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:
Photo was taken from the side of Tamu Kianggeh
  • Walk from Jubilee Hotel to the main road, the same road going to Tamu Kianggeh, but instead of turning left, turn right facing the Lapau & Dewan Majilis (Royal Ceremonial Hall). You can either cross to the other side or do it when you're near your destination.
Pusat Belia Youth Centre & Hostel
Radisson Hotel
    • Walk straight up ahead, pass by the Pusat Belia Youth Centre & Hostel until you see Radisson Hotel from afar.
    • Cross the road with stop lights near Radisson Hotel and keep walking straight up ahead.
    • On the next block after the long brick-wall, turn left. Keep on walking until you reach the shady park with colorful tarps and parasols.
    Just follow your way back when you are ready to go back to the hotel. And if you have enough time, drop by at the Royal Regalia or Lapau & Dewan Majilis along the way.
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    August 16, 2016

    Tamu Selera

    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. 
    The food stalls in this center are operated by locals and to order, you either try very hard to talk to the staff or order what you think is good and pray they really do. Or to be on the safe side, just order satay (skewer), fried chicken, or just noodles. 
    What we did when we ate there was looked around and checked other people's order and whatever we saw that looks good we ordered. Although, after we ordered we realized that looks really can be deceiving. Some of them just look good. I can' even remember the name of the food we ate!
    Tamu Selera is very popular with adventurous tourists and the locals, so it tends to get crowded and noisy especially at night. The food here is really cheap (starts from B$1) and if you know what kind of food you want to try you can never go wrong. My advise, if you have friends in Brunei or a tourist guide, best to bring him along. 
    We didn't plan on eating here but we saw it as we walk our way to the Catholic Church and we decided on dropping by after the mass. I'm glad we did as I was able experience real Brunei. When you visit Brunei, make sure to eat at one of the open or night markets or in Tamu Selera to know first hand how the locals enjoy their food.

    Please click here on how to get there.
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    August 3, 2016

    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 28, 2016

    Fast Ferries Schedule: Cebu to Bohol & Vice Versa

    Fast ferry is the most convenient and fastest way to get to Bohol from Cebu or the other way around.  It only takes an hour or two, depending on which port you want use. There are two ports in Bohol: Tagbilaran & Tubigon, and in Cebu there are four piers, assigned to specific shipping lines. Sailing via Tubigon port is much cheaper and faster than Tagbilaran. 
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    July 24, 2016

    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/

    First 
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/

    Need help with your accommodation? Please leave a comment or send me a message and I'll try my best to help. :)
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