August 26, 2022

Birthday Getaway at The Henry Resort Taramindu Laiya

For the last two years, I’ve been celebrating my birthday at home because of the Community Quarantine so this year gusto kong magtravel para maiba naman. Two months ago, my husband suggested Boracay for my 40th birthday but I declined because I know that my birthday is a rainy season and I still don’t know my son’s class schedule yet so I don’t want to take risks. 

August came and I still don’t know how and where I am going to celebrate my birthday. My husband kept asking me so he can file his vacation leave. Weekday kasi birthday ko so ang hirap magdecide. So when I learned about my son’s class schedule, I told my husband, mag advance birthday celebration na lang ako. So he inquired and booked the resort, a few days before our trip. 

A downpayment of fifty percent is needed to reserve the room via bank transfer. It is no longer refundable if we canceled in less than 7 days so I’m praying for good weather and no more changes in my son’s online schedule. 

Birthday Getaway at The Henry Resort Taramindu Laiya 

Fast forward to our trip, we left after lunch since my son has morning online classes. Travel time from our place to The Henry Resort Taramindu Laiya is less than 3 hours. As usual, we stopped at Municipal Tourism Reception Area to present our vaccination cards and pay the Ecological Fee which was PHP20 per person. I’m thankful that no more Antigen Tests this time compared to our trip last January. 

How time flies because eleven years ago, we were supposed to stay in Taramindu Beach Garden but the resort was fully booked so we stayed at Blue Coral Resort. This resort underwent rebranding and facelift and it is now called The Henry Resort Taramindu Laiya. This is the 8th resort that we have tried in Laiya, Batangas, you can check this post for my list. 

The Henry Resort has 16 rooms with an airy tropical vibe; you can choose Studio Room - Double Bed or Studio Room - Queen Bed. There are also connecting rooms too if you need bigger rooms. Since we are 3 adults, we chose the double bed for PHP9300/day, the rate is only good for 2 persons so we paid an additional PHP1400/per day for my son. This includes breakfast. 

Upon arrival, we paid the remaining fifty percent balance and the staff gave us the keycard. So parang may hotel-feels ito kasi hindi susi ang gamit. And may alarm kapag hindi mo nasara ng maayos ang door. The room is spacious; the beds and pillows are comfortable just like a hotel. Unfortunately, there is no fridge and no TV inside the room. 

Room Amenities 

Fully air-conditioned room 
Complimentary in-room wifi access 
Minibar with locally sourced snacks 
Complimentary bottled water replenished daily 
All-natural bathroom amenities by Bath Origins 
Fresh coffee grounds from Henry & Sons 
Coffee& Tea making facility 
Hot & Cold Shower 
Luggage Rack 

Note: Wala signal ang Globe sa room namin. 

Resort Facilities 

Outdoor pool with sun loungers 
Beachfront access with cabanas 
Apartment 1B Cafe and Restaurant 
The Honest Henry by Boho Manila 
The Honest Henry Library 
Seaview Deck lounge

Since we arrived late and the weather is gloomy, we no longer have the energy to do any activities so we just went to Seaview Deck Lounge and Beachfront Cabanas; just to enjoy the seascape. Then we had early dinner at Apatment 1B, you can read my “Gourmet Comfort Food at Apartment 1B ” blog post for our food trip. 

We woke up early to witness the sunrise and we patiently waited for 7AM breakfast. We usually eat breakfast at 6AM so medyo mahabang paghihintay sa amin ang 7AM. Buti na lang on our second day, may taho na dumaan so hindi na kami hangry. 

Breakfast Inclusion is a choice of 

American: 2 eggs, home fries 
Bacon, Corned Beef or Ham 

Filipino: 2 eggs, garlic rice 
Homemade Tapa, Homemade Chorizo, or Daing na Bangus 

Coffee or Juice (pineapple, orange) 

During our stay, the resort are half occupied so medyo marami rin tao so we usually stay at the beach. Nasa swimming pool kasi yung mga guests na may kids na kasama. The only time that we went to the pool is nung nag island hopping yung ibang guests and yung iba na busy pa sa breakfast. But we did not stay long kasi mas mainit pa tubig sa beach kaysa sa pool. 

We also availed of the free use of kayak for 30 minutes, succeeding PHP150 per 30 minutes. (max of 2 pax). Well, okay lang naman ang 30minutes kasi few minutes pa lang masakit na arms ko kakasagwan.

I’m grateful because we had a good weather during our stay, may konting rainshowers lang pero hindi gaano pansin kasi nasa room na kami kapag umambon. Overall, we enjoyed our three days getaway at The Henry Resort. 

The Henry Resort Taramindu 
Laiya Laiya Aplaya, 
San Juan Batangas, Philippines

August 25, 2022

Gourmet Comfort Food at Apartment 1B

Apartment 1B is one of the pioneers when it comes to the comfort food concept in the Philippines. It started in the year 2006 in Salcedo Village, Makati City and you can also find this restaurant at The Henry Hotel in Pasay and The Henry Resort in Laiya, Batangas

I worked in Makati before but I haven’t heard of nor tried this restaurant so it took me more than a decade to finally taste their gourmet comfort food. It just so happened that we had my Birthday Getaway at The Henry Resort Taramindu Laiya. We were in the resort for three days so I’m sharing the food that we tried during our stay. 

