Summer Vacation at PICO DE LORO (Batangas 2014)


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PICO SANDS HOTEL
Pico De Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast,
Baranggay Papaya, Batangas,
Philippines
+632.464.7800, +632.464.7888
+63.917.809.1289

www.picosandshotel.com

April 4-6, 2014

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Booked a Superior Mountain View with Complimentary Breakfast Buffet for Two via agoda.com on February 16, 2014 a and paid P14,720 via creditcard for 3D/2N.

A 2-1/2 hour van ride (paid P3,500) from Ridgewood Residences in C5 Taguig, and use the CAVITEX Road.

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Arrived past 1PM, leaved our details at the reception, and took our lunch first at PICO Restaurant.

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Deposited P3,000 via creditcard. We were booked at ROOM 701 corner room with LAKE VIEW, an upgrade I guess instead of the mountain view.

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PICO SANDS HOTEL ROOM 701

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HAMILO COAST BEACH AREA

15-minute jetski P2,500

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POOL AREA

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FREE SHUTTLE

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COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST BUFFET

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PICO RESTAURANT

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hamilocoast.com/pico-de-loro-cove

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PICO SANDS HOTEL
Pico De Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast,
Baranggay Papaya, Batangas,
Philippines
+632.464.7800, +632.464.7888
+63.917.809.1289
www.picosandshotel.com

HOW TO GET THERE

picosandshotel.com/getting-there/car

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My 34th “FREE” Birthday Buffet at VIKING’S SM CITY MARIKINA (Marikina 2014)


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VIKINGS SM CITY MARIKINA
Second Floor, SM City Mall, Marcos Highway,
Calumpang, Marikina City
570-5888/3888/4888
0917-8766888
https://www.facebook.com/vikingssmmarikina

DECEMBER 8, 2014

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Confirmed bookings via text message 0917-8766888 [Vikings SM Marikina]. For reservations, text the details and indicate Name / Contact Number / Date of Reservation / Lunch or Dinner / Number of Pax / Occassion. Lunch starts at 11am – 2:30pm Reservations holding time on or before 11:30am to avoid cancelation.

We arrived exactly 11am and less line at the list with confirmed bookings. Reception will radio a staff that will assists you directly to the reserved table. In our case the manager assisted us.

Once seated they will confirm the occassion and will ask for ID with photo with birthdate to avail the FREE buffet (Free Birthday Buffet should be accomodated by ONE full paying adult).

Faves: Prawn Tempura🍤 (it has silky soft light breading you can really taste the the prawns, they’ve improved from our last visit on May 9th), Halabos na Hipon (I didnt enjoyed this one last visit but this time, it was so tasty and the light sauce brings out the freshness of the shrimps, ang lambot!), Oyster Rockefeller (lots of cheese and not burnt like the last visit 😜), Tomato with cheese and pesto (wanted a pasta with their pesto sauce💚), melts in your mouth Tuna Sushi🍣, Tuna Sashimi, Green Salad with Thousand Island dressing, Pomelo Salad, Thai Mango Salad, bbq Chicken teriyaki, Corn Soup (creamy corn), iced Wintermelon Tea 2x, iced Freshly Brewed Twinings 2x, Watermelon Shake, half glass of draft beer 🍺, Bubblegum Ice Cream🍧, Strawberry Cheesecake🍰, Chocolate cake, fruits🍈🍍🍉, etc!

We tried the samgyupsal where you can cook your own, but the cast iron cookware was a bit turn off, it was too burnt🍳. But we still use it, and I videod my lola while she cooks the bacon cuts. Memories!

Not digging the carving station that time.

I asked one of the staffs why there’s no hakaw, he told me they only offer it on dinner. Sayang! 😁 Nakakamiss ☺️

Hits: Almost everything! From the service to the food to the fast billing to the birthday jingle!

This tops my visit here in Vikings Marikina, they’re almost perfect on December 8, 2014! 🎂🎁🎉🎈

They got great Chefs and crews, accomodating staffs, service was flawless walang masungit! 😆, available promos for free buffet for birthday celebrants and 50% off for 75 y/o up! And they only bill 5% service charge!

