MY Cebu Adventure (Accommodation, Food Trip and Tour)


These are my thoughts and short reviews about our Cebu Adventure last August 2019. This will include the accommodations, places, food trips that we had in just 4 days from August 22-25,2019. Our itinerary was mostly a result of panic planning. The tour and accommodations are booked in less than a week before the trip. This might not be the best itinerary out there. But I’m generally happy with it since we still booked the tour and accommodations in affordable rates. So If you are also in a rush, I hope this would help you.

Outline of the contents. Click the topic of interest for easy jumping.

Part I

Day 1 Arrival
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Flight through Cebu Pacific from Manila to Cebu
1. Accommodation at Reddoorz near OneMango Avenue
2. Food Trip at 10,000 Roses Cafe’

Day 2: Moalboal Tour with Cebu Travelers Tour Agency
3. Moalboal Tour (Sardine Run, Snorkeling)
4. Lunch and Chill at Kawasan Falls
5. Teofilo Kamumot Shrine
6. Dinner at Ayer’s Lechon
7. Accommodation to Sampaguita Hotel, Cebu City

Day 3: Oslob and Sumilon Island Tour with Cebu Travelers Tour Agency
8. Whaleshark sighting at Oslob
9. Sumilon Island
10. Oslob Cartel, Old Church and Heritage Park
11. Simala Church
12. Dinner at KKD STK+BBQ
13. Final Verdict for Cebu Traveler’s Agency

Part II. (Separate blog)

Day 4: Habal-Habal DIY City Tour
1. Sirao Garden
2. Temple of Leah
3. Pasalubong hunting in Taboan
3. SM Cebu City
Food trip:
4. Final Night Accommodation: Express Inn

1. Accommodation at RedDoorz Pluz near Mango Avenue

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The first thing I won’t forget about going here is that we dropped off at the wrong RedDoorz branch first. There were a lot of Reddoorz in Cebu City and this one was quite new and not exposed at the main road. My friend booked this though Agoda.com and luckily landed a 24 Hour Sale. Below was the screenshot of our reservation. We already got two rooms at the following price for one night.

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This was my first experience with RedDoorz and I really liked it. The rooms we got were quite spacious! I can even dance and tumble around. We have three beds in our own room so we didn’t have to share. It was also well lit. They provided free towels,soap, bottled water, toothbrush and toothpaste. There were restaurants, convenient stores and bars nearby. It was beyond decent for me considering the price.

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What I love the most were the teddy bears lounge in their mini restaurant at the reception. I never hugged stuff toys as big as these in my whole life so don’t blame if I somewhat abused them by having a mini-photoshoot. These are just SOME of the shots.Oh if only the teddy bears could complain!

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Verdict for RedDoorz Pluz Near Mango Avenue

4 out 5 stars. Satisfied!

2. Dinner at 10000 Roses Cafe

We arrived late at the afternoon and a city tour would deem impossible to do. I preferred to go to Sirao Garden but it was too far and it would be nighttime already if we pushed it. But 10,000 cafe’ was perfect for nighttime and it was a cafe’ too so we decided to take our dinner there as well. It took us 1.5 hour to reach it from Mango Avenue through Grab.

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You probably saw a lot of pictures of 10,000 roses in the internet. And honestly, more often that not, lead to a distorted expectations of the cafe’. In most pictures, it seems like there is gigantic field of roses lamp. But in fact, 10,000 roses only cover a small 2 rectangular areas around the cafe’. It was disappointing for most visitors as I felt that myself and overheard from a massive tourists here on that night as well. Not that I intended to eavesdrop but the disappointment was loud.

By the way there’s an entrance fee of P20.00 except for some age limits.

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The disillusionment of the field of roses waned when in fact, 10000 roses has great food and beverages. We all love the food we ordered there. Plus the atmosphere here was quite romantic. The cafe’ was located near seawater where you can see the city lights too!

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BULGOGI PIZZA
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Carbonara for P340.00
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Marinara Pasta for P320.00

I love all the food! Marinara Pasta was my favorite.

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FINAL VERDICT for 10,000 roses

3 out of 5 stars. Despite the disappointment, 10,000 cafe’ is actually a great cafe’. What other cafe’ has 10,000 artificial roses, situated beside the sea and to top it all with great food? Nothing else. So despite that it’s prone to distorted expectations, this cafe’ became a tourist destination because of it’s unique concept and marketing.

3. Moalboal Tour

The second day of our Cebu adventure was though Cebu Travelers Tour Agency . They picked us past 4am . At around 6 am, we arrived at Moalboal headquarters where we need to undergo a short orientation before the tour.

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This was a snapshot from the short orientation before the tour. Sadly, due to unfavorable waves, our Pescador Island route was cancelled.

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I think we traveled 30 minutes by boat before we arrived at the Sardine Area. I must say cloudy weather greeted us along the way. Thank God, there was no heavy rain. But the waves were really crazy. I have no motion sickness but our boat trip made me feel dizzy. We saw “pawikans” along the way.

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I have not captured  magnificent photos of Sardine Run. And I didn’t had any close encounter with the pawikans. Instead I took videos from my cellphone with the aid of a reliable P100.00 waterproof case I bought at the Moalboal headquarters. Here is the video summary of my Cebu trip. Moalboal tour is on 1:08 of this video.

