The Princess’ Man is… My Man :)

The Princess’ Man Review

Park Shi Hoo’s Excellence

I’ve been seeing the posters of this drama online before I was convinced to watch it. At first I was hesitant. The characters do not seem appealing to me especially Park Shi Hoo. Sorry Park Shi Hoo fans! But like I said, it was before I watched this drama.^_^ Another reason is because of Moon Chae Won. I still can’t forgive her wickedness in Shining Inheritance. lol just kidding!:)

I ran out of Korean dramas to watch that’s how I got convinced by a friend to watch this and to my surprise…

This drama is really beautiful! The first episodes seem not fitting though because of the exaggerated effects they used for a historical drama. Nonetheless, this is indeed a gem.

As far as the story is concerned, The Princess’ Man is like Asia’s Romeo & Juliet. It depicts the very deep passion the main leads have for each other. Their love is just so pure – that thing that would make you wonder if such love really exist…. A love that could conquer everything.

One thing I love about Korean dramas is how they show the process when people fall in love. It’s not always a whirlwind romance. In this drama, they will make you feel how their love developed from a simple crush. It was very sweet and romantic – utterly pure.

The Characters:

I will just review those who made impression on me.:)

Park Shi Hoo is really excellent in portraying his role as Kim Seung Yoo. From the conceited but light character he has, he turned into a real monster with his heart full of hate for those who killed his family. Well, his face tells it all. How he exploded into anger is really excellent. He’s really a great actor, I said. He’ll make you feel when he’s trembling in suppressing his kept anger. Excellent job Park Shi Hoo!:)

Oh, he looks more handsome when he turned into that monster! lol that black-ninja-costume really suits him well than when he’s still a neat professor..:)

*giggles >.<

Moon Chae Won is also surprising in this drama. Oh well, what can I say, it is already given that her character as Lee Se Ryung is really great. How she’s not a damsel in distress who’s always waiting to be rescued and how she is willing to risk even her life for the sake of what is right is really appealing to me. And she portrayed it very well. Good job Moon Chae Won!:)

Last but not the least is Kim Young Chul as Prince Suyang.

lol! I think I was the only one who liked him. Oh well, I don’t like his character, but his performance is really great! How come they’ve come up with the best artists for this drama!? Perfect choices.

Kim Young Chul has really an atrocious character in this drama, but at the same time, he’s a loving father to Lee Se Ryung. How he showed both of these sides, that’s for you to know. That’s why I admired his performance.:)

The Plot:

The Princess’ Man is just a very complicated drama with political obstructions. Those obstructions hinder Se Ryung and  Seung Yoo’s love story since they belong to opposing clans. Their love story is just so painful that I lost a lot of tears watching this drama. 😥 Actually, it took me a long time to get over this drama. I believe even the others were surprised how this drama came up to be that good. As in I wasn’t really expecting anything since I was just watching it as a past time. But I got hooked up to the point that I’m getting angry with the antagonists’ greed for power and how the people and the situation around the leads were also not helping but breaking them apart.

Drama Clips:

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The Soundtrack:

Of course it’s Baek Ji Young, one of Korea’s best singers!:)

You’ll realize how much they love each other more. ❤ This is the english translation to some part of their ost – I Love You, Too

Even when tomorrow comes I love you

I love you more than yesterday

Without being able to express what’s in my heart

Again today I love you

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Even when I see you I miss you

Even when we’re together I’m lonely

I don’t see an end to this one-sided love

***

I only love you…

To its entirety, this drama is really awesome. I’m not a fan of tragic dramas but I loved this one, I really do. I would like to watch it again, it’s just that I still have to prepare my heart.lol

So as for you, if you want to watch The Princess’ Man, prepare to cry a lot but fall in love as well.:)

For The Princess’ Man, my rating is 9.9 out of 10. 

That .01 is a deduction for making me cry so hard and for not inserting more happy moments.:)

Anyway, I highly recommend The Princess’ Man!

Saranghae Park Shi Hoo, oppa!:)

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The Not So Innocent Man – Song Joong Ki

The Innocent Man Review

After watching the entire drama, my question is: “Why was it titled Innocent man”? He’s not innocent at all nor a nice guy, but his face is.:) Just my random thinking.lol

Casts:

Kang Ma-Roo (Song Joong Ki) is a young and very promising medical student. His intellect is above average. He “was” nice and will do everything for the woman he loves.

