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Added Photo Gallery: Baloy Beach Photos

Baloy Beach (sometimes called Baloy Long Beach) is just past the Barrio Barretto neighborhood on the National Highway outside of Olongapo City, Subic, Zambales Province, in the Philippine Islands.

I used to go to Baloy Beach and rent a small A-frame hut for about $4.00 a day. We would get up relatively early in the morning, around noon, and wait a few minutes until I fisherman would stroll by, selling his latest catch. We would usually get Tuna. The fisherman would sell two fish, about 10 lbs each, for roughly $3.00. He would then make a little charcoal fire in the sand in front of the hut, and cook the fish, complete with seasonings and a dipping sauce that was reminiscent of soy sauce, though not as salty and spicier.

There was not much else on Baloy Beach at that time. Towards the end (going away from Barrio Barretto), was a few places where you could pay for beach access with tables, nipa huts and fireplaces for about a dollar a day. Some of those are still there.

What has obviously changed is the construction of beach resorts. Today, you can stay at Blue Rock, Wild Orchid, Treasure Island, Sheavans, Harley’s, Kokomos, Johan’s Dive Resort and more. In addition, there are many small hotels and apartments/condos that you can rent just a block or two off the beach. I’ll add a gallery of those later – the geo-coding is taking a while, as it’s hard to remeber exactly where each of these smaller places are!

Baloy Beach is growing up. It’s great right now, but I can see it becoming crowded and noisy in the next few years. If you want to experience a great, relaxing place that’s not overly commercial, you should probably go in the next year or two.

Philippine Photo Gallery: Baloy Beach Photos

Added Photo Gallery: Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo

While I was researching my trip to the Philippines, I was wondering if Olongapo had changed much.

Back in the 80’s, Magsaysay Drive, the main road extending from the main gate of Subic Bay Naval Station, across the river (which we affectionately termed “shit river”), was lined with hundreds of bars, clubs, discos, resturants, hotels, and lots of little shops selling everything from custom-designed t-shirt to hand-formed metal watch bands to all kinds of clothing and knick knacks.

I was curious what Magsaysay Drive looked like today, so I grabbed my camera and took a few snapshots.

I’m really not very happy with the results. When I go back next time, I’ll actually document Magsaysay, with step by step photos from the gate to Rizal Avenue.

Philippine Photo Gallery: Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo

Added Photo Gallery: Barrio Barretto Bars and Clubs

I was lucky enough to get a vacation in early February. I had not visited the Philippines for just over 20 years, so I decided to splurge and head back to Subic Bay and The Barrio.

Prior to leaving, I spent quite a bit of time doing research on the area. How much had it changed? Were any of the bars I remember still there? What about the girls?

During my trip, I decided to take pictures of all the bars and clubs in Barrio Barretto. I accomplished that goal, with a few exceptions. I know I missed a few bars. If you have pics of them, please feel free to send them and I’ll post them here. Or, I’ll get them on my next trip, though who wants to wait a whole  year?

Philippine Photo Gallery: Barrio Barretto Bars and Clubs