Talisayen Cove, Zambales

Of all the places I have been to this 2017, Talisayen Cove is on top of my list (well you’ll notice that I kept mentioning it in my previous posts). In fact, I visited this place three (3) times this year, first was last January, second was on the 2nd week of December, and third was last December 30, 2017, which I considered as the most memorable because I was with my family.

January 2017. My friends and I planned to stay in this place overnight and we’re able to contact Kuya Paul America.

Contact Number: 0939902539 / 09175919524

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/talisayencove

They do not accept walk-in guests because they want to make sure that those who are coming can use their cottage and other facilities, and will not go home disappointed.We paid P6,000 (divided into 7pax). I think their minimum package is at P4,000. Inclusions are as follows:

1. Boat

2. Accommodation (cottage with 3 separate rooms

3. Kitchen/Cooking utensils

4. Free use of cooking area (charcoal included)

5. Common (but clean) rest rooms

6. Trekking

7. Free use of cooler

8. Water supply

9. Electricity until 12mn (but there is no power plug and sockets)

10. Free use of volleyball court

They also have a sari-sari store but of course, expect the items to be a little expensive than its usual retail price.

We all had a great time because all of them, who are taking care of the island, were accommodating. They even bought the meats and fishes that we asked to ensure freshness since we were coming from Manila and had to travel 5 hours. The place was also not crowded.

2nd week of December 2017, we booked again our Talisayen trip, but this time, with Kuya Joven.

Contact number: 09159599595

If what you are looking for is a camping-like tour, then I would recommend kuya Joven. P500 per person fee is inclusive of the following:

1. Boat

2. Tent (sharing for 2pax)

3. 5 gallons drinking water

4. Common rest rooms (not that maintained)

5. Scheduled water supply

6. Cooking utensils

We stayed on the other side of the island (far from the previous one where we stayed). The beach in front of us was rocky. We had a hard time cooking our food because there was no kitchen. We had no choice but to look for rocks that we can use and we also had to make fire in the sand. It was very challenging because there was no electricity. It took us 2 hours to cook our adobo for dinner. But to be fair, the caretaker and her family were really trying their best to accommodate us well. They let us borrow their monobloc table and chairs. They also gave a us hot water for our coffee.

Last week of December. As I have said, this was my most memorable Talisayen Trip because I was with my family. Although it was just a day tour, I still had a great time and I felt like it was a first time experience. We booked again our tour with Kuya Paul. We were 11 (4 were kids) and we paid P4,000. Inclusions are the same when I first traveled to this place.

Another thing that I appreciate about Kuya Paul is his honesty. My brother-in-law left his Oakley shades and he informed Kuya Paul when we were about to get off from the boat. He gave us assurance that it will be safe and that he will be returning it once he had the chance to travel to Olongapo City. Few days after our trip, he texted my brother-in-law and met with him to return the shades. Now I have another reason to recommend him and their place.

What do you have to consider when preparing your budget for this trip?

1. Transportation – If you will be commuting, ride a bus to Iba Zambales or Olongapo City then transfer to another bus to Iba Zambales. Drop off point in Zambales is Pundaquit.

2. Environmental Fee – P20 per person

3. Boat/Accommodation – minimum P4,000 or P500 per person depending on where you will book your tour and the total number of pax

4. Cottage – P350. However, cottage in Talisayen Cove (c/o Kuya Paul) is free

5. Food – you can drop by Castillejos Public Market

6. Bonfire – P150 – P300

7. Parking Fee – P100 (day tour); P200 (overnight)

8. Ice block / tube ice – P50 – P150 depending on the size. You will find a lot of stores in Pundaquit but make sure you have your cooler where you can store your ice.

What to consider when traveling?

https://mhaggiecardo.com/2017/10/04/things-to-consider-when-traveling/

How to get to Pundaquit, if you are coming from Manila (this is where you will ride the boat to Talisayen Cove)

1. Private Car

Option 1.

– NLEX Balintawak – P45

– SCTEX to SFEX/Tipo – P429

– Tipo Exit to SBMA Exit in Kalaklan – P0

– Kalaklan – Pundaquit – P0

Total: P474

Option 2.

