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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Deluxe Getaway at Crown Regency Resort Boracay with Unlimited Use of Wave Surf Pool

Boracay is one of my dream vacation destination ever since I'm a student. So when Lyndon, me and Jun2x had a chance to book a flight to Boracay last year, we opted to choose to stay in a well under par and fabulous perks of Crown Regency Boracay Resort & Convention Center for an overnight retreat with unlimited use of wave surf pool for P3,999 instead of P7500.
Why choose Crown Regency Boracay Resort & Convention Center?

Its impressive 1,800sqm. wave swimming pool, kiddie pool and a country's first surfing pool were the consideration for choosing the hotel because we wanted to experience the thrill and wild of Water Adventures, Wave Rider, Tsunami Wave Pool and the Giant Slide and all the amenities and services of a world-class facility for our very discerning leisure travel this time.

The hotel is a 4 hectare property located at the Main Road of Station 2.

From Kalibo Airport, we travel via airconditioned van to Caticlan Jetty Terminal and took a boat transfer to Station 2 of Boracay Island 

Upon check-in at 2:00 p.m., we were ushered by a friendly and accommodating staff to our  Deluxe Room for 4 persons. The room is tastefully decorated air-conditioned room with veranda, fully equipped with amenities.


* Two (2) Full-sized Posture-pedic beds

* Air-conditioned Rooms with Kitchenette
* In-room internet access (charges may apply)
* 32-inch LCD Cable TV with Remote
* Full bath with hot & cold water
* Check-in Time: 02:00 P.M.
* Check-out Time: 12:00 P.M.

 The next day, after greeting the morning, we went to explore the hotel facilities and services including the pool


I don't encourage you to have a henna tattoo or dye your hair and make stains on the linens and towels because the hotel will charge.

We were ask to deposit 3 thousand but was returned upon check out when they checked the room and no stains found.

If we choose to spend one more time at Boracay, I would still want to enjoy my stay in this hotel. The fun is complete and I want to experience more the other facilities and amenities offered by Crown Regency Resort & Convention Center

 ***this is not a paid post***

Maragusan Adventure Getaway at Haven's Peak Highland Resort

Explore Maragusan

Maragusan is the summer capital of Mindanao and valley of springs and waterfalls. It's cool climate is like Baguio so enchanting and invigorating. Its beauty is fit for adventure enthusiast like mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, swimming and other outdoor sports. It calls on the traveler's instincts to once again, be one with nature. Its more than 30 waterfalls, over 300 cold springs, 2 hot springs and home to the world's biggest bloom of flower known as Rafflesia Magnifica awaits the visitors to be in awe. This place has immense priceless treasures waiting to be shared.

The Town

Maragusan (formerly San Mariano) is a 1st class and most progressive municipality in the province of Compostela Valley, in Region XI Davao Region which is a part of the Mindanao group of islands. 

Arrival, information and transport

Transit to Compostela Valley from flights arriving in Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao) can then be made by land aboard buses at Ecoland Terminal and/ or air conditioned vans (Php220.00) are also available at Gaisano Mall Van Terminal that travel in transit to Maragusan (almost 4 hours travel time) . For van, the first hour departure is 8am and last hour departure is 3pm from Davao.

Local transport comprises the usual: tricycle, jeepney, non-air bus and air conditioned vans.

An easiest way to see Maragusan by van is to take a package tour through the Haven's Peak Highland Resort, tour packages cost include round-trip transfers, guide and lunch.

Tours at Maragusan Tourist Destination.

