A Solo Year End Trip - Macampao Beach Resort and Leisure Farm

Our annual winter trip is a bit delayed and there I was - longing for a quick solo yearend trip. I searched for a getaway place where I can sleep by the beach, eat healthy food, and spend some refreshing and quiet time alone. Fortunately, I found a resort in Zambales which qualifies everything I look for, and even more!
 
destination: solitude


A Solo Year-End Trip
Honestly I have this issue of inggit with friends who have hometown provinces. My parents are both natives of Malabon that's why I never had a hometown province. From time to time, I make sure to experience the province life even over the weekend. Who wouldn't love to see trees, breathe fresh air, and eat newly harvest goods from their own farm. So for this solo trip, it's gonna be at Zambales. 

 entrance to tranquility

Macampao Beach Resort and Leisure Farm used to be a family beach house until the owners decided to open their home to the public. I called them up last minute for reservation and luckily confirmed they can accommodate me.

first glimpse of a quiet way to end 2016 and welcome 2017

rustic and homey


Feast For One
The welcome lunch was already waiting for me when I arrived. The tables are already designated for each group. The alfresco dining hall is surrounded by trees which gives a forest feel. It felt so comforting.

dining area with forest feels

The kitchen staff initially setup a table for 2. They made adjustment when they found out I came alone. No questions asked. Nothing to explain. Haha Same feels whenever I travel solo.

Rates of accommodation at Macampao Beach Resort and Leisure Farm come with full board meals. Food which they harvest from their own farm. I got excited with this part specially when I have a healthy lifestyle now. Im expecting the food to be great but I didn't expect it to be a feast each time. The dishes and portions are overwhelming. I cannot believe how much food they serve. This made me realize this is one of the businesses which do not mind the money. They serve for customer satisfaction.
 
the kitchen staff served my breakfast with kamote, eggplant, and pechay. kinilig ako! ♥

Every guest in the resort surely look forward to each meal time. As I said, it was always a feast. Each meal usually consists of seafood, meat, vegetables, fruits, and mango shake. I'm curing my bile reflux and any acidic food will be harmful for me. When the staff found out about this, they replaced the mango shake with fresh buko juice. I highly appreciate every adjustment they made for my health condition.

always a lovely meal time at Macampao


Play and Relax
Sunrise and sunset times are best enjoyed by the private beach at Macampao. In between, guests can hang out at the cabanas, equipped with pillows and fans. Some of activities available include surfing, kayak, frisbee, and horse back riding. For kids, they have this inflatable plunge pool.

private beach

shelly details

where I spent most of my time for 3 days

a morning surya yoga


Comfortable Sleep by the Beach
What made me chose Macampao Beach Resort and Leisure Farm is the accommodation they offered. If you're like me who love to sleep by the beach but wants the comfort at the same time, then the cabana accommodation is the best for us. It has a bed, a mattress, pillows, blanket, mosquito net, blinds for privacy, closet, electric fans, and extension for cellphone charging! Gorgeous, I'm sold!

my home by the beach for 3 days

The ocean waves was so therapeutic that my heart happily woke up to hear the waves and feel the ocean breeze every morning. In the morning I did yoga, run, bike, and kayak. In the afternoon, I catch up with my favorite tv series. Just the way I wanted to spend my leisure time.

direct access to tranquility

thank you 2016, you're awesome!

holidazing by the beach

how i exactly wanted to welcome the new year


A Private Paradise
Aside from my yoga practice, circuit training, and swimming, my love for photography keeps me relaxed. Macampao gave me a place to do all these things. Big bonus is the sumptuous and healthy food they serve. It was such a worry-free solo retreat.
  
private parking area / running trail

lake area, perfect for afternoon yoga practice

 boating and fishing area

 mornings by the beach

 kayak time after i run and bike. felt weird that I enjoyed so much celebrating the new year alone.

 common restroom - clean shower area and maintained toilet with bidet

view from one of their rooms on the higher floor

way to dining hall and rooms

dining hall on the 2nd floor

love the sparkling champagne they served for new year's eve

sunset swing

enlightened


#ChyngFitnessDiary
For some it's just a handstand, but for those women who practice any inversion, this means months of strengthening the arms, core, and balance. This means training the mind to conquer the fear of falling. Now I understand that it's not just a funky handstand. This means a lot of struggle, hard work, and motivation. May ganon! 😂

My 2016 is all about wellness and fitness. I had countless visits to different doctors. Well, praning kasi ako. But my being praning lead me to a new lifestyle. I started to run, practice yoga, and do circuit training. I trained myself to be more conscious of what I eat. I learned to train my mind not to quit whenever I cannot stand anymore. I set goals and challenged myself that I can. 2016 brought me to be a better version of myself. Char!

whenever I get asked what's my fitness goal, I would always answer headstand. done! now trying the handstand.
share ko next post ang aking fitness journey.


