September 23, 2016

Brunei Darussalam Day 2: Royal Regalia | Tasek Lama Recreational Park | Kampung Ayer | Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Even though we had a (mis)adventure on our first day, I'm still excited and looking forward for our second day in Brunei. I love historical sites more than shopping malls and I'm so glad Brunei has a lot to offer.
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September 2, 2016

Brunei Darussalam Day 1: Tamu Kianggeh | National Day Celebration | Tamu Selera | Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Travel Date: February 23-25, 2014 (Sunday to Tuesday)
Brunei is my first ever out of the country trip and it made me so excited and at the same time anxious.  I got a little bit scared too because even though it's not my first time to fly, it's the first flight that is more than an hour. The flight feels like forever, i was just thankful that our flight was smooth and we arrived in Brunei safe and sound. For the complete itinerary, please visit: Brunei Darussalam 3 Days & 2 Nights Itinerary

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Church of Our Lady of Assumption: The Only Catholic Church in Bandar Seri Begawan

When I was preparing our itinerary my friend told me that I have to include us attending the mass in Brunei. Brunei is a Muslim country so I had to search for the nearest Catholic Church and found the Church of our Lady of Assumption. It's about 15 minutes walk from city proper and along the way are the other attractions in Brunei.

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Negara Brunei Darussalam National Day: Abode of Peace

When we booked our trip to Brunei we had no idea that our first day is their National Day, until I started making the itinerary. Brunei National Day is always celebrated every 23rd of February. It is the the National Day of Brunei that was first celebrated in 1984. This holiday marks full independence from the United Kingdom in the same year.
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August 28, 2016

The Mall's Food Court: The Biggest Mall in Gadong District

It's our last night in Brunei and we've decided on eating at the night market called Pasa Malong in Gadong near the "The Mall". It's said to be one of the popular night markets in Brunei, however, it's still early when we went there so there's not much food to choose from. Our driver was long gone after we agreed on the time he's gonna pick-us up, so we just walk to the mall since it's near.
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August 17, 2016

How to Get to Tamu Selera?


It only takes about 10 minutes to get to Tamu Selera from Jubilee Hotel, with a few stops to take pictures. However, if you don't want to walk, you can hire a taxi via your hotel to take you there. It's nice to walk in Brunei since almost all of them have a car, it felt like we own the road (LOL). If you plan on walking up there, here's how:
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August 16, 2016

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Tamu Selera: Brunei's Malaysian & Indonesian Food Centre

If you want to try local dishes at a very cheap price go to Tamu Selera. It's an old fashioned hawker center set in a shady park with colorful tarps and parasols. It's an open area with ceiling fan that offers Malaysian and Indonesian dishes. If you've been to other Asian countries, you'll know by now that this is the kind place to get the best of the local dishes and local culture.
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August 3, 2016

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Brunei Darussalam 3 Days & 2 Nights Itinerary

Brunei has a lot of historical and religious places to see, not to mention luxurious hotels and museums. But since it's a Muslim country there's nothing much to do at night. For me, 3 days and 2 nights is enough to explore the majority of the tourist spots in Brunei. Below is the original itinerary I prepared prior to our trip, and the actual itinerary after.
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July 24, 2016

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Where to Stay in Quezon Province?


Please find below the list of accommodations in Quezon Province. This is just a list and does not guarantee the current room rates, addresses, contact numbers and quality of service of the hotels. It is advisable that you do a full and thorough research about a specific hotel before booking.

Batis Aramin Resort & Hotel  
This resort and hotel is located just a few minutes away from Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban, Quezon. It big and really nice from the outside, I can't say the same inside of the rooms though as I wasn't able to go inside. I was allowed to see up to the reception only since I didn't pay of the entrance fee. I would love to stay in this hotel when I visit the province next year for the Pahiyas Festival...read more>>

Cabina Tesoro
Transient house and Staycation for balikbayans, foreigners, and locals. 
Address: Kamagong Road, Sariaya, Quezon Province
Mobile#: (0917)539-3008
Website: https://web.facebook.com/cabinatesoro/

Casa Raliana Hotel & Restaurant
Address: 2063 Purok Maganda, Brgy. Gulang Gulang, Lucena City, Quezon Province
Phone#: +63(042)373-7313
Website: https://web.facebook.com/CasaRalianaLucena/

Diamond Resort & Hotel
This hotel is located just 5 minutes away from SM City Lucena and 10 minutes away from the port.  This is the first hotel I checked for our family trip, before deciding on staying at Queen Margarette Hotel. I checked their standard rooms and it’s almost the same with what the Quezon Premier Hotel has.  I almost booked here, if only I didn’t hear the party that’s being held.  The sound of the music can be heard inside the room and I don’t want my mother to be bothered by that.  The staff is very friendly and allowed me to check on their room even though I’m not going to book yet. 
Address:  Maharlike Highway, Barangay Ibabang Dupay, Lucena City
Phone#: 6342-6604717
Mobile#:  0923-634-7133,  0910-6582574
Email:  diamondresortandhotel@ymail.com
 
Website: https://web.facebook.com/diamondresortandhotel/?_rdr
How to Get There: Take a bus with a signboard “Lucena/Dalahican” then ask the conductor to drop you off near the hotel. From there, you can walk to SM City Lucena.

Dalampasigan Beach & Pool
Address: Barangay Guis-guis, Sariaya, Quezon Province
Email: dalampasiganresort@gmail.com

Mobile#: (0921)656-2433
Website: http://www.dalampasigan.net/
How to Get There: Take a bus with a signboard “Lucena/Dalahican” then ask the conductor to drop you off at Lutucan sambat (Mazapan). Take a jeepney to Barangay Guis-guis and take a tricycle to the resort.

Dona Choleng Camping Resort - Cagbalete Island
At Dona Choleng Camping Resort, classic island architecture blends harmoniously with a lush tropical setting, and families get to enjoy gracious surroundings that capture the true essence of Cagbalete Island.
Address: Cagbalete Island. Mauban, Quezon Province
Mobile#:  (0927)968-0690 | (0998)352-0544 | (0926)654-9958
Website: http://www.donacholeng.com/
How to Get There: Take a bus with a signboard “Lucena/Dalahican” then ask the conductor to drop you off at Grand Central Terminal. From there take Mauban Bus Liner to get to Mauban. From Mauban, take a boat to Sabang Port of Cagbalete and from there hire a boat to take you to the Resort. Boat Schedule is from 10:00am - 3:30pm and fare is Php50.00. 

Dona Rosario Sea Breeze Village & Resort
Was built in 2004 and located just 65.1 km from the city center. It's a 2-star hotel and a smart choice for travelers.
Address: Km. 176.4, Barangay Angeles, Atimonan, Quezon Province
Phone#: +63(042)316-6916
Email: mario@donarosarioresorts.com

Dwelling Bliss Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1110 Pearl Street, Pleasant Ville Subdivision, Lucena City, Quezon Province
Phone#: +63(042)322-0553
Website: https://web.facebook.com/DwellingBliss/

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Quezon Premier Hotel (Quezon Adventure Hotel & Resort)
It’s easy to spot because of the unique arch with a dinosaur beside it.  When I first saw the arch, I thought it’s an animal park not a hotel.  I became more curious when it’s featured in one of the local travel shows. It has good reviews also so I decided on staying for a night here.   However, you will really not know the truth if you don’t experience it yourself...read more>>

Graceland Estates and Country Club
Address: Tayabas, Quezon Province
Phone#: (042)793-2857 | (02)697-7468
Website: http://www.gracelandtayabas.com/index.html
How to Get There: Take a bus with a signboard “Lucena/Dalahican” then ask the conductor to drop you off at Diversion Road. From there, take a jeepney bound for Lucban and ask the driver to drop you off in front of the eGraceland's gate on the right side. 

Grand Central Hotel and Spa
Address: Bustamante St. corner Central Drive, Poblacion, South Candelaria, Quezon Province
Mobile#: (0947)847-0000
Email: sales@grandcentralhotelandspa.com
Website: http://grandcentralhotelandspa.com/

Hillside Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Tayabas Lucena Road, Gulang, Lucena, 4301 Quezon
Phone#: +63(042)373-4996

The House of Halina Hotel
Address: 104 P. Gomez St, Lucena, 4301 Quezon, Philippines
Phone#: +63(042)710-2902

Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Hotel
Address: Brgy. Dapdap, Tayabas, Quezon Province 
Phone#: +63(042)793-0088 
Mobile#: (0917)680-1819 | (0920)978-6450 
Email: kamayansapalaisdaan@ymail.com 
Website: http://www.kamayansapalaisdaan.com.ph

Lucena Fresh Air Hotel
Address: Old manila South Road, Brgy. Isabang, Lucena City, Quezon Province
Phone#: +63(042)710-2424 | +63(042)710-3031
Mobile#: 0918-776-2888 | 0943-317-9306
Website: http://www.freshairhotel.net/

Ouan's Worth Farm Resort
Address: Km 133 Diversion Road Kanlurang Mayao Lucena City, Quezon Province
Phone#: +63(042)710-4552
Mobile#: (0925)590-0999 | (0917)890-0746
Email: ouansfarm@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.ouansthefarmresort.com.ph/