4. LUNCH and CHILL at KAWASAN FALLS

After the exhausting struggle with Moalboal waves, it’s rather tiring to find out that we need a 30-40 minute walk to our lunch near Kawasan Falls. I was so hungry. But my mind became at ease at the lush greeneries heading to Kawasan. It was so refreshing not only to the eyes but to my soul. But to temporarily appease our hunger, we bought corn snack and consumed it along the way.

So here are some info about Kawasan Falls. Looks like this falls has won more awards than me. I can attest to the “Cleanest Inland Body of Water” because I am mesmerized with the sparkling cleanliness of the river.

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There are actually several carinderia stalls within the vicinity of Kawasan Falls. It was actually raining when we got there. And to tell you the truth I got a little bit discouraged to swim. I already felt cold. Much more if I emerged myself in the water. I don’t like feeling cold.

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I thought I would be contented having just photos. But I eventually submerged myself in the cold waters. At first, the cold bit painfully. But I get used to it. Everybody did.
By the way, the most popular activity in Kawasan is canyoneering. But I’m not adventurous enough and I am glad that my travel buddies were not game for it too. Or else I’m screwed. To be fair, I used to be excited with extreme activities. Maybe it’s the “Tita” growing inside me.

5. Teofilo Camomot Shrine

This archbishop from Cebu is under beatification for sainthood. I heard a lot of stories about him from our tour guide. But what interest me the most was he was born at the same date as my brother and he died the exactly the day after I was born. What a coincidence! Anyway this shrine holds his original casket, personal writings among others.

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6. Dinner at Ayer’s Lechon Cebu

They say Cebu has the best lechon. With the advise of our tour guide, our search for Cebu lechon taste led us to Ayer’s Lechon Cebu in Mango Avenue, just few blocks away from our accommodation.

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SPICY LECHON, a must try!

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Regular Lechon. I preferred the spicy one.

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Lechon Paksiw. Good but I think you can skip this one.

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Daing na Bangus. Must try!

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Lomi. Super must try!

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FINAL VERDICT


4.5 STARS! Three reasons why you should try Ayer’s Lechon
1. Their lechon tastes great without breaking the bucks.
2. Not crowded restaurant.
3. We have nothing but praises to their other offerings such as daing na bangus, lomi and lechon paksiw.

Overall, we had a very satisfying dinner to end the day. By the way the stars lacks a half-star. Damn wordpress widget, doesn’t have a half star.

7. Second Accommodation: Sampaguita Hotel

We transferred to another hotel for the second and third night. Our number reduced to four since one of us has other trip plans. It was smaller and cheaper. A lot cheaper! It is also situated in Cebu City proper and is near from City landmarks as stated below. Surprisingly, I forgot to take a single photo while we were here.

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Final Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars! It is not that as spacious as RedDoorz we had the first night. But considering the price, I recommend this hotel for those who are on a budget.

Day 3

8. Whaleshark sightings at OSLOB.

The calltime for this trip is as early as 3 am in the morning. It was really hard for a morning lazy person like me. But as we arrived, we understood why we had to . Even if we were early, there was long queue of tourists ahead of us. Good thing our tour guide already had reservation number they planned ahead.

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There was a short orientation on the rules and regulation for whaleshark. For one, we were not allowed to use sunblock. And we should maintain a distance from the whale shark.

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I have a conflicting feelings about this experience. Sure, it was a unique experience to encounter this gigantic gentle creature. I was thrilled to see them and I had fun swimming away because I didn’t want to kick them. However I have to admit that the smell was strikingly unpleasant. I nearly vomited when I drank a little seawater. I did not regret this at all. But I might not repeat this experience.

One thing you must remember though that you need to bring action camera here for you to have assistance from the boatmen to have a photo with the whaleshark. They won’t accept mobile phones although you can bring them there. I tried to have a selfie with my mobile phone but no success. But I’m here to see them and savor the close encounter so I don’t have regrets. Here’s a screenshot of the video I took with my cellphone. I had fun taking this because the tourist was really caught off-guard that the whaleshark was already at his back. Video clip here in this link: 2:21

9. SUMILON ISLAND

Ahhhh I love this part. This is my most favorite so far. I know I’ve been a lot of beaches but everything in Sumilon was just clean and relaxing to the eye. The pristine and turquoise water was really charming. The photos I captured using mobile phone won’t need filters.

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There are absolutely no store in Sumilon Island. So if you are feeling hungry, make sure you already bring snacks and water on the way.

10. Oslob Cartel

It was like mini Intramuros. Our tour guide said this used to be a headquarters for the Japanese troup.

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Oslob Old Church

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Oslob Heritage Park

I didn’t roamed around the park. But I love the vintage and chill vibe. If given more time and energy, I would have a photoshoot here.

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11. SIMALA CHURCH

This church took me by surprise by how much big it is. The biggest I’ve seen in my life so far. Furthermore, the architecture gave me European Vibes. I never read or have seen this church in social media or anywhere else so this was pretty unexpected. The area was big it took me an hour to roam the place. Expect a lot of stairs.

Note: Shorts and sleeveless are strictly prohibited here. Trappings are available for rent at the entrance area.

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If you notice, I am wearing a cloth wrapped around my waist in my pics here. There is a strict dress code upon entering here. But don’t worry, there were trappings for rent outside the church for P25.00. But Simala church itself is for free.

12. Dinner at KKD STK + BBQ

Once again, we took the advise of our tour guide for our next dinner foodtrip. They suggested KKD for affordability and great food. They specially recommended us to try Adobong Nokus(Squid) and Chorizo in Stick. Given that KKD was just near our accommodation for the night, we just walked through several blocks to reach this restaurant in  M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, Cebu .

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They have a string of neighbor restaurants. This street of Cebu City is very much alive at night.

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It’s time to eat!

ADOBONG NOKUS with ATA for P260.00
This is the star of the night. It is unlike the taste of Adobong pusit that I got used to. So I guess, there’s a unique Cebu touch for this dish. It is savory, but not too salty. I miss eating this. I hope there’s KKD in Manila.

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BUTTERRED SHRIMP for P185.00
I am not that impressed at this one. It’s not that buttery for my taste.

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SISIG with EGG for P140.00
I also love this one apart next to Adobong Nokus.

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SINIGANG na ISDA for P185.00

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CHORIZO for P25.00
I had high expectation with this one but it was sweet. I am not inclined with sweet meat or sausages. Personal choice.

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FOUR SEASON PITCHER

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FINAL VERDICT for KKD STK+BBQ


4 our of 5 stars.Just like what they mentioned int their banner, they greatly value hospitality and I do felt that with the service we have received here in this restaurant. The staff would often smile and asked us on what we need constantly. I also love the majority of the food that we ordered. Adobong Nokus is a must try. Most of all, it is indeed affordable.

CEBU TRAVELERS TOUR AGENCY REVIEW

Their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cebutravelers/

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First of all, this is not a sponsored post whatsoever. I just want to thank Cebu Travelers Tour Agency for their affordable tour package. As I said earlier,we started planning the itinerary less than a week before our flight. I have inquired to numerous agencies which gave me heart attack for the final quotations. So I only find Cebu Travelers as the most affordable one so far for the exclusive tour. It is owned by a couple who also personally toured and drive for us. They entertained us with their stories during long travels. And they recommended nice restaurants for our search of Cebu flavor. For that my raiting with be 4.5 stars out of 5 stars! Below this photo are the packaged we availed from them. Go ahead and explore their other packages in Facebook.

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This pic is owned by Cebu Travelers Tour Agency.

DAY 1: OSLOB TOUR : 1,699php/person

⊙Whaleshark encounter

⊙Sumilon island

⊙Sandbar

⊙Oslob quartel

¤ Oslob heritage park

¤Oslob old church

⊙Lindogon, Simala Church

Add-on Php500 for foreign guest only, as part of tourism ordinance in Oslob.

DAY 2 MOALBOAL + KAWASAN 1,299php/person,

⊙Pescador Island

⊙Snorkelling/coral watching

⊙Sardines run

⊙Turtle watching(if they show up)

⊙Dolphin watching (if arrive early and seasonal)

⊙Kawasan Falls

⊙TEOFELO CAMOMOT SHRINE or LAMBUG BEACH

⊙(Full Course Canyoneering w/ lunch)” OPTIONAL add on 1,500 for canyoneering”

And that’s it for Part 1 of our Cebu Adventure. I hope parts of this may help you with your adventure if you’re planning. Don’ t forget also to check out the summary video of my Cebu Trip. And also please subscribe to my youtube channel “Gurezu Reviews”.

Thanks everyone! And remember that you’re awesome!

GUREZU ❤

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Around the World in One Day

No money for out-of-the country trip? No passport? No visa? No problem.

This resort from Cavite is a resort slash outdoor museum which will give you a chance to have a taste of around the world trip. This features the following landmark:

✈️Eiffel tower, Paris
✈️Statue of Liberty, New York
✈️Pyramids in Egypt
✈️Arabian Temple in UAE
✈️Santorini, Greece
✈️Pyramids in Egypt
✈️Garden of Morning Calm, South Korea
✈️ Disneyland Castle, Hongkong
✈️ Merlion, Singapore
✈️ Pantheon, Rome
✈️ Tower of Pisa, Italy

Others: Not able to capture in pictures
✔Netherland’s Windmill
✔Japan Arc

Opening Hours: 
✈️ AM shift 8 am to 3pm 
✈️ PM shift 4 pm to 11pm

How to Go from Manila
✈️Ride a bus from Edsa Pasay Terminal or PITX bound to NAIC, Cavite. Drop-off to Naic Crossroads. Landmark is Shakey’s or Jollibee. Pamasahe is around P178.00 each
✈️ Ride a tricycle straight to Torres Land Farm. P20.00 each person.

This is the basic rates for AM shift. If you don’t plan to swim, you can just opt for P180.00 entrance fee.
Swimming for Adult: P200.00
Swimming for Kids: P140.00
Entrance fee is P180.00 (for picture taking only)

Pyramids in Egypt

Statue of Liberty, New York

Disneyland Castle, Hongkong

Tower of Pisa, Italy

Garden of Morning Calm, South Korea

Merlion, Singapore

Arabian Temple, UAE

Pantheon, Rome

Santorini, Greece

Eiffel Tower, France

Unfortunately, we were not able to drop by in the Windmills of New Zealand Area. They also have Japanese Area but it has special rates.

FULL RATES

Torres Land Farm resort also offers wide range if pools and overnight rooms. The following is published on their official facebook page in this link.

Base here on their map, they also have a Kayaking Area. We haven’t manage to check on that.