Prior to our trip, I already knew what food to order because the resort sent a PDF menu but when we got there, they have two menus pala, yung Filipino Menu and the Apt 1B menu that you can find online. 

Dinner at Apt 1B 

For our first meal, we ordered Crispy Pork Kare Kare PHP580, Apartment 1B Pork Sisig PHP360 and Rice PHP50/cup

Crispy Pork Kare-Kare Bagnet 
Pork belly, peanut sauce, bagoong, and seasonal vegetables 

Apartment 1B Pork Sisig 
Citrus, soy, onions, and chilies 

I remembered that I also ordered Crispy Pork Kare-Kare on our first night at Acuaverde Resort several months ago. Hindi naman obvious na gusto ko ng Kare-Kare. Hehehe! The Pork Sisig is so spicy for our taste, pawis na pawis si hubby kasi siya ang kumain nito. I tried it pero hindi ko kaya. Nakalimutan ko ipatanggal yung chili kasi. Toink. 

Breakfast at Apt 1B 

Our room package includes breakfast, you can choose American or Filipino Breakfast. I chose American breakfast while my husband and son chose Filipino breakfast. My initial plan is to order American Breakfast on our first breakfast then Filipino on our second breakfast para lahat matry namin, pero mas gusto nila Filipino breakfast so ako lang nag-American. 

American Breakfast: 2 eggs, home fries, bacon, bread, and salad plus orange juice 

Filipino Breakfast: 2 eggs, garlic rice, homemade tapa, bread, and salad plus coffee 
2 eggs, garlic rice, and homemade chorizo plus, bread, and salad plus pineapple juice 

If you choose a room without breakfast, the breakfast meal rate ranges from PHP320 to PHP400 without drinks. So may konti ka lang na masesave kung room + breakfast na yung ibook mo. 

Lunch at Apt 1B 

For lunch, we ordered Apartment 1B Bulalo PHP950, Vegetable of the Day PHP240 and Rice PHP50/cup. I think this is the most expensive bulalo that I ordered, good for three naman yung serving, Sana pala hindi na kami nag-order ng vegetable, hehehe! For vegetable of the day, it is a choice of pinakbet or chopsuey and I chose the latter. 

Apartment 1B Bulalo 
Batangas beef shanks, special broth, and seasonal vegetables 

Dinner at Apt 1B 

Our last night in the resort so we splurged a little bit, doon na kami nag-order sa mas mahal na menu. We ordered Grilled Pork Chops PHP740, Buffalo Wings PHP520, Rice PHP50/per cup, Soda in Can PHP90 and White Toblerone Cheesecake PHP290

Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Apple Sauce 

Buffalo Wings with Crudite and Cheese Dressing 

White Toblerone Cheesecake 

Among the foods that we ordered, we liked the Buffalo Wings, nirequest namin na hindi spicy so parang soy chicken. We also enjoyed the White Toblerone Cheesecake, may toblerone talaga sa loob, bitin nga lang kami sa isang slice. Hehehe! No doubt that it is their signature dessert. 

Breakfast at Apt 1B 

Nainggit ako sa garlic rice ng mag-ama ko so for our second breakfast, I also chose Filipino breakfast, there are only 3 choices so we ordered all three; Homemade Tapa, Homemade Chorizo and Daing na Bangus.

Hindi ko lang natikman yung chorizo kasi 2 pieces lang yung serving and maliit pa. So far, happy naman kami sa brekfast meal, big serving so nakakabusog talaga. Natetempt nga ako na yung na rin for lunch and dinner namin since all-day breakfast naman so available kahit hindi breakfast time. Hehehe!

Watch the video here

Apartment 1B 
The Henry Resort Taramindu Laiya 
Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas, Philippine

August 23, 2022

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August 16, 2022

A Glimpse of Mahogany Luxury Villa of The Farm at San Benito

Let me continue my The Farm at San Benito series, this time let us have a glimpse of Mahogany Luxury Villa, this is the newest and the most expensive villa of The Farm at San Benito. This is where my husband’s staff stayed, mas sosyal yung room nila. Hehehe! 

Just like other suites and villas, the room package includes:

Refreshing welcome drink  
Daily vegan breakfast at Alive restaurant  
Complimentary WiFi access throughout the resort 
Participation in Daily Movement & Fitness Activities: yoga, meditation, core training, power walks, and more!  
Use of swimming pools, meditation pavilions, and Pure energy gym  

The Mahogany Luxury Villa is huge with a 600sqm area. The maximum occupancy is 4 adults and two children under 12 years old below. The 2-story bedroom has scenery of the jungle and a view of Mt. Malarayat. 

This villa has 2.5 bedrooms with its own bathroom, spacious living and dining area, kitchenette and bar area, terrace, swimming pool, walled-in garden, private treatment, and powder room.

Acqua Sanctuary 

Those who stayed in this villa went to Acqua Sanctuary too for their therapy. They experience Cold Bucket Shower and Hilot Pandanggo