You know you had good last days of the year when you spent it travelling. It's definitely better when you're with your loved one. I did/have both, and it went from better to best because we were the only people who booked (on at in) the resort those two days.
[We were the only people who island hopped to Borawan too.]
My boyfriend J booked a one night/two days accommodation in Tamarind Tree Resort (they met at Makati for reservation) two weeks before.
I was rather doubtful of the dates because I feared that there would be lack of transportation, but thankfully it was all in vain. Apparently Dec 30 - Jan 2 are some of the busiest days of drivers.
So on December 30, I rode the legendary non-aircon Supreme bus from Batangas City grand terminal to Aria, Quezon, then rode another bus there to go to the Lucena Grand Terminal,where I would meet J, who came from Cavite naman. The Batangas - Lucena trip took more than 3h because too many passengers loaded and unloaded the bus.
J reserved a hut for two near the beach for P2040. It has aircon, two foams and pillows, and a bathroom. I wouldn't say it's a comfort room because it is made simple - just for bath room needs. It lacked hooks for clothings, nice flooring, and it's not inside the hut; we should go outside of the hut first to have an access to it, which is rather a hassle during the night.
We paid extra P550 for three meals. It may sound too expensive and I did think it was when I didn't see the food yet, but believe me, it's not. They remembered the GoGrowGlow of 90s DOH in every meal that they served, and the servings are for totally hungry people.
We also paid P800 to the resort person for our morning trip to Borawan. They took charge to hire a boat person at the barangay.
So we then put down our things on the windows-turned-cabinets in the hut and immediately went to the beach after.
|Outside our hut|
|The name of our room. Very appropriate.|
It was cloudy but it was still a nice sight. It was a calm high tide. We didn't swim that time; we just enjoyed the sand, the quiet surroundings and each other.
|Padre Burgos sand|
They served the dinner at 7:00 pm, with Celine Dion songs. There's about 5 songs on loop, and they played it every meal, thus the theme song of the trip - "My Heart Will Go On".
|Dinner: Some fish that looks like a white tilapia, pinakbet, pineapple slices (not in the picture), a mound of rice.|
With my pogi friend.
After a heavy and hearty meal, we stayed near the pool. I intended to swim but because the pool was not cleaned (we saw insects swimming there), we just talked until we couldn't take the mosquito bites anymore.
|Candlelight drinking session FTW|
But alas, the weather did not cooperate so we went to bed early (around 9 pm). But we read 100 Love Poems: Philippine Love Poetry Since 1905 (my Christmas gift to him) first because we're romantic like that. :)
|THE book for romantics. |
We woke up at past 7 am, so our breakfast was ready when we went at the dining area. I was so hungry that time that I forgot to bring my camera, but the breakfast consisted of bananas, instant coffee, and silog (I forgot what silog it was).
We then had our morning trip to Borawan (more pics here!).
|Walking towards the bangka. It was lowtide so the boat was parked far from the resort.|
It was still cloudy but we were a bit lucky to have glimpses of the sun during the trip.
|But look, a rainbow! It's a lucky day after all.|
|Borawan viewed from the boat.|
We had the island for ourselves. We only saw people riding boats and 'harvesting' shrimps.
It rained there. Good thing we found a 'lair' so we stayed there during the rain. Jack Johnson sang for us again. His voice is totally made for beach-bumming background.
|Ako sa Borawan! Yee!|
We stayed there till 10:30 am.
It was raining during our boat ride to P Burgos but that didn't stop Manong from touring us around the two islands which can be viewed in P. Purgos shores.
|The two islands: viewed from Tamarind Tree Resort|
|One of the islands: Up close|
|Still that one island. It rained a little harder when we got near the other one so I didn't have a photo of the island with a house on top of it.|
We then had our lunch, still hearty as ever, with two viands and softdrinks.
Then we took pictures of ourselves using the tripod initially intended for the Milky way.
|That's our first shot. Trial session for the tripod+cam. XD|
|Mini bus from the resort to Lucena terminal|
Tamarind Tree Resort Review Summary:
Service - ★★★★☆
Ambiance - ★★★★☆
Cleanliness - ★★☆☆☆+1/2
Price - ★★★☆☆