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Summer na at maraming nagpaplano ng kanilang mga bakasyon lalong lalo na tuwing holyweek. It’s the time kasi to relax, relfect, relieve stress, at mag-enjoy. Well, para sa aming magbabarkada di na kailangang mag-isip kasi iisa lang naman ang destinasyon namin tuwing holyweek, it has been a tradition for almost 6 years and we never tire going back to this place. Destination: White Beach Puerto Galera!

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Now where exactly is White Beach Puerto Galera? Puerto Galera is located on the north shore of Mindoro Island, 130 kilometers south of Manila and 14 nautical miles away. Kung galing Manila, the easiest way to get there is by bus bound to Batangas port about one and half hour ride (P166 as of March 27, 2013) then from Batangas port to Puerto Galera an hour boat ride (P260+ fees).

White Beach Puerto Galera

Well tama na ang explanasyon pakilala ko na sa inyo ang mga kasali sa Ginoong Kwaresma 2013!

Darky Darky

a.k.a “Ronda Patrol”

info: unang gabi palang nakatapon na isang tower ng mindoro sling dahil harot, nangunguna sa paggagala at frontliner kapag gusto umikot ikot sa mga bars.

 

Markie Marky

a.k.a. “Mamang Markie”

info: ang may gandang di mo inakala, best in talent dahil kaya nyang sumuka ng pabilog ang bibig at super generous senyora ng lahat at ang nagiisang Laida Magtalas ng grupo.

 

Hanz Hanz

a.k.a. “Ang Kubrador

info: mamahalin ang ganda dahil sa dami ng naipagawa sa syensya, dakilang taga singil ng may mga utang, maximum security ang peg ngunit di padadaig sa ganda at shine ng balat.

 

Dave Dave

a.k.a. “Ms. Crayola”

info: huli man daw at magaling susunod parin, sumunod sa Galera para makasama ang one true love, aning aning minsan at siya ngayon ang humahawak Crayola princess award dahil sa emote sa beach.

Tyzer Tyzer

a.k.a. “Hala Sha”

info: wag mamaliitin ang gandang nahulog sa langit dahil never nazero ang kapatid nating ito, di man kaputian maganda ang kalooban yun nga lang kapag aurahan di mo mauunahan

Kyle Kyle

a.k.a “Lelet”

info: maliit man sa paningin nakakapuwing din, magaling magvalivash pumapalo kahit di abot ang net, kapag lasing magaling gumawa ng kwentong kapanipaniwala to the point na may nag-away

Marvin Marvin

a.k.a. “Abby”

info: wag magpapabulag sa tahimik na nature dahil nagiging maldita sa gabi at kapag nakainom, lakas mangtrip pero kapag nasilayan na ng liwanag bumabalik sa pagiging Abby nya

Euan Euan

a.k.a. “Baklang Okray na GG pa”

info: magaling magkwento ng mga alamat at sobrang lalim ng mga meaning ng bawat istorya, lakas mang-okray at talent nya na ang pagiging GG-era minsan di mo alam kung totoo ang sinasabi o nang GG lang

Derick Derick

a.k.a. “Daddy Derick”

info: number 1 supporter ng best in GG, hataw sa pag sayaw ng pokpok dance

 

Dixie Dexy

a.k.a. “The Longhereret”

info: talented sa pagme-makeup yung tipong nakatulog ka na buo parin ang make up mo, happy kasama sa bar kasi rampage kung rampage din

 

Dexter Dexter

a.k.a. “Friendly Alonedra”

info: apple of the eye ni Laida Magtalas sa Galera, bigla biglang nawawala sa eksena may booking na pala

with the special participation of:

Mike Bottom Mike

a.k.a. “Baklang Bulabog”

info: baklang ubod ng ingay at masarap makipagokrayan kasi game na game, marunong pa sa mga nag totong-its akala mo kasali at na-OP nung naligo ang mga kasama kasi lahat sila nakahubad

