Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Simara Island Escape

As my last post indicated, I've been gone beaching. And now, I am back! I have a few travel posts to share (i.e. Puerto Galera, South Korea, Quezon Province, etc.) but I would skip those for now and fast forward to sharing my most recent trip to Simara Island in Romblon, Philippines. Better make it fresh!

How To Get There

Simara Island, Municipality of Corcuera was named after the Spanish governor-general Sebasti├ín Hurtado de Corcuera who ruled the Philippines from 1635 to 1644. Actually, the island is shaped like a hook thus it's name, Simara which was derived from the local word sima, meaning "hook".

Source: Google Maps
There are a couple of ways to reach Simara Island but I recommend the one I took which is via Odiongan. Here's the complete list of ways to get there:
Source: Tourism Corcuera
Fish Port of Calatrava
Port of Simara Island (AM)
Port of Simara Island (PM)
Byaheng Simara, Byaheng Masaya!

Corcuera local government is promoting tourism in the island and they have the tagline Byaheng Simara, Byaheng Masaya! I've been to Simara Island many times before because my fiance was born and raised there, however it's my first time to go there alone. And for this latest visit of mine, I've learned that there a lot of new places to visit.

Here are the sites I've visited this May 2015. (Note: There will be a lot of pictures on this post.)
Poblacion Beach Area  
I was not able to go to the more secluded beaches of the island such as Guinrang-an, Colong-Colong and Mahaba Beach. I've been to those beaches in my previous visits and I love them both. They are beautiful. 
However, this trip of mine is not short of beach swimming as I stayed in Poblacion area which is literally walking distance from the more open access beach of the island. No entrance fee, no cottage needed. Just your self and sunblock for your skin.
I've stayed in the island for a week and almost everyday I had an after-breakfast swim.
Water is so clear, I was able to use my GoPro dome to take a lot of shots

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gone Beaching!


Dearest readers, 

I will be away for a week for a much needed vacation. Yay, beach! While I am away, I will only be able to update you via my Instagram account (follow me here).

As there will be no new post for a week (boo!), you can check out my "See Other Posts" list on the right side of this page.

See right side for the "See Other Posts" list

Or, you can check out my most viewed posts:

Thanks for keeping the views coming and it wouldn't hurt if you can connect to me via social media here. See you once I am back from my vitamin sea induced trip!

xoxo,
le belle

Monday, May 4, 2015

I Stole Steele

I have a 'before I get hitched' list and I am slowly completing them. Watch out here for my post once completed.

One of the things on that list is to "take care of any living thing so you have something to keep alive aside from yourself". Sure...

Let Me Check My Green Thumb

I tried to take care of an indoor plant in my apartment when I used to live on my own. They say it can thrive in an array of lighting conditions, but low light may diminish the leaves' variegation (Source: today.com). Mine looked like this when I bought it:

Photo from today.com

Sunday, May 3, 2015

JBL Clip Review (Plus, Sale Alert!)

I am a music fan having been exposed to Air Supply at the very young age due to my father's enthusiasm. I don't have the music talent but I love, love listening to music. A lot of it.

With my love of music, it goes without saying that I have some music gadgets that I value. They are not so fancy as others would have but I think they perform the job pretty well. I have my oldie but goodie Ipod Touch 3rd Gen from my fiance, Coloud headsets - a purple "The Boom" and an orange "The Pop" which I reviewed here, and my speaker JBL Clip in red.

Christmas Came In Late

I received my JBL Clip around March 2015 as a gift which I think was intended for Christmas. Better late than never indeed, it became my instant favorite right away.

JBL Clip - Red

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lipa City Food Scene | Episode 1

After being away for five years, I found myself back to my home base Lipa City, Batangas. As I seldom explore my home town whenever I come home for a quick visit to the family, I barely know any places to go to until now that I am actually based here...

Hello from Lipa City
My childhood friend Linger is one hell of an expert to any food places to go to in Lipa City. You tell your cravings, you'll get a quick answer. And thanks to Linger, I have something to share with you guys.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pinto Art Musuem: Door to Beauty

As french writer Edmond de Goncourt said, "A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world" and I think that is true based on my own action...

Don't get me wrong, my ridiculous comments during my visit to Pinto Art Museum were not criticism as I am not remotely reliable to give any. I went to the museum to get cultured, so mainly my opinions were of being confused, clueless or down right lost but all mixed with awe (why can't I be artistic like them?). And because of that, I truly enjoyed my experience. I get to step out of my comfort zone.

Me against the art, so big I feel small

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

[Book Thoughts] Yes Please by Amy Poehler

When I suddenly got hooked at watching the genius television show "Parks & Recreation", I suddenly want to know more about the actress playing the main character Leslie Knope. I googled Amy Poehler.

When I say I googled, I meant I fan girl hard (see my guide on how to fan girl here). I know Amy before "Parks & Rec". I know her from SNL, from hosting Golden Globes, and from her amazing team up with Tina Fey. I have always identified with her. Hence the watching of her series and the sudden need to fan girl.

Book Cover

To my delight, I learned from my google search that she wrote a book. And I expected a biography... It was not, and I am happy. Amy Poehler suddenly became my hero and inspiration.