After arriving at Puerto Galera white beach in Mindoro by via a hot minivan and an hour and a half d boat trip from Batangas we were met enthusiastic vendors trying to tell us where we were going to sleep.by many people trying to tell us where we would love to stay. I was a little travel sick from the minivan journey and opted for a coke in the nearest eating place.
I looked out to the beautiful beach and the stunning blue sea. It was beautiful and so calming. Having a cheap meal and a few too many more cold drinks we paid the bill and decided it is time to find a place to stay. The walk involved passing friendly locals and even friendlier dogs that did not bark. Most dogs in the Philippines bark for no reason at all.
The Liven Guest House is where we ended up, and our host apologised for the all-day brown. She had BAMBOO rooms upstairs for a cheaper price. These rooms contained bed, TV, Refrigerator and cooking utensils. But no cooking allowed in the room as you would cook outside. The most important thing was that it was cool. The shower, toilet and sink had no water and required us to fill a bucket from the tap near the floor to utilise all our cleaning and toilet needs.
Later walked back to the beach and take a better look at our new home environment. The walk back was delightful and approaching the beach front we walked up and down for about an hour looking at the quaint bars and the lovely Muslim ladies selling their wares. It was very relaxed. The beach was very sandy and lacked people. It was delightful.
In the evening we had found a great Pizza Restaurant owned and run by a real Italian. The restaurant is situated at the end of the beach and is in the rocks and the food was superb. One of the best Pizzas I ever have had before. One thing you have to get use to in the Philippines is the “not available”syndrome; this is especially true when dealing with out of peak seasons.