5 Things I like about Subic Bay Venezia Hotel

There are so many hotels in Subic Bay, Zambales mainly because it’s already an established tourist destination for its relaxing view of the bay surrounded by the beautiful & pristine mountains plus if you will be coming from the Philippines main capital of Manila, the travel time will only be less than 2 hours because of the new route.

5 things why we love Subic Bay Venezia Hotel;


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1. Accessibility

Subic Bay Venezia Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the Central Business District Area of the Freeport and is near to numerous shopping malls, duty free shops, entertainment zones, recreational areas, popular tourist destinations, restaurants and beach resorts.

2. Customer Service

The staffs are very attentive to your needs and always have a ready smile to brighten up your day from the reception to the waiters. The Managers are making sure that everything is perfect.
This 51-room hotel, known for its Italian-themed set-up, unparalleled customer service and its commitment to give only the best value for your money is truly a great deal whether you are traveling for business or leisure, alone or with your family and friends.
The hotel’s selling point is the way it approaches the market. By putting customers first and giving them good value for their money, Subic Bay Venezia Hotel is able to lure a sizeable clientele and some loyal followers away from other more established hotels in Subic Bay.
3. Entertainment
Pagcor Club Venezia Casino is located at the left side of the hotel. It houses more than a hundred slot machines and showcases live performances from numerous top-act, Manila-based local bands, professional singers, stand-up comediennes, and top-performing artists every month. Adjacent to the casino is the New Feng Huang Restaurant where the best oriental food is served. The Hotel also has a Specialty Shop where you can buy different types of imported goods, cigarettes, liquors, chocolates, souvenir items, and the like.
4. Coffee
or a writer like me who likes good coffee all the time, Subic Bay Venezia Hotel has a Coffee Shop where imported coffee is served as well as different types of freshly-made pastries and other treats. All of these for the comfort of the guests. I love their hot mocha also. Superb!
5. Food
 Subic Bay Venezia Hotel are composed of sumptuous Chinese and Filipino food served at the restaurant which is located in the lobby. The ambiance was like a mini Manila Hotel with classic architectural design while the main chef was making sure that the food served are fresh and hot. The favorite was the pork with mango sauce and beef Teppan plus the plated breakfast of ordinary Filipino dishes but made it special and delicious by the hotel. We loved the presentations.

Address: Building 675, Canal Road corner Aguinaldo Street, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines. Telephone numbers; 047 252 1888, 252 8399.

Summer Wrap Up

Today is the 25th of May and as I typed this, my photo viewer is up and constantly feeding summer photos making me feel a little bit sad that summer is going to end in just a few weeks time. My summer trips for this year concentrates more with family. I vowed to myself that I will make the most of my living days spending it with them because life is just too painfully short, and we don’t know how long our Earth is gonna breathe given all the scary things happening in our world lately (I know it sounds cheesy. )

Since getting emotional on a Monday morning is my cup of tea, let me have a summer wrap up. I wanted to make sure that this is documented here in my blog.

 

Summer photo diaries

My baby Savannah enjoying the hammock

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My niece Alyssa doing her cheerleader stunt

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I bonded with the senior citizens. Lol

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With my sexy cousins and my little sister

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Meet my cool mechanic brother Chester. Want your car to turn out just like the ones on the Pimp My Ride? He’s the perfect man!

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Very artistic. An authentic starfish necklace!

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Meet my little brainy sister Chazel, a Software Engineer slash labandera slash yaya (of my two kids)

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With Hubby Lance, Photographer slash DJ slash Airsoft Player slash Manyak

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We found so many starfish

Azure Wave pool

At Azure Urban Resort and Residences

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Summer photo diaries

kids

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Real sexy girls don’t hide their stomachs

Now that June is coming, it’s scrimping time for me. Taking a break from all unnecessary expenses and making sure each hard earned money is spent for my kids needs. Sounds really mature eh? I am surprising myself as well.

I say goodbye to summer for now. I’m hoping I get another travel benefit from Airbnb and book another trip somewhere outside the country. I want to go to Bali, Indonesia. I really want to fulfill my wish to meet Ketut Liyer, the famous Indonesian medicine man.

Staycation at Azure Urban Resort and Residences

Most people I know usually spend their Labor Day in Boracay, hence the name they invented for Laboracay. I’ve no clue who actually invented this but since almost all people spend their Labor Day weekend in the so-called island,  Laboracay became very popular.  In my case though, I preferred the most convenient and cheapest way to spend it. I thought of a  nice place with a man made beach that’s near our area.

The perfect place I’m talking about is the popular well advertised Condominium in Parañaque:  Azure Urban Resort and Residences

Azure Wave pool

Azure Urban Resort and Residences

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I booked this place through Airbnb, a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.  The nice thing about Airbnb is that most of the listings are very affordable, plus you get to meet people from different cultures. You’ll find different listings for a room, a whole apartment, a villa, a tree house, castle, or even an igloo! Pretty unique right?

