I can't say that I regret scaling this famous icon in Coron on the first hour after my arrival in. My body or rather my legs weren't prepared for the sudden strenuous effort I subjected it to. I didn't dare count the steps, If I did then I would've lost count somewhere after 50, but they say its over 700 stairs to reach the summit. I kept assuring myself it was all worth it, yet my calves started aching on my way down, and I haven't had any snorkeling or island adventure yet, this could be the portents of me limping in a few days, I just hope it won't be that much.
One thing I like about having trips in the beaches is to witness how it looks like during sunset hours. As for Puerto Galera white beach, it's always a quick weekend trip from people who lives and works in Metro Manila. being that its easily accessible from Batangas Pier. My first trip here was during the first team building with my co-workers almost 5 years ago. On my first time, I was surprise that Mindoro is keeping a place like this one. And the first experience of Puerto Galera sunset was spent swimming in its cool waters and watching people enjoying the walk on the beach. Its a nice change from working on a corporate office.
CULION | Visiting Culion A History Of People Fighting For Survival
Culion is part of the Calamian islands, way off from Coron. But is a place worthy of mention because of its rich history, of people dedicating their life's work to eradicate the biblical disease called leprosy. Culion went down in history books and was placed in the map to be the world's biggest leper colony that started when Americans colonized the Philippines. I am no historian although history fascinates me, so I will describe instead my thoughts and impressions about Culion as a newbie photo enthusiast.
I'm on 2nd day for the Coron trip, as usual in small towns like this, early to bed and early to rise, and I just woke earlier than everyone. Despite the frustration I got yesterday for having my flight from NAIA to Busuanga Coron delayed for over 3 1/2 hours, I was inspired by Coron even before we touched down the airport.
Cagbalinad is a small secluded island facing the expensive resort laden Gota Island of Caramoan. This is our second stop for first day island hopping adventure, already my skin is starting to burn but when I'm in a tropical paradise such as this, I can't miss the chance. Our guide Kuya Ramil left us for a good 30 minutes as he was went back to Paniman to get his handmade goggles. We are to have some snorkeling adventure on some deeper waters just few meters away from Lahus Island. He must have realized that I'm very comfortable in the water, I even brought my own snorkeling gear. My next post will be about how he assisted me like a father to a son while snorkeling.