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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Chose El Masfino Hotel & Resort in San Rafael Bulacan

Just an hour and half further north from Metro Manila is El Masfino Hotel & Resort.  It is located in Coral na Bato, San Rafael, Bulacan inside Royal Northwoods Golf and Residential Estates and El Masfino Country Club.   It used to be a private luxury hotel and resort but now it is open to public.

Let me give you my top 10 reasons why you should chose to go to El Masfino Hotel & Resort among all other options.


1. Reasonable Day Tour Rates
El Masino's day tour packages is as low as 200 php per person.

2. Friendly Staff
el masfino hotel and resort
The staffs are friendly and happy to serve.

3. Spacious and Beautiful Interiors
el masfino hotel and resort
Aside from being spacious, the interiors are sophisticated.  This is from the lounge area.

4. Refreshing Lush Greens
el masfino hotel and resort
Free yourself from the city smog and enjoy the beautiful landscapes as your breath fresh air at El Masfino.

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See how well maintained the it is.  There are so many places where you can take your time to relax and meditate.

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You can sit and read a book by this man-made pond.

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If you're into photography, there are lots of opportunities to practice.

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Among all the shots I took, this is my favorite.  What do you think?

 5. Luxurious Accommodation
el masfino hotel and resort
With only 20 rooms and with luxury room rates, El Masfino Hotel guarantees its guest with a comfortable privacy.

el masfino hotel and resort
During our stay, it was very quiet and peaceful.

Deluxe Room
el masfino hotel and resort
The room is very clean.

el masfino hotel and resort
The snack bar is complete with  kettle, utensils and fridge.

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Our terrace had a nice view of the lush greens surrounding the pool.

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The rest room is very spacious. 

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I like that the floors are anti-slip.

Suite Room
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6. Long Jogging Trail
el masfino hotel and resort
You can wake up early in the morning and jog at their long trail.  For sure you will enjoy the scene.

7. Free Cart Ride
el masfino hotel and resort
Although walking is healthy, you can also opt to ride by cart to different parts of the place.

7. You Can Sing Your Heart Out
el masfino hotel and resort
You can sing your heart out and have some fun with your companions at their Videoke Room.

8. Lots of Pool Actitivies
el masfino hotel and resort
For real swimmers, they have a lap pool.  For those who want to have some water fun, they have a wave pool, raging river and pool side basket.

el masfino hotel and resort
They have a kiddie pool area that is only 2 feet with splashing fountain.

el masfino hotel and resort
You can also rent native hunts (cabanas).  There re also shower areas.

9. Forest-Like Picnic Area
el masfino hotel and resort
After a swim, it is a perfect idea to grill some barbecue at their barbecue grill area and eat in this cool and shaded area.

10. Kiddie Playground
el masfino hotel and resort
Whether you are a kid or kid at heart, here's a kiddie playground for you.  Parents can leave their kids here as they prepare meals or take a stroll.

11. You Can Rent a Dune and Buggy Trail
el masfino hotel and resort
You can rent a bike or dune buggy as an excellent group outdoor activities.

12. Play Volleyball
el masfino hotel and resort
Test team coordination by having a friendly game of volleyball.  This is great for team building.

13. Conquer the Obstacle Course
el masfino hotel and resort
For corporate outings and other team building activities, they have an extensive obstalce course.

obstacle course
These look easy but its quite challenging.



obstacle course
THe courses will test your balance, stamina, intelligence, team work and more.

obstacle course
I bet it's a fulfilling feeling when you reach the finish point.

14. Play Golf
Royal Northwoods and El Masfino Country Club
If you know a member of the Royal Northwoods and El Masfino Country Club, you can play golf.

Royal Northwoods and El Masfino Country Club
Some members actually opt to stay at El Masfino for convenience too.

Royal Northwoods and El Masfino Country Club
They have an 18-hole golf course.

15. Sports and Souveneir Shops
empire sports
Thinking of last minute shopping, they have sport and souveneir shops within the compound.  Some of the items were on sale when I checked.

So there you have it, my top 15 reasons to stay at El Masfino Hotel and Resort.  

El Masfino Hotel & Resort
Hotel Address Coral na Bato, San Rafael, Bulacan, Philippines
Contact (632) 542-9537 | 542-9150 Reservation Required Yes
Payment Options   Cash Public Transport Bus, Tricycle
Room Types Room Amenities Price
Deluxe Room
• Good For 2 Persons
• 2 Queen-size bed
• Hot/cold water /shower
• 24 hrs. cable TV / In-house movie channels
• Air-conditioned
• Safety deposit box
• Free Wifi
• Mini ref.
• With free breakfast
5,124 php
General Amenities •Pool Parking Yes
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bataan's 75th Araw ng Kagitingan Grandest Pyrotechnics at Pilar Bataan (Photo Blog)

This year is a special year for Bataan.  Not only is it special because it it the 75th Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), it is also the first time ever that it will have the Grandest Pyrotechnics.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
How fortunate of Bataan to have Japanese Kenji Mori sponsor a 25-minute long with75,000-shot of Dragon Fireworks into the night sky.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
I was steaed on the VIP section by the stage with a huge LED screen that practically blocked most of the fireworks view.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
For those lucky enough to watch the fireworks display entirely, there was a combination of fountains on the ground and more fireworks flew in the sky.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
It was amazing!

