Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bohol Bee Farm

Bohol Bee Farm is more than just a farm, they actually have room accommodations making them a resort/farm in one. What I like about this place is they offer almost all you need from a long day tour in the entire island, pretty much a refueling station.







Bohol Bee Farm is located in Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol. A place where you can buy souvenirs from food to novelty items and enjoy a homey-laid-back place.
The organic garden
The main reason why we visited the farm during our Bohol day tour (aside from its part of the itinerary) was the Malunggay (moringa) ice cream. I was thinking its a totally new thing for us to try something that others might consider exotic. Though the taste was far beyond exotic as I was expecting it to be bitter, it was sweet and has a distinct milk and veggie-ish taste. You should go there and try it yourself (lol) I cannot explain how it tasted. Aside from Malunggay, they also have other usual flavors you can try served in an organic sugar cone. Vicky Wallace (owner) might like organic food so much evident in the premise with all the organic-farm-grown vegetables which you can also order from the restaurant and for take-out.

Us eating our ice-creams
When we were having a great time eating ice cream, we noticed a lot of people coming from one side of the farm listening to a lecturer and it was too late for us to realize they were on a tour inside the farm. We were then relieved when one of the crew told us they are doing the mini tour every hour for 30php/person. 


Their bags and mats are made here too.

The tour includes a lecture on almost all the vegetables that the farm is planting for distribution to local organic restaurants in Bohol. It also includes an encounter with the Bees where you can hold the box for a photo opp.

My wife choosing what to buy.


I must say, the Bohol Bee Farm should always be part of your itinerary when you want to visit Bohol. 

Contact them through their:
  • FB page
  • Website
  • email: vickywallace@boholbeefarm.com 
  • +6338.5101822
  • +63917.7101062
  • +63932.8832126
  • +63939.9046796
  • +63917.3041491

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bunzie's Cove - Tabogon, Cebu

Its been a while that I've been with my workmates to a team building on a rest-day. Most of the time either I stay at home or its just me and my wife in an adventure of our own. 

the cove

hermit crab in Tabogon, Cebu. There are actually plenty of these there.
weird fish that jumps around

What I like about joining team buildings are the bonding moments, especially if family and friends are also invited. Getting away from the usual activities in the office provides a relief and a way to detach ourselves from too much thinking and all the stress. Working is an essential part of everyone's life but it should not hinder us to enjoy life as much as possible while keeping up with all the demands at work. 



One of the places I can recommend for a quality bonding time with friends, family and even office-mates is the Bunzie's Cove in Tabogon, Northern part of Cebu. With a 1.5 hectares of space, you sure can bring everyone along with you to enjoy and spend quality time together. This resort is located on a cliff, with a semi-private isolated cove, a kiddie and an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. 



kitchen in the main villa
living room in the main villa
guestroom in the main villa
master's bedroom in the main villa

My favorite part in Bunzie's Cove resort is the inlet (cove) where you can enjoy a mini trekking adventure going down to the beach itself. Though it doesn't have a white powdery beach, the pebbles provided very clear water with lots of sea creatures vigorously thriving around.


terrace lookout
lover's villa
guesthouse
main villa

Room Rates/Accommodation: (as of Apr. 2013)
  • Day use - 150php/person includes using the pools, going to the cove, comfort rooms, and the kitchen area. From 7am to 6pm and no corkage fee.
  • Room rates are from 1,650php to 8,000php for 2 to 8 occupants.
  • Available accommodations are: Lover's Villa (2 occupants), Guest house (2 occupants), Villa (6 occupants), Apartment (4 occupants), and Terrace Lookout (8 occupants). Additional occupants can be allowed depending on the type of room, with additional charge of 200php/person.
  • Checkin at 2pm, Checkout 12nn the following day.
  • Gas usage also has a payment, pay it along with the room and extra person charge.
How to get there? (as of Apr. 2013)
  • From the North Bus terminal, look for a bus heading to Tabogon, Cebu.
  • Travel time will be 2 hours (more/less) with a 85php fare.
  • Tell the bus conductor or the driver that your destination is in Bunzie's Cove.



Suggestions: 

  • In going there, look for a bigger bus instead of the mini bus. With a 2-hour travel from Cebu, I'm pretty sure you want a comfortable ride unless you have your own wheels to bring you there.
  • Ask the attendant ahead if there will be occupants before you, to avoid waiting for them to check-out.
  • Rent the Terrace Lookout if you want closer to the pool.
  • Bring mosquito nets or insect repellent.
  • Ask for the caretaker's cellphone number since they don't usually stay within the premise.
  • Bring your own meat to cook, the market is not that close-by.
  • You don't need to bring utensils or cooking equipment since they can provide those for you.
out of ingenuity, people makes their own anchor out of sticks and rocks.

