November 28, 2022

Unplugging at Lilom Resort Anilao

It’s been a while since my last blog post, blame it on the approaching holiday season. I have a long list of things to do but I’m taking a break for now so I can share our beach trip at Lilom Resort. We recently went to Anilao. Batangas, pero bago ko iblog iyong third resort, I will share the second resort that we have tried in Anilao several months ago. 

I mentioned before that we were supposed to celebrate Father’s Day on the beach but it did not happen so my husband rescheduled our celebration for a later date. At that time, Lilom Resort is not accepting guests within 14 days of arrival from overseas so hindi rin pala kami pwede ng Father’s Day because my son and I just came back from Norway. 

Lilom Resort COVID Safe Requirements and LGU guidelines: 

A. If you are FULLY VACCINATED, please present your vaccination card upon entry. No need to submit a COVID test. 
B. If you are UNVACCINATED or have had only a SINGLE DOSE, we require a NEGATIVE NASAL SWAB Test Result within 48 hours of arrival date from accredited DOH testing centers. Please bring a printout of the test result to give to our staff upon arrival. Saliva tests are not accepted. The nasal swab RT PCR and the Rapid Antigen Tests are the only ones we can accept.  Kids 11 years old and under do not need to present a swab test. 
C. We can not yet accept pregnant women and people with comorbidities. 

Lilom Resort offers day trips, overnight, and exclusive block-off rates. The room rate is per person/per night and the rate includes meals and government taxes. 

Welcome Drink 
Lunch upon arrival 
Afternoon Snack 3PM 
Sunset Cocktails 5:30PM 
Dinner 7PM 
Breakfast 7AM 
Filtered drinking water 
Pressed coffee or tea

The rate varies too, depending on the room that you will choose. Lilom Resort has 7 rooms, Butanding, Paraw, Kubo, Tuko, Pawikan, Capiz and Satcho’s House. We are a group of 5 people and we chose Pawikan and Capiz room for PHP3,500/person. 

Reserving a room is easy because everything is done via email. To confirm the reservation, a 50% deposit is needed via bank transfer. The resort only accepts cash payments or online transfers. No free wifi and the data signal is not stable so it is better to bring cash or pay the full amount prior to the trip.

Staycation at Lilom Resort 

Our first staycation in Anilao, Batangas was in Vivere Azure so when we booked Lilom Resort we have no expectations at all because we knew that it was not a 5-star luxury resort. I suggested this resort to my husband because I have no idea na isasama niya in-laws ko. So when I learned that, I was searching for other resorts na hindi mahihirapan ang Senior Citizens but my husband already paid the downpayment na pala. #nagmamadali. 

So I warned him about the 300 meters walk from the public parking lot to the resort and 220 steps down to the resort. He immediately called my mother-in-law to ask “kung kakayanin ba niya?”. She said yes, so we proceeded with our trip. 

Check-in time is 12NN, we left the house past 8AM, fetched our in-laws and off we went to Lilom Resort. We arrived at the parking lot before 11AM and we waited for more than 30 minutes before the porter assisted us. Check-out time is 11AM so busy ang staff sa paghatid sa guests. 

I already conditioned my mind that going to the resort is not easy but during our trip, manageable naman. It took us more or less five minutes except for my in-laws, more than 10 minutes. Good thing that it was not high tide so hindi naman kami nabasa. If I have extra time, I will share a video so you can manage your expectation. 

Upon arrival, the staff served our welcome drinks and asked for our vaccination cards. We also registered to their Guest Logbook. As expected the resort is only small, it has 7 rooms, a dining area, sunset soak pools, and a healing garden. 

They allowed us to go to our room before 12NN. My family stayed at the Capiz Room, this room has no window so hindi pwede sa claustrophobic. We have 2 double beds, 1-day bed, a private bathroom with hot showers, aircon, hammocks, and a balcony. I was glad that the other room is not occupied so solo namin yung balcony. 

My in-laws stayed in Pawikan room, which has 2 double beds, a private bathroom, aircon, a hammock and a patio. 

After checking our room, the staff asked if we wanted to eat our lunch, of course, we said yes. The meals are no longer buffet style, it is now plated but you can ask for seconds. Based on our experience, generous ang servings nila so nahihirapan na nga kami ubusin e. For food, expect meat, seafood, a vegetable dish, and dessert. Oh my goodness, blogging about this trip makes me hungry, wala kami ginawa dito kundi kumain. 