That most beautiful girl who got Kang Ma-Roo’s heart is no other than Han Jae-Hee (Park Si-Yeon).

She is the usual ambitious type and she despises her background. Han Jae-hee experienced a hard life when she was young, getting beaten up by her brother with a prostitute mother, that fact pushed her to be who she is right now. She will do everything to get on ahead with life and that is even sacrificing the man she loves, Kang Ma-Roo.

On the other hand, Seo Eun Gi (Moon Chae Won) is the brilliant and sole heir of Tae San Group, a huge Korean corporation. She is rude and does not trust anyone, literally a skeptic, but when she met Kang Ma-Roo, all of that outer shell shattered.

Story:

Kang Ma-Roo and Han Jae-hee are dating. They were doing just fine. He loves her and she loves him.

Until one call destroyed everything…

One night, while Kang Ma-Roo was attending to his sickly sister, Han Jae-hee called him. She was flustered. She just accidentally killed a man and asked Kang Ma-Roo to revive that man. Though his sister is badly sick that he’s about to take her to the hospital, out of his obsession for Han Jae-hee, he left his sick sister and rushed to Han Jae-hee.

Upon arriving to the hotel room, he saw Han Jae-hee sitting at the corner, unable to think straight. The victim is already dead.

He tried comforting Han Jae-hee and asked her to surrender to the police, perhaps she might be spared since it is a self-defense.

But Han Jae-hee, considering how she got into her current position as a TV reporter, refused. She said she’d rather die than return to what she considers trash life. Thinking it was love, Kang Ma-Roo came to a conclusion. He suddenly removed all the evidences. He decided to confess instead of Han Jae-hee. He paid for her crime.

Kang Ma-Roo was imprisoned.

After a couple of years, he went out of prison. From an expelled medical student, he became a gigolo who sells his body to wealthy women.

And the woman he thought was still waiting for him has become the mistress of Tae San Group’s chairman. She just became Seo Eun Gi’s stepmother.

Seo Eun Gi just hated her to the bones.

The 1st meeting: In the same way, while Ma-Roo is on his way back to Korea, coincidentally he was in the same flight with Jae-Hee, her son, and Eun Gi. Eun Gi got really ill to the point that she could die. Since there was no licensed doctor during the flight, Ma-Roo had no choice but to do the first aid. To his surprise, while reviving Eun Gi, he saw Jae-Hee and her son.

From a nice guy, Kang Ma-Roo turned into a lifeless and rude man. You can seldom see him smile.

[Can’t believe his beautiful face got beaten up like that.:'(]

Unwilling to accept the fact that his beloved woman has just become a business tycoon’s mistress, he blindly waited for her. But because Han Jae-hee, as Kang Ma-Roo quoted, “is like a car without a break that is just accelerating.” She doesn’t know when to stop. Even that beating was caused by her due to misunderstanding. She just left Kang Ma-Roo no choice. He resorted to bring her down to where she is supposed to be – to the trash that she hates. He planned his revenge and the most useful person to accomplish his revenge is Seo Eun Gi.

He planned everything starting from how they met…

The 2nd meeting: Maru saved Eun Gi from a motorcycle accident. It was at the same time planned and unplanned.

Though Eun-Gi was dubious at first, because of Ma-Roo’s persistence, she fell for him – madly in love. They dated. Eun Gi was really in love and Ma-Roo is just pretending until it came to the point that even though Eun Gi already discovered his past, she still loved him.

As he came to know Eun Gi, Ma-Roo started to regret using her in his revenge.

Eun Gi discovered about Ma-Roo and Jae-Hee’s past relationship. She got really hurt, but despite of it, she was still willing to come to him. To protect her from his plan, Ma-Roo lied that he would do anything to get Jae-Hee back. He hurt Eun Gi to the point that the hurt she felt turned into anger.

The break-up scene:

[I really don’t like it when the main character would say those harsh words just to protect the person they love.>:(]

Eun Gi got extremely mad.

While driving, she received a message that her father already passed away. (Jae-Hee and Atty. Ahn’s doing) She doesn’t know what to do anymore. With great anger, she drove back to where Ma-Roo is intending to kill Ma-Roo and die at the same time. Ma-Roo saw her while she’s speeding up towards him. Although he can avoid it, he welcomed death.

