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Monday, December 24, 2012

Chilline T House in Tagaytay City: Scenic Glass House with Beautiful Sunrise View

Last October during my sembreak, we Travel Tripsters together with some friends decided to have an overnight stay at Chilline T House in Tagaytay CityTagaytay City is just an hour and half travel from Manila so it's a great destination for a short vacation.   

chilline t house

Chilline T House is located in 138 Talisay Road, Tagaytay City, Cavite.  To get there from the South Luzon Express Way, take the Santa Rosa Exit. Turn right at the top of Tagaytay Ridge and head towards the rotunda and make a left on Talisay Road.  The entrance at Talisay Road has a lot of locals offering Taal Boat ride offers.  Chilline is only one kilometer away.  You can spot its bamboo gate door with its house number 132.

As soon as we parked in the car port which has a capacity of 3 cars, the household helpers assisted us in unloading our things.  We were told that the last guest has just left because we came in.  But, everything looked in order already so I guess they were quick to prepare. 

chilline t house


chilline tagaytay



As we entered, we were all awed by its nice interiors.  Its white-wall structure reminded me of Greek-Balearic influence similar to Thunderbird Resort Poro Point in La Union

chilline tagaytay

The stoned stairs and its wooden hand-rails is so beautiful.

chilline tagaytay

The living room is well lit with its circular glass on top that lets in natural light and large glass windows and doors.  There's also small television where we plugged our Xbox to play Dance Central as a group bonding activity.  

chilline tagaytay

The living room is a great chillin' place because it has a scenic view of the pool side as well as the taal lake.

chilline tagaytay



The dining hall has large stone table with well-cushioned chairs.  On its walls are abstract paintings which have the same theme with those hanged on the bed room walls.  By the side is a divider which has antique clay pots in display.  The divider can also be used as a buffet table.

chilline tagaytay


Right next to the dining area is the kitchen.  The kitchen is well-equipped, it has a microwave oven, drip-type coffee maker, oven, stove, water dispenser and a two-door refrigerator with freezer.  They also have complete utensils from knife to spatula and glass kitchen wares.  The household helpers assisted us in cooking and preparing our meals.  They also did the dish washing.

The WiFi modem is stationed at the top of the fridge so the kitchen has the stronger WiFi signal.

chilline tagaytay

The kitchen area, dining area and living room area all have meshed sliding doors leading to the pool area.

chilline tagaytay

I love the pool area the most because it offers a nice cool air and a calming scenic view.  We decided to heat the pool at night to avoid the sun rays.  The pool area is well lit even at night.  However, there are some frogs in the area so we had to call the household helpers to shoo them off.  The pool had some cracked tiles too.

chilline tagaytay sauna

From the pool area, there is a stone trail towards the traditional rock sauna room.  The sauna room has a shower area adjacent to it and a rest room just beside it.  The sauna room has seats on two sides which could house up to 6 people.  Before we had our night swim by the pool, we already informed the household helpers to prepare this for us.  So from our chilly night swim at the pool, we headed here for a great relaxation and chatting session while sweating ourselves out.  After our sauna, we showered off before we headed back to our rooms. 

chilline tagaytay master bedroom

This is the master bedroom which not only has a wide floor area but also a wonderful view of taal and the sunrise.  It has a king-sized bed, terrace, dresser, closet area, two sinks, a non-functioning bath tub, toilet area and a shower area. 

chilline tagaytay
From the living room there is a stone staircase leading to the second largest room in the house. 


chilline tagaytay master bedroom

The second masters bedroom is located just below the first one.  It has a table and chairs with a nice window view.  It also has a shower room.

chilline tagaytay bedroom

The third bedroom is just opposite the main master bedroom.  It has a king-sized bed, a terrace which only had a backyard view and a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.  Unlike the master bedrooms, it is equipped with air-conditioning.

