In Boracay, there is the upscale and then the midscale… and then the noscale. Just kidding. But there are accommodations in Boracay that can cost about Php 200 (Boracay Treehouse at Station 3.5), Php 600 (dorm at Frendz Resort in Station 2) or up to Php 4000++ for upscale resorts like Discovery Shores, Fridays, Tides and more. Then, there are those cute designed beach chalets, the ones made out of nipa huts, similar to Nigi Nigi and Frendz. Adorable, because you feel so cool with all those trees. And there are also those traditional, classy(?), elegant hotels that are simply made out of buildings, simple colored paint and expensive furniture. Sure, they have the best aircon, possibly good food and good services. But where can you go that can give you both the good amenities, good food and the good atmosphere? Mango Ray Resort.
Stress. It’s something almost every regular employee in the world feels every once in awhile. Heck, in fact, it’s something everyone feels possibly everyday! Or so that’s how I felt the day before I took the trip to Pico De Loro Beach and Country Club last August. Tired from the stress of writing more than 30 articles every week and backlogged from my last trip to Kota Kinabalu, I was more than just stressed. I had run out of brain juice and I no longer emanated any words for any more articles. This was why when Eric of Byahilo and Melo of Out of Town Blog and Anika Punzalan of Hamilo Coast invited me over with Darwin of Tracking Treasure to the luxurious resort for a weekend getaway, I was more than happy to oblige.
For many, El Nido is a haven that comes with a hefty price. When I first told my friends that I’m going to El Nido, the first thing they told me was: “Wow, ang yaman mo” (Wow, you’re so rich). I won’t lie to you and tell you that traveling to Palawan is cheap. It’s not. But the money you’re paying is definitely worth the experience you’re about to get. You see, Palawan is the island of beautiful beaches, clear waters, limestone rocks and karst mountains. Because of this, you are guaranteed a beautiful view right outside your hotel. And when your hotel is as charming as The Alternative Inn Bar and Restaurant, you know that the price you’re paying is worth the experience.
Due to my lack of research when we went to Kota Kinabalu, I didn’t have time to find a good hostel for us. It was a good thing that Yancy, Renz’s friend had already booked Borneo Backpackers Beach House Hostel, located near the beach for us. While the hostel wasn’t in the city center, it was a good alternative for us, especially because we were arriving pretty late at night. But the next day, we all decided to head to the city center where most of the action takes place. Despite the number of choices we had – heck we had a whole street of backpacker hostels! – we chose the one which was recommended to us by Josh Uy.
Thick, warm bathrobes. Huge, warm bed. Unlimited television. Unlimited bubble baths. Big, soft pillows that will bounce back when you lie on them. Great sleep. This is what I remember the most during my stay at the Albert Court Village Hotel. Charming, unique and set conveniently near Little India and Bugis Station, Albert Court Village Hotel strives to provide its customers with both modern day facilities and luxurious time away from the hustle and bustle of the city – even if it’s IN the heart of the city. Catered to both business and leisure travelers, Albert Court Village Hotel offers 210 rooms divided into two buildings. While one building caters to Club members which is exclusive for executive guests, the other consists of the main facilities of the hotel – its Deluxe rooms, the bar, front office and the Albert Café and Restaurant. The main building is also where the conference rooms are located, the Jacuzzi and the 24 hour gym.
Located along Binictican at Samahan Heights, Subic Homes specializes in vacation villas that are either for daily rent or for long term leases. Situated in a homey, village-like setting, these villas create a somewhat new kind of home away from home, with a neighborhood, and all the right leisure to accompany your vacation. Subic Homes offers villas with 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms and 4 bedrooms, depending on how large the group may be. With very affordable rates, this vacation villa may just be the right option for those who are looking for a weekend away from all the buzz and hassle at home. We arrived at Subic Homes at around 3pm, a few hours late from our original intended arrival. I checked the group in and retrieved the keys from the main office. The main office looked like a house itself, fronted by a garage, a garden/yard and surrounded by trees. In front of the main office was their very homey-style pool. What I noticed and loved about Subic Homes was the fact that there were so many trees around the area, creating good shades, a healthy breeze and the perfect place to rest on a hot day. Our vacation villa at 72-B was a 3 bedroom villa located just at the side of the main office. When we entered,