Sleeping at Camp Netanya

Our room keeps up with the theme of white and blue, complete with basic hotel amenities like mini fridge, bathroom essentials, hot & cold water, hair dryer and fridge. The downside of this room was the aircon. It was too small that it couldn’t cool the whole room. Good thing service was great, they checked on the a/c twice and when it really couldn’t do its job, an electric fan was given to us.

Our room was located on the upper part of the resort, so guests have to go up and down a high flight of stairs before reaching the pool. The elevator’s not yet working. 🤐 For youngsters, it would be okay; but for oldies, this could be a problem!

I got our Deluxe Twin Room with a corporate discount so I paid about Php 6,000.00 instead of the usual Php 8,100.00.

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Camp Netanya – Little Santorini of Batangas

Camp Netanya was damaged in last year’s big earthquake that hit Batangas, but after a year or so, the beauty has been restored for us to enjoy.

This Greek inspired heaven on earth was really a sight to behold. White and Blue dominated the whole place to match the clear blue skies and cottony white clouds.

The best thing about our trip to Camp Netanya? Our very own photographer, Kuya is a lifeguard but he is so accommodating that he is willing to risk his life just to get you the best photos you could think of! Leave him a good tip even though he doesn’t ask!

Aside from having wonderful pictures and dipping in the pool, here were some of the things we did:

Camp Netanya Movie Night

Camp Netanya at night. Movie projected on the white wall. Swim and watch as you please.

Free Caricature

During our stay, they happen to have artists around to do guests’ caricature.

Island Hopping

Fun in one of the islands

Fish Feeding

Snorkeling

Camp Netanya doesn’t have a beach of its own. You need to rent a boat and go island hopping and go to one of the beaches there to set your feet on the sand. However, I will suggest to just stay at the resort and enjoy its amenities.

And just have fun doing photo shoots. 😂

See the many IG worthy nooks all over Camp Netanya 🔽🔽🔽

For our accommodations, check out Sleeping at Camp Netanya.

Camp Netanya is located at Barangay Ligaya, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas.

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Courtyard@453

Braved the rain to go to the newest place to hang out in San Juan.

Courtyard@453 is located at 453 P. Guevarra Street San Juan, hence the name with the 453.

And unlike other food parks in the metro, this courtyard has parking spaces and the actual dining area is air conditioned.

Inside, a bright and airy space will greet you. 5 restaurants that serve 5 different cuisines surround the place.

Right smack in the middle is the bar. They serve everything from juices to shakes to beers! They also have ice cream for dessert and coffee to cap off your meal.

Since our kids love Japanese, we went straight to the Japanese resto. Ebi 10 is famous for its tempuras and crazy rolls. They were just named by Spot.ph as having the best ebi tempura in Metro Manila.

My minnies got hold of the menu and ordered their own ebi tempura. For the adults, we tried the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki.

We ordered Gyoza as we usually do when going Japanese. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

For sure, kids loved the tempura. Gone in 50 seconds!🍤🍤🍤🍤

As for me, I love the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki that we ordered, very very tasty and really crunchy!

Moving on to the next resto, Tra Vinh Express is the newest baby of Tra Vinh Philippines, an Australian born Vietnamese restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine that has already carved its way into the hearts of Manila’s foodies.

Not Vietnamese without the Dry Noodles and the Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls.

The dry noodles is good.

The fresh shrimp spring rolls could do better with a tastier peanut sauce.

Since it was a rainy and gloomy day, we decided to have some hot noodles. We ordered from The Silver Dragon which serves Chinese Cuisine.

The kids love the Wonton Dumplings that comes with the Noodle soup.

Kids also loved the Xiao Long Bao.

Hope they improve the Fresh Lumpia though.

There’s 2 more restaurants to try but we were so full already!

Pops ‘n Pebs serve Filipino dishes.

LIF, on the other hand, serves American Cuisine. If you are up for some burgers and fries, or maybe pasta and pizza, you should try this one out.

This slider looks good and this might be my order on my next visit!

To add, their restroom’s very very clean and smells good too!

They also have another washing area outside.

So there! Stop reading and see for yourself! DEFINITELY a must visit!

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Taiwandering – Pre-flight!

