Category Archives: 2016

Henann Prime Beach Resort

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Transferred to Henann Prime after checking out at DSB. And I love that when I left DSB I was with friends, sinama pa sila sa paghatid.

Checking in was smooth. Had to sign something lang and deposited P2000.

On my first night at Henann Prime, I booked for a Premier Room with Direct Pool Access.

I loooove my room!!! The room has well, a direct pool access, smart tv, a TUB!!!!, mini fridge, 2 beds, a nice bathroom and lighting. The resort is new. It only opened a week before my stay. So the duvet and sheets are still new. Yung tipong di pa sya sobrang lambot sa sobrang laba. Yeah that new!!!

My issue on this hotel was, they dont give water in pitchers. And when I asked for bucket of ice, kailangan isoli right away coz sa resto pa yon galing. No mini bar, though di naman ako kukuha coz expensive sya. But at least may laman yung fridge. Also, on my second day, a/c was leaking. As in, halos buhos yun tumutulong water. And I dont have anything para saluhin yun water. Found out, most of our rooms, tumulo ang a/c on that day. Wala naman kaso saken, wala naman nabasa sa things ko.

Nalungkot lang din ako on my second day sa hotel, coz typhoon Marce came, they closed the pool kase muntik na umapaw. Never ako nakapag swim at Henann, kahit 4 days ako nag-stay. Coz they opened it lang ulet was on sunday na, I was about to check out. Not their fault naman. So I have a reason para bumalik diba?!

Also, water on tub, unti unti nauubos. Hahahaha while I was bathing. And hot water, not that hot. So, few issues lang naman.

Also, the breakfast pala. Hmmm not so inviting. Di sya yun tipong pagkakita mo, kahit di ka gutom, magugutom ka or gusto mo kumain. They are on soft opening pa naman, so lets give them time.

At night when I went back to my room on my first day at the hotel, meron din sila turndown service, and saw fruits on my table. No utensils though. Hahaha

I transferred to Premier Room on my second night, its located on 4th floor, with pool view na lang. Hahaha I asked sana if I can stay na lang to my previous room since a lot naman ang na-cancelled ang flight due to typhoon and I will add na lang, but they said fully booked sila. Konti ng tao ah! hahaha

So there, no issues will stop me para bumalik sa hotel na to.

My Discovery Shores Experience

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It was the best!

Why did I only booked one night at this posh hotel/resort?

My best friend is getting married at DSB. I wanted to book here and try to experience lang how to stay in a luxury hotel.

Early October they had a promo for November. Since I already booked at Henann Prime for my 4 days in Boracay, I booked my first night in Discovery Shores. So, I need to rebook my flight tuloy for November 24th to 23rd. But rebooking is expensive, I booked a new flight. Got lucky though, coz CebuPacific cancelled my flight on the 24th. Nakakuha ako ng refund 🙂

Anyway, I asked my dad if I can use the card and book my stay at DSB and will pay him na lang. He said yes, and I immediately confirmed my booking and paid right away.

I already imagined how I’m going to spend my first two days in Boracay.

I arrived at Caticlan on November 23rd at 6:30am. Found Ms. Julie waiting outside holding a DSB logo. I went to her and she said Ms. Vinluan? I said yes and she took my luggage, I told her ako na lang, but she said she has it.

She said we’ll wait for the van lang. And she gave me a bracelet with DSB logo. Ang cute.

Van came, and driver introduced himself as Ivan, greeted me a good morning and welcomed me. Siguro mga more than 5 minutes we arrived at the Fairways Welcome Center. Walang tao, ako lang. Hahaha

Ivan told me na we’ll wait for the boat lang be ready then alis na kame.

Few more mins, he went to me and said alis na kame, took my luggage and we walked. Introduced me to the boat driver (huhu I forgot kuya’s name 😦 ) he then took my luggage from Ivan and greeted me a good morning.

When we reached the boat, a lady was standing sa door holding a tray with cold towels. She offered ’em, took one coz nagpaa ako paakyat ng boat dahil may water and I dont know why pero I wore my Birkenstock kase.

Another lady approached me and handed me a bottled water and oatmeal cookie. I said thank you.

Then the boat attendant, Ms Grace introduced herself and welcomed me. Gave some instructions. And off we go.

