Villas in Playa Blanca


Are you tired for the busy schedules at work or school paper works? Take a little break, give time to yourself to relax and just enjoy the cold breeze from the sea. Why not try to spend a nice vacation time at Playa Blanca. The Playa Blanca has rapidly emerged as one of the most popular holiday destinations on Lanzarote, a Spanish island, the easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean. The area enjoys the best microclimate on the island and boasts some of the very best beaches, such as the famous stretches of sand at nearby Papagayo. But of course, spending a pleasant vacation will be incomplete without your loved ones, families or friends. You can invite them to join on your vacation and stay in good value apartments in Playa Blanca through to luxurious villas, equipped with private pools and all mod cons. Playa Blanca villas - ranging from smaller two bedroom bungalows on selected holiday complexes through to large luxury villas which can accommodate families or groups. So no more worries on how many people you can invite to join because with these Villas in Playa Blanca, they are there to help the guest to satisfy there needs. All you have to do is to relax and forget about some paper works, it's your time to pleasure yourself and spend a bonding relationship with the people that you love and care.

Playa Blanca is also ideally located for anyone who likes to combine sunbathing with sightseeing. As Lanzarote's number one tourist attraction - The Timanfaya Volcano Park - is a just the short drive away. While the neighboring island of Fuerteventura can be reached easily from the ferry port in the harbor.

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Fort San Pedro

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Let’s take a tour to a historical place called Fort San Pedro. The Fort San Pedro is the smallest, oldest triangular bastion fort in the country was built in 1738 to repel Muslim raiders. In turn, it served as a stronghold for Filipino revolutionaries near the end of the 19th Century.

Visiting the museum gives us additional idea about our historical events that happened from the past. Since I'm more on visual, this is one way for me to learn and to understand about the Spanish colonization here in my own country. My hubby and his family are the one who gives me encouragement to like museums because honestly before, I don't like to visit it because I thought it was boring or so. But as time goes by, I realized that it's very educational. That's why I'm impressed with my hubby because he knows a lot, sometimes things that I don't know, but I hear it from him because, when he and his bro was still a child, their parents often brought them to a different kind of museums. They are my walking encyclopedia (LOL) *wink*.

Fort San Pedro served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.
It is a military defence structure, built by Spanish and indigenous Cebuano laborers under the command of Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi and the Spanish Government in Cebu. It is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the Pier Area of Cebu City, Philippines.


Lotus Garden Hotel

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When I went to Manila few days ago, I stay in the Lotus Garden Hotel, located in Mabini, Manila, Philippines. The hotel is not so far from the Embassies and that’s the reason why I choose to stay in this hotel. And aside from that, this hotel is also affordable for my budget; it’s not that elegant like other expensive hotels but a good place to stay already. This is my first time to stay in Lotus Garden because usually I stay in City Garden Hotel, but for a change this time, I tried this Lotus to see and to experience the service as well. Since I’m alone, I choose the Superior room, it’s not that big but good enough for me and when I check my window, this is the view that I can see. A high building that stands next to each other, my room was located in the 4th floor, but not much view to see, only these high buildings. Well, the foods that I order was delicious and the employees were very friendly and approachable, only for my check in time, it took a bit long that I get in my room because its very crowded on the time. In fact many guest that they refused already because they were fully book, at least I make an advance reservation already.


Manila Ocean Park

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It was my first time to visit the Manila Ocean Park, but it’s not the first that I saw this big aquarium. The very first time that I experience to walk in this big aquarium was the time that I was in Netherlands. This Manila Ocean Parks is an oceanarium in Manila, located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, Manila, Philippines. The park had its soft launch last March 1, 2008. Therefore, this park is still new, in fact when we visit there the last time, some area were still under construction. Probably the next time that hubby and I will visit, and then I’m pretty sure it’s all done already.

Our day in the Ocean Park was great, it's very interesting to be there, and we enjoyed watching many fish's, sharks, sting ray etc., It feels so good sitting next to the aquarium, just relaxing and enjoying the moment. I'm happy that finally we have Oceanarium here in our country, before we only saw that in some foreign countries and now we have our own. Only too bad, it's far from the city where I live, or else I can bring my family and they can see it as well. Anyway, aside in this big aquarium, you can also enjoy the rainforest that they have, exhibition of artificial corals in 48 tanks, features big fish and Eagle-spotted rays in a long tank, features several species of shark and many more.