Thank You Vikings! #eatlikeaviking

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Overnight at THE LAKE HOTEL TAGAYTAY (Cavite, Philippines 2014)


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THE LAKE HOTEL TAGAYTAY
Km.58, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Highway,
Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Cavite, 4120
Philippines
+632-584-4470, +63-917-593 9431, +632-725-7243
www.lakehoteltagaytay.com
April 6, 2014

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Booked via Agoda, Standard Twin Beds P4,640 [over-priced] (no window view-yikes!) on February 16, Check In April 6, 2014 (Overnight stay)

From Pico De Loro, 1 1/2hr van ride (P2,500 via Pico De Loro service), arrived past 2pm.

Needs to deposit 2,000 or 3,000, 15-min check-in time.

Free Wifi, Great View of Taal, Breakfast buffet included (good selections but wasn’t the best), 15-min walk from Starbucks, Leslie’s, other restaurants, 15-min jeepney ride to Sky Ranch, safe vicinity

Pricey hotel shuttle from Tagaytay to Manila P4,000 we just rode a bus in front for P79 each to Pasay. Convenient!

Best Feature: Location

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COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST BUFFET
Make sure to eat early

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Dinner at Leslie’s
Bulalo with a view of the Taal Lake, make sure to visit before dawn

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SKY RANCH
A Jeepney P8.00 away from the hotel

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THE LAKE HOTEL TAGAYTAY
Km.58, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Highway,
Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Cavite, 4120
Philippines
+632-584-4470, +63-917-593 9431, +632-725-7243
www.lakehoteltagaytay.com

Summer Staycation at AZUMI BOUTIQUE HOTEL (Muntinlupa 2014)


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AZUMI BOUTIQUE HOTEL
2205 Market Street, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila
(02) 869 9888
https://www.facebook.com/AzumiBoutiqueHotel
April 7-9, 2014

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Booked a 3D/2N Standard Room via agoda P6,000 on February 2014 and Check-in on April 7-9, 2014

Superb service, Fast check-in and check-out, P2,000 deposit, extra charge for friends who will stay for overnight, near ATC Mall, Restaurants – Mang inasal, Jollibee, etc., (you might want to try Ramen Yushoken at Molito Complex – (a 4.5 star reviews from looloo app), Puregold, and Videoke Bar (Music 21)

Clean Room and Comfy Bed, Infinity Lap Pool, Best View of the City, Complimentary Buffet Breakfast for 2 from Romulo Cafe, Free WIFI (limited to 2 device per access), see-through Shower ☺️, Ref, Microwave, LCD cable TV, Cabinets, veranda, Late Check-out is allowed with no extra cost, just advise the reception

Advise: If your flight is past mid-night, asked the reception in advanced to get you a taxi (with service charge), difficult to find taxi in wee hours (between 2am-4am) or you will be late on your flight 😊

Enjoyable stay!

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AZUMI BOUTIQUE HOTEL
2205 Market Street, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila
(02) 869 9888
https://www.facebook.com/AzumiBoutiqueHotel

Holiday Staycation at TUNE HOTEL – ORTIGAS (Shaw Blvd, Pasig City 2014)


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TUNE HOTEL – ORTIGAS
Lot 5, Block 4,
Shaw Boulevard,
Pasig City, Philippines
Tel:+63 2 656-0888

Room Types :
135 Double Rooms
43 Twin Rooms
2 Accessible Rooms

http://www.tunehotels.com/ph/en/our-hotels/ortigas/

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December 27, 2014 (Saturday)

8,500 points from my agoda account was about to expire this December 31, 2014, and hurriedly checked hotels online. I remember there’s a new hotel in Shaw Blvd as I checked its rate $26 (plus tax and service charge), and used my 12,500 points (equivalent to $25), only paid P320 via creditcard and booked an overnight for a Twin Room12/27-28/2014.

Room 611: Window View (One San Miguel Bldg side, You can see Shangrila Hotel (right side), Shaw Blvd (left side)

5-10min check-in (2pm) I arrived at 5 and check-out (11am) friends and I left at 11:30am, no need to deposit cash, knowledgeable front desk agents and good customer service, free and fast wifi, clean rooms, they’re not strict regarding visitors, no additional cost for extra visitors and can stay overnight for free, 2 double beds max occupancy 4, cable tv, aircon, h&c shower, cash volt, hair dryer, shampoo & 2 soaps, 2 towels, no bathtub, no luggage storage, no swimming pool

10-min walk to MRT Shaw, Shangrila Mall, Greenfield District, Capitol Commons

15-min walk to Kapitolyo restaurants, Megamall

Near One San Miguel Building (7-11, Family Mart, Ministop, Burger Machine)

Crave Burger Restaurant at the ground floor

SAFE vicinity👌

Parking space: 5 infront of the hotel AND from Tune Hotel turn right at One San Miguel Bldg, turn right at Richmonde Hotel, somewhere in Goldloop is the entrance of their 2-floor parking. Get a parking card, at the elevator press ground floor for them to activate your card. P50 overnight parking fee, we parked infront and paid nothing.

