Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Bellarocca Weekend Getaway


Bellarocca Beach
Villas in Bellarocca
Bellarocca Island Resort Spa is one of the most luxurious resorts here in the Philippines. It is a Greek inspired resort which is similar to the houses in Santourini. One night would cost you about $400 to $5,000. The Resort is quite expensive for a normal Filipino but if you are the type of person who really wants to have privacy this is the perfect place for you. You can get here by plane, yacht or even helicopter. But Zest Air and Sea Air offers flights to Marinduque. I have been dying to to see this place for over a year. When I got a chance to read an article in a Travel Magazine, my cousins and I went decided to go here last may 2010. The food was great but they do not offer buffet since a few people go here. The beach here is quite small and quite deep. If you want to really have fun here you should try the hobie cat ride
There are few things you can do in the resort and an overnight stay would be the best for you. If you like to have peace and privacy this is the perfect place for you. But if you are the type of person who wants fun and excitement you can explore Marinduque's other towns like Sta.Cruz, Boac, Buenavista, Mogpog, Gasan, and Torrijos. Don't leave the place without buying the world class Arrowroot Cookies at Rejano's Bakery in Sta. Cruz Marinduque or at Boac Hotel.
Hobie Cat Ride  at P2700 per ride
Travel Tips
-Buy the famous Arrowroot Cookies at REJANO's BAKERY
-Take a Hobie Cat Ride in Bellarocca
-Go Island Hopping
-Visit Maniuaya Sand Bars
-Take a day tour Round Marinduque Tour passing by the towns of Boac, Buenavista,
Torrijos, Sta. Cruz, Mogpog, Gasan

Bellarocca Lap Pool
Bellarocca Golf Car

Bellarocca Speed Boats
Dining Area at Bellarocca
Bellarocca Food
Rejano Cousins in Bellarocca
Hobie Cat Sailing is a must try
at our villa

Most Expensive Villa in Bellarocca at $5000

Rejano's Arrowroot Cookies at P135 per box  (perfect pasalubong)

Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa 
Barangay - Tungib - Lipata, Municipality of Buenavista Province of Marinduque, Philippines
Telephone:  +63 2 817 7290; +63 2 310 9931
Rates: $400 to $5000 (USD)
How to Get there:
-You can also travel via private transfers which includes Private Yachts, Chartered Planes, Or even Helicopter which goes directly to Bellarocca.  
- There aredaily flights from Manila to Marinduque via Zest Air and Sea Air
-You can also ride a bus from Cubao via JAC Liner then take a boat ride via MonteNegro Shipping Lines or Fast Craft
-Or Drive yourself to Dalahican Port in Lucena City, Quezon then take your car with you in a roll on roll off (RORO) ship to Marinduque. 

Lantau Island: Ngong Ping Village

Po Lin Monastery

Giant Buddha ( Tian Tan)
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

A few people don’t know this place in Hongkong. This place is like China’s version of the Muslim’s Mecca. Before they die they must go here to visit their God’s Temple and pray there. There are two ways to go to this place the 1st way is a cable car ride which takes you 20 to 30 minute ride 1 way. A roundtrip ticket will cost you about HKD 125 per adult; HKD 62 per child; and HKD 98 for seniors. The good thing about the cable car ride is that you will see the whole view of Hongkong and its world class airport. The other way is through hiking which will take you 2 to 3 hours. The good thing about it is that is that there is a hiking trail which is safe and it is also free.  My cousin told me that hiking is the new thing in Hongkong. It is not that tiring if you go hiking during the winter season since it is very cold.
Ngong Ping

There are lot of things to see in Ngong Ping which are the Giant Buddha, the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery. When you reach the end of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride you will enter the Ngong Ping Village, a culturally themed village which is at the Ngong Ping Plateau.  There are two main attractions at this village which are Walking with Buddha and Monkey’s Tale Theatre. You can also find many shops and restaurants to dine here. 

Ngong Ping  is not your mainstream destination in Hongkong .  Most of the tourists just go to Hongkong for shopping at their favorite branded stores or just see Hongkong Disneyland and Ocean Park. This place should be a major tourist destination since you will learn more about Hongkong’s culture and religion after visiting this destination. 

Mi Familia

Ngong Ping  is located in Lantau Island. The Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal is located beside the City Gate Outlet Mall near Tung Chung Train Station which is just 5 minutes away from Hongkong Airport. 