For a year, Eun Gi got missing. She lost her memory and even became illiterate. Ma-Roo waited for her.

The only one Eun Gi knows is Ma-Roo because of the photos they’ve taken in the past. Although she doesn’t remember him, she looked for him. Then one day, they met again.

From a rude lady, Eun Gi turned out to be a bright and cheerful girl. Just like before, she loved Ma-Roo, but this time Ma-Roo loved her, too. He helped her regain the position she has lost to Jae-Hee, who is now the president of Tae-san, in exchange for half of Tae-San. This time, they shared a beautiful love.

As Ma-Roo’s illness, which was caused by the car accident, worsens. He refused surgery to keep the happiness he has with Eun Gi.

It was sweet when Ma-Roo asked his friend on where do people go on dates, when in fact, he was previously a gigolo.:)

But fate is just like that, as soon as Ma-Roo planned to propose, she recalled her bitter memories. Her focus now is on revenge to the people who hurt her and killed her father. She’s really furious, except for Ma-Roo. She just loves him deeper than the hate she feels for him. No matter how much she tries to hate him, she just can’t.

Trying to control her feelings, she tried manipulating Ma-Roo. And although Ma-Roo soon discovered that she already regains her memory, he pretended not to know.

The battle started again among Han Jae-Hee, Seo Eun Gi, and Kang Ma-roo. To protect Eun Gi from Jae-Hee, Ma-Roo even sold himself to Jae-Hee who is still in love with him. In exchange, she will step out from where she is right now. He promised to be with her, but not his love. As greedy as she is, she asked for his love, which he cannot give. So he asked Eun Gi to run away with him, but thinking that he’s just playing with her, she refused.

Ma-Roo had his illness worsen and he needed surgery immediately. Upon knowing that, Jae-Hee crumbled. As hurt as she is, she informed Eun Gi about it. Eun Gi realized that everything he is doing is for her. At the same time, that wicked Atty. Han planned to stab Eun Gi, however Ma-Roo blocked it. Oh well, that was overly dramatic.

Why does he have to stay longer if he can go to the hospital? Or was it just the director’s way to make the people think that he’ll die?

Han Jae-Hee surrendered to the police, clearing Ma-Roo’s name. She was sent to jail for 7 years.

I thought he will die… but then, he prayed for a new start.

After the surgery, Ma-Roo went abroad to continue his studies. But then, as a side effect from the surgery, he suffered from prosopagnosia. Although he remembers Eun Gi, he cannot recognize her face. So Eun Gi has been chasing after him all along.

So he finally recognized her.

The end…

Review:

As far as the story is concerned, I think this drama is overly dramatic with annoying antagonists and even protagonists. Though the story is great, in here, you’ll just ask, “Isn’t it too much?” I really do not prefer this kind of genre, but because of Song Joong Ki, I watched it anyway.:) I was about to give up on the 8th episode. The writer really established how evil Han Jae-Hee is, but i think it ate up too many episodes that I think the supposedly episodes that will show how much Kang Ma-Roo and Eun Gi love each other have been lessened. They immersed so much in that already established fact. I think they wasted few episodes of this drama for Han Jae-Hee  and the episodes that will further depict how deep Ma Roo and Eun Gi love each other is really lacking. In short, they have exchange the not so important episodes to the supposedly establishing episodes of Ma Roo and Eun Gi.

That Kang Ma-Roo is a great liar but when he must say something, he wouldn’t speak… it does not appeal to me as well as Eun Gi’s rudeness.

I think, if I will sum up the happy moments in those 20 episodes, I cannot even have a 1 full episode with happy moments.

With regard to character, I think Park Si-Yeon is the best fit in her character – that atrocious personality hiding in a very innocent face. She did a great job crying pathetically as if she’s the victim, pretending to be a damsel in distress but with a mind that’s full of greed and wickedness.

Moon Chae Won, well she has proven her acting ability in Princess’s Man. But sorry to say, I like her character there more. The rude character does not suit her angelic face. She’s flexible though and she can really act.

Song Joong Ki, well is he the epitome of innocence? How can his face look that innocent and kind like a baby as if no one has the right to hurt him?!:) The only thing that’s missing here is his smile… 🙂 How could the writer and director prevented him to smile in this drama?! I really missed that overflowing smiles he had in Sungkyunkwan Scandal.:) Indeed, he’s a great actor. He delivered his character well although his character is really annoying.

