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A piece of Mediterranean

I was searching for a place to unwind near Manila at Agoda.com when I stumbled upon Mediterranean House, a resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.

The pictures from their website caught my attention. I liked how the place was designed.

 I booked for an overnight stay for Php2500. It includes breakfast for 2 persons. However, we decided not to stay for the night and they were ok with it. We even had to move our reserved date to another date and they were ok with it. You just have to call them since they don’t reply thru email or text.

How To Go There:

1. We rode a DLTB bus going to Nasugbu, Batangas at Buendia bus station.

There are other bus stations at Taft and Cubao that travel to Nasugbu.

2. Tell the bus conductor that you’re getting off at Sitio Calo and that you’re going to Mediterranean House. It was a relief when the conductor knew where we were going because the Maps and Navi apps in my phone could not locate it.

3. You get off at a basketball court and there you’ll find a signage going to Mediterranean house.

You’ll be surprised where the resort is located. You wouldn’t guess that a resort as stunning as Mediterranean house is situated inside.

facade of Mediterranean House

facade of Mediterranean House

You wouldn’t expect much when you see the facade but when you go inside…

See how great the place is? 🙂 It’s really worth your while. I enjoyed our stay even if we didn’t stay overnight. I bet the ambiance is better at night.

I didn’t say it’s perfect though. Here are some of my personal quirks on the resort:

1. They don’t reply to text or email queries.

2. The room for 2 was not that spacious.

3. The lay out of the room and bathroom were quite different. The TV was placed at the side of the bed instead of the usual at the foot of the bed. The bathroom was a toilet and shower room. It’s ok except that, again it was not that spacious, water will be splashed all over including the tissue paper and trash can.

These are all small things but if you are sensitive to those listed above, you might want to reconsider. But for me, I could get past those. 🙂

Timetable and Expenses (per person):

6:30 AM          Rode bus at Buendia

6:45 AM          Bus left for Nasugbu                                  Php116

8:30 AM          Arrived at Mediterranean House               Php1250

                           Breakfast

                           Lunch (pizza)                                           Php150

4:30 PM          check out

4:45 PM          jeep to Olivares terminal                           Php28

8:0                   bus to Buendia                                               Php80

                          taxi to MRT station                                       Php30

Total: Php1654

There are buses and vans that may bring you to Manila when you step out of the resort. But since it was a holiday, we anticipated that buses might be full so we decided to take the jeep to Tagaytay then ride a bus from there. Took us 4 hours to go back to Manila! -_-

Would love to go back there and stay overnight! 🙂

By the way, their day tour is priced at Php220/person, good for 5 hours. If you’ll take a room for the day tour, price is at Php1300.

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Exploring Camiguin (Day 3): Mantigue Island

After the white beach, falls, and springs trip yesterday, we had to wake up early again to see another white beach – Mantigue Island! After a 30-minute boat ride, we arrived at this yet another white beach. It’s actually a place for diving and snorkeling but since I, personally, am not into those and our plane leaves in the afternoon, we opted to just swim around the beach.

We stayed at Matigue Island for 2 hours then the boat picked us up again. We washed ourselves where the  entrances to the Mantigue Island are paid. Don’t expect much. It only costs Php5 each. After that, we headed straight to the Benoni port, bought our tickets, ferried our way to Balingoan where the taxi driver we rented is waiting for us to bring us back to the airport.

Little did I know that having him pick us up at Balingoan will cost us Php2000 plus the metered fare from Balingoan to the airport. Had I known, we would’ve just opted to commute. For backpackers or those with shoestring budgets, commute your way all the way!

 

 

 

For my other Camiguin entries:

Exploring Camiguin (Day 1)

Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): White Island

Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): Tourist Spots

Exploring Camiguin: Itinerary, Expenses, and Contacts

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Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): Tourist Spots

After basking ourselves at the White Island, we had to go back and see other tourist spots lined up in our itinerary for the day. Here are the places we’ve been from 9am to 5:30pm.

The Katibawasan Falls was under construction. They’re probably trying to make the water deeper so people could take a dip under the waterfalls.

There isn’t much to see in the Sunken Cemetery. You may opt to take a boat ride to the cemetery but according to the locals you’ll just see damaged coffins.

I loved the Soda Pool simply because it’s a pool. I get to swim without wondering if I am still at the shallow or deep part of the waters.

We had lunch at the Cold Spring. I felt that we were somehow harrassed by the vendors offering to cook for our lunch. They were like a swarm of bees hovering around us. The matter was settled by buying something from all of them. It was a tough one. I didn’t swim here coz there were a lot of people. I think this is really the best place to have your lunch. You just have to pay an additional Php50 for your table.

Our next stop was the Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross. We were a bit tired so we decided not to finish the climb. I think it was a good call. We were able to spend enough time at the Ardent Hot Spring. This is my third favorite place in our tour. The water was really warm. Make sure you have this as the last stop. It will take all your stress away.

It was a full day and we were looking forward to our dinner – tuna and BBQ!

 

 

For my other Camiguin entries:

Exploring Camiguin (Day 1)

Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): White Island

Exploring Camiguin (Day 3): Mantigue Island

Exploring Camiguin: Itinerary, Expenses, and Contacts

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Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): White Island

We left the cottage at 5:30am and head off for White Island. We rented a boat (which was part of the voucher we purchased) and after 30 minutes, we’re at the White Island. It’s a sand bar with very fine white sand. We stayed there for 3 hours just marvelling at the scenery. I think the best times to go there are at sunrise and sunset. But you have to watch out for the high tide coz there’ll only be  a few left of the sand bar when high tide comes. I think that’s the reason why nothing permanent has been placed there.

While checking out the entire “island”, we came across a local who’s diving for sea urchins. He said we could eat the sea urchins. Later, we tasted his catch soaked in vinegar. It tasted like crab paste (“aligue”). Some say it’s an aphrodisiac.

As the sun went up some umbrellas were being set up by locals to protect us from the heat of the sun.

Of all the tourist spots in Camiguin, this one is a must-see. Let the pictures tell you why.

 

 

 

For my other Camiguin entries:

Exploring Camiguin (Day 1)

Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): Tourist Spots

Exploring Camiguin (Day 3): Mantigue Island

Exploring Camiguin: Itinerary, Expenses, and Contacts

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Coron Trip: The Hotel

Last October 2011, I was able to see one of the local destinations I really want to visit – Coron, Palawan. Thanks to Ensogo‘s discount voucher. We had a 3 days and 2 nights accommodation at Coron Gateway Hotel (really really great hotel!) for 4 people for only Php 7400! That’s like Php925/night/person. Plus, nightly dinner is included.

Our airfare cost Php2,292.88 (roundtrip/person) c/o Cebu Pacific. Our flights were delayed though to and from Busuanga Airport. We had to change our itinerary because of this. But things turned out to be great still. We availed of the roundtrip van transfer from the hotel (Php300/person). It took more than 1 hour from Busuanga Airport to our hotel. Despite the delay, we were able to maximize our time during our stay there. We were able to experience climbing at Mt. Tapyas, swimming at the Maquinit Hotspring, and island hopping!

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