Three weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to tag along a road-trip to Bataan. It was organized by friends from my current employment.
I had an hour and a half of sleep the night prior so imagine my uncomfort the entire day but all I can say it was all worth it. I love travels.
On my way to our meet-up place, I had the opportunity to see the sunrise. It had been a while since I have experienced this. I was late even with a grace period of 15min but I told myself, if they were to leave without me, my early morning wake up time was already worth it. Below is my view from inside the MRT.
There were three pick-up points in this trip with the six of us coming from five different locations.
Here is the itinerary prepared by our driver and travel coordinator.
0530am sundo gv/tere from MRT landmark area
0600am sundo mam jo/anna at hbc intersection.
0630am Pick-up mam thams at bulacan
0800am Otw stopover for bfast
0900am arrive at Bataan
0930am Mount Samat (Dambana ng Kagitingan), Pilar Bataan
1030am Optional: Dunsulan Falls (50.00 fee)
1200nn lunch at Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an
0130pm Pawikan Conservation Area / Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Morong Bataan
Las Casas Filipinas chenelou
Bataan Tourism Center, Balanga Bataan
Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
0430pm Geno’s Ice Cream (Orani, Bataan) — passable along national road (coming from plaza mayor)
0500pm uwian time
0730pm drop mam thams at bulacan
0800pm drop mamjo/anna at mindanao ave
0845 drop gv/tere at trinoma area
Please see the members of the Bataan gang below.
Jev brought sandwiches, siomai, and siopao and Ma’am Thams also brought paninis so for breakfast and light snacks, we were all covered.
First stop was Mt. Samat. The road up was a little bit tricky and nauseating but the view when we got to the top was so worth it.
On the way to the museum, this is the view.
This is the landing site after the stairs.
My attention was also caught by the floor design. Credits for the below photo is owed to Anna Cruz. I also took a photo of the floor with Jev and now, thinking about it, how I wish I had someone took a photo of me sitting on it as well.
I know my sisters would comment on my choice of footwear and I might regret this in the future but as of the moment I love my crocs. They were oh so comfortable the entire trip.
When facing the structure of the landing site, you will see a door on the leftmost area. That is the entrance to the mini-museum below.
Because I came from a recent Asian trip that had so much historical content, I had not that much interest in reading nor appreciating the contents and value of the mini-museum.
After the Tanghalan ng mga Bayani, we went on to go and see the cross further up the mountain. The guards on duty at the gate told us that we wont be able to see come near the cross because maintenance are ongoing but still we went on. True to what the guard said, the immediate area to the edifice was inaccessible. It was surrounded by trees as well thus it was a challenge taking pictures of it. So, more of the group shots. Below shows the winding road.
The next item on the list was Dunsulan falls which was initially ticked as optional. What I can say, the 50php entrance fee was pricey for what we were able to see and access. As was the initial plan, this can be crossed off from the must see places in Bataan.
Just so I can fully avail of the money I spent, I had more pictures taken. Thanks to Jev for the photo!
The sun was shining of and on. We were very fortunate that it started raining when we were inside the car enroute to our third destination, lunch!
Loleng’s is famous for their beef hu tieu-an and that was what we ordered along side the bahn-my. I don’t know what is the difference of a hu tieu-an to pho but I loved it! For 50php a bowl, it was a steal. This place is a must visit when you are in Morong, Bataan.
I dont want to create a very lengthy post so I will continue this story on a new emtry. And Loleng’s was the highlight of the entire roadtrip, aside from the company ofcourse, so its just proper that I end the first part with it. 😉