On our visit we availed a kubo cottage in the Philippine Area. It is worth P600.00 pesos for AM shift (8am-3am). But since there will be no occupant for the PM shift, they let us extend until we sign-off. This is the pool of the Philippine Area. Actually you can swim to other pools but since its the nearest to our cottage and we were also tired from all the picture-taking, we just opted to swim here.

LACK of FOOD KIOSK

This is very important to know. It is advisable that you bring your own food here. You can cook beside the cottage as there are a lot of grillers in the area that you can use. There are food stalls but nothing much like restaurant food to fill your appetite when you get super hungry. They have a cafe’ but the options are limited. We bought our food from Shakeys and Jollibee. These restaurants are one tricycle away from the resort. It would only take you less than 30 minutes to get there. We also bought a cake from Red Ribbon which is also nearby. I suggest you already bring food before you enter the resort to avoid the hassle. I also suggest to the resort to build a main restaurant aside from the cafe’.

FINAL VERDICT

💖What I like: Torres Land Farm and Resort is a really good and affordable place to bond with family and friends. Also recommended for team buildings because of its wide area. I also love that there are wide range of pools to choose from. The replicas are cute and detailed. I guess they will add more because there are still wide vacant spaces. And before I forgot, I also like their shower rooms and CR. They are clean and well maintained. They also have cool designs. I really love it. I should have took pictures of it.

👿 What I didn’t like about this resort is the lack of food kiosk. I suggest they build their own restaurant there. Or maybe acquire concessionaires. But other than that, I love everything about this resort.

💁 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

I hope you enjoy this blog as usual Would you believe , we are done with the first half of the year 2019! I hope that wherever you are, you are o your way in achieving your goals this year. And if you are lost, I hope you find direction along the way.

Remember, you are awesome!

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Bali of Batangas: Villa Jovita (A Review)

No doubt, I was able to spot this resort due to viral facebook posts. They were able to replicate the bird’s nest, the swing and other fixtures that I often see to almost all tourist who went to Indonesia. And the photos were really great! So when a friend from abroad came home and we needed a short getaway together, this resort easily won as a suggestion. Here are some important details and my final verdict in this resort.

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HOW TO BOOK:

It was fairly easy. We just sent a message to Villa Jovita facebook page and asked for the rates of overnight rooms. At the time of our trip, only Nipa Hut Rooms are available.  To reserve the room, we need to send the following details and eventually deposit P500.00 thru their BDO account within 2 days of confirming our interest to book. The rest can be paid upon checking in.

Details needed to book:

Preferred Date:

Full Name:

Contact Number:

No. of Guests: Accommodation:

HOW TO GO:

 It was easy to commute too. All it takes is a bus and a tricycle. Back and forth.

  • Go to DLTB Bus Terminal in BUENDIA STATION  and buy a ticket going to Lemery Batangas. We paid P204.00 each  for the bus.
  • Upon arriving in the DLTB Bus Terminal in Batangas, you can easily spot tricycles around. Just mention Villa Jovita and they already know it. We paid P100.00 and that’s already for four of us.

DAY TOUR RATES: 

The following rates are updated as of this writing (March 11, 2019) . 

DAYTOUR : No Reservation for cottage
Daytour: 8am to 6pm

A. Weekends and Holiday Rate
       👉Bali Corner P250
       👉Riverside Pools P100
       👉All Pools P150
       👉All access P400

B. Weekdays Promo
    👉Bali Corner P250 (Free Riverside Pool)
    👉Bali Corner + upper pools P300 (Free Riveside Pool)
    👉All access P300

C. Cottages are rented seperately
    👉Table (P500)
    Good for 10-12 person
   👉Table (P600) River side
   Good for 10-12 person
  👉Open Hut (P800)
   Good for 10-12 person
  👉Umbrella (P300)
   Good for 3-4 person

OTHER NOTES
👉No CORKAGE Fee
👉No Reservation and Room Accomodation
👉First Come First Serve

KUBO ACCOMMODATION FOR OVERNIGHT:

We got a  KUBO for 2-3 persons for the price of P3000. We were four in the group but they allowed it since they think we would still fit in there. It has two bedrooms, one was an ordinary room, one was a mezzanine type room which was quite small. They provide two electric fans. It has no own C.R.  

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It comes with  bedding and blankets. However, the towels were by request. There were  no free shampoos and soap. So remember to bring them. 

RESTAURANT and STORE

I love their adobo binalot! I ordered it as dinner and breakfast. They also have silog meals, cup noodles and frappe.

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BALI CORNER

Of course, we came here for their highlight feature and took a lot of pictures.  Here are the outputs. This would show a glimpse of the things you can see here.

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PHOTOSHOOT RATES

I didn’t avail the photoshoot rates since the photos are non-formal and for fun. But since I saw debut photos in their fb page, I asked anyway.

A. Riverside Pools+Upper Pool+Bali Inspired Corner (Swing/ Nests) + Resort: P3000
Inclusive of:

👉 4hrs Duration
👉 6 Persons FREE on Entrance Fees
👉 1 Cottage

B. Riverside Pools+Upper Pool+Bali Inspired Corner (Swing/ Nests) + Resort: P5000
Inclusive of:

👉 4hrs Duration
👉 6 Persons FREE on Entrance Fees
👉 1 Airconditioned Room
👉 2pm-6pm

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RIVERSIDE POOLS

This is not the only pools available. They have a pool with a slide but I was not able to take photos on that one.