Life Life

a.k.a. “Ngenge Boom”

info: halatang may alcoholic problem kasi tanghaling tapat numonomo at nandadamay pa, super bait ang girly na kasama na si Jean at Eruption, super imbyerna sa lumba-lumba at abnormal na kasama sa kwarto

************ DAY 1 ************

Start ang aming escapades sa KFC Buendia kung saan kami nagkita-kita. As for me, kina Tyzer na ako nakitulog kasi ihahatid siya ng Dad nya so imbis na maghiwalay pa kami since magkasama naman kami maghapon dahil nag ukay kami sa kanila nalang ako nag stay. Pagdating namin sa Buendia andun na si Markie at Hanz. A few minutes dumating narin ang magjowang Kyle at Marvin. Lastly si Papa D at Euan naman. Dahil kumpleto na kami we decided to take the bus at exactly 2:15 am. Sa bus palang riot na kasi nga ngaun lang ulit nagkita-kita kaya walang katapusan ang kamustahan at okrayan. Instant friends agad ang peg ng lahat. Paalis na yung bus ng umeksena si Tyzer na bababa para magbanyo… pagbalik nya to his surprise nakita nya si Shine… (si Shine ang karir ni Tyzer na di sumama kasi gumawa ng dahilan na may nadeads na relatives ek ek). Di na nya pinansin si Shine kasi nga imbyerna na siya.

The trip to Batangas port went smoothly, yung iba samin natulog, yung iba naglaro ng Candy Crush or 4 Words 1 Pic at kung ano ano pa. After an hour, we’ve arrived sa aming destination and to our surprise ang daming tao na nakapila at ang mga bilihan ng ticket nasa labas na. May kontak sila Hanz na dapat ibibili kami ng ticket but hindi natuloy and they just advised us to purchase our own ticket. Dahil naimbyerna na si Hanz kami nalang ang dumiskarte para sa aming tickets. May mga early trip na diretso na daw ng White Beach pero based from experience ang mga schedule na yan di naman nasusunod so ang ginawa namin kinuha namin yung sure na makaka board at makaka alis kami sa tamang oras. We paid the tickets and waited a little for the waiting area to open.

Boarding Batangas Port

This year tatandaan ko yung lalaking nag alok samin ng tubig ni Euan, pinagloloko kaming mahal daw ang tubig sa Galera. Humanda yung animal na yun next year pinagbitbit kami ng tubig from port to Galera… hayuuup… As expected nung binuksan ang terminal siksikan nanaman ang tao as in sardinas na pinagkasya sa lata. Madaming naipit, maraming nagsigawan, sila Hanz at Papa D go lang kasi may strategy sila, si Euan picture picture lang hahaha. Nung makapasok, di na rin kami nagtagal sa loob ng terminal kasi open na yung gate kung san kami magboboard. Dahil maaga kaming nakalabas ng terminal kahit 8:15am pa ang sakay namin, nauna na kaming makasakay sa Challange and Passion of Love kemeng boat. After an hour and half trip sa dagat we’ve arrived sa lupang pinangako… White Beach Puerto Galera.

1st Stop: Restaurant ni Ligaya

Sobrang gutom na gutom kami kasi nga di naman kami nakapag snack man lang sa terminal so after naming magcheck in sa kwarto namin dumiretso na kami agad sa isa sa mga favorite naming kainan sa Galera… Residecia De Galera Restaurant and Bar, pero tawagin nalang nating “Restaurant ni Ligaya” kung saan nagseserve yung mabait na beki na si Mama Joy. We ordered, we ate, and we laughed.

Residecia De Galera Restaurant and Bar

Ang bulalo, tinola, sinampalukang manok, buttered chicken, grilled pork chop and liempo, at iba pa nilang sineserve na pagkain ay masarap at mura promise so kung dadaan kayo dito sa next Galera trip nyo try it!