Lunch: Grilled Tanigue, Roast Chicken, Kare-kareng Gulay, Rice and Mango 

Snacks: Turon with Hot Chocolate 

Cocktail: Mojito and Toast Bread 

Dinner: Grilled Pusit, Grilled Liempo, Chopsuey, Rice, and Sweet Banana 

Breakfast: Corned Beef, Omelet, Fried Rice, Pancake, Pandesal, Melon and Banana 

Things to Do at Lilom Resort? Unplug… there is no wifi, no television and data signal is not strong so the best thing to do is appreciate nature. If you want a massage, you can book in advance, PHP600 per hour. 

Since Anilao is known for a stony beach, diving and snorkeling, it is best to bring booties, aqua socks, snorkel, and floaters. We did not bring any, so I am thankful na meron naman mahihiraman sa Lilom. My husband and son borrowed a life vest and aqua shoes so they can enjoy the beach. 

Reminders from Lilom Resort: The area in front of Lilom is a marine protected area so there are a lot of corals and marine life to check out (perhaps you’ll be lucky to see the resident turtles). Please do not touch, remove, step on, or harass any of the living creatures (starfish, sea cucumbers, etc) including the hard corals that look like boulders. Most of these sea creatures and corals are sensitive and die when touched and we wouldn’t want that. Others are poisonous and can badly sting and ruin your holiday. 

Lilom Resort is not a luxury resort but we enjoyed our stay here, we liked the food and the service. Check-out time is 11AM but we left earlier because we knew that going up is challenging, On our way out, the staff informed us to wait because the manager asked permission pala sa katabing resort kung pwede dumaan yung Mother-in-law ko doon, Wow, we did not ask for it but the manager took an extra mile. We were so surprised and of course, thankful. So the staff ushered my mother-in-law and took an easier path while the rest of us, traveled to the usual route. 

Lilom Resort Anilao 
San Teodoro,Mabini/Anilao Mabini, Batangas

November 17, 2022

Beach Getaway at Acuaverde Beach Resort

I am enjoying my offline life now, my time revolves with crafting and traveling so blogging or updating my social media account took a back seat. We have so many happenings this year and sa daming ganap, I don’t know what and where to start my blog post. Hmmm! For now, let me reminisce about our first beach getaway this year. 

I have no idea that there will come a time when it would be hard for us to travel before kasi ang lagi lang reasons are either no budget or no time. But when COVID-19 happened, there are so many things to check and consider like restrictions and requirements before traveling. 

After being stuck at home due to community quarantine, we are missing the beach so much. Hence, every time there are changes with “Level Restrictions”, we would take a risk and book a resort. Unfortunately, our first beach trip was a failure so we settled to farm resorts, so last year we went to Gina’s Garden and Farm and The Farm at San Benito Resort.

We are happy with our farm staycations but we are itching to go to the beach so my husband looked for a resort so we can have a beach getaway before the holiday is over. He inquired to different resorts and fortunately, Acuaverde Resort has an available room. We had a Day Trip here before and we were satisfied with our stay so it became my husband’s go-to resort. But I am not a fan of this resort because I’m scared of dogs and this resort is “pet-friendly” so lagi ako kinakabahan tuwing lalabas ng room at baka may makasalubong na dogs. 

Anyway, our last beach trip was Palm Beach Resort so we were so excited because finally, after three years, we were able to go to the beach. Acuaverde Beach Resort is our first getaway in the year 2022.

We booked Casa Marina Queen for three days and 2 nights. During our trip, Antigen Test is still required so it is an additional cost to our budget pero pikit mata na lang kasi gusto namin makapagbeach ulit. PHP1,100 per person, okay na ito kaysa naman sa antigen test ng The Farm at San Benito. 

The room rate includes:
Room accommodation for 2 persons 
Welcome Drinks 
Set Breakfast 
Complimentary Bottled Water 
All Day Complimentary Coffee and Tea 
Use of Kayak and Paddle Board 

Extra Expenses: 
PHP1,600 - extra person per day 
PHP1,100 - antigen test per person 
PHP20 - Tourism Fee per person 

To confirm the booking, full payment is required, yung last trip namin, 50% downpayment lang then yung balance sa resort na namin binayaran. Also when we had our day trip, included na yung meals but this time, breakfast na lang yung included. I don’t know when they changed that. 

Beach Getaway at Acuaverde Resort

On the day of our trip, my son has still online classes so we waited for his morning classes to end before we went to the resort. When we arrived at the Tourism Center, we showed our reservation and ID’s then we went straight to Acuatico Beach Resort for our swab test. We waited for more or less 15 minutes to get our results, thank God we are all negative so we traveled to Acuaverde Beach Resort.

