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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sabreen's Seafood Market: Live Seafood Delights (Malate Manila Philippines)

The Philippines has always been known as a rich and abundant tropical island.  One simply cannot fully bask into its delightful wonders without trying out live-cooked seafood which locals know as "Paluto"  which simply means to have it cooked.  With more than 29 years of experience and equipped with skillful chefs, Sabreen's Seafood Market is one of the top choices for your paluto experience.

sabreens seafood market
The centerpiece is set to be the largest seafood aquarium in Manila
Sabreen's is very spacious, well-decorated and more importantly clean.

sabreens seafood market
The first step in your paluto dining experience is to choose the seafood ingredients.

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Sabreen's has the widest seafood selections. 

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The selections are live, fresh and frozen.

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Of course, if you want to fully enjoy, choose the live ones.

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Other ingredients that will go with your intended dish is also for sale.

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It's like going on a super neat supermarket except the ingredients are live and fresh!

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They also have fruits for juices and as a dessert.

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Ingredients will be weight for billing. 

Food
Unlike other paluto restaurants, they do not charge for cooking. 

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Clams Ginger Soup
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Sauteed Crab with Sweet Chili Sauce
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Grilled Salmon with Lemon Butter

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Fried Shrimp with Chili Sauce

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Salt and Pepper Squid
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Baked Scallop
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Steamed Lapu-Lapu (live-cooked)
My favorite is the Steamed Lapu-Lapu.  Being live-cooked, it was filled with the natural sweetness of the sea.  It was cooked with precision too so it was so tender but not mashed.

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Mixed Vegetables with Oyster Sauce
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Pineapple Fried Rice Small (380 php)
The ones we tried are just some of their many cooking styles you can choose from.

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Fresh Mango Shake (135 php)
Travel Tripsters Verdict

Sabreen's Seafood Market offers a whole new experience that will surely make you appreciate the natural sweet bountiful flavors of the sea.

Sabreen's Seafood Market
Address 1190 J. Bocobo Street, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Budget Per Person 500 php-2,000php Sabreen's Seafood Market Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours 8am-10pm
Reservation Required No
Contact  (632) 521-4351 |
sabreen_seafoodrestaurant@yahoo.com

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Valentino Resort & Spa: Great Group Weekend Getaway (San Jose Batangas)

Summer is the best time to go out of town.  I'm so lucky that my mentors brought me along to Valentino Resort & Spa.

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To be honest, this is the first time I've encountered this resort.  The name Valentino has a romantic connotation don't you agree?

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As soon as we got there, we registered and got our keys from their Information Office.

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To my surprise, the place is huge!  They have a mediterranean-themed restaurant.

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I was too preoccupied with the pools that I forgot to try the spa.

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a pavilion for functions and so much more.

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We stayed in their extension called Valentino Place which was designed to cater to big groups for team buildings and the like.   The landscape is well-maintained and it has a tranquil atmosphere.  There's a bench by the pond where I enjoyed chilling out.

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There are different kinds of villa which different in capacity.

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We stayed at the South Wing with 3 rooms.  It costs 11,000 php per night and has a maximum capacity of 20 persons.  The rates didn't include breakfast but they allowed food to be brought.  Some of my companions are from Batangas so they had food brought in for us.

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The intercoms aren't working.

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So there's bunker beds, television, cabinets and an air-conditioner.

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As you can see, everything looks clean despite the lack of interior design.

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They supplied fresh and clean towels, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush.

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The rest rooms are all clean.

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Just beside the South Wing is an adult pool with an adjacent kiddie pool.  Being nearby, this is where we enjoyed our night swim.  The pool is surrounded with cabanas.  If you're not renting rooms, they charge for the cabanas as well as entrance fees for the pool.

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Because the vicinity is so big, they offered a free cart ride to the main Valentino Resort & Spa whenever you please.  You can just text them or approach any of their staff as they are all equipped with radio transmitters.  All the staffs are very courteous and happy to assist.

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They have their very own tunnel that goes under the main street so you don't need to go out and cross the street to go to the Valentino Resort & Spa from the Valentino Place and vice versa.


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So if you go under the tunnel, you'll eventually turn up in the opposite side of that gate.

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They have a lot of amenities like a basketball court, tennis court, badminton court, volleyball court and fitness center.

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This is the biggest pool.  And, it has a jacuzzi beside it.   The pool is just right next to the building where the Italian and Modern Villas, Junior Suites and some rooms are.

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There's another adult pool with man-made waterfall and a kiddie pool also adjacent to it.

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From this hanging bridge, you can view all 3 pools and Mt. Maculot behind the pavillion.  Unfortunately, we didn't see it because it was drizzling during our stay.

Travel Tripsters Verdict
Valentino Resort & Spa is a superb resort.  It was a fun and memorable stay!  Their rates are very reasonable.  And, it's ideal for a couple stay, family outing and even corporate getaways.  Perhaps, this place just needs a bit of a marketing push because I really can't see why you shouldn't consider it on your next weekend getaway.  It's even accessible by public transport. 
 
Valentino Resort & Spa
Hotel Address Baranga Pinagtung-ulan, San Jose Batangas, Philippines
Contact (632) 435-3545 Reservation Required No
Payment Options   Cash Directions Private Vehicle:
  • Take STAR Tollway and exit at Lipa
  • Take a left going to Barangay Banay-Banay
  • You will pass by Fernando Airbase on your right
  • Once you reach a fork in the road (about 15mins) take a right towards Cuenca
  • You will see a sign of the resort on your left (about 10mins)
  • If you reach Patroil gas station on your left, you have passed the entrance to the resort
  • Take a left at the sign, the main entrance to the resort is on your right (about 5mins)
Bus-Tricycle:
  • Take bus to San Jose Batangas
  • Ride tricycle - instruct to go near San Rafael Church (10-minute ride)
Room Types Room Amenities Price
Villas

4,650 php + 600 php/person
Junior Suite Rooms

3,250 php + 600 php/person
Deluxe Room

3,000 php + 600 php/person
Standard Room

2,500 php + 600 php/person
General Amenities •3 Adult Pools 
2 Kiddie Pools
•1 Jacuzzi
•Fitness Center
Spa
•View Deck
Parking Yes
Travel Tripsters Hotel Review Rating Valentino Resort & Spa Map
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