Over all, this drama is just good, not the best. I mean not something that you would want to watch over and over again or has the scenes that would linger in your mind.

Out of 10, my rating is 7.

Well, that’s it for not so Innocent Man.:)

The Perfect Aroma of Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye at the Coffee Prince

It took me a long time to make a review about this drama. Sorry!:P

Well, what can I say? Coffee Prince… I have watched this drama thrice and I think I can still go for more!:) This is my most favorite Kdrama ever!!! I just love everything from the story to casting and portrayals. I really think that GY and YEH are the best choices for this drama. They’re just perfect for their respective roles. Oh and the chemistry… it’s really natural to the point that I hoped they were really dating.<3

Let’s start with the cast:

Yoon Eun Hye a.k.a Go Eun Chan, the breadwinner and acts as the head of her poor family. Her character is really hardworking that she accepts any job offered to her as long as she gets the money for her family.

I first saw her in Princess Hours and I didn’t really like her back then. I find her acting in Princess Hours a bit exaggerated, so when I saw the trailer of Coffee Prince, I asked, “Why her?”

BUT, she really super improved a lot! She’s very natural as Go Eun Chan, not a trying-hard-to-be-boyish type, and I like the fact that she really cut her hair for the drama. She’s so good that I couldn’t think of anyone to portray as Go Eun Chan except her. She slayed that character. Excellent!:)

Gong Yoo a.k.a Choi Han Kyul

Our handsome prince. A rich and rude grandson of the wealthy owner of a huge coffee factory that also owns the Coffee Prince Cafe.  Everything about him here is just way too perfect from the way he dresses, to the way he carries his comedic acts, to the way he looks at Go Eun Chan–from anger and pain to love and happiness. He’s the perfect Choi Han Kyul!

 Chae Jung-an a.k.a  Han Yoo-joo

Her role is a world-renowned painter and Choi Han Kyul’s first love interest. She is what he says–his hobby, like drinking water in the morning. Chow Han Kyul had loved her ever since they were young. She is also Choi Han Kyul’s cousin’s ex-girlfriend. I love how independent and cool she is in this story. The usual third party is bratty, but she’s not:)

     Lee Sun-gyun a.k.a Choi Han-seong, a musical director. He’s Han Yon-joo’s lover that she left for another guy. He’s kind and smart with a really cute dog.

He is also Go Eun Chan’s first love interest, for the reason that he sees her as a girl unlike everybody else.

Meet the other princes (Jin Ha-rim, Noh Sun-ki, and Hwang Min-yeop)

Among these 4 princes, Hwang Min-yeop is my favorite! He really added life to the story.:)

Story:

               Go Eun Chan is a hardworking and energetic girl who works for her family. Being the head of the family, she seemed to forget being a girl. She’s got a lot of work and that includes food delivery, being a taekwondo teacher, and more. On the other hand, Choi Han Kyul is a rude chaebol who just came back from the U.S.A.

               Our leads first met when Eun Chan delivered Han Kyul’s meal while he was just wearing a towel wiping his legs. Eun Chan got really shocked that she left without collecting his payment. The next meeting was when Hwang Min-yeop tried snatching Han Yoo-joo’s bag and Eun Chan tried catching him only to find out that he did that to pay for her younger sister’s tuition whom he loves. So, she tried to release him, but because Hwang Min-yeop is a little slow, Han Kyul noticed and thought it was a connivance. Because of that incident, Eun Chan lost her delivery job so she was forced to ask Han Kyul for a thank you gift for retrieving Han Yoo-joo’s bag. Although Han Kyul does not believe her, he asked her to come for the thank you gift. When Eun Chan arrived, Han Kyul insulted her and her family thinking that she’s involved in the robbery. Because of that, Eun Chan did not leave him, asking him to apologize for insulting her family.

               Han Kyul, not wanting to marry, did everything to make his blind dates unsuccessful. Finally, he thought of an idea to make his grandma stop. He then hired Eun Chan as his fake lover, thinking she’s a guy. In return, she’ll be paid. When his grandmother found out, she got really angry and so as a punishment, gave Coffee Prince for him to manage. A cafe that looks more of a pigsty.

