHA

 

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This is Jigs.

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This is Zach

We were noobs and rookies but we did it. I  bet you can do it too. (Haha!I appeal to those who are still afraid.)I’m telling you it’s worth a try.

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Waterbending with Mowty lol.


The People

It was really fun.The organizers/instructors are very approachable. They are very supportive and good in building up one’s confidence. It’s a plus point that they know how to acknowledge effort as well as give constructive criticism in a nice way. The usual worry people is that they don’t know how to swim, afraid of deep water.But these guys know how to make you calm, so everything starts with TRUST, Trust your mentors and trust yourself. They will guide you from the basic until you advance to the next level. There was a even a discussion by Ms. Bev in the morning. And the application in the afternoon by Sir Chard. Well, i like the way it was organized. The organization per se will make you feel like you can really trust them. 

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Sir chard instructing…

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The people will make you feel like you belong, as in like you are already long-time friends. We had socials. Everyone had a share of good laughs as people get comfortable of sharing bits and pieces of their own experiences whether from their funny childhood or present diet(If you know what I mean.Haha).The iti was flexible and we were given ample rest time.

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The DEAL

Is it FREE?Oh and BTW, Do not think that Free diving means you don’t have to pay anything since it is called “free”😅.You might think it is funny but it is a common misconception👍.(Don’t hate.Educate.✌).

As for the package fee, I can say it is very reasonable. We stayed in a clean,cozy and airconditioned room with private CR, memory pillows and towels. (That is good for 4pax)

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Our Accommodation

We only paid the transpo to and from Manila. Everything else are already included-snorkelling gears and meals for breakfast,lunch,dinner and meriendas.(Breakfast for day1 not included.)

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BTW, the resort where we stayed is Bus stop dive resort.It is located in Bauan,Batangas. I did’t know that it is also a marine sanctuary.

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Bonus. The magnificent sunset.

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with sir Chard

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Where you can rent the snorkeling gears and suits for SCUBA. Ours is included in the deal.

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BUS STOP DIVE RESORT

 


 

Thoughts:

Little did I know that the joy of seeing the sea from the shore, or from the surface is so much less than the euphoria of being able to learn going deeper. That the tranquility from plainly looking at the sea is so much more when you learn how to skin dive or freedive.

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Once you get it, you will appreciate the sea and its aquamarine creatures such as corals and fishes more.It is true that you begin watching them live in HD.  Had i known this before, I would have appreciated the sea more. I wish I learned this before going to El nido.It would have been a better experience.(But anyway, there is always a next time.)

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When you start it,you will be hyped. Because you are hyped, you crave for more, DANGGG, it is really addicting. Like I did not even know the time passed or  if I was already going farther. You yourself would want to make sure that you are doing it correctly. You will feel the difference of doing the right thing. You feel the pressure.You see the light until it feels right. Little by little you  improve yourself.

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 It was like you’re in a dream. When you are under the sea, you hardly hear anything.Probably the murmurs or the sound of your breathing or the tinkling bubbles whispering on your ear. You will really have a chance to free your mind and find solace. It is like you are introduced to a new world.(probably not new for others, but yes for me.haha)

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Haha..I don’t look really good while holding my breath..

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Wonderful. I cried at the sight of this view. Hahaha..Too bad my salty tears mixed up with the hypertonic ocean! haha. This site was already deep for me. but I was able to go there. So much kilig feels.Lol!!!


 

Self-assessment:

Don’t get me wrong,I am not saying that I am already good.I was still unable able to go deeper yet. There are many things  I have to improve like  breath holding,finning and equalizing. But for a beginner, I deserve a pat on my back. Yeheyyy!!

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HAHA!!! I think I can be a fan of masks and snorkels now.

 

Will I do this again?

Of course, and I prolly will tag these same people. Bring some more people. Yeheyyy!! Like I want to go there RN.ASAP.

 

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Batch 25.Thanks Fam!:))

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MESSAGE

To SkinDivePH, Thanks for introducing me to the world under the water.