Taoist Temple

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Another well known tourist spots in Cebu is the Taoist temple. This temple was built in 1972, located in Beverly Hills Subdivision, Cebu City. The temple was built by Cebu's substantial Chinese community. With an elevation of 300 meters above sea level, the temple is a towering, multi-tiered, multi-hued attraction accessible by three separate winding routes.

It's my pleasure to visit the Taoist temple to think that we don't see much Chinese temple here in the Philippines. While we stayed in Cebu, we never want to miss to visit this temple. Of course I heard many nice feedback from my friends who visited there and it makes me curious also how wonderful it is. I saw some pictures, but it's nice to see it in real. The entrance to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. And while you're walking all the way to the temple, you will see the giant dragon statue. Well, I don't want to miss myself standing in front of that dragon, so click, click, click, smile you're in the camera haaa. Since its 300 meters above sea level, you will enjoy the overlooking view of the city. The temple is not that big, so I guess about an hour tour then you are done already. The temple includes a chapel, a library, a souvenir shop and a wishing well.

The Taoist temple is open to the worshipers and non-worshipers alike. A ritual among devotees is where one prays to the gods to grant one's wish. The ritual includes washing of hands, going inside the chapel barefoot and dropping two blocks of wood. If the blocks of wood are both face up then one could make a wish. If not then it is not yet the time for one's wish to be granted and one has to come to the temple some other time.

The temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. Another ritual among Taoist devotees, which is done during Wednesdays and Sundays, is the climbing of its 81 steps (representing the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures) to light joss sticks and have their fortune read by the monks.



Loboc River

Visiting Bohol is always been a lot of fun to everyone, especially for those people who visit there for the very first time. The experience in staying in Bohol is something memorable because not just the well-known spots like Chocolate hills that you can enjoy seeing, but also the romantic floating restaurant in Loboc River. Many tourist people find this floating restaurant as romantic and at the same time unique because you are not just enjoying every bite of the foods, but also the wonderful scenic view of the nature and of course a live band that everyone don't want to miss. The guest would surely entertain while the boat is on going.


I tried this floating restaurant for already twice, but from the very first time that I have been there, I'm totally amazed how lovely the place. Even my hubby and bro-in-law were amazed it too because of its uniqueness. That's why on the second time that we visit together with my parents-in-law, we really assure to them that we can eat our lunch in this floating restaurant, then, they can experience also the experience that we have from the very first time that we took this floating restaurant. I can see the face of my parents-in-law who enjoyed much, and I often heard many praises from my mother-in-law, telling me how beautiful my country is.


Canopy walk and Zipline

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Another adventure activity that we did last time was the canopy walk and zipline. Since my hubby and my family-in-law were in the Philippines that time, we tried to do some fun things during their stay here in Cagayan de Oro. We all like to do some adventure activity but not that scariest one that my mother-in-law and I can’t manage (LOL). But the first thing we did was doing the canopy walk. I don’t know exactly how many meters that we walked but I was all scared, that my knees were shaking because I’m a bit nervous. I feel that the wood that I stepping on and the rope that I’m holding on were shaking, which it makes me more nervous that time. It took me so long to reach the finishing area because I walked like a turtle. I don’t like much this kind of activity because I’m a sissy girl haaa but I have no choice, I want to do this zipline activity but I need to start to the other side which it’s a must to walked in this canopy to reach to the other side. But after I did this canopy walked, I feel like wow, I did it and I have a big smile because I succeed in this challenge.

Now it's the zipline turn, which I like it most, our guide explain to us on what we have done while were on the processing of lifting. I know how to do this already because it's already my third times that I tried this zipline, same thing for my hubby and bro-in-law. Therefore, only my parents-in-law were new in this activity. The zipline that I tried before was not that long as this one, it's only few meters, that's why I'm more excited with this because I can enjoy myself a bit longer, wohooo... it's just nice that even when I write here, I can feel the excitement that we had that time. Our day out activity were great, everyone back to the hotel with big smile, telling each other's experience and sharing to one another how they feel on that activity. So if your adventurous type of person, you can try this activity and I’m pretty sure that you will love it.

