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holy week 2014: golden sunset + skyranch

Published July 5, 2014 by ladyemelye

for this year’s holy week break, the family went a little bit south.  our destination: golden sunset village resort & spa.

golden sunset is a resort owned by ricky reyes.  it is located at calatagan, batangas.  from it’s website:

Golden Sunset is one of the country’s premiere resort, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive south of Metro Manila. Located in the historic town of Calatagan, Batangas, it is fast becoming the destination for vacationers and beachgoers alike. Golden Sunset has something for every member of your family: a Serendipity Spa where you can relax and unwind, an aviary (Birds de Paradiso) where your kids can learn more about birds and various restaurants where your whole family can wine and dine to different types of cuisines. Finally, the vacation you and your family truly deserve!

Golden Sunset offers to its guests the perfect mix of breathtaking natural features, world-class amenities, relaxing yet exciting leisure activities and excellent service from a courteous and well-trained staff: all the ingredients of a relaxing and memorable vacation in one destination! Take a stoll along our sandy boardwalk, swim in our crystal clear waters or simply marvel at the beauty of our golden sunset.

there are a lot of activities that you can do inside the resort.  the only downside is that they have no actual beach area where you can swim.  there is just some sort of shore.  most of the waters in calatagan are like these — they are either rocky or they serve as fishpens.

they are not that strict with the bringing in of food and snacks.  there are several restaurants that serve food inside the resort.  you cannot use cash inside the resort for purchases.  you will actually be issued a “passport” which will be loaded with a certain amount of credits based on how much the guest wants, and that is what will be used.

 

the front desk

the front desk

we got one deluxe room and one superior room.  each room has one double bed, and two double beds. a mini living room with television, private toilet and bath, and an attic with extra provision for beddings.  the room was ok, a little bit outdated and some of the facilities and fixtures need updating.  also, the aircon wasn’t enough to cool the entire room on a hot summer day.  the television didn’t have cable, and the reception from the antenna was bad.

pink jeepneys

pink jeepneys

to go around the property, you can walk, or you can ride one of these pink electric jeepneys driven by the resort’s staff.  these are what you ride with your things from the front desk to the cottages/rooms that you have rented.

cultural show

cultural show

there is a teaser of the cultural show during noontime.  what we witnessed is a short number of hawaiian/hula dances.  there is a full length cultural show at night, around 8pm.

swimming pool slide

swimming pool slide

there are a lot of pools around the are, but the rooms were near the main pool.  these are two adjacent pools.  one is from 4ft – 6ft, with the  2-level slide.  next to it is a more shallow pool where my son enjoyed walking around in.  it also featured massage beds with rainfall showers that massage your whole body.

the golden sunset

the golden sunset

we strived to capture this scenery.  the golden sunset from which the resort’s name came from.  it is indeed beautiful to look at.

around the property

around the property

row of rooms for rent

row of rooms for rent

we had dinner at one of the restaurants which serve traditionall filipino food.  we had adobo, bulalo, fried fish and liempo.  after dinner and watching the cultural show (which also required some audience participation), we walked around the property.

rawr!

rawr!

the next day, we explored the “mini zoo” and the aviary.  the little boy took a lot of pictures with the different animals – both alive and statues.  we also went inside a pigeon/dove sanctuary where we saw lots of these species of birds, and even saw some eggs.

albino peacock

albino peacock

indian peacock

indian peacock

one of the highlights that we saw were the peacock.  we had to wait for a while before these birds showed their beautiful plumage.  it was indeed a treat.

after we checked out of the resort, since we took the tagaytay route, we stopped by one of the restaurants to have our late lunch of bulalo and tawilis.  and then we proceeded to sky ranch where we spent the rest of the day.

the sky eye

the sky eye

sky rider

sky rider

of the rides available, we tried the sky eye together with hubby and the little boy.  and of course, i couldn’t resist trying out the sky rider, which is their 300m long zipline.

after other rides and some snacks, we called it a day and went back home.

 

Golden Sunset Village Resort & Spa

Brgy Uno, Calatagan Batangas

Travelpros, Mall of ASIA
Tel nos.: (+632) 556-0169 / 556-017

wakeboarding at lago de oro

Published June 15, 2014 by ladyemelye

during the april 9 holiday, we had our first summer adventure for 2014.  we went to lago de oro cable ski park and resort located at calatagan, batangas.  we stayed there for 3 days and 2 nights.

at lago de oro

at lago de oro

the rooms are very spacious and it could accomodate around 5-6 persons, although the rate is just for 2 pax.  you have to pay extra if you have additional persons occupying the room.  it has one queen-sized bed, a single bed with pull out, plus a double-deck single bed.  the room has its own private toilet and bath, refrigerator, television and other basic amenities.  it also has a balcony wherein you can view the fields where them flock of sheep roams.

our room

our room

the bed

the bed

view from the balcony

view from the balcony

we also tried their restaurant which features mostly italian cuisine a couple of times during our stay at the resort.  it is said that their specialty is the home-grown lamb, but we were not able to try it.  the food was just ok, nothing to write home about.  the price is also a little steep given the taste and serving size of the food.

the resort is not strict though in bringing in of food, so i suggest that you bring your own food/take out before you reach the resort especially if you have kids who are picky eaters.

the resort has a nice view of the south china sea (west philippine sea, if you must), but there is only a small shoreline.  also it is not advisable to swim in the beach since it is a little bit rocky.  there are balsas/boats which you can rent and you can go snorkeling/diving or have a picnic in the middle of the water.

the sea

the sea

out into the open

out into the open

the resort also has a small playground area consisting of swings and monkey bars.  there is also a bungee trampoline, but unfortunately, it was under maintenance when we were there.