How to contact them? (as of Apr. 2013)
  • Visit them in Facebook.
  • Email them at acsdi2003@acsignatures.com
  • Visit their website here
  • Or call them at (032) 344-3039 or 09227398938




Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pacific Cebu Resort - Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Pacific Cebu Resort is located in Suba-basbas, Marigondon, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines. It was during our anniversary with my wife when we decided to visit Pacific Cebu Resort. The first time I was here was during college when the entire faculty members including the working scholars including me went there for a day use with special lunch buffet. I thought it was a nice place to spend the weekend so I decided to bring my wife to celebrate our togetherness.



This one may not be the grandest, having a 3 star hotel rating, but its good enough for me especially that I'm only into simple stuff and what matters most is the experience. Customer service? I cannot really confirm if what other blogs claiming is true. If I am not mistaken we have only spoken to few crews when we arrive the place, when we ate the buffet lunch (yes, lunch buffet is included) and when we left. I did not really get an exceptional service nor the worst service, all I can say is it was okay, it was just as expected.

Our room was fine, though I did not get any pictures of it because we were too excited to go to the beach and enjoy the outdoors. 

The Pacific Cebu Resort is just one of the many escape places in Mactan Island from the busy city of Cebu. 

I apologize for the crappy pictures, we did not bring our DSLR during that time.


My beautiful wife, Ivane










How to get there? 

  • I suggest riding a taxi going to the place and it will only take you less than an hour from Cebu City.
  • Just tell the driver your destination, particularly Marigondon.
What to expect there?
  • More than 100 rooms to choose from
  • Lantawan 
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar
  • Travel Counter
  • Dive Shop
  • 3 Swimming Pools including a kids pool
  • Recreational Facilities - Water Sports like Diving, Banana Boat ride, Jet-ski, scuba diving, snorkeling, basketball court, and Volleyball court
How much?
  • Room rates from Php 3,527 up with breakfast buffet (price may go down depending on seasonal promo). Check their promo board here
  • Children below 2 years old is free of charge
  • Day use with buffet from Php 350 up
  • I suggest calling them and ask if there is a promotion going on to avail discounts.

Room Amenities:

All rooms have individual air-conditioning, NDD/IDD phones, mini bar, hot and cold shower, bathtub, and safety deposit box available on all rooms, television on some rooms with cable channels. 

How to contact them?

contact them through 4956601 or visit there website here

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring Park Mountain Resort - Lutopan Toledo City, Cebu

I spent a portion of my life living on the hills of Lutopan Toledo City. This humble barangay is located South of Cebu and it will only take you 1 1/2 hours to get there. I always remember Lutopan having a cool climate because of the number of trees surrounding the place. People there are simple and as early as 6 or 7pm, the streets are already quiet. Though we completely left the place after everyone moved to the city, we still have our house there and some of our relatives. 

I usually bring my wife to Lutopan especially if we want to unwind and relax from our busy lives in the City.


The rusty signage attest the time it endured. 
A good place to stay in Lutopan is the Spring Park Mountain Resort, located in 157 R. Duterte St. Cantabaco Toledo City. Though not your ordinary resort considering the place is old, it is still decent and provides an acceptable services to their visitors. I remember my aunt spent their wedding reception here years ago, it was the first event Spring Park Mountain Resort hosted. Compared to the resort's condition years ago, the place is quite different now with old fixtures, unattended pathways, empty pool, empty fishing pond and bushy surroundings, this might not be your ideal resort. 

























However if you are like me who is into simplicity and tranquility, this place should be perfect. Despite Spring Park Mountain Resort's bare grandeur, the plants, the cold water from the natural spring, and the music from the singing birds are more than enough to fill your longing for a laid-back life, even for a day or two.


a mountain just across the resort, good for rough climbing.


The restaurant/coffee shoppe

You can bring kids for an easy trek.

Other info you might need to know:  (as of Apr. 15, 2013)

AMENITIES: 
  • 3 Swimming Pools with picnic tables/cottages. (1 pool is under renovation)
  • Social Pavilion for functions.
  • Game Room for Billiard, Table Tennis and Darts.
  • coffee shoppe and Restaurant.
  • camping grounds.
  • Transpo/Laundry.

ENTRANCE FEE:

  • 2 yrs old below- Free
  • children below 3 feet- P50/head
  • children above 3 feet, adults- P75/head
  • Picnic table : P150
  • Picnic cottage: P200
  • Camping fee: P150/head
ROOM RATES:
  • P500: non-aircon rooms for 2
  • P800 to P1,000: aircon rooms for 2 
  • P1,500 to P2,000: family (with AC) room (price may vary depending on the number of occupants)
  • P150/head: dormitory rooms
OTHER CONTACT INFO: 
  • FB page
  • Phone numbers: 261-9511, 262-3851, 325-2044, or 09999914373