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Fisherman’s Best Friend with the View of the Sunset

April10

The fisherman’s best friend, ( Philippine dog ”Askal”) extremely reliable dog showing his distinctive purpose and protective instinct for his master.

 

Dramatic Sunset with Animal Element

March27

The faithful dog guarding his Master’s fishing boat.

Photo taken: March 20.2017

Location: Bayside along Roxas Blvd Manila, Luzon, Philippines

Very rare timing to catch up, to include an animal with the view of the sunset but what a perfect poise for the dog! It looks like the fisherman’s dog is tired but actively opens his mouth showing his wet tongue, adorable looks, huh! Thanks Doggie for your cooperation! Thanks for making my day!

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The Dog, the Fisherman and the Dramatic Sunset

March25

The fisherman with his loyal companion behind, with the background view of the beautiful sunset. Manila Bay sunset taken March 20, 2017 Roxas Blvd. Manila, Philippines.

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Mali, the Captive Elephant

March23

Photo taken: Manila Zoo, Philippines March 19,2017

Sri Lankan elephant named Mali inside an enclosure at Manila Zoo (Formerly known as Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden) Mali the only captive elephant in the Philippines  has already endured 43 years of extreme confinement. 

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Muntingia Calabura Fruit/Flowers

March10

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Muntingia Calabura  blooming under full sun,the petals changes its position and lean to the light and flop over. It’s a small,and white star-like flower that has a crepe texture petals and golden yellow anther that attracted insects around. However, the sepal and stigma  is color green,so with the evergreen leaves. During hot season, the taste of the fruit is quiet sweet and juicy but during rainy days, it’s tasteless as it’s only good for the birds and honeybees.

 

Monarch Butterfly

February15

Monarch Butterfly

Tali Beach, Nasugbu Batangas

February10

Travel Highlights and Adventure

It looks so pretty, pleasant and peaceful inside the Tali Subdivision, Island outing this time has gone far better. I was talking about our latest adventure last December, this was pretty darn cool! With just a two and a half drive away from the south capital of Manila in the province of Batangas is a small town of Nasugbu facing the waters of South China Sea. From all levels, Nasugbu as one of the several diving sites in the Philippines has plenty to offer not only to divers but also to tourists and water sport fanatics as well. Best enough to enjoy lingering around, cliff diving, scuba, snorkeling, speed boating and the beaches are enough interesting sites considering the calm pristine waters, abundance of flying fishes, beautiful shells and white corals, sea stars and some exotic species to name a few.. Once you get there, there’s a lot more to surprise you and a lot more to be discovered. Nasugbu is blessed with endless coastlines stretching in all directions, many beautiful scenes to behold, great diving destination and swimming areas.

Tali Subdivision

Activities to do:

Inside the private and friendly community, these are the things to try while on vacation: Personal gadgets seems to be very useful to this point, ready! focus! and click!

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  1.  Sunset Viewing                              

    Along Sunset Drive recognized as one of the best places to watch the sunset. Closer distance, we spotted the flying fishes and migratory birds atop cliff side. With a peaceful and serene atmosphere, sun ray’s sparkling off the gentle waves turned into a sparking multi-colored diamonds. Sunset drive is a welcome sight to watch the sunset.

The scenery is breathtaking from atop. Glancing towards us, sun still drifting along with trailing pink red and blue and orange ribbons of light. It feels like I’m so close to nature, it was a Magnificent sunset!

You can enjoy sipping a cold drinks while watching the sunset with romantic tune playing on your phone, we’ve all been here the whole afternoon till day ends, the thrill of watching the sunset as it descends in the horizon.

2. Cliff Jumping, Scuba Diving and Water Sports

For scuba, a lush of underwater world attractions that features; coral reefs, cauliflower-shaped and pink corals, sea shells, abundance of lion fishes, scorpion fishes stingrays and sharks.

Soft corals washed ashore by strong waves and currents.

For water Sports- Jet skis, Speed boats, Luxury yachts, Banana boats

Cliff Jump Site, Nasugbu, Batangas

An amazing brownstone arising dramatically intended for cliff jumping, the large brown rock formation created by nature.

 3. Leisurely Morning and Afternoon Strolling

A favorite way to begin a day around Cliff jump site park. The sun rose bright and full warm as the favorable wind refreshes our mood. Overlooking the coastlines below, the quiet greenery of palm trees and mountains, flying fishes jumping over the water, speed boats and jet skis crossing around ships.

