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Like a proper Asian, I hate tanning and sun exposure, which is ironic considering how much I love going to the beach. Since I work at home, I spend as little time as I could outdoors and as you can imagine, I was blinding white by the time I made my triumphant return to Potipot island, off the coast of Zambales.

I mentioned a blog ago that one of my cousins gifted us with a beach getaway and I got to choose which beach spot to visit. I chose Potipot because 1) it’s just 3 hours away from Tarlac and 2) the beauty of the beach rivals that of Boracay (ew) minus the nightlife, the trash, and the noisy tourists.

The drive going to Potipot was awesome, hubs was finally able to break our car in, so to speak, and traveling the countryside was so relaxing, it gave a nice holiday feel, ya know?

Arriving at Dawal, the hubs and I had the best time, spending most of our waking hours swimming and drinking beer by the seashore, it’s fantastic! Thankfully, there was very little crowd and at some point during the morning, we had the beach to ourselves which was awesome.

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I’ve been to Potipot island many times and the love for its white sand beach and clear turquoise waters have not faded one bit. We did saw random plastic bottles or bags here and there, which made us pretty sad. Hopefully, the locals will work overtime to maintain Potipot’s pristineness.

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After spending several days in Zambales, we headed to the airport and traveled to Bicol for a week of solid rest. We chose Misibis Bay because it’s apparently one of the best luxurious resorts in the Philippines.

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We got the garden view room, which has its own swimming pool and as the name implies, the room does have a great view of the garden.

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The amenities are quite impressive, they are comparable to 5-star hotels I’ve been in before. You know, you don’t even need to go to the beach to relax at Misibis Bay, you can stay in your room and enjoy the massive bed and the fabulous furnishings that come with it and it’ll be just as great! But of course, being water babies, we needed to head to the waters and we did.

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One of the first things I noticed when we got to the beach was 1) lack of guests frolicking in the waters and 2) the noisy construction over the eastern side of the sprawling resort. There were literally two massive trucks hauling white sand on the beach itself and the noise was quite distracting.

We knew Misibis Bay was being renovated but we were not aware that a massive chunk of the resort is still being built. We ignored the noise and the incessant clanging of heavy equipment the best we could and the construction guys were not there the whole week that we were staying so that’s okay. I soon found out why most guests prefer to swim poolside, the beach looks inviting but it’s… sterile.

I regret that I was not able to take photos of the beach because ironically, we did not spend a lot of time there but here are pics I saw online:

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Now, the beach is connected to the ocean yes but there’s a breakwater near the shore to prevent large waves from bitchslapping the bejeezus out of swimmers. The same breakwater somewhat took the fun out of swimming in the beach, the water lacks marine life of any kind (there were no fishies and we were disappointed because we totally bought our new gears) and the water’s not as clear so that made me nervous (I’m petrified of deep waters).

Sure, there’s a breakwater and the waters are pretty shallow but I couldn’t see the bottom and this discouraged me from staying long in the water, but that’s just how I am. The beach feels man-made is what I’m trying to say without sounding too critical.  At Putipot, the water is crystal clear, there’s are schools of fish swimming near the shore, and the whole vibe is organic if that makes sense. Our experience at Misibis Bay’s beach is different and it’s hard to explain, you just gotta try it yourself to find out methinks. To be fair, the beach looked inviting so there’s that.

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The beach is pretty rocky too but that’s okay because the hubs and I invested on cool sea shusies and if you have those, you’ll use them often at Misibis Bay. We loved Misibis Bay’s pools tho, they reminded us of the beautiful Balinese resorts we used to write articles about, lol.

The resort has 2 large pools, an infinity pool that sits in the middle of the property (just a few steps away from the beach) and a lagoon-style pool nearby.

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There’s also a pool near our room so that was fun!

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Though I’m bracing for Monday, I’m extremely happy to be back! And there are so many things to do and look forward to, 2016 hasn’t been an easy year for us but it’s definitely the most memorable. What an adventure 🙂

 

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Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, and a purse addict. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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