chilline tagaytay bedroom
The last room is found behind the dining room divider and just beside the kitchen.  Thus, its the room with the best Wifi signal.  It has two twin beds, a clothing cabinet and a bath room equipped with shower, sink and toilet.  It also has air-conditioning and a window view of the cliff side. 

chilline tagaytay

Since the house is old, we were a bit disappointed that some parts of it were not maintained. For one, the bath tub in the master bedroom is not working.  We were told that it was broken due to guests with kids who jumped on it.  Some floor areas have cracks.  There were also hazardous materials left within public view.  The terraces on the masters bedroom and the room opposite it were full of dust and cob webs.  The second hot tub by beside the pool area is also non-functional.

Sunrise
chilline tagaytay sunrise

Despite the minor set backs of the house, all were forgotten as we watched the sunrise by the roof deck and the pool area. 

chilline tagaytay sunrise


The sunrise is just so beautiful.  As we asked the staff pool cleaner to take our photo, we were told that the Nescafe commercial was taken here too.

After we had our breakfast, the staffs were already busy preparing for their next guest.  They had set up tents by the pool for their wedding reception.

Overall, Chilline T House certainly has the most photogenic and scenic view perfect for events and commercial shooting.  The sunrise view it offers is simply mesmerizing. It's our Travel Tripsters dream to wake up to a beautiful sunrise like that every day. 

Chilline T House Chilline T House Map
Price Per Night Weekdays: 25,000 php
Weekends: 30,000 php
Whole Weekend (Friday to Sunday): 55,000 php
NOTE: Call for holiday, peak season rate and commercial shoot rates
Payment Options Cash
Check-in Time 2pm (negotiable)
Reservation Required Yes
Contact (0920) 892-1111 / (02) 217-4770
Other Email: info@chilline.com | Website
Address
138 Talisay Road, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Transportation to Attraction
Trike, Van for Hire
Commute Guide
Trike for Tagaytay Rotunda

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

La Union Surf Travel Guide: Riding the Waves

La Union is the surf capital of North Luzon.  Thus, there are a lot of resorts around the Bauang, San Juan and its capital San Fernando CityLa Union is very accessible to tourism since there is the San Fernando Airport and a lot of bus lines are available.  The dominant language is Ilokano.

La Union City Map

La Union Climate
The climate in La Union is a prolonged dry season with only little precipitation during November to May.

La Union Trip Budget
The Budget for a La Union Trip ranges from 1,500 php to 4,000 php.  Your La Union Trip Budget should include allocations for the following:

  • Souvenirs (Pasalubong)
    • Dried Fish
    • Basi
    • Sukang Iloko
      Accomodation (Where to Stay at La Union) - around 600-5,000 php per person
      • China Sea Resort  (Paringao, Bauang) - (072) - 705-0833
      • Coconut Grove Beach Resort (National Hi-way, Paringao, Bauang) - (072) - 6076604
      • Hotel Ariana (Paringao, Bauang) - (072) - 705-0050
      • Lola Nanny's Resort (Ubizondo, San Juan) - (0920) 4091030
      • Marand Resort and Spa (McArthur Hi-Way, Baccuit Sur, Bauang) 
      • San Juan Surf Shop (Ubiztondo, San Juan) - (072) - 720-0340
      • Thunderbird Corporation (Poro Point, San Fernando City) - (072) 888-7888
      Transportation (How to get to La Union)

      Public Transportation
      • Airplane
        • Seair
      • Bus
        • Partas
        • Dominion Bus Lines
        • Philippine Rabbit
        • FariƱas
        • Maria de Leon
        • Viron
      Private Transportation (via car from Manila)

      • Take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) up to Exit 85 to get to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).  Exit at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac and follow the National Highway through Pangasinan.