Ngong Ping 
Operating Hours: Weekdays 10am to 6pm; Weekends 9am to 6:30pm 
Getting There: 
-Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station, then take the Ngong Ping Cable Car ride near City Gate Outlet Mall
-Take a Taxi or Ride a Bus E11 to E42

with the Morais Family

Ngong Ping Village
Cable Car
at the cable car

Friday, April 13, 2012

Calauit, Palawan: A Place Like Africa

It was my first time to go to Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Busuanga, Palawan. Going to Calauit Island from Busuana will take you about 3 hours by car and an hour by boat. When you enter the island, you will walk a two kilometer dirt road before you get to enter the main tourist spot. Then you will get to ride on a safari jeep to go near the animals. You can feed the long-necked giraffes with leaves from trees and take pictures with them. You will be amazed by the black and white striped zebras in a horde that can be viewed from afar. The first time I saw them was when I was in the zoo where they were in cages. You will be astonished by this experience because you can see freely roaming wild life.

I didn't know that there was such a place like Africa here in the Philippines. Calauit is an island that can be compared to Africa simply because of the existence of wild life that can only be found in that continent. You will be amazed by the presence of zebras, giraffes and wild deer in their natural habitat.However,
the animals in this island are very small compared to the ones in Africa because they are of Philippine Breed. According to our tourist guide, lack of budget is the reason for their relatively small size. The sanctuary is now operated by the local government.

In 1970 these animals were imported by President Ferdinand Marcos. He went to different Islands here in the Philippines, where he searched islands that will be capable of being inhabited by these wild life creatures. The animals were even imported in the hilippines from Kenya. The Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary is truly a must-see place for nature lovers and animal lovers alike. 

Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Tel:  +6324337532; +6329282101; +6329941145
How to Reach Calauit: By Air:  Manila to Busuanga via ( Cebu Pacific/AirPhil/PAL/ZestAir)
By Sea: Manila-Coron-Calauit; Puerto Princesa-Coron-Calauit; Taytay-Coron-Calauit;
By Vehicle or by foot
Budget: Calauit Safari Tour by Land P2300 per person. 
               Calauit Safari Tour by Sea P2600 per person. 

Sinulog 2012 Baseline Street Party: Wet, Wild and Crazy

Viva Pit Senyor

Macho Macho Men

Face paint Literally
This event was brought to you by RHIPSTOP
Baseline Party was indeed the best party I have ever been to
so far. It was the wildest and craziest party ever. 
To those who didn’t go to Sinulog…. 
Where were you?
 You’ve just missed the biggest event in the Philippines.

The crowd was fun and everyone was friendly. Strangers keep on putting face paint all over your body and the beer was overflowing. People kept throwing beer, hard drinks, and water to the crowd. The party started at 12 noon and ended up at 2 in the morning. The crowd was mostly composed of adults ages 18 to 25 which are mostly Filipinos from Manila and Cebu. There were few foreigners partying at Baseline since it is not much promoted worldwide. The street party event was like the Philippine’s Version of Tomorrowland. I and my friends started partying at 3pm and left at the party around 9pm. We were literally swimming in beer, tequila whiskey and had face paint on all over our bodies. This was a very crazy and fun night that I will truly never forget. Sinulog was awesome. I don't have the capacity to formulate a sentence that could best describe it but man I can't wait for next year ( Sinulog 2013)!!! 

* Baseline is located at Juana. Osmena St., Cebu City. 
 The nearest landmark would be Caltex and National Bookstore.


Matching Sinulog 2012 Shirts

that guy loves the chair

Take it off

The main reason why you should wear sneakers......

 Travel Tips:
-Bring your own Face paint because you don’t know where they buy it.
-Bring your own whistle because it’s more fun to party with a whistle.
-Wear something comfortable or buy a Sinulog Shirt from
Island Souvenirs or Metro Department Store located at Ayala Center Cebu, or SM
Department Store.
-Bring a ziplock for your gadgets
-Wear sneakers or rubber shoes at the party because there
were so many broken glasses of beer lying around your feet might get bruised
-Book a Hotel near Fuente Osmena Circle
-Sinulog Street party happens every 3rd Sunday of January from 12NOON til 4AM
-Baseline Bar is Located at in the middle of Juana Osmena St., Cebu City 
- Don't go alone and stick close to your friends. 
-Wear a bikini underneath because your going to get wet.
-Don't bring a DLSR because your camera might get broken.

*The pictures are courtesy of Trixie Ledonio