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Staying at Go Hotels Lanang in Davao

So let me get this straight. The chain of Go Hotels is no luxury hotel — it is a budget hotel that caters to travellers looking for cheap but clean accommodations. I actually book Go Hotels whenever I travel because while the room rates are very affordable, the rooms are clean, the amenities are complete (at least the basics!), and I never had bad experience with regard to customer service.

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Yes, I am a cheapskate who appreciates nice things and good service lololol.

Anyway, when I found out sometime last year that they were (finally) opening a branch here in Davao, I was excited. At long last! Then randomly, I stumbled upon a post of a Facebook friend stating how she was able to book a room for just P88/night as part of their opening promo. That’s no typo – it was really just P88/night! And I couldn’t say no to a good bargain. I know Go Hotels Lanang is just 10-15 minutes away from home but hey, that’s still several days and nights of not having to clean, wash dishes, etc!

I forgot how much I paid but I think I paid less than P1,000 for two rooms x 8 nights in total. Winner?

My first stay was last month, just after my birthday and before school started. It was intended to be a mindless staycation, and it was! Yuri, my sister, and I just lounged around, watching horror movies and MasterChef hehe. Of course, I had to work (in bed, though).

My second stay was just last week, which also happened to be Yuri’s exam week! They were having their first monthly exam, so we had to study during our stay. It helped that the place was conducive for studying and really near restaurants and mini-groceries. Because what child does not need to eat while studying?

Let me show you around the budget hotel room:

I forgot to take pictures of the toilet and the shower. They’re passable though; both are clean and the bathroom comes with hot and cold shower + hold and cold rain shower.

Extremely cheap promo rate aside, I really liked my stay in Go Hotels Davao because of the service, amenities, and convenience. It’s nothing like your standard luxury hotel, of course, but for those who are looking for budget accommodations or even for those who just want a staycation without breaking the bank (like me!), Go Hotels is certainly a good option to consider.

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Yuri’s First Big Boy Haircut

Fun Cuts Just For Tots SM Lanang

Yuri has a history of not getting decent haircuts because he screams bloody murder each time he gets one.

So I tend to avoid pricey kiddie salons because I wouldn’t want to pay hundreds for a botched haircut. I don’t know; I kept imagining Yuri punching the barber and running out of the salon with only one side of his hair shaved.

But a few weeks ago, I decided that it’s high time for him to get a proper haircut at a proper salon (at age 4!). I may or may not have bribed him with an hour at the playroom. I chose Fun Cuts Just for Tots at SM Lanang Premier because it’s near Eye Level. Also, I’ve passed it a number of times and think it’s clean and hygienic.

I prepared for the worst (and was ready to throw money down the drain), but surprisingly, Yuri was really well-behaved. He just sat through the entire thing! I attribute it to the cool seats, the TV screens, and the skilled barber. I belatedly realised though that I should’ve had Yuri’s hair cut even shorter. I didn’t know his hair grew that fast.

Another pleasant surprise? The kiddie haircut didn’t cost me a limb! It was just P220 per cut.

Fun Cuts Just For Tots SM Lanang

Getting comfortable – he loved the seats!

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A Night At Camella Northpoint Condominium: Our AirBNB Experience

Condominium Davao

A month ago, we surprised our “super-friend” with a baby shower.

We originally wanted to book a hotel room for it, but the rates were too high (at least for me because I volunteered to shoulder half of the rate hehe). Because I was the self-proclaimed gala organiser of our group, I tried to look for cheaper options. I tried searching for cheaper hotels but either they lacked a swimming pool or the rooms were too tiny.

Until I decided to look for a condominium unit through AirBNB.

I have had an account with AirBNB for I think 3 years now, but I’ve never used it. But when I tried to look for condo units in our city (Davao City), I was surprised at how many choices there were for all budget ranges. I immediately spotted several ads that fit my budget and, at the same time, were pretty enough for a baby shower.

I booked a 2-bedroom condo unit at Camella Northpoint for, guess what, just P2,500 a night! Continue Reading

Lifestyle Places Resort Review Summer Summer Destinations

Summer’s Last Hurrah at Banana Beach

A little more than a month ago, just before June started, we had our huling hurit sa taginit in Banana Beach, Tagum City.

