Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kamia Bay Resort Luzviminda

On the zig zag road just before you get to
Kamia, you can already see it from the car.
Sad to say that they no longer are open to the general public as of July 2014. They now book the whole place for events. Hopefully it will evolve into something more public while still being environment friendly.

We are thrilled this resort is finally open. We watched it being built on our forays to to watch the dolphins via Turtle Bay where we park our motorized banca. It's got a relatively small beach area, but the water is very clean and not turbulent at any season because it is inside the protected cove in Turtle Bay.

The breezes are always so refreshing there and the views are hard to beat. Nothing like it anywhere that we have been so relatively close to the city.

It's about a little less than an hour drive from city center. (It used to be before the traffic got so bad) Take the National highway south, past Mangingisda, go past the zig zag road and then the resort will be on the left with flags and a closed gate...pull up to the gate and HONK! There is a bamboo pole across, to keep cars from driving the steep hills. The hills at Kamia Bay Resort are very steep, and I do mean very steep, so they have people park at the entrance and then they take you by van the rest of the way to the Restaurant and beach area.



The restaurant has really good food; from spaghetti, back ribs, to stuffed squid and grilled hot dogs for the kids. The native dishes like Tinolang Manok, Lechon Kawali (our guests kept ordering more), Shrimp Sinigang got raves. We have been there 6 times and everything we ordered was very good. It's worth a trip to check out the good food and get away from city center for a bit. It's seriously worth a trip just to eat, but you will be awed by the views and I dare you to be stressed out when you get there. The views are so beautiful.

They have water sports like kayaking, sail boarding, snorkeling, scuba gear for rent with an instructor as well. If you swim they provide life jackets if you have kids, they have to wear them...which for our 5 year old kid who doesn't swim, I liked it. They have mangrove areas which can be toured as well.

Outdoor seating by the bay also covered area in restaurant. The bartender there claims to make really good beach vodka martinis and other mixed drinks.
They have open air covered cabana with tables and benches if you would prefer to have your own space to hang out in and the restaurant serves the food to you in them as well. The feeling is very private and cozy and there is no other place like it that I have been to this close to the city.


The staff are very friendly and helpful and always welcome us with a smile. I suppose so far, we are their best customers. The resort does take all major credit cards if you decide on the spur of the moment to head there and don't have a chance to hit the ATM in city center.

I am very glad they are there and we do want them to succeed since it's so handy for us to get there by banca, only 6 minutes, and the ONLY restaurant for at least 20 kilometers. We will be going back often actually since it's so close. Sometimes we rent a cabana and sometimes we just hang out at the restaurant area.

If they had WiFi, I'd probably spend several days working from there actually, so I can swim in between business emails or get a massage. That would be divine and I cant wait until they put up the floating massage cabana. I am told they will soon implement WiFi.

This is the restaurant area with outdoor seating as well as indoor. This is where they check you in to see what you want to do. You can rent a Cabana on the beach and swim, or scuba dive,snorkel, kayak as well. They will be adding massage in the future. I can't wait for that.
We rented this cabana. It was a good place to plop down our stuff and watch the kids swim from and order up food which was good. I ordered 3 dishes and they were all good. This cabana cost us 350.00 php.
The waters are clean and clear. Even when the seas are rough everywhere else,this bay is protected from the large waves. Of course summer is best to swim since it's refreshing to swim when it's so hot. They have several floating tables too and I think we will try that next time.
This is the comfort room and shower areas. My only minor complaint is that the showers are ot private so you have to rinse off in your swim suit and then go into one of the toilet rooms with a door to change into dry clothes. The good thing is that they had toilet tissue in the CR!
This is the stuffed squid. Very tender and tasty, served with salted duck eggs, atchara and a nice tangy vinegar sauce to sprinkle on the squid if you like. It doesn't come with rice so you have to order that extra. It was a little on the under cooked side but better than over cooked. I was too hungry to send it back.

This is a grilled chicken dish with a tangy sauce. It was delicious, tender and juicy, not dried out It did come with rice. I probably will order this again. Not shown because I gobbled it down before I could photograph it, was the Spaghetti Bolognese. It wasn't the sweet Pinoy version. I could taste the herbs and it had plenty of meat in the sauce over the pasta,which was al dente just the way I like it as well. The serving was a bit small for php 250.00 more or less, I thought. But then again they are far away from any markets and they are on a generator for power so their operating costs must run high.


They have several of these floating barges with tables. I think we will try one of these next time.



 I am told this old boat will become a karaoke bar.

These are not open yet, but I was told that they will launch some water sports from them and also put in a floating massage cabana. When the get this, it's where you will find me! We can't get home service massage out where we live.

This serene photo was taken on another day of the resort as we were going out very early in the morning to go dolphin watching.

 This is one of the smaller cabanas right beside the water at high tide.






Here is their contact information:
Kamia Bay Resort
Binunsalian Bay, Brgy. Luzviminda, Puerto Princesa City, PH.

