The traditional New Year countdown was held at our friends’ apartment, same as last year. There were games, like last year, charades; programs like our own version of Face to Face; even a raffle (of anything we could put our hands on); a photo shoot… and a rave party. And of course, drinks all around. I went home at four thirty in the morning, drunk like I have never been drunk before in years that I cannot even count. Fun could not even begin to describe how it was. Now we have the rest of the year to look forward to the next one. You, my U.P. Repertory Company family, has been my “family” for the past eleven years and I have nothing but love in my heart for you people, and my endless gratitude for being part of my life. Cheers to 2011 (and beyond!)
After spending the evening with my parents and my sisters’ families in the condo in Taguig where we actually used to live, we went home to put Lia to sleep, then at eleven thirty in the evening, drove off to Eastwood to welcome the New Year with drinks and watch the fireworks. It was alright, though I could not help but remember last year’s when we were at the penthouse watching all the fireworks all over Metro Manila for hours and hours.
The photos are here, but you have to add me as contact on Flickr to view. 😉
This season has not been as merry as all the others that went before. It is unlike all the other Christmases gone by. My mom spent Christmas in the hospital. The kids weren’t able to celebrate with us because all our kids are below 7 and are not allowed in the hospital. My brother spent Christmas in some other country, hopefully not freezing all the way down to his toes. Before all this came about, we had all planned on coming home to my parents’ house in Bicol like we have done in all these past years. I did not set up the Christmas tree.
But on the 24th, after grocery shopping, in preparation for the simple Christmas dinner we were going to spend at the hospital, I came home and suddenly, wanted to put up the tree for Lia. This is her Christmas too. She and I together put the tree up.
A third-class municipality (town) in the island-province of Cebu, about 130 kilometers north of Cebu City, the drab town of Daan Bantayan is the gateway to the islands of Malapascua and Bantayan via the wharf in the northernmost point baranggay of Maya.
This used to be where the bus terminates, then you take a hubel-hubel or tricycle ride to the wharf in Maya; but when I was there February 2010, the buses go straight to Maya. I took the bus back to Cebu right where I got off the boat.
On my first day in Malapascua, I found a boatman to take me around the island for the afternoon. I did a bit of snorkeling here and there, but found nothing impressive. I was told the island used to have great snorkeling spots but now they’re almost gone. I had not a diver’s license just yet so diving was not an option. Next time, I promise I will not leave Malapascua without seeing the thresher sharks. No, make that, I will not go to Malapascua if I don’t have a diver’s license. They’re quite strict there.
I had loved seeing those boys jumping off the craggy little cliff into the water. They looked like they were having so much fun. They were totally naked too. I had wanted to jump off the cliffs too, though I would rather have something on.
Bounty Beach is where the majority of resorts and dive centers are located. In 2008, a survey by telegraph.co.uk chose Bounty Beach as Philippines Best Beach. It has outdone Boracay, the Philippines’ most famous beach and one of Asiaâ€™s and worldâ€™s best beaches. Malapascuaâ€™s powder white sand, clear water and laid back atmosphere makes it look like Boracay fifteen years ago. That makes this beach a haven for those who seek tranquility. Many tourists come to the island to relax, swim, and bask under the sun. (Source)
There are a lot of places to stay in Malapascua, but here are a few of the places I happened to have taken photos of. For a complete listing of all lodging available in the island, here is a very helpful site.
1. Logon Beach Resort
I had wanted to stay at this resort but when I sent an inquiry via email, I was told they were fully booked. I did not find that surprising though since they only have a few cottages (4 or 5?). Located on a high rocky point at the end of Logon Beach, next to Tepanee and Angelina Beach, this place is very quiet and secluded.