Extended Summer in Boracay (Q3 2017 )

Family is the best company every where you go. How about extending the summer in August of 2017 with them? Sounds fun and relaxing yeah? My cousin went home for a vacation from Dubai to celebrate her mom’s/my aunt’s 75th birthday. 2 surprises awaited my aunt; Boracay vacation and dinner party celebration. I am very proud to say, I was part of the whole plan.

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Let me start the Summer in Q3.๐Ÿ–ย We found this apartment in Boracay and booked our accommodation for 3 nights 4 days. 50% down payment was required to be sent before the actual booking, then the remaining balance was given soon as we arrived. I can say it really was a budget room for a group of 8 with huge space more than enough to accommodate us. 10-12 people would still be fine, I guess. (Request for extra mattress). It has its own kitchen where we cooked our meals, own dining table, own sink and own bathroom. And of course, I volunteered to cook on one of our dinner time. All of us knows how to cook, so we took turns. Our group consisted of 3 senior citizens whom I called The Single Ladies. Why? Because they are all single by default; widow. To add, 4 adults and 1 minor. I will write this post as vivid as I can remember.

 

Our flight was booked at different time and dates, yet same flight schedules for 2 way. Hence, the plane tix charges differed from the others. I volunteered to check-in our flights online for easy and no-hassle flight. None of us had check-in baggage, only carry-on bags. Mine and my daughter’s were back packs. I printed 16 boarding passes. We almost missed our flight from Manila to Kalibo because earlier that day, when my cousin verified the flight schedule of our plane, we were told it was at 12nn where originally it was 10:55am. Grrr… good thing I double checked at 10:20am, there was no flight changes. So, when I was able to verify the info, we hurried to the boarding gate where our names were already being called.๐Ÿ˜ณ The first bus going to the plane already left.๐Ÿ˜‘ It was fun though. More exciting… Imagine the single ladies (senior citizens), trying their best to reach the boarding gate as fast as they can. Yet, I advised the ground steward we were waiting for 3 senior citizens so, please bear with us. And they did. Very nice of them.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿค“

Airplane here we come! It was my daughter’s first plane ride. So, I took her pictures. Flight was delayed by about 20 minutes, so we reached Kalibo airport past 1pm. It was a peaceful flight.

At the Kalibo airport, several companies with boat and van offered us their service. Then, a lady approached me where she gave me a free lunch/dinner buffet voucher for 4 persons. She said it normally costs PhP650 per person. They are giving it for free because their hotel is new and it was part of their promotion. Good thing we were expecting free dinner! One check for budget meal 101! My cousin finally booked our van and boat service at PhP 125 per person. The trip was about 1 and a half hours from Kalibo airport to the port for a boat ride.

At the port, was it Tabon? Please tell me. It was not the famous jetty port of Caticlan. Waves were big as advised. It was a different port. One of my aunts has fear in riding a boat, I think that was dealt accordingly. Environmental fee and Terminal fee should be paid at the port before the actual boat ride, PhP 100 total. The boat ride took only 10 minutes going to Caticlan. Then by land, we took an e-jeep big enough to accommodate the 8 of us. It was another 10-15 minute ride. We had to walk for 25-50 meters (estimate) to reach our booked apartment. It has a restobar in front. We finally reached our destination and rest our feet. We had not taken our lunch yet. We went down and looked for a decent place to eat. We found Cowboy Cucina and ordered Sinigang na Tanigue sa Sampaloc, Adobong Pusit, rice and drinks. OMG the price was higher than the usual. Our famous line there, ” Anong magagawa mo nasa Boracay tayo?” ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜„

It was almost sunset when we got done with our late lunch. We were already tired that time. So, we went to our room and rest. We recharged for our activity the following day.

We woke up early to have a walk along the shore with my daughter, my mom and my aunt (Sanse). My other aunt (Ninang Puring) was still asleep. We had photographs from every corner they wanted. I was happy to see them happy while enjoying the nature.

I took advantage of my “ME” time. My 2 boys were at home, no mommy duties. Sometimes, we mommies should also take time to enjoy. After all, we are still individuals with personal needs.

I am sharing our pictures. My memories.. โค

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Ray-Ban Rectangle from my Dad

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Had a long walk going to d’ Talipapa where you can buy seafoods, meat, veggies, souvenirs such as shirts, caps, keychains, wallet/purse, skull accessories, etc., and other grocery items you might need. There is also Paluto restaurants beside it, Dampa style. If you want fresh seafoods newly-cooked and served hot there is where you can find it. Below is my vid with my daughter as we explore Bora and d’ Talipapa.

Pretty much these are our 4 day stay in Bora. I will update if I remember more details.

