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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

#NCDTravels: Camaligan Floating Restaurant / River Cruise

Just beside Naga City lies a town with significant contribution to Bicol history, Camaligan. Passing through the town’s arch is a marking with the name and a year which is 1775. As we all know, if a place is situated near a river, civilization is almost always existing as it breeds trade and economy. Just recently, Camaligan now embraces a new role in contributing to the tourism industry of the Philippines showcasing the life of the Bicol River, the Camaligan Floating Restaurant and also famously dubbed as Camaligan River Cruise.
As a quick escape from the city life, just around 15 minutes from the Naga City proper is a river cruise that you can immerse in. As a front, the MB Camaligan, is at the same time a floating restaurant that can cater to your events. It’s very ideal for exclusive celebrations for around 40 pax max. There’s no way that the guests can escape from your event.

 You approach the sunset

 An old dock, not your everyday view

While you face towards the sunset, look back and you'll also see Mt. Isarog
I’m a visual learner and appreciates a lot what I do not see everyday. As for me, the rate is actually for the natural sounds and sights that you get as you cruise along the river and the food is just an extra. Does the river smell (foul)? No, not really.

You can actually see locals waiting for their boat as their means of transpo of getting to the other side of the river.

Lovely Dusk

MB Camaligan cruises twice, Lunch and Sunset. Now it depends upon your event but the #SunsetCruise IS LIKE NO OTHER. You’ll be lucky to see migratory birds along the way. After your sunset cruise, the Camaligan Boulevard is a relaxing treat near the wharf. Enjoy the lights and soft breeze of air from the river. Walk a little towards the end of the boulevard to the I ❤️ Camaligan sign, you’ll also get to see beautiful bricked edifice which is the old cemetery of the town.

 Rive Walk or Camaligan Boulevard at night.

Here are the available packages:

PACKAGE 1: Venue Rental PhP 5,000 + PhP 50.00/ head Environmental Fee
* A 4-hour exclusive use of the Floating Resto and its on-board amenities
* Bicol River Cruise

PACKAGE 2: Venue + Food PhP 500.00/ pax
* A 4-hour exclusive use of the Floating Resto and its on-board amenities
* Buffet lunch or dinner with cocktails
* Bicol River Cruise
* Minimum of 30 to a maximum of 40 persons

PACKAGE 3: Exclusive rentals for Pre-Nup and Pictorials PhP 1,000.00/ hour + PhP 50.00/ head Environmental Fee
* Exclusive use of the Floating Resto and its on-board amenities

PACKAGE 4: Whole day functions and Seminars
PhP 500.00/ pax
* An 8-hour exclusive use of the Floating Resto and its on-board amenities
* 2 snacks and 1 full meal
* Minimum of 30 to a maximum of 40 persons

WALK IN GUESTS: PhP 50.00/ head Environmental Fee
* Food and beverage to be ordered from the Wharf
How to get there?
From Naga City proper, you can take a tricycle near Master’s Square or ride a jeep to Camaligan until you reach the Municipal Hall. Right in front of the covered court is the River Park.

For inquires and reservations you may contact Kiks Veracruz at 09774455899.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Where to Stay in Naga City: Villa Caceres Hotel

Yey!!! Now completing my staycation diaries of the pioneering hotels in Naga. After experiencing first hand Avenue Plaza Hotel and Crown Hotel, here’s the good ol’ but classically beautiful Villa Caceres Hotel. VCH rooms offer a Victorian interior plus many upgraded hotel amenities that can complement your lifestyle. Villa Caceres is now on its 25th year serving Naga and Bicol’s guests, just wow!

Had a “me time/down time/quiet time call it any way you want it at VCH’s Executive Suite now I can personally recommend them with conviction. While yes, it’s basic to recommend what we have here in Naga, but guided by my principle, it’s indeed important to have them personally experienced to better understand how our services here in Naga work.

Villa Caceres Hotel can actually be of service to different guests. There are rooms for the budget conscious especially for travelers, offering dormitory type rooms, a solo room with basic hotel accommodation and the new wing with premiere rooms having Victorian interiors like this Executive Suite. 

The room, #242 has a small balcony overlooking a neighborhood. Oh, the room is a non-smoking room. 
The Executive Suite comes with a complimentary buffet breakfast good for 2 pax at RJ's Buffet and use of the swimming pool.
I just love every bit of detail of the Victorian interior.
The room has a quiet split-type AC unit which is individually controlled according to your temperature preference, a 32" Samsung LED? TV with Cable connection and USB ports should you have storage devices with your own movies. The room has a huge work desk with lamp and telephone beside the bed (no extension of the phone inside the bathroom).

There's a mini bar, with the basic electric kettle, cups and saucers, coffee and bottled mineral water. There's a mini-ref as well, a closet with hangers, luggage rack and bathrobes. There's also an electronic lock safe for your important belongings. 

The bathroom has of course the hot and cold shower, towels, hair dyer, basic toiletries like shower caps, shampoo & conditioner,  soap, toothbrush & toothpaste for your dental needs and a very nice bathtub.

