#Philippines, Batangas

A Journey into Taal Volcano’s Crater! (Photo Essay)

by Monique Tendencia

Taal Volcano is perhaps one of the most well-known and easily recognizable volcanoes in the Philippines – and rightly so. Taal Volcano’s unique structure and location make it a constant backdrop and conversation starter.

Inside the crater is a tiny island called Vulcan Point. Its uniqueness remains solely on the fact that it is a third-order island.


What is a third order island?

lol-journeyman-7803Vulcan Point is the tiny dot inside the crater.

A third order island is any landmass within a lake that reaches the third degree. Vulcan Point is inside the Crater Lake (3rd), which is inside Taal Volcano surrounded by Taal Lake (2nd), which is then inside Luzon Island, a part of the Philippine archipelago, and within the Pacific Ocean (1st)


Taal Volcano Blog Series

A Journey into Taal Volcano’s Crater! (Photo Essay) (2017)
Taal Volcano: Guide to 45-minute Trekking Adventure to Crater Lake (via Private Route)! (2015)
Taal Volcano Crater Experience! (2005)

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#Hotels, #Travel, Batangas

CAMP NETANYA: Santorini-inspired Resort & Spa in Batangas!

Camp Natanya

Camp Netanya Resort & Spa is a luxurious Greek-themed resort situated on the tropical paradise of Anilao, Batangas.

Here you can enjoy a little piece of Greece–soak in their pools, indulge in their Mediterranean fare, stay in their Santorini-inspired villas–all with a touch of warm Filipino hospitality.

We love the resort for its family friendly atmosphere, the amazing sunset view by the gorgeous infinity pool, their delicious food, its access to Anilao’s world-class snorkeling and diving sites, the relaxing hike up Mt. Gulugod Baboy, and the fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Did I mention, it’s just about two hours away from Manila?

Here’s a photo essay of our stay…

Brgy Ligaya, Anilao Mabini Batangas, 4202 Philippines
Mobile: +63 939 7535 074 | +63 927 8954 092
Facebook: campnetanya

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#Philippines, Batangas

Taal Volcano: Guide to 45-minute Trekking Adventure to Crater Lake (via Private Route)!

Taal VolcanoTaal Volcano is an island within a lake, on an island within a lake, on an island! Did you get that? 😛

Just an hour away from Manila, this geological wonder is the smallest active volcano in the world. But despite being famous and all, we found that most Filipinos have a hard time locating the actual Crater Lake itself–So we had to figure out the reason for ourselves.

Check out Team OAP’s video on debunking the mystery of Taal Volcano…

Taal Volcano Blog Series
A Journey into Taal Volcano’s Crater! (Photo Essay) (2017)
Taal Volcano: Guide to 45-minute Trekking Adventure to Crater Lake (via Private Route)! (2015)
Conquering the Taal Volcano Crater! (2006)
Guide to Trekking Up to the Taal Volcano – world’s smallest volcano! (2005)
Taal Volcano Crater Experience! (2005)

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Batangas, Tagaytay

Taal Yacht Club: Sailing 101 with Peter Capotosto

Sailing 101 at Taal Yatch Club-35.jpg

When JoMag invited us to have a sailing session in Taal Yacht Club during our monthly mastermind meeting, we were all excited and immediately blocked off our schedule for it.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect, what to bring, and what are the preparations needed for it.

It turned out to be an awesome bonding experience!

I would like to share with you my personal learnings during my first sailing experience with no less than Peter Capotosto as our guide…

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Kawayan Cove Photography Class

Here is an official invitation to Bloggers who would like to learn photography skills with an excellent subject like Bamboo Beach! Please let me know if you would like to join this photo class by texting me +63917-LOVEOAP (5683627). It is sponsored by Kawayan Cove so it is FREE to join but you need to be a blogger or photographer to join this activity.


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


The Blooming of Playa Calatagan

Garden Cabana View of the Playa Calatagan River Pool

Unfortunately, the best beaches in Nasugbu and Calatagan areas are private beaches. In the case of Playa Calatagan, there will be a public beach area and a private pool/ clubhouse area for lot owners. There is no membership fee in this residential resort (which is a new concept) but you need to be a lot owner to use the facilities. Some time in the future, there will be commercial establishments for the public crowd and I can’t wait to share this with you.

Aidan’s Bonakid Pose.

