Me and Sha were able to experience an overnight stay of One Tagaytay Place courtesy of the hotel. We weren’t really expecting a big room since we were told that we will get to stay in a Deluxe Twin room. We were overwhelmed when we’re told that our room has been upgraded to a one-bedroom suite.
I’ve heard so many things about Nuvali, Ayala Land’s development which focuses on evo-living, but it was only 3 weeks ago when I actually witnessed how wonderful this place is. Thanks to the invitation of Jayce Perlas, me and other media practitioners had a half day food tripping tour in Nuvali.
Aside from the food tasting bonanza that we did, my most favorite part of the whole tour was the fish feeding. Nuvali has a man-made lake which has various purposes. You can enjoy fish feeding in lake at the Solenad, the shopping and dining district in Nuvali. Fish feeding is free but you have to buy the fish feeds from them. It costs Php 15 per small bag. As you can see in the video above, the Japanese Kois enjoyed the feeds that visitors feed them. They’re actually a lot, I can’t really say how many they are, but there are gigantic Kois. Many say that Kois can live up to a century and I could just imagine that if it’s already the next century, the Kois in this lake can actually take over the entire province! Haha, just kidding.
FYI, you do not need to be a resident of Nuvali to enjoy the amenities and restaurants there. For more information about Nuvali, please visit their website at www.nuvalievoliving.com.
Good news for those who travel frequently from the Central Business District of Makati to The Fort, Taguig. The Fort Bus now has pick up points in different locations in Makati. Please refer to the map for reference. Unfortunately, this will not go straight to The Fort but will drop you off at the usual area where you can ride the Fort buses (near MRT Ayala Station). I hope that one day, they will have a bus that will go directly to the Fort from the Makati CBD so that it will be more convenient for us. It would be nice if the two business districts will have public transportation links because it will be advantageous for the both cities.
Fare is still at Php 11.00.
One of the exciting things to do when in Puerto Princesa is island hopping. If you’re an adventurer, this is the one for you. This begins in Honda Bay, a 20 – 30 minute drive from the city proper. We booked a package at gopalawan.travel and paid $68 (for 2 people) via Paypal. Method of payment is very convenient, we didn’t have to go to the bank or pay cash. A van picked us up at Pads (our hotel) and also brought us back after the tour.
Planning your next vacation or adventure?
The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) will once again hold the Philippine Travel Mart, now on its 21st year. The event will be held on September 3 – 5 at the Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall. Cheap domestic travel packages around the Philippines are up for grabs. Different tour operators from the different regions in the Philippines will participate in this event. Aside from personal holiday packages, they will also offer the Local Corporate Buyer’s Program for companies that wish to have team building activities, conferences and seminars outside their office vicinity.
There will also be a Tourism Quiz Bee, Cultural Dance Competition and Eco-Chorale during the event.
One more day to go to get a discount on Sea Air flights! Selling period is only until June 20, 2010 and travel period is from July 1 – October 2010. Travel destinations of Sea Air are El Nido, Caticlan, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga, Tablas, Jolo and Manila. Don’t forget to enter the promo code: ilovephilippines2010 when you book your desired flights.
You may visit their website www.flyseair.com to book your tickets online.
Mount Banahaw in Quezon
To be honest, I’ve never been to any festival or fiesta in my entire life. Yes, yes, what a loser of me but that’s the reality. I’ve always wanted to experience going to a fiesta because I know that in Philippine culture, this is one of the events that many Filipinos (and even foreigners) anticipate. So when the opportunity came from Samsung, I immediately agreed to be part of their group to test their cameras during the Pahiyas Festival.