We were there on a daytour but we made the most out of it because summer was almost over! Wow, I do miss summer a bit. While I’m enjoying the rainy season now, I miss the carefree days of the past season.

Anyway, I digress. One of the most popular beach resorts in Davao Region (aside from the numerous resorts in Samal Island – which, by the way, is not under the jurisdiction of Davao City) is Banana Beach. I’m not 100% sure but I heard it is owned and/or managed by the same owner as Eden Nature Park. I’ve always been intrigued about Banana Beach but never found the time to go there, so this was a great opportunity.

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I’ll show you Banana Beach through a photo story!

Tourist Center

Banana Beach has a tourist center where the visitors gather and lounge while the staff checks or makes their reservations. They have bananas free for everyone (at least, until the last piece is taken) and the lounge area is comfortable enough.

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A Summer Trip to Maragusan

This summer was just so hot. I know I shouldn’t be complaining as I live in a pretty comfortable house with access to air-conditioning, but during this summer, we had long brownouts almost everyday so we always experienced unbearable heat.

We had no time to organise a trip to Baguio or Tagaytay so we went local. Here in Davao Region, we also have a summer capital. It’s the small town of Maragusan, which is surrounded by mountains. Bukidnon is also a known summer destination, as well as Buda, but we’ve never been to Maragusan before and we were curious.

Maragusan

Anyway, we were desperate to cool down haha so we went there. It’s a three-hour trip from Davao City. There are several tourist attractions in the town and we were able to go to four. Here’s a mini photo-story of our trip! Continue Reading

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Where to go in North Cotabato? Sitio Maupot!

Sitio Maupot Family Resort

Hey guys! *wave*

Right now, we’re all gathered watching the Presidential Debate which is really, really on fire. We all know it’s not going according to rules and almost no one listens to Luchi Cruz Valdez anymore, it’s all ad hominem and no one stays on topic, but let’s admit that this is the debate we’ve been wanting to hear. Or at least it’s what I want to hear!

Anyway, I decided to write a short blog entry during the commercial break. Actually, this is a long-delayed one. I’ve been telling you about my friend’s wedding in Kidapawan. It was a lovely, lovely wedding and a huge part of its success is the venue.

When JM invited us to her wedding, none of us knew where Sitio Maupot was. It was the first time we’ve ever heard of the place so, of course, we researched. I found the website of Sitio Maupot Family Resort and oooh it did look promising! (It was a pity they weren’t renting out rooms yet as the resort is still new so we chose to stay overnight in Hof Mansion Inn — which was not a bad decision, by the way!)

But the awesome pictures shown in Sitio Maupot Family Resort’s website weren’t a match for the actual view that awaits you. Even I wasn’t expecting it to be that beautiful.

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A Weekend Stay in Hof Mansion Inn, Kidapawan

Hof Mansion Inn Review

When I attended my friend JM’s wedding in Kidapawan, my friends and I decided to look for a hotel on our own to avoid adding stress to JM. Their rustic-themed wedding was entirely DIY and she was already too busy. She offered her own home to us but we declined, knowing it would be teeming with relatives and well-wishers. So, the hotel hunting began!

After a series of phone calls and inquiries, we finally decided on a new hotel with good reviews that looked lovely but had reasonable rates: Hof Mansion Inn.  We booked the deluxe room good for 3 persons at P1,800 per night.

Initial Impressions

The hotel is quite far from Kidapawan’s centre; however, everything is accessible with a tricycle so it was just one tricycle ride away from the major establishments. From the plaza to Hof Mansion Inn, we were charged by the tricycle driver P20 per head. Not bad at all!

Upon arriving at the hotel, we were just awed at the place. The grounds were lush and wide and the structure itself was beautiful. It looked like a mansion, indeed, thus the name.

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Places Summer Destinations Tips and Tricks Travel

Ilocos-Baguio-Cavite Trip on a Budget: Itinerary

Ilocos - Baguio - Tagaytay - Manila Trip Itinerary

A couple of months ago, I shared this post about our trip to Baguio, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Cavite (with little bits of Manila in between) last summer. It’s not an extraordinary trip (though all of us enjoyed it!), but what makes it a fun trip to organise is that it was all done on a budget — of P3,500 per person!

