Showing posts with label Beach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beach. Show all posts

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Siquijor

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

New Zealand Trip, Part 2: Waiheke

On our second day in New Zealand, we decided to head out into one of the closer islands from Auckland to join a half-day bus tour in the morning, and then do our own improvised walking tour in the afternoon. This island we visited called Waiheke reminds me so much of the pear pie that I would always buy at Marché (the Swiss bakery/restaurant that has branches here in Singapore). I did not know before until then that it's the name of an island in New Zealand! Such an interesting coincidence.


This is a view of Palm Beach

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekend in Maldives

My family and I decided to go on a trip to The Maldives for the long weekend holiday. Here are some of the highlights of our trip:

The gorgeous view of the islands from up above:

The Maldives look like a beautiful abstract painting from above -- couldn't wait to land on one of those lovely blue dots at the first sight of them! :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bali Gastronomy

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to once again visit Bali together with my family and some visiting friends from France.  Before I talk about the food, I just want to show you a bit of the place where we stayed. It was quite old and lacking in amenities but the caretaker was really nice. And the place was always kept clean and I totally loved the way it was designed.

The entrance to our two-bedroom private villa

The tiniest of swimming pools

I just love this open air bathroom!

Always looking forward to showering under the frangipanied skies

During my younger days, most of my trips were hurried and my goal was just to see all the important places and take as many pictures as possible. Eating was just a necessary nuisance. But now that I am slower and kinder to my body, eating seems to have taken as much importance as the sights to see.


Dinner at Petitenget Restaurant

The seafood platter for entrance

A garden on a plate -- my vegan friend's main dish

This is what i had

Panna cotta!

We went to Petitenget once for dinner on the very first evening, and then again for lunch on our last day! It was our absolute favorite because the staff are friendly and nice, the food delicious, it has a wonderful ambience, and reasonable price!


Duck watching

Crispy fried duck, the restaurant's specialty... did not disappoint!

I love how you can see the ducks roaming around the huge fields in the restaurant

We had a good hearty lunch of crispy fried duck at Bebek Tepi Sawah restaurant in Ubud, Bali right before hiking up and down the famous rice terraces! the place is also a hotel and a spa.

The rows of restaurants atop the rice terraces in Ubud, Bali

What a beautiful relaxing view

My friends enjoying the view

I thought I should also mention that we had a refreshing snack and drink at one of the restaurants facing the rice terraces. Unfortunately, I forgot to take the name of the one we went to. It was the most relaxing, refreshing and wonderful time resting after a tiring hike in the hot sun.


The labyrinth-like path to the W Hotel

I was tempted to order LOL, but I'm not really a fan of lychee

I just love, love, love this dessert!

At the hotel lobby

We found ourselves marching into the labyrinth-like path towards W Hotel on the way to the Fire Restaurant. Hubby saw some good reviews on the internet and thought we'd give it a try. It was, unfortunately, a little bit too posh for everybody's taste. As for me, I didn't mind at all. The foie gras sampler and watercress salad that I had were satisfying. The only thing that bothered me was the techno music coming from the bar on the beach, which gave me a bit of migraine.


Parking-side entrance to Menega Café, Jimbaran

Look how cheap it is! :)

Delicious lobsters!

I can never get tired of this view

It has the view of the surfers and the airport on the right side, which is not included in the frame
Lunch in Uluwatu was at Menega Café, in Jimbaran, which offers the best grilled seafood for so cheap price! I especially loved the lobsters! You should try to come and order early if you are hungry, as it takes almost an hour for them to serve the food.

Tapas, etc.

The semi-crucified lechon

Nice vines and ceiling art

Tapas!

Last dinner in Bali was at Barbacoa. They serve American-Mediterranean inspired dishes, with Indonesian influence, of course. Except for the beautiful terasse that opens into a wide vegetable farm and open skies (which are star-filled at night), I didn't really enjoy my dinner so much. Most of the dishes were too salty. Although, the lechon which was shared by my friend and hubby was really good. I'm not too crazy about lechon, though. Also, if you want to have a good table, be sure to ask the caucasian manager who is very friendly and nice, unlike the rest of the restaurant staff that were pretty much useless.

bon appetit! :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My Moalboal Part 1: White Beach

I had been searching the internet for a mini-break by the beach when I chanced upon SilkAir's Sale for flights going to Kalibo, Cebu and Davao earlier this March. It was a perfect opportunity for me. my first option was Boracay via Kalibo. But I wanted to go at such short notice that it was impossible for me to find a decent lodging at a decent price. And so, I opted for Cebu instead.


The shore at Blue Orchid Resort, facing west, directly in front of Negros Island, this area is also a perfect spot for stargazing at night


along the road, i passed by these Lolas weaving hats from buli plant

My first ever trip on the plane was ten years ago and it was bound for Cebu. I toured around the city and then went to Bohol. I never really got to visit the island's best beaches. Malapascua was the first choice, but I read in the reviews that it takes six hours from the airport to get there. Moalboal takes half the time, and is therefore, the next best option.

My favorite spot at the resort, just right in front of my bedroom, which is right at the end of the resort, giving me all the peace and quiet I needed

Just the perfect spot for reading too

Although, Moalboal is mainly for divers, I discovered that it has other options to offer. I initially wanted to do the canyoning at Montaneza, but I had the misfortune of being sick during my travel, so I opted not to do the whole canyoning tour, instead my trip was spent dong some relaxed snorkeling and a bit of hiking and sunset watching.


