Tuesday, May 22, 2012


No summer is complete without having at least one long, luxurious and somewhat languid weekend by the beach. What soon-to-be working student shies away from the chance to lie in a hammock swayed by the sea breeze with a cold drink in hand?

I did just about anything that a lethargic dog might have did during the weekend of May 17 to 19 as I accompanied a few friends to a awesome beach called Matabungkay in Lian, Batangas.

Casa Caluag
Our friend owned a airy and rustic bungalow by the beach that had everything from hammocks, sea side cottages with massage cots to kayaks and out door grills. It was truly a little piece of paradise tucked away in the safe cove of Batangas Bay.

The bungalow was also located in a tidy little area owned by private landowners which meant that the annoying all night karaoke resorts were well out of ear shot. The days and nights were so quiet you could hear a cicada pass air if you listened well enough.

Hammocks swaying in the sea breeze. 

Cold drinks in the sand. 

As lazy as a dog.
Probably one of the hardest things to do during the entire weekend was to pick a place to nap. The weather cooperated perfectly with a person's heavy eye lids ensuring that one got more than the required amount of forty winks per sleep.

After waking up from a restful nap, a hearty meal greeted you almost instantly. We were lucky to have two badass chefs with us during the trip. They made sure that the guy's guts were filled to the brim with an assortment of food from grilled pork chops and pinakbet to sinigagn and grilled bangus.

Another great thing about Matabungkay beach was the vastly contrasting scene it gives you during low tide. The waves recede from the beach and transform the ocean bed into a rocky landscape filled with little pockets of stuff from the sea.

It also give you a nice view of the fishermen from the nearby sitio as they venture out to search for fish among the shoals.

Starfish? Demonicly possessed starfish?

Fishing in the shoals. 

And of course, a beach would never be complete without a radiant sunset to welcome the night. 

The night is equally relaxing as you sit outside and let the cicadas do their thang and sing to you by shaking their behinds together. No, I'm serious, that's how cicadas make noise. Don't believe me? Google it.

Casa Caluag by night. 

The garden by night.
To replace the sunset, lightning and thunder dance across the sky by night. It's like you have a mini strobe party in your back yard. The only thing being that if you get struck by your strobes, you fry.

Lightning illuminates the evening sky. 
Dinner, like so many of the meals that weekend, was belly busting as usual. But it was a bit different in a sense that it was belly busting with style. Steak, cheese, cold cuts and wine couldn't have made for a classier dinner by the beach. 

(Here comes my customary "all in all.")

All in all, it was a relaxing weekend getaway that was extremely recharging. I wouldn't mind marking off my calendar for another weekend lounging on the sands of Matabungkay. 

Only thing that was bothersome was the traffic going home. 

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