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
This is actually my first time to watch a pyrotechnics. 

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
I was so amazed!!! I can't believe that I could watch something as extravagant for free.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
I took the chance to try for the Firework Photography.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
Though I have to admit that for such a long firework display, you can't really capture everything by photographs alone. 

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
Most of the spectators caught the show on video. 

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
But some who were eager to join the photography contest like me, opted to take fun shots.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
I didn't win like my companions.  But, it was still tons of fun.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
It was so beautiful that you won't realize that you've been staring up for almost 25-minutes already.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
Congratulations Bataan for a well-executed event.

bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
Although I think this can still be improved but for a first time and free event, not bad right?

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bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics


bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics


bataan 75th araw ng kagitingan grandest pyrotechnics
Can't wait for next year!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Top 10 Tips on How to Conquer Club Balai Isabel Aqua Park (with video walk through)

There are currently two floating playgrounds in the Philippines.  Club Balai Isabel Aqua Park claims to be the biggest one.  I've previously shared my Top 12 Things to Do in Club Balai Isabel.  I'm now adding this on top of my list!

aqua park club balai isabel
Now, there are 2 types of duration you can have to enjoy Aqua Park depends on the type you choose.  For most guests it's 1 hour and for check-in guest, you can avail of the 4 hour pass at 1,250 php/head.

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We availed of the 1 hour pass for 990 php.  The price comes with a swimming pool use pass too.

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Now since you only have an hour, you have to strategic if you want to conquer all the obstacles.  And, I'm sharing with you the Top 10 Tips on How to Conquer Club Balai Isabel Aqua Park based on our experience.

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1. Come on a Week Day
It's best to come on a weekday to avoid more guests.  Even if you're fit and sleek, the slower ones can cause bottlenecks on some obstacles.  I'm one of the slow ones so 1 hour was not enough to conquer even just half of the playground.



2. Plan Your Route
To maximize your time, plan your route ahead, you can go, left or right.  But, you'll eventually have to come back on some routes once you try the big slide.  So think ahead.

3. Wear Grip Socks or Aqua Shoes
We've seen the staffs purposely spraying water on the inflatables (perhaps to keep it cool).  The wet surface on the inflatables makes them quite slippery.  So be as smart as the lifeguards, wear grip socks and aqua shoes and I promise you, it will make a HUGE difference!

4. Know When to Walk Sideways
When it comes to curved surfaces, walk sideways.  If you feel tired and can't balance well, you can sit on your butt and try to move from there. 

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5. Bend Your Knees
Bend your knees for better balance.

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6. Avoid the Sun
As much as possible, avoid the scorching heat of the sun so you won't tired out faster.  It's best to go there early as they open by 8 am.  During weekdays, they also take a break at around lunch time for maintenance and so the staffs can take a bit of rest from the heat.

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7. Secure Your Camera
The lake is up to 60 feet deep.  If you don't want to lose your camera and gadgets, better secure it or make sure it floats.  Worrying about losing them will not make your experience fun.

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8. Use Your Survival Instinct
Just look at the water, the jungle of molds and sea ferns will definitely motivate you not to fall.

9. Crawl if you need to
This may look ridiculous but you may need to crawl if you need to.



10. Call the Lifeguards
You really need the lifeguards to lift you up once you fall on the water.  Don't bother wasting your time and energy to try to go up on your own.  It's best to save those for the obstacles.

Extra Tip
For your summer getaways, protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays with 3M™ Automative Tints.  Our visit to Club Balai Isabel Aqua Park as part of #BeatTheHeat: Automotive Tints Roadtrip Series by 3M made us realize how essential to a comfortable and safe rise tint were.  There are 3M™ Automotive Tints variants you can choose from: Crystalline (if you care about car aesthetics), Color Stable (if you value privacy), Black Chrome (if you want to be kept cool by its heat rejection feature), Scotchshield Security (if you need extra window protection and security).

Club Balai Isabel Aqua Park
Address Talisay-Tanuan Road (infront of Banga Elemetary School), Batangas City, Philippines
Budget Per Person 990 php-1,250 php Club Balai Isabel Aqua Park
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours Monday to Sunday:
(even holidays)
8 am- 4 pm
Reservation Required No
Contact  (632)  897-0229

Friday, May 26, 2017

Las Casas De Azucar: Top 12 Things to Do (Bagac Bataan) (Part 2)

There's so many things to do in Las Casas De Azucar.  If you ask me, I think a day is not enough. So its best to just pick the activities you want to do with consideration to your time and budget. So here's my top 12 things to do for you. 