Thank you Macampao Beach Resort and Leisure Farm for welcoming me to your home. It was a well spent 3 days to unwind and celebrate the new year, the way I liked it. Kudos to all the staff, specially the kitchen team who always made sure I enjoy my food.  Next time I'll surely tag my family with me.



Macampao Beach and Leisure Farm Resort
Sitio Macampao, Barangay Arew, Cabangan, Zambales, Philippines
+63 917 5267520
macampaoresort@gmail.com

3 Fascinating Things to Do Every Time You Travel

Traveling can be inspiring or relaxing or a way to run away form the world in search of peace. Some of us travel for fun while for some traveling is there passion. Be it anything, we’ve got 3 fascinating things to do for all the travel freaks out there!

1. Go on an excursion:

If your destination includes only one city, then add another one to your list and on a free day take a short trip to the nearby town or city. This can be a great and an overwhelming experience to enjoy and leave with more memories to cherish.

2. Go the unplanned way:

Get inside your car, carry a map along and have a phone with good internet connection. Just choose a place and keep going where the road leads you to, because unplanned trips are the best. These trips are the most thrilling ones. Getting lost is a great way to become familiar with a place and stumble upon unexpected things.

3. Face your fears:

Scared of heights? Go sky diving. Scared of water? Go scuba diving. Scared of rides? Well.. Then try them all. Face your fears and feel them and then let go of ‘em. Make the most of all the opportunities that come your way and live free and lively.

While I’m traveling and the travel blues strike me, I like to play online bingo as it enlightens my mood and cheers me up making me feel fresh and I can start my journey again.

STAYING HYDRATED


Often, caught up in our busy schedules we forget something basic- consuming enough water during the day. With winter fast approaching, it’s easy to forget to consume water without the heat to motivate you. Summer is incidentally the period when most people end up being dehydrated without realising it.

Here are a couple of tips to stay hydrated even when you are not thirsty!

1. Keep an alarm

It’s just that simple. Set alarms every three hours to remind yourself to consume water. Many people consume the required two litres, but at a time when they remember. This does not help much, as all the water is immediately drained out. It is better to consume small amounts intermittently to ensure hydration.

2. Make a rule

If you are a person who follows a certain routine- whether it is taking out the trash at a certain time, or walking to the bus- use this as a reminder to drink water. Something I follow is to drink a large glass or water right after I wake- and then drink half a glass every time I use a washroom.

3. Every morning and night

A glass of water right after waking up has shown marked improvements in people who suffer from constipation. Use a rule from their book and adopt this yourself. Consuming water through the day becomes easier if you consume the first 400ml right after waking up.

4. Avoid Salt

While reducing salt is always a good idea, watch the amount of salt you consume especially during winter. We do not sweat out as many salts and a buildup of these salts is damaging to the body. It not only dehydrates the body, but also increases muscular water retention- a painful prospect.

5. Juices

If drinking plain water doesn’t appeal to you (you’d be shocked at the number of people who do not like the ‘taste’ of plain water!) then just juice your favourite fruits. Juicing is a great way to get enough water in your system. However, take this with a figurative pinch of salt because water is essential in its direct form, and juicing and other sources of hydration act only partially in hydrating the body.

I personally like to sip on a nice cup of warm water, honey and a slice of lemon while playing my afternoon session of bingo. Click for more info on online bingo games.

My List of Best Beaches in the Philippines

updated last 11/05/2016

How's your summer? I hope you already had some good tan lines to showcase.
In case you still don't have that sun-kissed skin: pack your things, drag your friends with you, choose among the best beaches in the Philippines - and go!


jobs fill our pockets, adventures fill our souls.


Again, to each his own. What's outstanding for me could be ordinary to you, and vice versa. I've only listed the top 10 for I think these beaches really have the most stunning view, finest sand, clearest water, and smoothest sea bed. Sorry but the beaches of Camiguin, Caramoan, Palaui, Guimaras, Zamboanga, and Zambales aren't included in my list. 

Anyway so based on my own experience, the amusement level, the wow factor, the quality of the sand, and everything else - here's the list of my best beaches in the Philippines (as of Nov 05, 2016).




11. El Nido, Palawan


This beach area fronts most of the resorts and restaurants in El Nido. The water is nice and is definitely above any other beaches in the country. Wow factor is high specially when I consider the stunning limestone formations as its background. There are 2 other beaches in El Nido that is worth visiting: namely Marimegmeg and Nacpan.


