Camarines Sur Watersport Complex (CWC)

Wake boarding here I come...

Lago Del Rey, Camarines Sur

Right after our Caramoan Nature Adventure, we headed to one of the most visited water park in Camarines Sur:  Lago del Rey. It is another man made water park intended to balance the extreme wake boarding on its adjacent cable park in Camarines Watersport Complex, also known as CWC. It boast of many family game activities such as kayaking, water volleyball, jet skiing, paddling, swimming, and also wake boarding.
The hardest part was from the water to the green platform below.

From Sabang Port, we rented a van to CWC and arrived there almost 4 in the afternoon.

Caramoan Islands, Caramoan, Camarines Sur

I really don't like the wilderness at first....but Caramoan change all that. The Islands, the happy and hospitable people, the breeze of salty air,the pure white sand,the clear water and the majestic view. Whew! Breathtaking...

The unexploited islands of Caramoan are exquisite and stunning. I will never forget this trip because there were several First Time I did here.First land travel for 9 long hours, first rock climbing, first time to stay on a remote island, first time to sleep in a tent, and first time to experience extreme horror!

The travelers were Jay - a high school buddy, Ron - a true blooded adventurer (this is the second time we met, the first was on Puting Buhangin,Quezon) and finally Me. Ron called this "Triple-Trip-Tripan".
Cagbalinag Island, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Me, Ron and Jay

Laiya Beach, San Juan, Batangas

First and foremost, the title should have been Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte, but due to a tropical storm that hit the Bicol region, the trip was cancelled. Many had withdrawn because of safety reasons, after all there's a 2 hour bumpy boat ride. Another reason, as many of them had DSLR camera, was the gloomy beach( yup that's right), gloomy skies, gloomy atmosphere and they wont make great shots and all that. But it did not stop me from having the weekend at the beach! Yey!

Laiya, Batangas
Me, Greig, Pe, Aiko, Mico, Mark, Ronette, Ella, and Cecil taken by Nico

Luckily my college friends had planned a trip that is much closer to Manila. It coincide with the date but on a lot later time. I immediately accepted to join because its about time to catch up with them.

White Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Puerto Galera is one of the most visited beaches in the Philippines. This is my first time to have a vacation there.
White Beach

We stayed at White Beach, Puerto Galera.( not to be confused with the white sand)

Puting Buhangin Kwebang Lampas, Pagbilao, Quezon

This trip was awkward yet rewarding. For all the reason I should not be here in this paradise, BUT yes, It was destiny.

Puting Buhangin
It all began in a coffee session at Starbucks when my close friends Star and Jay, asked me to come to this 1-day tour in Quezon. I did hesitate at first cause of my morning work schedule for tomorrow (Monday) and my mentality that it is  far away from Manila. After hours of convincing, they were able to force me to say OK! It took us only 4 hours to pack things up and leave.

Here's how we got there:
From Alabang, we rode a Bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal (two and a half of almost flying bus ride). In the terminal, I got to meet 17 anonymous yet friendly peeps.

Train's Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)

Before their  hit song Hey, Soul Sister and If Its Love, there was Drops of Jupiter. The song was nominated for 5 Grammy back in 2002, and won two awards, one for best arrangement and the other for best rock song.

The song according to the lead vocalist Patrick Monahan was inspired by the death of his mother that came to him by a dream which was later turned into a love song.

And if you are wondering if there are more astrological terms in the song, there are plenty. Venus, Milky Way, shooting star, sun etc. Poetically, the use of references to planets, stars, and galaxies gives an ethereal feel to the music, contributing to its popularity. The lyrics propose a lost lover who has 'found a shooting star', explored the Universe, but comes home.