Reminder: bring slippers

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TUNE HOTEL – ORTIGAS
Lot 5, Block 4,
Shaw Boulevard,
Pasig City, Philippines
Tel:+63 2 656-0888

THE ZONE or ‘Z’ COMPOUND in Malingap Street and Maginhawa Street “failed” FOODTRIP


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THE ZONE or ‘Z’ COMPOUND in Malingap Street AND Maginhawa Street “failed” FOODTRIP
The Zone ‘Z’ Compound
33A Malingap Street,
Teacher’s Village, Quezon City

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October 30, 2014 Thursday

1) ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Why didn’t I called or checked your account first. 😆 #mymistake

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Arrived at the Z compound at around 6PM. Asked around where’s the resto, bam closed! I was flabbergasted. I was hard on myself for not thinking ahead of time. I was too excited to eat an affordable PHO 129, PAD THAI P109 & Fresh Spring Rolls 89! Now, we were left with out-of-our-budget meals and unhealthy choices.

5 stars for knowing that there’s a Viet-Thai resto that offers affordable cuisine. Please do not increase your price. xoxo 😁

TIA! 😊

Will try to visit again soon! 😋

2) HIJO D’ PITA ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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When we found out that the resto we’re supposed to dine in was closed. It’s hard to decide where to eat if you’re focused on that spefic resto only.

Cousin suggested to try here. I know she’s kinda dissapointed cuz I didn’t checked if the resto’s open. Cuz you want to save your bucks on a budget friendly food joint. (Sigh..) Mas napamahal pa tuloy ako that night.

Ordered the set meal: chicken pita (i think beef is better) + chuppa cabbra (#MUSTTRY!) + iced tea

We shared it cuz I have plans of ordering from different food joints in Z Compound, but, HALF of this meal was sooo bitin for me. Kc ang sarap! hahahaha

Set Meal is best for One Person only! hehehe

They have friendly crew and their store from outside was well-lit. Dame lang ngayon mga bata na umiikot sa Z compound lapet na kc xmas.

3) BOCHIC ZERO ⭐️

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BIG ZERO, 0 Star ⭐️ for service

waited more than 30mins for order to be served. (No line when I ordered). then you’ll find out that it was left on the side and they served it not warm.

(I followed up every 5 minutes thinking why it took so long) they kept saying they’re effin preparing it.

They ruined my meal!

4) HEALTH BREAK ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Refreshing Mango Chicken Salad P110 from Health Break. A “break” from all the oily & heavy food around the Z Compound. It took sometime to prepare the salad but once you start to eat this lovely salad for sure you can’t stop munching. I can order 2 of this!

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5) DORISSIMO PASTRIES (Maginhawa Street) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

122 Maginhawa St. Teachers Village East 1101 Quezon City
387-7343; 433-2463; (02) 624-0884; 0917-8484933

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I’m sorry DORISSIMO, my love for Brazo De Mercedes comes from the store-next-door #SANCHO Churreria.

It was actually my mistake when I entered the store. It was supposed to be in SANCHO but I entered the wrong door. (my 3rd kamalasan that night).

(Our failed Z compound made me hungry that night, focus almost zero! and my couzin decided we walk from the Z compound to The Icecreamist).

This store has 2 choices for Brazo De Mercedes The 1 I bought was the one with coconut sprinkles P250.00. The other one has muscovado glazing. I just wish they have another choice, the classic one. (No Sprinkles No Glazing).

When I got home, I hurriedly informed my family of my booboo! We still remember how good SANCHO’s Brazo cake. 😓

They all commented that they do not like the coconut sprinkles. Nagbago yung lasa ng cake and ingat sa mga oldies pwede silang mabilaukan.

But they have a lovely staff at the counter. Pambawi ko. ☺️

Coming from Philcoa, we ride a red tricycle going to Malingap street for P9/head. The ‘Z’ Compound is at the right side after you see DON DAY restaurant.

CREDITS TO IMAGE MAP OWNERS

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