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Tuko Beach Resort in Abra de Ilog – Myles Delfin

I currently like Tuko Beach Resort in Abra de Ilog because its quiet, has a lot of mountain biking trails, and I don’t have to deal with the karaoke-singing, frisbee-throwing, and poi-flinging crowd. basically, there’s nothing there, just sun, sea, and sand. Well, there’s a German woman who lives there who cooks up a mean vegetable curry and a flaming hot salsa pizza!

Tuko Beach Resort in Abra de Ilog

“The door seemed stuck even as I tried to put my weight into it, trying vainly to get out into the sun drenched open deck beyond it. I had been sitting in the coldness of the boat’s cafeteria since just before daybreak, rubbing my palms together as I waited for my laptop to find a signal so I can chat with my brother back home. The chill immediately disappeared as I finally got the door open and stepped into the bright sunshine and inhaled a warm lungful of salty air.

Abra de Ilog Beach Cove

The faint outline of the mountains of Mindoro and its craggy coastline seemed within arm’s length as the boat motored into the port of Abra de Ilog. I started my trip at four in the morning and had been in transit for about four hours, including the short wait at the port of Batangas while the boat sat at port being loaded with flatbed trucks, buses, jeepneys packed with merchandise from Divisoria, and a couple of goats which the crew tied to the railings of a stairwell leading up to the passenger deck. My back felt stiff from having fallen asleep sitting in the cafeteria, dozing off in a crooked position oddly similar to a zombie in repose.

Abra de Ilog Beach rocks

It felt good finally being able to stretch a little, slowly regaining some feeling in my back as I watched the ship’s crew getting ready to bring the boat into port. Abra de Ilog is in the Occidental side of Mindoro Island facing Palawan. The capital is Mamburao, although economically I think the town of San Jose is the place to be at the moment. I was there to visit a beach resort owned by a German friend to take pictures for his website and to take a look at the mountain biking prospects in the area. I had a great time! We had home-made pizza with salsa, deep-fried Tanguige medallions with dill sauce, almond cake, and cheap red wine which tasted like a million bucks anyway! “

Myles Anthony Delfin is a Photographer, Illustrator and Copy Writer who loves to travel and discover the Philippines road less traveled destinations.

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Written by Myles Delfin

Myles Delfin works on graphic design and illustration projects when he's not climbing mountains or racing mountain bikes. He does this to earn money, or for food, if that's what people will give him in exchange for his doodles and sketches. Every now and then, he also takes pictures of people and places that are far from where the road ends. Often, in places so far removed from casual imagination that it takes a good story to describe them. And this is why Myles also writes stories, tall and otherwise, about random adventures and things that are just a little bit crazier than usual. In his years of experience competing in adventure races and going off on unplanned adventures, he's had the pleasure of meeting man-eating snakes, superstitious bandits, and there was also a time when he came across a burning tree in the forest. This particular tree was deep in the mountains, on a trail shrouded by a mist so thick that the flames on its branches looked like a phantom halo. The tree had been struck by lightning just moments before and you could still feel the static electricity crackling in the air. It was then that Myles realized he could make a living telling stories, to both the wide-eyed and the jaded who like to think that they've seen everything there is to see in the world. visit his blog

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