A zip-line (also known as a flying fox, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial rope slide, death slide or tyrolean crossing) consists of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable, usually made of stainless steel, by holding on or attaching to the freely moving pulley. Zip-lines come in many forms, most often used as a means of entertainment. They may be short and low, intended for child's play and found on some playgrounds. Longer and higher rides are often used as a means of accessing remote areas, such as a rainforest canopy. Zip-line tours are becoming popular vacation activities, found at outdoor adventure camps or upscale resorts, where they may be an element on a larger challenge or ropes course.


Camiguin Island

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Camiguin is an island that is not so far from the city where I live, but I hardly can visit due to some reason that I have no family to stay with. Well I have relatives, but not very close to me. But I got an opportunity to visit this island, where people describe this as a paradise island. With its pleasant scenic view and amazing natures, you will be amaze how wonderful it is. So amazing that a small island with lots of tourist spots, no wonder why many people loved to visit this place, now I can guarantee to those people who are never been there, that Camiguin is one of the beautiful place to visit and to spend a vacation, either with your family, with your loved ones or with friends. Since it's a small island, you can tour it for just 1 day, like we did the last time, but we stay in Paras Beach Resort for just 1 night to relax ourselves after a whole day tour. Then, the next day, were all back to Cagayan de Oro City. We all enjoy our day out in Camiguin, it's really something that we never forget.

Camiguin is also highlighted because of its abundance of sweet lanzones. The fertile soil and suitable climate nurtures this kind of fruit tree to grow well and bear fruits. Because of this blessing, the people of Camiguin celebrates yearly the Lanzones Festival as a thanksgiving for its bountiful harvest of lanzones.

Camiguin is a small island province of the Philippines off the northern coast of Mindanao. It belongs to the Northern Mindanao region. Its capital is Mambajao and it is the second-smallest province both in population and land area. Only Batanes is smaller. It is a volcanic island with seven volcanoes dominating the rugged, hilly terrain. The three highest volcanoes in the province are Mt. Tempong (1,580m), Mt. Mambajao (1,420 m), and Mt. Hibok-Hibok (1,250 m). The coastline alternates between black or white sand beaches and volcanic rock. It also has the highest volcano-land area ratio among the Philippines’ 7,107 islands.

Some Tourist Spots in Camiguin



    1. Katibawasan Falls - a waterfalls located five kilometers southeast of Mambajao at the foot of Mt. Timpoong in the island of Camiguin. It measures about 250 feet which cascades to a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Considered as one of the treasured gifts nature has bestowed Camiguin, the falls is maintained by the province and visitors are expected to pay a minimal entrance fee.

    2. Old Volcano Slope - It is where life-size statues depicting the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ - the 14 Stations of the Cross that dot a trail to Old Volcano's peak are found. At the last station is a sepulcher carefully carved and chiseled out of volcanic rocks. The pilgrims congregate here to pray during Lenten Season.

    3. Ardent Hot Spring - In the heart of the island bubbles this mineral pool with water around 400C. Vapor rises from the heated waters that run down the vents of the dormant Hibok-Hibok volcano. The springs are ideal to bathe in at night surrounded by cool mountain air. It has therapeutic effects. Picnic huts and tables are available in the beautifully landscaped gardens and there is a restaurant on site. It is 6 kilometers southwest of Mambajao.

    4. Tangub Hot Spring - It is a volcanic hot spring not fully developed a little beneath sea level where a pool is formed by sea stones and corals. Water temperature shifts from cold to lukewarm to warm then to hot as tide changes. Immerse in the warm water inside the pool at low tide and enjoy the cold sea water merging with the hot spring. This rare spring is situated at Naasag, Mambajao - about 12 kilometers west of the capital town; 10-20 meters offshore is ideal for scuba diving.

    5. Macao Cold Spring - it is a spring of natural cold and blue-green waters that overflow with grandeur, perfect to soothe and quench one's humid feeling. It is situated at Tupsan Pequiño, Mahinog

    6. Sto. Niño Cold Spring - A spring located 4 kilometers north uphill of Catarman proper. It has a terrific huge pool of cold spring water measuring 25m x 40m sprouting from sandy bottom. The area has native stores, picnic huts and toilets for visitors and guests. It is located 4 kilometers north of central Catarman.

    7. Sunken Cemetery – A large white cross marks a cemetery swept into the sea by Old Vulcan Daan's eruption in 1871. From here it is a perfect place to watch the glorious sunset over the ocean. It is also an ideal place for snorkeling and diving. An annual fluvial procession is held by townsfolk in honor of the sunken graves of their forefathers and as a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest

    8. Old Ruins of San Roque Church - These are the testimonials and remnants of the eruption of Old Vulcan Daan in 1871 that wiped out the illustrious town of Catarman. It is a monument with thick century-old walls, belfry and convent which stand reminiscent of the second Spanish settlement established in 1697.

