Baluarte Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Another late post. One of the tourist spots in Vigan, Ilocos Sur is Baluarte. Governor Chavit Singson owned the place; he loves nature and shows passion for animals so the place has large numbers of domestic animals like monkeys, chickens, large lizards and rare bird species. Also other animals like tiger, horses, deers, and so on. Visitors in Baluarte can enjoy the place and all the facilities because it’s open to the public and no entrance fee. You will give donation if you want to take photos together with the animals.

The family went there last Holy Week. It’s not our first time to visit the place but we enjoyed our tour this time because we came early unlike before. The last time we went there, we arrived late in the afternoon so we saw few animals. Now, we encountered the animals very close. Though I didn’t explore the whole place because it’s very hot the day.  Here are some of our photos in Baluarte.

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Staying at Millenia Suites

Another late post. We stayed 2 days in Manila since we don’t have house or condo there we stayed at Millenia Suites located in Ortigas. My brother-in-law is currently working in Alabang so he was the one called for a reservation in this hotel.We shopped in Divisoria first and after hours of walking and looking for good items we decided to check the hotel. The kids wanted to visit Star City before going to the hotel but everyone was tired already so the plan didn’t push through.

In the hotel, the guard assisted us going to parking area but ended up in basement parking area. Everyone was so disappointed because the area was too smelly (canal odor).

We stayed in the van and waited for my brother-in-law to settle everything. When we had the key we quickly go inside because of the smell. Our room is like a condo type which has small living room, 2 bedroom, 2 shower rooms, dining area and kitchen. It has 2 flat screen televisions; one in the living room and the other one in master bedroom. We were on 29th floor almost on top because the hotel has 36th floor (if my memory is right).

We already had our dinner before going to the hotel so after some souvenir photos in our room we decided to sleep early and beside were tired because of almost whole day of walking and shopping.

The following day I was expecting complimentary breakfast (which I experienced in all the hotels I stayed before) but my brother-in-law said it’s not included. So we just had coffee and bread that we brought last night.

Millenia suites has 2 swimming pools. It’s not big but enough for the kids and young at heart to enjoy the water. So before checking out Millenia, my daughter and her cousins first enjoyed the water. Daughter enjoyed the water though she doesn’t know how to swim. After the kids enjoyed the pool and everyone was already took a bath we decided to check out. It’s sad that we didn’t enjoy their food and the rest of the facilities but there’s always a second time.

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By the way, our night experienced in Millenia Suites cost Php 6,200 (not exact but close) and for me the amount is fine because the family stayed in one room; 10 adults and 2 kids. The only bad feedback was the smelly thing in the basement area and I wouldn’t complain in the complimentary food if that’s their policy.

Enjoy Shopping in Divisoria

Another late post!

Divisoria is one shopping place in Manila that is known for cheap finds of all items you need. And every time I heard shopping in Divisoria is fun, enjoyable and cheap. Well, I guess it’s true. So sad because we seldom visit the place cause we are 4 hours away from Manila. I can’t remember the last time I went to Divisoria but for sure it was long time ago.

Anyway, at last after so many years we went to Divisoria again. We left our place (Lucena) around 9am. We knew that we will arrive in the afternoon already so the family decided to stay in Manila for 2 days. We stayed in the Hotel (will blog it separately). Going back to Divisoria we arrived late in the afternoon well indeed shopping there is fun because almost all of our needs are there, enjoyable because you got to see many items on sale and most importantly they are cheap. The family enjoys our bonding in this shopping place.

Time runs quickly so we decided to go to the Hotel (Millennia) were my brother-in-law had reservation. My nieces wanted to visit Star City but everyone was tired already. So we just stayed at the hotel and sleep right away.

Second day in Manila. My daughter and her cousins enjoyed hotel’s swimming pool for more than 1 hour. Then we headed to Greenhills and ate our lunch. We also shopped for a short time and went back to Divisoria. Our first day in Divisoria wasn’t enough because as I said we arrived late in the afternoon already. Actually before going to Manila the initial planned was Divisoria, Star City, hotel and Green Hills Shopping Center. Then we thought of going back early to our place (Lucena)  and have stop over in Isdaan to eat our lunch but it didn’t happen.

Well, at least we enjoyed our shopping in Divisoria and our 2 days of shopping wasn’t enough (really). Going back here in the near future is not possible so we shopped to the fullest. Sigh, if only Divisoria is near in our place for sure this is my shopping place all the time. Well, till our next visit to Divisoria hope so …  

Niece Short Vacation in the Philippines

These photos were taken last December 28 at NAIA Terminal 2, when we were waiting for my niece to arrive all the way from Canada. This was already past 10pm but still the energy of these kids was there. Anyhow, this was my niece first vacation in the Philippines after they migrated in Canada two years ago.

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Anyway, niece arrival was 10pm but it’s almost 10.30 and she didn’t show up in Terminal 2. My brother-in-law checked the monitor TV to see airlines already arrived but he didn’t see my niece flight. So he advised us to go to Terminal 1, good thing it’s near and no traffic already. At Terminal 1 we looked at the flight scheduled and saw my niece flight there. So we were waiting at Terminal 2 for nothing. We saw my niece right away and told us that Terminal 2 was really written on her itinerary anyway the important thing is she was with us already.

Almost 2 years in Canada my niece gains weight but not totally fat just gain some weight because way back here she was thin. We decided to go home because it’s almost midnight but before going home my niece bought first chocolate in Duty Free. She didn’t have the chance to buy in Canada because as she said, she was too busy on her work. After she bought chocolates we then decided to go home. We had stopped over in one of the stores of Jollibee. She misses this fast food store a lot because there’s no Jollibee in Calgary but she said there’s one in Toronto (if I’m not mistaken).

Well, as I am writing this post niece already in Canada. This should be written before but I’m too busy with my offline tasks so haven’t shouted on this blog. And there were days I was going out with my niece. Niece only here for short vacation, 21 days to be exact and last Saturday she went back to Canada. Last Sunday she left a message on Facebook saying she arrived safely in Canada, thanks God and till your next visit … God bless!

MJD Farm in Lucena City

We celebrated daughter’s 5th birthday in MJD Farm. It’s a newly opened dining place here in Lucena City. It’s a big farm about 7 hectares. The place is not yet finished but for now visitors can enjoy their Filipino foods, see their different kinds of plants, fruits and flowers. Visitors are free to explore the place. Soon, hotel and resort will rise in this farm.

Sorry for the clarity of the photos. I think i need to buy one camera because the camera is acting weird already. Anyway,  I will try to look photos from their Fan page so you will able to see the place nicely. 

The images below were taken from MJD Farm playground, Garden of Herbs, Garden Cafe, their mini chapel, boutique, bar, orchids sanctuary and dining place. 

MJD farm is located in Brgy. Bocohan, LucenaCity. For reservations/bookings call  admin 042- 6613247, admin staffs: JT / Riz  09328858581, 09331958625

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