Bora Bora Vacation

Bora Bora VacationIf you want a relaxing time, away from all the stress of your work, then you can consider going on a Bora Bora vacation. Bora Bora is one of the islands in French Polynesia, and many consider it to be a paradise and a dream vacation spot.

This is also a great place to go to for newly weds as the place is really romantic. This is often the case for islands, as the waters always have a calming effect and a romantic feel to it. It is also a frequent destination for tourists who simply want to enjoy the view.

It’s a good thing that Bora Bora is accessible from almost anywhere. In fact, you can get to the place through different modes of transportation by air, by land, or by sea. For this reason, you will not find it hard to schedule a trip here at almost any day of the year.

And the transportation within the island is good too. So you can go about exploring the place, sight seeing. There are also recreational facilities that you can use for sports and enjoyment; and there are shops for souvenirs too.

There’s no doubt about it that Bora Bora is one of the must-see places in the world. If I were you, I’d put it on my list of places to go to for vacation!

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Spending Time in Boutique Hotels

boutique hotelAs boutique hotels are very much different from the usual hotels that we are accustomed to, it seems like a good idea to pick them over regular hotels once in a while. In fact, some have referred to this type of hotel as a traveler’s paradise since it offers more comfort and style than traditional hotels.

When you decide to check-in in a boutique hotel, you are not just checking in to a place where you can spend the night during your trips. The hotel in itself is a vacation spot, and you’ll get to know the country and the culture of its people more. Even the foods served in this establishment are special, and they offer meals and recipes that are not commonly found in other hotels.

If you are observant, you will also notice that the staff and employees in this type of hotel are very friendly and accommodating. They are trained to offer you assistance, and you can sense their sincerity as they enjoy their work just as much as they like entertaining their guests. Yes, they want to make sure that you will enjoy your stay in this special hotel.

The nice thing about boutique hotels is that they are really easy to find too. They are often situated in the heart of the city, so that means that you are also close to tourist spots that you might want to go to. And if you like antiques and old buildings, you will also like the design of the hotel as they are mostly kept in traditional building styles.

Are you feeling intrigued now? Then search for a boutique hotel in the next place that you are going to travel to. And you will surely find your stay more pleasant and memorable too.

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Exploring Romania and Its Cuisine

While Romania is known for its being under military rule and being strict, a wonderful way to go exploring Romania is by checking out its cuisine. It sounds different and weird, but sometimes you can learn more about a country by learning about the locals’ food.

Romanian recipes nowadays are greatly influenced by the rest of its history. For example, ever since the Turks brought the country meatballs, a lot of recipes needed meatballs in it. A good one is chiftele, a huge meatball covered with a flour crust.

Meat is a big part in its cuisine, mainly because some events call them to eat a certain meat. Before Christmas, or December 20, every rural family must slaughter a pig and eat pork dishes from that specific pig all day. At Easter, the main meat this time is lamb, particularly roast lamb.

Romanians are also good in creating vegetable dishes. They make succulent mushroom stews, pea stews, stuffed vegetables, salads, and veggie spreads. If you brought your kids to go exploring Romania with you, they might want to taste chiftelute de ciuperci, a chiftele made with mushrooms instead of meat. Surely, that will get them to make peace with their veggies.

I also absolutely love their desserts! Exploring Romania—or exploring any country, for this matter—is incomplete for me without tasting some native desserts. One would like to try cozonac. It looks like raisin bread (and tastes like it), sprinkled with sugar.

Wine is also a huge part of Romanian cuisine. It’s not surprising, considering that Romania is the world’s 9th largest wine producer and that it’s the preferred drink of most. They have lots of great, fruit-flavored wines.

Exploring Romania is great. Getting a taste of it, however, is great and delicious. Perfect.

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Top Places to Visit in Philippines

Going to the Philippines seems like another thing to whine about for most children unless you know the top places to visit in Philippines for kids. While traveling can be exciting to adults, it may not be the case with kids. For one thing, it’s stressful to pack and rush to get on the plane. Also, it could get boring if all they do is walk all day and spend their nights cooped up in a hotel room. However, it’s not as bad as it sounds…when you know where to go.

