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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Cintai Corito's Garden: 12 Things to Make Your Visit Wholesome

I used to go to a place just for the sake of having gone there but now I prefer to have a checklist to make every experience wholesome.  Before our family day trip to Cintai Corito's Garden, I have to admit... I also tried to check the place out.

cintai corito garden
Yet, there wasn't much details when I searched for it.

cintai coritos garden
We were all amazed at how majestic this Balinese-inspired place is.

balinese garden batangas
Good thing they have a map and signs so you can easily find your way around the place.

12 Things to Make Your Visit Wholesome
Allow me to suggest 12 things to make your visit wholesome that I discovered during our day trip.

1. Follow the Trails
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Although there's a map, it's also quite interesting to just take a stroll by following the trails...

bali in batangas
it takes your mind of troublesome things as you slow down and relax and allow yourself to be enchanted by the surroundings.  This is a great option when you've got a lot of time.  Then when you are tired and have yet to figure the route out, you can check the map as your last resort.

2. Hear the Origin Story
cintai corito garden balinese
One of the best part of our experience is encountering one of their staffs who volunteered to take us to see one of their two pavilions.

cintai corito events place
One our way there, he told us about the meaning of "Cintai" and the touching story behind Cintai Corito.  Although he told us that it can also be found in the website, hearing it from someone with a personal knowledge made it more sensational and memorable.

3. Take Shots As If You're in Bali
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The rates at Cintai Corito is justified because of its Balinese attractions.

cintai corito garden bali in manila
Not only are there a lot of them and in huge scale, there are also well-made in terms of colors and textures.

cintai corito garden bali in batangas
Bring a camera because you can take as much snapshots as you want.

cintai coritos instagrammable

cintai coritos prenuptial shoot

4. Calm Yourself with the Water Features
cintai coritos bridge
There's just something soothing and calming with water features.

cintai coritos fountain
Don't you agree that the sight and sound of flowing water is therapeutic?

cintai coritos pond
If you do, Cintai has a lot of these to appreciate.

cintai coritos garden bridge

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This is my favorite scenery.

5. See the Animals
cintai coritos monkey
There are both caged and free roaming animals at Cintai Corito.

deer
The animals are scattered all over the area.

cintai coritos garden zoo
It's actually a good idea so you get to be in tuned with nature in terms of animals, greens and water wherever you are.

cintai coritos garden birds

cintai coritos garden animals
`The free roaming animals are safe to approach and feed.

pony
According to the staff, this is one of their last ponies that survived.  It's both a good and saddening story.

6. Sit and Chat
cintai coritos garden
The most understated amenities is the bench.

cintai coritos garden
A great vacation isn't as fulfilling when you don't take time to just sit, relax and chat with whoever you are with.

7. Swim
cintai coritos garden swimming pool
There are four swimming pools to choose from.  This one is the most photogenic.  But, I'd suggest the bigger one near the changing and shower room for swimming.

8. Play Mini Golf
cintai coritos garden mini golf
I'm not a golfer or a mini golfer but if you are into this, they have it! =)

9. Eat
abadi restaurant
After the a long walk under the scorching heat of our equatorial sun, I bet you'd be hungry.

abadi restaurant buffet
Well, fret not because there's a buffet served at Abadi Restaurant on weekends for only 550 php.  The dishes from salad to soup is really good!

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They also serve afternoon snacks.

10. Pamper
cintai coritos spa
If you want to upgrade your stay, you can opt to have a full body massage for 1,000 php per hour.

11. Rent a Stay
cintai coritos garden hotel
Although we found it economical to avail of the day tour, you can also rent one of their four villa for an overnight stay.  Since it is located near Taal Lake, Marian Orchard and Bee Farms while offering a one of a kind ambience, it is a great accommodation option.

12. Watch a Movie
Cintai Corito also has a TV Room where you can watch or sing.  Its a perk for those who avail their accomodation.

So hope you have a wholesome experience at Cintai Corito just like we did!