    9. Ardent Hot Spring - In the heart of the island bubbles this mineral pool with water around 400C. Vapor rises from the heated waters that run down the vents of the dormant Hibok-Hibok volcano. The springs are ideal to bathe in at night surrounded by cool mountain air. It has therapeutic effects. Picnic huts and tables are available in the beautifully landscaped gardens and there is a restaurant on site. It is 6 kilometers southwest of Mambajao.

    10. Mt. Hibok-Hibok - It’s approach is via the base of Barangay Tagdo in Mambajao. It is a volcano 1250 meters high above sea level. Its slopes are challenges/barriers for professional climbers as they trek skillfully and maneuvers on loose rocks and boulders towards the peak. At the zenith, there is a crater like lake and steam outlets where one can have a clear panoramic view of the entire island and the Bohol Province during sunny clear days.

    11. Old Volcano - A volcano located 13 kilometers away from Mambajao with stiff drop off measuring 7,080 meters high above sea level. It is the landmark for PANAAD.

    12. Mt. Ilihan - It is located at Butay, Guinsiliban and a 3-hour climb uphill. There, one can see bluish green ridge of mountains and majestic slopes as he recites his Stations of the Cross, especially on Lenten Season. One can experience a sense of relief when reaching the top with its cool mountain breeze. Its splendid beauty is very touching. At the pinnacle, climbers can peacefully camp and take pleasure in unbothered world.

    13. White Island - An uninhabited white sandbar where the view of towering Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Old Volcan reflects the grandeur the Province of Camiguin has ever achieved. It is reached within 10 minutes through light water transport from anywhere in Yumbing, Mambajao area.




Fort Santiago

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Visiting a museum or some historical place is one of the most educational activities that hubby and I sometimes did. It’s not only in Holland that we visit a museum but also here in the Philippines. One historical place that we visit last time is the Fort Santiago that is located in Manila. It’s not that far from the hotel that we stay, so we both find it as an easy activity on that day, to think that mostly we visit the tourist spots that was far from Manila.

Fort Santiago was built during the Spanish colonial occupation, which lasted for 3 centuries; was occupied by British forces for 2 years in the 18th century; and was occupied by American forces in 1898, when Spain surrendered the Philippines. It was destroyed in WW II and resurrected in 1950.

Fort Santiago is a defense fortress built for Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi and one of the best preserved structures of the walled city of Intramuros in Manila, Philippines. The fort is shielded with walls 2 meters thick of 8 feet located at the mouth of the Pasig River and once the premier defense fortress of the Spanish Government in the Philippines.

José Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, was imprisoned in the fort before his execution in 1896. The site features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his final footsteps representing the walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.


Aside that we tour the inside the Fort Santiago, hubby and I also took this opportunity to ride a carriage. The carriage tours cover up in some historic area in Manila, like some old churches, old buildings etc.


Taal Volcano Viewing in Tagaytay

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One of the countries most popular tourist destinations is the city of Tagaytay. Tagaytay City provides a good view of the Taal Volcano and not just that, it is also a popular summer tourist destination because of its cool climate due to its high altitude. Taal Volcano is a complex volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The volcano has erupted violently several times, causing loss of life in the populated areas surrounding the lake, the current death toll standing at around 5,000 - 6,000. Because of its proximity populated areas and eruptive history, the volcano has been designated a Decade Volcano worthy of close study to prevent future natural disasters. It was thought to be named as "a volcano inside a volcano" because many believed that the lake that circles the volcano was once a crater or mouth of a volcano.

Before I visited the place, I heard few positive feedbacks already about it, which it makes me more excited to see it. Although hubby and I were unplanned to visit the place but still we had a great time because it's our very first time to be there. We both enjoy the overlooking view of the Taal volcano. After watching and taking some pictures of it, hubby and I took a delicious lunch at Taal Vista Hotel, a very overlooking hotel where the guest can enjoy the nice view of the volcano.


After the Taal Volcano viewing, hubby and I went to the zoo that is located in Tagaytay. It’s not a big zoo but it’s nice to visit there for the first time. Our whole day out was worthy to visit in Tagaytay.