2nd Stop: Fruitas

Fruitas

Never nacomplete ang vacation namin sa Galera kung walang Fruitas. Bukod sa thirst quencher na sobrang nakaka-alis ng init kapag uminom ka nito. Perfect combination with the searing heat at paglakad lakad sa paligid ng Puerto Galera. Hindi pa madamot yung mga tindera kasi they add more milk and syrup if you ask for it at mabilis silang gumawa ng shake.

It is a must have when you visit sa Galera kahit meron nito sa Manila iba parin ang feeling kapag dun ka uminom nito. Alternative din ang mamahaling scramble nila at P50 mais con yelo na pinagdadamot ang pag add ng saging hahahaha.

3rd Stop: Shakey’s

Masarap tumambay dito kasi yung mga crew flirt at friendly. Na-enjoy namin nila Hanz at Tyzer ang pakikipagusap sa mga crew nila. Umorder kasi kami ng basket of Mojo’s habang umiinom ng fruitas, saktong kumain sila ng tanghalian nilang longganisa. Napansin naming cute sila at pilit kaming inaalok kumain. Sabi nga ni Hanz, wag nyo kaming pilitin at baka maubos namin yan. Second the motion naman akong “sige lang kuya kain lang kayo at pagkatapos nyo kami naman ang kakain.” Ang mga harot na otoko pinapili ba naman kami kung longganisa ba daw or saging hahahaha syempre si kapatid na Tyzer pademure, kapag niloloko namin puro “Hala Sha” ang sagot. Nung pauwi nga kami nakita namin si Maynard sa isang bar, eh super crush ni kapatid yun, nung sinabi namin na andun si Tyzer hala sha kumaripas ng lakad akala tuloy nung waitress nung bar malakas ang sounds nila kasi di lumilingon si bakla.

4th Stop: Kwarto lang

5386_411722652256486_1042661990_nDahil di namin kaya ang init sa labas, we decided to stay inside our room, siksikan kami sa dami ba naman namin pero dahil hindi issue sa amin ang space, kuya  Hanz managed to make a deal with Ateng nagpapakeme ayun nakamura tuloy kami sa extra bed na si Hanz ay di mapakali sa paniningil. Kasi nga walang issue ang pera sa aming magkakaibigan hahaha.

Di pa kami nilalamig sa loob ng kwarto ay bigla namang umeksena si Life, since Wednesday pa daw sila at nag-aayang mag-inom agad. Wala pang kalahating oras bumalis si Life na may dalang Emperador Lite at nagsimula nang tumagay. Naka 2 bote kami ng long neck habang nagkukuwentuhan. Nang mahilo na ang mga bakla we called it quits at nagsipag tulog na ang mga beks. Si Life sa sobrang kalasingan di na nagising nung gabing yun.

Later that afternoon dumating narin si Dexter at meet and greet na ulit.

Ang First Night

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Dahil mababagal kumilos ang mga beki, nauna na kami ni Dexter at Markie para maghanap ng table at pwesto sa beach. Sobrang daming tao pero we manage to ask a waiter to assemble sets of tables and chairs para magkasya kami. Iniwan ko muna yung dalawa para kumain ng onti kasi wala pang laman tiyan ko eh so lafok muna ako ng siomai. Pagbalik ko andun na si Tyzer so order agad kami ng isang tower ng Mindoro Sling kasi medyo late narin kami nakalabas at nagstart na ang party. Sobrang tapang ng timpla ng Mindoro Sling so naisipan kong kalugin ang tower, nung una pasweet muna para maalog ng onti eh nung tinikman di parin balanced yung lasa ang ginawa ko binuhat ko yung tower ang kinalog with matching kembot. Suma tutal lumuwag yung takip ng tower bumukas at tumapon hanggang kabilang table yung alak…. nakakahiya pero syempre dedma nalang hahahaha. Eventually dumating na yung iba naming kasama at we started to enjoy the night till dawn. Ang huling naaalala ko nalang ay si Markie at Dexter niyayaya ako sa Jurassic para magobserve dun pero dahil sa umulan sumabay nalang akong kumain ng breakfast kina Hanz habang pinaguusapan namin yung feelingerang puro bukbok naman ang fezlak. Nakita ko rin ang all time crush kong si Jepoy haist kilig hahahaha. After nun plakda kaming lahat. Tapos si Tyzer may aura na wiz nya bet pero super ispluk parin siya ng kung anek anek suma-tutal nga nga sa huli kahit nagmukhang luneta ang beach.

