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Anilao Travel Blog

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On board the Batangas Star Express to Batangas City
On our trip to Anilao, Julia and I dove into Filipino public transit head first and tried our hand at getting somewhere... anyway. We chose to partake in a two day, one night adventure. Get somewhere and get home in one piece. The destination? Anilao. Why? Why not. The weather in Manila had been less than fantastic, so we didn't have much hope for Anilao, but we knew that in a situation like this, we had to make it about the the adventure of getting there, not about trying to get there quickly to maximize time.

Step One: Take the Batangas Star Express from Manila to Batangas City. This bus cost 60 pesos and was about an hour and a half.
Anilao
Tell the driver you're going to Batangas City, and they will let you off at the bus terminal there.

Step Two: Take a jeepney to Anilao. Though the jeepney system can be confusing, locals are very friendly in helping you find your way and get on the right one. After looking very confused and searching the pages of our Lonely Planet guidebook, a man approached us at the bus station asking us where we were trying to go. He helped us flag down the right jeepney and ushered us on, and we were on our way. The jeepney ride is about an hour and costs about 30 pesos. Anilao is the end of the line for this jeepney, so if you're not sure, sit down until someone kicks you out!

We stayed at the Punto Miguel Resort for one night. It was less than stellar accomodation, but we were only there for one night so we didn't care too much.
Anilao
It was somewhere to lay down our heads and rest up for our adventure back to Manila the next day. You can access the resort only by boat, so they picked us up at the dock (same area as where the jeepney stops), and took us to the resort. It's a pretty nice area to explore. There are several resorts along the beach, and a road you can hike up to the top of a mountain close by.

We left in the late morning the next day, figuring that since we didn't really have any trouble getting here, we wouldn't have much trouble getting back. It turned out to be a little bit of a longer day than we had thought.

We let the people at the resort know what time we were leaving and took the boat back to the town proper where we could catch a jeepney. We wandered around the town a little bit longer before taking the jeepney back to the bus station where we were let off before.
Punto Miguel Resort
This was simple enough and we found a bus heading back to Manila that was leaving right away. This is when we stopped knowing where we were going... as we weren't quite sure where to get off to get back to our friend's house. It was 60 pesos again to head back to Manila, but since we were trying to go to our friends house, not the bus station we were dropped off at yesterday morning, we needed to head towards Alabang.

At some point on our trip, the man in front of us heard our murmurings of Alabang and tried to give us new directions... but having no clue as to where anything was, these didn't help much. Then, all of a sudden, people were telling us to get off the bus, and get on the one behind that was heading to Alabang.
Anilao
Uh.. ok! We are ushered off and swept into the next bus in a frenzy. We find ourselves sitting in the back of a very full bus, watching the movie Death Race on the bus' television. Once again, we weren't quite sure where we were getting off. Somehow, we paid 55 pesos for the bus ride - though we're pretty sure this was too much, and sat on this bus for a while... not really sure of where we were, but hoping we were heading in the right direciton.

Eventually we got to some sort of mall and a bunch of people got off... so... we got off too! We entered the mall and asked the information desk how to get to Alabang Hills, where we were staying. They gave us directions of which jeepney to take to get to Alabang Town Centre and we took our chances. We found our jeepney, got in, and again, a nice woman helped us tell the driver where we were going and told us when to get off.
Punto Miguel Resort


So now we were standing in front of Alabang Town Centre, knowing we were nearby our friend's house, but were unsure of exactly where to go. So I called and talked to her for about 20 seconds before my phone died.

We asked around and were able to find the gate to the subdivision and after a little bit of difficulty going through the security gate, we started the long trek to our much anticipated shower and food. Unaware of how long this walk actually would be, we started off a little more cheerful than we ended. But eventually we made it, had a delicious hour, and gorged ourselves on the cherries and apple pears that we had dreamed of eating during our extended journey back.
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On board the Batangas Star Express…
On board the Batangas Star Expres…
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Punto Miguel Resort
Punto Miguel Resort
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Anilao
Punto Miguel Resort
Punto Miguel Resort
The weather was a little rough, bu…
The weather was a little rough, b…
Moudly coconuts!
Moudly coconuts!
View from the top of the mountain …
View from the top of the mountain…
View from the top of the mountain …
View from the top of the mountain…
Right after our walk up the mounta…
Right after our walk up the mount…
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The giant spider in our bathroom. …
The giant spider in our bathroom.…
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