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Golden Waterfall

By on March 29, 2019

For long years I had wanted to see this Golden Waterfall personally, one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Taipei, Taiwan. Luck came finally, I got lucky and my long wish has been granted. It was a windy winter month of December and temperature drops 10°C cold throughout Ruifang District. On a half day free we managed to hit Ruifang attractions, we headed to this place. The ”Golden waterfall” it is one of the suggested ideal itineraries not to be missed, we arrived at viewpoint overlooking the beautiful waterfalls and I was refreshed by the blast of natural beauty, it was gold in color and water looks crystal clean but not knowing what I’d find.

The honest truth, I later discovered the natural beauty I’m referring to is a toxic waterfall, it contain a high level of toxicity due to toxic wastes and chemicals from factories potentially harmful contaminants. It is beautiful gold in color as the result of frequent rainfall near mining sites and the heavy metal elements deposited near riverbanks.

The grand overview of the entire waterfall, it is located in Ruifang District, New Taipei, Taiwan. We’ve been to Taiwan a couple of times but this is the first time to see these group of waterfalls. It never fails to take my breath away but it is unsafe to touch. How harmful it may be but it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Special attractions near the Golden waterfall

Views from this road are absolutely gorgeous!

Excellent views of the surroundings and wild greenery.

Visit Taiwan at its most glorious from waterfalls, cherry blossoms, beautiful temples, famous Sun Moon lake down to the mountain cliffs…

Golden Waterfall >Ruifang District, New Taipei, Taiwan

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (Burgos Ilocos Norte)

By on July 18, 2018

Out of the 25 tourist attractions I’ve seen during my tour to Ilocos, the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos is a sight to behold. Particularly renowned for its unique formation of rocks that looks like a reminder of prehistoric past. It is extremely a rugged white mountain of rocks rise above highlands. The irregular and cone-shaped high rocks of every form takes a hundred of years to form, it’s usually formed by products of erosion of pre-existing rocks.

Because of the rugged terrain, I’m not so sure if I can tolerate the heat and not really sure if I’m fit enough for a 2-hour uphill and downhill trek, it was extremely hot but windy out there so I rented a horse to take me around following the steep trail and surely, it’s the kind of horse that can manage rocky terrain. Anyway, the cost of the horse is not that expensive at all, it’s only 100 per person with a guide around.

 

This trail will lead you all the way down to the rock formation site. Down there is a  sloping pasture, you can see the presence of cattle, sheep and goats around. it’s a grazing land.

I’m not an experienced rider but I can lead a horse.

One of the most dramatic rock formation.

Photo shows different sedimentary rock formations as simply formed in different ways.

A unique beauty in the wilderness

A splendid steep rock formation, magnificent scenery.

 

Closing up the edge of the cliff and the high mountains, it was spectacular! Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, a unique landscape I’ll never forget…

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Beautiful Flowers of Baguio

By on January 24, 2018

Just a small area beside the living room is the balcony, how can I resist to capture all these attractive flowers beside me? It seems it’s the right daylight to capture the nearest subject of photography;  the  dahlias, hybrid roses and the splendid blooming lavender flowers. Appreciating these December beauties, it’s just like springtime in Baguio.

Not a clearer dawn but I’m in the right mood to capture them. It’s interesting to include the landscape behind, with the low light camera adjustment, the background gives light and breathtaking effect. How tempting. Let me show you a few… Let’s get started!

Hybrid tea roses on sunrise and pine forest background. Constantly, you can see the good result in seasonal colors.

It looks darker red when the sun shines through it.

Another good choice are the Lavender flowers in individual containers on the balcony.

Early morning sun for the red Daisies.

Other aspects of photography and the best way to reconnect you with nature is to see these landscape photos I’ve captured around. You may also want to view Baguio landscapes and the tall pine trees.

Pine forest landscape

The natural beauty of the pine forest.

 

Other landscape nearby covered by brilliant mass of flowers. I took this photo up there when I was still in the highlands. More to come next post.. Thanks for viewing and reading my blog!

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Club Balai Isabel- Talisay Batangas

By on September 15, 2017

Bringing you through beautiful destination, savor the sun, sand and blue lake with a dramatic landscape. One of the many summer resorts in Batangas and it’s  not a hard-to-reach location with just 2 hours away from Manila , Club Balai Isabel an elegant resort is a major tourist attraction with  hotel rooms, lakeview and poolside buffet restaurant, sports facilities, spa, outdoor pool just beside the restaurant and free wifi access throughout the place.

It may not be at the top of your lists but It is a good place to visit for those who wish to find stunning view up close and personal to see Taal lake and volcano. In addition along interesting features are the beautiful tables lined along the shore is a dramatic set- up for lovers, it’s an outdoor eating  and best dining lake shore and the floating restaurant for a relaxed paced for lengthy conversations.

When I was in Tagaytay Taal Vista,I can only view Taal volcano from afar, it was just an aerial view from the top but here in Balai Isabel, you can get up a close and personal to see Taal lake and volcano.

There’s a built-in ready made rectangle frame to take pictures with the view of Taal volcano, all of the above landscape makes the best wedding venues too.

My favorite site, the spot of outstanding natural beauty.

Club Balai Isabel Hotel

 

Poolside break. Experience fine dining at poolside, this is  my favorite poolside snack Buko Halohalo.

Floating Restaurant

 

Floating Restaurant

 

Resort Club Balai Isabel

 

Resort Club Balai Isabel

 

Resort Club Balai Isabel

 

Resort Club Balai Isabel

All of these, it’s worth a visit

For more, Visit Balai Isabel website or check availability
Club Balai Isabel
Fairways drive, Talisay, Batangas
Tel:(02)895-7230

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Capture the Beauty of Sunset with Elegant Simplicity

By on April 6, 2017

 Tali Beach Cliff Jump Site Sunset

The great impression from readers/viewers, that sunset has many faces as being described as; breathtaking, magnificent, vibrant, beautiful, stunning, extra-ordinary, astonishing, radiant, brilliant, gorgeous, dramatic, fascinating, amazing, attractive, colorful, serene, quiet, peaceful and what more? Loss for words, I’m running out of adjectives to describe it.But anyway, Detailed description of any sunset photos around here is always supplemented by photographs.

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Magnificent Sunset- Sunset Drive

By on February 22, 2017

For the sunset lovers out there! Ever wonder which sunset photos made it to the fullest scene lately? With too many sunset photos that was published ? I think, this is one best of mine. There were too many beautiful places for sunset photography but the best choice is the Sunset Drive Tali Beach Subdivision, Nasugbu, Batangas, it’s relatively cool around here, sunset can easily be photographed while sitting on the ground. That’s more relaxing!

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Tali Beach, Nasugbu Batangas

By on February 10, 2017

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! Just a bit review…

  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 is a memorable experience especially if you are with your loved ones.

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 all these 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.

If you are lucky to catch the annual Tali Beach Concert Festival, your stay would even be more memorable.

 

Sunset Beach

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.

Munting Buhangin Beach Camp

 

Punta Fuego

 

Pico De Loro Beach Resort

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 (Batangas) : 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 inside Tali Subdivision, Nasugbu is a temporary home that will give you the comfort, we occupied the top 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 home stay. 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 only available in the dining area, no wi-fi inside the room. 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

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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 nearby, 7 beaches inside Tali subdivision, 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. Most of all, you’ll fine true hospitality while dealing with the people around Nasugbu.

Before retiring to bed, what 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?

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