Shooting Range

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Never in my entire life that I imagine that I can hold or able to used a real gun or shotgun, but it happened once, when hubby and bro in law visited here in the Philippines. It was in Cebu that we tried this shooting range, only I don’t know exactly which part of Cebu because it’s our driver who served as our tour guide that time.

A shooting range or firing range is a specialized facility designed for firearm practice. It could be indoor or outdoor and possibly restricted to certain types of firearms. The shooting range that we did was an outdoor, you can select a variety of guns that they have, depends on what you like but, since I’m small, and I can’t manage the 45 caliber gun, so the in-charge gave me the small lady's gun. It small and not as heavy as I thought but when I shoot the paper target, haa I’m almost out of it. While hubby and bro in law used the 45 caliber gun and they shoot the paper target and the first challenge, while the second challenge, their target object was the empty bottles that hang. My bro-in-law still not satisfied to that 45 caliber gun, he wanted to try another gun, which is the sniper rifle. He had many guts to try the sniper rifle and were just watching at him while his busy taking his time to shoot.

Well, the three of us did something unique activity, something that we did not expect that we will try, but it happened. The experience that we had was great.



Enchanted Kingdom

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If other countries have amusement/theme parks, then of course Philippines don’t want to be behind in this fun park. One of the Amusement parks that the Philippines have is the Enchanted Kingdom, one of the biggest parks here in the Philippines. It is located in Santa Rosa City, Laguna.

Since I’m living in Cagayan de Oro City, south part of the Philippines, it’s really far for me to visit the Enchanted Kingdom. However, hubby and I got this opportunity to visit it once during our stay in Manila. Since we stay in Manila for just few days, we grab this opportunity to go there and take all the rides that we like. It was a bit far from where we stay, I think it took us about 3 hours to travel to reach the place and 3 hours again going back from the hotel that we stay, so overall travel that we consumed for the whole day was about 6 hours. Wow, can’t imagine traveling that long, but we had a great time there because hubby and I like amusement parks, no wonder that why we often visit some amusement parks in the Netherlands because we both enjoy it so much. We love to yell and scream when we got to frighten from the roller coaster that we ride (LOL) but honestly it’s mostly me who yell and scream that loud haaa. I like this park because it’s exciting, adventurous and we had a lot of fun almost all day and aside from that it’s cheaper if I compare in the Netherlands. I remember that we pay last time about 650 pesos per person for all the rides already but in Netherlands we pay about 27 Euro per person and that’s about 1800 pesos. Well, too bad it’s too far from the city where I live, or else I can bring my family there, then all of us can yell and scream. Hubby and I had a lot of funny memories in that park, one was when we got wet for our first ride, which was the Rio Grande Rapids, almost all our clothes was wet, and we keep walking in the park until it gets dry. The second, when hubby grabbed a wrong lady’s arm because he thought it was me, but I was standing across to him and I keep laughing at him while he grabbed a wrong lady’s arm. And the last one is when I fart in the waiting area, farting it silently, but I can’t hide the smell and hubby was standing next to me and the kids next to hubby probably smell it because it stinks and they keep staring to hubby haaa.


Go Karts

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One of the fun things that I like to do it repeatedly is this go karts. We had this go karts when the time that my husband and brother in law visited here in the Philippines. It was in Cebu that we tried this kart racing. At first I was hesitant to take a ride in this kart because I was afraid, I had a feeling that maybe I can’t let my kart move forward (LOL) or maybe I fell out in my kart because I’m out of balance, just many things came through in my mind that time, but as I keep watching my 2 companions who enjoyed much with their rides, I feel that I want to try it for just few rounds. As I start to hit the gas pedal, my heart beat so fast, having a feeling of anxiety, but later, I started to like it and just keep driving. Well, it was fun and we enjoy it so much.

The second times that we tried this go karts, it’s not just me, my husband and bro in law but this time it’s together with my parents-in-law. My father-in-law enjoyed it, the same things as we enjoy, while my mother-in-law was busy taking some pictures and video for us.

Kart racing or karting is a variant of open-wheel motor sport with simple, small four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. They are usually raced on scaled-down circuits. Karting is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher and more expensive ranks of motorsports. Karts vary widely in speed and some (known as Superkarts) can reach speeds exceeding 160 miles per hour (260 km/h),[1] while go-karts intended for the general public in amusement parks may be limited to speeds of no more than 15 miles per hour (24 km/h).