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Burot Beach Travel Guide

Let me try to create a sort of “travel-guide-but-not-really-a-travel-guide” for the brothas and sistahs out there who might be interested to have a sight and experience with Burot Beach. Besides, I’ve got a couple of messages in my inbox asking me about the breakdown of expenses and whatnots of this beach getaway.

TRANSPORT

Burot Beach is located in. Brgy. Silang, Calatagan, Batangas. For consistency, let me assume that you’ll be coming from Manila that is approximately 3-4 hours away. Having said that, there are three possible ways (that I know) to get to Calatagan (or Burot Beach in this matter).

  • via public transportation (or commute)
    • via van– The van terminal, adjacent the Kabayan Hotel, is located behind the Metropoint Mall which you can reach via LRT line 1 (EDSA Station) or MRT (Taft Ave. Station). It is the same spot where you take a van heading to Balayan, Batangas. Be sure to make it clear that you’re heading to Calatagan because there are different routes. Drop off will be at Calatagan Market.
    • via bus– Grand terminal heading to Calatagan is located beside the Coastal Mall in Paranaque. Ask the condcutor to drop you off the Calatagan market.
    • NOTE: Fares for both modes will be P180, one way. Earliest trip for van will be 5:00-6:00 A.M. and 4:00 A.M. for buses. When in Calatagan Market, there are a lot of tricycle drivers offering a 15-20 minute ride to the beach. Negotiate if you can but typical fares ranges P150-P200 for two people.
  • via private vehicle
    • From Manila, drive all the way to Tagaytay through SLEX or Cavite. You will reach the Nasugbu rotonda and drive until you reach the Nasugbu-Lian intersection. Take the Lian route (if Nasugbu, you’ll reach Balayan) until you arrive at Calatagan Municipality. From there, you can ask the locals (they know the best way tbh) of where to head to Burot.

When in the vicinity, there will be a check point by two guards (in SM uniform) and will give you guidelines of the do’s and dont’s in the beach. They will hand you a large garbage bag as well. Lastly, you’ll be paying P20 each (one time) for the maintenance of the private property. Continue Reading

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Life, Tips

Top Tips for College Graduates about to enter the Workforce

A week ago I got an unexpected email regarding a project put together by TheLadders. What are some tips for fresh college graduates about to start their career path? As much as I wanted to take it immediately, I honestly thought twice before agreeing to his request. Although this is very timely as I graduated college not too long ago and also looking for a job, I am not confident to share a couple of advice because I myself doesn’t have a clear path yet when it comes to “career.”

But then I realized that it isn’t bad at all to give my two cents about this topic since I will be speaking based on my experiences and while my experiences may not be 100% the same with anyone, it would surely be relatable at some other way.

Take your time. Don’t rush.

To the kids who aren’t sure of what it’s going to be in the future, no one told anybody that you should work immediately right after graduation. It is kind of a necessity (at least for me) to rest and relax and enjoy the life you’re deprived of. Free from books and reviewers, long exams and graded recitations, thesis defense and designs. Organize the clutter and set clear goals after.

Having said that, you have the leisure of thinking things but remember…

Don’t stagnate/languish.

Figuring out things for almost a year? 2 years? It doesn’t sound so healthy! It might take a while but not that long, I gues. Likewise, remember that you’re taking your time to settle things down and not lose the drive to look for the suitable career path for you.

Free yourself from peer pressure.

Friend 1 lands on job at company A. Friend 2 lands on a really cool job at company B. Another friend now works with friend 1 at company A. It doesn’t mean you have to join the flow. What suits your bestfriend doesn’t mean will greatly favor you too.

With reference to item #1… Continue Reading