*Falls Hopping / Trekking
Marangig Falls, Brgy. Albay
Tagbibinta Falls, Brgy. Coronobe
-700feet high and a series of 7 falls
*Mountain Climbing (3 days- 2 nights) at Mt. Candalaga, 7,880ft. above sea level.
* Swimming at Cold and Hot Springs
* Cultural Enrichments at Mansaka Village
*Rafflesia Watching - the Biggest Bloom in the World
*DOLE Stanfilco Banana Plantation
*PYAGSAWITAN Festival every 3rd week of November


Maragusan's stairways to heaven, the Haven's Peak Highland Resort is located at the top of Tarago Hills is one of the great icons of the Maragusan. The resort was built with the traveler's trip objectives in mind from leisure to adventure. Its goal is to make that trip hassle free and take off all the pressures as part of the resort's services, the little stuff that matters in a big way.

Eating, drinking and night life

In the resort, you can either karaoke the night away "Sing to the Max" or enjoy a chat under the stars, while dining on appetizing foods. Live band performers on schedule during Saturdays and Acoustic Night every Sunday at Lantaw Grill.

Amenities / Services 

Lantaw Barbeque & Seafood Grill House
Terraza Adela
Bar & Coffee Shop
Camping Grounds
Conference Hall
Function Hall
Billiard & Dart Hall
Parking Area
Swimming Pool (Php 80/pax)

Tribal Huts (for overnight stay of medium capacity)

Mansaka House(2 persons cap)
Bagobo House (3 persons cap with view deck)
Ifugao House (3 persons cap)
T'Boli House (maximum of 5 persons cap)

Php1,400.00 overnight in all tribal huts

with free use of pool and complimentary breakfast for two.

Twin Villa (Dormitory Type)

8 persons per room
32 persons maximum capacity per villa
Php 350 per person
*Extra person/bedding Php150.00
*Special rates available for group reservation

Resort Tour


Bagobo House (3 persons cap with view deck)

Ifugao House (3 persons cap)

Kiddie Pool and Adult Swimming Pools at day

Adult Pool at night

Maragusan abound with a selection of things to do, places to visit and sights to behold. Packaged tours cram activities into a tight schedule limiting one to appreciate the beauty of Maragusan. No rush, no crowds, no worries. Tour at your own pace at your own time. Choose your destination, take all the photos you can. Enjoy all you want. After all you deserve a getaway holiday.

Tagbibinta Falls

Marangig Falls

On the roll of fun in Maragusan together with fellow adventurer were Glen Santillan, Timothy Walker, Joann Fuertas , and Sarah Gavile.

This trip is sponsored by The Haven's Peak Resort.

The Haven's Peak Highland Resort

Tarago Hills, Maragusan Compostela Valley Province 
Landline: (082) 295 9251 
Mobile: (0915) 464 3088
Email: info@thehavenspeak.com
Website: www.thehavenspeak.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Havens-Peak-Highland-Resort/85897651909

Booking Office: 

204 2nd floor Doña Segunda Bldg. 
Ponciano Street Davao City, Philippines 8000

Credit to the Haven Peak Pictures.

Hotel Centro, Puerto Princesa's top-notch Hotel

Our stay in Puerto Princesa was made more memorable by Hotel Centro, a classy and high-end accommodation in the city. 

Our van arrived at Puerto Princesa from El Nido at around 12midnight. The hotel staff was warm to welcome us & quick in giving us our room and bring our bags to our room.

Why Stay at Hotel Centro?

Located at the heart of Puerto Princesa- Hotel Centro, a top-notch Hotel is perfect for travellers, businessmen, local and visitors of Puerto Princesa. Its location is just perfect - from the name itself - Centro - where all the business districts are located. You can just take a walk or ride a tricycle to Robinsons Mall Palawan ( which is just a 5-minute walk).

In terms of service, their customers are truly well taken cared off. We also received Welcome drinks and the hotel staff made us feel comfortable, and I was just not their guest but a new found friend. 

We really appreciate our room which is a deluxe triple sharing. The queen-size bed had more than enough space for two persons and was really needed for our deserving goodnight's rest and comfortable sleep. Even the single bed had more than enough space also for another person. 

