Yipee! I've just been given a really exciting task- my Mom and brother have decided to buy a beach (or a parcel of land close to the beach ; ) in Guiuan. Where is Guiuan, you ask? This quiant fishing town is located on the eastern tip of Samar.
Guiuan has the BEST beaches. (I've been to the ones in Mindoro, Batangas, Cebu, Boracay, and I swear they don't compare!) As a matter of fact, there are presently a number of international resorts in Guiuan- the most popular of which is Surf Camp. (Click on the link to see photos) The waters surrounding Guiuan are crystal clear, so clear it makes the waters in Boracay seem like sewage in comparison. Bora has a great party scene (which you won't find in Guiuan), but as far as the nature trips are concerned- it seems overused. I think it was only in Station 2 where the waters were a bit ok (not much seaweeds floating about). The reason why that part of Samar remains unspoiled is the lack of accessibility (think Palawan), and of course the political killings in other parts of Samar may have given the island a bad rap.
I'm not even sure on how to go about it. Do I go to the town hall and inquire where land purchases are made? There are no subdivisions in Guiuan (where buying residential property would be easy) so I really have to start from scratch. And according to my lawyer friend BC, there are a number of things that need to be done as far as the sale is concerned. Whew!
Anyway, I've already started to make sketches of the beach house that I want. It was ultimately much cheaper (and practical) to design a studio type (no partitions) place instead of say, a two bedroom house. 1. My Mom and brother vacation once a year only and, 2. I am based here in Tacloban which is 3-4 hours away. No one will be living there for most of the year (hence my over-enthusiasm with iron grills on the windows and doors). Security is of paramount importance. Comfort is next, and so aside from making a terrace, I want a bathroom with a huge tub ; ) Haha! I also want the structure on stilts (concrete) so that it is protected from flood (if ever that happens) and the place will have better air circulation.
The pic of me below was taken at Crystal Beach. Check out the water!