A Warm Welcome to Kainan sa Dalampasigan!
Doesn't this remind you of a scene in The Lord of The Rings?... These hanging vines are enough to set the tone for a lunch/dinner in a middle of a rustic garden. The nearest beach places in Manila are the ones in Nasugbu or Calatagan Batangas. I like going to these parts of Batangas, because it passes by Tagaytay. So almost, always, Tagaytay is the setting for Breakfast on the way to Batangas and for Dinner on the way back home. I've always been on a look out for a good lunch place within the Nasugbu area. The ones that gives you a give provincial feel/ welcome, with a nice ambiance, good food with a good value for money. I'm glad we found Kainan sa Dalampasigan right in the heart of Nasugbu Town.
I would recommend this place as a good stop on your way to Punta Fuego or the Calatagan Beaches. The places serves home cooked food with Tangingue steak as the main attraction. The ambiance is quite nice and they took time to invest on the ambiance to compete with the beach resorts to attract the beach goers for a lunch or even merienda affair. I must admit this place has been in existence for a long time now, but they just renovated recently so during my first visit -- I was happy to find this garden place. Of course, this wouldn't compare with Sonja's garden or Antonio's but you can say that this is more of a provincial version of a garden leaning towards a rustic feel to its ambiance.
I was just excited to see the hanging vines and I took a picture above to remind me of the opening welcome scene when you arrive at this place.
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Playa Calatagan Mornings @ Calatagan, Batangas
My son is almost 21 months old now, and he enjoys going to the beach or simply swimming in a pool. You can see the joy of discovery painted on his face every time he sees a pool or any body of water. So we would usually grab the opportunity of taking a day trip to Calatagan, Batangas just to enjoy nature, the beach, the beautiful clouds. Recently, we were so happy that the river pool in Playa Calatagan was opened last September -- finally! As a bonus, there is a kids pool where my son can enjoy playing with his balls in the pool without the risk of drowning.
The river pool is awesome! It has Jacuzzi bubble stations, and a long stretch of water that ends with an infinity pool. There is no monthly dues in Playa Calatagan. The pool and facilities are exclusive to members and their guests. The model is pay as you use the facilities which a lot better than paying a flat fee rate per month. My only disappointment with Playa, is that the beach is not that nice during the rainy seasons and it would just get a lot worse with typhoons like Milenyo. Finally, I was able to update my original Playa Calatagan posts after 6 months.
Read my earlier posts on Playa Calatagan (March 2006)
a Beach Discovery in Calatagan, Batangas
Stay a week or stay a lifetime @ Playa Calatagan!
Beautiful Golden Sunset!!
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Mt. Gulugod Baboy is a popular level 1 climb as UP Mountaineering would call it and is located in the heart of Anilao, Batangas. It is also becoming popular as what people call a night trek spot where you climb the mountain at night with only headlamps and the one in front of you as your guide. These social climbs are becoming popular and what is good about Mt. Gulugod baboy is that you can reward yourself afterwards with a nice swim in the beach resorts of Anilao :) This was my first climb and it was an awesome mountain climbing experience organized by the premier Mountain Climbing organization in the Philippines, UP Mountaineering which produced Romi Garduce, and the premier Jaycee organization in the Philippines, Manila Jaycees!
This is my personal account of the Mt. Gulugod Experience Climb.
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Mt. Gulugod Baboy climb was my first mountain climbing experience. I underestimated it and my shots were uninspired. I'm a virgin climber and the experience was almost orgasmic when you reached the top. This was my own little version of Mt. Everest climb and will all the hype surrounding Mountain Climbing in the Philippines, this is the next sports fad after billiards, and badminton.
I've blogged about Romi Garduce's climb for almost a year now, and I was struck by one of the comments of my blog readers that I should climb mountains first to have credibility in writing about mountain climbing. It made sense and ever since I've been looking for an opportunity to do so. What would you have if you have the best mountaineering organization in the Phils. -- UP Mountaineering as your guide and the best Jaycee chapter in the Phils. -- Manila Jaycees as your companions in the climb? an Awesome Mt. Gulugod Baboy Climb!!
I must admit that I underestimated the climb. I was not excited because I thought it was easy and I thought there was nothing to do on top of the mountain other than to drink all night long. It was raining the day before, so I thought this was not the best time to have a photo shoot. I did not prepare for it. I literally drag my feet and was thinking twice about pushing through with it or just offer an excuse not to go. I'll tell you how unprepared I was...
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