+639173114506 (Globe), +639213197695 (Smart), & Tel No.: 048 433-0248

This is their Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kamia-Bay-Resort/127847824061584

Website (Nothing on it but one photo and the same contact info yet.)
http://www.kamiabayresort.com







Sunday, March 3, 2013

Maia Earth Village - Cob houses

One of the newer additions since I first visited in
2011. They have perfected the process now
in 2013 and are constantly adding new earth
buildings.
What attracted me initially to this community was the fact that they were making the buildings out of cob, or clay, sand and rice straw. It's called Maia Conscious Community in Bacungan, Palawan.

They practice yoga and serve gourmet raw food and give body cleanse and detox seminars in these cob structures. I will go into that later, because to be honest, my personal focus was that I loved the idea of building with mud and rice straw.

The insulating qualities of clay are far superior to the common hollow blocks mostly used around here. Even with all the open windows the temperatures on a rather warm day were very comfortable inside the mud buildings.

I first went there in 2011 when the first building was being created so I have some behind the scenes photos to show the process,which we need to learn soon to put up our own.

(Do keep scrolling if you want to learn more about what you can do or learn at Maia Earth Village.)

This is what the first structure look liked when I first saw it in 2011 The walls are coated in a
lime wash. It was a big open beamed building with no walls except for the first 2 cob rooms.
You can see a full set and close ups of the framing and mud/straw mixture on my Facebookalbum.
This is the finished first building on Dec. 2012 They have since perfected the process and
have added several more buildings. You can see a full set of finished photos on my
Facebook album.
Inside the first building. Even though it was a hot day, it was nice and cool inside.


One of the newer structures in built in 2012. It has showers, and bedrooms and an open
communal area, as well as kitchenette with a sink. Since they don't cook, they don't have a stove.
The front steps and the door to one of the bedrooms

These are the showers . Quite spacious. They inserted clear bottles into the walls to add more light.

One of most recent structures.



You can see a full set of photos showing what the building process is with the mud and showing the bamboo framing etc, on my Facebook album.

Alright, now it's time to give back to them for sharing this stuff. These are reasons YOU might want to visit them. I have to say, I am omniverous, but they served me a breakfast burrito of fruits presented so beautifully plated I didn't want to eat it. When I ate it, I couldn't believe it was so delicious using all raw ingredients. I do wish I had brought my camera. I am a person who enjoys a good prime rib, but now I want to learn how to prepare some raw food the way they do it to supplementa my own diet with. It's so much tastier than just plain old salads.

This is the raw phase of the
last set of finished photos.

About
MAIA Earth VIlage is the first Raw Food Healing Community in ASIA. Our Vision Statement: We are simply one, joyful, spiritual and harmonious community celebrating life with Mother Nature in a garden of love, respect, peace and happiness.

Mission
We are a Conscious Community journeying towards the group’s Birth Vision – a physical and emotional Sacred Simplicity through Inner Dance ascendancy, yoga, meditation, energy awareness, live foods, ecological lifestyles, art, and the propagation of community gardens that can assist the planet’s healing and evolution in a time of global crisis and accelerated awakening process.

Mud over bamboo frame.
Click to enlarge

Biography
The Inner Dance community is spread across parts of Asia, the US and even Europe, and its home is in Palawan in a small hill where Maia Earth Village is situated. Right now, just a few people are living there, living ecological lifestyle and very conscious nutrition, sometimes in solitude and primarily in communal gardening.

Their Purpose:
The 12 Core Values of Maia Conscious Community:
1. That we have the initiative to work together harmoniously in creating a sustainable environment that harvests food, energy, waste and water using self-sustainable means.
2. That we espouse Sacred Simplicity in mind, body and the heart.
3. That we trust and respect another’s spiritual, physical and emotional development.
4. That we invest our time and energy in regular spiritual discipline that is organically integrated into our everyday lives.
5. That we regularly tune into the sacred harmonies and unconditional love of the Earth Mother.
6. That we uphold our personal integrity in our relationships with all beings.
7. That we expand our awareness to evolve into Universal Oneness.
8. That we are constantly creating a space of abundance through communal generosity.
9. That we practice positive communication and openness to new ideas, learning, and feedback to ensure harmonious relationships between every member of the Maia Conscious Community.
10. That we aspire to bring out everyone’s highest potential and are able to articulate our individual birth visions and intentions.
11. That we practice and promote purgation process and respect individual desire to retreat into silence and non-participation for the purpose of meditation and healing process.
12. That we strive to teach each member to grow their own food for the collective with the ultimate goal of individual sufficiency and sustainability.

You can also see them on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/maiaearthvillage/info

Their sister village Bahay Kalipay which also practices and teaches yoga, raw food,  (like you've never seen it, so gourmet)
It is a native village inside the city of Puerto Princesa if you don't want as much distance from town, visit their website.

Here are a couple of their other related websites:
http://www.conscious-trance.com

http://www.innerdancejourney.com

You can see a full set of finished buildings on my Facebook Album.

And a full set of the building in progress on another FacebookAlbum.
Clever storage inside an earth bench which doubles as a bed when a mattress or foam is
laid down on it. I love this.