      La Union Itinerary

      There are two options in making your La Union Trip Itinerary:

      1. Avail a tour with a planned out itinerary from travel and tours companies
      2. Plan you itinerary by considering the following:
          a.  La Union Trip Samples Itineraries
          b.  La Union Trip Activities By Area

      Agoo, La Union
      Bacnotan, La Union
      • Arosip Eco-Trail
      • Baroro Bridge Marker 
      • Centennial Tree
      Luna, La Union
      • USAFIP, NL Military Shrine and Park
      Naguilan, La Union
      Pugo, La Union
      • Kultura Splash Wave  and Water Park
      • Marcos Park
      • Pugad: Pugo Adventure
      • Tapuacan River (cleanest river in the north)
      San Fernando City, La Union
      • Bascil Ridge Monument
      • Battle of San Fernando Marker
      • Cathedral of Saint William the Hermit
      • Children's Park 
      • Christ the Redeemer Statue
      • La Union Botanical & Zoological Garden
      • La Union Science Centrum & Museum
      • Ma-cho Temple
      • Moro Watch Tower
      • Pindangan Ruins
      • Thunderbirds Resort Poro Point
      • Wallace Air Station
      • Seven Hills:
        • Capitol Hill
        • Heroes Hill & Freedom Park Stairway
        • Pagoda Hill
        • Bethany Hill
        • Mirador Hill
        • Mariner's Hill
        • Miracle Hill
      San Juan, La Union

      •  San Juan Beach
        •  Surfing
          • Surfing Lessons Rate: 150 - 400 php per hour
        • Kayak
        • Beach Swimming
      • Swimming at Bakes Swimming Pool

      Thursday, December 13, 2012

      Mabuhay Restop Travel Cafe and Museum: Manila Vanilla Mabuhay Dinner Show

      Mabuhay Restop Travel Cafe and Museum in Rizal Park is a newly opened place that offers a unique tourism experience of the Philippines with the Filipino people.  Tourists will not only gain an unforgettable experience but they will also be an effective catalyst for nation building.

      mabuhay restop










      Mabuhay Restop has many tours and activities to offer:

      • Voluntourism Tours ("Kalinga Tours") 
        • Kalinga Tours are the pride offering of Mabuhay Restop.  The Kalinga Tours begins with a quick glimpse of the country's 7,107 islands at Luzviminda Boardwalk of Luneta Park.  It will be followed by a culinary feast.  Then, a visit to the Gawad Kalinga Village where you can enjoy the local activities and hospitality of your chosen destination.  They have Half-Day City Tours, Full-Day Farm Tours and 3, 5, 7-Day Provincial Tours with meals. 