Hotel Centro Deluxe Room Amenities

Our room are equipped with all the things we needed for our stay: 

  • Cable television 
  • Air-Conditioning 
  • Telephone 
  • Mini-Bar 
  • Tea and Coffee 
  • Complimentary Water 
  • Hair Dryer 
  • Safety and Security deposit box 
  • Private T&B w/ hot & cold water. 
  • I so loved the Pure Herbs organic bath essentials

Breakfast at Expressions Cafe 

The accommodation includes free buffet breakfast. We had an early meal at Expressions Cafe since the van rode us to the Underground River at 7am. The breakfast buffet had an array of nostalgic dishes and does put a sweet start to our day of adventure. Not to mention, Expressions Cafe also looked impressive. It has a special view of its swimming pool garden.

Overall, it was a pleasant stay at Hotel Centro. We had a very short stay at Hotel Centro but definitely we are planning to go back to Puerto Princesa since we missed the City Tour. 

Here's a Quick Tour of the Hotel.

Hotel Centro rates

Grab their current After Summer Special rates like the Php1,488 per person per night on twin sharing inclusive of roundtrip airport transfers plus 2 kids, 11 years and below are free. Moreover, Hotel Centro's signature holiday package is also on a special rate of Php7,228 per person on twin sharing - the "UR Holidays All Inclusive" includes 3D/2N stay in a deluxe room, and all the 3 most popular tours in the city: the city tour, Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour and the Underground River Tour. Other offers they've got are "UR Holidays Underground River Tour and Beach Excursion 3D/2N with Underground River Tour and Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa Day Tour" for Php6,888; "UR Holiday Islands Excursion 3D/2N with Dos Palmas Island Resort Day Tour" for Php5,888 and "UR Holidays KamiaBay Excursion" for Php5,688 with Kamia Bay Mountain Resort Day Tour.

Win a 3 Days and 2 Night Stay

Visit and like Hotel Centro''s official Facebook Page--- > https://www.facebook.com/HotelCentro and get a chance to win a 3 days and 2 nights stay with buffet breakfast for 2. Enter through their Giveaway Tab and gather point entries by sharing via twitter and for every 1000 likes, they will be giving away prizes. 

Hotel Centro is located at San Pedro National Highway, Puerto Princesa City. For Manila Reservations 02-5565656/ Palawan Reservations 048-434-1110/0917-599-1912. Contact email customercare@hotelcentro.ph or visit their official website -->http://www.hotelcentro.ph. Phone in inquiries will get an instant underground river permit confirmation from July 1st to September 30, 2013.

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5 days / 4 nights Manila Trip [DAY 1]

For the foodies like us who love to travel and save, the best way to try the interesting foods in Metro Manila is to check first the current online deals and food reviews before you buy discount vouchers. Check out sites like MetroDeal, CashCashPinoy, Ensogo.
This story is not a paid post and purely straight from my opinion including my photos during the trip.

We received an invitation months ahead to attend the wedding of Edward Layson the cousin of Lyndon (husband) at Santuario de San Antonio Parish Church at Forbes Park, Makati City on Sept. 7, 2012. So we booked our flights and hotel accommodation earlier to avail promo seat sale at Cebu Pacific Air and Go Hotels lower hotel rates.

Our itinerary lasted 5 days starting September 5 to 9. 

Day 1 -For the Foodies [Septermber 5, 2012 Wednesday]

9:55AM - Lyndon and I decided to booked a flight that Sept.5 to do a leisurely trip and adventure at Metro Manila. We arrived an hour before our flight and proceed to check-in area of flight 5J960 from Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao) bound for Manila at 10:55 am. We paid a terminal fee of P200. If you have no check-in luggage, better do web check-in to avoid a long queue for check-in baggage.

12:50 PM- We arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) Terminal 3 and waited for our bag to be claimed at the baggage area. 

