Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bohol Escapade

Bohol is the place on earth I always wanted to visit when I was a child, mostly because for the Chocolate Hills. On this trip , I finally got to see them. I also wanted to see more of my own country. The Philippines has no longer secret destinations and Bohol is definitely one of them with mix of provincial charm, history and high end resorts.

Bohol has something for everyone. If you like socializing and meeting new people, you may visit Alona Beach, It's like Boracay where you will meet people of different nationalities. But the nightlife is not the same as Boracay though there are few bars around the beach and nearby places if you want a night-out. Aside from beaches, what I also like in Bohol is that they are rich in history.
A photo taken at Alona Beach with my family and relatives during our Bohol trip.

Baclayon Church is another must-see. One of the oldest churches in the country, built by Spanish settlers in the 1600s and still in good shape today. The side of the church, you will see a watermark from years of rainfall. Locals said it is the image of Padre Pio.

Bohol trip is not complete without seeing the Chocolate Hills. The view was so breathtaking. It was my childhood dream to see it and now dream come true.
Another attraction on the must-see list is the tarsiers which is now endangered animals, which we see them in their natural habitat. They are small animal no larger than a adult men's hand. It only give birth once a year and the life span is from 15 to 20 years. Tarsier is active at night. Touching the tarsiers are no longer allowed.

Of course, we were able to passed by to the first and only famous man made forest in the Philippines. It is mainly composed of Mahogany trees. When we entered the forest I feel the sudden change in temperature and the freshness of air.
We had our leisurely buffet lunch at Loboc River Cruise for Php 350.00/pax and Php 100.00 for entrance (maintenance safety and security charges) , its like 1 hour ride down the river and we passed by live entertainment.

We visited some historical places such as Dauis Church. It is one of the oldest churches in the region, very impressive even on the outside and much more when you step in, look up and you will see the beautiful artwork.
from right: Tita inday, Tita Nena, Tita Loting and I.

with my relatives chillin' at Cafe Lawis after the whole day Bohol land tour. They served freshly baked bread and other pastry product. It was just located on the right side of Dauis church.

Have you been to Bohol? If yes, can you tell me about unforgettable experienced during your trip. =)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

Biking around the area with my cousin Ate Pinky, Ate Rogelyn, brother Gabriel and I.

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa is located at Mactan, Cebu. The 5-star room is large and comfy, bathroom is very spacious. Good food and ample variety. As we explored Plantation Bay Resort for 6 days with my relatives Ate Pinky,Kuya Michael, Lea, Sean, Kuya Jun, Ate Rodge and my brother Gabriel, our overall experienced with my family/cousins was great . This place is really good for relaxation, family outing or romance. It has a lot of activities you can choose from.
Behind me is my cousin Kuya Jun, had his henna tattoo.

We took two rooms the Penthouse Suite and the Riverboat Suite. If you want to spoil yourself, go for a spa which we did, we tried the Full Body Massage (30 minutes) for Php 1,000 and Foot Heaven Massage (1 hr.) for Php 1,300 and the Skinful Pleasures (1 hr.) for Php 1,800 this is the Plantation Bay's Signature Massage. Since we stayed there for 6 days, everyday we enjoyed the different kind of massage they have. Thanks to Kell's family for the treat, all expense paid by them. That's how very generous they are. Thank you so much for the wonderful experienced.

With Lea and Sean my niece and nephew.

Here are more of my experienced:

1. Food was good.

2. Friendliness of the staff is awesome. They have no tipping policy and the stuff is more than happy to please visitors. Always greeting with a friendly smile and very helpful and knowledgeable.

3. The pools are awesome! We really enjoyed the main pool with the smaller water slide for kids. It has a nice pool bar in the middle of the resort.

4. Spa was amazing.

5. They also have wifi throuhgout the resort and free airport shuttle pick up/drop off.

6. The Plantation Bay Resort had tons activities to do. Many restaurants, Aqua Rides, Children's Activities, Gym and game room, Diving, Firing Range, Wall Climbing, Biking, Tennis, Fishing, Water Skiing and Para-sailing . Many of these activities are free and some of it you have to pay.

7. Being in Mactan Island, this resort had no beach. It claims it has a beach but I was disappointed in the small patch of sand they considered beach. If you are looking for beach front this is not for you.

8.Location of the resort is in the middle of nowhere. Can't walk out for go shopping or take a stroll. Your stuck there unless you plan for tours or call in advance for taxis.

9. Overall, superb experienced!!!

That was really wonderful bonding moments with my relatives at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa. Been here twice and I am really in love with the place.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Switzerland Trip

This is my new Travel Blog which I'm going to share about my trips here in Philippines also my out of the country travels. Since this is my first travel blog, I will post my very first trip outside Philippines, Switzerland.

Switzerland is small, mountainous and wealthy. A stylish tourist destinations offering countless outdoor adventure .

I never thought I would visit this beautiful country, but I was lucky enough after college, Tita Inday and her husband invited me to come over and visit Switzerland. I never think twice and I said YES! Thank you very much for the wonderful, superb experienced and great opportunity in my life.

The view was so breathtaking. I had a lot of first time experienced in Switz and those are: SNOW, feeding the birds , riding on a train, eating different kinds of cheese , picking up fresh kaka of a dog using trash bag before throwing it away to garbage bin, buy fresh vegetables along the road when no one was watching their product, you just have to drop your money inside the box, Alps, museum, authentic painting of a famous painter (Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and Leonardo da Vinci) that was the time I started to appreciate arts, taking the dog out for a walk and speaking German language.

They tour me to different places in Switzerland like St. Gallen, Zurich, Bern , Walensee and a lot more.


Faschnacht Festival with my Tita Inday

During Faschnacht in Ruti, Switzerland. This is one of the big event in Switz, children dressed in costumes, I also witnessed a very colorful parade afterwards we went to an open area where you can get a frankfurter and bread for free which I am holding at the photo.

A video which I got from youtube for you to have an idea during Fasnacht Parade.

Have you been out of the country? If yes, where and what is your best experienced into that place?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

ZAIA Experienced at Macau

ZAIA is a show that highlights dance movement and aerial acrobatics , soaring to the farthest reaches of  space and human beauty. I just love this show which mesmerized me and the other audience. It's a 90 minute mega-production will bring together 75 high caliber artists. Presented in one of the most impressive theatres ever created by Cirque du Soleil. 
ZAIA is the dream of  young girl who journeys into space on a strange, yet familiar voyage of self-discovery. As she travels, she encounters the beauty of humanity and eventually brings back with her to share with the inhabitants of earth. ZAIA comes from a greek name meaning "life" and is also reminiscent of " Gaia"" the living self aware, spirit of earth. 

While waiting for the show to start, the clown entertained us and gave flowers to the selected audiences. We are one of the luckiest, my Aunt got one. 

This was the most dazzling spectacle ever staged in Asia only at THE VENETIAN, MACAU. A must see show if you are in Macau.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Hong Kong Disneyland Trip

Disneyland is one of my greatest dreams to visit. I never thought this dream would come true. I was so fascinated by the place and really enjoyed the every minute. A posed with our tour guide.

Picking up a map so that I won't be lost and I know where to go. Also got the schedules of the shows.
Here I am enjoying at Hongkong Disneyland .

A shot with Donald Duck and my cousin Paulines.
Were watching the beautiful musical show called " The Lion King"