      Sample Destinations and Itineraries:
      • Camsur Itinerary
        • 5-Day Tour: 
          • Naga City tour (Penafrancia Shrine and Museum, Ecclsiastical Center, Basilica)
          • CWC
          • Mayon Volcano
          • Cagsawa Ruins
          • Our Lady of the Gate and Lignon Hill
        • 7-Day Tour:
          • Naga City tour (Penafrancia Shrine and Museum, Ecclsiastical Center, Basilica)
          • CWC
          • Mayon Volcano
          • Cagsawa Ruins
          • Our Lady of the Gate and Lignon Hill
          • Whaleshark interaction (Donsol, Sorsogon)
          • Firefly cruise (Donsol, Sorsogon)
      • Palawan Itinerary
        • 5-Day Tour: 
          • Puerto Princesa Tour (Crocodile Farm, Baker's Hill, Mitra's Ranch, Iwahig Pnal Colony, Plaza Cuartel, Butterfly Garden, Palawan Museum, Baywalk, Immaculate Conception Cathedral)
          • Underground River
          • Honda Bay
        • 7-Day Tour:
          • Puerto Princesa Tour (Crocodile Farm, Baker's Hill, Mitra's Ranch, Iwahig Pnal Colony, Plaza Cuartel, Butterfly Garden, Palawan Museum, Baywalk, Immaculate Conception Cathedral)
          • Underground River
          • Honda Bay
          • El Nido Island Hopping 
          • San Vicente
      • Bacolod Itinerary
        • 5-Day Tour: 
          • Bacolod City Tour (City Plaza, Central Market, Capitol Lagoon, Negros Museum, ANP Showroom)
          • Silay City
          • The Ruins
          • Balay ni Tana Dicang
          • Silk Farm
          • Sugar Mill 
          • Organic Market
          • Mambukal Resort
        • 7-Day Tour:
          • Bacolod City Tour (City Plaza, Central Market, Capitol Lagoon, Negros Museum, ANP Showroom)
          • Silay City
          • The Ruins
          • Balay ni Tana Dicang
          • Silk Farm
          • Sugar Mill 
          • Organic Market
          • Mambukal Resort
          • Punta Bulata Beach
          • Danjugan Marine Island Sanctuary
      • Patriotic Educational Tour ("Bayan Tour")
        • The Patriotic Educational Tour is a 3-hour tour about the Philippines through a tour of the Rizal Park.  It is an interactive experience that includes singing, live theatre, art exhibit, museum tour, short film and a souveneir.  It also include a packed meal under the tree.  
      • Weekend Children's Theatre ("Mga Kwento ni Tita Beauty") (195 php++)
        • Mga Kwento ni Tita Beauty is a creative and theatrical storytelling show that features 10 original Pilipino and English stories imbibed with valuable moral lessons written by acclaimed director and writer Nestor U. Torre.  You can enjoy the show on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.  The show includes a special Pinoy merienda. 
      • Mabuhay Dinner Shows ("Manilla Vanilla") (695 php++)
        • Manila Vanilla is a pop-cultural comedy travel show enjoyed with a delectable Filipino buffet dinner.  It is created and directed by the famous Nestor U. Torre with music by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.  The show runs from December 8, 2012 on Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays.  On January, 2013, an alternate show by Ryan Cayabyab singers will be introduced.  
      Manila Vanilla Dinner Show
      manila vanilla
      I've loved musicals since I was a toddler so I just had to watch "Manila Vanilla" starring Celine Fabie, Andy Bias, Astarte Abraham and Edward Fernandez.  The comedy musical is about the preparations of a family about to open up their home as a bed and breakfast.  

      manila vanilla
      Musical scene about the killing of Magellan
      The show teaches the audience about the Filipino culture in a humorous and entertaining manner.  It makes the viewers understand by taking them back to past and showing them the every day scenarios of a Filipino life.  

      pandanggo sa ilaw
      Pandanggo sa Ilaw
      There are also snippets of Philippine Folk Dancing such as the Pandanggo sa Ilaw, Sayaw sa Bangko, Itik-itik and Tinikling.

      manila vanilla
      The Bird Song
      The crowd was filled with excitement and glee as the songs are sung with passion and enthusiasm.

      manila vanilla

      tinikling
      Tinikling
      The show was interactive as they let give the audience to learn and try the Tinikling.

      Buffet
      mabuhay restop buffet
      While watching the show, their is a extensive Filipino buffet dinner.  

      mabuhay restop buffet
      The course is complete even with dessert.  

      mabuhay restop buffet
      My Plate
      Every dish was delicious!  I also enjoyed their Gulaman and Sago with Ginger Drink.

      mabuhay restop buffet
      My Dessert Plate
      The dessert was even better. 

      halo halo
      Halo-Halo
      Overall, Travel Tripsters highly recommend Mabuhay Restop Travel Cafe and Museum's offerings.  The Filipino culture is more than meets the eye.  The best way to learn and understand about the Filipino culture is to immerse yourself and be part of their lives.  Another good reason to patronize Mabuhay Restop is that 30% off their profit goes to Gawad Kalinga so you know the price you pay is for a good cause.