1:00 PM- Since already past 12:00 noon and hungry, we head on the way in the end of the hall at the right side of NAIA 3 straight to Burger King. Their BBQ Chicken is so enticing so we ordered 2 value meal BBQ Chick worth P288 with drinks and fries. The good thing about Burger King is you can ask for a free massage at the back. Although, service still needs improvement because staff aren't focused on taking orders and it takes time to arrive.

1:50 pm- Take a NAIA yellow metered taxi going to Go Hotels at Edsa.

2:15 pm- Check-in at Go Hotels (Robinsons Cybergate Plaza in Edsa) Note: Check-in time is 2pm.

3:00 pm -At Forum Robinsons Supermarket on the way to MRT Boni Avenue Station.

3:20 pm- At MRT Boni Avenue Station, never miss the Siomai House food cart, the best tasted siomai.

 Then fall in line at the MRT Boni Avenue ticketing area and pay for a stored card value ticket that will only cost P100 for a convenient travel using the multiple journey ticket.

3:40 pm - Arrived at MRT Ortigas Station and walk straight to 5th Floor, SM Megamall Bldg. B. to Taco Mismo that serve crisp and deliciously appetizing Mexican Flavors of Taco Bulilit and Taco Gusto. Tasty tacos made of maize tortilla shells deep fried to a crisp, seasoned ground beef, delectable creamy cheese sause and yummy yellow cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce and zesty salsa. We ordered 10 pcs of Taco Bulilit (P28) and 4 pieces of Taco Gusto (P55).  Total value is P500 but we paid using our Metrodeal voucher value of P300 only.

4:30 pm -Take the MRT Station going to MRT Taft Avenue station and ride a taxi bound for SM Mall of Asia.

4:41 pm - Arrive at Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta at the seaside bay of SM MOA. Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta offered Unlimited Chicken-All-You-Can. From Mondays to Sundays starting 4pm until 10PM only. 

FOOD: We enjoyed their heavenly delicious & mouthwatering chicken paired with Pepsi Max & 7Up beverage for our voucher to be valid worth P900.
SERVICE: Staff really needs customer service improvement especially if you're using vouchers.
PLACE: Needs a bit of an effort to tidy up the place. Best for swinging by after a shopping or a busy day at the office, this place is ideal for family bonding or hanging out with friends by the bay.Redeem the Unlimited Chicken-All-You-Can and ordered softdrinks for Metrodeal voucher worth P900 to be valid.

7:57 pm - Take out 3 cones of piping hot flavored nuts at The Nutty Bavarian ( Ground Floor, near SM Ice Skating Ring SM Mall of Asia Pasay City; Tel: 0932-846-3198/254-6944; Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, Mall Hours) Our favorite snack is nuts and so we need to try this deliciously healthy flavored  fresh roasted nuts w/out using any oil. To satisfy our cravings, we ordered a cone of these piping hot Cinnamon Glazed Almonds, Cinnamon Glazed Cashews and Cinnamon Glazed Peanuts for a total Ensogo voucher value of P400.

The Nutty Bavarian is successfully operating in 15 countries, parts of USA and more than 30 stores in JAPAN. Now, they bring it here in the PHILIPPINES.

9:21 pm - Take a taxi to proceed at Pioneer Centre, Pioneer Ave., Bo. Kapitolyo, Pasig City to redeem our 90 minutes Foot Pampering with Foot Spa, Scrub, Pedicure and Massage at Nail Files after a long and tiring day of strolling and eating. Totally 100% natural therapy with healing benefits for the long day walk and 1st day adventure in Manila. My feet feel softer and healthier than before. We enjoyed the calm, relaxing and accommodating staff of Nail Files. They even served us with a hot tea. Best suitable for men and women after a busy day at the office or after a whole day shopping.

11:30 pm - Take a walk heading to Robinsons Cybergate Plaza and dropped by Banchetto Forum, the first and the original overnight food fiesta that's open every Wednesday & Thursday Night from 8:30 pm- 6:00 am

12:00 Midnight - Arrive at Go Hotels and take a rest for the day.