Fifth’s 2nd Birthday at Canyon Cove Hotel & Spa Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas 12.01.2016

We booked this trip early, like 6 months ahead. My close friend; Beni suggested this resort in Batangas. It was supposed to be our hotel room for my cousin’s wedding last June 2016 (Eynna & Benedick) yet we were not able to attend. It is the Canyon Cove Hotel and Spa Resort located in Nasugbu, Batangas. We left home at 5am. We travelled for over 4 hours from Bulacan thru Cavitex-Ternate Highway (long and winding road with cliff on our right). Kinda scary yet exciting. No heavy traffic, just a smooth journey.

On our way there, had to stop over and enjoy the view. Sam YG was there also. We grabbed the opportunity to have a picture taken with him and the kids. Behind them was Sam YG’s Ducati. 🏝

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We got there at 9am. Even though the check-in time is at 2pm, they were nice to give us an accommodation that early. Thanks so much Canyon Cove! And so, I am referring Canyon Cove Hotel and Spa with Excellent customer service. Having to wait until 2pm with 3 kids was Β unimaginable. Good job! πŸ‘Œ In case early check-in happens with you, expect the key card not to work after 12nn. It is automatic because check-out time is at 12nn. Just tell the lobby receptionist or any staff that you need to reset your key card with your assigned room number.

The resort has a “NO FOOD POLICY”.Β We celebrated Fifth’s 2nd birthday while the kids went on swimming. But you can bring in a cake if celebrating something. Canyon Cove is located near anything like food stalls, food chains, convenient stores, church, municipal hall etc. Just drive for 3-5 minutes and you are there. We actually bought a cake at Red Ribbon for Fifth’s birthday. We brought it in. πŸŽ‚

Sharing our pictures below. ❀🌴🍹🌊

The Birthday Boy

I cannot believe he was turning 2! It was December 01, 2014 when we first saw his face. And he got his dimples from his daddy. Heaven sent! And now, a very active baby who is full of energy to go up and down our stairs. Whew! Kids these days, they are growing up fast. Soooo fast!

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The Hotel Room

This room is good for 2 adults and 2 kids (accdg to the hotel’s standard). But looking at it, more than 2 adults can accommodate the room since it has 3 beds. It has a veranda, perfect for coffee or may be a smoking area.🏝

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The Beach

Oh the beach! I love it! Who doesn’t?

Kids really enjoyed playing on the shore with their sand building toys. And enjoyed more in the water.

Trivia for this blog: First time I tried to to soak again underwater after I had phobia from my drowning experience when I was a child. I went snorkeling! 🌊

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Underwater experience

The Resort

Aside from the hotel rooms, there is a pool for kids, playground, activity area, function hall, and the beach!

Water activities are available such as snorkeling, banana boat, kayak, jetski, and others. They have this, can’t remember what it’s called, the Iron Man effect on water where you can fly a bit high using this hydraulic propulsion system. I found out it is a Jetovator. Bandwagon is another water sport activity available. (Updated April 28, 2017)

Food was expensive though at their restaurant. So, we ought to try something else outside the hotel resort.

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The Pool

Pool for kids and pool for adults are huge enough to enjoy! My kids were unquestionably brave to swim in the adult pool. Our 5 year old Kuya Fourth has safety floater on his arm. I was just glad they enjoyed every minute of our stay at Canyon Cove. Worth it!

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Underwater experience

Lunch at Kainan sa Dalampasigan

We had lunch at Kainan sa Dalampasigan. It was few minutes away from Canyon Cove Hotel and Spa. The place was wonderful and cozy. It has a forest vibe. The food was good. We had Sinigang na Sugpo and Lumpiang Shanghai.

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Kumpares

The next day, lunch was busolved! Imagine a very affordable meal with unlimited fried rice and soup. That was already a meal! They offer variants of Silog (Sinangag + Itlog), BBQ, and Pares along with drinks plus choices of dessert. It is located just across Nasugbo Parish Church. So, while waiting for our order, I dropped by the church with my family. We reserved our table to be sure. It was lunch time then, so people started to come.

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Raztapahan

On our way back to Manila, we planned to visit this new RazTapahan that has started to proliferate in the south area. As the term suggests, “Raz ta”, which the theme is. Who comes in mind? Bob Marley, yeah? Yellow, Green and Red all over the place with friendly staff. I heard the owners are good-looking couple with a very cute son named Raz. It is a family business of brothers and relatives. Kung food trip ang hanap nyo, sa Raztapahan na! Best tapa I tasted so far. At sabaw pa lang ulam na. Check out their page fb.com/Raztapahan. It is located at Luna St. Corner Avenida, Rizal in Imus, Cavite.

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Photo credit: Raztapahan FB account

Our overall experience at Canyon Cove was great. Excellent customer service!

My Rating:

Hotel room 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

Service 🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

Pool facility 🍎🍎🍎🍎

Beach 🍎🍎🍎🍎

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Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas Road Trip!

It was October 7, 2010 when we had the unplanned road trip. We had few bucks left before the next payday and few hundreds of Sodexho Premium Pass. Nothing to do on that day so we went for a trip. I was 4 months pregnant then with our baby Fourth, so precautionary measures were observed. We didn’t have any idea where to go. Daddy (my husband) turned to a gas station to fill in the gas tank using the Sodexho Premium Pass. I think it’s Petron if I was not mistaken. Then he just drove South bound. Where are we going really? Then he thought of Caleruega located at Nasugbu, Batangas. It is few minutes drive from Tagaytay.

Caleruega is a famous destination for retreat, weddings and just ME time. The Transfiguration Chapel is very peaceful and perfect venue for a romantic wedding. As It’s official website says, “Its faΓ§ade is a reproduction of the original chapel in Caleruega, Spain. Its hut-shaped roof is in remembrance of the temporary sheds that the apostles wanted to build for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah during the transfiguration (Mt 17:1-8). The seal of the Dominican Province of the Philippines is depicted in stained glass in the upper portion of the chapel’s faΓ§ade. The seven grapevines entwined in the steel doors of the chapel not only portray Jesus as the vine and we as branches (John 15:5), but also symbolize the seven sacraments. The main altar is a carved tree trunk representing the β€œstem of Jesse,” mentioned in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit (Is 11:1). The tabernacle is a gentle reminder of the burning bush through which God revealed Himself to Moses in Mt. Sinai (Ex 3:2). The birds carved on the communion table are representations of God’s providence in Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap…and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. The stained glass depicts the Transfiguration of Jesus witnessed by Peter, John, and Luke. With Jesus are Moses and Elijah, two significant instruments of God in the Old Testament (Mat 17:3).”

My husband, our daughter Cheska and I (carrying the baby in my womb), did not let the moment pass without capturing the beauty of nature our very eyes witnessed. We paid first a low-priced entrance fee (for maintenance maybe). And then we explored the vicinity as we walked slowly and breathe the fresh air from there. They also have function rooms and food served to visitors/guests. (But we did not take pictures of those.) Nothing much to say. See it yourself.