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As you can see, the place is not totally finished yet. There are still a lot of construction being done from the other buildings. Azure consists of several towers named from some of the most popular islands in the world.. There are other names like Rio, Boracay. St. Tropez, Positano, Miami, Maldives,  and Maui.  We stayed in the Santorini Tower. The rooms are pretty modest, with wooden floors, light green walls and a balcony on each unit.

Azure Urban Resort

There are three pools at Azure. There’s the man made beach, the lap pool and the wave pool.

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My favorite is the wave pool, with undulating waves and waterfalls. They activate the wave feature every 30 minutes, so we always wait for the sound of the whistle from the lifeguard which is an indication that the waves are coming!

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Just an F.Y.I, they have  very strict rules when using the pool. No one is allowed to wear denim shorts, T shirts/blouse, or anything that’s not considered a swimwear. My eldest daughter is pretty conservative and she doesn’t want to wear any type of swimsuit other than a regular blouse and shorts. I didn’t think of buying her a rash guard coz I thought she would be allowed to swim wearing her “conservative” swimwear. We had a little convincing with the guards and told them to allow my daughter since we really didn’t know the policy and thankfully they agreed.  The lifeguards would blow their whistles when they see someone not abiding by the strict pool regulations.

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The floors are very slippery so we had to be careful every time the waves hits us especially while we were standing. 

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The Paris Beach Club during Daytime

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during nighttime

The ice cream and candy bar doesn’t have concessionaire yet so it’s still bare, but there’s already a cafe bar named Patrick’s Cafe inside so you can always have a nice cup  before your morning swim.

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Me and my little sister

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me and sav

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view from our room

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Some helpful tips when booking for a reservation at Azure:

  1. You can’t just up and walk in. Guests should have a reservation, either you know someone from Azure, or look for a listing through Airbnb or other site that offers renting the units.
  2. Strict pool regulations. No denim shorts, no T shirt or blouses. Acceptable swimwear are two piece, one piece, Rash guards and board shorts.
  3. No littering obviously.
  4. The wave pool closes at 7pm and the lap pool at 9 pm. So better make the most of your time swimming.
  5. The accommodation price varies, depending on the owner of the unit. Cheapest you can get is 2500 for a one bedroom and for two persons. For  5-6 persons price ranges from 4k to 7k, this is with two bedrooms. Again, it depends on what unit you’ll be staying.
  6.  It’s best to buy groceries and bring food so it’s cheaper. The food at the cafe is a bit expensive. There’s SM Bicutan near Azure so you can always buy some food and drinks before checking in.  Most units have a microwave oven and refrigerator so i’s really convenient.
  7. This is a perfect place for small team buildings and family gatherings, especially if you are on a budget and you want a nice looking place to stay instead of going to  usual places like Pansol or Rizal. Just my opinion. For a change you know.

Our stay at Azure was quite memorable. I will definitively be back.

check out http://www.azure.com.ph

Book yours at Airbnb. Get a discount of 1,114 pesos by clicking this link: here

A memorable Ghost Tour Adventure

I’ve had a lot of creepy stories to share and some of which were stories told by my grandmother and relatives when I was a kid. I had my fair share of spine-tingling moments as well and most of them I ignore and thought of as just one of my hallucinations.  My dad passed away 14 years ago and until now, I still feel his presence and he often visits me in my dreams. I’m a scaredy cat by nature and I can’t sleep without a blanket covering me from head to toe. The weird thing about me is  even though I’m scared as hell, I have this passion and interest with the paranormal and witchcraft, or anything that delves in magic and the supernaturaL.  I have this book when I was a teenager that’s all about Witchcraft and the Occult.  I tried performing the rituals in it but my mom found out about it and burned the book. That doesn’t stop there, even after losing the book, I bought another one and hid it from her. The only problem  that time is that some of the rituals are hard to perform, especially if you lack the materials and knowledge. I guess you could say I’m just messing with it and trying to become like one of the characters in the movie The Craft.

As I grew up, I became interested with these things. Curiosity is my dominant quality, so whenever I want to  find out and learn about something, I do research and buy books about the said stuff.  I even collect DVDs of horror movies and TV series. My ever favorite is The Ghost Whisperer.

Last Friday was one of my memorable days that’s worth keeping in my journal. I’m very thankful that I joined this ghost tour adventure with the other bloggers or else I’m just gonna have another boring week. We were invited to do some ghost exploring with the Paranormal Investigators, which they call themselves Profilers of The Unknown. If you’re a fan of ghost stories and if you love watching features of ghosts every Halloween  from our reliable TV channels, then you would perhaps recognize this team. They were already featured at Jessica Soho on Channel 7 and they have solved many cases of hauntings.

I’ll start to show you how creepy this experience was. Originally we were told we weren’t  allowed to take photos of the place so I only brought my cell phone with me.

 

 

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The Mind Museum

Most parents prefer something like a carnival or shopping malls during Christmas.  I wanted to try out something new for my kids to enjoy and at the same time learn from the trip.  Instead the usual carnie scene we’ve always experience every year, I’ve  decided to bring them instead at the Mind Museum this coming Christmas.