VCH also makes sure that you get updated with their latest offerings and events. 
Cozy and comfortable bed. 
And of course waking up as the sunlight touches you coming from the balcony is always a lovely sight.

Complimentary buffet breakfast for two at RJ's Buffet. Yey!

Wasn't able to take much photos during breakfast because there were a lot of guests that day.

Really love this part of the hotel. This is an extension of the lobby from the front desk with elegant chairs that will make you feel like royalty.

Plus look up for a surprise and stargaze right then and there. 

Indeed Villa Caceres Hotel has upgraded so much over the past few years. What I love about VCH is the flexibility of their services. Will be exploring more about them one by one hopefully in the next months to come. Will be updating this post from time to time but here are the rest of the amenities that for sure most of you have already experienced.

Rafabel's, one of my favorite cafes in Naga, also has a branch here in Villa Caceres. Rolando's Cafe, the in house restaurant of the hotel. RJ's Buffet, the fiesta all day buffet and the biggest in Naga. Beside it is of course the legendary Bistro Roberto, the bar and disco in one that has been entertaining Naga for decades. Anne's Pool Bar. The Health Resort Club (HRC) which comprises the GYM, POOL and SPA. You should check out their MVP Card too as it is loaded with privileges that will give you ample of discounts whole year round. There's so much to say about Villa Caceres now to be honest and this is just the tip of the iceberg. 

About RJ's Buffet

In the meantime checkout this year round “Love and Leisure” Promo for only P7,499.❤️

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Stay tuned for more about the Gem of Bicolandia, Villa Caceres Hotel.

Villa Caceres Hotel
Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hungrily, a food delivery app in Naga City

Midweek, lazy to go outside of the office and to drive for lunch. I finally decided to try Hungrily, an app which allows Nagueños to order from a handful of restaurants (25+ and counting) here in the city and have it delivered right to your doorstep. I miss Japan-Japan located in Mariano Village in Magsaysay and it’s not found in the main thoroughfares of Naga too. If I will go there for lunch, it will take me around 20 minutes max just get there and another 20 minutes  going back because of city traffic from where I work. Add up the waiting time for the cooking. So I ordered the following via Hungrily.

Hungrily is a food delivery app that brings together top restaurants and food brands from Naga City into a beautiful digital platform.With a few taps, you can have your favorites delivered to where you are, hassle-free.If you don't like dealing with traffic, are too busy to go out for dinner, have a study session with friends, hosting a dinner party, or simply  hungry or something delicious, this app is for you.

Placed my order at 11:02 am. The app is very easy to navigate, just a few taps and your order is ready to be processed. After 8 minutes, I received a phone call confirming my order. Food arrived at 12:12. An hour of waiting time is not bad at all. Take note, I ordered a Ramen so I was a bit worried that it won’t be hot anymore. From 1 to 10, 10 being the "hottest", the Ramen was on an 8 level of "hotness". Just perfect to be eaten! Hungrily saves the day, cuts the travel time from my work place to this hole in the wall foodie destination in Naga.

Hungrily is very ideal for someone (like me) who from time to time gets bored eating from the same food sources within my work place. Hungrily saves the day for someone who sometimes get caught with paper works on a lunch break or even on meriendas.Delivery charge is very competitive, sulit lalo na kapag in bulk ang order. Download the app now! Available both for iOS and Android devices.

Japan-Japan by Mitsuo San
CLICK HERE for a review about Japan-Japan

At first, I really wanted something from Japan-Japan and Infinitea at the same time. So I messaged Hungrily via their Facebook Page and asked the questions: “Is it possible to order from two establishments at the same time? Does it mean there will be two delivery charges?” As of writing, it’s not possible to order from two establishments in one transaction. You’ll have to do separate transactions for every restaurant with a separate delivery charge of course. Hopefully Hungrily can explore on this option and have a separate amount of delivery charge should one wish to order from more than one establishment. 

Promo alert!

Thank you Nueca! From the time you started back in 2012, you have been one of the greatest minds in Naga who chose to stay, keep and nourish talents, to serve our fellow Nagueños and Bicolanos.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

#NcdTravels: Bag-Angan Farm and Resort, A Back-to-Basic Experience in Labo, CamNorte

Late afternoon color
Sustainable and responsible tourism is the focus of the second edition of the Philippine Harvest under the helm of the Department of Tourism (DOT). The program aims to develop sustainable farm tourism as a dependable source of income for Filipinos in line with the implementation of the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, which serves as one of DOT's strategies for countryside development. Camarines Norte is but another countryside of Bicol which is so rich natural resources with a big potential for farm tourism.

Around 6am in the morning color
Labo, CamNorte being the biggest in terms of land area in the province has this secluded farm resort owned by Bacer Family which started basically as a residence with a manmade freshwater pool for the family and the neighbors to enjoy. The owner then realized its potential for tourism purposes and began to transform the area into a sort of village resort amongst the rice field and near the mountain side.

The name "Bag-Angan" came from a type of grass which is found abundantly in the area. The farm and resort offers a "back to basic lifestyle" experience that will try to rekindle how it is to live in the moment without being preoccupied with all the stressors in life. The resort does not have electricity, when we stayed for the night we only used gas lamps and solar powered led lights.