10. Blue Lagoon, Ilocos Norte


I cant agree more why this is called Blue Lagoon or Maira-ira of the locals in Pagudpud. The water is really crystal clear and blueish. I love how simple this beach is. The sand may not be very fine, but it is white. Wow factor is still high.  Since it's located on the upper left most island in the country, this beach doesn't get very crowded, well except on Holy Week.


9. Sumilon, Cebu



To be honest, I only went to Sumilon just to experience this so called glamorous camping. I can't describe how amazed I was when we approached the island of Sumilon. I was breathless. The sandbar is unbelievably beautiful. It was another "I'm a proud Pinay" moment.


8. Malcapuya, Coron, Palawan


If I would choose just 1 beach for the entire province of Palawan, then this would be Malcapuya in Coron. The sand is so pristine. The water is so clear and clean. And as a big bonus, the underwater kingdom is awesome as well. I have to admit, Coron is an annual thing for me. My go-to-place every holy week.

Updated 11/05/2016 - not the best beach
in Palawan anymore


7. Malamawi Beach, Basilan



This beach is I think the most unspoiled among the beaches I've been to. Only the locals and the adventurous ones can ever reach this place and see the serene beach of Malamawi. Every risk has a reward, and Malamawi Beach just didn't disappoint as it boasts its white and fine sand + clear water. I almost forgot that I was in the terror town of Basilan. ^_^

6. Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro


For me, a great beach must have a white sand, fine seabed, clear water, and a rich underwater kingdom. Apo Reef seems to be very blessed to have all of these. The 40-min airplane ride to San Jose Mindoro, then a 2-hour bus ride to Sablayan, and another 2-hour boat ride to Apo Reef could be exhausting - but I assure you it's all worth your ride. This could have been in a higher spot if not for some garbage around the island and a lot of sea mosquitoes at night time.


5. Dako Island, Siargao, Surigao Del Norte


All this time I thought Siargao's beaches are only made for surfers. I was wrong! Im very delighted to see this paradise island after a 45-min boat ride away from the mainland and the surfers' haven Cloud Nine. I love the purity of sand, the water, and the simplicity of the place. I so love the beach that Im willing to bathe under the striking sunrays for the entire day. Actually, Dako Island could have ranked 3rd in my top beaches list only if I wasn't biased. Haha!


4. Panglao, Bohol


Forgive me Im biased. Bohol will always be a personal favorite. As of 2012, I've already visited Bohol thrice, and every single visit just made me love Bohol more. Who wouldn't be attracted to see a place with a wonder of nature, historic site, river cruise, rare animal, organic food, great beach, and superb underwater world! Bohol is simply a complete family getaway.


3. Boracay, Aklan

My P5,000 Boracay Trip
including airfare and 3 water activities

Surprise, Boracay ranks 2nd in my list! As much as I wanted the hard-to-reach places and back-to-basic setups, I also wanted a beach that's very accessible and convenient. Given the white sand and the very picturesque beach - Boracay is constantly offering new activities to try, from reef walking, parasailing, cliff diving, zorb, and a lot more. I've been to Boracay thrice and it never failed to show me why it's still the Philippine's premiere tourist attraction. The best part why I love Boracay- the pride that it brings me whenever I see tourists from all around the world cross the oceans just to reach this little gem (of course, more visitors = more jobs).


2. Calaguas, Camarines Norte


Each island has its own beauty but there's really one beach that stands out among the others. 3 years ago, I had the privilege to see Calaguas for the first time. It was an untouched beauty. Wow factor is extremely high. The sand is creamy, the water is so clear and swim-able (meaning i dont have to go far just to be in a 7-feet deep area), and the whole place is peaceful. The water is so irresistible that i didn't mind having sunburns! It's a priceless moment to have this beach all by ourselves- the sand served as our ground sheet and the stars as our light. I can still remember the way I felt when it's time to go home. It's just hard to leave (and Im not even a fan of exaggerations and drama lines).

Calaguas used to top my list until I reached Balabac, Palawan.


1. Balabac, Palawan

If you think you've seen the best of Palawan, think again. El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente are the more popular options, but if you hassle your way to the southwest-most edge of the Philippines, you will be rewarded with the endless swimming pool-like beaches of Balabac.

When I used to have my list of best beaches in Pinas, I would carefully deliberate to come up with the best beach before I decide. But after I saw the beaches in Balabac (specially Onuk), I was in complete shock. I had high expectations before I reached the place and to my surprise, Onuk was even more stunning upclose. There's no contest. This is indeed the best beach in Philippines.





And just so you know, there are other beaches in Balabac which have their own charms too. Punta Sebaring and Candaraman made us breathless as well.


Care to share your best beaches in the Philippines?
Im looking forward to try some Mediterranean Cruises someday but since Im still jobless then an El Nido trip would be a cheap alternative! Im positive this beach would make it to my list.
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