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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

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food test (april): mcdonald’s, krispy kreme, spam, starbucks and sebastian’s

Published May 9, 2014 by ladyemelye

i have been eating a lot of sweets lately.  here are my “firsts” for april.  🙂

 

mcdonald’s: sans rival mcflurry

sans rival mcflurry

sans rival mcflurry

this is part of the dreamy decadence desserts the the fastfood has launched for summer.  i am just not sure if it is real sans rival cake that they mix into the ice cream, but every spoonful definitely tastes like one.  all of the creamy butter flavor plus the vanilla ice cream is a winner.  hubby orders this everytime we go for drive-thru.

 

krispy kreme: the colors of summer doughnuts

colors of summer doughtnuts (right side)

colors of summer doughnuts (right side)

for a limited time this summer, krispy kreme launched the colors of summer donuts which include the lemon, raspberry and blueberry summer flavors.

lemon summer doughnut – lemon flavored vanilla icing with leaf-green, lemon-yellow and sky-blue swirls

raspberry summer doughnut – raspberry flavored vanilla icing with christmas-red, baker’s rose and burgundy wine swirls

blueberry summer doughnut – blueberry flavored vanilla icing with sky-blue, violet and christmas-red swirls

the doughnuts with their colors are really nice to look at.  the fruity flavor had a good contrast with the sweetness of the vanilla icing.  my son liked the raspberry doughnut (though he took a bite in all of our doughnuts), while i prefer the blueberry one.

 

spam tocino

spam tocino

spam tocino

this variant of spam has been making it’s rounds on social media feeds that is why when i saw it at the grocery, i just had to  buy one so that we could taste what the buzz is about.

from the spam website:

Continuing to expand on the global brand, an exciting new flavor- SPAM® Tocino is now exclusively available in the Philippine market. Traditionally served with rice and eggs, Tocino is a sweetened cured pork dish with Spanish influence and will also be available for purchase on SPAM.com

we cooked it the usual way we cook spam, which is fried until it is slightly well done and a little bit crispy. 🙂  it is a sweeter version of the spam that we have been used to, but the sweetness is very subtle unlike what we have in our tocino.  this can be an alternative to your usual rice pairings, or if you are a lover of both spam and tocino, then this one is for you.

 

starbucks: caramel ribbon crunch and chocolate crepe cake

caramel ribbon crunch

caramel ribbon crunch

from the nomnomclub.com website:

the caramel ribbon crunch is a coffee-based blended beverage with generous layers of the new dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, caramel drizzle and topped with crunchy caramel sugar

the beverage was good, but it was a little too sweet for my taste.  perhaps it is because of the amount of the caramel that is infused with the drink plus the additional ones at the topping.  this is sort of like a sweeter caramel macchiato in frap form.

chocolate crepe cake

chocolate crepe cake

i like the chocolate crepe very much.  it is layers of crepe and chocolate plus cocoa powder on top.  the good thing about it is, it is not too sweet.  somewhat reminds me of dark chocolate flavor.  the bad thing about it is, it is not too sweet – hence the tendency to eat more.

 

sebastian’s: mango fruitsicle and vanilla brownie bar

mango fruitsicle

mango fruitsicle

sebastian’s has always been one of my favorite stores when it comes to artisanal ice creams.  i love their unique flavors.  this summer, they are launching a new line of fruitsicles and ala mode bars.  new flavors are to be released weekly.

eating the mango fruitsicle was like eating a frozen ripe mango.  it is sweet and creamy and chunks of mango are embedded within the bar.  it is very refreshing.

vanilla brownie ala mode

vanilla brownie ala mode

vanilla brownie ala mode: chocolate cake topped with vanilla ice cream, dipped in vanilla white chocolate then in dark chocolate, with cake sprinkles.

if you love cake and ice cream, and chocolate, then this is the bar for you.  it is a perfect blend of vanilla and chocolate flavors.  i like the vanilla ice cream from sebastian’s as it doesn’t take artificial like most of the commercial brands..  it also helps that the chocolate is not too sweet.

 

more to come this summer! 🙂

lessons learned from bonito island

Published April 4, 2009 by ladyemelye


Last March 28-29 our project team held it’s team building at Bonito Island Resort in Mabini, Batangas. (http://www.bonitoislandresort.com).

Here are the things that i learned from that trip:

1) websites can be deceiving
when i first learned of where we were going for our outing, i immediately checked its website. i was impressed by the website of the resort and thought that it would be a good chance to break from my usual routine. i was WRONG! almost nothing in its website is what is in real life.

2) aircons need rest
we arrived at the resort at around 10am. after checking in into our rooms, we found out that there was no power for the airconditioning units. what we did was ask the resort manager regarding this. her reply was “may gumamit kasi nung aircon buong magdamag kagabi, so kailangan magpahinga, mga 4-5 hours pa bago buksan.” [the aircon was used last night, it needs to rest, it will take about 4-5 hours before we turn it on again]. what the…

3) electric water dispensers are used for dispensing purposes only
the water dispenser in the dining area is not plugged into an electrical outlet, hence the water is neither hot nor cold… it was room temperature.

4) salty water is the standard output of all pipes
salty water in the sea, in the poolside shower and in the room’s shower. good thing they provided mineral water for brushing teeth…

5) buffet does not mean eat all you can
if you are late for the serving of the meals, and some of the dishes are no longer available, sorry… but you have to be contented on what is left for you.

6) termites are also guests
termites can be found in the window sill and bed frames

7) love the koreans
because there were korean guests present, the resort played korean songs over and over again… and served tons of kimchi
.

the island itself was a beauty. some of my colleagues went snorkling and saw a variety of fish. but the management needs to improve (a lot) on its customer service or else they will lose the business. also, they should invest more in the maintenance and care of the resort… buy a higher capacity genset!

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