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********** DAY 2 ***********

Almost lunch time na nung magising kami. Kahit hilo parin at hang over nag-ayos na kami kasi gutom na ang lahat. We went to our 2nd favorite tambayan sa Galera which is Manalo’s Restaurant and Bar. If ever mapapadaan kayo sa lugar na to ilan sa mga favorite naming orderin ay yung grilled pork chop with crab and corn soup, chopsuey, chicken curry, friend chicken (yung leg part daw kasi mas malasa), wag din kakalimutan yung gulay na side dish sobrang sarap isama sa ulam at kanin. Champion din ang mango shake at frozen iced tea nila.

Manalos

After naming kumain nakasalubong namin si Dave na kadadating lang galing Batangas port, sumunod lang kasi si Dave kasi may work siya so sa wakas nakumpleto na rin kami. Bumalik na kami ng kuwarto para magpahinga at magpalamig. Dahil nagdala ako ng playing cards naisipan naming magsugal. Nakagawian na naming magtong-its para pampatay ng oras pero ngayong taon may tinurong bagong sugal si Tyzer sa amin yung “In Between”. Halos maubos ang boses namin kasisigaw dahil sa laro. Exciting kasi risky ang bawat moves at malakas makaubos ng salapi pero sobrang saya.

In Between SessionPagkatapos maglaro ng In Between yung iba natulog, yung iba kumain at lumabas, at yung iba nag-tong its. Dito na na nambulabog si Mike Bottom na marunong pa sa mga naglalaro ng tong-its. Okrayang umaatikabo lalo na si Mike at Euan. Later that afternoon naisipan nilang magVolleyball so megasupport nalang kami ni Euan at Abby kasi di naman kami naglalaro samantalang si Hanz naman ay naiwan sa kuwarto, napatagal ata kami ng pagstay sa beach dahil medyo madilim na. Nagsiligo na kami at nagpahinga para sa 2nd night out namin.

Ang 2nd Night

2nd Night

2nd Night Out

Super party ang nangyari, may kanya kanyang eksena. Ang pangalawang gabi namin sa Puerto Galera ang masasabing wild party.

Tyzer – may kalambochingan super sweet, isinama sa room pero di na namin namalayan ang mga naganap

Markie – super bakod kay Sir Miggy Montemonio pero dedma, nalasing ng bongga at may linyang “he’s taking me for granted”, may talent sa pagsuka kasi kayang kontrolin ang hugis ng suka nya sa buhangin

Kyle – lasing din, super gawa ng kwento na kapanipaniwala para sa kapatid na Dave sumatutal warla…

Marvin – si Abby nagsasalita na nung nakainom at nagmaldita pa, nilapitan si Sir Miggy Montemonio at awra nya para pabalikin sa table dahil si Laida ay nagmamaktol na

Hanz – maagang umuwi kasi nga nakorner sa mga kwento ni Lelet at naka maximum security, pulang pula na rin kaya jumuwi na ng maaga

Dave – affected sa mga kwentong bakla, super crayola sa tabing dagat, ang lakas maka emote, umuwi ding sumusuka sa daan

Dexter – mega awra at natakehome pa kinabukasan na ng tanghali nakabalik

Dixie – nakadress si bakla rumarampa sa dance floor

Darky – may inventory check, laging wala sa table para samahan ang mga gusto umawra, super enjoy makipagsiksikan sa dance floor

Derick – super love ko ang pok pok dance at mga old school na steps

Euan – ginamit ang alindog, okray parin at ang umalalay kay Dave nung nasa dalapasigan

Life – nag-invite ng mga kasama nya sa kwarto na may attitude problem suma tutal pinalayas din sila sa table hahaha

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Sobrang dami naming nainom at halos lahat kami may tama. Kami nila Tyzer ang natira para ubusin ang pang 5 tower ng mindoro sling pero di na namin kinaya at nagsi uwi na kami.

