Showing posts from July, 2012

The Beauty of the Philippines Part 2: Coron, Palawan

Aerial View of  Dimakya Island (Club Paradise)  Our island adventure started with an amazing day at Club Paradise, an Island Resort located in Dimakya Island, Municipality of Coron, a part of the Calamian Group of Islands, situated at the northern tip of Palawan, the Philippines' last frontier.   Since we were staying at Club Paradise, we felt the whole island entirely to ourselves.  We spent the day frolicking on the powdery white sand beach, strolling to the ‘Hidden Beach’, swimming in calm, crystal clear water, and polishing on our diving skills in the pool, trekking to Eagle's Point hill and watching the sunset while hundreds and hundreds of bats hovered over the beach and Eagle’s Point hill. The following day, we continued to explore more of Coron.  Our speed boat crossed the open sea, cruised the river lined by mangroves. We hopped in the minivan to travel to the Port of Coron. From here, our boat started to navigate through different shades of blue, azure, turquo

The Beauty of the Philippines Part 1: Taal Lake

Taal Lake is described in Patricia Schultz' book as, “… one of Asia's most beautiful panoramas. Among the world's lowest and smallest volcanoes, Taal is filled with water, creating a lake, yet the volcano itself is located within a larger lake (as the tour guides are wont to chant, "A lake within a volcano, within a lake, within the island of Luzon.")The blues and greens of the vista from forested Tagaytay Ridge have for generations made this a favorite getaway from the heat and chaos of downtown Manila." To see this amazing wonder, we hired an air-conditioned SUV for P3700.00 pesos for a return trip from Quezon City (Metro Manila) to Tagaytay. The car rental included gas and a driver. We drove south-west for almost two hours until we came to Tagaytay City lookout - a vista point on the side of the road. The view was already spectacular but we wanted to go to the volcano island up-close. At the Tagaytay City lookout, we were approached by a few wou