These days, social media (specifically Instagram and Facebook) has shown a great deal of power in terms of influencing people and saving establishments a ton of money for advertisement. And for consumers like us, we tend to bank on word of mouth advertising a lot. Merely visiting a series of posts by clicking on a hashtag
usually gets us hooked – to either buy a product, dine at a restaurant or visit a new place.
When I saw the Instagram account of RealSurfPH, I immediately tagged Kim on their posts and told him that I wanted to visit the place. The photos were just too hipstery and the calling was just so hard to resist!
(Huh? Sinong hipster? Definitely not me! LOLx)
Here were the photos that “got me”:
credits to the Instagram account of RealSurfPH
(I really like those watermelon and pretzel inflatable floaters – can someone tell me where to buy?👏🏻 )
Anyhoo, Kim declined. He told me to think about it first and let the idea marinate for a few days since he knows that I have issues with beaches, toilets and the like.
(I’m not a very outdoorsy person and I don’t do well with common toilets! Sorry na!!!)
I told him that I already did my homework and even checked the “toilet situation” of the place. I was told that they work really hard to maintain its cleanliness. Still, we didn’t go that weekend. (Boo!)
So, when Kim and I went to their house in Antipolo last Saturday for lunch, her sister mentioned that she’s going to RealSurfPh on the 1st of May with her friends. I told Kim, “See, o tayo, kelan?”. He immediately said, “sige ngayon na!”. Karla and I looked at Kim and with our high pitched voice we asked him “Di nga?”.
Kim confirmed. Yup, he’s not a fan of long drives, but he said Yes! Yayyyyy!!!! This was my cue to send RealSurfPh a message through their Facebook page. I reserved a small cabana good for 4-6 pax. It costs P1,620.00 for a day trip and P2320.00 for overnight. You can check their rates here.
After receiving their confirmation, we all went to the grocery to buy some snacks to munch on along the way because we were too afraid to starve. LOLx
Kim and I woke up at around 3am and left Eastwood at around 4ish. We passed by for Karla and May in Antipolo, then drove to Cainta to pick up Fred – Kim’s coworker.
The drive to Real Quezon was crazy! The road was rough and there were steep turns. Good thing, Fred has driven to Quezon a couple of times before and he was able to give Kim some guidance. (Thanks, Fred!)
We got to RealSurfPH at around 8ish or almost 9. We walked towards their area and my heart slowly broke into a million pieces upon entering their compound. The hangout spot that I saw on their Instagram was under construction, the people checked in were sitting outside their cottages looking really tired/unexcited, and the beach/shore was full of people. I might be exaggerating a bit but it was like EDSA Dos beach edition!
We walked towards their admin office and had a quick chat about the beach situation with the lady manning the desk, she said “Ganun po talaga jan eh, mga tiga kabilang beach yang mga yan, madami talaga…”.
Let me share what we saw:
(credits to Karla for the video)
Not being overly sensitive, but the crowd was just too much to handle. We went to the beach to relax and chill, not to fight for a spot to swim, surf or just lounge around doing nothing. Notice the folks checked in, they were just either inside their cottages or just hanging out basking under the sun. We also asked a few of the customers there and they said that they can’t even find a spot to swim due to the volume of people.
We decided to just leave. Good thing, the lady at their office allowed us to cancel our reservation. That, we appreciate big time.
Don’t get me wrong, the place was cool, funky and awesome. For sure we will go back at a later date, non peak season perhaps. It was a classic example of the expression “Expectations vs Reality”. It was also such a bummer that the photo op that we expected never happened. We were expecting, BIG time! =(
Lesson Learned: Never Expect, masasaktan ka lang!
What I liked?
- The place had a cool and hipster vibe
- They allowed us to cancel our reservation (since we haven’t paid for the downpayment yet due to short notice)
- They reply super quick! Kudos to their page admin/ moderator!
What I didn’t like?
- That it was not posted on their Instagram or Facebook page that the lounge or common area was under construction (Photo op fail for us!!! Boo! )
- That the crowd at the beach area was not controlled on that day – not so sure if they do this on other days or if this can be done since you cannot actually own the “beach part”. But I’ve seen some exclusive beach clubs who controls their “beach area”, specially if the price you’re paying isn’t exactly cheap.
- Do your homework! If you plan to visit them, ask a lot of questions before confirming your reservation. Inquire about their beach and toilet situation, find out if the common area’s still under construction (since it super cool to hangout and take photos there based on those I’ve seen on Instagram), ask about food and drinks, etc. (They charge corkage, btw)
- If you can, bring someone who’s been to Real Quezon before, this way, you (or your driver) won’t have a hard time looking for the spot and driving around those rough roads and curvy turns
- Visit their page here: https://www.facebook.com/RealSurfPH
- You can click this to check their rates!
PS: Thanks to Kim’s sister, Karla, for saving the day! We went to Balagbag falls instead. 😃
Find out more about our Balagbag Falls adventure on my next post… 😃
We also went to the Pacific Recreation Kamp. We had, at least, a more peaceful day trip. <3