Monday, June 5, 2017

Trekking at Wawa Dam

I'm very excited to write about this experience because not everybody knows about Wawa Dam. Wawa Dam is actually pretty near Metro Manila. It's a dam in Montalban Rodriguez, Rizal that was built over the Marikina River to supply water in Manila in the early American Colonial era. It was abandoned since Angat Dam was constructed. 

It's not actually my first time to visit this place, I remember going here as a kid because my relatives in the father side lives in Montalban Rizal. We visited the dam again after so many years. I didn't remembered how it looked like back in the days! If you ask the people of Montalban about Wawa Dam, they will tell you scary stories. They always tell me to be careful when visiting the dam because a lot of people go missing or someone will pull you down under the water. Since my relatives live there, real or hoax, I've always believed in these kinds of stories so I made sure to be extra careful.


I visited Wawa Dam early in the morning with the family and the boyfriend. We went there by car. We're actually here to shoot for my sister's thesis. Luckily it didn't rained at all, the sun was shining so bright, so imagine trekking under the summer heat LOL! Make sure to put on sunblock!



I find it relaxing going here. I never thought a place like this exists near the busy streets of Metro Manila. The big boulder of rocks in Wawa dam are amazing to see. Some are white, some are gray, they're like marble!


Make sure to dress comfortably if you're planning to go here. You'll be climbing and walking around so better wear the right kind of clothes.



I love seeing flowing waters, it's pretty calming. I feel like I'm really one with nature.


See that? Yes that's the dam! Amazing right? See the floating bamboo cottages down there? You can actually bring food there and eat with your family and friends, like a picnic! But of course, make sure to clean as you go. Please don't leave all your trashes floating above the water. Save mother earth for crying out loud! hehe :) 



It's astounding to see this view early in the morning!


We climbed up the dam and we finally reached this area. I think this experience wouldn't be complete without riding a bamboo raft. 


I admit, it was sooo hard balancing on this raft because we were 4 people riding this long and narrow raft. A slight movement can definitely rock the whole thing.


Of course we'll do anything to snap these amazing photos. Talk about buwis buhay?LOL! 

In all fairness, riding the bamboo raft and rowing above the waters is totally a different experience. I'm in awe of how beautiful this place is!





If you're planning to go on a mini trekking adventure that's near Metro Manila, pay a visit at Wawa Dam. It's nice to discover new places that you never knew existed every once in a while.


Watch out for our next adventures!

Photography by Michael John Santos and Elijah Nichelle Santos

XX,
Nicole






Monday, April 24, 2017

Quick Weekend Getaway to Crystal Beach Zambales

We went for a day trip to Crystal Beach Resort Zambales. It was a 3-4 hour drive from Quezon City to Zambales. We didn't really planned it so we just opted for a day trip because staying overnight is not an option since we weren't able to do prior bookings. The entrance fee if you're planning to go on a day trip is P 350. 

Crystal Beach Resort is perfect for adventurers who loves camping and surfing. There are different types of accommodation in Crystal Beach and the most popular of all are the tents. You can bring your own or you can also rent from them. They also have air conditioned rooms and fan rooms that you can book depending on your budget and number of people.

Crystal Beach isn't a white sand beach so don't get your hopes too high. The place looks nice, its just that I've seen a lot of photos showing as if it's a white beach but it isn't. The place has pine trees and large waves. That's why this place is perfect for surfing.



on him: red board shorts, TOMMY HILFIGER | sunglasses, RAY-BAN
on her: one piece swimsuit, EIGHTH MERMAID | sunglasses, RAY-BAN 


I haven't tried surfing before so I was really looking forward to visiting this place because they have a Quiksilver Surf School. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you can surf by renting a board or bringing your own. Since I haven't done it before, I availed the beginner's surfing class!


They taught me everything, the different positions, the stance and the rules of surfing. I learned a lot and they didn't stop until I was able to go for a long ride. It was self-fulfilling! 


one piece suit, WEAR SANDY CHEEKS | cap, ADIDAS




I know everyone of you is excited for your summer trips. This is the best time to hit the beach and chill with your friends while sipping cold drinks. I'm just wondering, what do you actually prepare for an upcoming beach trip? Let me jot down mine.

1. The Venue
Of course I think this is one of the most important things. Search locations that will suit the vibe that your looking for and wouldn't go over your budget (of course you have at least a rough estimate on your mind).

2. Your Budget
After looking for a venue, you can now estimate the money that you need to prepare for your trip. Best tip? Travel with your friends! This would help all of you to spend less and of course the more the merrier right? :)

3. Transportation
There are a lot of ways to get to one place to another. You can book a plane ticket (if necessary), you can commute by bus, you can rent a coaster or van, and lastly you can drive your own car.

4. Your Wardrobe
Summer is my favourite season because I can wear my rompers and swimsuits more often! I'm obsessed with these types of clothing so I really make sure my summer wardrobe is on point!

5. Your Body
I'm not talking about being sexy and fit (though i know summer is a really good motivation to get your butts to the gym) but I'm talking about taking care of your skin and prepping your body for that summer outfit! Make sure you always put sunscreen all over your body and yes most importantly your face. 

Another is get rid of that chicken skin and unwanted body hair! Book an appointment to your favourite waxing salon and let them do the job. I always trust Whipped when it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair. They keep my skin smooth and hair-free. That's why I'm always ready to flaunt that bikini confidently! Isn't it more sexy when you're confident? :)






It's advisable to wear a rash guard when surfing to protect your skin from the harsh sunlight and from open cuts if ever you fall from your board.









We left Crystal Beach Resort at 6pm because it's the cut-off time for day trippers. It was a good experience for a quick weekend getaway.



So there, I hope this post has been helpful if ever you're planning to go on a quick weekend getaway to Crystal Beach Zambales!

Stay tuned for more!:)

Photography by Elijah Nichelle Santos

xx,
NICOLE