Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

W A T E R  -  B A S E D    A C T I V I T I E S

My recent college reunion with University of Santo Tomas batch mates was held at the heritage architecture resort in Bataan called Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. We did have a heritage tour of its 27 houses and sampled the set meals that were included in our P3.5k-per-head package for 8 persons (see the overview of our reunion-outing here).

Fun With Water

What I did not expect is to have fun swimming in the resort's batis-inspired swimming pool, riding the kayak in the river that flows from Bataan towards the South China Sea, and taking a quick dip at the surf-worthy beach. I was feeling sickly at the time of our reunion-outing and so I lost a lot of weight prior to it, but I did not care about being topless with just my board shorts donned. Any water activity meant that I had to enjoy the environment. And that's what I did.

The bridge to an unfinished area of the resort
Our Package Inclusion of Water-Based Activities

Our availed packaged would have allowed us to also do fishing and island hopping, but there just was not enough time for those two remaining activities. We reckoned that the past and time were standing still at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar that we did not have to hurry ourselves with lots of activities. I told my friends to just relax and absorb the fancy surrounding.

Modern and imperial Manila was nowhere near (actually it was 3 hours away) and all we had was a calm river for kayaking, an exciting surf at the beach, and a pleasant swimming pool to relax in.

My First Time Kayaking In The River (or Anywhere)

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar has an 8-feet deep river that runs through it from the mainland towards the South China Sea. The river was creatively constructed with a turn-of-the-century-inspired bridge that goes over it from the main resort to the beach area. It was big enough for two lanes of calesa rides passing each other in opposite directions. It even has sidewalks on each wing for guests who love to stroll and stay chatting on the bridge on sunrise and sunset moments.

The river from the Italian restaurant of the resort
The magical experience for me, however, happened right below it -- the river. The 30-minute kayak ride costs less than half of what Boracay traders would charge guests. Honestly I can't imagine the peace that one can have kayaking out on a tumultuous sea, but I can imagine it on a pleasant river with lovely heritage houses lined up up along its banks. And that was how I experienced my first kayak ride -- full of pleasantness despite all the rowing that I had to do. For my first time doing the water activity, the challenge was in rowing to achieve getting to the direction that I wanted, but I took in stride. I loved those moments when me and Joanne were about to pass through those holes under the bridge to get through to the other side. It was the next best thing to riding a gondola in Italy for now.

A Quick Dip At The Bataan Beach of The Resort

The waves of the South China Sea that day were not calm at all. I reckoned that it was good for surfing because I saw a lot of surfers from a distance when we trooped to the beach to swim. From afar, there were two ships docked. Where we were, the sand was colored gray and black but there were hardly rocks or pebbles anywhere. The sand was fine and we loved it!

Relaxing In The Batis-Inspired Swimming Pool

Facing the beach, there were about 4 traditional Filipino houses (kubo-type) that were lined up. They were situated next to the batis-inspired swimming pools where we also had fun relaxing for more than an hour because of the blessing of a good weather.

For the overview of our reunion-outing at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, simply go here.

My travel stamina partner, Laminine   +   My personal blog, New Self    +   Pasig City Natin


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