Monday, May 23, 2011

Amana Waterpark: Spending Summer in the Metro

Warning: Photo overload. Credit to Sissys Anney and Peach for the awesome photos.



Summer is not yet over. If you missed Boracay or Palawan's trip, if you hesitated to travel out of town because you don't want to travel with kids, if you feel 2 months summer is not enough, if you feel that you have just wasted 2 months at home watching nonsense television series. You still have 2 weeks left before the school year starts. 




The Amana Waterpark is your only choice to get back lost summer fun. Located in Pandi, Bulacan, it is very accessible if you are living in Metro Manila. With 13 different types of wave in their pool, it has the biggest wavepool in the entire Philippines.





An extra large wave pool, a pool w/ Jacuzzi, Avatar pool with man-made waterfall, 500-square meter kiddie pool. Anyone, especially the kids will enjoy the thrill and excitement it can offer. 





With life-sized Dragon Ball, Lord of the Rings, Justice League, Pirates of the Carribean, Shrek, Captain America, Kingkong, Madagascar, Hulk, Indiana Jones Characters scattered all over the place guarantee utmost satisfaction to your children. My favorite is the Lord of the Rings characters. I was literally "kidding" around  the whole day.











If you want to stay overnight, Amana Waterpark offers affordable room rates, check out their website, click here. Don't just sit there and waste your limited time. Heres their contact Information for your reference: Manila Line: (02) 299-66-12 or (02) 299-67-03 Tel #: (044) 661-23-83 or (044) 661-23-84 Mobile #: 0922 870 8428 or 0923 7135874 Email: amanawaterpark@yahoo.com











Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunset at Mt. Tapyas, Coron, Palawan




There are two activities that the locals will suggest when you get to Coron town either to soak on the Maquinit Hot Spring or Climb Mt Tapyas. I chose one. Today, I'm going to take you at the summit of Mount Tapyas. Mount Tapyas stands low at 210 meters above sea level and offers a panoramic view of Coron Bay and nearby islands. Climbing Mount Tapyas' 718 steps is a must when you visit the Municipality of Coron. 






Trekking to the peak was at its best during sundown. Do not forget to bring your cameras. Grab the opportunity to take spectacular photos of the sunset and the breathtaking landscape. Of course, I wouldn't pass for this opportunity, I took plenty of pictures during the climb.






When doing this activity, do not just aim to get to the peak.  There are plenty of spectacle to enjoy while resting. Stop, breath the fresh air, and appreciate the beauty around you.







I love watching sunsets. I've watched thousands of sunsets but sunset in Mount Tapyas was exceptional. My emotional, inner thoughts came out everytime I'm watching a beautiful sunset. What I feel? Ah, liberating.






While other thought of sunset as the "end". I've figured out, like the brightest, most beautiful sunset to me
 everything I do is leading to that point....





Monday, May 2, 2011

The Islands of Coron




Day 3 of my Coron Exploration was spent in an island of Banol.  It has sugary fine white sand in its beach line and picturesque with its flower trees set against the rocky island. Entrance fee is PhP 100. Please be careful,  the island has a lot of sea urchins. From my past experiences, hoping from one island to another is tiring and time consuming. Although I know that different island has a lot of different attraction from the other, I just chose the best. It's all the same.The purpose of my visit here was to explore the lagoons and not the beach anyway. But here are the other island beaches that you might want to visit while in Coron. 





MALCAPUYA ISLAND

Locals said, it is one of the most beautiful islands in Coron. It will be developed into a private resort. It will have with its own private swimming pool as well as extensive garden. Each villa will be provided with a butler, chef, and maid. The island will be equipped with a helipad because the guests will be transported in a private jet. Could it be the Huma Island Resort?






ATUWAYAN

Originally called Katuayan (a place full of Tuay, a kind of shell) by the natives (Tagbanuas). It has the longest beach among the Coron island beaches. Ideal for snorkeling and kayaking. If you have kids with you, this island is ideal for swimming because Atuayan beach has no strong current, it is situated in a cove with a small island near its mouth which makes it child friendly.






CALUMBUYAN ISLAND

Offers its bountiful reefs for snorkeling. An ideal picnik place because of its white and shady beach.

CYC ISLAND

nice but gets very crowded. It's the only free beach in the area.


BANANA ISLAND

Probably one of the most beautiful islands in Coron. They say that it will be developed into a private resort also like the malcapuya island








When the time come to head to the beach again and when I want to feel the wind blows through my hair, the warm sun bathes my skin, the soft golden sand caresses my feet, the waves sing to a perfect rhythm and the coconut trees gently sway against the breeze I will go back right here again and again....

"Trust me, it's paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it." - Richard, (The Beach)