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Friday, April 5, 2019

#NCDTravels: Caramoan Islands Tour Packages

Oh Caramoan ❤️

Still booked our Caramoan trip via Explore CamSur. First trip was with my college friends and now with my family and relatives (from Ilocos and Cavite). Explore CamSur can definitely handle clients of all ages! Along with me were also 5 senior citzens from 63 to 71 years old! My aunts and uncles really enjoyed the trip. Visited 4 islands, had lunch in Matukad, trekked to see the enchanted lagoon and we snorkled too!

For inquiries you may message their FB Page for packages. We only booked the 2d1n package since time was limited. Thank you sooo much Explore CamSur for that very warm accommodation!

(They also have 3D2N Tour Pacakage)

- 2d1n accomm, standard a/c room w/cr beach area
- 1 day island hopping
- 3 meals
- tour guide
- island entrance fees
- environmental fees
- complimentary pick up and drop off at caramoan bus terminal or port

As of April 2019
(Rates are subject to change without prior notice, please contact Explore CamSur for more details)

Good news! May Van na po from Naga going to Caramaon! Terminal is at Robinsons Naga, Almeda Highway side parking.

Fare: 270
First trip: 4am
Last trip: 4pm

Continuous ang pila, pagka ma puno or ma reach ang minimum number of passengers, mahali na.

Caramoan Terminal:
Caramoan Market Place
4am First trip
4pm Last trip

Vans can also be chartered for special trips.

Our accommodation for 2D1N

Our food


As of April 2019

#ExcitingBicol #ExploreCamSur #NCDtravels

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.❤️

#VillaCaceresHotel #RJsBuffet #HealthResortClub #TheGemOfBicolandia #Staycation #nagacitydeck

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.