We reached the jetty port in less than 10mins. They all said enjoy or something. Another driver, I think I heard he said his name was Audrey. He offered me mentos and greeted me. A little chit chat on the road. He showed me where Henann is located and said that pwede nila ako ihatid don when I check out at DSB. We reached DSB, everyone greeted me good morning again (hahaha totoo lang sa sobrang nice nila, napagod ako sumagot ng good morning and thank you sa kanila, but I love it. Kase ang babait nila). A guy gave me my welcome drink, and a girl named Nikka introduced herself and walked me to my room. She said that my room is available na (yey), and its only past 7. She showed me the room and gave me instructions and told me I can have my welcome foot wash later pag nakapag rest na ako. She asked for a P2500 deposit and left the room.

I looooooved my room, I booked for a Junior Suite, it has king size bed (well, one double and one single na pinagtabi), a day bed, a 42″ flat tv, mini bar, fridge, a/c, nespresso machine, etc. I took a nap, since wala pa akong tulog since Tuesday.

Naka 1 hour din ata ako ng nap. Later on met up with Sally and Len sa resto. Tapos we left na for lunch and I went back to my room gabi na. Waaah

When I got back, they prepared my room na rin for sleeping. Turndown service they say. I dont know, its my first time. Hahhaah

I love the animal made in towel in the day bed. They already served the pandan water and my welcome snacks.

Only took a shower coz I had to meet with the guys for a drink.

Went back to my room around 1. And I prepared myself to sleep.

Btw, had an issue with my bathroom. Water from drainage was overflowing and really smells bad. I called the front desk about it, pero walang dumating until I left that day eh. When I took a shower naman nung evening, ok sya. But the next morning, it overflowed again, I called the front desk again and sent someone from housekeeping. After checking, she said, may papapuntahin from I dont know where. But no one came. I even went to the front desk na rin to mention the problem pero wala talaga dumating to fix it. Until I checked out, so di ako nakapag shower.

But overall, I love my stay at Discovery Shores. I promise to go back.

New do

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Ang tagal ko nang gusto magpagupit. Pero kung di ko maharap, wala akong pera or simpleng tinatamad lang ako. Also, gusto ko kase magpa-kulay ng hair kaya need ko talaga ng money coz mahal sya.

Anyways, gusto ko sana muna humanap ng ibang salon na medyo mas mura. I texted Jem and asked if san na ba sya nagpapagupit. She said David’s, pero try ko na lang daw mag Fix. Ang tagal ko na di nagpapagupit sa Fix, I think since 2010. When I tried Piandre. Then, Creations na.

Kaka-google ko ng Fix, nakita ko yun Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell. High end sya ng Fix. Saw their Facebook page and Instagram account maganda mga gawa nila. Actually, sa hair color ako na-attract.

I called them and made an appointment on Sunday at 2pm. Pero haircut lang coz duda ko mahal ang color.

Sunday, medyo nahirapan akong hanapin yun salon. The lady told me kase sa taas daw ng Zara, di lang nabanggit na 4th floor pala sya. Hehehe Bought ice blended mocha muna at CBTL then umakyat nako. Told the receptionist I have appointment.

Wala pang 5 minutes nahatid na ako sa loob. Paolo, asked me kung ano papagawa ko. Chika chika muna. Nung una akala ko sya na gagawa saken. Hahaha

He gave me a robe then nilagyan na nung uhm, cover hhaha I dont know what its called.

Then, Ms. Shella came na and kinausap na ako. I told her  I want to cut my hair short but I have a wedding to attend sa November and abay ako so I dont want my hair that short naman. She said lagpas shoulder and lalagyan nya ng layers. I miss layered hair.

Tagal ko nag-decide if I want to color my hair. May napili sana ako, but it’ll take 7 hours daw and 7k. Waaah another color pa costs 5k daw, and 3 hours lang.

After i-shampoo hair ko, nag-decide din ako magpa hightlights. I asked if keri bang matapos ng 6pm coz may dinner ako. In fairness natapos ako bandang 6. I said highlights na lang para mas mabilis lang. Di nako nagpalagay ng base color. Medyo kabado na rin ako kase baka kulangin din dala kong money. Pagtapos ko nag-decide medyo nagsisi ako and sa isip ko sana nga nag-antay na lang ako ng isa pang weekend para sure na may money ako.

But hey, maganda rin kinalabasan ng hair ko kahit

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Parang ulam ang buhok ko na dapat na itago sa fridge. Hahaha

See that supot? Binabalot nila bags ng mga customers. For protection I guess.

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Thank you Ms. Shella, I love my hair.

And today, Monday, first time to wash my hair. Back to normal. Ang wavy/curly hair ko. But I still love it.