Cinta Corito's Garden
Hotel Address Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Batangas, Philippines
Contact (63917) 833-1508
Website
Reservation Required Yes
Payment Options   Cash Public Transport None
Room Types Room Amenities Price
Terrace Villa
• Good For 2 Persons
• 1 Queen-size bed
• 60 sqm. 
• 1 terrace
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• Personal Bar Refrigerator
• Air-conditioned
• Welcome drinks
• Use of Facilities
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Use of TV Room
5,999 php net
Terrace Villa
• Good For 4 Persons
• 1 Queen-size bed
• 60 sqm. 
• 1 terrace
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• Personal Bar Refrigerator
• Air-conditioned
• Welcome drinks
• Use of Facilities
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Use of TV Room
11,500 php net
Garden Villa
• Good For 6 Persons
• 3 Queen-size bed
• 75 sqm. 
• 1 terrace
• Couch with table
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• Personal Bar Refrigerator
• Air-conditioned
• Welcome drinks
• Use of Facilities
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Use of TV Room
16,500 php net
Executive Villa
• Good For 6-8 Persons
• 3 Queen-size bed
• 90 sqm. 
• 1 terrace
• 1 jacuzzi
• 1 pocket garden
• Long table with benches
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• Personal Bar Refrigerator
• Air-conditioned
• Welcome drinks
• Use of Facilities
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Use of TV Room
27,500 php net
General Amenities •Pool Parking Yes
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Maui travel tips for first timers

Now that you have decided to go to Maui congratulate yourself for taking a great decision and planning a Hawaii vacation. Maui is known for its white sandy beaches, sporting activities, and festive and colorful luaus. Make your booking well ahead of time for this beautiful Hawaiian Island. Pick from one of those wonderful homes for rent in Maui to stay at and make your stay more worthwhile. If you are wondering where to go or how to start your travel plans for Maui, read on to learn more.

When to go?
As the holidaymaker, you need to decide when you plan to holiday in Maui and what time of year, month work best for you or your family. You need to look at your work schedule. I know this is the very dreadful and tiring part but once this part is settled, the rest will just follow through.  So pick a date that fits your need for time, budget and weather.  If you want to avoid the rush and take advantage of cheaper tickets, keep your plans open for March-May and September-November in Maui when it is the off-season. Winters are attractive to those who don’t mind the cold but summers are incredible here.  Perhaps, the youth can stand the cold but I definitely recommend summers for those who prefer a warm relaxing vacation.

What to bring?
If you pack light, vacationing in Maui will be just perfect. There is no need to carry heavy sweaters and pants as the climate on the island is warm. As there is loads of sightseeing to do, bring light cotton shirts, shorts, and comfortable clothing.  Keep your face shielded from the sun with a hat and a pair of sunglasses.  If you enjoy taking photos then bring your more colorful dresses and hip shades.  As there are beaches and waterfalls to be explored, do not forget to pack a couple of swimsuits. Cycling or biking tours will need comfy clothing.  Get ready get tanned and have some fun!

Where to stay?
Maui boasts of a varied range of unique towns with micro-climates.  Some of the best areas to stay on the island include South Maui, where you can be sure to have a sunny weather.  West Maui is popular because of loads of restaurants on the water and a great shopping experience. East Maui lures holidaymakers because of lush rainforests and empty beaches. Upcountry Maui is a preferred because of the great views. You can pick from lodges, resorts, and homes for rent in Maui and enjoy the most comfortable stay that is well within your budget.

Getting around the island
 Maui is easy to get around. However, if this is your first time, it is recommended that you get a guided tour. Those who are well familiar with the island, it makes sense to get a rented car. There are All Terrain Vehicles and even motorcycles available for hire. The first-timers can take advantage of the public transportation which is very affordable.

What to explore?
 Many tourists are seen relaxing and enjoying the beach in the form of their rented home or their hotel. Others are out all the time, exploring the areas and the islands. If you are looking forward to a relaxing holiday, you can enjoy restaurants, massage, shows, golfing and even beach portraits. If you are an explorer, you can enjoy hiking, snorkeling, whale watching, sailing, and lots more. Then there are scuba diving, zip lines, helicopter tours, hiking, sports fishing, kayaking and parasailing for the hardcore adventurers itching for excitement and adrenalin rush.

Must see for the first timers
If visiting Maui for the first time, there are some spots in the magical Valley Isle that are a must do and highly recommend. For example, the Road to Hana and Haleakalā are the most popular attractions, and the journey itself is a destination. Stop along the way and savor the sights of black and red sand beaches, scenic lookouts, waterfalls and curvy roads. Do not miss the highlights of the historic Lahaina sites and experience music concerts and other important events. Another must do is making the trip to Haleakalā, a towering mountain and National Park that is famous for spectacular sunrises. Sop in the town of Makawaoa to enjoy a juicy grass-fed steak and rub in the cowboy culture.

Where to shop?
If you are wondering where to shop in Maui, well the island will not disappoint you as it has some fantastic splendors to offer.  You are sure to enjoy the best souvenir shopping and will simply love the gifts you are taking back foryour friends and family! The most popular spots with the tourists are Paia town, Maui swap meet, Makawao, Nahiku marketplace and many more. You will discover special treasures from Lahaina to Hana. The Whalers Village shopping center, overlooking the emerald waters has a range of shopping gems.The shopping malls of Central Maui and Shops of Wailea offer upscale shopping experience.

