Misty Lodge – A Cozy Place to Stay in Sagada

Going to Sagada wasn’t really the plan for our 8th anniversary trip. We only thought of Sagada because I can’t have my hair exposed to direct sunlight right after hair rebonding. So we’ve scrapped our plans of going to the beach, and searched for Sagada accommodations.

We messaged the places where we want to stay, however, only 2 responded to us. One of which was Misty Lodge. We were told that we can tell the bus driver to drop us off directly at Misty Lodge.

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Sanctuary Garden in Sibuyan, Romblon

Rooms at at Sanctuary Garden Resort in Magdiwang, Sibuyan

As mentioned in my previous blog post about Cresta de Gallo, we are very grateful that we’ve stayed in Sanctuary Garden.

Staying in Sanctuary Garden was the best decision we made. We were tempted to change plans during the RORO trip because I wasn’t getting any updates from my contact from the resort. When we went departed the ship, someone approached me and mentioned my name. Perhaps, it was gut feeling on his part to ask me and I immediately said “Yes, it’s me!”. It was one of the partners / owners of Sanctuary Garden and his name is Edgar. He brought his SUV and picked us up at the port then brought us to the resort. The reason that I didn’t receive his texts / calls is because of network problems. We felt so shy that he had to do this for us. This made me confirm the the things I read online that staff and especially owners of the resort go an extra mile for you.

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Novotel Centrum in Krakow

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I was just recently in Krakow, Poland for a week (due to work) and I could not believe that I will be able to go there. Great thanks to my employer who sent me there,  I was finally able to have my first trip in Europe.

I have tons of photos and blog posts to consider but probably let me begin my review of the first hotel I stayed, Novotel Centrum.

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Our Stay at The Alternative (El Nido)

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Who wouldn’t want a view like this just outside your bedroom?

I never realized that I could have a perfect view of the beautiful limestones of El Nido, Palawan just outside my room at an affordable price. Many say that the Alternative Inn has the greatest view of El Nido limestones along the shoreline of El Nido town proper and they were not wrong. Good thing also that we reserved a room last Jan 2013 before our trip last March 8th.

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Simple Beach Life at Isla Reta

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Because I won free round trip tickets from Airphil Express during the Davao Adventure Trip previously sponsored by them last May, I decided to revisit Davao last September 2011. I didn’t really have much time to explore Davao when I first came there last May because we have a fixed itinerary. I know Davao is really a big place, so the focus of my trip to Davao last September was to have a chance to go to Talicud and beach bum. I am coming back to Davao on May 2012 anyway for the Davao Food Appreciation Tour :).

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Hotel Dominique Review

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I’ve decided to travel with my mom every year during her birthday so for this year, I decided to treat her to an overnight stay in Tagaytay. Good thing I was able to purchase an overnight stay voucher at Hotel Dominique through a group buying site. The original price of the superior room is PHP 3,300 but I bought it almost half of its price.

Hotel Dominique is located in Aguinaldo Highway and just near the Tagaytay Rotunda. We don’t have a car so we only rode the bus from Manila (particularly at the bus station in Edsa – LRT – behind Sogo motel). The bus passed by Coastal Road then took the Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas then Silang, Cavite route. If you will be taking this route, you won’t miss Hotel Dominique because it’s just at the right side of the road and before you reach Olivares (Tagaytay Rotunda). You can tell the bus conductor to drop you off at the Olivarez terminal or Pink Sisters. If you drop off the Olivarez terminal, you’ d have to walk around 10 meters which is relatively ok if you only have your backpack with you. 

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