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Comfort Room

This is what I least like I suppose. I guess since this resort is popular and given the price, I expected something more. There is no any mirror in it where they could have easily install it with the big space in the sink area. There is only three shower area and one of them is not functioning. But their toilet has bidet so they got points for that. Overall, I won’t say it’s super dirty but it’s not that clean either. Their CR needs upgrading.

Final Verdict

❤️ What I like: the Bali Corner is really great for photoshoots and play-pretend you were in Indonesia. I also like that someone is closely monitoring the people in there for safety. I seriously love their binalot available in the restaurant. I also like their riverside pools because of the relaxing nature views. Additionally, It’s near Manila and easy to locate.

😠What I don’t like: They seriously need to upgrade their CR. I think with the overnight fee for the Kubo (P3000.00), they should have at least provided free shampoos or soap just like other resorts.

🙋 Gurezu rating: 3 out of 5 stars!

Hope you enjoy my another travel blog. It’s been more than a month since my last blog. February was a busy month for me and I got a lot of stories to tell. I hope my mind and hands could catch up!

Till next time beshies!

You are all awesome,

GUREZU ❤


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El Nido Tour A (Palawan Day 3)

Our real Palawan adventure began on our Day 3 in the island. We barely have enough sleep from the wedding event and the hours of traveling but we managed to wake up early. I mean we have to.

In El Nido, Palawan, tours are usually divided in to groups most commonly known as Tour A, B, C, and D. Each tour has its destinations. We only got two days left to explore the El Nido beaches so we couldn’t take all tours. When we asked the locals at the tour port, they recommended combination of tour A and C.

So for our day 3, we proceeded with tour A. The highlight of this tour was definitely the Kayaking Experience in Big and Small Lagoon. I didn’t help my team to row the boat because I was busy taking the video on how we entered the small lagoon through a narrow rock opening. It was specially hard because you have to wait for your turn and it took a while with a large number of tourist lining up also to enter the lagoon. But the hassle was all worth it. The water was perfect and the view was just magnificent. Below is the short clip of our Kayaking experience. The rest are some of the photos from each Tour A destination.

Big Lagoon

Our tour barely started and yet I am already hungry.
Our tour barely started and yet I am already hungry.

The boatmen were cooking our lunch already and I can;t help but to feel awfully hungry.
The boatmen were cooking our lunch already and I can’t help but to feel awfully hungry. We haven’t reached the first destination yet.

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A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship
A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship. Well I have to divert my attention from the food. So it’s time to strut that red bikini I specifically bought for this trip.

A Lady in Red Bikini in Big Lagoon
We are already in Big Lagoon. I made it seem like its a stolen pic but it’s obviously not.

Awrahan in Big Lagoon
Awrahan in Big Lagoon. My beach shoes did not go well with my Bikini. But I have to wear this to avoid sharp rocks and corals.

Buko Vendor in Big Lagoon.
He’s a Buko (Coconut) Vendor sailing while selling fresh Buko to the thirsty tourists. And also some softdrinks. 

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Selfie with my travel buddies. We still have the curls from the yesterday’s wedding.

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I spotted a hot looking foreigner couple kayaking over there. Damn, they got the beach bodies.

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Ahhh Vitamin Sea

Ahh this is life.
Ahh this is life! Fresh Air! Sparkling Sea. Good weather.

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Small Lagoon

Waiting for Small Lagoon
Waiting to enter Small Lagoon with other tourists. Obviously a box-office.

Looking back to Big Lagoon while we are still waiting.
Looking back to Big Lagoon while we we were still waiting.

Finally here in Small Lagoon
Finally here in Small Lagoon. We barely have photos here because I was afraid our boat will turn upside down if I move a lot. But hey, we didn’t come here for photos anyway. Just enjoy the ride.

Secret Lagoon

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This is the small opening for the Secret Lagoon which is not a secret anymore because we were already here.

I found this lagoon not so special actually.
This lagoon not so special actually.

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Maybe what made secret lagoon special is the difficulty of getting here. Our other two travel buddies did not make it due to strong waves. I was actually in the waters when I thought of backing out and swimming back to the boat. But the tour guide did not let me. Instead he pulled me into the waters until we reached the shore. It was hell of a journey.

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Our tour guide which is also our photographer. He’s the one who did not let me go back to the boat when I freaked out. At least he proved that everything will be alright. And we managed to get here safely.

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One of the reasons I freaked out was I did not trust my waterproof bag. My precious and expensive cameras were in there and I jumped into the water for the first time with it. Thankfully, it was reliable indeed. It also became my salbabida (floater).

A girl in the red bikini.
The shore outside the secret lagoon looks more awesome. It’s time for more red bikini action.

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A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones
A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones

Lunch Time on the Boat.

Damn those boatmen are excellent cook!

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Eggplant Salad or Ensaladang Talong is a simple Filipino Salad composed of grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and onions. This is eaten as a side dish and is best if partnered with grilled fish and meat; it can also be eaten along with fried dishes such as crispy pata and lechon kawali. –from panlasangpinoy.com

Boat Food
Oh my God! These food were all cooked while we were sailing on the boat. Imagine the agony.

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It looks like I was just taking photos but I’m actually guarding the food. Waiting for the go signal to attack!

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The presentation is awesome.

Grilled Pork!
Grilled Pork! It’s no time for diet today.

