Finally. I went with my family to Olympic Point in Tingloy Batangas in April – that was holy week. We were determined to not stay at home for a change and so we practically called every possible resort we know to try and reserve. We failed. It was just too close to holy week. And just when we thought we were doomed and that we’ll probably be staying home again, a friend of my uncle recommended Olympic Point. Lucky enough (or was it lucky enough?) there were still rooms available and we were able to reserve right away. Continue reading
I have written two reviews for Olympic Point Resort – one written during the peak of my hot bloodedness on our first day there, and another, perhaps more objective one on the second day. I’m afraid to post the former as it has blood all over it. I don’t want to be ungrateful for the special treatment we received during the rest of our stay (thank you Olympic Point). So here is the second, I think more objective one, written April 8, 2012 on my Moleskine: Continue reading
Warning: contains me and my family and lots of touristy photos
We actually went up Taal because my cousin Joie (in brown shirt) is an avid hiker in Portland. This is baby stuff for her, so I’m looking for a level 2 place to go to this weekend. Open for suggestions!
It also happens that I love talking to strangers, so we met a few people. Continue reading
If you’re from Manila like me, you’ve probably been to Tagaytay a hundred times. This also means you’ve probably seen Taal from afar at least once in your life – I mean, how could you miss that? We book in hotels and dine in restaurants overlooking the volcano. We’ve seen the thing so many times that sometimes we don’t even care that it’s there anymore or how it looks like up close.
So here’s the news – you can actually go up there to check out the crater and take a few good photos along the way. I’m probably not the first person to shove this to your face. Going up Tagaytay, there are tons of guys with boat rental placards, inviting tourists to a trip to the mouth of Taal. I don’t know about you, but I just stopped noticing them the moment I figured they offer expensive, tourist-y packages. That was actually a smart assumption. If you want a trip to the crater, I highly discourage you to even pretend you noticed them – they can be quite persistent. Take my word instead and head straight to the Taal Yacht Club.
Their site is kind of outdated so I texted all three contact persons posted there to ensure the rates are still the same. Two of them responded on the day itself: Jun Delgado (0918-9251509) and Sonia Lucero (0928-6788849).
We took the Regular Tourist Trail. I actually had no time to research on the others since this was a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. Not to mention, I had barely 3 hours of sleep and was nursing a hangover.
These are their Rates.
- Per Boat: P 1,800.00
- Guide fee: Free
- Tourism: P 50.00/pax
- Landing Fee: P 20.00/boat
- Horse (optional): P 500.00/pax
- Prepayment discount: less P300
There were 4 of us (+ my uncle who didn’t trek), but one boat can accommodate up to 6. Also, everyone of us rented a horse – a wise decision. Plus it’s part of the experience y’know!
or You Suck at Looking for Vacation Houses
It was a 4-day weekend and my dad and I have planned this family trip weeks ago. We wanted somewhere near, not too expensive; some place we can relax even if it rains. I think it was my dad’s assistant who did the googling. She suggested we check out this certain beach house in Tali Beach, Nasugbu, Batangas. The house looks old and stuff in the photos, but we said “okay, okay”, “maybe it’s just the homey kind of old”, “the reviews look okay”, “we can’t go wrong with Tali, its a private subdivision for rest houses”, and so on. Until we actually got there. Although there was a caretaker, it smelled as if it’s been a long time since someone had an actual vacation there. Truth is, the doors and furniture actually look like they could have been really nice before. With all the carvings and decorations.