I was really supposed to make a followup to that post for our complete itinerary, but it completely slipped my mind. Good thing my best friend George asked me about it yesterday. She’s trying to pull off a copycat move and embark on exactly the same trip. Tsk tsk. Love you George hahaha. Anyway, instead of writing her a copy of our itinerary, I figured out I’d write it on the blog instead. Here you go!

Day 1: Flight to Manila and Road Trip to Baguio

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11:30 am – Flight from Davao to Manila

1 pm – Arrival at NAIA, met up with Mang Leo our driver. Send me a message if you want the contact number of our service and please ask for Mang Leo. I highly recommend him!

Some of our companions (actually, my cousins) were quite late even though they took an earlier flight (long story) so instead of leaving for Baguio at 1pm, we were only able to leave at 2. 

2 pm – Start of our first roadtrip, which is from Manila to Baguio

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Resort Review Summer Destinations

Pacific Heights Private Resort in Samal Island

Pacific Heights Resort Samal

You have been redirected from my review of Pacific Heights Private Resort on DavaoMommy.com.

Last Monday, I told you about our R&R slash supposed team-building with other village officers and youth. Which was promptly ruined when a group of gatecrashers, well, crashed the event. It was a good thing, though, that the resort we went to is a lovely one so our day wasn’t completely ruined. (It was also a good thing that they arrived at lunch and we were still able to have fun in the morning.)

Pacific Heights Private Resort

I’ve actually never heard of this resort before, which is understandable as it is quite new. As the name also implies, it is a village and the resort is supposed to be exclusive for them, However, for some reason, they recently decided to open the beach resort to the public. Yay!

I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures because, for the first time ever, we went to the beach yaya-less, So I was constantly running after a little 3-year old whom we shall not name, and I was also constantly wet with seawater. But here are some photos that we managed to take:

On the way – actually, on the barge
Pacific Heights Resort Samal
Pacific Heights Resort Samal
Pacific Heights Resort Samal
Pacific Heights Resort Samal
Pacific Heights Resort Samal
Can you guess what they were playing? I told them that next time, we shouldn’t have medics in the fun run; we should have the medic in the teambuilding!
Pacific Heights Resort Samal
I just realized I don’t have a photo of the pavilion that we rented, so I borrowed this photo:

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It was a very clean resort and the sand was, like most Samal beaches, also fine and white. However, unlike Costa Marina, which we used to frequent, there were no big coral formations under the sea. Thus, you can swim barefoot without the risk of injury. In Pacific Heights Private Resort, there are also multiple water activities that you can do such as riding the banana boat and going “skin diving.”

How to go to Pacific Heights Private Resort

Go to Sasa Port, ride a ferry/barge (you can ride it directly or take your car with you). I was surprised with the speed of travel. A few years ago, crossing from Davao to Samal via barge took approximately 15 minutes. Now, it doesn’t even take 5 minutes! Upon arriving at the Samal pier, go right and just follow the road until you pass by Monfort Bat Cave. Pacific Heights Private Resort should be right ahead.

Pacific Heights Private Resort Rates

Entrance
  • Adult(Day Tour)- Php 100.00
  • Adult (Overnight)- Php 150.00
  • Kids (Day Tour) – Php 30.00
  • Kids(Overnight)- Php 60.00
Rooms with Aircon
  • Close Cottage(Small) Day Time – Php 1,500.00
  • Close Cottage(Small) Overnight  with 2 pax Break Fast- Php 2,000.00
  • Close Cottage (Medium) – Php 3,000.00
  • Close Cottage (Medium)- Overnight with 6 pax Break Fast – Php 4,000.00
  • Close Cottage (Large) Day Time – Php 4,000.00
  • Close Cottage (Large) Overnight with  10 pac Break Fast – Php 6,000.00
  • Open Cottages Day Time – Php 250.00
    Open Cottages Overnight  – Php 350.00
  • Green house (Dorm type without aircon) Php 350/head
Rates from SamalGuide.com: http://www.samalguide.com/resort/pacific-heights-resort

The rates above don’t include the pavilion, so let me add that the pavilion, for day use, is P2,500.