Hi everyone! This will just be a quick post about my recent trip to Pangasinan with my family. Even though it was just a quick trip, it felt really special because it is not everyday that I get to go on a trip with my family with all our conflicting schedules.
My sister and I planned a trip to Pangasinan since most of the resorts in nearer provinces (i.e. Batangas, Laguna, etc.) were already fully booked. Read on below to know more.
We booked a small family room in El Puerto Marina Beach Resort. Because we arrived around 2:00PM, we decided to just settle down first and wait until it was not as hot anymore before we went to the beach area which was a 5-min walk from our room.
The sand here was very fine and soft to touch. What’s more, the beach area was very wide with several cottages around.
Aside from the beach, visitors can also enjoy their water park. We did not try all because most of them were only shallow (waist deep) aside from the newly opened bar x infinity pool.
When the day was over, we went back to our room to settle down and rest. The following day, we checked out as soon as we finished eating our breakfast and did a city tour of our own before finally heading back to Manila.
The resort was okay but it could have been better. Here are some of the pros and cons of El Puerto Marina Beach Resort.
Wide beach area with fine sand.
Air-conditioners were working well
Lots of different swimming pools in the water park. I especially loved the infinity x bar pool
For a small family room, they only gave 2 bottles of water
Flush of the toilet was broken
TV cable channels were just a few (no HBO, Star Movies, etc.)
Earlier check-out required (11AM instead of 12NN).
Service was a bit lacking. Overall, I think the value for money is a bit poor.
I still enjoyed our trip because I was with my family. This was one weekend that all of our schedules matched (well actually, I had to cancel one of my hikes for this because of course, family first!) so it was a good thing this pushed through.
Last Sunday, March 26, I ran a semi-long distance in Pinoy Fitness Sub1 10k Challenge 2017 (I also joined this event last year and I made a post about it too). This was the first event that I joined after my full marathon last month which worsened my injured foot. After that race, I told myself that I would take the whole March off from any foot-straining activities (i.e. Leg days, hiking and running). During my workouts, I still tried to incorporate short runs as my warm up to gauge the condition of my foot. A lot of times, I had to stop because of a discomfort that would oftentimes arise after a kilometer or two. This was also why I was convinced that I was not ready to join any events yet.
However, just a week before the race, my friend convinced me to run since he already got me a kit. I knew for a fact that I would not be able to train in such a short span of time but I tried anyway. In fact, I only had one “training” run but I would not even consider that training because I only ran about three kilometers with a relatively slow pace to boot.
Being a Disney Princess fan, I really planned to watch Beauty and the Beast on its original release date this coming Thursday, March 16. With a stroke of luck, I was able to get a ticket to watch a special (advance) screening of this movie which was held at SM Megamall IMAX Theater last Monday, March 13. How exciting!
If I have not mentioned this before, I will mention it now – February is my most favorite month of the year. Aside from it being my birth month, it is also considered the “month of love” not just in terms of a romantic love but also all forms of love.
Every year, I try to make February as memorable as I can especially during my birthday. This year, I chose to take the whole day off from work (because my birthday fell on a weekday) to spend it on the things and with the people that/who matter.
Hi everyone! My friends and I just recently got back from our trip to San Antonio, Zambales to climb Mt. Cinco Picos, my 46th mountain, and chill at the beach below it in Silanguin Cove with a side trip to Camara Island and Pundaquit Beach. Yup, we pretty much visited a lot of places and it felt like such a long and relaxing vacation even though we were only there for two days and one night.
Elevation: 881+ MASL
Location: Cawag, Subic, Zambales
Difficulty: 3/9, Major Climb
Trek to Summit: 4 hours
Even though we only climbed one mountain in Cawag, I still had so much fun considering I have not gone to the beach in so long. Read on below for the story of this trip.
A full marathon? 42 kilometers of foot/legwork? I never would have imagined completing such distance because when I first started running, I remember telling myself that I would already be happy finishing a half-marathon or a 21-kilometer race. Added to the fact that I have experienced a lot of pain during runs, mostly because of my knee, I simply laughed at the idea of me running past a half-marathon. (PS: My knees do not hurt during runs anymore. I guess they they got used to the strain. That or they healed stronger after every race. Either way, that works for me! I still wear knee support though just in case.)
Yes, it seemed crazy at first but my aspirations and goals grew in time and I slowly started to want that 42k medal and so I mentally planned for it and even mentioned it in one of my previous blog posts – that I would use the hashtag #RoadToFortyTwo when I start training for a full marathon. Which brings us to my participation in 7Eleven Run 2017 last February 4-5, 2017.
Hi everyone! I just came back from my recent hike to the arguably 10th highest mountain in the Philippines* and my 45th mountain – Mt. Kalawitan. Up to the last week of the event proper, I was still unsure if I could join because of personal matters but just a day before the hike took place, I confirmed my attendance and was able to join the group. Talk about cramming, right?
Elevation: 2,714+ MASL
Location: Bontoc, Mountain Province/Sabangan, Mountain Province
Difficulty: 6/9 (Basing this on my experience)
Trek to Summit: 9 hours
There were several things that made me struggle during this hike that took place last January 28-29, 2017.Nonetheless, I do not regret joining because more than the exhaustion and pain, I was also really happy with the people I was with. Read on below for the full story of our weekend.
Hi everyone! I recently finished a 21-kilometer run in PSE Bull Run 2017. I actually ran out of kits for this so I thought I would not be able to join. I got a bit disappointed because aside from its perfect schedule that fits my training runs for my first full marathon (yes, I’m currently training for my upcoming 42km run. OMGGG serious na! #RoadToFortyTwo), I also pegged this as my run for the month.
Just when I thought I would not be able to join, a friend of mine told me that he was able to score two kits! And so without hesitations, I agreed to get the other one.
Unfortunately, I got sick the day before the race so I thought I would have a sloppy run come race day. Surprisingly, I performed better than expected. Read on below to know more about this “sick run”.
Hi everyone! Last January 7-8, my friends and I were trekking Luzon’s highest mountain and the Philippines’ third highest mountain – Mt. Pulag. It was also January of 2016 when I first ascended this mountain via the “killer trail” Akiki and descended via Ambangeg. At first, I was still hesitant to join because I already scaled the mountain via the same trails and second, I could not forget how I was extremely bothered by the cold temperature at the top (Sorry Queen Elsa. Lol.). When I was really conflicted, this conversation with my friend helped me decide:
Elevation: 2922 MASL (old), 2,926.047 MASL (new)
Location: Akiki Trail – Kabayan, Benguet
Difficulty: Akiki Trail – 7/9
Trek to Summit: Akiki Trail – 10-11 hours
(Edit: Mt. Pulag’s elevation is now at 2,926.047 MASL as declared by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority or NAMRIA last April 4-14, 2016. As proof of this, a new summit marker can be found beside the old one.)
While there were moments along the trail that made me question my decision of joining, I regret nothing because seeing my mother major mountain again brought back so many happy memories. And like what they say, it will always be a new experience in the mountains no matter how many times you have been there.