Update on Paniman Resort, Puerto Azul

 Wednesday, April 24, 2013

As I mentioned in my previous post about Paniman, here are the photos of the resort I took before our actual Christmas Party/ Outing.

Paniman Resort is inside Puerto Azul. This place is really nice but its not properly maintained. Its a total waste on infrastracture. But the beach is still as nice though.

Anyway, here are the promised photos.

This house used to be the rest house of the owner but you cant rent it out now for Php 5,000 (oh wait, let me check again with my colleague who prepared everything. I will get back again for the rates.


5 Beach Camps Near Metro Manila

Summer evokes a lot of lazy images crystal blue waters and a stretch of white sand under clear azure skies. As people head down to the famed beaches of Boracay, Puerto Gallera and others, smaller groups of wanderers took to the lesser glamorous yet equally beautiful beaches that one can reach via land transport from Metro Manila. Beach camps became the thing when the beauty of Anawangin was first discovered and people came here with their own foods and tents to set up. Soon it teemed of visitors at summer time, but cheer up, there are still plenty of alternative beach camps near Metro Manila for that hot summer weekend getaway!

Puting Buhangin, Pagbilao Quezon

Puting Buhangin may be reached via trekking from Pagbilao or via boat from Padre Burgos. For a weekend, you make this place a part of your beach hopping itinerary with Borawan and Dampalitan. Puting Buhangin boasts of a long stretch of white sand and cool temperate waters and a small cave called Kwebang Lagpas. Campers can now enjoy the use of cottages and the convenience of comfort rooms.

From Manila, head down the south super highway to reach Bondoc Peninsula. Padre Burgos is around 4 to 5 hours ride from Manila. Boats can be arranged at the Aplaya, and be prepared for a short but scenic ride to Puting Buhangin. You can buy foods to cook and refill your water containers in the public market of Padre Burgos for your consumption in the islands.

Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon

Another island with a growing popularity with beach campers is Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon. It has resorts that can accommodate those who want to stay comfortably and camping is still allowed and you can use the resort’s comfort room. The island is well known for its long stretch of white beach that becomes really wide during low tide. You and your family will have a grand time when more white sands, corals, rocks and some sea creatures are exposed during low tide and a fun walk to Bonsai Island.

Public boats run twice in the morning from Mauban to Cagbalete Island. Villa Cleofas also offer their boat rental service for large groups as well as meal arrangement if your group do not wish to cook.

Nagsasa Cove in Zambales
Nagsasa is my preferred choice over Anawangin because it has temperate waters, a gentle and sandy seabed and it has fewer visitors. Nagsasa much like its twin, Anawangin has pine trees lining the beach, picturesque mountain views and deep blue crystal waters. There are now cottages, comfort rooms and sari-sari stores for your convenience.

You can reach Nagsasa Cove via Pundaquit in Zambales, but is about more than one hour more from Anawangin.

Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte

Calaguas is one of the most favorite beach camp destinations these days. It boasts of creamy white, oh-so fine sand and deep Azure waters. There is no potable water source in this island so you have to bring water and everything else. From Manila, you have to travel to Daet for about 6 hours and take a 3 hour boat ride from Vinzons port in Daet. 

Beach camping entails some hazards and inconveniences starting from the trip going there and the camping itself. But to truly enjoy nature and paradise, you should be able to get back to basics! 

Don't forget to bring along your favorite camera to document your beach camping!


Kids Basic Photography Classes

 Saturday, April 6, 2013

Summer can become both fun and educational for many kids. With parent’s involvement in their rearing and developing their kids potential, their talents can practiced even at an early age. This is why my cousin was so excited to enroll her seven year old son on a Kid’s basic photography class for summer. She noticed how good his son’s shots are and how happy he is to take pictures of people and things around him. My cousin is confident that her son will enjoy the class and will listen intently to the instructor because he is willing to learn and widen his knowledge of handling the camera and in taking pictures.