              Seeing how Eun Chan works so hard for her family, Han Kyul hired her as one of the baristas. She pretended to be a guy since only males were being hired. And that’s how it all started…

                While they started to like each other, they also fought like cats and dogs.

The Unforgettable Moments:

The first heartbeat.:)

Han Kyul was really frustrated, and how come he thought of Eun Chan? So, he asked her to come to his house. Maybe to bully her???:)

The second sign… Han Kyul was making fun of her.<3<3<3

The hug. waaahhhh!!! 🙂

Eun Chan is really cute when she’s blowing her hair.:)

See that look? hahah he couldn’t take it anymore! He finds Eun Chan really cute when she blows her hair!:)

What I like most about Korea’s romantic moments is when the man grabs the woman! So sweet!:) Prepare Eun Chan!!:)

Now, that’s your punishment for blowing your hair in front of Han Kyul! waaahhh!!!:) Actually, he was testing himself if he is really a gay since he’s starting to like Eun Chan. And I really love how his knees trembled after the surprising hug!:)

And so… they fell in love… secretly.

The next one is the most heartbreaking scene in this drama when Han Kyul could not fight his feelings anymore, so he decided to bid goodbye. This scene is just so beautiful and pure. I mean, it has all the emotions it needs. You can really feel the heartache. Gong Yoo is really excellent in this scene. The pain and love that cannot be said, he expressed them clearly through his eyes and gestures. I love it!

The beach scene. 😥

Because he thought they couldn’t be together, he kept all those heartache unsaid.

Really heart breaking. sob sob 😥

To keep Eun Chan away from him, he started being rude again. They fought. He cried. She cried. If only he knew…

But since the passion is so strong, no matter what he did, he cannot take her out of his mind. He just gave up the battle he’s clearly losing.

So one night, when Eun Chan was left in the cafe, he came rushing and kissed her.:)

“I don’t care what you are… but just once, just this once… let’s try and see how far we can go.” – Han Kyul

Waaahhh!!!

And so they became a couple even without knowing that she’s a she. They were overwhelmed since the feeling they’ve been keeping for so long can already be expressed. But of course in any drama, right after the happiest moment comes the problem.

He discovered the truth.

What’s worse is that Eun Chan was not able to tell him herself because of Jin Ha-rim’s big mouth! At that, they broke up. Well, I can fully understand Han Kyul. He was deceived and embarrassed at the same time. He confessed love to someone he thought was a guy. He was really furious.

But of course, love covers all, even hatred. And they’re back again in each other’s arms. <3<3<3

Oh, if someone could also do that for me… he’s singing to Go Eun Chan to wake her up. SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTT!!!:)

There are still tons of sweet moments.

The next problem they had is Han Kyul’s grandmother who dislikes Eun Chan, but eventually liked her anyway. Han Kyul wanted to marry her right away, but because she’s still young and has to work for her family, she asked for time. As a scholar, she was sent to study abroad as a barista by Han Kyul’s grandmother and also to test her character.

Oh this was heartbreaking… Gong Yoo really bursts out in here.:'(

But of course, Eun Chan returned… after 2 long years.:)

The End…

Review:

I love the entire story from the first to the last episode–every minute of it. The story is light without heavy slice of life dramas. I also loved the fact that this one has no annoying antagonists. Although there are hindrances, there’s no evil and immortal third party or what. YEH and Gong Yoo have given their best to make the drama excellent. I just couldn’t say anything bad about this drama. Everything falls to its right place. I just hoped that I could see their wedding in the end. Anyway, they ended it cleanly.

Kudos to the writers, director, actors, and all the staff. I hope you can make something as good as this again!

My rating is 10 out of 10!!!:)

Till my next drama review!

Annyeong!!!:)

Dakak

Dakak: You’re a Food Trip and Nature-Loving Haven!

I was just a kid when I first saw a TV advertisement for Dakak in Eat Bulaga… and that started my desire to go there! I think the place is really serene, particularly my type. I’m not fond of noisy and crowded resorts since I go for a vacation to relax.:)

The Dakak Beach Resort is situated in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao. Yes, it’s in Mindanao! So I can finally say I’ve been to Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao!:) You can reach this by plane from Manila to Dipolog City. It’s more than an hour flight.