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The MindMuseum at Taguig is the first world-class Science museum in the Philippines, and it opened its doors to the public last March 16, 2012.  Its vision is to be the country’s center for the public understanding of science, enthralling guests with its beauty, clarity and the intriguing character.

Making The Mind Museum proudly unique is that the people who conceptualized it and brought it to life are actually a team of Filipinos.  The exhibits are largely original and not off-the-shelf types found in other science museums.  Designs are by Filipino artists working with Filipino scientists and engineers to clearly and beautifully flesh out a Science principle or fact.  Ninety percent of the exhibits were done by carefully selected local fabricators who also do work for science museums abroad.  The faculty and designers of Ateneo, UP and UST were engaged to collaborate in the design of the science exhibits.  It was a museum built from inside out.

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Auditorium 

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Web of Life

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Look at the Moon

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The MindMuseum carries a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design GOLD certification in design and construction from the U.S. Green Building Council, a widely used U.S.-based certification group.  This means that the Museum facility is environment-friendly and reflects the principles of sustainable architecture. BAFI wants visitors to learn some practical applications of environmental sustainability as part of their experience.  This reflects that if the museum is doing its fair share in preserving the environment, then anyone can, too, based on what they see in the facilities and amenities of the building.    The building makes use of a light colored exterior for solar heat reflectivity, a sweeping curved roof for natural rainwater flow drainage, a large glazed opening for natural wind ventilation and tilted façade for minimal solar reflection and heat gain. These are just few of the exciting features of The Mind Museum’s building.

 

Expected to awe and inspire both young and adult, The Mind Museum, the country’s first world-class science museum, is now a reality where Science truly comes alive!

 

 

For more information, visit The Mind Museum at www.themindmuseum.org

 

My first photowalk with my Holga

Because of my fascination in anything vintage, I decided to try Lomography and bought a Holga 135BC, my first lomo cam. I coaxed my daughter to try it out for herself as well so she can play around with Lomography too. Off we went to Tagayatay and had our first photowalk. It was a complete fun experience but tiring as well. We got off the bus from Olivarez and started walking and taking pictures. I can’t wait to see the outcome of the photos! I now know why a lot of people prefer analog photography. It’s the thrill it gives you and the surprise it brings after seeing your shots. Compared to digital photography, which you can always edit and erase if the photos turned out ugly, in film photography, you really have to be skillful to make all your shots beautiful.

For starters, I’ll try out Lomography first before getting into film SLR.

Holga 135BC

The Holga 135BC gives you 35mm vignetted shots. It means your photos gives you that mystical look and helps establish the mood of the scene. I love how it isolates your subject, which sometimes make it more distinguishable. The fun part about it is the illusions it brings giving you dimensional images, sometimes duplicating the subject.

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Zo taking shots of the fields across the street

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Laidback Mondays

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Holga 135BC
I look bruha here. Hihi.

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be having another blog for my lomo photos. Pretty excited how the photos might turn out. I even bought a photo album for it.

My vintage addiction

There’s always something mysterious and intriguing about the things belonging from an old era, things that smelled of dust and cobwebs, or things that gives you the creeps.

I’m talking about vintage and anything antique. I’ve never told you how I’ve always been fascinated with them. I can still remember I went into this thrift store and got my first antique collectible (which is actually a mirror with flowered engravings at the back.) I felt like I’m back in the 60’s and I always felt pretty and happy whenever I use it.
So when my friend asked me to go with him in  Makati for some antique/vintage shopping, I didn’t think twice.

I wonder why there are a lot of antique stores at Evangelista. It’s like every house there sells old stuff. From old books, antique furniture, antique jewelries, vinyl, cassette tapes, old clothes and anything ancient you can think of. I’m not kidding when I say we even saw some old perfumes that smelled like flowers from the grave and actually costs 5000 pesos! Unbelievable.

Some of the things we saw there are old collectible bottles like these

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Swords from World War 1 and 2, hats from japanese soldiers, complete BDU(battle dress uniform) with soldier’s blood, old walkie talkies, and even toy soldiers!

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Guns and Ammo

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Soldier hats for 500. I wonder if they smelled of blood and sweat. Didn’t bother to even find out.

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old wine bottles from abuelitos.

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Bow and arrows probably used by katipuneros, or perhaps used by Emilio Aguinaldo?

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I’m fascinated about old appliances like radio and tv.

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Evangelista Makati antiques

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Perfect for AM drama.

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Evangelista Makati antiques

cassette tapes

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ancient books.

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Say Bloody Mary three times and you’ll see your prince charming.

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Evangelista Makati antiques

OOTD?

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Me trying to be vintage

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Evangelista Makati antiques

Manong Sonny who sells the antiques

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Arby and his awesome find!!

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Am I vintage na? Nope. It’s just Instagram.

And…since I’m obsessed with anything old, I decided to buy a lomo camera! It’s a Holga 135BC. I had a photowalk yesterday and it’s super fun!!!!

I plan to buy another one and this time, I’ll try Diana F and maybe the Lomo LC Wide.

I’ll be creating another blog for my lomo shots so watch out for it.

Yours truly,

Anoushka