– NLEX Balintawak – P45

– San Fernando Exit – P169

– SCTEX Dinalupihan – SFEX/Tipo – P60

– Tipo Exit to SBMA Exit in Kalaklan – P0

– Kalaklan – Pundaquit

Total: P274

Option 3.

– NLEX Balintawak – P45

– San Fernando Exit – 169

– SFEX/Tipo Exit – P25

– Tipo Exit to SBMA Exit in Kalaklan – P0

– Kalaklan – Pundaquit – P0

Total: P239

Option 4.

– NLEX Balintawak – P45

– San Fernando Exit – P169

– Service Rd from San Fernando to Olongapo – P0

– Olongapo to Pundaquit – P0

Total: P214

2. Public Transportation

– Travel to Olongapo City then Pundaquit (via Victory Liner going to Iba Zambales)

– Travel to Pundaquit via Victory Liner going to Iba Zambales)

https://www.victoryliner.com/FareMatrix.aspx

Tip: you will not find any ATM in Pundaquit, or even after Castillejos Zambales, so make sure you already have enough cash before heading to the island.


All photos below were taken during my 1st and 3rd visit to the island. I was a bit disappointed on our 2nd tour, probably because I was expecting for the same experience and location, which unfortunately did not happen. I learned after that Talisayen Cove (c/o Kuya Paul) is considered a private island that is why other contact persons (or boatmen) are not allowed to use whatever facility they have in Kuya Paul’s place.

Places to Visit in Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Heading Subic Bay anytime soon? Let me share with you some ideas on where to go. SBMA or Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority has been a part of me since I was a kid, and I am proud of this place because they were able to maintain the discipline in the area (though it wasn’t as disciplined as before). There are lots of tourist attractions that you can visit, so if you are planning to spend your weekend or vacation in Subic Bay, here are some places that you may consider:

1. Funtastic Park – An educational fun park that offers several indoor and outdoor activities such as Mirror Maze, Dark Room, 3D Enchanted Forest, 3D Trick Art, Optical Illusion, Garden Maze Adventure, Souvenir Shop, Cafe, and many more.



Ticket:

Kids: P220.00

Adult: P250.00

We were also able to get 1 free 3D animation movie experience pass (you may choose from rollercoaster, underwater, horror, etc). Ticket cost for this, if you want to get more passes, is 50.00 per person.

Address: Bldg. 2070 Corregidor Highway, Ilanin Forest Area, SBFZ

Operating Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Contact Number: (047) 252-3099

2. Magaul Bird Park (Jest Camp) – This is a park with different kinds of birds. Aside from the bird park, they also give basic jungle survival training (making kitchen utensils, fire, out of bamboo, etc). They also offer a lot of outdoor activities such as arial walk, giant swing, life sized angry bird, and a lot more. Unfortunately, we were not able to try these because they were undergoing maintenance to improve their service. Another unfortunate thing is that their Bird House Cafe was closed that time and I learned from the tour guide that management is now deciding if they will continue or close the operation because the cafe only has few customers.

Kawayan Kitchen is also in this place. They offer several Filipino foods cooked using bamboo. They operate only until 4:30pm so if you arrive in the afternoon, I suggest that you dine in this place first before proceeding to your tour.


Entrance Fee: P250.00 inclusive of 2 hour tour with assigned tour guide

Operating Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Address: Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, SBFZ

Contact Number: (047) 252-1489

3. Malawaan Park – A recreational park that is best especially for those who are on a tight budget. This park is open to public and there is no entrance fee nor hidden charges. These are the activities that you can do:

1. Picnic – Just bring and set-up your food/drinks and picnic blanket, and have fun! No picnic blanket? No problem. The park also has plenty of cottages where you can stay. Just a reminder, alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

2. Fishing – This is also for free, even if you catch a fish, but you have to bring your own fishing rod.

Malawaan Park also has mini playground for kids.