For now, the pool area is for private lot owner’s use and their dependents. Just to give you a flavor of how much it would cost to enjoy a day trip in Playa Calatagan:

Pool Usage Fee:
Lot Owner & Dependents (P100/ Adult, P50/ Child).
Guests (P200/adult, P100/ child)

Towel & Shower Fee Rental (P70)
Whole Body Massage (P350/ 1hour)

Cabana Usage Fee:

Week days:
Pool Cabanas (Small | Medium | Large) — We love the pool cabanas, it is like having your private jacuzzi in the cabana.
9am-1:00pm (P200 | P300 | P400)
1:00pm-6:00pm (P200 | P300 | P400)
9am – 6:00pm (P400 | P600 | P800)

Garden Cabanas (Medium) — We love the 2nd floor garden cabanas because of the privacy it offers.
9am-1:00pm (P300 )
1:00pm-6:00pm (P300)
9am – 6:00pm (P600)

Weekends/ Holidays:
Pool Cabanas (Small | Medium | Large)
9am-1:00pm (P300 | P500 | P700)
1:00pm-6:00pm (P300 | P500 | P700)
9am – 6:00pm (P600 | P1,000 | P1,400)

Garden Cabanas (Medium)
9am-1:00pm (P500 )
1:00pm-6:00pm (P500)
9am – 6:00pm (P1000)

Golden Calatagan Sunset at Playa Calatagan

Beach Club Complex is open from:
9am-6pm on Tuesday to Friday
9am-7pm on Saturday to Sunday.

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[Kawayan Cove #2] Kawayan Cove Mystery Revealed

Kawayan Cove is the exclusive residential enclave on the verdant slopes that surround the fabled beach. It is designed as an exquisite, understated blend of nature and man-made wonders…. The name Bamboo Beach has an almost mythic ring to it. Many people have heard stories about it, but only a few have ever set foot on its natural white sands. ” — Head Home to Kawayan Cove Brochure.

Rache @ the Meditation Point.

Have you ever wondered if all the things they say in the marketing brochures are true? This was my motivation for really checking out what is the mystery behind Kawayan Cove.

There is no doubt that Bamboo beach is the best beach in the Nasugbu area and for generations it was owned by the original family. I’m glad they decided to share the beach via the Kawayan Cove residential resort. The 650 meter wide Bamboo beach is 80% private and 20% public area that can only be accessed via boat and through this resort. It is a fabled beach because for years, this was the secret white beach in Nasugbu and kudos to the family for maintaining the beach so well.

The other beautiful asset of Kawayan Cove, is the Meditation Point. This is more than 4,000 square meters of serene garden sanctuary with a breathtaking view of the sea. It is ideal for reflection and prayer. There is a literally giant rosary in the middle of the garden. Meditation point is becoming popular as a wedding destination for some couples who would have sponsored access to Kawayan Cove.

Ironically, the main clubhouse is not yet completed which is suppose to be the first facility to be completed. There are only 10 houses to date so it is quite peaceful and ideal for escaping the Manila jungle. Allegedly, they are very picky on buyers since they want to keep the place serene and peaceful by avoiding controversial personalities. A typical lot would costs P5 million pesos up with a starting lot size of 500 sq meters per lot.

So what’s the catch? Nothing. Kawayan Cove delivers up to its promise as stated in its marketing brochures. It is definitely a serene, secluded and secured beach escape which could be interpreted as boring if you like the night life or looking for some cool happenings in this resort.

Aidan will give you a glimpse of Kawayan Cove. Tara na!

Related Posts:
[Kawayan Cove #1] Bamboo Beach @ Kawayan Cove
[ Playa Calatagan #1] a Beach Discovery in Calatagan, Batangas
[ Playa Calatagan #3] Stay a week or stay a lifetime @ Playa Calatagan!
Playa Calatagan- First Signs of Life’s a Beach

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[Kawayan Cove #1] Bamboo Beach @ Kawayan Cove

So far this is the best beach I’ve seen in the Nasugbu Area. Very clean and well maintained. I’m starting to use the beach evaluation guide provided by Allen Staley of Laiya Cocogrove on the primary considerations for Swimming beaches. I’ll start off this Kawayan series with a beach evaluation guide of the Bamboo Beach @ Kawayan Cove.

Beach: Bamboo Beach
Location: Kawayan Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas
Rating: 3 Stars!

Sand quality and color: Consistently Beige
Water quality: Very Clear and Clean Water. You can see your feet clearly
Pollutants: obviously clean and looks like a big swimming pool.
Gradient: perfectly gradual slope
Waves: calm and small waves action
Currents: No noticeable currents near the shoreline
Underwater obstructions: Mostly sand, and some rocks near the edges
Marine life: Plenty of fishes that you can feed. Oh and by the way, we feed them squids. I’m not sure why but that was what they gave us to feed them.
Other hazards: Fishes that might nibble your hand because of food. Also, if you are not fond of fishes, be warned! It was said that they were trained since fishes tend to avoid or swim away but this one follows you around, swimming in circles. It is like they are protecting you from being harmed.

(my additional considerations)
Sunset: The sun directly sets in front of the beach!
Winds: Kinda hot and less winds passing through the beach area.
Availability of Good Food: awesome Filipino Food.


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#Restaurants, Batangas, Food

Kainan sa Dalampasigan!

3/17/15 Update: KAINAN SA DALAMPASIGAN: A Must Stop Over Filipino Restaurant in Nasugbu! 

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- First Signs of Life’s a Beach

>>>> Our Playa Calatagan 254sqm Lot and Membership for SALE! <<<<

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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