Queen Margarette Hotel
I can always see this hotel from the bus every time it passes by going home so I thought of staying here when I visit Lucena.  I had the chance when my family and I first visited the Kamay ni Hesus.  In their tagline, if you want to feel like a royalty even for a while, you must stay here.  I recommend this hotel if you are traveling alone and you want to feel safe, not to mention peaceful...read more>>

Queen Margarette Hotel Downtown
Address: Granja St. Lucena City, Quezon Province
Website: http://www.queenmargarettehotel.com/property/downtown

Quezon Premier Hotel - Candelaria
Address: Candelaria, Quezon Province
Phone#: (042)585-7552
Mobile#: (0939)799-3956
Email: Quezontowncenter@gmail.com
Website: http://www.quezonpremierhotel.com/

Nature Villa Bed & Breakfast
Address: #387 Holy Trinity Compound, Brgy. Sta Lucia, 0000 Dolores, Quezon Province
Phone#: +63(042)343-6503
Email: naturevilla.banahaw@yahoo.com
Website: https://web.facebook.com/naturevillabanahaw/?_rdr
How to Get There: Take a bus with a signboard “Lucena/Dalahican” then ask the conductor to drop you off at San Pablo. Take a jeep going to Dolores Town proper, then take a tricycle or jeepney to Bryg. Sta. Lucia, Holy Trinity Compound where the Villa is located.

Nawawalang Paraiso & Resort
Dubbed as the "Lost Paradise, this resort has opened its door to the public in 1985. It's 20-minute driver from Lucena City and near most of the province attractions.
Address: Brgy. Camasa, Tayabas, Quezon Province
Phone#: +63(042)793-3437 | +63(042)793-2050
Website: http://www.nawawalangparaiso.com
How to Get There: Take a bus with a signboard “Lucena/Dalahican” then ask the conductor to drop you off at Diversion Road. From there, take a jeepney going to Tayabasn or Lucban and ask the driver to drop you off in front of the resort.

Samkara Restaurant and Garden Hotel
Address: Sitio Malinao, Brgy. Igang, Lucban, Quezon Province
Mobile#: 0947 922 0081
Email: reservations@samkara.ph
Website: http://samkara.ph/

South Red Palm Hotel Corporation
Address: Isabang Road, Luceny City, Quezon Province
Mobiel#: (0942)824-6835
Website: https://web.facebook.com/southredpalmhotel/

Star Garden Tower Hotel
This hotel is located at the very heart of Lucena City. I really wanted to stay in this hotel during our family trip, but it’s far from the destinations that we’re going to visit. I will definitely try this hotel when I get back to Lucena City.  I heard from my friend that they serve the best food. And coming from her, I had to believe since she loves food more than anything.  I only had a glimpse of their coffee shop when I visited the capitol.
Address: 2948B-Quezon Avenue, Lucena City, Quezon Province
Phone#:  +63(042)710-4437
Mobile#: (0932)406-0362
Email: info@stargardentowerhotel.com
How to Get There: Take a bus with a signboard “Lucena/Dalahican” then ask the conductor to drop you off at Diversion Road. From there, take a jeepney bound for Lucena "Bayan"and ask the driver to drop you off in front of the hotel.
 
Sulo Riviera Hotel
This hotel was my first choice since it’s near the Lucena Grand Central Terminal when I was looking for a place to stay in Quezon Province.  However, I read on many reviews that a KTV bar is located just near the hotel and the noise can be heard in the room. This should be a relaxing trip and we don’t want to be bothered by any kind of noise so it’s crossed out from my list.
Address: Diversion Road, Lucena City, Quezon Province
Phone#: +63(042)660-3449
How to Get There: Take a bus with a signboard “Lucena/Dalahican” then ask the conductor to drop you off near the hotel.  It's located just before the Lucena Grand Central Terminal.

The St. Joseph Residential Suites
Address: 7 Trinidad St. Extension, Barangay 1, Quezon Province
Phone#: +63(042)717-1145
Mobile#: (0929)181-0253
Email: thesaintjoseph@gmail.com
Website: https://web.facebook.com/The-Saint-Joseph-142297459262865/
The Tamarind Tree Resort
Address: Brgy. Basiao, Padre Burgos, Quezon Province
Phone#: (02)478-5992 | (02)788-1564
Mobile#: (0947)991-2027 | (0917)853-8062
Email: thetamarind3@gmail.com
Website: http://thetamarindtreeresort.com/

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