We booked a hotel package beforehand, it’s the Barkadahan Package for 4, which costs Php13,000.

It consists of:

  • Airport Transfers
  • Welcome Drinks
  • Room for 4
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Gloria’s Fantasy Land Entrance Fee

Well, I can say that the price is pretty reasonable.

Upon arriving to Dipolog Airport, due to miscommunication we weren’t able to find our guides immediately. Because the airport is so small and crowded, we did not find them easily. We went straight outside the airport only to find out that they’re waiting inside the airport. Toinks!:)

It was a 45-minute ride from Dipolog Airport to Dakak Beach Resort. We’re sweating! It’s really hot there! Good thing, when we arrived at the resort they immediately gave us these welcome drinks not to mention the welcome lace earlier. Ahh.. refreshing!:)

The resort is really huge! In fact, it’ll take a 5-minute ride from their gate to their reception area. I wonder how many hectares of land it is. The people are very very hospitable. They’re the most hospitable staff I’ve met. Kudos to the management for a really good training!:) They’ll greet you with a smile even if you’re just passing by.

The room is a native Filipino style house.

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The amenities are not in its best condition though. Faucets, showers, air conditioner, landline, and TV have to be repaired. Food and drinks are not allowed inside. However, because they were kind enough to give us extra bedding without charge, I forgive them!lol It is also tolerable for the reasons that: the house is really comfortable; the entire resort is stunning; and the staff is accommodating. Anyway, you don’t spend the entire time inside the room when you’re in a resort, right?

So here’s the beach:

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Well, it’s not the best beach I’ve been in but good enough. The water is really calm.

Feels like we own the resort!^_^ We we’re the only ones there! See, it’s good to go during the weekdays!:)

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And here’s the pool…

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In this pool, I’ve seen the closest rainbow ever!!! Too bad, I didn’t have a camera that time. 😦

There are other pools in this resort and even an outside Jacuzzi. Though in their main pool, it is strictly swimwear.

The resort is really huge with restaurants, shops, and events hall. Not to mention the area where the bungalows are. Maybe that’s the reason why they have free shuttles because it’s really tiring going around the area. The resort is eco-friendly, and I love it! It’s a great place for prenuptial photo shoots.

Here comes the evening. It’s time for Gloria’s Fantasy Land!:) They provide free shuttle for their customers.

First, we had our dinner to one of the restaurants near the amusement park. If I’m not mistaken, it is called something like “Palutuan.” This restaurant… the food… It’s amazing!!! See these buttered shrimp, roasted turkey in sauce, rice in a coconut shell, and pinaputok fish. Yummy, yummy, yummy!:)

After having a blast with our dinner, we went to the amusement park.

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Well, I can say that the amusement park is really average and scary as well.lol

That D’Track ride is like a mini roller coaster without any loops. Surprisingly, it runs in individual train. It might seem really low compared to the roller coaster of Enchanted Kingdom, but don’t get easy on this – it will also make your heart jump! The seat belts are quite tattered, maybe that’s the reason why I got scared.:)

The Apollo… we had no idea what this ride was only to find out that it’s like EK’s Realto. This is what I’ve enjoyed the most! It’s better than Realto. I just hope they clean the area more.:)

Oh Bumper Cars! This is the only Bumper car ride I’ve enjoyed. Why? This is the first time I learned how to maneuver!  haha

We also had a blast with their version of Viking! Sorry, no good photo to upload.:) It was really scary since there’s only 5 of us on the ride and it’s like it’ll be broken any minute. Thrilling!:) Pray that it won’t fall when you’re at it!:)

There’s a Broadway performance as well. Surprisingly, the performers are talented! Really! I really loved this dance:

Oh what a night! Time to rest!:)

So, we got up early in the morning to maximize our stay. Time for breakfast!!!:) We went to the open restaurant. Upon entering, we saw an appetizing buffet table. Since our breakfast is free, we thought they’ll just give us the usual tapsilog. I took pity on ourselves! hahaha only to find out that our breakfast is a buffet! Wow!:)

If the breakfast is not included in your package, you’ll have to pay Php400 to have this buffet breakfast that consists of soup, fresh fruits and fruit juices, cereals, tempura, siomai, ham, and many more!