1. Take a Heritage Tour
  • Unless you rent a ride, the Heritage Tour is generally a walking tour.  
    Pros   Cons
    • Opportunity to take good photographs (see posts on tips here)  
    • Time-worthy with an approximate duration of 1 hour and half  
    • Affordable packages in contrast to renting a Private Casa
    • Be prepared to sweat if your tour is around sun time
2. Ride the Balsa 
  • Ride the Balsa (500 php/person) along the Umagol River from 8 am to 4pm. 
Pros   Cons
  • The slow ride without covers means total exposure under the sun.  (Try to minimize that as much as you can!)

3. Take a Ride
  • Free Ride
    • You can choose to ride the Tramvia or  Jeepney for free.  Pick up is usually in front of Casa Unisan and drops off in Casa Binan (Italian Restaurant) and Estero de Binondo (Beach front).  These are available from 6 am to 10 pm.  
  • Rent Your Ride
    • You can also rent a Golf Cart from 6 am to 5 pm (650 php or 850 php with tour guide), Bicycle is from 6 am to 5 pm (150 php/hour), Kalesa from 6 am to 5 pm (75 php/person)
Pros   Cons
  • Spare yourself from the heat and energy wastage
  • You can't control the pick u time for free rides and you have to spend if you want to rent

4. Take a Swim
 The beach front is just infront of Estero de Binondo.

There are no gates so you can just enter at any point.  There is a lifeguard on duty from 6 am to 6 pm so that's also the allowed period.  They have a line to the boundary.  I've heard smoking is allowed there but glass containers are prohibited.
 
  • Just beside Casa Cagayan, they have this beautiful Batis inspired pool.  After the beach closes at 6pm, you can spend your time at the pool until 9 pm.  
Pros   Cons
  • Great  way to cool down after an exhausting stroll
  • Consumes your time to do other activities
5. Go on n Island Hopping Boat Ride
The beach area is also where you can get an Island Hopping from 6 am to 2 pm.

Pros   Cons
  • Great adventure
  • You won't maximize your time at Las Casas and you spent more

6. Enjoy the Water Activities
  • Water activities are available from 7 am to 2pm include: 
    • Banana Boat
    • Flying Fish,
    • Wakeboarding (w/ Guide)
    • Jetpack
    • UFO Couch
    • Band Wagon
Pros   Cons
  • Fun activities
  • Added costs 

7.  Take a stroll on the beautiful gardens


Pros   Cons
  • Great relaxation
  • Free to do


8. Stay for the night at one of the Private Casas
Each Casa is unique. 

The capacity varies.


A typical bed room includes a Flat LCD television with cable channels, air conditioning, WiFi access and a safe.

Some bathrooms comes with a bath tub.

While some only have a shower.

Only a few have a swimming pool.


But, most houses have their own living and dining room.

Check out how much detail they put in with each private casa.


If you want to splurge, you can get their suite private casa.

So you can have an elegant bed room.

or this grand bathroom.

Hermes Toiletries
It even comes with Hermes Toiletries.

Pros   Cons
  • Lots of time to enjoy Las Casas
  • Unique staycation experience
  • Expensive 

9.  Visit the periodic museum
  • They showcase a different theme on a monthly basis at the Casa Candaba
Pros   Cons
  • Educational 
  • Free


10. Take the Special Tour to Hotel De Oriente
This place offers a great refuge away from the heat of the sun.

You can take your time to admire the great designs.

Pros   Cons
  • Cool temperature 
  • Lots of interesting photography spots 


11. Hang Out at the Game Room
  • At the game room in Casa Lubao, billiards, table tennis, darts, sungka and other board games are available free of charge.
Pros   Cons
  • Free
  • Great group bonding activities 
  • Not as exciting as other activities 

12. Have a Massage at the Napiya Spa
  • The Napiya Spa is open from 10 am to 9 pm.
Pros   Cons
  • Relieving and relaxing
  • Convenient 
  • Pricey 
Bonus: Chill by the La Parilla
  • The La Parilla is open from 10 am to 6pm.  I highly recommend the Taro and Ube Ice Cream (35 php/scoop and 100 php/3 scoops)  For drinks, the Buko Juice (90 php) and Sago't Gulaman (90 php) is great too.
Pros   Cons
  • Fun and relaxing 
  • Drinks may seem overpriced 

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
Address Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan, 2107, Philippines
Budget Per Person for Heritage Tour 1,500-3,000 php Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours Monday to Sunday:
(even holidays)
8:30 am-4:30 pm
Reservation Required No (Encouraged)
Contact  (632) 332-5286 / 877-4501 / 332-5338 / 355-3032 | (63917) 872-9361