As promised, even though it comes at a late time, Malasimbo succeeds my trips to Sinulog and Laneway (I told you I’m on a roll here).
Last March 1-3, one of my best friends, Sarah Spooner and I made a spur of the moment decision to head down to Puerto Galera for the 3- day festival.
Along with Sarah’s boyfriend, Ben,and a few friends, we jetted out to the island and wound up on the seclusive side of Sabang. Greeted by a beautiful port and resorts galore, we took advantage of our time there.
We hit the beach because if you don’t know by now, I am as pale as pale gets and I will take any chance to be abused by the sun.
Lovely cottages dotted the area we were in called El Galleon-which I highly suggest you save up for if you want a PG getaway because not only does it serve as one of the most well- kept tourist destinations, it’s also a diving school which Galera is famous for.
And like the ladies we are, Sarah and I spent the rest of the afternoon…drinking cocktails. ‘Coz there’s nothing better than Happy Hour and Buy One, Take One drinks. Yes, we apply that concept here in the Philippines for food and drinks.
My suggestion: anything with Bailey’s for a creamy, milky taste.
This is the only vain shot you’ll ever see of me so take a good look. I really just wanted to show you the bikini top I got as a gift from H2O Nothing But Water (whole set) from my time in I am Meg.Thank you H20!
Oh and my new hair color…well, then. I sported the ombre trend for a while, from bronze/golden brown on top till dip-dye platinum blonde ends.
The Beer Prayer
I pray this every night before going out. Good thing, we had a reminder hanging on the wall.
And as the night wore on, we had a quick dinner (check out Blue Moon and AJ’s restaurant) before heading out to the festival grounds.
Sarah studying the menu. (We suggest their cordon bleu and bangers and mash)
But be careful, meals can range from Php300- Php600.
Me taking random pictures of strangers because this chick just looks really cool and the guy was holding his hand up like I’m the pappo.
On the jeepney ride with our fellow white ones, ha ha! It was such a trip to see us all foreign- looking people squished in a tiny, little commute.
Funny story, on the way back, I got off at the wrong stop and ended up walking half a mile back along the shore to where we stayed. It was one of those lost in an illusion scenarios. I don’t want to do it again.
Before you reach the concert grounds, a long and winding walkway down decorated with all kinds of lights and art, features different artists huddled around fires, singing and dancing. This is the first time I’ve gone to a festival feeling more like a hippie than a hipster. Pretty cool, pretty cool.
We would have wanted to stay longer but seeing as priorities come first and we needed to head back to the city asap, we only had one night to actually watch and it was a good thing that night had Jimmy Cliff performing.
Yes, he’s the guy that sang, “I Can See Clearly Now” and yes they’re all Jamaican, he’s 60 plus and still dances like a 21- year old and it’s very adorable.
We weren’t able to see Joss Stone live, she played the next night on Sunday.
Antonov sponsored the event.
Taking the ferry back to the mainland of Batangas!
A one- way trip will cost you Php260 and it lasts for an estimated one hour. If you’re coming from or heading back to Manila, all in all this will be about a 3 1/2 to 4- hour trip.
Malasimbo Festival was overall, a very chill experience which I appreciate the most and if you like me, love to travel, I suggest going anytime to Puerto Galera for the local spots (many American and Irish themed bars and pubs), the diving and the pristine beaches.
Till my next adventure in Boracay for the summer! Cheers!
Php 4,500- 5,000/3- night stay