Thanks Sir Chard and Ms. Bev(Mother), Sir Jon and sir Timo for the lessons, touring and guiding us, as well as for constructive criticisms. There had been no second that I felt I was out of place, may it be on land or water. Thank you so much. 

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with Ms. Bev,

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1st row(left to right)-sir chard, sir timo, sir Jon, wnd row, jigs and ms.bev

 

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If you want to inquire or learn more about them, let us dive here.

(PS. I am already on my 1st week of 2nd semester class of my third year.But because I loved the experience and the Team so much,I decided to have a blog of it right a way. what a way to open up my year.)

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Now this is the kind of “Litaw” and “Lubog” that I love.Most of us ayaw makaexperience ng pagkalubog.Okay lang din naman nasa ilalim,may pressure,may sakit, but you just need to learn how to equalize. Relax.Aangat ka din.The same goes with real life.Allow yourself to go with the process.Kaya mo yan!

Til next adventure.Med is calling me again.Adios!-R

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The “S” in medstudent means Strong

The “S” in medstudent means Strong not Smart

To help mankind
To achieve my childhood dream
To help/cure the sick and poor
To become rich
To become cool
To make my parents proud
To pursue someone else’s dream
To become an instrument of God’s healing hands

The target
From the list above, you may find exactly your answers to the Most commonly asked question in a Med School interview: why do you want to become a doctor? Whatever the reason is, let me emphasize that It is easy to forget your goal when you’re already working on it, especially when not everything is going as planned. When you feel tired, you lose hope, you feel down. You feel like you just want to give up. You may find yourself frustrated when your painting of yourself fades during the actual exhibit itself. This “exhibit” will only last for 6 semesters (if you are to really simplify the duration of Med school didactics). If you can imagine how could 6semesters or 3 years make or break someone. In this time, make sure that your colors won’t fade. So easily said than done.

 

“I am not Smart/I am Super smart ”
Although Med Schools require a certain grade in NMAT and College GWA, these do not equate to being smart. Being smart at this level is in no way a guarantee that you will become a doctor.  Some smart people are even too proud to learn. They think they already know it all, so they fail to educate themselves with the kind of smartness that a doctor needs. It is a combination of Med School and a bigger percentage of your effort that will hone you to become a different kind of smart. And that kind of smart will only be yours if you stay strong during the process. Now, we get to the strong part.

 

“STRONG”

What does this mean?There are different meanings of “strong”  which are relatable to physical power, moral or intellect,etc. Among those, my favorite is “being able to withstand force and pressure”. It is almost a cliche that you probably don’t want to hear it anymore. However, we cannot separate our minds from the thought that we need be strong in order to move on. Strong and staying strong are two different things so you have to remind yourself or at least surround yourself with friends who will never get tired of reminding you about this!

 

“I am not strong enough”
Medicine was never for the weak. Even if you are weak to begin with, you may still choose to be strong. Ironically, the strength comes from knowing your weakness. With that, I’m telling you that the fine line between a winner and a loser is the decision to be strong and persevere. After you have completed the first task which is to DECIDE that you really x 1000000000000000000 want to be a doctor, train your mind that getting the MD goal is the only endpoint. That is fixed, but the path going there remains to be unpredictable. From here, adaptability and flexibility are of key importance.

 

“I am already strong”
Once the perils and various Med School agendas starts to accumulate, those who thought that they were strong are actually the ones struck the most with disgust. Especially if they keep their feelings and frustrations to themselves. They may look cool outside, but they are actually brewing inside. If you somehow relate to this, most of the time you will find yourself weary and tired because of the repressed emotional baggage that you thought you were handling well. The key here is to not let yourself boil too much. Just like a kettle, cover the lid tight and it will absorb all the heat. The next thing you’ll hear is its whistling outcry. If you don’t want to feel all the heat, vent out. Try to find a friend who you think will understand you. If you don’t seem to find a real friend, find an outlet. Do not keep it.Never ever keep it.

