WARNING: This post contains a lot of mushy pictures. Continue at your own risk. 🤤
By seeing my previous posts on our trips to Sariaya, Quezon, and Baler, Quezon, you should know that my husband was unable to come to both trips because of conflict in his work schedule. This trip was different in that i) we were together but without Omer, and ii) we were on a long motorcycle road trip.
Yes! We were crazy and feeling young to bring Maj (our Yamaha SZ-R baby) along. We decided to go on an overnight camping with my cousin and her husband in a place we heard from a friend in Real, Quezon. This itinerary will include our expenses and other tips in case you wanted to head the same route soon.
We started our ride from Muntinlupa, south of Manila, at around 6 in the morning. With my cousin tailing us and us navigating by Google Maps, we journeyed on.
We got to our first stop in Pililia, Quezon at around 10am, where we went to see the beautiful rows of windmills up close and for free! We learned from the security officer that it was a privately owned company and that the owner was kind enough to let tourists come without paying entrance fees. Locals also earn income by selling souvenir and food items to the tourists.
After buying some souvenir items and eating our packed breakfast, we went back to the road.
At around noon, we reached our destination–a camping site called Pacific Recreation Kamp. It’s a small camping site fronting the Quezon beach. We pitched our tents and then went to the nearest wet market a few meters north of the camp to buy looooots of seafoods to grill, some veggies, rice, and a non-alcoholic wine for the night. We were all amazed at how cheap seafoods are in Real. I was pretty sure we bought food for 8 people when there was only 4 of us! Talk about pigging out. 🐷
We were planning to grill the meat and fish ourselves when we learned that the eatery just within the camp could do it for us for just a minimal fee (and also even cook our rice!) so we chose to do that instead and took some rest from the long ride.
In the afternoon we decided to go to the beach. It’s a black-sand wavy beach and I thought that it might be an extension of the Sabang beach in Baler, but never figured out the truth about that.
Found this vintage-looking boat and thought it was a cute background for a mushy photo. 😣
Another mushy photo for you. You can see Yuli struggling for a bit there. 🤣
The evening was cold and peaceful, and we watched a Korean horror movie while sharing funny stories and drinking grape wine. I loved the sound of the wind and the waves and wished I could live by the sea someday. It was also a sweet bonding moment for the four of us. It rained a bit during midnight and Yuli and Ryan had to rearrange our tents to stay away from the rain. We slept soundly after that.
We woke up early the next day, packed our things and went back to the road after eating our breakfast by 9am. We said our thank yous to the nanay (mother) who cooked all the food that we bought and to the security officer who checked on us during the night.
Our next stop was a short trek to the Balagbag Falls. It was out of our way home but decided to see it anyway. The weather wasn’t very friendly and so the trail was muddy. When we reached the falls, the water was just brown and dirty. Although I loved the sound of the running water, I hoped we had visited at a better time. We just dipped for a bit, took another mushy photo, and then went back to the road.
What I loved about this trip albeit short is the chance to run away from all the hustle of Manila, had a solo time with Yuli and come closer to nature. I loved all the tall trees, fresh air, and the humble living of the locals we met and saw. Our camp didn’t even have electricity. We had to pay to have our phones charged for use during the trip back. Life seems to be so simple in the province, and I never stop wondering what it feels to live like that.
Didn’t I warn you about the photos? 😍😣
On our way back, I was still game to make a quick visit to my second home in Los Banos, Laguna, but everyone was just tired. I asked for a quick stop at Mer-Nel’s Cake Shop (seriously the best chocolate cake in the whole wide universe) before heading home.
The question goes, how much did we spend on this trip?
- Transpo – we only spent Php 600.00 for Maj’s gas back and forth.
- Windmills in Pililia – no entrance fees. Souvenir items range from Php 50.00 – Php 300.00.
- Entrance fee to Pacific Recreation Kamp – Php 100.00 per head
- Tent pitching fee plus beddings – Php 100.00 per tent, but that’s the price if you brought your our own tents. Can’t remember the price for renting a tent from the camp sorry!
- Charging fee – Php 10.00 for 10 minutes.
- Food – As I said, we bought a loooot of seafoods. I am estimating we spent Php 1,500.00 for food for Yuli and me for 3 meals, exclusive of snacks and sodas.
- Service charge for having our food cooked (Paluto) – Php 150.00 for seafoods, Php 80.00 for rice.
- Entrance fee to Balagbag falls – Php 20.00 per head
- Mer-Nel’s cake – just bought the smallest at around Php 110.00.
I think it was money well spent! If you’re planning to be crazy and go on a long motorcycle ride too, tell me about it!
‘Til the next overnight camping,