Friday, December 5, 2014

Pitstop: Tauhai Garden Beach Resort and Spa

Last October, our team was able to find a resort in Toledo that's cozy and pretty affordable for a 2 nights, 3 days stay. Though not so familiar, Tauhai Garden Beach Resort and Spa didn't disappoint our team of 17.

Our journey to Tauhai located in Pinamungajan Toledo started in South Bus Terminal. We took the bus going to Pinamungajan, and I'm just going to tell you beforehand that there's no air-conditioned bus that you can ride on your way there. 

Since we contacted the owner, Mr. JN Cavada for reservations and instructions and for some other details of our stay, we made it to the place safely after three hours of riding the bus.

If I remember it right, we told the 'konduktor' to drop us at Tauhai and he said it was Tauhan or something. We figured it was the same resort since we arrived to the right place. I think we were charged below P80 each for the bus. 

Now, the first time we entered the vicinity of the resort, we immediately liked it. See the picture on the left? Hehe. I don't really know how to describe the whole entrance thing but it was really nice.

We arranged with the owner that we'll have our lunch by the time we get to Tauhai, but we were tired of carrying our bags so we were led to the rooms. They gave us the freedom to choose our rooms. Here's one of our three rooms with one air-conditioned masters bedroom each. We chose the row of rooms in the second floor, above the dining area. There are beds upstairs.

The place was organized and clean. There's also soap, toiletries and towels available. They also have one large 5 feet deep swimming pool just meters away from the dining area. We had our team building activities in the area where they also cater parties and weddings. 

Check out more of our photos.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pitstop: RUVI CAVE

A swimming pool that's cheap.
A swimming pool that's not so crowded.
A swimming pool that wouldn't take two hours to reach.

But where?

Those where my family's considerations last summer. Last minute decision - Ruvi cave. No regrets. Ruvi cave in Tungkop Minglanilla Cebu was just the perfect choice.  

Ruvi cave will not be called as such for no apparent reason. The structure(or design) of the place was truly cave-like. 

The road to Ruvi cave is just across Mary Help Christian School. 

The pool is divided into two - the kiddy pool that's 3 to 4 feet and the other part that's 8 feet deep. But these divisions converge at one point so you can swim continuously from the shallow pool to the deep waters.

Entrance free as of June 2014 is 100 Php and 50 Php for 3 to 10 year olds. Like any other swimming pool, you can bring food but with corkage for beverages and liquor. You can also cook meat there. Just bring some charcoal.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pitstop: Narra Park Resort, Alcoy

While the city panicked during the 7.2 earthquake that shook the Visayas region last October 15, our team was en route to paradise, saved from the tremors. The paradise I am referring to is the beautiful and peaceful Narra Park Resort in Alcoy, Cebu. 

Leaving Cebu South Bus terminal at 9:00 am Tuesday, we arrived at the resort, welcomed by our hospitable hosts upon arriving noon.

For two nights and three days, we were able to enjoy the picturesque view of the city from the resort. The resort alone is already a view to behold.

As of the time of this writing, There's only one swimming pool in the resort that is big enough to accommodate a big crowd of guests. The pool is 5 to 8 feet deep with the latter marked with a circle to distinguish its depth.

The dining area slash restaurant is nicely set for the guests. The meals are very Filipino, but I don't know if that'd depend on the accommodation package. You could also order snacks and deserts in their menu. You could just ask their staff to prepare your food in your desired time.

Just beside the resort's restaurant is their small entertainment area where you could play table football and/or enjoy their karaoke. Of course, that's something special here, because unlike most resorts, you can use their karaoke for free without limit.

 Here's the view from beside our rooms. Few meters down are the restaurant and the pool. There's an enclosed staircase on the way to the resto where I'm sure you'd love to take pictures of yourself and your group. Before I forget, you have to pay a certain reservation fee that'd be deducted from your total payment.

The right picture is one of our two rooms. There are two queen-sized beds in every room, that could accommodate four to six people. By the way, we rented regular rooms - the rental fee would vary during weekdays and weekends. The deluxe rooms are, I think, bigger and have wifi connection (the sad part of being in the regular room). And hey, we love their bathrooms.


Narra Park Resort Alcoy, Cebu 
The resort has a service van but we chose to ride the bus from Cebu South Bus Terminal to save some expense. The air-conditioned bus charged us Php 96.00 instead of Php 110.00 since we presented our student IDs - the perks of being a student. From the bus stop to the resort, the service van of Narra Park fetched us, the charge already added to our total payment.

"Thumbs up for the accommodation of Narra Park Resort. We were also able to accidentally meet the owners while having our picture taken. The owners were very friendly and they even gave us two free softdrinks as we departed from the place."

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