By Jed Nykolle Harme

Things had been quite stressful lately and I felt as though I needed to go out somewhere alone for a me-time session. The question of where to go was a mystery but my friend kept on posting beaches and campsites and bonfires on his stories. He then suggested Talim Beach in Lian, Batangas. 

Just four hours away from Manila, Talim Camp n' Sea Camp Santiago - Talim Beach is a serene beach in Lian with coves and sand bars, ready for your relaxing beach weekend getaway. 

Talim Beach is a long, wide strip of cream-colored sand lapped gently by Lian’s signature shallow waters. It is purely for camping but due to some requests, they decided to put up a few nipa huts and kubo for rent, perfect for those with children. 

There are also tables available for rent at a good price. And pets are allowed at the resort. I had a chance to swim. The tide was high, the water was calm, and the weather was perfect for that golden tan. To my surprise, I found that rooms cost Php1,500 to Php 3,500. But if you have a tent, you can pitch it for only Php100. 

There's no electricity in the area. There are only two sari-sari stores in the camp site and it’s kinda pricey because they have to cross the mountain before getting there. The best thing about this place is that it is not crowded, especially during weekdays. They preserve this as virgin as possible. This place is perfect for a weekend me-time activity to relax. 

It is buzzing with aqua activities including jetski, banana boat, kayaks, paddle boat, snorkeling, among others. 

In addition to all these, Camp Talim boasts of its red and orange skies during sunset that is perfect for postcard-like photos. 

What makes me want to go back to this place are the locals. They are very approachable and provided me with everything I needed the whole time. Something awful happened to me when I was hiking, I couldn’t even walk and they went the extra mile just to have a three-day great experience. 

I also met ate Kring Kring, kuya Otan, kuya Green in the campsite and their stories are the best. We may all be different in so many ways, but in this camp, we found our common ground as a beach lover and as a person. 

If you want to relax and find peace and serenity in this completely isolated area from mainland Batangas, the humble municipality of Lian remains untouched by the claws of development. 

You may contact Camp Santiago Talim Beach for more details.