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We spent the entire day swimming and having prenup shoots for our engaged friends. At lunch, we ate at the Spanish restaurant inside the resort. Expensive!

So it’s time for night galore!:))

The mode of transportation here is a motorcycle or they call it habal-habal. You have to bargain to get a cheaper ride. For us, we got 2 motorcycles for Php1,200 and it’s for a roundtrip with tours. It was exciting and thrilling at the same time. I couldn’t remember the last time I rode one. It was a 45-minute habal-habal trip from the resort to Dipolog Boulevard/Sunset Boulevard for a nerve-wrecking food trip!:)

The Dipolog Boulevard is like Manila’s Baywalk. The only difference is that, Dipolog Boulevard is not yet commercialized. So we just had some finger food before going to the main course and while we’re strolling around the area. First stop is green mango then fishballs. Though their fishball doesn’t taste like one. I don’t know, it tastes different and expensive! Php2 each!

See this funny fishball cart.:) Hahah Mark Zuckerberg’s franchise??? lol

The next stop is the balut and penoy. This is my first time to see a balut and penoy stall wherein they actually provide tables for the customers.

Then down to the main course: The Ihaw Ihaw in Dipolog Boulevard!:)

Basically, the dishes are all grilled ranging from chicken wings and legs, intestines (isaw), porkchop, and barbecue served with rice packed in a triangular banana leaf. They call it puso. Eating here is really affordable. Imagine that we paid only Php250 for a hearty meal for the 4 of us.

Caution: Not everyone here can speak Tagalog fluently so prepare to speak in English or sign language!lol Their dialect is Cebuano.

Upon returning to the hotel, there was a sudden shower. That’s the con in riding the habal-habal, but I loved it still.:) So we just asked the drivers to take us to the Fantasyland where Dakak’s van was waiting for their passengers who went to the park. So we just rode in the van for a safer trip since the road is already wet.

Now, this is goodbye…

Our stay in Dakak Beach Resort has been a satisfying one. Should there be another opportunity to be back… I shall return!:)

Sayonara!

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Anawangin – An Island Before Civilization

Anawangin has one of the clearest waters I’ve seen. The place is really amazing and I really appreciate it not being commercialized because if this would be just like any other resorts, I will be utterly disappointed. The very reason why I like this place a lot is because it frees me from city-stress!:)

This is also a great place for those who are budget-conscious. Since there are no luxury hotels and restaurants in here, you will save a lot. Just remember to bring enough food and drinking water before coming here. Bringing mats or airbed to sleep would also be great. And oh! Don’t forget to bring insect repellent lotions and camping stuff.:) There’s no electricity so charge your phones before coming here. Anyway, there’s a very limited signal in the island.

nagsasa Cove

This is our first stop in our island hopping – The Nagsasa Cove. It’s a nice island though too rocky to swim. After taking some photos, we went to our next destination, which is the Capones Island. You see how clear the water is?

capones island

The sun’s heat is really scorching so we did not spend too much time in other islands. After Capones Island, we told our guides to take us straight to Anawangin. After all, the 4 hour trip from Manila to Zambales is also quite tiring. On the other hand, because of the hot temperature, the water becomes really tempting that we thought of swimming already!:)

The boat ride took 1 hour. I already felt dehydrated.:(

You will know that you’re near Anawangin when you see those pine trees lining the shore. From the looks of it, it’s really refreshing. It’s a good thing that we went there during weekdays because it’s not crowded. There are only 3 groups who were camping including us.

Anawangin

Finally, we can rest! Our guides set up our tents immediately. Since there was not much people, we got to choose our spot.

After resting for some time, we started gathering for firewood (oh! Not us, the boys did.:))

Reminder: Grab a friend along who knows how to make fire and cook using firewood or else you’ll get famished before even starting a fire!:) Also, bring food that are easy to cook and don’t expect to buy other ingredients there. Yes, there’s a store, but it’s too small for you to buy everything you need. So pack everything you need before going here!

So here’s our yummy food!:)

anawangin

Yummy! I tasted the life in the province again!:)

After you fill your tummy… It’s time to play in the water!!!:)

Anawangin

You see, we waited for the sunset diving into the water. lol! We’re afraid of sun burn!:) Anyway, the sunset is really nice!

Anawangin

It’s dinner time!:) Well, in here you have to cook earlier before the sun sets totally. Why? There are no bright lamp posts there!

