Mindoro Island Journals

Happy New Year, Happy Me!

A January 2005 trip to Mindoro Island by ext212

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Quote: I welcomed January 1, 2005, with friends in our house in Manila, but by 5am, they had all passed out on the floor. I was left longing to start the new year differently. I packed my bathing suit in my tote bag and set off for Puerto Galera in Mindoro. Alone.

Happy New Year, Happy Me!

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Overview

Happy New Year, Happy Me! Photo, Mindoro Island, Philippines
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Puerto Galera, or the Port of Galleons, is the peninsula on the northern shore of Mindoro Island, one of the 7,100+ islands of the Philippines. Located on the eastern side of the country, it is one of the top destinations in the Philippines to find some of the best diving spots and resorts, from budget to the most luxurious. With White Beach as the most popular and Sabang Beach the most crowded, I always end up at quiet, but rocky Aninuan Beach to take a break from the hectic capital of Manila. It's not easy to swim past the rocks and the strong tide, but the stretch of sand at Aninuan is so much better than anywhere on the island. I welcomed January 1, 2005, with friend...Read More

Camp Rock

Hotel

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I was lucky to book one of the rooms with private bath (P750/night) at Camp Rock, located on top of the small hill on Aninuan, for my one night in Puerto Galera. Although it’s a steep walk up from the beach and I would forget something in my room every time, the view from my balcony was rewarding, especially in the morning. Even from way up there, I heard the waves at night until I fell asleep. The owners left me alone—they probably figured that a girl staying for a night alone in Puerto Galera needed her time and space—but they were as nice as they were sensitive. When I arrived in the morning and asked a woman sitting on the balcony if there was a room available, she screamed back...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Tamaraw Restaurant

Restaurant

Happy New Year, Happy Me! Photo, Mindoro Island, Philippines
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Tamaraw Restaurant is right next to Tamaraw Beach Resort's beachfront cabins. I took a break from the sun to order a snack and iced dalandan juice, a citrus fruit native to the country. The previous times I was at Puerto Galera, my friends and I always stayed at the resort, because the Filipino lady who owned it with her German husband knew us as some of her best customers come Christmas time. I returned to Tamaraw as soon as I crossed over from White Beach and was saddened to find out that the couple had left and sold back the place to its previous owners. They've repainted the huts, and everything looked brand-new. Gone were the small trees that gated the resort from...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Aninuan Restaurant

Restaurant

Happy New Year, Happy Me! Photo, Mindoro Island, Philippines
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You want to meet Germans who love the Philippines? Then Aninuan is the place for you. It's German-owned, like majority of all resorts in the Philippines, and a lot of German tourists stay at the resort and, of course, eat on the premises. Like Tamaraw Restaurant (see separate entry), Aninuan also serves Filipino and German dishes at reasonable prices. As soon as I checked in at Camp Rock (see separate entry), I immediately walked over to Aninuan for my first breakfast of the new year. I ordered their ToSiLog, a typical Filipino breakfast with three things: tocino (cured sweet pork), sinangag (fried rice), and itlog (fried egg). I had the entire beachfron...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

Margarita

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Restaurant

Happy New Year, Happy Me! Photo, Mindoro Island, Philippines
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Aninuan Beach is short enough to walk from the rocks on White Beach all the way to where the fresh-water stream meets the ocean. As I was doing this in the morning in search of coffee before I ended up at Aninuan (see separate entry), I came across Margarita, a restaurant that wasn't even on its spot the last time I was on the island. A young guy was opening up the place, but he told me they only serve dinner. He gave me the menu to look at, and I was pleased to see that it was an Italian joint with wine available. I immediately knew where I was going to eat dinner. After a day of sunbathing, napping, and reading on the beach, I was famished at dinnertime. It was dark on the beach ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2005

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