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Bohol, Philippines Adventure โ€“ Summer 2017 (Day 2)

This was the last day of our trip! Our second day in Bohol! Our day was limited because later that day was our flight back to Manila.ย We witnessed the beauty of nature that God created. Amazing! Exquisite! Unwinding! I did not want to leave at all. Below was our itinerary. (Highlighted in yellow were skipped due to time constraint)

Bohol IT 2

We woke up early to have breakfast (included in our overnight package). Hubby chose ham and egg, while Iย had corned beef and egg, both with garlic rice plus your choice of iced tea, coffee, or juice. (We waited though longer than expected) It was heavy breakfast for me.

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Using the motorcycle we rented at Hey Joe, we drove all the way from Tagbilaran to Panglao; about 16 km distance and 30 minutes travel time. I did not search through Google any picture before this trip. I wanted to be surprised by what is in store in Bohol.

As we arrived Panglao, specifically the beach area, I felt mesmerized! I told my hubby immediately, “Can we just stay here?” Then, he smiled. He knew I fell in love right there. You can choose among Alona Beach, Bohol Beach Club, Dumaluan Beach and a lot more.

See to appreciate.

The Beach

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These videos will tell all!

Needless to explain why I did not want to leave? Did you appreciate Bohol now? Come and visit the Philippines! Feel free to contact me for any details.

Hinagdanan Cave

Hinagdanan Cave is a cave in the municipality of Dauis on Panglao Island, in Bohol Province, in the Philippines. It is a naturally lighted cavern with a deep lagoon and many large stalactites and stalagmites.

The cave is lit by sunlight which filters through holes in the ceiling. The underground lake is a popular swimming spot, but it has been known to test for high levels of various pollutants, since it is fed by ground runoff.

Hinagdanan Cave is made of limestone. The entrance of the cave is a hole of about 1 metre wide in diameter, visible from a limestone hill. Cemented steps lead to the interior of the cave. The cave is slippery, but there’s a railing made of rope to hold on to avoid accident due to slippery stones of the cave. The cave is filled with sleeping birds in small holes in the ceiling. – wikipedia.org

From the beach, we hopped to Hinagdanan Cave. It is about 10 km from the beach where we came from and about 18 minutes ride. After paying the entrance fee, (viewing fee OR viewing + swimming fee), we brought with us our snorkeling gears and went down to the cave. Our tour guide kuya Boni (short for Bonifacio) was very informative and helpful with our photos.ย Heย took our picturesย using our smart phones. He even had effects used to make our pictures impressive. He also told us that the water level usually is 12-15 feet. We spend our time there swimming, the water was cold, like those from the fridge. ย See to believe!

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Watch ourย videoย in Hinagdanan Cave!


We bought peanut kisses for pasalubong. After this adventure, we went back to Aliria. The motorcycle we rented will be picked up at Aliria 24 hours from the time it was delivered. Then we packed our stuff and changed clothes going back to Manila through Tagbilaran Airport. Our flight back was 2:55pm. We parked at NAIA Terminal 3.

But we did not head home yet. We had to go to Quezon City to celebrate Mommy Tita’s 79th birthday at Cabalen located at Quezon Avenue. Then we head home. We were excited to give our pasalubong and see our kids after 4 long days.

Our 4 day Cebu-Bohol journey ended here. I hope you enjoyed too. Feel free to ask me about this trip.

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See related posts:

Cebu Day 1

Cebu Day 2

Cebu Day 2 (last night)

Bohol Day 1

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. ๐Ÿ

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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 ย unimaginable. Good job! ๐Ÿ‘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”.ย 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. ๐ŸŽ‚

Sharing our pictures below. โค๐ŸŒด๐Ÿน๐ŸŒŠ

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.๐Ÿ

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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! ๐ŸŒŠ

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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 ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ

Service ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ

Pool facility ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ

Beach ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ

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Summer 2015 at Thunderbird Resorts and Casino in La Union

We left at around 5am. The kids were all excited. We planned our Summer 2015 early to avoid crowded places. We must admit we like a vacation with at least a little privacy. We had brunch at Thunderbird Resorts at their Olives Restaurant. The kids got even more excited when they saw the pool and the beach. Who wouldn’t? Take a peek!

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Their accommodation prices are expensive for an average person. The beach has an additional pay to give you access to it. Day tour ONLY is possible per head. But if you are more than 5 members, I suggest you get an over night accomodation because that is somehow of the same price. The food is not that pricey. We wanted some surfing experience so we decided to go to the next town where the Surfing Capital; San Juan, La Union.

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The over all experience was great. Seeing my kids happy is something that MONEY CANNOT BUY.

Thunderbirds Resort info:

http://www.thunderbird-asia.com/poro-point/

Poro Point Freeport Zone,ย San Fernando City, La Union,ย Philippines 2500

E: reservation-poro@thunderbird-asia.com

T: (+63 72) 888 7777 / (+63 72) 607 9804-05

F: (+63 72) 607 9818

T/F: (+63 72) 888 0288

M: (+63 908) 815 8984