Now, it’s bonfire time!:) Even the evening is really beautiful in Anawangin. It’s so serene. There are no buzzing vehicles nor people shouting. You’ll only here the waves and the crickets. When you look at the sky, you’ll see numerous stars. Starry, starry night!:) I can still remember that the last time I’ve seen that much stars is when I was still a kid, way back in our province. In Manila, you’ll only see the moon, some few stars, and the SMOG!:p

Anyway, I’ve never been to a more relaxing and peaceful beach than here in Anawangin. Though I think it’s best to stay just overnight. You cannot afford to spoil the little food you’ve brought here. Overall, this place is a fantastic place to spend a quick vacation. Coming here on weekdays is better because on weekend, there will be a lot of people to the point that the tents are cluttered.

So bye for now! Till my next trip! Annyeonghi Gyeseyo:)

Anawangin

Puerto Galera

Once Upon A Time in Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is the usual beach, which is preferred by those who want to go for a vacation and yet do not want to travel a long way from Manila. Aside from Batangas and Zambales beaches, probably this is the nearest destination for beach-lovers. It is located in the island of Mindoro. It is considered as a white beach, though the sand is not that white. 😛

How To Get There:

From Cubao, ride a Bus going to Batangas Port. It’s more or less a 2-hour trip. From there, you will ride a ferry to get to the White Beach and then presto! You’re in Puerto Galera!

puerto-galera-beach

Along the White Beach, there are plenty of transients and restaurants to choose from. However, we decided to stay in a further place…

and that’s in Punta Del Este!

We are just really favored because when we went there, the  cheaper house, which is where  we are supposed to stay is under construction so they transferred our booking to this  house. Thank God!:)

Punta Del Este is….. the place to be!  The house is just very nice unlike any other beach houses. Though it will take you a 15-minute tricycle ride from the White Beach to this transient – but really it’s worth it! I consider this house  “MY MANSION.” 🙂

Punta del EsteThis one is their main transient. There are many houses in this resort varying from different sizes and capacities but this one is the biggest and the most expensive. This room is too big for the 5 of us!:)

The exterior might not be that appealing, but  the interior, starting from the fine choice of  furniture and decors to its antique house effect, this house is very nice and comfortable. There are 4 big rooms plus an attic. Actually, this is my first outing wherein I got a room solely.:) The room is really cute – a princess’ room type. You won’t need an air conditioner here. Just open those glass doors and you’ll feel the refreshing sea breeze. The surrounding is really beautiful as well.

There are also helpers who will serve your meals. They’ll just ask you whatever you want and you give them money to buy the ingredients in the market and they’ll cook it for you. But wait! They are great cooks!  So all you have to do is to sit back and enjoy. Indeed, what you call a vacation – lots of pampering! Give way to the senoritas and senoritos!:)

punta del este

In the morning, after a long and relaxing rest, you’ll find the breakfast ready. The helpers have already prepared the breakfast early in the morning. (Well, that is if you gave them budget for your breakfast meals.)

Punta del Este

(Oops sorry! We kinda created a mess in the area.:P)

The house is situated near the cliff. You can go down to the beach by their long stairs. Though the beach nearby is not good for swimming. The wave is so strong and too many sharp rocks to go swimming. (Death-defying):)

There’s also an infinity pool here. A really nice pool with a really great view! I love this pool! ❤ (It’s not obvious, right?)

Punta del Este

To go back to the White Beach, ride the tricycle.

In the White Beach, there are people who will entice you to do this and that like island hopping, snorkeling, diving, and more. They offer deals for that. So we had the island hopping and snorkeling thing. It’s fun! Seeing and feeding those fish.

It’s getting dark when we arrived at the White Beach again. We looked for a good restaurant to satisfy our growling stomachs. The White Beach is really nice in the evening. You’ll hear loud music and see “supposedly fire dancers”, but unfortunately fire dancing has been prohibited so they’re just dancing without fire in their poi. 😦 Nonetheless, I love how Puerto Galera looks at night!:)

Actually, it’s this house that made my stay. I did not fall in love with the entire Puerto Galera beach. I actually enjoyed staying in this house more than the beach. Anyway, I’ll be back to live again in Punta Del Este!:)

Credits: Thanks Wreuel and Donna Nabong for the photos!:)