********* DAY 3 **********

As usual tanghali na nagising ang mga beki. Tawang tawa kami nung umagang yun habang kinukwento ni Tyzer ang mga naganap nung gabi. Lalong lalo na kung paano sumuka si Mamang Markie at kung paanong si Abby ay nagpameywang ng sobrang taas. Isali na rin ang pangongorner ni Letlet kay Hanz at ang mga kaharotan ni Tyzer kay Yuan (karir nya kagabi).

Nang makaramdam ng gutom, kay Mama Joy ulit kami kumain. Habang naghihintay ng pagkain hindi parin matapos tapos ang asaran at okrayan. Si Markie na nahihilo pa pumunta ng CR pero di na inabot. Nakakamiss si Mama Joy lalo na yung kapag tinatanong namin kung nasan na yung pagkain… siguro mga 10 beses niyang sinabi na “lalabas na”. Sobra kaming nabusog sa mga inorder namin. Pagkatapos kumain at bumalik na kami sa kuwarto namin habang yung iba naman ay namili na ng pasalubong at mga sando.

After naming kumain bumalik na kami ng kuwarto and we decided na magpahinga ng konti pero before that nakapagpareserve na si Markie ng net at bola for volleyball later that afternoon. Pagbalik namin we were formally introduced to Dixie na makikishare sa room namin kasi yung mga kasama nya ay umuwi na at dahil gusto pa nyang magstay we let her. Instant bonding ang naganap kahit ngayon lang nagkakilala parang matagal nang magkakaibigan kung mag okrayan.

4:30 pm lumabas na kami kasi magvolleyball sila Letlet, Tyzer at iba pa habang sila Euan at Papa D naman ay magpapa-Tan. Sumabay na kami palabas kasi gusto ko ring bumili ng Saging Con Yelo pero pagdating namin dun pinagdamutan kami ni ate, kulang nalang magmakaawa ako sa isang kutsarang minatamis na saging. Sa halagang 50 pesos di worth ang tinitinda nya di masarap at di na kami ulit bibili sa kanya hahahaha.

ValibolHabang nagvolleyball ang iba, kami ni Hanz at Abby ay sumama kina Euan sa kanilang pagta-Tan pero dun kami sa lilim. Dun na kami nagshare ng mga kwento si Euan tungkol sa alamat ng Tagaytay, Taytay, at Navotas. Yung mga kwentong yun ang pinakawalang kwentang kwento na narinig namin yet kalagitnaan palang  ng kwento ay tawa na kami ng tawa. Pati mga palaisipan ay di rin namin pinatawad. Nung mapagod kami ay nagswimming muna kami sa beach, malamig ang tubig at di masyadong malalim kaya tamang tama lang para magbabad.

We also took the opportunity para magpavalidate ng tickets namin for departure for the following day kaya lang ang nakuha namin ay yung 4:30pm kasi full na yung morning at noon na boat so wala kaming choice kundi kunin yung 4:30 na boat. It’s an advantage kasi atleast maeenjoy pa namin yung gabi without worrying na maiiwan kami ng banka pero on the other hand may iba kasi samin na need na makabalik ng manila kasi may work pa so mixed emotions.