Top Places to Visit in Philippines – The Beaches!

Top Places to Visit in PhilippinesIf there are places you must visit in this country, its their beaches. The most popular choices are those from Boracay and Palawan. A lot of tourists come over to see their white sand beaches, pristine water, and bold caves. There’s no way the kids would be bored when they spend their day swimming with dolphins and exploring caves.

Other Top Places to Visit in Philippines

A more exotic area to visit is, no doubt, Bohol. This could be number one in my list of the top places to visit in Philippines. Considered one of the loveliest islands in Southern Philippines, Bohol has rolling green hills, historical buildings, and magnificent native flora and fauna. Kids would be excited to know about the tarsier and Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.

The Hundred Islands is also another great vacation spot. Not only is it beautiful, but children will have a wonderful time knowing that tourists could rent their own private beach.

Top Places to Visit in Philippines – Where to Get Souvenirs

If your kids usually brighten up when they get to bring home nice souvenirs, you could go check out Divisoria. While it may not sound like one of the top places to visit in Philippines—and it certainly does not look like one—you can buy all sorts of great stuff at a cheap price. Children could be busy “ooh”ing and “aah”ing at all the products.

Enjoying Your Stay

Take note, though, that these are just few of the top places to visit in Philippines; the country is overflowing with lots of glorious islands and cities. Sure, it may be hot and different, but when the kids are busy having the time of their lives, who’s complaining?

Do check back our site again for other upcoming reports on the top places to visit in Philippines and other countries as well.

My Guide to the Best Places in Europe

There is one continent I really love and this is evident in this guide to the best places in Europe. You see, Europe is a wonderful place to visit. There are many great landmarks and the culture of each of its countries is rich. You can bet that you will be able to bring home plenty of interesting souvenirs when you travel there.

Sometimes it gets so fascinating that it becomes complicated to decide which places you will visit first on your vacation. That’s why some people need a guide to the best places in Europe; and I will take up a few of my favorites.

Guide to the Best Places in Europe – My Favorite Places!

Paris and Milan are always wonderful choices, especially if you are into fashion. Not only are they the so-called fashion capitals of the world, but they have very famous landmarks. Cathedral Notre-Dame is very artistic; and who does not know the famed Eiffel Tower, a must-see in my guide to the best places in Europe?

If you are looking for places that are exciting, you must visit Spain. This place used to be the superpowers of the world with Portugal way before America came into the picture. Also, this country is credited for spreading Catholicism. You must visit La Sagradia Familia, a church that has very innovative architecture.

Guide to the Best Places in Europe – Exploring History!

If your goal is to absorb European history, then head off to Athens. You’ll be surprised how historical this place is—some buildings were built in the 5th century B.C.! In my guide to the best places in Europe, two of my favorite landmarks are the Acropolis and Parthenon.

But you know the classic choice in my guide to the best places in Europe? London! There are great places to visit: the Edinburgh Castle, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben, just to name a few.

More Exciting Places to Visit in Europe

There are more sights to visit in Europe, but you can start with these. Remember to have fun and do come back to our site to refer to this guide to the best places in Europe!

Top Places to Visit: Graceland

Top Places to Visit: Graceland

I am an Elvis Presley fan, and that’s why visiting Graceland is one of my future plans. It’s where the king of rock n roll used to live, and I really find that interesting. And somewhat haunting. Why? Well, up to this day, there are reports that he’s still alive, that’s why. And he did have a quite controversial death.

Why Graceland?

So anyway, Graceland is located in Memphis, Tennessee, so I can imagine Elvis going around the place especially when he was not yet famous. And the house, the Graceland mansion, it’s really really big! It’s a museum now, so it has all of Elvis’ stuff there, guitar, clothes, etc.

It would be nice to see the different rooms in the large house too, like the bedrooms, library, guest rooms, recording studio and others. I wonder how many rooms are in that house anyway? There are also probably a lot of servants’ rooms.

The Meditation Garden

They also have a memorial graveyard there, and I’d like to see that too. Elvis’ parents were buried there. In fact, Elvis is buried there too. And some reports say that there’s also a memorial stone for his dead twin brother. Even the name of the graveyard is mysterious and captivating, it’s called the Meditation Garden.