A spur of the moment trip for me and my hubby – couple time!😍😍😍

We only have the weekend so first thing on my list is to get the best available flight, earliest flight in and latest flight out. Searching through the many flights available, I learned that Cebu Pacific only has morning flights on Sundays, same goes with Air Asia and Philippine Airlines, only Eva Airways has evening flights. This made me decide to get one way tickets to be able to maximize the 3 days of Taiwandering.

FLIGHT ✈✈✈

Booked a red eye flight through Cebu Pacific, 10:55pm flight on a Thursday, arrival will be 1:20am the following day. This way, we will have the whole Friday to roam around and also the whole of Saturday. As for Sunday, I booked the latest flight out through Eva Airways at 8:30pm so we still have at least a few more hours to wander.

The Cebu Pacific one way flight from Manila to Taipei cost us Php 5,398.20 for 2 persons. This includes a 15 kg baggage allowance for each passenger. I booked this through Traveloka which gave me a Php 600.00 savings. If you book this through the Cebu Pacific website, it will cost more.

Our flight going home, Taipei to Manila, is booked through Hutchgo.com. Eva Airways is the only carrier that is offering an 8:30pm flight, cost me $191.07 (converted at 53.50) or about Php 10,168.75 for 2 persons. This includes a 30 kg baggage allowance for each passenger.

If you add our plane tickets, it sets back each passenger around Php 7,783.48. And since we still have to pay the travel tax of Php 1,620.00. Total ticket per passenger is Php 9,403.48.

I think we still got a good deal considering we have 60 kgs of baggage allowance (more shopping space for us) on our flight home and more or less half a day to enjoy Taiwan before heading back.

VISA

There is still no need to apply for a Taiwan Visa. Filipino passport holders are free to travel to Taiwan and stay for a maximum of 14 days. You have until July 31, 2019 to enjoy this privilege!

Savings of about Php 2,644.00 for each passenger! Yes! Taiwan Visa is more expensive than Japan Visa!

HOTEL 🏢🏢🏢

I booked our hotel through Traveloka, but this time, I used my husband’s account. This is to be able to apply another discount.😀

Since we will be out most of the day, I just chose the simplest room available. The location also plays a big factor in our decision. This hotel is located in Ximending. One of the most popular street / night markets in Taiwan.

Tomorrow Hotel is a comfortable 3 star hotel located near a railway station. It comprises of the basics a tourist will be needing in a hotel.

I got this Standard Double Room for only Php 4,961.48! For a 3 days & 2 nights stay and with breakfast, this is surely a steal, even without windows! 😋

WIFI

In this day and age, people are connected in every possible way. For me and my husband, this is important so that we could get in touch with our family anytime of the day even if we are out in another country.

Good thing we found rental of portable wifi on Kkday. For only Php 138.00 a day, both of us can connect on this portable wifi rented out by Unite Traveler. We could have access to unlimited 4G connection throughout our stay.

Best part is, the booth is 24 hours. Even if we arrive in the wee hours, we could still get our device and start connecting. It is also convenient to return the device, just go to their booth near departure and drop it off.

So far, so good. Ready to conquer and wander Taiwan!

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Experiencing Canada Day

What a timing! Last July 1, 2018, we were able to experience Canada Day. One of the celebrations were at Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver. So many people in Canada shirts, hats, flags, headbands and what nots joined in the celebration.

There’s a lot going on and everyone was feeling happy and proud that day.

What is Canada Day though? According to Wikipedia, it is the National Day of Canada. This is the day Canadians celebrate the day of their full independence. It is the birthday of Canada. It is celebrated annually on July 1st.

Celebrations were all over the country! Parades, live bands, fireworks and other activities mark Canada Day!

Here are some of our pictures during the festivities at Canada Place.

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Beauty Brick Hair Art Studio 2018

Going on a long trip and I wouldn’t want anything else than a beautiful no fuss look everyday!

So here I went yet again to Beauty Brick and looked for the master, Mr Shin!

I was more than excited as I reached Dona Consolacion Building along Jupiter Street in Makati!

The salon was buzzing when I entered but that didn’t stop the stylists to greet me, such a welcoming feeling.

I was seated and I have noticed that they changed the interiors a bit. Missing the red wall before. But I like the all white walls as well.

