La Juliana Beach Resort, Real, Quezon

The summer season in the Philippines almost ended with us not going to the beach. But it was a big deal for my boys. Since we were also celebrating my son's 16th birthday, we opted to make an impromptu trip to a beach resort just 3 hours away from our place. Funny actually, because it was only our first time to go to Real, Quezon.

I made a quick research and the Internet pointed me to blogs mentioning a couple of beach resorts that are known as surfing spots. I wanted a quiet time with the family so I thought of finding other beach resorts in the area. Luckily, I found La Juliana Beach Resort and the reviews of the place are good.

(Photo lifted  from La Juliana Beach Resort Facebook page.)

2014 Philippine Holidays

MalacaƱang Palace, the seat of power in the Philippines has just released the list of official public holidays for 2014. It's time to file those vacation leaves and prepare your lakwatsa budget!

Singapore Day 1: Our arrival and checking in at the YMCA International House

We made our son's 13th birthday special by booking a trip to Singapore. Thanks to Cebu Pacific's Piso Fare promo last October 2012, I was able to secure cheap airline tickets. For our three round trip tickets, I only paid Php 10, 400. We left for Changi International Airport Terminal 2 last May 19. Our 5:40 am flight left on time and we arrived on schedule.

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Caramoan Getaway Day 3: Riding the Ro-Ro (Roll On, Roll Off) Ship

Going back to Naga City, we finally took the ro-ro (roll on, roll off) ship to Nato Port in Sagnay. Actually, we were supposed to take the ro-ro ship going to Caramoan but, since we arrived in Naga at 6am that day, there was no way that we're going to be able to reach Nato Port by 8am.

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Caramoan Getaway Day 2: The islands of Sabitang Laya, Lagos, and Matukad

After our early lunch at Manlawi Island, we hopped on our boats and proceeded to Sabitang Laya. Sabitang Laya is also one of the popular islands of the Caramoan Peninsula. This could be why there are already plenty of people by the time we arrived. Some of them even have tents set up and looked like they stayed there for the night.

The sand here is still powdery white like in Manlawi but there are large rock formations even on the water. We had photos taken while sitting on these rocks like this photo of my sister-in-law and her family.