My room at Coco Beach Resort
I am one very blessed young lady! This weekend has been absolutely fantastic, I could not have asked for a more perfect 2 days.
Friday 28th - Mini bus came to collect us from Manila Hotel at 6.30am. Inside my car were 3 Italian students, Irene, Serena and Simone. Arrived at Batangas and boarded our boat, along with a few other people, and set off on our 1hr journey to the island of Mindoro. On route we watched some dolphins jumping high out of the water - beautiful. Jumped off onto the sandy beach of Coco Beach Island Resort. As we headed towards reception area some ladies were singing and we were presented with a shell necklace and a large coconut to drink from ;-) Masarap! (delicious) I was then taken to my room, which was up a thousand stairs.
View from my room
..I am so unfit... but the path was one with embedded shells and surrounded by green vegetation, bana trees and palm trees, so that made it better! Such fresh air....my lungs can breathe again! Now I had been thinking about what my room would be like and I prayed that it would be like a hut with sea views and sure enough it was! God is good! Was stunning. Opened the bamboo door and from the balcony, my view was spectacular! Everything I could have dreamed of....aah bliss.
Grabbed my bikini and headed for the beach! The Italians joined me. We sunbathed, snorkled and vegged. They are exchange students studying in Manila till January. Economics. Serena and I went out for a long snorkle and saw loads of colourful fish, a snake and found a few nemos.
Down on the beach
She picked up a violet coloured starfish. We started feeling stinging sensations on our skin all the time. Werent sure what it was, so after an executive decision we both headed straight for shore. We parted ways. On my way back to room ordered some springrolls and mango shake. They are so expert at making mango shakes, its just as though you are eating one! Nothing like it man. So enjoyed these on my balcony. Afterwards decided to take a look around the resort. Walked along the hanging bridge, stopped in at the coco factory and ended up in the silent pool which is at the top. No one there so it was peaceful. Had some tea, best tea I have had here so far and swam. Met the barman Bergal...he's cool...all the staff are cool. Later after a shower I went back down to the beach and had a snooze on the hammock.
Looking into room - how gorgeous is that!
Back to room to get ready for dinner.
Practiced some Tagalog on my neighbour, Maribell. I sat again on my porch admiring my view of the sea and palm trees, listening to the light rain drizzling down thinking to myself how amazing God is to create all of this for us to enjoy. It sure beats listening to Kareoke and car hooters all the time....remind me to never live in a big city...oh and to live by the sea! Down at 6.30 for cocktails. Yum Yum. cant get enough of cocktails around here. Joined the others and had Pinutas (fish with coconut, ginger and spices, deep fried, wrapped in banana leaf. We listened to the staff musicians and the frog competition that was taking place. 5 frogs in a box, you choose one, place 300peso on the table, make a circle around the box and if your frog jumps out the box first you win the money.
Serena and myself with Filipino hats on
Headed back to the Italians room, to check it out but they had problems with their lock to their bathroom so I left. Went for a walk along the beach and back at restaurant to chat about the snorkeling tour the next day. Met more staff members who offered me some tea. so sat with Freddy, Val and Rhona, while she dried some cutlery. Jerry invited this Danish guy over to join us. So many Danes here, because apparently the owner is a Dane and had a good deal going on in Denmark to get them over here. Jerry played us some songs, along with one of the staff musicians. Chatted to the Dane for ages then headed to my room. Got in and my mosquito net was prepared and the side lamp on, the cutrain drawn and all ready to hit zz land. What a glorious day!
Saturday 29th - Woke at 7am, what a view to wake up to! Cereal, omelette and fruit for breaky, then boarded the snorkle tour boat with Serena and a Danish couple.
First stop, passing Laguna Bay and Sabang Beach, the snorkeling was ok. But we felt that stinging sensation again. Serena yelled over to me thats its tiny jellyfish thats the cause. So had a closer inspection in the water and sure enough there were loads of tiny invisible jellyfish, I was outta there so quickly. Next stop, was perfect. Clear waters, loads of beuatiful fish, colourful coral, different starfish chillin everywhere and best of all NO JELLYFISH! We were out for ages and quite far from our boat, but were called back so swam all the way.....was great exercise. Third stop - beach for a sandwich lunch with coke and banana. Can you belive on the beach this guy offered us a mat to sit on but let us know that it would cost 150 pesos to sit on it - the cheek! We were soon surrounded by people trying to seel us stuff.
Lunch on beach with serena and the two Danes
It got too much so went and sat on boat instead! Forth stop was quite far in the sea on the other side from Coco Beach. Our guide said to look out for giant clams...oh man they were massive! The hugest I have ever seen. That was cool. Again we had fantastic snorkeling. Got home at 1.30pm
That afternoon I spent lying on the lounger on the beach and lying on the lounger by the swimming pool. It started to rain. I was getting hungry so went to restaurant at 5.30 for dinner. Was too starving to wait till later. Sat at the table closest to the sea sipping my wine and having springrolls. Then went on to chicken with chillies and peppers. Band came to play again and for pudding had the most amazing fruit salad. It came inside a coconut, lots of chopped up fruit with a dollop of ice cream on top and a squirt of choclate sauce.
The other side of Coco beach
..wow wow wow! After dinns had another stroll on the beach feeling the warm water rushing over my feet. Started to drizzle again...back at my room, showered (in cold water, they only have cold water there) and jumped into bed at 8pm! Read till 9 and slept while the rain began to pour down.......was such a relaxing moment.
Sunday 30th - Woke at 6am, had tea and went for breaky at 7am. Our boat was leaving at 8am because they had typhoon warnings, so it was the only time. Back to Batangas, into bus and returned to Manila. What a heavely weekend God blessed me with!