 

“I thought I was strong”
Before I entered Med School, I wondered what exactly made Medicine difficult. Knowing that I have a strong personality, I convinced myself that it I would be unlikely for me to ever doubt myself and want to quit. But you know, Med School is not your only life. It is not the only issue we deal with on a daily basis. Among the other stressors lie in your family, relationships, love life, financial difficulties, Illnesses, self-esteem/mental health issues, to name a few. You may find yourself confused lost. This is what remind myself and others: “Do not always blame yourself, do not be hard on yourself, do not be disheartened.” There are things that you cannot control and for those things, what you can only do is storm the heavens by prayer. But of course, you better do your best. You decided that you wanted to become a doctor, so you must be stubborn with your goal.

 

“Stay strong”
FOR THIS TOO SHALL PASS.Soon enough, you will thank yourself for enduring this. Whatever kind of DOCTOR you’ll be, remember to be a good one.Just HAVE PATIENCE AND YOU WILL SOON HAVE YOUR PATIENTS.

This is for all struggling Med Students who are working hard to be the best version of doctor that they can be.

————————————————————————————————————————————-The thought of writing this stemmed from my repressed emotional baggage and mental turmoils this sem. We absolutely have different perspectives towards this MD journey of ours. With that, let us not invalidate and disregard these feelings. And instead, start acknowledging the experience.

 

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Medtalk:Y2MeddieMadness

Med student?Second year?or any year?can relate?Might want to read this out.

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There are times that I really wanted to pour my feelings in a blog,you know, just to blurt about frustrations in school but I had no time. I couldn’t even waste minutes to be sad or to worry and I had to prioritize. I told myself that I must save it for later writing.However as the school semester came to end, my feelings died out. (LOL)You just let things pass and be okay. Move on. Don’t dwell on that matter that much. This year I felt I had burnt out.I had diff events to attend to.A lot of personal matters  took my time. The weekends that usually sets my pace and I lost most of them. But hey, I still managed to survive!!!!So again sharing some noteworthy things of my Y2.

1.You will need the things you have learned in 1st year and even pre med.(Of course, this is like an understatement of an expected result.) So grab as much baon that you have(Kailangan mo lang ng may huhugutan,kahit onti).  Just do all your best to help yourself. On top of the knowledge you have carried with you comes another year full pack of learning. haha.(Don’t we love that?) After all, this will be your bank for boards and future practice.(So,May baon ka ba o binaon mo na din sa lupa ?hahaha!)

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2.You might think you dont know anything but believe me. You know something.It is just stuck there because of the massive traffic of information(Akala mo lang wala pero meron,meron ,meron!)

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3.RULE: Do not forget things.You have probably rolled your eyes but technically who does not forget things.Haha… (Error404…)You will forget things.But do not blame yourself. Memory retention is best when coupled with emotions and application. (Kaya pala nasasabi mo palagi,”Feeling ko ito to” pero feeling mo lang.)Mastery needs attention and repetition.You just need to strengthen the mind maps linkages.

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4.Know which fights are worth fighting for. Decide which things can be sacrificed because you don’t own the time.24/7 is not enough for the “Non-Einsteins”. There is a bulk of study materials to read but there are only few questions.Make sure you study the high yield concepts.(kunin at tanggapin and alay na ito.Alay.Alay na yan.)

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5.When you get tired of studying,think of your future patients. Of course,you would not want them to get tired living and rest in peace or pieces when they are under your care.(Laban besh)

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6.Teamwork gaming is good when time is gold. Thank God for GDocs:)))Better if your whole class is involved. (may not be applicable for some)But yes, Strive to make the class or the batch united for the common good.It will help all of you to maximize your time.  If not(maraming hanash?),just form your axis powers. Haha. Choose your allies.Also,Screen for parasites. The world is governed by give and take. And the world must eradicate the parasites. LOL.🙂 (Pero No-No-No check ang teamwork sa exam,ha?.Lol) You can also team up with your love ones.(haha,BF,GF?MU?Friends?ano ba?)

