Monday, September 18, 2017

Conrad Hotel Weekend Staycation (July 16-17, 2016)


Pardon me for the late post but I could not allow myself posting our other
staycations without bragging about this weekend family bonding at this hotel
- Conrad Manila.

Luckily, was able to come back here where we spent our New Year's eve
with my husband's family side.

The best view I ever had from our room with the fabulous sunset view of
the Manila Bay.

What a heartfelt personalized welcome...

Tadannnnn.......our abode for the weekend. Lovely is just the perfect word to
describe our deluxe room which is just adjacent and connected to my
parents' room.









What a sweet treat from the hotel - its my father's birthday. 


The hotel's signature plush toy....



Where we had our sumptuous breakfast over a wide-array of delicious menu.






Had a nice tour at the hotel - elegance in every corner.





And most of all, my kid really enjoyed the beautiful and always-inviting pool.




Had a glimpse of the S-Maison's few shops and restos.  The Family had a
dinner in uma uma! for the best ramen in town and capped off the night with
coffee at Starbucks  Reserve.





Sunday, September 11, 2016

My Palaui Island, Cagayan Adventure (April 9, 2016)


After almost 14 hours of road trip from Manila to Sta. Ana and with just a
quick breakfast in Jotay resort, I finally experienced the most adventurous
moment in my life - our trip to Palaui Island in the tip of the northeastern
part of Luzon - San Vicente, in the municipality of Sta. Ana, Cagayan
province.

After the reality game show the Survivor revealed this one beautiful paradise,
this has been raved about and became one of the coveted tourist spots in Luzon.
I was really blessed to have seen this place.

In our 1.5 hours boat ride, all I saw was the vastness of the ocean. Seemed so
endless but I managed to be calm despite of so many things playing in my mind -
if I could still go back to Manila and see my family. We braved the high waves
and the strong splash of the water.

When I set foot on the Cape Engano beach, all my worries and fears disappeared.
We trekked to Cape Engano Lighthouse not noticing if I reached the top in 237
steps as they told.  From the lighthouse, you can get a great view of the Dos
Hermanas and Babuyan islands. It offers a majestic panoramic view of the green
hills and cliffs surrounded by the blue ocean.

We had our lunch at Anguib cove and had a quick dip on its blue crystal
water. 

We trekked to Buratubut falls where the cool water cascades through the huge
rocks which refreshed us from quite a long walk going to the falls.

Lastly, we passed by the Manidad island or popularly known as Crocodile island
because of its shape for photo-op. 



The view on the way up to Cape Engano...





At the Anguib Cove...


At the foot of the Buratubut falls...

At the Crocodile island...

At around 4:30PM we traveled back to our resort in Sta. Ana. 


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Callao Cave, Cagayan (April 10, 2016)

Another late post from our Cagayan province weekend escapade - Callao Cave
last April 10, 2016. 

Callao Cave is a premier attraction situated in Penablanca, Cagayan.  It is one
of the limestone caves in the area which made more beautiful with the
presence of white limestone rocks.

Being the most accessible cave,  this can be reached by climbing the 184
concrete steps.  It has seven chambers and some with a small opening at
the top for the sunlight to pass through to give light to the cave.

And finally, got to see the Callao Cave cathedral where the movie
"The Mistress" of John Lloyd and Bea was shot. A dream came true!!!

Have known from the locals there that this has been turned into a chapel.
The rock formation in front serves as the altar.