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Back to work. And my red lips are back too.

By the way, today is my first day of work after my operation.

Eight Coffee Bar by UCC

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Eight Coffee Bar by UCC

Tyne messaged me two weeks ago and nag-aya ng unli sangria at Eight Coffee Bar. Syempre, game ako. Miss ko na kaya mag-sangria. Kasama daw Domz and Mike. So, set kame August 13.

Friday, medyo nag-alangan na ako. Wala pa palang sahod. But since naka oo na ako, at gusto ko lumabas tumuloy ako. Buti na lang din, coz di na nakasunod sila Mike and Domz. Nataon kase merong PokemonGo something sa Eastwood. Tapos maulan pa.

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Sabado night with Tyne.

Nag-enjoy naman kame ni Tyne. Masarap ang food, and not too pricey. Ang kaso, wala silang unlimited sangria that day. Naubusan daw sila ng wine na ginagamit for the unli sangria. But, available ang sangria nila. So, magkaiba pala ang wine na gamit nila. Di ko masyado type yun house sangria (P280) nila. I ordered different drink on my second glass, saw this Milky Way (P350) sa menu. It has Bailey’s, Kahlua, Espresso and Half & Half. Wow Bailey’s! Naka 2 glasses ako of Milky Way.

Yun food, I ordered Cheese and Spinach with garlic bread (P280). Hmm parang baliktad ah?! Tyne ordered Chicken Pesto Quesadilla (P220), its also good. At dahil nasarapan kame sa food namin, inuwi pa namin yun left over namin. Hahaha

Nakuha ko na rin yun pinabili kong tumbler. Yehey!!!

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Got my Starbucks Tokyo Tumbler, thanks Tyne.

 

Beach in the city

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IMG_2837[1]We plan to go out of town (more specifically to the beach) sana for Mei and Sally’s birthday. Puro fully booked ang mga resorts.

I suggested this Azure Beach Resort in Paranaque. Since di rin nagkakatugma mga schedules. At least nakapag beach na, ng hindi lalayo at madali makakabalik kung may papasok pa.

We booked 3 rooms. 1 for Sally and family, 1 for Glen and family, 1 for us (Lagula family and Jhen’s). The unit with 2 bedrooms cost P6500 (complete kitchen equipment, a/c, bathroom; no hot water though, veranda; Sally and Glen’s unit has beach view, ours eh city view) additional 20bucks per head for the bracelet to enter the beach/pool.

Sally’s family provided lunch and dinner. Nag-grocery din kame for few snacks. Sobrang busog kase ang sarap ng luto ni mader at parang hindi nauubos ang food. Lunch was relyenong bangus and inihaw na pusit. Nagpasarap pa ang coke! Yum

After eating nag-ready na iba para mag-beach.

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Kuya Yow, JD na tuwang tuwa kay Kuya, ever smiling Raya and naninibagong Ikay.

No Chloe in the picture kase sleeping pa ang bebe girl.

4ish, sumunod na rin kame sa baba. Pero di na rin kame nakapagbasa. Sinubukan naman namin si Chloe basain sa water.

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The gang and the kids


We didnt stay long, kaya umakyat na rin kame sa rooms namin. Nagkukwentuhan while waiting for dinner. Dumating din sila Thina and Terence, Ezi and Bong, saw Nona sa pool area.

Dinner was fried chicken and mechado. Grabe ang sarap. Di ata ako natunawan kase walang tigil ang kain. After kumain, nag shower na yun iba, may natulog, nagkwentuhan pa kame at nagluto si Sally ng nachos. Si Mei, nakapag open lang ng bottle ng mudshake pero nagpatulog ng bata hanggang nakatulog hahahaha

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The next day, woke up early. Nag coffee and breakfast and nag-ready na rin kame mag check out. Check out is 10:30am, kaaga. Hahaha

Dumiretso kame kila Thina, ate lunch there. Busog again, we had crispy pata and peking duck. OH and coke!

Dumating si Onin later on para sukatan kame for Sally’s wedding.

Went home after and nag-rest. Btw, happy birthday Sally and Mei (ala ka pic gelplen kase nakatulog ka na hehehe)

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[1st in 2016] ThessJason

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My first out of town trip for this year is Boracay. Bagong bago. Hahaha I have 2 more trips to Boracay this year.