 Accommodation and rates:
  • The farm can only accommodate maximum of 12 pax and minimum of 6 pax. There's another house being upgraded with another manmade pool being constructed during the time of our visit. So this can probably mean doubling the number of pax in a few months time.
  • P500 per head during weekends, P300 per head during weekdays that includes the use of kitchen and farm house for overnight stay. DIY is also accommodated, but please do contact the management for a hassle frees stay.

Basic amenities of the resort: 
  • Freshwater pool with a dept of 4, 5 and 6 feet. 
  • Living room
  • Dining area
  • Clean comfort and shower room.
  • Comfortable beds with available bed nets
  • Kitchen where you can cook and use available utensils
  • With comfortable beds and hammock on the second floor
The other house with a new pool being constructed
Here are some important guidelines that you need to prepare just in case you are not used to the back to basic kind of living. In short, bawal ang maarte dito.

  • Going to the resort is easy but bumpy, so hold on to something. It's easy because they have a service truck that will take you to the farm and it's bumpy because the road is unpaved at around 4 kilometers. It's like a off-road track so four-wheeled drive vehicle would be fun to drive here, absolutely don't take a sedan for your peace of mind. It can be muddy when it rains and a little dusty when it's dry. Have fun reading the signages every kilometer, "kapit lang bes".
  • NO ELECTRICITY - When we had our overnight stay, we only used gas lamps and solar powered led lights. They have candles too, but the first two are safer especially with the kind of house that they have. They also have a powerbank that you can borrow. And oh, you can even charge your powerbank with their powerbank. haha
The moon actually lights up the  whole farm and you can get to enjoy the stars  because there's not enough light pollution. The "sulo" in the pathway of the farm is lit up at night, stays for a few hours until it wears off and gives a "survivor series" feel too.

  • VERY Limited Data/Internet from TelCos - Yup, both Smart and Globe. Calls were also difficult to make as well as messages were a little bit hard to send. So prior to your visit, do inform your significant others of the limited mobile services of the place. This is actually to your advantage, digital detox is important nowadays and Bag-angan farm and resort can help you with that.
  • FRESH and CLEAN WATER. The resort lies at exactly on the feet of Mount Cadig that catches the first clean and fresh flow of water from the mountain. Drinking water is from the crack stone wall of the mountain, but in case your stomach gets upset easily, you can bring your own water supply. (Just remember not to leave your bottles at the resort).

  • Only natural air-conditioning from the mountain breeze and cool temperature at night. We also had a bonfire that night too.
  • Bring an insect repellent if you have sensitive skin.
  • There are many human friendly creatures in the farm that serves as your therapeutic music especially at night. Sleep to the sound of crickets, frogs, birds, bats and running water, all natural and no Spotify needed.  
  • The farm only provides services that are available in the mountain, but they try their best to meet your requests. Just like us, after a whole day use of our gadgets needed for blogging,we needed to recharge our batteries and cameras because we were headed to Calaguas the following day. We had to send everything to a nearby residence with electricity and it was very nice of them to accommodate our request. Please don't ask for impossible favors that will make it difficult for them.
  • Should you wish to have a hassle free stay by just being there to enjoy a downtime, you can have your breakfast, lunch or dinner prepared by the management at an additional cost.
 How to get there?
  • From Daet you need to ride on a van, jeepney, bus bound to Sta.Elena and tell the driver that you are going to Purok 5, Barangay Guisican, Labo, Camarines Norte. It will take 1 ½ hour travel.
  • A service truck will take you to the resort, travel time is about 20 mins. You can also try Habal-habal (motorcycle) for only Php 100.
  • Contact Person Mr. Arnel Bacer (09165346351) for instructions
  • Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Bag-angan-Farm-And-Private-Resort-660365400821096/
Bag-Angan Farm and Resort will not only let you experience the back to basic kind of living that will allow you to keep your feet on the ground but it will actually give you an opportunity to go back to the basics in coping with stress and anxiety. First is you get enough sleep because there's no electricity and limited mobile data services. Second is you get to eat fresh produce from the farm especially if you want to have your meals prepared by the resort. Third, you get to do a basic exercise, just by grounding yourself and walking around the farm early in the morning to the flowing water either on the manmade pool or the stream of water nearby the other house. They also have a fish pond with tilapia, so go ahead try fishing too or even harvest/plant rice if its in season. Sleep, eat and exercise, these are the three basic ways to combat stress and anxiety and Bag-Angan farm can actually give it to you. It's also a perfect place for those who are a little bit lost, who might be looking for answers. The farm is nice as a retreat place and also team building activities for small groups. Interacting with the locals will actually make your stay more meaningful.

Woke up at round 5:30 in the morning and this is what you'll see in the farm.

Look! Do try this laro ng lahi, "Kadang-Kadang"

Hope I was able to give enough information about this secluded farm and resort in Labo, Camarines Norte. If you happen to visit Bag-Angan, don't forget to #iTravelResponsibly and share your experience too on the comments section below.