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  1. Let them hear what they want to hear. There are diff profs.There are different contradicting standpoints. What is right for one may be not for the other. There are many answers but usually there is only one best answer. Sometimes,there will be those who will try to ask you so many questions because they are waiting to hear a keyword.So make sure,you know them to get the points.

9.When being”AMPK” (alam mo pabibo ka) and “game na game” (outgoing) actually helps, especially in groupworks. (LOL.Ito yung my saya pero di sayang ) There will be many groupworks by friends or alphabetical that will be graded by group or not depending on the prerogative of your prof(groupworks.CPC, SGDs,FGD,Conferences, Pharma groupingssss todo na to!!). Whichever it is, always try to contribute something because it will benefit your group. haha…

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8.And because you are busy reading this,you did not notice that there was no 8.So before going to 10,let me say that number8 is to “be OBSERVANT”. There are many things that you can learn from just observing. It can practically help you develop your clinical eye that you will need in the future. You can also see things in a bigger picture before being biased by your own thoughts.

10.Enjoy the moment.HAve adequate and appropriate R&R(Rest and recreation).Look for ways to maximize your time. If you can find an enjoyable activity at the same time you are somehow “learning”, do it. Time will pass. This,dream of yours, is all yours if you strive for it. FOr the time being, always think this too shall pass. (My favorite one-liner in Med.)

 

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Real Talk: Why some people are good and you are not



Whenever you are with someone whom you think is better than you, may it be in class or work, just keep calm and carry on. Most people tend to be intimidated.Some will hate others.Probably,it is because of their way of doing something or nothing -when they are just plainly living. (You know,people’s aura.)

the real life hack there is to learn.Learn from them. Well,it also depends on their attitude. But if you really think they are greater than you,try to engage and assimilate.Who knows if you improve yourself?you do not need to highlight your weakness nor conceal it. Just try to work on it.


Here are the reasons why they are good.(and you are not)

 

1.they are naturally born great or geniuses.Their genes are inherently great. Well,there is also nurture and nature debate whatever. But There are only few people of this kind.

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2.Many people championed by working on “fake it til you make it”.they are not good at start but they are enlighted.Do not be fancied by the fact that he is more this and that. Think smart and act smart.And you’ll get it.

2.Self-illusions are friend and beneficial for esteem.Studies have shown it is effective.Just do not overdo it.It is going to be annoying. —–

3.they believe in themselves even no else did.like you,you probably have a set of doubts.but they chose to go on. If you won’t believe yourself,then who else will.

4.They try hard.They struggled. There is the usual bad connotation related  to being a “trying hard”.But, it is actually good.It’s a means of survival.The effort is overflowing and inspiring.There is the persistence to make self better and it is good quality for success.Those who raise their brows to those who try hard enough thought they are Lions. They are so full of themselves. But in reality,they are lions afraid of getting killed by a rat.

5. People devote their time to enhance their craft. People get blinded by their immediate goals not knowing that this clouds their real purpose in life. Remember being busy does not always equate to productivity and creativity.Many people fall into this trap thinking they do a lot but they are not .Most people waste time by being busy doing not so important things.


One of my fave lines in desiderata says:

If you compare yourself with others,you may become vain and bitter;

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.


There are many things imposed by our society that give us so much pressure. Every one is carrying their own crosses and burden. There are things that they are good at and you’re not,vice versa. We have to realize that people have their own set of potentials.

Tomorrow holds no one.As you can see,we won’t know what future holds. We won’t know who will be triumphant. We won’t know if success will embrace us until that moment catches us. The good thing to do now is don’t get tired to do your best and keep a happy spirit while living in the moment.

So whichever spot you are in this spectrum,the thing is you do not need to compete.There is no other greater competition than having a leverage above your own self.Always strive be a better version of you.