Sunday, December 22, 2013

MY 2013 SHOUT-OUT!!!

2013 has been a dramatic transformation.

This post is my SHOUT-OUT to all the people I've met along the way. People who helped building me up. People who believed of my worth and relevance. A SHOUT-OUT to the people who tore me down and shattered me apart, I have learned a lot this year. 

THANK YOU!!! I have no regrets meeting y'all.

So, in the midst of all the rush, before the world turns to a brand new year, and before the internet crashes, allow me to greet all of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY 2014 up ahead.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS everyone!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

When People are the Tourist Attraction | Panginginas

Lets have a post breaker before I continue posting my Estrellas De Mendoza Playa Resort Review. Take a look, when people are the tourist attraction...

Rome got up from bed very early the following day. He was half awake, lurking for nothing by Laiya's sea shore stretching his arms and attempting to jog until something sweet touched his face that made his eyes closed - the first hint of morning light. It was such a dramatic shades of morning light creasing the horizon... it was breathtaking. The few spectacular moments of the early morning where the splendid change of colors as the sun rises while the glitters of the night slowly fading away was magical. He admired the different shades of blue, from dark until pale. Particularly that narrow, short lived horizontal band of blue green. Soon enough, the beach was slowly crowded with people. People picking up sea shells by the Laiya beach captured his attention. Suddenly he missed manginas.

"Panginginas" or "Manginas" is the term they used in Palawan, where Rome grew-up, for picking up sea shells by the Malampaya shore. 

I searched some Filipino dictionaries online and checked if that is a Filipino word but the internet didn't give me possitive result. I assume, Panginginas is a Cuyonon word. I wonder what's the Tagalog or Filipino word for that.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

ROOM REVIEW | Cabana 1-B, Estrellas De Mendoza Playa Resort

Estrellas De Mendoza Playa Resort
Laiya Ibabao, San Juan, Batangas, Philippines
Phone Number: (+63 2) 819 6050

Travelers who got money to spend and have an appetite to take a short break away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila would choose either Palawan or Boracay. If you are traveling along with your family or group of friends however, and air and sea travels are not in your option, consider Estrellas De Mendoza Playa Resort located in Laiya Ibabao, San Juan, Batangas. The resort is just 2 ½ hours land travel from the country's capital. 

Rome, Ykaie, his cousins, and Peachy's parents in law arrived past 12 noon at Estrellas De Mendoza Playa Resort to stay overnight in celebration of Ykaie's birthday. On the contrary, it was a 4-hour drive from Caloocan City because Peachy opted to drive really nice and slow. After parking in the spacious parking lot, she approached the reception and luckily, the considerate BatangueƱo staff allowed the group to check-in 2 hours before the usual international standard check-in time of 2 PM.  They were billeted at Cabana 1-B.

Fronting the resort’s beautiful swimming pool, Cabana 1-B at around $ 400 or Php 17, 000 per night has two air-conditioned bedroom, each has a bathroom with toilet and bath and can accommodate 7 adults and 3 kids.  The keyhole lock was broken when they were there and cannot be locked from outside. Maintenance tried to fix it but they weren’t successful, the resolution was to lock it inside and exit through the back door.  Rooms were clean except for the little dust that Rome found on the top of their closet. Mattresses and pillows were good but not that comfortably luxurious.

There are enough hand, bath and pool towels hanging on the towel bar and a lovely shower pouring generous amount of hot and cold water. Bath amenities includes dental care set (toothbrush and tooth paste) soap, shampoo, conditioner, and hair blower.

The Cabana has non air-conditioned kitchenette and living room with 2 electric fans.  The kitchen with granite counter top has a small fridge with complimentary bottles of water in it, there's a small microwave oven and coffee and tea-making facilities for 4 person. Sadly, kitchen utensils are not available, the kitchen drawers are empty.  The 32 inch LCD cable TV, not available in both rooms, is the center of the living room DVD Player is also available upon request.

PERSONAL Checklist:


Internet Connectivity
WiFi available in the Lobby and Restaurant area
TV with cable channels
No TV in bedrooms.
Tea & coffee Facilities

Well-Stock Mini Bar

Bathroom Amenity

Safety Box



Work Desk


The resort has a very pleasing swimming pool (Resort Review on my next post), the resort has fallen foul of focusing too much on its facilities and not enough on getting the basics right – great facilities matter little to guests if the bed's lumpy, bathroom’s empty and the breakfast ropey.  (Restaurant Review will also be posted on my food blog).