Beach Trip during a Pandemic?
We're on the last few days of October and we're still where we were last March! Eeeeep, pandemic!
For my birthday this year, I only asked for one thing: a beach trip with friends.
Now that the government has eased its restrictions, we now have a leeway to book that trip but of course, we should still be vigilant of ours and others' health.
So here are quick checks that you need to do before booking a trip outside the Metro.
Do a self-check if you have symptoms like fever, cough, and colds. If you have any of those symptoms, just book the trip some other time because you don't want to risk exposing your friends and whoever you will be in contact with during your trip.
Some areas require this like Subic. I think the North is stricter with these than those parts of the South. Better to have this ready either way just in case they suddenly mount checkpoints en route to your destination. So where do you get your travel pass? The barangay will be the one to release it to you, some docs that they require are:
- Health certificate (you should be able to get this at your local health center or your local city hall)
- Barangay CTC (or cedula)
- Valid ID (TIN, SSS, Passport)
You also have to make sure that the resort or hotel you are staying at has a DTI certificate allowing them to operate. They usually post this on their website or their FB pages to show everyone that they are OK-ed to open to the public. If it's not, better ask them or have them send you a copy of that certificate.
We tried booking at Agoda and Booking.com, unfortunately, the "available" hotels or resorts that come up on their sites are not updated. They would say that they're open but when we call them, they are not yet operational. So better to just call the resort directly instead of booking at these sites, at least for now.
Check, check, check!
Great! Now for the fun part...
Playa Montaña Resort
We decided to go to Batangas for our beach trip. Hooray! Batangas has many resorts to choose from, but we went here because we saw that the place has an infinity pool and the place looks nice just by looking at the photos.
We left Manila at 10AM, had a quick lunch at Jollibee SLEX then arrived at the resort around 3PM. Surprisingly, it was already pretty traffic so it's always better to leave earlier.
So we checked in a little past 3PM and we swam straight away to make the most out of our trip. Sulitin natin!