The Music-Theme Inspired Gate

I also want to see the music-inspired gate. It’s always in the news, and pictures of the Graceland gate are already very familiar. But it would feel different to finally see it standing in front of you, and touch it.

So for now that remains to be a dream of mine. And I’m sure a lot of Elvis fans are dreaming about the same thing. Graceland is a historical place, and it gets hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. I hope one day I’ll be one of those visitors.

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Should You Go to Villamar Beach Resort This Summer 2015?

So, should you even consider going to Villamar Beach Resort in Cavite this summer?

Believe it or not, a lot of people are still asking that question – especially those who grew up in Cavite back in the 60’s and 70’s. Yep, it was VERY popular back then, along with Lido Beach Resort which was located right next to it.

I myself had the same question in my mind for quite sometime, so I decided to check it out. I went there with a friend just this March so I was able to check the place out.

In this post, you will see my honest and unbiased review of the place. It will help you decide if you’d want to spend some of your summer vacation time in this particular beach resort.

Villamar Beach Resort Review

Here I am standing by the beach. This was taken at about 5PM.

Getting There…

Villamar Beach Resort is located at San Rafael IV, Noveleta, Cavite. It is actually at the boundary of Noveleta and Cavite City, so it’s really not that far from Manila.

Commuters will find it easy to get there. Just a bus ride from Manila – either from Baclaran, Coastal Mall, or any place where buses destined for Cavite City pass by – and you’re sure to get there.

Cavite bus drivers and conductors are all familiar with Villamar, so just tell them that you need to go there and they will drop you off at the exact spot. It’s just a short walk from the highway (where you’ll be dropped off) and you will pass by fish ponds to the left and the right side of the road before reaching the place.

The beach can be seen from the highway. It’s really that near. I would say about 15 to 30 minutes of walk (slow, leisurely walk).

Of course, it would be easier to get there if you have your own private vehicle. First of all, you will be passing by major roads and highways. And it will only take about 5 minutes (or less) from the highway (the drop off point I mentioned above) to the main beach.

Villamar Beach Resort

Here I am with my bestfriend, Susan. This shot was taken just outside the Villamar 1 restaurant.

Really REALLY Affordable Prices

What really prompted me to go to Villamar again is its price. These days, it’s really hard to find beach resorts that only charge P30 per head as entrance fee.

Also, the tables, cottages, and rooms are very affordable. As of this writing, prices for tables and cottages near the beach area range from P100 to P250 and private rooms can be rented for 12 hours from P500 (non-air con) to P1,500 (with air con).

For this particular visit, we rented a non-air con room for P500. It had a private bathroom with shower and an electric fan. It also had a nice balcony at the back overlooking the fish pond (we ate our lunch here).

I liked the bathroom because it was clean. The shower was functional and the toilet flushes well too. The bed was also comfortable and it had clean sheets. We were even given some blankets for our stay.

Villamar Cabana

This is where we stayed in. It’s called “Cabana.”

Swimming….. Strolling…. Picture Taking….

No, we didn’t swim in the beach because it didn’t look that clean. Well, we actually expected it to be quite dirty because water pollution in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces is just terrible.

Still, we walked along the seashore and took some pictures. The sand was brown and didn’t smell that good. Yes, we can actually smell the sand as we trekked the beach. There were some dead jellyfish that had insects hovering over them too.

The smell didn’t reach the restaurants and the tables that were located away from the seashore, though…

Villamar Location

See the photobomber in this shot? There were plastic cups, junk food wrappers, etc. just scattered around the beach.

Oh, and Another Bad Thing…

If you got disappointed with the beach setting that I just described, wait ‘til you here this.

The public bathroom stank!

Yeah…. It smelled so bad when we passed by it that we decided not to pass by it again. It’s a good thing we had a private bathroom in our rented room! Whew!

Villamar Beach Resort Cavite

These are the cottages that are positioned near the beach.

What I Think of the Beach

Well, obviously, this is not the Villamar Beach Resort that I knew in the 70’s (and even early 80’s).

A lot has changed.

The water condition is no longer good And the sand is no longer that clean.

