Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Bellarocca Weekend Getaway


Bellarocca Beach
Villas in Bellarocca

Hobie Cat Ride  at P2700 per ride

Bellarocca Lap Pool
Bellarocca Golf Car

Bellarocca Speed Boats
Dining Area at Bellarocca
Bellarocca Food
Rejano Cousins in Bellarocca
Hobie Cat Sailing is a must try
at our villa

Most Expensive Villa in Bellarocca at $5000

Rejano's Arrowroot Cookies at P135 per box  (perfect pasalubong)

Bellarocca Island Resort Spa is one of the most luxurious resorts here in the Philippines. It is a Greek inspired resort which is similar to the houses in Santorini. One night would cost you about $400 to $5,000. The Resort is quite expensive for a normal Filipino but if you are the type of person who really wants to have privacy this is the perfect place for you. You can get here by plane, yacht or even helicopter. But Zest Air and Sea Air offers flights to Marinduque. I have been dying to see this place for over a year. When I got a chance to read an article in a Travel Magazine, my cousins and I went decided to go here last may 2010. The food was great but they do not offer buffet since a few people go here. The beach here is quite small and quite deep. If you want to really have fun here you should try the hobie cat ride
There are few things you can do in the resort and an overnight stay would be the best for you. If you like to have peace and privacy this is the perfect place for you. But if you are the type of person who wants fun and excitement you can explore Marinduque's other towns like Sta.Cruz, Boac, Buenavista, Mogpog, Gasan, and Torrijos. Don't leave the place without buying the world class Arrowroot Cookies at Rejano's Bakery in Sta. Cruz Marinduque or at Boac Hotel.

Travel Tips 
-Buy the famous Arrowroot Cookies at REJANO's BAKERY 
-Take a Hobie Cat Ride in Bellarocca 
-Go Island Hopping 
-Visit Maniuaya Sand Bars 
-Take a day tour Round Marinduque Tour passing by the towns of Boac, Buenavista, 
Torrijos, Sta. Cruz, Mogpog, Gasan

Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa 
Barangay - Tungib - Lipata, Municipality of Buenavista Province of Marinduque, Philippines
Telephone:  +63 2 817 7290; +63 2 310 9931
Rates: $400 to $5000 (USD)
How to Get there:
-You can also travel via private transfers which includes Private Yachts, Chartered Planes, Or even Helicopter which goes directly to Bellarocca.  
- There aredaily flights from Manila to Marinduque via Zest Air and Sea Air
-You can also ride a bus from Cubao via JAC Liner then take a boat ride via MonteNegro Shipping Lines or Fast Craft
-Or Drive yourself to Dalahican Port in Lucena City, Quezon then take your car with you in a roll on roll off (RORO) ship to Marinduque. 

Lantau Island: Ngong Ping Village

Po Lin Monastery

Giant Buddha ( Tian Tan)
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
Ngong Ping

A few people don’t know this place in Hongkong. This place is like China’s version of the Muslim’s Mecca. Before they die they must go here to visit their God’s Temple and pray there. There are two ways to go to this place. The 1st way is a cable car ride which takes you 20 to 30 minute ride 1 way. A roundtrip ticket will cost you about HKD 125 per adultHKD 62 per child; and HKD 98 for seniors. The good thing about the cable car ride is that you will see the whole view of Hongkong and its world class airport. The other way is through hiking which will take you 2 to 3 hours. The good thing about it is that is that there is a hiking trail which is safe and it is also free.  My cousin told me that hiking is the new thing in Hongkong. It is not that tiring if you go hiking during the winter season since it is very cold.

There are lot of things to see in Ngong Ping which are the Giant Buddha, the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery. When you reach the end of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride you will enter the Ngong Ping Village, a culturally themed village which is at the Ngong Ping Plateau.  There are two main attractions at this village which are Walking with Buddha and Monkey’s Tale Theatre. You can also find many shops and restaurants to dine here. 

NgongPing  is not your mainstream destination in Hongkong .  Most of the tourists just go to Hongkong for shopping at their favorite branded stores or just see Hongkong Disneyland and Ocean Park. This place should be a major tourist destination since you will learn more about Hongkong’s culture and religion after visiting this destination. 

Ngong Ping  is located in Lantau Island. The Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal is located beside the City Gate Outlet Mall near Tung Chung Train Station which is just 5 minutes away from Hongkong Airport. 

Ngong Ping 
Operating Hours: Weekdays 10am to 6pm; Weekends 9am to 6:30pm 
Getting There: 
-Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station, then take the Ngong Ping Cable Car ride near City Gate Outlet Mall
-Take a Taxi or Ride a Bus E11 to E42

Mi Familia

with the Morais Family

Ngong Ping Village
Cable Car
at the cable car

Friday, April 13, 2012

Calauit, Palawan: A Place Like Africa

It was my first time to go to Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Busuanga, Palawan. Going to Calauit Island from Busuana will take you about 3 hours by car and an hour by boat. When you enter the island, you will walk a two kilometer dirt road before you get to enter the main tourist spot. Then you will get to ride on a safari jeep to go near the animals. You can feed the long-necked giraffes with leaves from trees and take pictures with them. You will be amazed by the black and white striped zebras in a horde that can be viewed from afar. The first time I saw them was when I was in the zoo where they were in cages. You will be astonished by this experience because you can see freely roaming wild life. 

I didn't know that there was such a place like Africa here in the Philippines. Calauit is an island that can be compared to Africa simply because of the existence of wild life that can only be found in that continent. You will be amazed by the presence of zebras, giraffes and wild deer in their natural habitat. However,
the animals in this island are very small compared to the ones in Africa because they are of Philippine Breed. According to our tourist guide, lack of budget is the reason for their relatively small size. The sanctuary is now operated by the local government.

In 1970 these animals were imported by President Ferdinand Marcos. He went to different Islands here in the Philippines, where he searched islands that will be capable of being inhabited by these wild life creatures. The animals were even imported in the Philippines from Kenya. The Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary is truly a must-see place for nature lovers and animal lovers alike. 

Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Tel:  +6324337532; +6329282101; +6329941145
How to Reach Calauit: By Air:  Manila to Busuanga via ( Cebu Pacific/AirPhil/PAL/ZestAir)
By Sea: Manila-Coron-Calauit; Puerto Princesa-Coron-Calauit; Taytay-Coron-Calauit;
By Vehicle or by foot
Budget: Calauit Safari Tour by Land P2300 per person. 
               Calauit Safari Tour by Sea P2600 per person.