We booked this trip just last January. Akala namin hindi na kame matutuloy but nahiya kame sa groom. He is our good friend Packy, a.k.a. Jason. Good thing nagkaron pa ng seat sale, but weeks after booking Cebpac sent an email to Joyce saying na-move ang flight namin to a later flight. Hindi naman pwede, kase the next day na yun wedding. Found a cheaper flight from AirAsia but earlier date naman. Ok naman din sa kanila kaya we booked it na rin.

So, our flight is at 5:40pm. But AirAsia texted Joyce around lunch time na delayed ang flight namin to 7ish in the evening. Nag Uber ako coz nahiya ako magpahatid sa airport. Sinundo ko si Joyce sa Makati and diretso Airport na. We got there past 4. Tambay lang muna and waited for Noel.

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Still smiling kahit 4 hours delayed ang flight.

Later on, nag-announce na delayed na naman flight namin to 9:40pm. Bad trip na kame gutom pa. Isa pa, wala pa kame tutuluyan sa Bora. They gave us 1 pc chicken joy and a bottled water, thank you but no thank you for a cold chicken joy without gravy and room temp na water.

We ate them anyways, hahahaha sayang din.

After eating, Joyce and I went outside for a smoke. Yun pala si Noel, kumokontak na to inform us mag-board na kame. Sakto naman pagpasok namin, narinig ni Joyce na boarding na nga ang flight namin. Takbo kame. Muntik pa ako di makasakay coz muntik na mawala boarding pass ko. Nahulog sa may xray. Hahaha

Pagdating Kalibo, wiwi lang then nakahanap na ng van si Noel papuntang Caticlan. Kame na lang hinihintay para umalis. Kahiya hahaha

Nagkaron pa ng friend si Joyce sa van.

11ish, we arrived Caticlan. In less than 20 minutes we were walking na para humanap ng tutuluyan in Station 2.

Found one sa La Fiesta pero sinubukan pa rin namin i-check sa Tans/Taj/Eriko’s. Pero no luck and we’re all pagod na. Buti nga di pa nagkaka badtripan.

Packy or James called up Joyce and sabi pumunta na lang muna kame sa hotel nila. So we walked from Station 2 to Station 3, medyo malayo yun resort ah. Hahaha but it’s ok, kase nag-enjoy naman kame sa kulitan. Bought hotdog din while walking para may konti naman energy.

We finally reached the resort and James let us stay in their room for the night. Binaba namin stuffs namin and lumabas. We stayed sa may convenience store where we saw them and bought some drinks. Nadapa pa ako. May gumapang malaki gagamba saken and I freaked out. Subsob sa sand, and sugat ang tuhod hahahha it was funny. I hope they didnt check the cctv.

Past 4, we all went to our room na and slept.

Woke up 9ish pero wala gusto bumangon. Tried waking James up coz he needs to work at 10, even si Noel.

Pero walang bumangon until almost lunch time na. Lumabas na lang kame to have brunch.

Mahirap humanap kainan in Station 3 hahaha

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Lunch at Casa Pilar

Found Casa Pilar and medyo ok na samin coz gutom na talaga. We ordered sweet & sour pork (na parang ketchup lang ginamit na sauce) and that garlic dory na mali ata yun luto. I forgot ano order ni Noel but sabi namin sana buttered dory with garlic na lang sinabi hahaha then I ordered a mango shake. It was ok na rin.

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Went back to the hotel after eating. Stayed there and chill lang. Ka-text ko si Otch and kawawa naman coz na-cancel ang flight nya. Walang tulog at nag-book ng bago sa PAL. Nakarating sya ng 3 na ata, met up with her. Medyo kabado ako nung una kase first time namin ulet magkikita since July. Pero ok naman, parang wala naman nangyari. Ang laki ng room nya, este namin hahaha

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Took a shower after ng kwentuhan, and we went out na. Almost sunset na rin and malapit na mag-start yun practice nila Packy, kaya di na kame lumayo sa resort.

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Ordered frozen margarita while waiting/watching the practice. Dumating na si Noel after few mins and naka facetime namin si Sally and Chloe.

After almost 1 hour, nagka ayaan na kumain, but di na kame sumama kila Packy sa D’Talipapa. Gusto ni Otch mag tapsi, and actually ako rin, the night before pa. So naglakad kame pa-Station 2, poor Noel kase don na sya galing and pagod sya kalalakad. Pero baet pa rin coz di naman sya nagreklamo.

