Thursday, September 15, 2016

There's More to Traveling Than You Know

My family loves to travel but this has taken a back seat for the past couple of years due to our busy schedule and of course due to our never ending home improvement projects.  My daughter has been urging me to travel again but I've explained to her that I have to set priorities and our home improvement projects and investments should come first.  After all, we can still enjoy going for trips as soon as our projects are completed.  On the second thought, traveling does not only pertain to those expensive trips abroad, local travels are also  least go for included, so I told my son one day while I was reading the interview with p-nut that we should at least travel once every year whether locally or abroad, the most important thing is we are able to see new places each year.  If our budget is till tight, we could choose a destination which will not really require us to spend a lot and that we can still enjoy.

We have agreed to visit a place or two from the top local destinations during their scheduled home leave.  I guess this will not be an issue to their Dad who also love to go for adventures with the family.  So I guess, from now on, we will try to schedule a trip or two each year.

I love traveling!

Travel Quotes

Having traveled to some destinations locally and abroad, there's only one thing that I've realized, and that is there's a lot more to learn from other people and culture.  Sometimes, we thought reading books and articles is all what we need to know everything but through my years of traveling, I've learned that the best way to learn and educate myself is through real life experiences... that is interacting with people, observing their culture, learning their language and seeing their way of life right in front of your very eyes.

There's a lot more to travels than enjoying a beautiful spot and feasting with the foods.  It's the experience, it's the pleasure of being with people that matters most.

I love traveling! 

Useful Apps For A Frequent Traveler

If you are a frequent traveler, chances are you always wanted to stay connected.  This is already expected as nobody wants to miss any important updates from home while you are enjoying on your much awaited trip.  Well, the good news is, the advent of technology made it easier for us to travel without worries.  Here are some travel apps that were surely proven to be very useful by most travelers:

First of course, who doesn't know about SKYPE?  Communicating with your family, friends and business associates will never be easy without SKYPE.  Calling from PC to PC is free and you can also save a lot calling a cellphone by just availing of SKYPE credits which are relatively cheaper than availing the normal CP to CP charges.

Triplt is another APP that could help you access many important information and at the same time organize your travel documentations.  This could help you save time and hop in from one destination to another in a breeze.

If you're traveling in a group and everything is a shared expense, Trip Splitter would be a good option as it helps you to map your expenses complete with photos and receipts.  I have heard about Journ but I can't say much as I have never really explored it's features but I guess, this is another APP that is worth checking.

For sending photos, you may want to try Postagram.  As we are already in a digital age, sending post cards through a snail mail won't really be the best option as you need to spend time going to the physical store, buy postcards, go to the post office and if you are unlucky, you may need to waste time to fall in line just to send your post cards.  You may opt to spend that time for shopping, buying souvenirs or looking for some great finds like mitchell instruments.  Maybe this is cheaper compared to your own country, who knows?

Having these APPS handy would be of great help especially when you are only have few days before your planned trip and preparing everything in an instant would be next to impossible.  I might be exploring more apps soon and hopefully there are still more that we could use and enjoy. :) 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Buma Hotel and Restaurant Subic Bay

Our visit to Buma Hotel and Restaurant was unexpected.  My daughter suddenly felt like she wants to spend the day swimming and so, we suddenly packed our things and leave. That's it, no fuss, no waiting. :) 

Mika already had advance information about Buma Hotel, so it wasn't hard for us to think, although we are also considering another hotel which is the Mansion Garden Hotel, but since we've been there already for a night as this was our chosen venue for Mika's Debut Party, we opted to try another hotel this time.  Buma is not as modern as the other hotels we've visited in Subic but it was fine for a day's relaxation especially that there's only the two of us anyway.

If you don't like to sleep over, you can opt to go for swimming only.  The fee is reasonable at Php300. This is consumable so it is already considered to be a good price. But bear in mind that you are dining inside a hotel so do expect that foods do not come cheap.  In fact, just for very simple and plain afternoon snacks, I paid Php800.  Anyway, this includes the access to swimming facility, so I guess, it's good enough but they do charge 10% service charge so be prepared to pay a little extra.

The pool is basic and simple. We were lucky that we went there on a weekday, so it wasn't crowded. We had the entire pool to ourselves aside from few other guests.  They have a dress code and rules just like any other hotels but they are not that strict though.  The shower room is not good though, it's very very small and not maintained well although the staff told us that we can use the hotel's comfort room to change our clothes.


It rained for about an hour during the time that we were swimming.  Mika was pleased to swim in the pool and under the rain just like her childhood days but luckily, it wasn't too cold, if not, I could have stopped swimming right away (lol).

They have a good lounge area though beside the pool and I love their wicker inspired chairs and bed which are actually made of plastic.  No wonder, the staff didn't mind it at all when it rained. The area of the pool that we have chosen is facing the beach area, so this is an added attraction as you can have the full view of the sea.

We ordered a club house sandwhich and the plain and simple Miki Bihon Guisado plus a Mango Shake for Mika and Melon Shake for me.  The food presentation is not so pleasing to me. I have eaten in several restaurants inside hotels and this is one of the simplest presentation I've seen. The service is not that good as well.  Service staff are less attentive.