Madilim narin nung umahon kami kaya naisipan naming balikan ang mga bekibols na naglalaro para ayaing kumain, sakto namang patapos na sila kaya naman dumiretso na kami sa Manalo’s Restaurant kung saan namin itinuloy ang okrayan, kwentuhan, at pagshare ng alamat pati na mga palaisipan.After kumain bumalik na kami sa kwarto para maligo at magpahinga. Naisipan naming magpamasahe nila Hanz, Papa D, at Euan… imbis na marelax ay lalong kaming nabulabog habang inookray ni Euan yung nagmamasahe… ilang minuto pa dumating naman si Mike Bottom para manghingi ng 50 pesos pang yosi at para bulabugin din ang mga nagmamasahe sa amin. Syempre nagbatuhan ng okray si Mike at Euan kasi sila ang magkaribal sa okrayan about sa size ng parte ng katawan nila. Nung umalis na si Mike si Tyzer naman ang pumalit sa pambubulabog sumatutal walang nakapagrelax. We just took a quick rest then prepare na for the final night.

The Final NightTanduay Ice

Nothing much special happened during this night, but we enjoyed it by drinking and mingling with other friends na nakita namin sa beach at sa bar. We ended up drinking sa beach and then afterwards sa bar. Sobrang daming tao and the night is so alive. We limited our mindoro sling to 2 towers and then nag bote bote na kami. Nung una pasweet lang Tanduay Ice and Tanduay Black, and then afterwards Red Horse na.

Sa bar we meet a few party people na makukulit, may isang maliit na bilat na sobrang kulit na pilit nyang binebenta yung mga kasamang nyang beki. We also met Vince na beki daw siya pero may GF at general ang tatay. Tyzer also met a guy na mukhang sir Chief but I don’t know what happened coz we are really drunk and the sounds were so loud and we just didn’t care. The party lasted til morning and the survivors Me, Tyzer and Dixie decided to eat first before going back to our room. Dahil wala na masyadong bukas na kainan we ended eating sa karenderia sa may beach front kung saan bata ang nagseserver. We are dizzy and tipsy to the point na lahat ng makasalubong namin tinatanong namin kung “pauwi na ba sila”. Yung iba sumasagot yung iba dinedma kami pero I can still remember kung pano namin kulitin ang mga dumadaan buti nalang di kami napa-away. Buti this year walang upuan na hinagis at walang eskandalong naganap.

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Goodbye Puerto Galera See You Next Year!

The following day we woke up almost noon. It’s our final day sa Puerto Galera, although alam namin na magkakahiwa-hiwalay kamin at the end of the the day we still managed to cheer each and everyone. Nag-bruch muna kami sa kubo to fill in our empty stomach at namili ng ilang pasalubong and then we head back to pick up our things. Inayos na namin ang mga gamit namin, binitbit ang mga bags and we are off. Syempre picture picture taker muna para may remember…

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This summer vacation was really a blast. Met new friends and gained a lot of unforgetfull memories. Kahit sang lugar ka naman magpunta basta kasama ang mga tunay na kaibigan mo walang dull moment. Looking forward of meeting you all again and I am pretty sure our next gimik will be awesome. Godspeed!

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A stranger stabs you in the front; a friend stabs you in the back; a boyfriend stabs you in the heart, but best friends only poke each other with straws.

 

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Here is the second installment of our trip to Puerto Galera. Nothing much happened on the first day but the second day is more eventful. We will be exploring Jurassic cave and know more about its rich background. I will discuss on how to bargain for really good souvenir items and novelties. Lastly, I will share to you and introduce a drinking game called 7 Waterfalls.

Day 2 April 22, 2011 (Good Friday)

It was 10 am in the morning and I am awakened by the sound of Euan’s voice, they are already awake. I don’t know what they are talking about because I am half awake. I am still drowsy and lack sleep, maybe because I went to bed a little late last night because I hang out a bit longer in the beach with Oliver and Aljheal while having a couple of drinks. Anyway, I overheard that they are talking about someone being caught on Jurassic. For those who don’t know, Jurassic is a part of Puerto Galera can be found way beyond the rocky beaches on west side if you’re facing the beach. Now the controversial part is that during night-time, many of the homosexuals staying in Galera are using the cave to meet and exercise sexual intercourse while inside the cave. I would like to hear more about the barangay officials arresting that homo but I am starving so I asked them if they had breakfast. Derick and Euan just had fruit shakes and most of us are already hungry so I went up and prepped myself and we headed to Manalo’s Restaurant.

