Every coin has its two sides and so has White Beach.
White Beach had shown its best side on calm, sunny conditions, just when I returned from Europe. it changed dramaticaly when the southwest monsoon (Habagat) introduced itself.
First stirrings of a change in the weather pattern.
Wind is comming up; first driftwood washed ashore.
But there is more to come. A moderate southwest monsoon changes the face of the ‘White Beach’. Floating things, like plastic, debris but mostly driftwood or coconuts etc, gets washed ashore in large quantities and leaves behind a wild mess on the beach.
My international flight arrived late at Manila airport, Terminal 1. I had also an early flight in the next morning, so I booked a hotel close to the airport. After checking some reviews I decided for ‘Go Hotels Manila Airport’. I put imortance on cleanliness an quiet. Booking via Agoda: 42 Euro. There are of course also cheaper hotels close by.
The hotel is only a 7 min drive with the taxi. I did not know it was so close. The taxidrivers – as usual – try alway to take advantage of you, even if it is a yellow metered taxi. I had to ask him to turn the meter on. Anyway, it didn’t work and I didn’t care, because I was just too tired. Usually such a distance is about 100 peso with the yellow taxi (the meter in this taxis usally is preset on 70 peso already). I paid 150.
Check in no problem. It was also not busy at the time. My room was very small but most important clean! Toilett and shower is sperated. Especially the toilett with the sink is small, but clean and quite new. There is a good aircon, two beds, a TV and a deep shelf to put some things or clothing. More or less, that’s it.
Despite the room, the hotel offers nothing. Almost nothing! There is a massage service and a little shop. I was hungry a thursty. The shop however had not even a bottle of water so sell. That’s poor. The only shop outside the hotel is a 7 Eleven store across the street (at least!!).
At 11 pm at the latest. My domestic flight went from Terminal 3. This terminal is about 15 min from the hotel. The hotel offers a taxi service. They want to charge you 400 peso for that. That’s far to expensive. After a little negotiation talk they offered me the service for just 180 peso. That’s more reasonable.
After all, the hotel met my most important demands – cleanliness and quiet!
Bolabog Beach and White Beach are opposite of each other. At the narrowest point these beaches are not even 500 meters apart. Bolabog facing toward east, White Beach facing toward west. However, it seems, as if both beaches were located on two different islands.
Impressions from today, April 26, 2017
White Beach (today)
Because the White Beach lies lee side, there is hardly to feel any wind today. The south part of the beach is quiet free from algeas now. A lot of algeas are still in the middle part just at the height of the Regency Resort. But here at the south it is almost a perfect beach day, and look at these colors!
We don’t want to blame the algeas, do we? Although it is a fact that this phenomenon occures with the algeabloom on its peak. It is also known, that these kind of algeas divest oxygen from the water. So, is it maybe the lack of oxygen that drives these animals out of their habitat.