If I remember right, however (because I was very young in the 70’s LOL), there were no private rooms back then – just cottages and tables. So I was really quite impressed with the buildings and structures that are now standing there. The rooms actually look good too (inside and out).

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Here I am sitting at one of the cottages. There are more tables at the higher portion of the beach.

Will I Ever Go Back to Villamar?

Let me think…. hmmmmmm……

Yes. Actually, I can consider going back to this beach resort.

First of all, it’s really very affordable to check in their private rooms. Entrance is VERY CHEAP too (just P30!).

Although we only stayed in our room for most of our stay there to chat and catch up (we haven’t seen each other for more than a year, imagine that!), there were restaurants, stores and karaoke in the place too.

For this particular trip, we decided to bring our own food. So we didn’t really buy anything inside the resort.

Note, too, that Villamar Beach Resort is open 24/7. They also have security guards and life guards. The place looks safe and secure.

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Here I am walking along the balcony of the restaurant at Villamar 2 (the right side).

Should You Consider Going to Villamar?

If you’re a little low on the budget and just want to hang out with family and friends, you can include Villamar in your list of choices.

No, I wouldn’t recommend the place for swimming, but it’s a good place to have a picnic. If the tide is high, I am sure the seashore wouldn’t be as stinky too.

Also, you can opt for the tables that are located a few meters away from the beach, so that you can still enjoy the view without smelling anything. You can also rent their private rooms so that you can relax better during your stay. Having your private bathroom should also be one of your priorities.

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This was taken inside the Villamar 1 restaurant. There’s a Karaoke bar here too.

Reservations, Accommodations, and the Staff

Guess what? You don’t even need to call for reservations if you want to check in their rooms. I think it would be safe to assume that there will always be vacant rooms because this is not a popular beach resort anymore. In fact, even Cavitenos themselves no longer recommend this place – especially since there are a lot of better choices out there (but more expensive too).

Still, you can check out their official website by clicking here. You will find contact numbers there if you want to inquire about their prices, accommodations, etc.

Since we checked in at Villamar 1 (left side), I called a lady named Lolit first to inquire about it. Villamar 2 is located at the right side – this is where I’m planning to check in when I return to the resort.

Lolit (Villamar 1’s manager) was very friendly and accommodating. She provided us with a nice private room with a good view and was always checking up on us. She even gave us a few hours of extension when we were still there after the cut off time. We really appreciate that. Thanks, Lolit! 🙂

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Here’s one last look at the Villamar Beach Resort. It’s breathtaking especially during sunset. Yes, I will surely come back!

If You Know What to Expect, You’ll Surely Have a Good Time!

Sooooo…. If you know what to expect, I really think you’d have a nice time at Villamar Beach Resort. I was with my bestfriend, Susan, so we really had a good time.

If your purpose for coming to Villamar is just to relax and unwind, it’s worth checking out. I suggest bringing good company and good food – and everything will surely be magical!

Boat Rentals for Your Catalina Island Trip

Boat Rentals for Your Catalina Island TripWhen you are considering spending some time on that ocean, off the coast of Southern California, you might check out the Newport Beach boat rentals. One of the most popular destinations out of Newport Beach is Catalina Island. Catalina Island is approximately twenty-six miles from Newport Beach. Once you get to the island, you won’t have to worry about finding a place to spend the night. The sleeping quarters on the boat will be something you won’t want to miss.

Things to Do on the Water

Many divers enjoy scuba divingoff the island,and there are an amazing amount of locations to dive in. Whether you are an experienced diver or just starting out, there are dives for you. If diving is not your thing, then snorkeling may be something that would interest you. Looking at the beautiful scenery under the water is something you will never forget. Other activities that might interest you are jet skiing, sport fishing charters, sea kayaking, para-sailing, sea-trekking, ocean rafting, and swimming.

Things to Do on the Island

Avalon is a great place for those that like the nightlife and city amenities. The city boasts day spas, shops of all kinds, great hotels, dining that covers all the bases, and lots of people to enjoy the experience with. Camping is also available in the interior of the island. There are hiking trails that criss cross all over the island and will provide you beautiful views of the surrounding land and ocean.