Where to dine?
Maui is loaded with fabulous restaurants and some great food trucks. The island is truly blessed with a culinary scene unlike any in the world. You can easily enjoy medleys of sushi and fish or find Filipino flavors by the beach. Enjoy a wide range of affordable island favorites prepared by the island-based chefs. Maui’s best bakeries are sure to satisfy your sweet cravings. Go to some of the best restaurants in Maui for a savory dining experience. The food is prepared with fresh local ingredients and what’s been caught that day form the waters. There are so many excitting places to eat in Maui.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue: Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Our Stay

Hop Inn Hotel originated from Thailand and now has two branches here in the Philippines: Makati Avenue and Ermita Manila.

hop inn makati avenue
Ever since we heard about Hop Inn Hotel, we've always been wanting to try it.  Honestly, it has exceeded our expectations that we've loved our stay.

Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Our Stay at Hop Inn Makati Ave
10. Adequate Parking Spaces
  • Hop Inn Makati Avenue dedicates it front space for car park.  If you have a car and want to stay for a night to spare yourself from the city traffic, this is a great choice.
hop inn makati avenue
9. Easy to Find
  • Hop Inn Makati Avenue is easy to find.  It is not surrounded by any tall buildings.  And, it is found in the corner of Makati Avenue and J.P. Rizal.
hop inn makati avenue8. Free Fast and Reliable WiFi
  • Hop Inn Makati Avenue has free fast and reliable WiFi which covers every part of the hotel.
hop inn makati avenue
7. Strategic Location
  • Hop Inn Makati Avenue is found at the heart of Makati's Night Life.  Diners and pubs are accessible by walking.  There are many passerby all day and all night long so you can feel safe and secured going out and about.
hop inn makati avenue
6. Courteous Staff
  • The staffs are very courteous and accommodating to requests.  Although no phones are located at the rooms, you can find them at the hall near the elevators.  And sure enough, someone will go up and knock to address your needs.
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5. Adequate Elevators
  • There are adequate elevators so we did not experience any waiting time. 
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4. Bright, Clean and Spacious
  • Whether it's the hallway, rooms and even the bathrooms, everything is bright, clean and spacious. 
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3. Safe
  • All the rooms have a glow in the dark fire escape plan by the door.  (Yes! The glow in the dark idea is so cool.)  Each floor is equipped with fire extinguishers and fire exit.  The walls of the rooms are sturdy and cemented.  Each room is also equipped with safes.  And, the entire area is a non-smoking area.  There is a smoke-detector in every room to assure that.
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2. Comfortable Rooms
  • The beds, pillows and comforters are very soft.  There's a luggage port under the bed.  The air-conditioning is cool and very silent.  There is a desk area with a view of the urban structures.  There is a clothes rack with hangers to hang and dry your clothes.  There are many electrical sockets for charging your gadgets.  Their cable TV has a lot of channel options.  The rooms are divided by cemented walls and not just wooden planks.  There bathroom is equipped with a shower with heater.  There is even a hairdryer.
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1. Very Affordable
  • Considering the location, comfort, service and lots of inclusions like 2 bottle waters, fresh towels and soap/shampoo (but no toothbrush and toothpaste), the price is very affordable!  This is considered a budget hotel.  And, yes we dare say a very good one!
hop inn makati avenue

So there you have it, our top 10 reasons why we love our stay at Hop Inn Makati Avenue.  We are definitely considering staying here again.
 
Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue
Hotel Address 7806 Makati Ave, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact (632) 816-7866 Reservation Required No (Encouraged)
Payment Options   Cash Public Transport Jeep, Taxi
Room Types Room Amenities Price
Standard - Twin
• Good For 2 Persons
• 2 Single Bed
• 1 hair dryer
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• 24 hrs. cable TV / In-house movie channels
• Air-conditioned
• Safety deposit box
• Free Wifi
1,400 php
Standard - Double Room
• Good For 2 Persons
• 1 Queen-size bed
• 1 Single Bed
• 1 hair dryer
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• 24 hrs. cable TV / In-house movie channels
• Air-conditioned
• Safety deposit box
• Free Wifi
1,400 php
Standard - Sea View
• Good For 2 Persons
• 1 Queen-size bed
• 1 Single Bed
• 1 hair dryer
• Hot/cold water / bathtub / shower
• 24 hrs. cable TV / In-house movie channels
• Air-conditioned
• Safety deposit box
• Free Wifi
1,800 php
General Amenities

Parking Yes
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