It was actually lightly planned that our family will be celebrating New Year at Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club at Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas. Mom has booked a unit already good for 5-6 people through Jenny’s Place who happens to be a very generous owner. But come New Year’s day, the weather was a bit harsh plus my little brother is severely sick with flu. After several discussions and calls, we finally pushed through and arrived there at around 3 PM. The weather was still unwelcoming but it did not stop me and my sister to go swimming at the Country Club.
Aside from the swimming pools, the sports centers (badminton, tennis, basketball) and other recreation activity areas such as Wii room are located in the Country Club. The Country Club is open to all guests. 🙂
The Beach Club on the other hand can only accomodate members and accompanied guests who shall be endorsed earlier of the day.
Right after the family’s Vigan trip, I met up with Jb here in my hometown (Calaca, Batangas) to spend a pre New Year regular hangout. We also met up some of my friends for a birthday drinking session later that night. He spent 3 days (4th day he has to leave) here and Calaca being the low profile town that it is, offered none but hidden and unnamed river streams, memorial parks (wtf, I know!), farm and fields, and all sorts of native (and identical to some other cities’) delicacies.
But hey, Taal is just a 15 minute drive from my house which lead me to the idea of bringing him there. Taal, like Vigan, is a heritage town but not well preserved and maintained like the former. Once you enter this quaint little town, Spanish architecture houses will greet you left and right. I and Jb just walked through the alleys and found this new camera museum called Galleria Taal.
Come second (and last) day, I really wanted to catch dawn at Calle Crisologo but the lazy ass in me woke up past 7 am already. After packing our things and saying good byes to the kind and generous people who accomodated us, we went to a weaving center to check out how local fabric is made.
Rowilda’s Handloom Weaving does not only showcase one of the famous industries of Ilocos but also preserves the traditional skills that the locals are known for. It said that weaving subjects are included in the academic curriculum to reeducate students with the said expertise. The owner of Rowilda’s acquired training in Manila that’s why designs on fabrics show contemporary styles and aesthetics. Product varieties can go from table cloths, blankets, and even sashes for school graduations. My mom bought a few pieces of napkins and blankets which cost her around 100-350 pesos.