Perks of Renting

With a top-notch crew at your beckon call, you will have nothing to do but relax and enjoy the ocean breezes. You will rest easy knowing that your safety and enjoyment are their greatest concern. Your menus will be decided before you leave the dock, and you won’t have to worry about preparing meals or cleaning up after them. Once you arrive back at Newport Beach, you won’t have anything to clean up or  anymaintenance to worry about. The company that provides the Newport Beach boat rentals is committed to providing the best experience you have ever had in service, accommodations, and equipment.

Why You Should Go to Disneyland

Why You Should Go to DisneylandThere are lots and lots of reasons why you should go to Disneyland. Disneyland is known as the happiest place on earth. And rightfully so, since it’s such a wonderful and magical place. Kids love it, and the inner child in every mature person can also appreciate the beauty and festivities that are always present in this theme park.

Why You Should Go to Disneyland? Because it’s Special!

What makes Disneyland so special? Mickey Mouse and his friends are the ones entertaining the guests here. And we all grew up with said characters, right? They are our friends since childhood and they have somehow shaped us in who we are right now, or who are going to be.

Yes, the Disney characters have so much influence that children imitate them. And what’s good about it is that these characters have such a positive influence that a person’s attitude and outlook in life can improve dramatically. That’s why children and parents love them!

Why You Should Go to Disneyland? There are Rides, Rides, and Lots of Rides!

The rides also play a major role in bringing happiness to the whole family. These are not just ordinary rides, you know. Most of them are exclusively made for the theme park. Children will enjoy riding in small twirling swings that go round and round and round. And the more daring ones in the family will like the Ferris wheel and Roller Coaster rides.

The Souvenirs – Another Reason Why You Should Go to Disneyland

And one can’t resist going to the souvenir shops too. T-shirts, caps, and other memorabilia can all be taken home to remember this very special place. You can also have your picture taken with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, and the rest of the gang!

Super Friendly Disney Staff and Employees!!!

What about the staff? The people at Disneyland are all very friendly and helpful. They will assist you with everything you need so as to make sure that your stay in the theme park is pleasant and enjoyable.

Why You Should Go to Disneyland? Because it’s the Number 1 Tourist Spot in the World!

Needless to say, every day is a fun day in Disneyland. This cheerful place is the number 1 tourist spot in all the world, and the crowd of people that go here are always enormous.  And even if you have been here before, you will find yourself going back again and again, reliving old memories and making new ones as well.

Yes, it is indeed the happiest place in the world; and even for a day, you will forget all your problems and concerns in life. The atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming here, that you’d think that you are in another world. A happy world… since Disneyland is truly a magical place. That’s why you should go to Disneyland!

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Why I Like Going to the Beach

Even though I am not a great swimmer (I hardly know how to swim – that’s a fact), going to the beach is one of my favorite things. There’s something about being close to nature that relaxes me, and going near bodies of water can certainly lift my spirits up.

Fortunately, I live in a place where there are nearby beaches around. Sometimes I go there just to sit on the sand and look at the peaceful waters all around me. And when I close my eyes, it gets even better as I can appreciate the sound of the waves more clearly than if my eyes are open. It’s good not to have distractions once in a while.

The best time to go to the beach is in the morning, if you want to catch the sun as it rises from the east. However, the beauty of the sunrise only lasts a few minutes especially during the summer season. I actually prefer watching sunsets when I’m at the beach. This can go on for about 30 minutes or so, so I can just sit there and watch the sun’s beauty as it slowly hides into the shadows of the night.

The beach is also a great place for star gazing. Sometimes, I lie on the sand and look up at the sky on a starry night. This can go on for hours and I’ll never get tired of it. The sky is beautiful. And when you’re in an open space like the beach, the heavens seem to be a little closer that I sometimes feel that I can reach for a star and take it home with me.

Of course, the beach is also a great place to spend with your family and loved ones like when you decide to go on a barbecue trip. Bonding moments are made to be even better when you are in a beautiful surrounding.

Take my word for it, the beach is one of the best places to go to when you want to relax your mind and body. It’s a stress-free environment and the fresh air will do you good too.

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