> Batangas - Christmas 2006


Took a few days to escape the rigors of the Christmas season, which pretty much means I have to hemmorage cash for everything from dinners to gifts to funding other people's Christmas parties.

I would up at the Balai Beach Resort — a mite rustic, but damned restful. Nothing but crashing waves, great service, and the water. At PHP1,500/person/night and only three hours away, it was a welcome respite from the whackiness of Manila.