      Mabuhay Restop Travel Cafe and Museum Mabuhay Restop Travel Cafe and Museum Map
      Price Per Person 200-5,000
      Payment Options Cash
      Business Hours 10 am - 9pm
      Reservation Required No but suggested
      Contact (02) 359-7927, (0917) 810-8194
      Email: info@mabuhayrestops.com
      Other Facebook Fan Page | Website
      Address
      South Drive, Area II, Rizal Park, Ermita Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines (T.M. Kalaw St. & Roxas Blvd.)
      Transportation to Attraction
      Taxi, Jeepney 
      Commute Guide
      Landmark: Back of Museo Pambata  near the corner of Roxas Boulevard and T.M Kalaw 





      Friday, November 23, 2012

      Top 10 Things to do Whilst in Japan

      Japan is a terrifically dynamic destination offering an array of awe-inspiring sights and activities for
      the visitor all of which make it a staggeringly unique destination. With so much to see and do it's
      hard to know where to start so here is a shortlist of ten of the best things to do whilst there.

      Cities

      Tokyo is an ultra-modern city but at its heart lies deep tradition and a cultural core. The best way to
      add a further dimension to any visit here is to head into the Old East Side, just a few steps away from
      the main tourist attractions. Here you will find historic theatres, bars serving the legendary local
      drink Denki Bran and a small amusement park filled with retro rides, the Hanayashiki Amusement
      Park.

      Kyoto was once Japan's capital city. Hosting no less than 17 world heritage sites it is one of the
      world's greatest cultural centres filled with temples and gardens which should not be missed.

      No visit to Japan is complete without remembering the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
      The Peace Memorial Park and Museum contain poignant reminders of the horrors of nuclear
      weapons and are also home to the Flame of Peace which will burn until the last nuclear weapon
      on earth has been destroyed. Nearby the Children's Peace Monument is decorated with origami
      cranes created by children across the country. The sombre thoughts invoked by these memorials do
      not make Hiroshima a depressing place though, as the city is a vibrant thriving place that has never
      forgotten its past but which has certainly moved on.

      Naoshima is home to three major art galleries and numerous smaller art venues and has gained the
      name 'Art Island' for good reason; the art is not only contained in galleries, there are outside art
      installations across the island too.

      Most of us are familiar with Japan's fine cuisine, but don't stick to the best restaurants embrace
      what the locals call B-grade gourmet offerings too, you won't be disappointed.

      Searching through So Switch for the ideal holiday to Japan you'll also want to consider what to see
      and do outside the major cities as Japan has way more to offer beyond their walls.

      Countryside

      There are a couple of great ways to spend a night in Japan from staying in the tranquil surrounds of a
      mountain top temple with the monks on Mount Koya to sleeping in a traditional ryokan or Japanese
      inn.

      Ryokan rooms are filled with the scent of tatami, they are understated, you will be attended to and
      served by local people who speak little English and the food will be made of local seasonal produce;
      everything enjoyed amidst calming silence.

      Onsen, or hot springs, are said to have great healing properties and the tradition of bathing naked in
      them dates back centuries. Dare to bare and enjoy this experience in one of the numerous springs
      around the country.

      For a more active trip there can be nothing like hiking in the Northern Alps. Kamikochi is the gateway
      town to this spectacular unspoiled scenery which should not be missed especially during the autumn
      when the vast forests of birch and Japanese larch take on the incredible colours of the season.

      Niseko offers skiing on some of the country's most enjoyable powder snow from three excellent
      resorts and there is something deeply moving about the beautiful snow covered peaks which lie
      around you.

      Saturday, October 27, 2012

      Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity and Plaza Dela Virgen

      Whenever I visit a new town, I also try to stop by Churches.  They say if its your first time to visit a church, you can make a wish.  But, that's not my reason.  I just want to appreciate the structure.  Upon reaching the Agoo,the oldest town in La Union, we instantly caught sight of the Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity.

      Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity
      The Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity is elevated as a basilica minore by Pope John Paul II in 1982.  It is the basilica minore in the north.  The Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity holds masses in Ilocano and English.  And, they have masses everyday from Monday to Sunday.  It also has novenas for the Mother of Perpetual Help and Our lady of Charity.

      Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity
      It's majestic and stable foundation is a masterpiece.  Unlike other churches, this has two bell towers instead of one.  

      Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity
      As we entered, we were awed by the beautiful chandelier, wooden planchment and colorful window panes. There were a lot of people praying so we tried to roam around as quietly as we could.  The whole church was in deafening silence that a slight sound will gain attention.  

      Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity
      The altar has an exquisite dome above it.  It also has a few window panes that allow sunshine and colorful lights to seep in.  The figure of Our Lady of Charity has a grand baldachin.  

      Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity
      Like any other churches, there are displays of saints and donation boxes to help maintain the church.  The church may be old but it looks like it is kept in its best condition.

      Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity
      There were also frames of glass arts hanged on its walls. 

      Plaza Dela Virgen
      Our Lady of Charity Icon
      Just a street apart from the Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity is the Plaza Dela Virgen.  The plaza only has two monuments and nothing else so they were quite noticeably from afar.  The first one we encountered is the Our Lady of Charity Icon which is made of brass.

      Plaza Dela Virgen
      At the back part is the statue of Jesus Christ on the Cross.  As we were roaming around, we wondered why the venue is empty.  It is as if they have it only to be observed or respected.  We then assumed, it is because of the hot day that no one would dare roam around under the sun especially in an open space without a shade like this.

      Overall, we Travel Tripsters seethe Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity as one of the Agoo's centerpiece and is a must visit when in the area especially since it is the only basilica minor in the north.  You can also learn about a town's history and culture by its church.  It gave us an impression that Agoo is a religious and peaceful town.  The church is fronting the town plaza and the town municipal hall so it is easy to spot.  It is also located along Mac Arthur Highway so most public transport passes through it.

      Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity 
      and Plaza Dela Virgen
      Basilica Minor of Our Lady of Charity 
       Map
      Price Per Person FREE
      Payment Options
      Mass Hours Monday-Saturday: 5:15 pm
      Sunday:
      5:30 am - Ilocano
      7:00 am - English
      8:30 am - Ilocano
      10:00 am - English
      4:30 am - English
      Reservation Required
      Contact
      Other
      Address
      Mac Arthur Highway Cor. Grotto Road, 
      Agoo, La Union, Philippines
      Transportation to Attraction
      Tricycle, Jeepney, Buses
      Commute Guide

      Friday, October 26, 2012

      Tuddingan Falls: Waterfalls in Naguilian La Union

      I've been wanting to visit a real waterfalls so we decide to commute to Naguilan La Union just to see Tuddingan Falls.  I've never seen a real waterfalls up close before.  The closest I've seen is the artificial waterfalls at Villa Escudero in Laguna more than a decade ago.  

      tuddingan falls
      Our tricycle dropped us off at a small bridge where we had a clear view of a bit worn out sign "Welcome Tuddingan Falls".  We were wondering if it was still open for viewing.  But, there was no one in the area to ask.  So despite being a bit doubtful, we went along the trail.  Soon, we came across a local who confirmed that we were on the right track.  He was so quick though that we never saw him again.

      tuddingan falls
      The trail had cemented steps and metal bars for safety.  There were also random animals like goats and hens along the way.  

      tuddingan falls
      We've been walking for 20 minutes under the scorching heat of the sun with no clues whether we were near or far from the water falls.  Then, we heard a weak water and spotted some water flowing through the rocks.

      tuddingan falls
      We went along further and found this semi-stagnant water.  The water is flowing but not much.  Since there's a side track with bars, we were assuming that the flow of water would be strong and a bit dangerous.

      tuddingan falls
      After passing through the trail  Well, it was unlike what we've seen from the photos because the flow is not that powerful.  We visit during late April.  Is it because it's summer time that's why its like this?  We also noticed that there were irrigation tubes sourcing the water from the waterfalls.  