Operating Hours: 24/7

Address: Argonaut Highway, Subic Bay Freeport Zone (Beside Sea Port)

Entrance Fee: FREE

4. Zoobic Safari – Adventure park that is also known to have the first and only tiger safari in the Philippines. Zoobic Safari has different kinds of animals, mostly wild, and they also showcases the talents of indigenous people of Zambales. Just a friendly advise, go early if you want to really experience tiger safari as they cannot really guarantee that tigers will come close to you in the afternoon after being fed whole day.

Operating Hours: 8:00am – 4:00 pm

Address: Group I Ilanin Forest, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Telephone: (047) 252-2272 / 09297072222

Rate: Php 695.00 per person

How to get to Subic Bay Freeport Zone (From Manila):

1. Private Car

Option 1.

– NLEX Balintawak – P45.00

– SCTEX to SFEX/Tipo – P429.00

Total: P474.00

Option 2.

– NLEX Balintawak – P45.00

– San Fernando Exit – P169.00

– SCTEX Dinalupihan – SFEX/Tipo – P60.00

Total: P274.00

Option 3.

– NLEX Balintawak – P45.00

– San Fernando Exit – 169.00

– SFEX/Tipo Exit – P25.00

Total: P239.00

Option 4.

– NLEX Balintawak – 45.00

– San Fernando Exit – 169.00

– Service Rd from San Fernando to Olongapo – P0.00

– Olongapo to Subic Gate – P0.00

Total: P214.00

If you are traveling via private car, please do not disregard traffic rules. SBMA is very strict in implementing the stop and go / first to stop, first to go policy, so when you get to see a stop sign, make sure to stop for at least 2 seconds before crossing the intersection. Do not just follow the car in front of you unless there is a traffic light. Be mindful as well of your speed. You may not see a traffic enforcer but cars as still being monitored.

2. Public Transportation

– Victory Liner Bus to Olongapo

https://www.victoryliner.com/FareMatrix.aspx

– Yellow or Red Jeepney from Victory Liner Terminal to Magsaysay – P8.00 per person

– Walk from Magsaysay to Subic Bay Entrance Gate

Travel time from Manila to Subic, whether private or public vehicle is 3 to 4 hours. Aside from taxi, you will not find any public transportation inside Subic Bay, but some places offer free shuttle service.

(There are still a lot that you can visit. I’ll include more some other time.😊)

Paano Mo Ba Ako Mamahalin?

Paano mo ba ako mamahalin?

Yan ang madalas na binibigkas ng aking isip at damdamin.

Ginagawa ko ang lahat upang ika’y mapasaya,

Mapatunayan ko lamang na sa puso ko ika’y nag-iisa.

Gusto kong maintindihan kung ako ba ay may pagkukulang,

O sadyang iba lang talaga ang laman ng iyong puso’t isipan.

Gusto kong malaman ang iyong nararamdaman,

Ako ba ay iyo nang minamahal,

O hanggang ngayon para sayo ako ay wala lang?

Sinabi ko sa sarili na lahat ay titiisin

Pinangako na habambuhay kang mamahalin

Ngunit tila ako pa din ay nababalewala

Kaya aking tinatanong, tama pa ba ang aking ginagawa?

Hangad kong maintindihan lahat ng dahilan,

Kung bakit ang aking nadarama ay di mo kayang suklian.

Ako ba’y hindi karapat dapat na mahalin?

O ang pagibig mo ay sadyang hindi para sa akin?

Handa akong makinig sa lahat ng sasabihin,

Sisikapin na gawin ano man ang hilingin,

Dahil ang puso’y ko’y walang balak bumitiw,

Mapatunayan lamang na ako’y karapat dapat ding mahalin.

Pansamantala akong lalayo sayo,

Hanggang dumating ang oras na ako din ay maisip mo.

Hindi ako titigil sa aking paghihintay,

Dahil nais ko na ang aking pagmamahal ay sayo lamang ibibigay.

Hinding hindi ako mawawalan ng pag asa,

Patuloy akong maniniwala sa aking nadarama.

Hihintayin ko na dumating ang panahon

Na maririnig ko sayo ang mga salitang “mahal kita”, “ikaw lang, wala ng iba”.