Last Monday, right after the BF’s last day of the CPA Board Exams, we decided to take a breather. We went to Puerto Galera to finally be able to relax and catch up. Everyone deserves to take a break every once in a while, right? πŸ™‚ Plus, BF would be super busy in the coming months so we might as well take advantage of our spare time now. πŸ™‚
We left our house in Laguna 7:30 in the morning and arrived at the Batangas Port at around 9. The round trip ticket from Batangas going to Puerto Galera was Php 1160 for 2 people including the environmental fees. The trip supposedly was only 45 minutes to 1 hour but because there were only few people, we had to stop over a couple of places instead of heading straight to the white beach. Needless to say, it took us almost 2 hours via bangka. The huge waves didn’t make it any easier too. Towards the end of the trip, I was so dizzy that I almost vomited.

We stayed in an average beachfront inn. I took the cheapest we could find – VM Beach Resort, Php 1300 per night in a standard room. I intentionally picked the budget-friendly room because I knew we were spending most of the time outside anyway. It wasn’t that bad too as it had 2 beds, a clean comfort room, a television and, of course, a functional air-conditioning unit. πŸ™‚

“FREEDOM!” – how ze BF felt after months of review school and finally taking the CPA Board exam a week prior our vacay. πŸ˜€

First order of business, E-A-T.

One of the things we really enjoy doing is eating together. Whenever we go to new places, the first thing we look for is a good place to eat. Now that I think of it, I think we spend more on food than we do on anything else. LOL! We don’t regret it though. πŸ™‚
The waves were too strong during our first night there. We didn’t want to risk it so instead for going for a late night swim, we just walked around the beach and decided to get henna tattoos. I don’t have the guts to get a real tattoo yet so I’ll settle with this.
I love BF’s crying wolf tattoo. It makes his arm look big and manly – not that they aren’t or anything. πŸ™‚ My tattoo, C’est La Vie, means “that’s life”. I originally wanted to get “Shit Happens” tattooed across my entire shoulder but that ain’t classy. This one looks primmer although technically, it still means the same thing. *wink!

After getting our henna tattoos done, we went straight to the resto bar beside it to get some drinks. The first time I went to Puerto Galera was with my family and I was too young to drink the night away.. now I can. Yipee! Oh, don’t get me wrong though. I’m a very responsible drinker. Just ask my father; he trained us well. πŸ˜‰

For the first round we had Mango Daiquiri and Frozen Blue Margarita – my fave! Then the next round was Jagger Bum and Sherly Temple. We realized that it would be less expensive to just order a pitcher so we did – Mindoro Sling, their best-seller. It wasn’t too fond of the after-taste probably because of the rum but it was fine. The drinks weren’t too strong, just enough to give us a good night sleep.
The sun was finally up and the waves weakened on day 2. We woke up early to take a walk on the beach, have breakfast and, of course, a little island adventure too. My beach necessities:

And how about a half outfit post? LOL! I really love this loose top I got from Greenhills. It’s very chic and comfy. Plus, it covers my swimsuit just enough so people won’t stare. *shytype FYI, I rarely wear swimsuits.
Oh speaking of chic clothes, Zalora recently launched a new brand called Ezra. The brand has a mix of laidback casual outfits, shoes and fab dresses. Ezra has a blog, too, that offers helpful wardrobe tips. You can check out Ezra Blog HERE.
I know you’re all wondering how much would an island adventurer would cost – half of the time that’s the reason why we read travel blogs/posts, right? πŸ™‚ Anyway, the bangka for island hopping cost Php 1,000 and then when we got to the middle, we were offered to transfer to a smaller bangka so we can have a closer view of the corals and fishes. That’s Php 200 per person for the corals and then another Php 200 each to go see the giant clams. 
It was totally worth it because (1) we didn’t have time constraint. There were only 2 of us so we can go whenever we want – no time limit. And (2) the corals and fishes were amazing! I would pay Php 2,000 in a heartbeat just to see those again. <3
The weather wasn’t very cooperative again during the afternoon so we can’t visit the underground lake and I was too tired to go trekking. I’ve already seen those during the last time we went to Puerto Galera so it was not a total loss. Instead, we went by this private island called Elizabeth’s Hideaway. The view was very nice but there wasn’t much to do. 

P.S the food there was obviously overpriced and they weren’t good too.

Unhappy with the food at Elizabeth’s Hideaway, we ate to our hearts’ content when we returned to the beach front. I highly recommend Food Trip, R100 and the kebab stand next to Food Trip. Hiyas Bar is alright too but I suggest dinning there at night because they have live entertainment (a.k.a fire dancer). Price range is almost the same. You can click on the photo of the menu above to see. πŸ™‚

I wasn’t able to take pictures on our third day for we were in such a hurry. πŸ™ We had to go back to Cavite early the 3rd day because my final exam was rescheduled that afternoon. Boo! We left the beach 7 in the morning and I arrived in school at around 1pm. Whew! I was still able to take the exam.

That’s about it for our quick Puerto Galera escapade. Hopefully it was enough to keep ze BF pumped up for these coming months as he enters the real world. Yup, the CPA board exam results just came out this morning and he is now a Certified Public Accountant. I’m so proud of him. Next year, if all goes according to plan, it would be my turn too. πŸ˜‰ See you on my next post. Toodles! πŸ˜€