      Overall, we Travel Tripsters were a bit disappointed that we didn't see much from the Tuddingan Falls.  But, it was a pretty good trek and it was the falls had a high rocky formation for viewing.  Perhaps, you have some tips on when we should visit again to witness it in full force like the pictures we see on the net.  We'd really appreciate that.

      Tuddingan Falls Tuddingan Falls Map
      Price Per Person FREE
      Payment Options
      Business Hours
      Reservation Required No
      Contact
      Other
      Address
       Barangay Tuddingan, Naguilian, La Union, Philippines
      Transportation to Attraction
      Bus with Tricycle 
      Commute Guide
      From San Fernando La Union: Ride Bus to Naguilan (50 php) then take tricycle to Tuddingan Falls (30-50 php)

      Thursday, October 25, 2012

      Thunderbird Resort Poro Point: Santorini in San Fernando La Union

      When you're in La Union, you'll notice a lot of posters of Thunderbird Resort Poro Point which will entice you to come and visit.  Since we we're in the area, we Travel Tripsters decided to check it out.

      thunderbird resort poro point



      thunderbird resort poro point
      The view of the entire resort from afar is beautiful.  It has a blue and white theme which is the exact color of the Santorini in Greece.  The place is elevated to so you can enjoy a nice view of the pool side, beach and the sea.

      thunderbird resort poro point


      If you've enjoined the back view, this is the front with the drive way.  They have a shuttle that brings in guests from other parts of Luzon.  My aunt who is a local of La Union told us that it is better to visit at night because the lights makes this place more exquisite.  They have a wide space for parking for its very convenient.

      thunderbird resort poro point
      The lobby area is a non-air conditioned area with a circular ceiling with blue painted sophisticated Greek paintings.  We came at mid-day around 2 p.m. and it was scorching hot.  

      thunderbird resort poro point
      There is also a cafe but it seems empty perhaps because no one wanted to get exposed to the heat.

      thunderbird resort poro point
      The Olives is the only restaurant at Thunderbird Resort Poro Point apart from the two other in the casino.  It is a fine dining restaurant.  It was fully packed when we got there with customers waiting in line on their outdoor bench.  We decided to just come back and dine here next time.

      thunderbird resort poro point
      The pool area had al fresco tables and chairs.  There's also a half court and a volleyball area.  There is also a way to the beach which can only be used by their guests and members.  They also have a golf course.

      thunderbird resort poro point

      There is a simple outdoor theater which I presume can be used as a stage for a party.

      thunderbird resort poro point
      The lots beside the resort is being sold and developed into units like this.  The resort services extends here to.

      thunderbird resort poro point
      This is what the units look like from afar.  I think once every unit is occupied, it will look more of a Santorini when numerous structures in the villa will be complete.

      thunderbird resort poro point

      Aside from the casino, the facilities are for members.  So if you are interested in more than just sight seeing like we did, better check in.  My cousin says the service is really good and the rooms are grand.  My aunt says shareholders have a FREE stay once per year.  That's a very cool perks. =D

      Overall, for us Travel Tripsters, Thunderbird Resort Poro Point is worth checking out for sight-seeing, casino or a luxurious stay.  The beach side they offer is more peaceful since its exclusive unlike the beaches on other parts of La Union.  We saw that there's a huge complex being constructed as their Wellness Center.  We'll probably be back to check it out next time.

      Thunderbird Resort Poro Point Thunderbird Resort Poro Point
      Price Per Person 2,500-10,000
      Payment Options Cash
      Business Hours 24 Hours
      Reservation Required Yes
      Contact (72) 888-7777
      Other Website | Facebook Fan Page
      Address
      VOA Compound, Pennsylvania Avenue,
      San Fernando City, La Union
      Transportation to Attraction
      Shuttle
      Commute Guide