Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bataan Road Trip


Our college friend messaged me last February to inform me about his son’s 7th birthday party. The last time that we saw each other was 3 or 4 years ago during his daughter’s baptism. I told my husband about it and he said yes.

We all know that Bataan is too far from Cavite, it is more or less 4 hours trip depending on the traffic so to maximize our trip, I checked which tourist spots we could visit before attending the birthday party in Limay, Bataan.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is listed in my bucket list so I emailed them 2 weeks before the trip but they replied to call instead. My husband called to reserve a room but the studio room is already fully booked so we decided to have a day trip instead. #paguran


Last Sunday, we left as early as 4AM to avoid the traffic but I forgot that it was the last day of Hot Air Balloon Festival so we experienced traffic jam as early as 6:30AM. It used to be in Clark, Pampanga but now it was held in Lubao, Pampanga and it used to be on February but now April. We’ve experienced it last 2009 but we missed the flying Hot Air Balloon so we’ve made a quick stop just to take picture.


Then off we went to Dambana ng Kagitingan situated in Mt. Samat. My husband and I were just friends when we first went here and now we’re back with our son. =) We reached the top before 8AM so the elevator going up to the cross is still closed. I don’t want to wait anymore because the line is already long. We checked the museum and left.



P20 – entrance fee
P20 – parking
P10 – elevator fee


On your way to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, you will see the Zero Kilometer Death March Marker “It is the starting point of the Bataan Death March in April 9, 1942 where 60,000 to 80,000 prisoners of war were transferred to Camp O’Donell. Many Filipino and American prisoners of war died in the 128 km march.


 And Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower, “A monument symbolizing the renewed friendship between Philippines and Japan after the World War II event. ”



Then finally we reached the Heritage Resort, “built by Jose “Gerry”Acuzar, the resort is a collection of different Spanish colonial buildings and stone house from different time and parts of the Philippines.” Will share our day trip experience on my next post. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 3: DIY Singapore City Tour


Seven years ago when we first visited Singapore, we avail travel packages because I don’t have any itinerary, I only have list of tourist spots that I wanted to visit. But now, I have extra time to research so no more travel packages. I’m thankful for gothere.sg site because it made our commuting life easier.


After our check-in at South East Asia Hotel we started our DIY Singapore City Tour, from Bugis we went to Clark Quay for our walking tour.




Asian Civilization --> Fullerton Hotel --> Merlion --> Esplanade --> Makansutra --> Helix bridge --> Gardens by the Bay --> Marina Bay Sands



Tired! Tired! Tired!







Well, this walking tour is really tiring especially we have kid in tow who doesn’t want to walk so we let go the Gardens by the Bay and Helix Bridge. After taking pictures we decided to go to IKEA Tampines but unfortunately, I can’t find the shuttle bus going to IKEA so we just ate our dinner and went back to hotel. Huhuhu!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day Trip at Stilts Calatagan


Honestly, we’re not planning for any summer outing because we dislike crowded resort. We know that Peak Season = Expensive Rates so as much as possible we plan our family outing during off season. But when my friend suggested na “mag-outing naman tayo”, I did not have any second thought because it will be our first family outing with friends so I immediately checked my bucket list.


For the last two years, I’ve been meaning to visit Stilts Calatagan but every time I compute for the expense, napapadalawang isip ako. Well, if we can’t afford the overnight trip yet, we can avail the Day Trip instead. I invited other friends, reserved the trip on April 9, 2014 (Araw ng Kagitingan) and paid the 50% downpayment.

Reception

Stilts Day Trip Rates

P385 – 7 yrs old above (P300 lang two years ago)
Free of Charge – 6 years old below
P1800 – Discovery Pavillion Cottage

Inclusions:
-Welcome refreshment at the resort
-Free use of pool and beach area
-8AM to 6PM

Our Cottage
We left yesterday at 5AM and hoping to reach the resort at 8AM para sulit day trip. We’ve been to Calatagan before when we had day trip at Golden Sunset so at least we had an idea of travel time but Stilts Calatagan is much farther than Golden Sunset. 


When we reach the resort proper, guard stopped us to confirm our reservation and we drove again till we reached the gate. Another guard confirmed our reservation and counted the number of persons inside the car. #strict


At the parking lot, Stilts personnels went to our cars and assist us with our things. They will deliver our stuff to our cottage. Then we went to the reception and our welcome drinks were served. I filled out a form and paid the remaining balance. Staff ushered us to our cottage and our things were there safe.


We rested for a while and check the beach but my son prefers swimming pool so off we went to swimming pool.


Another activity that you can do
I was expecting a crowded resort because yesterday was holiday and of course summer season but it wasn’t so we really enjoyed the place.




We decided not to bring any heavy meals so we just ordered at the restaurant and dahil tatlong tumbling lang layo ng restaurant sa aming cottage, they granted our request na sa cottage na lang iserve ang food. #goodservice We ordered 2 grilled liempo, bulalong batangas and light of fire. Sorry but I forgot the exact price of the meal but the range is P200-P500. The food is good but the serving of grilled liempo is good for one person only.


My friend ordered two pizzas for our merienda and then we decided to go home before 5PM.


Like
1.They are very quick in replying to all my emails and in less than five days, we’re all set for our trip.
2.I like the service because they ushered us from parking to cottage and cottage to parking.
3.Good facilities and amenities.
4.Clean restroom and bathroom for day tripper.


We had a great time at Stilts and we even want to go back to experience the room. So if you are looking for a resort in Batangas, I recommend that you try Stilts Calatagan.


Note: You have to pay the number of persons that you reserved, whether present or not. In our case, one of my friends did not join our outing because her son got sick so we have no choice but to pay for her reservation.

If you will have a day trip, I recommend Discovery Pavillion Cottage because it is near the restaurant, pool, beach and bathroom.

Stilts Calatagan Resort
(+632) 511-8120 
Brgy. Sta. Ana, Calatagan
http://www.stiltscalataganbeachresort.net/

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