Upon arrival, we showed our swab test results, IDs, vaccine certs, and tourism slips. There were temperature check, an electronic Health Declaration Form, and baggage disinfection. While waiting, they served us the welcome drink which is Tamarind Juice. After several minutes, the staff ushered us to our room. 

The Casa Marina room is about 22 sqm including the veranda so it is small, medyo mahirap kumilos lalo na may extra bed kami. Despite that, the room has cable TV, telephone, mini ref, and electric kettle.

What we like in our room is the location because we have a private balcony where we can see the garden and the beach. During our stay, kami lang yung guests sa second floor so pwede kami tumambay sa labas na walang katabing guests. 

Acuaverde resort has two restaurants but only Al Fresco Bar was open during our staycation so we had our breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the cozy garden. I already blog about that so you can check my post below. 

We savored our three days beach getaway because we don’t know when we can travel again. So we eat, swim, sleep and repeat. 

“The sand may brush off, the salt may wash away but the memories will last forever” 

November 14, 2022

Breakfast at Taza Fresh Table

My mom is staying in our house for a few weeks and we just received my son’s report card, as a reward for a good performance, we went to Tagaytay for a celebration. My initial plan is Balay Dako but I changed my mind so I suggested to my husband Taza Fresh Table. We were supposed to eat here two years ago but the restaurant was closed because of the Taal Volcano eruption and then COVID-19 happened. 

I checked their Instagram account, Facebook page, and website and I was looking for their Breakfast Menu, because when I downloaded the menu on their website, there is no Breakfast Meal. I even sent a DM on their Instagram account but I did not receive a reply. I booked a table on their website but I did not get any confirmation. 

Despite having no reply or confirmation, we still went to Taal Vista Hotel to eat our breakfast. We arrived past 7AM so we waited for almost an hour because the restaurant is still closed. Natetempt na rin ako magbuffet breakfast na lang sa Veranda pero since ilang beses na rin namin natry ang buffet breakfast nila, naghintay kami sa Taza

From the time we entered and left, kami lang yung diners so the waiting time is not that long. The staff gave us the menu and while browsing the menu, I realized mahal din pala breakfast meal nila, price ranges from PHP350 to PHP950 + 10% Service Charge. 

As I’ve said before, I already checked their website, Instagram, and Facebook page so I already have an idea of what to order. I was surprised lang na mahal pala ang gusto ko na order, pero dahil nagcrave ako doon sa photo nila, inorder ko pa rin. I ordered Steak and Eggs PHP950 + SC, my husband chose Tapang Barako PHP900 + SC, while my mom and son chose Taza Burger PHP750 + SC. Yellow Mango Shake PHP250 + SC. 

Steak and Eggs PHP950 + SC 
Hanger steak with two eggs any style, French fries 

Taza Burger PHP750 + SC 
Ground beef patty, Tagaytay romaine lettuce, mozzarella, potato wedges, coleslaw. 

Tapang Barako PHP900 +SC 
Hanger steak marinated in coconut vinegar, coco amino, coconut sugar, garlic, soy sauce, bay leaf, and Barako coffee.

The meals were served in less than 30 minutes but I was shocked when I saw my steak and eggs, ang liit ng steak. Ang layo niya sa picture na nakita, ito yung tinatawag na Expectation vs Reality. Toink! I ordered steak in other restaurants like Melo’s and Hogs & Cattle Steakhouse, and Outback Steakhouse and so far ito yung pinakamaliit. Konti lang din yung tapa compared sa pictures ng ibang bloggers na nakita ko. I told my mom, nasa Pilipinas na siya pero yung order niya hindi nagbago. Halos same kasi sa order nila ng anak ko sa Roft Rotisseri “Lunch Burger”. 

Anyway, the service is good and we enjoyed our food naman but whenever we think of the price, nanghihinayang kami. Sana pala nagbuffet na lang kami kasi konting dagdag na lang. Waah! #chargetoexperience 

We did not stay long because I attended the Virtual Parents-Teachers Conference while my husband drove to Caleruega for our next agenda.

Taza Fresh Table at Taal Vista Hotel 
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway 
Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines 

Operating Hours: 
Friday 12:00 NN to 3:00PM, 6:00PM to 10:00PM 
Saturday 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM 
Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

Note: Sunday dinner is open during long weekends (Monday is a Holiday)

November 10, 2022

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