Overall, Buma Hotel and Restaurant is still worth a try if you're just looking for a simple day tour or a quick weekend get away, otherwise, you could look for more affordable and yet  attractive hotels and resorts around Subic Bay.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Acoustic Night At Chopping Board

This was not our first time to dine at Chopping Board.  We usually go here whenever we attend mass at San Roque Church because of it's close proximity to the church.  I would admit, I really love the ambiance of this resto.  Me and my daughter are really fascinated with the restaurant's nice interior decorations.  Your eyes would feast looking around, reading quotes posted on walls.  Though this is not the first time that we dine at this resto, we were not aware that they have Acoustic Night every Fridays.  The songs were nice though the sound system is not that excellent.  They should have checked electronic drum guide at thehub. :)

We did not really intend to listen to their acoustic band that night, but it came as a surprise.  However, because we still need to buy something at the super market, we did not stay there long enough.

We just ordered sandwiches as we just had a snack at Harbor Point before we attended the mass, so we were not really that hungry during dinner time.  Their Cheese Burger and Lechon Baka Sandwiches were great, but I find it to be a bit pricey as these only come with 3 pcs of potato wedges and don't even have even a small salad on the side.  Nevertheless, it was good to try their lechon baka sandwich which I think is one of their best sellers.

Nothing really special abut their drinks, we've tried pandan and lemon grass tea a couple of times and their fruit juices is the usual store bought canned juice (Gina).

I understand that it was crowded the night we went there but to wait for almost 45 minutes just for sandwiches definitely turned me off.  They also have 10% service charge which is not reasonable considering the kind of service they deliver to their customers.

However, for the ambiance  and for the foods, I may consider giving it another try. :)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Texas Joe's House of Ribs Subic Bay

It was my first time to dine at Texas Joes House of Ribs.  It was a dinner treat by my lovely niece. My brother is looking for a good place to dine and we suddenly remembered Texas Joe's due to the positive reviews about the place.  We know that Texas Joe's served mostly American foods, baby back ribs being it's specialty.  Price of the foods here is a bit expensive but they serve a large portion of meal, thus the foods is worth the price.  I also love the presentation of the foods especially their salads.  We did not have the chance to take a photo of the foods served to us as we were busy chatting and laughing.  At any rate, we've enjoyed our meals that night.

The ambiance of the restaurant is so nice.  It's cozy and very presentable.  I like the service, too.  The service staff are very accommodating and they look so well with their Cowboy uniforms.

Photo taken from Texas Joe's FB Page

It was a bit crowded the night we went there.  This place is such a hot to both local and foreign tourists.  I swear to be back here with hubby and kids for another great dining experience.

Texas Joe's House of Ribs is located at waterfront Road corner Mc Kinley St. Subic Bay Freeport Zone.  You may contact them at (047) 252 3189.  They are open from 11Am to 10PM on weekdays and 11AM to 11PM during weekends.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Driftwood Beach Olongapo City

Going out from the usual posts, I've decided to feature here a place to hang out which is not cozy, not touristry but simple, beautiful and serene.  Not everyone can afford a luxurious travel nor everyone can afford expensive entrance fees.  Sometimes, a person or a family just want to have some time together... to bond, to unwind, to relax or to simply create a beautiful memory.  I have proven one thing... it's not about the place, it's about who you are with.

This is what I've realized when we went out for a day of bonding at the beach.  The decision was impromptu, it was done the night before.  We were not ready with anything.  It was a quick decision, we would spent the entire morning at the beach where we could jog, walk, stay under the sun, swim, play with our two cute pets and have a simple breakfast.  There is really a truth to what they always say...unplanned outings are always the best.  So, we even watched a movie at night before we sleep so we ended up on bed quite late.

We woke up at 7 AM, hubby cooked a quick breakfast, fried eggs, longganisa, tuyo (dried fish), hotdogs and sweet ham plus of course, steamed rice.  We get everything ready before 8 AM and soon than expected we were already at the beach.  Driftwood beach is the nearest beach to our place and it is not a private beach, it's government owned so residents of Barrio Baretto where the beach is situated can enter for free.  It so happened that we own another house at Barrio Baretto, so we are free (lol).

From the looks of it, this beach is not any different from the other private beaches along the main highway of Barrio Baretto.  It's currently being improved as we saw a number of new cottages being constructed.  I am not sure, if they will impose higher entrance fees later but the overall view of the beach front is considered beautiful and worthy of photo shoots. These are some of the photos taken during our morning at the beach.

We did not even rent a cottage.  It was morning, so the sun is not so hot yet and we've found a corner in the beach which is shady, so we had a sort of a picnic there.  Putting table cloth on the sand, sitting, walking, lying and running with the pets.  We had our scrumptious breakfast later and hubby and my son Edmar had the opportunity to swim before we finally decided to get back home.

Our morning spent at the beach was the happiest during his entire vacation, according to my husband and it was one of my favorites, too. We were so happy that time that we did not even notice the passing of time.  Our two adorable pets, Lucio and Marcus also had a great time. They don't have that opportunity to run and swim all the time, so we really saw how happy happy they are.

Now I realized that going for a short break does not mean that you have to spend much and choose the most coziest place.  It's about spending the time with people who matters most to you....your family.

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