I waited for an hour before I was called to have my hair shampooed. But I was prepared since I know this is gonna be a whole day affair. Oh by the way, my time in was 1230nn and I finished about 630pm. Yep, 6 hours. Thanks to Netflix, I got through the day without getting bored! I was a very patient client. 😉

So after getting shampooed, Mr Shin checked if my hair was in great condition. As you know, he doesn’t do damaged hair. Anyway, then he cut my hair to style it and prep it for the curls.

He chose medium and small curls for my hair to have that natural waves we are aiming for.

Afterwards, they put Collagen on my hair to protect it from the harmful medicine of perming. The small bottle was for moisturizing.

After some time, with leaving the medicines on and washing, finally ready to get those rollers on!

I am officially wired.

First sign of curls. So happy.

How it looked when it was already dried and styled. Mr Shin used a little wax to get that volume.

Of course, wouldn’t leave the salon without having a selfie with Mr Shin. 😘 Till next time!

And this is how I look now. Didn’t put anything. Comb then twirled then left to dry on its own. Just how I like it.

Digiperm starts at 3500 depending on length of hair. Mine was 3800 but I had a 10% discount because I had my hair done before already. So I got my look for only Php3420. So worth it! 😍😍😍

And here’s what you’ve been waiting for, Mr Shin’s number 📱📱📱 09175200044. Call for your appointment now!

To read about my last visit, click 👱👱👱!

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Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Tayo na sa Antipolo!

(Let’s go to Antipolo!)

Decided to spend Mother’s Day (late) lunch here at Yellow Bird Cafe in Antipolo!

Life is Beautiful. 😍

I love the exterior and interior of the whole place. It’s full of greens, very easy on the eyes. The sunlight peeking through the blinds, makes the place truly homey and really comfy.

With the food, there are hits but there are some misses too! But, there is always room for improvement.

Pumpkin Soup

Real pumpkin used, not just some powdered mix.

Fried Lumpiang Ubod

Crunchy!

Gising Gising

Surprised to see this Gising Gising dish when it landed on the table. But definitely a good choice, the coconut flavor is really there and the veg is still crunchy despite being submerged in an oil based sauce.

Baby Back Ribs

Love the marinade and the all over taste, but lacks the tenderness and melts in your mouth feeling of the meat. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, maybe it’s just because of the occasion, overwhelming guests during lunch time.

Katsudon

This is the one dish that we could have made without.

Grilled Pork Belly

Just like the ribs, I love the taste, but it could use some more time in the boiling department to give it a little bit more of tenderness.

Sesame Crusted Salmon Fillet

I love this, I just have to remove the Sriracha Sauce before taking a bite! Too hot for me! The salmon was cut into bite size pieces, then grilled to perfection with roasted sesame on top. The sauce complements everything, including the shrimps.

Garlic and Shrimp Pesto

It’s not your usual pesto pasta, it’s very creamy! I super love this dish and I am gonna order this again the next time we visit.

Overall, I am recommending Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen. The food is great. The ambiance is nice. Worth the trip of about an hour from where we came from. Everyone’s nice and very accommodating.

Oh, and their Chocolate Dome Cake is superb. So superb, there’s not much left when I decided to take a picture!

Also, they gave us complementary ice cream because it’s Mother’s Day! My children love it!

Life really is beautiful. 😍😍😍

Turn on waze and search for Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen.

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Lao Beijing Dumplings

Sharing another underrated restaurant that is needed to be known!

Along P Guevarra Street in San Juan, there’s a building which houses one of the best authentic Beijing dumplings in the metro – the Lao Beijing Dumplings!

Simple no nonsense interior

Beijing Fried Rice

– super tasty fried rice, a different take on your usual Yang Chow Fried Rice

Xiao Long Bao

– soup filled dumplings

Shrimp & Pork Dumpling

Kuchay Dumplings

Vegetarian Dumplings

The dumplings are filled with meat, shrimp or veggies. They are all very juicy and very tasty. A hint of vinegar and some chili garlic will complete the dumpling experience.

What I like about this place – the dumplings are relatively cheap, but absolutely authentic.

They also offer a lot of other dishes that you couldn’t find in regular Chinese restos. I would try those next time, if we will not order 4 kinds of dumplings again. 😂😂😂

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