Toooon Tulog!!!

At Manalo’s we enjoyed the free Wi-Fi, at first we didn’t know that there is an available wireless connection up until Hanz brought his iPad and started tapping away. We are able to update our status on facebook, emails, and shared some pictures too. The food at Manalo’s were amazing, their home-made fried chicken is very tasty, crunchy on the outside but soft and flavorful in the inside. They also made awesome soups and salads especially the side dish made from carrots, cabbages, onions, and dressings it was to die for. Some of us ordered pork kebob and grilled squids. The feast is just mouth-watering and on top of it the prices is so damn affordable.

Most of us headed back to room because they cannot bear the heat outside but for Hanz and me it is another opportunity to bargain with merchants of the souvenir shops. It’s quite easy to get good items in a cheaper price. You just need to know how to play along with the merchants and eventually their prices will start sliding down. Example, if the t-shirt with Puerto Galera print are priced as 120 pesos, you can still cut this up to 90 to 100 pesos by mentioning that the same design is sold lower on the other booth. A little acting that you would go back to the other store will do the trick and I assure you the prices will start sliding down.  After a little shopping we went back to the room to get some more sleep but on our way back I saw this beautifully hand painted henna tattoo at the back of a guy. It was a pair of wings and said to Hanz that I would like to have the same. Hanz disapproved it for it will only itch and turn nasty when it is about to be erased and besides if henna get into our bed covers I’ll be paying a fine of more than 1000 pesos so I agreed.

In the afternoon we still don’t feel like swimming at the beach so we’ve decided to play 2 Hits (tong-its with bets) a common card game played by gamblers here in the Philippines. After a few rounds it started to get boring then I remembered that Derick and I bought a bottle on Grand Matador brandy last night thinking of getting a drink in our room right after the sounds were halted by barangay officials. We didn’t have the opportunity to drink it so I challenged them to a game of 7 Waterfalls. For the description and rules about this game click HERE! We have so much fun and game was really exciting, too bad Hanz missed it because he need to do something but still it was a blast. After drinking half of the brandy we decided to stop and call it quits because almost all of us are already tipsy. So we rested a while and then prepare ourselves to go out in our second beach party night. That night we decided to eat somewhere else near the booth of C2. The food doesn’t taste as good as Manalo’s but it was edible enough to fill our stomach.

Since most of us are already tired and slightly intoxicated we spent much of our time watching television. American idol, Glee, and Prince of Persia are being televised. Some of us including me quickly drowsed off and rested for a while. At exactly 12 midnight, my friends woke me up so I hurriedly fix myself only to know that there are still no bars playing music anywhere. I even envied our neighbors on the other side of the resort because they have their own sound system, strobe lights, and loud music as if they have their very own private party.

We went outside and to our surprise is almost pitch black and dead silent. The only thing that you can hear is the loud chit-chat of people trying to enjoy themselves despite that there is no loud music playing. Although drinking was allowed it is not the same, unlike last year where everybody party wildly at the beach and the bar. With that scene we decided to continue playing 7 Waterfalls but this time we are going to do it at the beach and we will be drinking Mindoro Sling. Even without sounds we had a lot of fun and we just enjoyed each other’s company. We also saw Ian, he’s our friend long time ago that we rarely see, he introduced us to some of his friends. After a few more drinks we decided to head back to our room and rest. We enjoyed the night but still we are very disappointed to the way the management in Galera prevented us from having a good night fun. – End of day 2.

Four in the morning is the time we’ve decided to meet at the terminal of Buendia. We are all excited to reach our destination that is always a year in the making. Summer destination for every year during Lenten season for us is Galera. It is not the best place you can go for a summer vacation but for us it’s like the perfect place where we can unwind and forget about the life we have in the city. It’s like we are living a whole new world when we are staying here.

