Friday, February 27, 2015

Baler | Dinner at Hungry Surfer

On our first night in Baler, The Memet and I went for a stroll on the boardwalk to check out what the "night life" was like in the area. The boardwalk was a bit dark and the area was mostly quiet, save for the sound of the crashing waves.

On our way back to Costa Pacifica, we noticed a brightly lit restaurant and decided to head in for dinner.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Baler's Beautiful Dicasalarin Cove

Look at that photo. Doesn't it look like the gateway to paradise?

Paradise. That was the first thing that I definitely thought when we set foot on Dicasalarin Cove. Want to read more about our experience? I'll tell you all about it after the jump. :)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Simply Shoes Just Opened its Fourth Branch at SM Center Angono

Yesterday (February 13, 2015), I drove to Angono, the Art Capital of Rizal, to witness Simply Shoes' Grand Opening at SM Center Angono.

An SM Retail affiliate, Simply Shoes is a one-stop shoe store that offers a wide assortment of footwear for men and women as well as children. They carry a lot of different brands that range from casual wear to even formal wear.

Want to take a peek at some of the brands and designs that SM Angono's Simply Shoes carries?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Baler "City Tour"

The Memet and I got up early (well, relatively early anyway) on our second day in Baler so that we could have breakfast before we embarked on our "City Tour".

We booked our tour at Costa Pacifica's front desk and paid P1,500 (approx. $35) for one whole day with a tour guide. We were told that the P1,500 fee was good for a maximum pax of 10, but it only included a tour guide's services for the entire day. There's a different charge if you'll rent a van. We used our SUV, so we only paid for the tour guide's services.

So, off we go. :)

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Costa Pacifica Baler | Casa de Bahia

The Memet and I like to celebrate our wedding anniversary by traveling to new places. So far, we've only been going to places within the Philippines, because there are just so many to visit! This year, we decided to go to Baler.

Booking a resort/hotel in Baler was a no-brainer for me. After a quick scroll through Agoda's Baler offerings, I immediately zeroed in on Costa Pacifica. Costa Pacifica is a fairly new hotel - it turned one (1) year old last August.

Seeing as we were on a somewhat tight budget (house construction is still ongoing - it's taking forever), I went for the cheapest room that they had. Through Agoda, I was able to book a two night stay for only P7,335 ($168), inclusive of breakfast.

Traveling to Baler felt like forever (I'll make a separate blog post for that), but it all paid off when we finally set foot on Costa Pacifica.

Their lobby was grand...

But the view from their reception area?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Lunch at Muvela's Place in Cainta

I've been wanting to try dining at Muvela's Place for quite some time now, so when The Memet's birthday came around, I grabbed the opportunity to drag my family there. Haha!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baguio 2014 - Day 2

Our 2nd day in Baguio was still pretty much the same in terms of traffic. But we were able to visit more places. Yey!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Baguio 2014 - Day 1

We were in Baguio from December 28-30 last year - along with what seemed like hundreds of thousands of other people. There were cars and people everywhere, parking was a nightmare, and it took forever to get from one place to another.

After arriving at our hotel (High Point Boutique Inn and Restaurant) and having lunch and getting some rest, we piled into the car and attempted to go to Mine's View Park or Camp John Hay or Burnham Park. We really just wanted to go to any one of the tourist spots there. Unfortunately, traffic was horrendous and there was practically no parking space anywhere. We couldn't even get into SM Baguio because their parking area was filled to the brim!

At around 5pm, we gave up and looked for a place to eat instead. We ended up in Sizzling Plate. They had parking space! Haha! 

Image courtesy of my sister in law's iPhone.

After having our fill, we left the car parked at Sizzling Plate (we left a tip with the security guard) and explored Session Road a bit. There were lots of people, so it was a good thing that it was pretty cold. The temperature made walking around with a huge bunch of other people a lot more fun.

Image courtesy of my brother's camera.

If you look closely at the photo, you'll see that all our bags are in front of us. Whenever in a crowded area, it's best to keep your bags in front of you rather than behind you. You don't want to be tempting pick pockets. *wink*

So... That was pretty much what happened during our first day in Baguio. Haha!

Lesson learned? Do not go to Baguio during the holidays. That's if you want to really enjoy the place. The Memet and I visited Baguio a couple of years ago towards the end of January (a few weeks before the Panagbenga Festival) and there was hardly any traffic at all. Also, there weren't a lot of other tourists to battle with. Haha!

I will post a summary of that Baguio vacation soon. :)

Baguio's High Point Boutique Inn & Restaurant

My Hello, 2015! post was full of my adventures in the previous month. And one of them was our quick visit to Baguio. My sister in law has never been there, so when they came home for the new year, we made sure that Baguio was one of our stops.

Holiday Park Hotel was already fully booked when I was looking for accommodations for our two-night stay but after some diligent searching, I found High Point Boutique Inn and Restaurant and booked them through Agoda. (I love Agoda's book now, pay later option. Hehe!)

Thursday, January 08, 2015

New Visit the Philippines 2015 Video

The Philippines' Department of Tourism (DOT) recently launched a campaign video to encourage people to travel to the Philippines in 2015. I loved it the first time I watched it and I'm sure you will too.

Click on read more to watch the video. :)


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