7 Commando Beach

7 Commando Beach
Rumor says it was called 7 Commando Beach because 7 soldiers used to live here. But other than that, there’s no more in-depth story about those soldiers. And if they are true,

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The tour guide got this photoshoot idea.

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7 Commando Beach
Rare photo of four out of seven soldiers who are said to live in this island.

That ends Day 3 of our Palawan Adventure. My favorite in tour A was the the 7 commando beach because it was really beautiful even from the distance.   El Nido Palawan is truly a paradise and I totally recommend to all the foreigners who would want to visit the Philippines to never miss this place. But of course, we Filipinos should not miss this one too.

Tune in for our Day 4. There, I will talk about the affordable accommodation we took here in El Nido,Palawan.

Remember, it’s Not Too Late for Everything!

Gurezu ❤


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No-hassle Roofdeck Dining at Firefly Makati

FIREFLY ROOFDECK DINING!
No reservation needed! No entrance fee. You also don’t need to leave an ID in the hotel reception. Have a taste of feeling elite while enjoying the Makati City View in Firefly Roofdeck Restaurant. Located at the 32nd floor of City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati. Complete address is 8008 Makati Avenue, Corner Kalayaan, Makati, 1200 Manila, Philippines. Super easy to locate thru Grab.

Why this place is great?

  1. Well first and foremost, you’ll get to enjoy the skyscraper’s view of Makati. The city lights makes the atmosphere romantic. That’s why most people dining here are couples.

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2. It’s not only for couples.  This place is also great for portrait shoots. Just like what I did with my family. I brought them here because I was looking for a new place to celebrate my birthday.  And then I learned about this place through the web. It was an abrupt plan actually. But because they are with me, they know  I chose this place for instant photoshoot session.

 

 

 

 

3.Affordable food. Well of course it’s a little bit more expensive. But considering the atmosphere and the view, this is now affordable compared to  most high-end restaurants.  They offer different cuisine ranging from Spanish, Filipino, Japanese and Korean. They also offer beer and cocktails.

Lechon Sisig for P350.00. This is already okay for 2-3 servings.

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To give you an idea, here’s a glimpse on the menu. The Japanese and Korean dishes are in buffet package in P800+. This is grabbed from zomato.com

Pasta is popular with the dating couples here.

 

The veranda seats has waiting list and can only accommodate up to 3 persons only. But for the seats inside, there is no waiting list. And you can freely take photoshoots in veranda as well.

So if you’re in Manila and thinking of a romantic dinner with your partner, you can now consider Firefly Roofdeck Dining.

If you have other places that offer the same dining on a roofdeck around Manila,  please leave a comment below. I’ll gladly visit it.

It’s not too late for everything ❤

GUREZU

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No-sweat Sea of Clouds of Treasure Mountain

The moment I saw Treasure Mountain in Facebook, I know I have to go there someday. It promises an easy pass to “sea of clouds”. You don’t have to climb a mountain so to speak. Not that I am not fond of climbing mountains. Sometimes you just want to relax, take things easy. You want to take selfies in the mountainside without looking haggard and sweaty. (This is great for pre-nup shoot actually. I saw this in their page.) Manila habitants would also rejoice since it can only takes 3 hours to get here. More importantly, this is for the people who are incapable of climbing mountains for health reasons. In my case, I brought my mother here. I can never bring her to rigorous hiking. But thank goodness , there is treasure mountain.

Allow me to manage your expectation first. There is NO GUARANTEE you’ll see sea of clouds. It depends on the mood of the nature. But on the morning of June 24, 2018, we got super lucky.

 

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Treasure Mountain is located at Sitio May Sawa Brgy. Cuyambay, 1980 Tanay, Rizal. I will categorize the ways to go here in three modes.

 

A. Chillax Mode. There is less commuting efforts and there is definitely no hike involved. Straight to the mountain beshies.

  1. Go to Tanay Public Market with this 3 options.

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  • From Starmall in front of Megamall, ride a jeep or FX (UV express) going to Tanay Market
  • From MRT Cubao, ride an FX or Jeepney going to Tanay Market.
  • From LRT Santolan, ride FX going to Tanay Market.

 

2. From Tanay Public Market, ride a tricycle straight to Treasure Mountain. This will cost P500.00. I think that could accommodate  four persons already, as long as you fit in one tricycle. I got our trike near Puregold, somewhere around Public Market.

 

B. Adventurer Mode. I called it this way because it takes a lot of commuting and it gives you an opportunity to have 20-minutes trek to sea of clouds.

  • Ride a van or jeepney going to Cogeo Gate 2 or Padilla
  • Ride a jeepney bound to Sampaloc, Tanay
  • Get-off at Sitio Maysawa, waiting shed or the jump-off to the Maysawa Circuit
  • Trek for 45 minutes or take a tricycle to Treasure Mountain

C. Detour Mode. We did this one unexpectedly.

We came from Antipolo because we visited Luljetta Hanging Garden first. The original plan is from there, we will travel to Treasure Mountain and stay overnight. I even reserved a room. But there was quite a heavy rainfall. Aside from that, all jeepneys going to Tanay were all full. Tricycle from Antipolo woudn’t even agree to bring us even in Tanay Market because it was too far. I was highly discouraged and actually decided to go home already. We stopped by in a restaurant in Morong to have dinner. We had a chitchat with the crew there and they suggested we stay in a low-cost apartelle nearby to rest then just travel at 2 am. We decided to take this advice.