Top view of the island is the highest peak, nevermind climbing steeply up and down, the steep hillside that leads to the panoramic view of the sunset, you can view the heavy slopes but with a well-manicured landscape and a gentle refreshing breeze to cool your photography mood.

4. Outstanding Sightings

At a distance, we spotted a beautiful vacation house with a fascinating landscape, it’s a seaside paradise, the sun greeted me with a full bright sunshine smile to see it.

Seaside architecture and an extraordinary home by the sea. Breathtakingly beautiful setting!

Twin Island

A privately owned island, two large rocks jutting up out of the sea.

Overlooking the two coastal rock formations, it was a twin island arising in the middle of the sea.

 

 Bat cave

Beautiful formation of the cave  and it’s also a popular site.

5. Boat Riding

The big boat can accommodate 16 people but with only 5 aboard heading to Munting Buhangin carrying members of the family from Tali beach experiencing full force of wind and heavy waves but was replaced by excitement when we passed by Fortune island and Twin Islands. After some safety instructions, the boat provides safety life jacket, all very necessary.

 

The 45 minutes riding was a pleasurable one as we sees the passing speed boats,luxury yachts, colorful sailboats, and other passing watercrafts. What a relaxing expression from our faces to see 50 yards ahead of us, I could see the pristine white beach, this could be the place,”Munting Buhangin”

 

5. Discovering new species

Walking around the island, I was pretty scared to see this particular species, they’re supposed to be incredibly rare in most places. This is real interesting, I haven’t seen one like this before. I think, this is water centipede, it was huge and incredibly long crawling near the rocky bit of corals.

 

Water centipede

How about this one? A black dead eel washed ashore by strong waves.

 

Floral-shaped corals and sea shells

 

Soft corals of different kinds

 

Coquina

 

Crab cave

 

6. Beautiful Beaches/ Calm waters/Breathtaking views

All beaches located inside Tali subdivision; Main beach, Marina beach, Palm Beach, Secret beach, Barrier beach and Sunset beach. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen protection.

Main Beach

It’s so quiet and peaceful with few inhabitants around, it was just five minutes walk from the place where we are staying but the rugged slopes made me tired climbing up and down.

 

Main Beach

 

The good setting is is just as also beautiful to spot the sunset. It is accessible to all points.

 

 

 

Beautiful beach sunset- Main Beach Nasugbu, Batangas

 

Tali Beach concert

 

Marina Beach

Pleasant sea breeze ominously cool. Speedboats are common that can be seen around. Plenty of sea shells, star fishes and eel can be spotted around.

 

 

It was a perfect afternoon at Marina beach, water is cold and refreshing.

 

Beautiful setting of Marina Beach

 

Nasugbu offers a wide range of outing possibilities deciding which area to choose for a  reasonable and financial considerations. Far sites that you may also want to visit, can be reached by boat  or car 20-30 minutes away.

 

Munting Buhangin Beach Camp

 

A kilometer stretch of white sand beach that can suit 5,000 people with choices of exclusive and semi-exclusive accommodation.

 

 

 

Punta Fuego

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Terrazas de Punta Fuego

Other beaches in Nasugbu; Sumo Bank– suited for professional divers, Canyon Cove Beach Club, Fortune Island Resort these are just a few to mention…

 

Underwater Attraction Delights: Where to Dive?

Sumo Bank it is said to be suited for more professional divers, among other features; cauliflower-shaped corals with sharks roaming around.

Anilao Favorite dive spots and birthplace of Philippine scuba. The favorite photo spot for photographers is the Cathedral Rock with vibrant colorful reef fish.

Fortune Island – Just like the Twin Island, the most famous dive-sites  a privately owned island. Blue holes, one particular area features sweet lips, parrot fishes, angelfishes butterfly-fishes, squid and cattle fishes. You can also spot the remains of the old freighter 20 meters underwater.

Puerto Galera and Verde Island a common dive spots to see the remains of the keel of Spanish Galleon but was also kept and preserved in National Museum. You can see here large cascading white coral shells, anemones, mantas, eagle rays and white-blacktip sharks.

