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Safe and sound…of the bullets

I’ve never been so afraid to be in the streets when it’s already dark, except now. Boy, girl, student, professional, brother, sister, father and mother… All are gunned to death by the ongoing war on drugs by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Instead of feeling safe, I feel afraid when there are police officers, the people capacitated by the government to run after and kill the so-called ‘drug addicts’.

What did we do to be here now?

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I and my girlfriend visited Brgy. Pansol, Calamba, Laguna last August 26-28. Pansol is known for their hot springs.

From Cubao, Metro Manila, we rode a bus and the travel time to Pansol was no longer than 2 hours. We didn’t have reservations.

We chose a place wherein the hot spring is natural and free-flowing. Some resorts or pool in Pansol offer hot spring, but don’t come from natural sources. The Laguna Hot Spring Resort is one of the oldest resort in the area, tracing its roots since 1949.

There are also fishes in the pool which eat your dead skin cells. Careful, though, you might be surprised!

Our room rate was Php 1,800, for two, during our 24 hour stay. You can visit the resort and pay Php 100 if you just want to swim. There are available rooms and cottages if you want.

Near the resort is a market. The prices of food are not high. For Php 69, you can enjoy a whole box of super cheesy pizza. You can also buy liquor and enter it to the resort. Note that you should only drink or eat in your room or cottage.

The warm water really calmed me. It’s best to dip around 3 am to 6 am where little to no other visitors are around. We had floated using the ladder in the middle of the source of the hot spring, which is in the left side of the pool if you’re coming from the entrance. The pool may appear to be black because of the sand and stones beneath.

The staff are not that friendly, and they even forgot to bring us our blanket.

Overall, I will rate my stay as 4/5. The hot spring was, again, so relaxing and rejuvinating. I’ll definitely come back!

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Zambales: Ocean with Black Sand

Here are some pictures when I visited Zambales, Philippines. Zambales is about five hours drive from Manila. The province, located in Central Luzon, is known as the “Wreck Diving Capital of the Philippines”. A storm was in the vicinity when we went to Zambales which resulted to higher waves and more powerful winds. Nevertheless, the ocean is both terrifying and beautiful, with black beach surrounding it.