This is Hanson’s Apartelle in Teresa, Antipolo and it have crazy low rates. Great for the people who went on Antipolo tour. Or people who want to have shorter travel time for their tour in Tanay, Rizal.

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We took the 6 hours Aircon room. This is for two people only. We just added P100.00 for extra person. So all-in-all we spent P550.00 pesos. Not bad right?

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This is the room. There’s no much facility here. No wifi, no extra outlet, the t.v was old.  I But who would I to  complain? It is expensive and a truly decent room to stay for a short time. The CR is okay too. It is clean.

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At 2:30 am, we took a jeepney going to Tanay. We dropped-off Puregold near Tanay Public Market and immediately got a trike going straight to Treasure Mountain. Even though it was still dark, we already saw a LOT of sea of clouds along the way. I was so happy.

REGISTRATION

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I am quite disappointed with this one. We arrived at around 4:30 am. But we were greeted with an empty registration area. (Well except dogs were there.) I read that the day tour starts at 4 am so I expect that it would open at this time. Time is of the essence for me. Sea of clouds may disappear And I need to set-up in a good spot for photos. Also we were also there for the sunrise.    I  think the staff arrived at 5 am.

Entrance fee is only P 150.00 each person for DAY TOUR.

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But there’s no time for bad vibes. Sea of Clouds is waiting for us and we have to hurry!

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I intentionally brought this skirt for awra purposes haha!

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Nang umakyat si Inang Kapatagan sa Kabundukan…

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The Sea of clouds rose up from where stood. There was a moment of zero visibility here. If this is water, we were drowned for sure. But this is clouds and we are happy to drown. Now, it’s great for coffee drinking session.

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FOODS and DRINKS

After taking so much photos, it’s time to get hungry and satisfy our coffee cravings because of cold temperature.  Treasure mountain has a small restaurant which is open from 6 am to 9pm.

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These are the rates of the food here. It’s quite pricey for silog meals but reasonable since we’re on top of a mountain. Coffee by the way is P20.00 per cup.

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Another resto option that I haven’t tried is  The Lounge at Treasure Mountain.

These are some of the dramatic photos I took

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Thanks to my sister for assisting me for these shots  taken during sunrise.

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RATES SUMMARY base on Treasure Mountain fb page as of October 5, 2017: 

Entrance Fee

  • Day(4am to 3pm): P150.00
  • Over- night(4pm to 1pm): P200.00

Overnight

  •     Tent Pitching: P300.00
  •     Tent Rental: P500.00 / tent for a capacity of 2 persons, P800.00 / tent for a capacity of 4 persons
  •      Sleeping mat rental: P200.00
  •      Room Lodging: P500.00 minimum of 2 persons and maximum of 5 guests. Sleeping mat inclusive.

Side-Trip

  •  Bosay Falls : P500.00 for tour guide, maximum of 5 guests

 

Cars are welcome to go directly here but be warned that there are parts of  the road that has still no pavement year. This will be on the driver’s discretion.

They have decent CR too. Quite muddy and dark but understandable since this is on top of a mountain.

Going back to Tanay Public Market is easy too. There’s a tricycle terminal just walking distance away from Treasure Mountain.

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That’s all for now. I have a lot of videos here that I have not processed yet. Overall, this is a beautiful place for relaxation and mountainside photo-ops. It’s inexpensive and require no long travel time from Manila.  The cons are  late opening of Registration area and very slow-response in their fb page. My reservation for a room took about 4 days to be processed. But still, I will definitely come back here because I haven’t roamed the area. I have missed beautiful spots for more photo-ops. And I haven’t done the original plan of Astrophotography practice here.

For inquiries, here’s the link Treasure Mountain Fb Page.

Bye Beshies for now!

I’ll leave you with this GIF.

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And this BTS photo taken by mother that I’m really fond of.

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And a MORAL LESSON!

RAIN is not always a bad thing.  After the rain, there will be rainbows. And also SEA of CLOUDS!  (Wew that was deep -_- ….)

Kidding aside, if we gave up because of the heavy rain,  we would have not seen this breathtaking view. That translate to real life as well. So don’t give up with life struggles. Always looks for detour to get what you want.

Our Staycation Experience in Wind Residences Tagaytay

You know the popular woes of adult friendships; you rarely see each other. And if you all do discuss it, your schedules are all conflict with each other. For months, my college tropa has been planning to travel again. It’s been years since our last getaway. And we’ve been going on cycles, suggesting, turning down, screwing up the whole plan. It was truly difficult to reach the concensus. But amazingly (finally!) , we all agreed  on May 5, 2018  (except for one with totally reasonable reason) Since we could not travel far because of other commitments, we just chose to have staycation just few hours away from Manila.  So I browsed Airbnb and found these amazing condo unit with panoramic view of Taal.

Hare’s the link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5301771

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With the free wi-fi and parking, we’re solved!  It accepts a maximum of 6 persons. Of course there are other units in Wind Residences with this great view. But this is the one I have found in Airbnb and we settled because of the freebies and reasonable price.

So this is the glimpse of the Taal just right at the window. It is absolutely panoramic!

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Doing some night long exposure shots. I tried my best.