swings at the playground area

swings at the playground area

we also tried out the swimming pool.  they have an adult pool plus a jacuzzi.  we stayed mostly at the jacuzzi since the little boy wants to walk around.

swimming pool

swimming pool

there are a lot of activities that you can do at the resort, but what they are known for is the cable ski park or wakeboarding.  of course, i did not miss the opportunity to try it out.

since i have no experience whatsoever, we got a 1 hour use of the little bro which was the facility designed for beginners like me.  so i suited up, got my gear and readied myself in tumbling into the water.

the little bro

the little bro

ready to go

ready to go

it was hard!  you need to be focused and always keep your arms and legs at their proper position and keep your body’s balance so that you will not fall into the water.  maybe if i had experience doing skateboarding, this would be easier.

the farthest i got i think was 1/3 of the course. 🙂

wakeboarding action

wakeboarding action

after the session

after the session

after the session, all of my body was extremely sore.  but i would be very much willing to try this sport out again. 😀 (plus the fact the my nose was uber clean due to all that salty water)

 

Lago de Oro
Bo. Balibago
Calatagan, Batangas
Philippines 4215

Contact Numbers: 
+63 (917) 504-2685
+63 (917) 504-7525
+63 (926) 710-4754
+63 (43) 417-4007

E-mail: contactus@lago-de-oro.com

a trip to the emerald city

Published February 21, 2014 by ladyemelye

i have a fondness for watching musicals and/or theater plays.  i’ve watched cinderella, avenue q, potted potter and CATS.  unfortunately, i wasn’t able to watch miss saigon and phantom of the opera.

i’ve always wanted to watch wicked, and for a time i thought that i should plan a trip to singapore when this show is being run so that i could catch it.  but early last year, due to the clamor of filipino fans, there was a rumour that wicked will be finally having it’s manila run.  i patiently waited for news and updates and once the tickets started being sold by ticket world, i immediately told my tito marlon who is also into plays.  we bought tickets during the “pre-selling” for VISA cardholders.  we got a matinee show for the first weekend of the run.  this was last september (2013) and january (2014) just couldn’t come fast enough.

finally, the day came. 🙂  we were a little early at the venue, so we had time to browse along the souvenir shops (oz dust shop) and had some photos taken. 😀

at the ccp main theater

at the ccp main theater

excited to watch wicked!

excited to watch wicked!

i have read the summary and plot of the play so i kind of know how the story will go.  once we were let inside the theater, a took a picture of the stage.  in it was shown the clock of the time dragon whose eyes lit up and moves whenever something magical is happening onstage.  a map of oz was also shown.

clock of the time dragon + map of oz

clock of the time dragon + map of oz

the stage set and props were very good and it was amazing how they switched from one scene to another.  the cast members were very energetic and you could tell that they were relating to the audience.  glinda was really funny and i enjoyed watching her.  of course elphaba was magnificent.  especially the defying gravity scene.  the song was very powerful and it gave me goosebumps all over.  the visual effects of elphaba levitating in the air and flying was stunning.

you will really be engaged in the story of wicked up until the end.  it is a mixture of wit, fun, and a heartwarming message of friendship.  i loved every minute of the play, and it was very much worth if.

wonder what is the next play which the will be bringing to manila?  let us be ready for it.  in the meantime, excuse me while i put my headphones on and listen to the wicked soundtrack…

2014 sbc dream journal

Published January 2, 2014 by ladyemelye

since 2007, i have been collecting stickers to claim the starbucks planner.  but there was a change in direction this year.  i decided to get the 2014 sbc dream journal.  here are my reasons: 1) i transferred to a new job and the nearest coffee house is sbc 2) the christmas drinks in sbc are more interesting while the ones in starbucks were a repeat of the previous years, and my favorite dark cherry mocha did not return 3) the starbucks planner this year looks a lot like the starbucks planner last year.

the mechanics are almost the same with every coffee house offering their planner.  you have to complete 18 stickers. 8 of which should come from the christmas drinks, while 10 stickers can be from any other drinks that you order.  i tasted all of the christmas drinks (gingerbest, roasted hazelnut, cookies and mint, eggnog frost), and i would say that my favorite is the gingerbest followed closely by the roasted hazelnut.  with the help of my generous manager and co-workers, i was able to complete my stickers before december.

here is how the planner looks like and some of it’s features:

the 2014 sbc dream journal

the 2014 sbc dream journal

i got the grey one.  it has a soft leather cover and a magnetic lock.

the cover page

the cover page

calendar for 2014 and the  music cd

calendar for 2014 and the music cd

the planner included a cd of different songs, which are mostly acoustic versions.  i love the “chill” feel of the songs and have copied it into my phone.

coaster + monthly artwork

coaster + monthly artwork

monthly calendar

monthly calendar

journal/notes portion

journal/notes portion

instead of the usual dated planners, what you have here is a monthly calendar at glance wherein you can note of your appointments, holidays or special occasions.  the main portion is more like a notebook where in you can write your notes, to-do’s or whatever you want to, and you will not be limited by the date.

bookmark

bookmark

post-it notes

post-it notes

sbc menu

sbc menu

monthly coupon freebies

monthly coupon freebies

what i like about their monthly coupon freebies is that i know that i will be able to use them all.  the coupons include free upsize, price discounts, free drinks and food (without any required purchase), buy 1 take 1, plus a free sticker for next year’s planner! 🙂  unlike the ones in starbucks which usually includes discount/freebies for purchase of coffee beans or merchandise which i normally don’t use at all.

stickers!

stickers!

the planner also includes these cutesy stickers.  wonder where i’ll be sticking them. 😉

overall, i think the planner is great and useful. plus the additional “features” are really nice.  i do hope i get to maximize the use of my 2014 sbc dream journal. 😀

 

 

 

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