Day 1 April 21, 2011 (Maundy Thursday)

We all assembled at KFC Buendia and ate our early morning breakfast. The six of us Hanz, Yuan, Derick, Ton, Enzo and me decided to take the bus bound to Batangas port while James will just follow us there because he is having difficulty getting a bus to Buendia. After a small chit-chat and a few fooling around we stepped into the bus and off we go to Batangas Port. Almost all of us slept during the trip and after almost two hours we’ve arrived in our destination. Just like last year, the management in Batangas port is so unorganized. We are dragged in this very long queue just to get our ticket. It took us almost two hours before we can get into the waiting area where we waited another hour or two before we board the boat. James already caught up with us and there we waited in vain and then finally at 10:30 am we boarded the boat and our trip to Puerto Galera started. As I remember the trip went well at first but when we are already half-way our trip the waves started pounding our boat. Massive waves started to hit and water started to pour into the boat. I can still picture the look on Enzo’s face when salt water splashed down his face hahaha!!!

At noon, we finally arrived in White Beach Puerto Galera. There are already a lot of people sun bathing, eating grilled foods, and swimming in the clear blue waters of the beach. We are all starving but we need to check in first so we went ahead and checked into VM-Resort. Hanz’s PR skills managed to cut our room rent by half, one of his seaman friend paid for the reservation fee, cool eh?!? So we settled in, unpacked and freshen up, some of us bathe because it was so freaking’ hot and almost all of us are sweating even if the air conditioning unit is in full blast.

So we took our late lunch in one of our favorite fast food chain in Galera, “Foodtrip sa Galera”. They offer a variety of dishes. Tapsilog, tocilog, daing na bangus, itlog na pula, sausages, fried chicken, barbecue, sandwiches, and a lot more. And what I love about their meals is that they offer unlimited garlic rice. The prices are affordable too and they are open 24 hours.  On top of it, their waiters and waitresses are so accommodating and attentive, they value good customer service.

After a fulfilling meal, some of us head back to the room to get some rest. I and Hanz decided to start purchasing pasalubong. I personally shopped for myself because I brought too little wardrobe because I am planning on wearing sandos sold in Galera.  After shopping we headed back to the room to take some rest.

We didn’t get in the water on the first day instead we walked around the beach and check out the establishment and booths where we can hang out later. Of course walking in the beach would not be complete without the fruit shake of Fruitas and banana que. We also went to C2 Green Tea’s booth where they premium items just by purchasing their products. There is water pouch, floaters, bottle strap, mini tent, and of course my personal favorite the “poi” (I purchased 2 of these hehehe).

There is also the stage of San Miguel Beer and Tanduay where mini concert are held. The frenzy and EZ lubricant booth where they offer special prizes just buy purchasing. We also manage to see the Take the Test booth promoted by K Brosas too bad though we didn’t get the chance to see her. At the beach a lot of people are playing volleyball, covering each other with sands, building sand castle, sun bathing, dancing, have their hair braided, and having a massage. It’s like we are in total paradise where relaxation is the theme and everywhere there is food… food… FOOOOOOD!!!


Night time, we had our dinner at Manalo’s Restaurant where they serve super tasty crab and corn soup and calamari. We watched a couple of fire poi dancing at the beach. We ready ourselves to party parteeee!!! We headed at Mikkos Bar where we met “Ateh”. Ateh is a gay waitress and she assisted us in getting a good table to have our drink of the dreaded Mindoro Sling. We had a lot of fun, so many people dancing, cheering, and having a good time. We met a couple of familiar faces Aljheal and Oliver enjoying their drinks together with their friends.  The night is so wild, the beach is too crowded, and music is just nirvana. Unfortunately, with respect to the Lenten season the sounds were cut off at 2am in the morning. It is already Good Friday and the barangay officials in Galera directed the bars and establishment to observe silence. Disappointed just like the other crowd just finished our drinks and headed back to our room and call it the day. – End of day 1.