Sinikmura si Otch sa pagka-inom namin, kaya di sya makakain ng maayos. Super nice Noel went to the drugstore to buy meds, at di pa nya kinain food nya. Nahiya sobra si Otch, kaya pinabilihan nya ng water si Noel. Tapos na kame kumain nung nakabalik sya, pawis na pawis. Hehehe

Sabi namin, pagbibigyan namin sya mag-dessert dahil sa pagod nya. So we went to D’Mall. Gusto daw nya sa Lemoni Cafe because meron sya gusto (I forgot kung ano yon) pero naubusan na.

IMG_0117Puro kalokohan ang kwentuhan over desserts. Ang kulet lang. Hanggang bumalik na lang kame ng resort.

And andon na si Donnie, nakikipagkwentuhan na kila Packy, syempre kunyari surprised ako. Hahaha

Nakihalubilo kame sa friends nila Packy. But didnt stay long, we went to our room na lang to drink. Natapos kame almost 5am na. Halo halong topics and puro funny.

On Saturday, wedding day, woke up at 9ish. May text na Joyce and Donnie. Di na kame abot sa breakfast ni Otchie, but Noel and Joyce are having breakfast na. Donnie’s waiting for our text lang daw. We got up and took a shower. Decided to go to Station 1, mag happy hour at Obama. Nag-trike kame going there kase ang layo naman from Station 3 diba.

Nag brunch na lang kame and kwentuhan ever.
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Went outside after eating for drinks. Took a 10minute dip in the water, sarap ang lamig. Malumot lang. Didnt stay long coz we need to go back sa resort and mag-ready for the wedding.
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One hour is all we need to get ready, in fairness kinaya namin.
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Went downstairs, saw them lining up. And while waiting, we again ordered drinks.

Hanggang sa nag-start na, di na namin naiwan drinks namin. We just witnessed the wedding ng nasa restaurant kame. But we heard Tess’ vows, ang ganda!!!! Packy’s serious with his vows, medyo nanibago kame sa part na yon. We all love them both! They’re perfect for each other. Kakilig!

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Donnie and Otchie with the Groom, Packy

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We had sangria before mag-start reception, and we didnt get a table na. Nasa cocktail table lang kame, parang mga wedding crashers lang.

Food was yummy!!

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After sa reception, sa room na naman namin kame napadpad. Medyo mga kalokohan kwentuhan hanggang naging seryoso. In fairness, maaga kame natapos. Hahaha

On Sunday, woke up past 9 again pero umabot sa breakfast. Ayaw ni Otch kumain, so I asked Donnie if gusto nya sumama mag-breakfast. So we had breakfast. Not that masarap ang breakfast nila, and yun ibang food pa handa from the wedding. Bat ganon? Sana tinabi na lang nila for lunch or dinner. Di na bagay for breakfast and parang nakakahiya naman kase most guests from the wedding stayed at the hotel.

Anyway, si Otch ready to leave na and di na muna ako nag shower coz sa room na lang sana ni Donnie. But sabi namin mag-drinks na lang muna kame downstairs til umalis si Otch ng 11. Sumunod na sila Joyce and Noel, naka ligo na and all packed up. And since di pa nga kame aalis, nakiusap kame if pwede pa ako mag-shower sa room namin. So I did.

When 11 came, Otch left na and we went to Donnie’s place para iwan gamit namin. Dapat mag-dip pa kame sa beach and iinom sana pero kapos na sa oras. We had lunch na lang at Jony’s.

At 4, we left Boracay na. Left Donnie na rin there coz Monday pa balik nya ng Manila. From Caticlan Port, may lumapit samin mama and nag-offer na mag-cab na lang kame to Kalibo. P800 lang daw, and P750 na babayaran namin kung mag-van lang kame. We took it, at least comfortable pa kame and pwede namin patigilin kung feel namin.

Delayed flight ni Otch kaya inabutan pa namin sya pagdating namin ng airport. Cebpac sucks big time. Delayed din daw flight namin and di nila alam what time na ang flight namin. Funny diba. So nag-dinner na lang kame. Naki-charge na rin. At masaya naman kame sa kinain namin.

Went back to the airport, nag-tanong kung ano na balita sa flight namin, wala pa rin. Pero si Otch 9:50pm na raw. Galit na galit na sya, coz buong maghapon na sya andon. 4pm dapat ang flight nya eh.

At 11, finally nag-board din kame.

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So happy that we’re finally on board.

I had a great time kahit puro alak laman ng tyan namin the whole trip, umuwi naman kame may kabag. Joke. Hahaha