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The Bellevue Resort (Bohol): Photo of the Day

When we travel, we always make it a point to wake up early and catch the sunrise. It’s always a wonderful time, sunrise. The play of strong colors that pick up where sunset left off. The serene world that is free from the agonies of the night and the harsh reality of the day. People are still asleep and you have the world to yourself. Even nature is calm, with the waves toned down and the breeze gentle. So, it’s always a joy to see beautiful photos like this, with the infinity pool reflecting the sunrise at The Bellevue Resort in Bohol, courtesy of @marolayta. You have beautiful country there, @marolayta. Click the photo to enlarge:

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Photo of the Day: Endless Sunrise/Sunset

An infinity pool — which is “a swimming or reflecting pool that produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to infinity” — is pretty easy to spot. No two infinity pools are the same, of course, but if we add the gorgeous Philippine sunset or sunrise to the scene, the task of differentiating infinity pools becomes extra difficult. To illustrate, take a look at these two photos. We first encountered the photo snapped by Jaymie del Fonso (jam0i). It’s the infinity pool of Shangri-La Mactan at sunset. It’s a beachside resort, yet it resembles the beautiful view of clouds blanketing the highest peak in Luzon, Mt. Plug. It’s like the sky has descended to allow earthlings a limited moment to enjoy heavenly beauty. Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Endless Sunrise/Sunset

Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay

Misibis Bay, found in the island of Cagraray, is not exactly near Manila. Neither is the choice of this beach destination totally free of safety concerns, at least in the last few weeks, with Daragang Mayon’s most recent rumblings. This resort paradise, after all, basks in the shadow of the world’s most perfect cone volcano, Mt. Mayon, spewing lava in the past days, prompting the local government to evacuate residents in the volcano’s permanent danger zone. Of course, we very well know that travel does not come without risks — after seriously considering the cards dealt on us, we came to a doubt-free conclusion that Misibis Bay must be explored and, with the decision to make the trip more adventurous with a long drive, it turned out to be an experience of Misibis Bay by day and night. Continue reading Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay

Luxurious Refuge at Crimson Resort and Spa (Mactan, Cebu)

It’s amazing how a lot of resorts and destinations in Mactan Island — conveniently located just beside, and connected by two bridges from, the main island of Cebu — are hidden from plain sight. We won’t be surprised if a lot of our readers, even those living in Mactan and Cebu, haven’t heard of Crimson Resort & Spa. We certainly didn’t know Crimson Resort existed, not until Doc Aldrin brought us there. Navigating the narrow roads of Mactan made us realize why Crimson Resort should be labeled a hidden paradise. Continue reading Luxurious Refuge at Crimson Resort and Spa (Mactan, Cebu)

Water Fun at Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks (Clarkfield, Pampanga)

No two places are the same, in the same way that no place is the same in the eyes of different persons. In the world of water theme parks, our new favorite is the Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa Cebu, basically because it’s the newest and cleanest among the waterpark lot. It’s found in Central Visayas, which means that it’s not a default option for a quickie weekend getaway for someone living in Luzon. The next option, just south of Metro Manila, is the Splash Island, with the most number of exciting water slides. But Splash Island feels like a theme park in serious search for its soul, so there’s a challenge to search for another water theme park at the other end of the metro. And so with hearts overflowing with adventure (and a tank filled with just enough gas), we found our way through the North Luzon Expressway, totally clueless of a destination. Continue reading Water Fun at Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks (Clarkfield, Pampanga)

Swimming Pool of Cocoon Boutique Hotel

A hotel’s swimming pool has its unique pull on certain guests. The fact that Cocoon Boutique Hotel has a pool made us decide to visit it over the long weekend. Now, there are reasons why we’re writing separately on the swimming pool of Cocoon Boutique Hotel. There are reasons why we’re writing this article ahead of the main article for this unassuming yet sophisticated hotel somewhere in the heart of Quezon City. Continue reading Swimming Pool of Cocoon Boutique Hotel

Palm Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas)

The drive is long. The road from Manila to San Juan, Batangas, through the SLEX and Star Tollway, may be smooth, thankfully, but it’s still a long drive. And it’s not surprising to doubt if, at the final stretch through that quiet cemetery, the narrow and unpaved road leads anywhere good. But there it waits, that oasis of serenity called Palm Beach Resort. Continue reading Palm Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas)

Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa Cebu

In terms of historical significance, we know Mactan Island as the place where the forces of the Spanish conquestador, Ferdinand Magellan, and the Filipino forces of Lapu-Lapu, [see also Revisiting Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine and Basilica del Sto. Nino]. In terms of tourist attractions, we know Mactan Island as the location of a number fine beaches and 5-star resorts, including the Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa CebuContinue reading Imperial Palace Waterpark and Spa Cebu

Summer Water Fun at Club Manila East (CME)

There’s something about water and kids, a bond that probably started when we all started as growing fetuses floating in mom’s womb. We don’t know any scientific basis for that link but it’s fairly obvious when kids hit water venues. This is evident in a water world east of the Metro, the Club Manila East (CME), a place that has so much to offer for kids and adults. Continue reading Summer Water Fun at Club Manila East (CME)