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The condo unit itself truly delivers. It has appliances for light cooking. There was TV with HDMI cable for gaming, chandeliers and bed. The host was quick to respond to all our inquiries.   The only thing I could complain is it only has two towels and two blankets. They mentioned it beforehand but it is easy to slip in our minds. Anyway if you plan to book this yourself, just don’t forget to bring  extra towels and blankets if you are more than two people. But generally, this condo unit ROCKS!  I totally recommend it for those who are planning to have a chill and relaxing weekend.

As for the evidence on how the condo unit looks and how much we enjoyed our stay, please refer to the following section.

MY CRAZY COLLEGE FRIENDS  and THE FUN THINGS WE DID 

Being with them is ALWAYS guaranteed fun-filled and full of laughter ride. I mean just look at this. They are all meme-worthy.

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(NSFW guys. Just for fun only)

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GROCERY TIME

Upon arrival, we checked it and head-off  to the nearest supermarket just walking distance from the condo unit. Apart from necessities, we bought bottles of Soju, Renato (leftmost side guy) had a sudden penchant for Soju eversince I treated them in Oppa Chicken for my last birthday. It amazes me that he really became into it.

 

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And some portrait photoshoot on the side

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Photoshoot with Taal Volcano. Of course I didn’t let this moment slip without capturing the majestic view. I imagine how it feels like to wake up in the morning with this kind of sightings. But  then again, I realized that if you are used to something, even how beautiful it is, you would  get tired eventually. People are just like that.

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Boardgaming Night

This is becoming the banner activity of our friendship everytime we meet. It’s fun and you put down your phones because you got to really interact with each other. We played two games that night. First was the dead of winter wherein you as players are going to do your best to survive a zombie apocalypse together. It’s not a simple game. But I want to commend our game master Aldrich (below) for patiently explaining everything for almost one hour!

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He’s been our ever reliable game master. No one could replace him and no one would be willing. (Gahd ang hirap kaya mag-aral ng game. Daming pag-aaralang instruction. I can’t for a life of me!)

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The second game was Avalon. It is our most favorite so far. It’s a game of Bad guys a.k.a “Minions of Mordred” and Good guys a.k.a “Loyal Servant of Arthur”. In this game you should have an ability to deceive or investigate the behavior of your co-players. It is truly a fun game and its not hard to learn.

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It’s been a long time plan to document and edit a reality-game show type coverage of us playing this game. But it’s not easy to edit. And I’m still struggling. But for now, here’s the glimpse of us playing as the bad guys caught in camera standing on a tripod.

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Foodtrip.

Just one ride away from Wind Residences is a restaurant called “Green ATS”. You can choose in a “kubo” where there is a great skyscraper view of Tagaytay City. You just have to pay 1500 but that is totally consumable to food. And whenever we go to Tagaytay, our table won’t be complete without Bulalo. The food is great but nothing compared with the Bulalo in Mahogany also here in Tagaytay.

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Birthday Surprise!

Even I was surprised with this birthday surprise. I was not part of the plan. We were playing “Just dance” when Renato suddenly said that he forgot something and he had to go back to the car. He disappeared for almost half an hour. When he went back, he already has the cake. Even I was stunned. I really didn’t know.  I guess they know I’m not a good actress and it would be hard for me to keep the plan hhahaha. I won’t blame them. I’m a girl with unrestrained secrets haha!

 

Nice surprise!

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Finally soju time. Renato has been waiting for this

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Just Dance!

Apparently, Drich and Leonard has this amazing gaming console  called Switch. It looks like this.

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When you connect to a T.V with HDMI, you can instantly play any games offline or online. I am really not much into gaming that’s why I don’t things like this. But if I have to choose a game, that has to be a dancing game! I love to dance. It’s a hobby that I love that doesn’t love me back. In a very rare occasion, all of us get up and join the game. So here it is, sharing with you our shameful dancing in the tune of 24K Magic by Bruno Mars.

 

And the best dancer goes to… The birthday boy, Leonard!

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But allow me to display this meme-able gif again.

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BREAKFAST

Allow me to introduce you the party mother of our group, Chard. He cooked, cleaned and washed the dishes all by himself. He woke up early  just to prepare the breakfast. When we got-up, everything was on the table already; hard-boiled eggs, tuna, pancit-canton, sausage and juice. See? It’s truly a blessing to have a friend like Chard.

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Swimming at  the Wind Residences Clubhouse

This is exclusive in the accommodation. It only costs P150.00 each in the accounting center.

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Because we were afraid of the sun, we opted to swim in the indoor pool.

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DRONE PHOTOSHOOT

Renato has small drone that he was afraid to fly unto the  hole of Taal Volcano. So we just tried around the Wind Residences clubhouse.

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LUNCH in MAHOGANY

Exactly 12 PM we checked-out of the condo unit. We had our lunch at the place called Mahogany. There is a string of carinderia style restaurants here. Among of all these is the one featured in Kris TV because of its heaven-sent Bulalo. And not only Bulalo, but also “Crispy Tawilis”. I’ll be writing a separate blog about this soon. Just writing this triggers drooling for me and I’m writing this here in the office with Tagaytay like temperature. OMG! Help!

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That’s it!

Now that I’m finished documenting our mini escapade, I realized that I have new names for my friends; Renato is the “Soju Boy”, Aldrich is “The Game Master” , Leonard as “the Dancer” and Richard as “the Party Mother”. I was thinking what is my role in this group. But since I documented everything,  I guess I’ll be and always be, yours truly, ‘The Blogger Friend”. Haha!

Credits:

Special thanks to Renato for the additional photos and GIF.