Thursday, March 15, 2007

Beach Wedding Venue

Kuya Nelson and Caren were camera-shy. So in this photo, it was just me, Peter, Ate Rose and Laiza. 
As  I was telling you in my previous post, we went to Virgin Beach Resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas last weekend with my friends from the office. We all met at GSIS around 7 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m., we reached our destination. It was our first time to go out of town with Caren, Laiza and Kuya Nelson and they were one cool bunch of comfortable and down-to-earth friends I’ve been with. Couple that with wacky Ate Rose, hilarious Peter and sleepy me (Peter & I went straight to packing for the trip right after the Brownman Revival gig). So what we had was one CRAZY-SEXY-COOL group of friends.
One of the kubos we hung out at. 
Our check-in time was at 1:00 p.m.  Yes, we were very early. So we stretched out for a while, hung out in one of their kubos, tested the crsytal clear water and took lots of scenic pictures. At first, I wasn’t sold on the place. Coz compared to La Luz Resort at the opposite end of the same stretch of beach, Virgin didn’t have that “Thai resort” feel to it (exactly the same impression Kai had when she also went to the same resort).
My dream beach house… simple and cozy.
However, as the hours passed during our entire stay, I eventually got to appreciate the place for its sprawling expanse of beach, dotted here and there by cozy-looking casitas and cabanas (I soooo loved the one with glass doors that I am planning to have a small beach house constructed, using the same design, in our ancestral land in Surigao or maybe in La Union… I can dream, right?). Plus the whole beach was incredibly clean and the water was so gorgeously turquoise! To think that the sand wasn’t even white like Boracay’s but beige like Puerto Galera’s. There were also some trees lining up the beach that provided some nice shade to take a quick nap under.
Reading something kinky…Note naughty smile… 
We had lunch at noon and at 1:00 p.m. we finally checked-in. Some of us took a nap while the rest (meaning, Peter and I) started exploring the beach, but because the sun was still near its zenith, it was very hot, so I decided to stay under the shade of one of the trees and read my magazines instead.

When it wasn’t so hot anymore, Peter and I swam for a while until the others followed suit. We also managed to visit La Luz around 3:00 p.m. and were only able to get back to Virgin a little before 4:00 p.m. It was a long walk and  I think we lost 5 pounds while at it. Whew!
 Going to the dining area  was still quite a long walk from our cabana.
In the evening, we had dinner and ordered some beer and 3 glasses of Harvey Wall Banger. It was a quiet and mellow night. Peter just read everyone’s auras until late that evening. It was sort of freaky for them since Peter’s readings were very accurate. I was just listening the whole time, getting more drunk by the hour. And since there was no dancing nor singing (Virgin was really very quiet. Our cabana didn’t even have a TV.), after a few more drinks, we called it a night.

 At last, a close-up picture of our three friends, Lai, Caren & Kuya Nelson
The next day, we woke up late for breakfast. Our island hopping trip was scheduled at 7:00 a.m. but we were only getting up then. Thanks to the resort’s staff, it was moved to 9:00 a.m. and my golly, did we have wonderful time! The boat ferried us to a coral garden in the middle of the sea and we saw lots of different kinds of fish.

 On the way to the coral garden…
Plus, it helped that the water was really very clear and blue. And, it wasn’t itchy at all! Not even slightly, as compared to Puerto Galera’s Long Beach Coral Garden. The last time we went there we even saw planktons and a very deadly box jelly fish floating around. This one in Laiya was really super-ultra-virgin in quality.

We only snorkeled for an hour then it was time to go back for more swimming and sunbathing vefore finally checking out at 12:30 p.m. (normally, guests check out at 11 a.m. but we asked for a little extension, yey!).

 As I snorkeled, Peter dove!

Overall, it’s one of the most relaxing weekend vacations we’ve had.  It was just us, the beach and the sun.  No worries, no noise,  no tiresome activities. Plus, we didn’t bring our Revo! It was Laiza who drove her Adventure  and we were just merely passengers enjoying the ride (Thanks Lai!). How I wish we can go back there again. Maybe we will… when we do another ocular inspection with Koryn. :-)

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