Metro Manila: Orion Hotel

Orion Hotel, Metro Manila ~ January 2014

Date visited: 25 January 2014
Location: Tutuban Primeblock, Metro Manila

The little girl has been begging to go to Divi since practically forever. When I heard about this hotel, I figured it would be less exhausting to have a place we could rest & leave our bags during the day so we could shop to our hearts’ content in relative comfort 😀

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Flashback Friday: Casa San Pablo

Casa San Pablo in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines ~ August 2010

Casa San Pablo
Address: Barrio San Roque, San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines
Mobile: +63 920 967 5277 or +63 917 812 6687
Phone: +63 2 211 2132 | Fax: +63 2 724 7023
Email: info@casasanpablo.com
Website: http://www.casasanpablo.com/

Batangas: Mahogany Cafe

Mahogany Cafe is the in-house restaurant of Hacienda Darasa. We didn’t feel like going out to eat so we decided to eat all our meals here, excluding snacks we bought earlier at Waltermart. Read my review here.

Batangas: Hacienda Darasa (Photos)

After our (very) late lunch, we walked around the hacienda grounds to take photos and check out the facilities. They have 2 large pools, 1 adult & 1 kiddie, team building facilities, cottages for daytrippers, function rooms for events, and a large area with a huge tree that would be perfect for a garden wedding 🙂 Some of these photos were also taken early the next morning, as we couldn’t get good photos of the pool area the previous day since there were daytrippers in the area.

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Batangas: Hacienda Darasa

Hacienda Darasa, Tanauan, Batangas ~ January 2014

Date visited: 04 January 2014
Location: Tanauan City, Batangas

I spotted this on Metrodeal, and it seemed like a great bargain (Php999 instead of Php1990 for 2D/1N Superior Room for 2pax) so I immediately purchased it then made reservations last December. The fastest way to get a reply is to call the mobile number indicated in the listing.

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Flashback Friday: Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte

Church of Saint Augustine (Paoay Church) ~ August 2011

Tagaytay: Tagaytay City Cheat Sheet

Here’s a general compilation of tips I learned from our December 2013 trip 🙂

How to get there: Coming from Cubao, you can try the Philtranco terminal on Edsa, sometimes Tagaytay-bound buses pass there. Or you can go directly to Pasay for Nasugbu- or Tagaytay-bound buses. You can also catch a Dasma/Palapala bus, then get on a Tagaytay-bound bus at Robinsons Dasma. But I recommend the 3rd option only as a last resort, as you will pass thru what seems like every town in Cavite.

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Tagaytay: Bag of Beans

After checking out of Las Ventanas, we dropped by Bag of Beans at the rotonda for an early lunch. I wanted hubby to try their coffee 🙂 You can read my review here 🙂

Tagaytay: Sky Ranch + Memory Lane + Etc.

The Sky Eye @ Sky Ranch, Tagaytay ~ December 2013

So the plan was, to visit Sky Ranch & ride the Sky Eye, then have brunch at Memory Lane and visit the Puzzle Mansion. Then go back at 11am to Las Ventanas for checkout.

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Tagaytay: Las Ventanas (Photos)

We woke up around 5:30am, showered & walked around the grounds while waiting for breakfast at 7am 🙂 I think 6am-7am is the best time for taking photos, as everyone else is still asleep so you can have the grounds to yourself 😀

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