Sunken Bootythe northern part of Twin island, not so beautiful but hides artefacts from a long time ago sunken galleon, remains of rope and anchor still existing.

Pinnacles and Point, Sombrero Island, PADI Dive Center and Maya-Maya Reef Resort, a popular one is also worth a try..

Where to stay?

An ideal choice of ours to fit our needs daily with a very reasonable price, Jo and Johnny’s Beach and Dive Inn, Nasugbu is a temporary home that will give you the comfort, we occupied the whole second floor level, it’s a home you’ll call it, mine!

Jo and Johnny’s Beach and Dive Inn

It’s my family’s choice for a comfortable homestay. The two-storey house situated  inside  an exclusive Tali subdivision that guarantees to a safer community with hospitable people around. It’s fully fitted and furnished that includes; air conditioned bedroom, 2 bathroom with hot and cold water, dining  room, living room, tv, lounge, fully equipped kitchen( ref, microwave,toaster,oven, cooking utensils) balcony overlooking the outdoor swimming pool with a sun deck, Wi-fi is available inside the compound and free mineral water with dispenser. Tali beach, Main beach,Palm beach and Marina is just a 10 minutes walk away.

Contact: Sea Shell Drive Tali Beach Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines

(+632) 807-3416

booking.office@tali-beach.com
maryannjdacara@gmail.com

Explore

Beach water sports;  Speed boats can be rented, Banana boats, Jet skis, Kayaks to mention just a few..

 

 

Good Food and Where’s it Found?

Best Restaurants: Kainan sa Dalampasigan, Pico Sand Restaurant and El Cocinero Restaurant. Try Bulalo as the main specialty of Batangas. Outside Batangas, make a brief stop to try my favorite> Antonio’s Restaurant, serves the best foods in Tagaytay,So far, the best I’ve ever tasted.

Local Snacks/ Pasalubong to Bring Home:

Another cravings; make a quick stop at Rowena’s Tagaytay, I love the Blueberry, Mango and Strawberry Tarts, comes a lot of different flavors. Surprising sweets, our favorite purchase, pick up a pack of Sylvanas, Yemas and Pastillas as well.

Nasugbu was a very happy experience for us. Batangas may not be the top of your choice of tourists attractions  unlike Baguio, Palawan, Boracay and Cebu but the chance to enjoy leisurely swimming with 7 beaches inside Tali subdivision itself, the water sports, taste of rural life, good photography spot to snap panoramic photos, deep blue sea, fine white sand, good landscape and clean surroundings. You don’t have to go coastline off in a distance.Most of all, you’ll fine true hospitality while dealing with the people around Nasugbu.

Before retiring to bed, a good night sleep to hear the sounds of crickets and other night insects. For me, it’s like music to my ears! Of course, all good moments must come to an end, this whole island adventure will really be something to tell everyone back home. Summer is coming and fast approaching, another adventure would take place in weeks time, How cool is that?

Flying Beauty: Black Butterfly

November4

Flying Beauty;Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

What a stunning poise! It was a good timing late in the afternoon, the black butterfly seems to be so tired that I could easily snap away. Here’s the result! Oh Joe! That’s an impressive beauty that caught my sight. It’s just a quick single shot before it change direction.

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Black Monarch Butterfly in the Garden

November1

Black Monarch Butterfly

Black Monarch Butterfly

Another quick snapshot of Monarch butterfly done today. It appeared just after the rainfall and here it goes! The wings widely spread-out. Thanks God! it seems she’s showing the colour pattern of her wings. The shiny black colourful pattern, this is a bad warning to any predators as it is said to be poisonous! The position, you can easily identify what kind of butterfly is this.

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Seagulls/ Egrets/ King Fisher

October4

Intensely social and inspiring to watch some seagulls, egrets and king fishers, all fish-eating -birds,  making a dive racing downward and dipping their bills to catch a fish. For the birds eating fish, Manila Bay is a good and wide feeding ground here in the city proper. I’m just wondering, where is their nesting site?

I’m not only a bird watcher, I’m here to take snapshots for the water birds but clouds getting thicker and dark clouds filled the blue sky as afternoon rain is about to come in minutes. I can smell the bay water, the blizzard sound of wave as the wind blew cold. It was almost like a night as thunder roared so load came with the rain. If only I can fly and wheel like a bird, would be joining the group diving and enjoying the rain..

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