This is the sunset that welcomed me on my first day... the place has a forlorn air about it that just makes you want to stay more to somehow ease its loneliness... waxing all poetic here... :p


The view early in the morning at low tide... you can literally hear the diverse marine life breathing...

I found this really nice hotel called Blue Orchid Resort, which ranks no 1of 6 hotels in Moalboal. The place looked really charming, both in photos and in person. Although, I was quite disappointed with the bare minimum bedroom and not-so-creative meals offered at the resort, I was nevertheless, very impressed with the natural charm and tranquility of the surroundings.


Each day, I would have this for breakfast... and I was so happy! :)

Giant pink gumamela (hibiscus)

I didn't like seeing this bird in the cage so much... when I got closer, it came towards me and there was a sign that says it loves to be petted on the neck... cute! but I still don't like caged animals...

The owner of the resort is a very friendly German guy. He told me that my favorite reading and sunset-watching spot at the resort was his late mother's favorite spot too. It gave me the creeps a bit, imagining the ghost of some old person sitting there just outside my room... but the creepy feeling went away quickly as I got more and more relaxed and used to the quiet surroundings, with nothing but the sound of the crickets and wildlife at night to lull you to sleep.

While having breakfast, the owner showed me this kingfisher that flew inside his bedroom... he said he will free it after taking a pic

what a lovely relaxing spot...

On my second day, I took a snorkeling trip with the divers at Pescador Island. Apparently, this dive site has a cathedral right below the island/rock. Unfortunately, I forgot to insert the disk in the waterproof camera to take pics. Although, it was not really worth taking pictures since the waters were murky with too much plankton. I also had to rent a wet suit and booties for protection against jellyfish, which were abundant in the area. I had to get back into the boat quickly when i saw lots of them, especially when I saw this type that looked like a giant flatworm, as it could just wrap around my unprotected face so very easily.


White Beach... mouais...

Late afternoon on day two, I walked a bit towards the sandy area of White Beach. I wanted to do a bit of snorkeling at first but I forgot to bring my mask. So I just lied down and watched the bustle of activity around me. Still, it was not very crowded, despite the presence of souvenir shops and restaurants. I liked that it was not very touristy.

My shadow along the steps, framed by the shadow of trees and shrubbery

This blue starfish was just right next to the shore and it stayed there the whole time I was at the resort, keeping me company :)

Day three was spent hiking in the canyons and waterfalls of Montaneza and then dipping into Mainit (literally means "hot") Hot Spring, all arranged by the very friendly and helpful manager, Melissa Watkins... which I will have to write in the second part...

Until next time! Have a good week! :)

Book your room at Blue Orchid Resort here:


Friday, January 17, 2014

Qunci Villas

While searching for a place to go to for our family's Christmas Holiday, I chanced upon this beautiful resort called Qunci Villas in Lombok, Indonesia from a friend's facebook photo. and I was mesmerized with the beauty of the place.

Arriving at the place, I did not feel disappointed seeing how beautiful the hotel surroundings are. I immediately fell in-love with the open shower in our room. You can see the tree tops outside while you take the shower because half of the shower area is roofless. It reminded me so much of the batalan in the Philippine provinces. :)

The beautiful bathroom with the shower's roofing half exposed to the elements :)

All the art works in the resort are created by a collaboration of french and local artists. I super love them. We tried to visit the gallery where the art works came from but they close really early and they only sell huge wood carvings.

Hubby says the woman in the painting looks like me.

Our bedroom with comfy window seats :)


That's our room as seen from one of the restaurants

Our bedroom directly opens into a view of one of the swimming pools right in front of the sea. That huge mountain from across is in Bali. It's quite famous and I had a pic with the view of it when I visited Bali but I forgot the mountain's name.

One of the three gorgeous infinity pools facing the sea towards Bali
They actually have three gorgeous infinity pools with salt in them, not chlorine, which is quite fortunate since I have just had my hair colored for the first time.


Beautiful and serene setting

They also have two restaurants which serve really good food for quite a reasonable price.

Breakfast by the sea... super loved it!

The Christmas Dinner, though, was a bit of a scam. It was more expensive than usual but there was nothing so special about menu.

They also have a bar, which we would always visit before having dinner at the restaurant.

Sipping some frozen cocktail while enjoying the view of the sunset

You could also order room service and dine in at your very own balcony, if you're feeling lazy to go out.

Lovely christmas treat waiting for us in the balcony on Christmas morning
The ambience is just so relaxing. They have lots of chaise lounges by the pool and even some beds to nap on while watching the huge waves from the sea. And also these bed areas can be converted into cozy nooks like this for romantic dinner dates:


Hubby notes that only cheesy Asian people like this romantic stuff (i.e. people like moi)

And to complete the relaxation, they also have a spa. I had the facial and the full body massage.

Nothing like a good old spa! :)


The spa room

Here are some more beautiful captures from around the resort:

Enjoying the view with my baby

Hubby and baby
I have totally enjoyed my Christmas Holiday, hope you all did too! :)

Please book your stay at Qunci Villas here: