One of the best classic romantic movie ever made, in my opinion is Serendipity... all hopeless romantic, would definitely agree with me on this.. and who wouldn't know this quote? "When love feels like magic, it's called Destiny. When destiny has a sense of humor, It's called Serendipity" so for this alone, a normal hour and a half wait time for this New York pride restaurant is worth visiting...
The oh-so yummy famous frozen hot chocolate serving is literally as big as my face! ( i also suggest getting sandwiches rather than pasta if you want something to chew on their pasta is okay but the sandwiches tastes better in my opinion.. budget is about $15-$25 average ala carte )
New York they say is one of the most expensive city to visit.. I agree but I say its more to what money can buy!!! Free yoga classes at Bryant and Central parks are held almost every weekend. Just visit their websites respectively for list of schedule of free yoga classes. In some cases, they require pre registration which you can do online or on the site before classes starts....
Relaxing in the middle of the buzzing financial district is one of New York's gem!
Growing up, when I think of Beach, summer, resorts... Batangas always comes up to mind. Batangas has always been a popular choice for my family's summer outings - way back then, Munting Buhangin, Anilao, Blue Coral and Eagle's points were the most talked about places to go. Not to mention the ever popular Matabungay beach resort. One's childhood ( atleast that of my age ) wouldn't be complete without having to visit atleast one Batangas beach resort.
In the late 90's, Beaches from the North came in more popular. Pagudpod, Pangasinan, La Union, Olongapo, Zambales and other beaches up North is now on top of every one's summer list (or maybe just mine). And just when I almost forget how wonderful the beaches in Batangas were, developers never gave up to explore and enhance the place. Thanks to the good advertisement from The Fuego Group ( as I call it - Funta Fuego, Terrazas de Punta Fuego ), Lago de Oro, Canyon Cove, The Balai's ( I collectively called those resort with Balai's in their name) and Acuatico Resort - to name a few, The beaches in Batangas came back to it's rightful spot.
Just Recently, we decided to welcome summer 2010 in Canyon Cove Beach Club in Nasugbu. Canyon Cove is one of the membership club located in this past of Batangas. It is Open for day tours and overnight accomodation.
How to Get there: PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Ride a Bus from Lawton/Pasay to Nasugbu Pier. From Nasugbu, there are FX or Jeepneys that you can rent goint to barangay Wawa. PRIVATE CAR: From Tagaytay Rotonda, head towards the right arm of the road going to Nasugbu. From Nasugbu, Just go straight ahead until the forked road. Take the right road that says to Nasugbu. Continue going straight until you reach barangay Wawa and just at that marker you will see on your left side the entrance to Canyon Cove.
Rates: Day tour - Php 700 per head - inclusive Php 200 consumable for drinks ( and water sports - I think?) Php 1000 - Cabana Rates Php 4500- 8000 - Good for 2 pax inclusive of breakfast ( additonal Php 450 for extra bed ) Php 250-400 - Water sports
Let me compare the 2 most popular Beach club/residential resort in the area. For me, beach in Canyon Cove is better than that of Fuego's. The sand is finer and water is cleaner , but for the ambiance and facilities - shower room, resort interior and pool, my vote goes to Fuego.
I just hate it when my camera fails to capture picture perfect moments... =(
The center pool . It's like 3 pools that are interconnecting
Cabanas surrounding the pool area
the smaller pool overlooks the beach
I love the exclusivity of the place, indeed a good place to relax and unwind
Our much anticipated summer getaway, was almost ruined when our reservation with Canyon cove was suddenly cancelled. Just imagine how we felt when after booking our beach trip a month ago, 3 days from the actual booking date, we learned that our reservation was cancelled! Que Horror! Not to mention all we got was "sorry " from the management of the place. VERY VERY VERY UNPROFESSIONAL AND POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. I felt bad for the people who manage Canyon Cove and I won't be surprised if they will soon be bankrupt for all the hassles they givetheir customers.
Well it's a blessing in disguise that we were forced to look for another place to spend our weekend. We searched the net, asked friends, friends of friends just to get a place where we can hang-out. We almost lost hope, since we barely have 3 days to look for a resort. Of course, we all know that at this time, it is imposible to find a good resort because most of them are fully booked. I'm just so glad, blessings comes when you need it most. A friend, friend's recommended a new discovery in Bataan - CIUDAD REAL DE ACUZAR.
The resort is scheduled to open for the public on 2011, but had just it's soft opening recently. Only 4 hectars out of the 400 land area, is constructed/ restored as of the moment but is worth visitng already. The place accomodates, day tour with set lunches for only Php 1000 and overnight packages ( See attached flyer for rates ).
HOW TO GO THERE:
From NLEX, take the SCTEX exit going to subic ( about 1 hour travel time ). Inside Subic, floow the signs going to Anvaya Cove or Morong Gate. From Morong gate, just follow road going to Bagac ( about 1 hour travel time - you get pass the pawikan Conservation center (right side of the road ) just continue to drive ( about 15- 20 mins ) until you see the Friendshp tower on your right. Turn right. Take another right turn on the next street then left and you would see the metal gate of the resort. On the left side is the parking area of Ciudad Real de Acuzar - Cars are only allowed to enter the resort for drop off and pick up.
The coble stone roads of Cuidad Real de Acuzar reminds me of my trip to Vigan. The ambiance is a bit more mirthful maybe so because it's a new resort, but the historical value of the place depicts that of what Vigan offers it's guests since all "casa " are made from restored antic houses. Although, Cuidad Real de Acuzar is more known to be a place to rekindle our history and tradition, and most people visit the place for day tour, do not forget that it's first and foremost a resort that has a "batis" style swimming pool and a beach ( Gray sand only ) so it's also a good place to spend the night. Overnight package usually come with a set breakfast and lunch and dinner are serve in the Casa Unisan - Marivent Cafe, served Ala Carte, or in the Casa for buffet meals.
Reservation Office : 3325286
far view of the beach
the facade of the hotel the center gazebo
ifugao houses will soon be spa rooms.. can't wait! brick walls at the veranda in one of the houses.. the taverna...
wall mountings... the batis inspired swimming pool "Calesa" ride available for resort guests interior of one of the restored houses one of the restored houses served as a restaurant cobblestone walkway a walk back in the spanish colonian era our tourist guide explains the history of the place and how the resort came to be more eye candy.. the view from our window villa - the Gazebo our "humbe " villa... 2 story room with loft, reception area, a loft and a comfort room with tub...
a hotel personnel welcomes guests upon arrival... indeed a traditional filipino hospitality! the first floor of our villa..
Although beach wasn't really nice, the ambience of the place made our out of town trip worthwile... A good place to relax and unwind with famiy and friends, two thumbs up for Ciudad Real de Acuzar!
If your out on a road trip in Batangas, I suggest you head towards the municipality of Lobo. This area isn't as popular as Mabini or Laiya area wherein most bakasyonistas go to during summer time. it doesn't boast of white sand beaches as those places I mentioned earlier but it does have a scenic view that is equally remarkable.
Lobo is about 3 hours drive from the city of Batangas, road going to the Lighthouse is party cemented and partly rough. There is just one gas station from the city to the lighthouse proper so I suggest you fuel up before you start your ride.
I'm an impulsive traveler. I love adventures, I love food, I love shopping and trying out something new. I work hard and then I hit the best places to relax. Ironically, I am a home-buddy person by heart. Wacky - That's me!