When in Bataan

If I could travel everyday, I would.

I HAVE MENTIONED it on my previous post that I spent some time out of town visiting relatives and family friends I didn’t know about with my mom, my aunt and my brother during this holiday break. It wasn’t exactly planned that was why we only stayed overnight but it was one of my favourite overnights ever.

The last time I visited this province was way back when I was little and I can barely remember the whole trip. So, when my mom told me that my aunt was inviting us to come with her, I immediately said OK. I mean, I could totally use some time to just be away from all the stress.

The house we stayed in is sitting below the road so you have to climb down a steep stairs in order to get to the house. That was why it was no surprise that there was barely a cell service in the area. I had to climb back up to the road to get a better signal but I had no problems with that because I just needed Wifi to use my Viber to text my beau, and that’s it. I actually was off the internet the whole trip and never did I feel like I needed to go online, so it was really peaceful for me.

It was also the first time I have seen kids playing outside instead of being indoors and glued to the screens. I never thought there are still kids like them who still appreciates the outdoors.

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The village is up in the mountains and yes, it’s surrounded with hills and the weather was amazing. You could smell the saltiness of the ocean mixing with the cool wind (if that makes sense) and the sun was shining beautifully. The best part? The house we were staying is just a few minutes away from the beach and you can stand in the middle of the road and embrace the view of the ocean…from above! Truly spectacular.

The first day of our trip was consisted of just visiting relatives even though I badly want to see the beach. It has been years since my mom had seen them so she really wanted to hangout with them for a while and who am I to stand in the way?


On our way to a family friend’s house up the (another) hill, we spotted this amazing view of the other side of the ocean. There were few tourists climbing out of their cars and taking pictures of the view. Of course, I didn’t let the opportunity to pass. We were, after all, there already. But the tricky part of taking  good picture is to climb over the road fence and that’s not it. On the other side of the fence is the cliff! I had to take pictures while standing on the edge of the cliff but it was all worth the risk!

I was fortunate that there were boats because they made the pictures even more beautiful.

Up on the small hill where the friends are, I’ve never seen so many plants and trees in their own “backyard”. They even let us pick chili straight from the plant itself.  They also have a handmade hammock sitting next to a small cliff! And they still use wooden furnace and clay pots. It was like a small farm up there. Just beautiful.

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Standing on the edge of the cliff like a boss!

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The next day (and last day), we finally visited the beach. Yay! Going to the beach was supposed to be like five minutes but my mom had to visit some friends around the neighborhood so it took us quite a while.

We went inside an abandoned building to climb down the stairs and to the trail going to the beach. There are small houses below and from there you will see small huts that tourists can hangout in for free! Plus, they are just a few steps away from the shore.


Walking your way to the beach, your companion will be this beautiful rocky mountain. You can actually do a little hiking here but if you’re like us who came unprepared with no proper attire and stuff, it can be really dangerous especially when it’s windy. So, the only thing you can do is admire it from below. But hey, at least you have an amazing background.


I wished I was wearing something more comfortable on my feet because slippers were not good options. Rocky trail and rocky beach! And how incredible would it be if I had gotten a picture from above that lighthouse?

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Seeing the ocean was a tremendous experience. I’ve never been to any beach my entire life and I lived life fearing the ocean (Thanks a lot, Jaws!). But when I was there, looking at the little pools of water between boulders of rocks and how clear the water is, I was swooned. Never felt more in love with Mother Nature.

I was jumping, splashing and hopping from one rock to another like a kid in a candy store. There are rock formations that you can climb on to and take pictures in but you need to be extra careful. It’s slippery and rocks aren’t that nice to hit on. Anyone who doesn’t know how to swim will love this part of the beach. You can just sit on one of the rocks and still be wet from head to toe. The waves can be a little strong.

The picture above is the only decent picture I have because most of them are blurry and I was completely laughing my arse off.

The feeling was euphoric and for no apparent reasons, liberating. I never thought that I’d be in love with something I thought I am afraid of. Just proves that you will never know unless you try.


So, if you’re around town and would love to experience a complete isolation from the busy and stressful life in the city for a few days then you must visit Sisiman in Mariveles, Bataan.

Incredible view, clear ocean water, friendly locals, mountains everywhere…all of this for free! What’s there to ask? Just leave no trail. Take care of nature and it will take care of you back.

I hope you guys had fun looking through photos of my trip. Comment below the beaches you think are worth visiting. I would love to check ’em all out.


xo Anne