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14.5.15

Gotta Love Gota!

I am not much of a beach bum, but when I heard that the next getaway of the Bicol Bloggers would be to the beautiful islands of Caramoan, Camarines Sur, I can never say no!


The Bicol Bloggers were invited by the Camarines Sur governor, Gov Migz Villafuerte, to explore as well as promote Caramoan for 2 days. This youngest governor in the Philippine history is very nice to accommodate us to one of the world-class resorts in the World, Gota Village Resort! So world-class that it will be the home of the Survivors team this May!


*mandatory touristy pose*
We spent our first day in Caramoan solely to explore the endless beauty of Gota. Not your ordinary beach resort, I’m telling you!




Their cabins are available in Small, Medium and Large Wood Cabins. 3 Medium Wood Cabins is what was given to us since we’re 9 in the group, 3 persons each cabin. Still felt like there’s more room for others tho~

SMALL WOOD CABIN 
2,500.00/night

1 QUEEN SIZE BED “ 61 UNITS
Standard Occupancy 2 pax
Air conditioned room with TV and DVD player
Private toilet bathroom with hot and cold shower

MEDIUM WOOD CABIN 
2,750.00/night

1 QUEEN SIZE BED “ 39 UNITS
Standard Occupancy 2 pax maximum of 3 pax
Air conditioned room with TV and DVD player
Private toilet bathroom with hot and cold shower
With mini ref, receiving room, and dining area

LARGE WOOD CABIN 
3,000.00/night

1 QUEEN SIZE BED “ 11 UNITS
Standard Occupancy 2 pax maximum of 3 pax
Air conditioned room with TV and DVD player
Air conditioned room with TV and DVD player
Private toilet bathroom with hot and cold shower
With mini ref, receiving room, and dining area


What I like the most in their cabins is their beds. 100% coziness that you’d just like to snug in there for hours after a long tiring day of swimming and enjoying activities. And may I also add, 3G is very much usable in this area! Internet is fast like speeding bullet. Made our social-media-freak hearts really happy!! Check out our official hashtag of the trip #GottaLoveCamSur on Instagram to check our ATM uploads.



Caramoan getaway would not be as perfect if you’d not check in to this resort on your stay. This village resort has its own 2 beaches. 



One at the very front of it.. 


and another one to its left that will require you to walk to this adventure-like pathway between rock formations and mangroves. 


This is one of my favorite spots here in Gota. I really felt like I was in Bali or another country. But this is Philippines, guys! Our very own humble country.



The path leads to another beach of the Gota Beach Resort that serves as their port for those who would like to island hop. You can also enjoy this for picture-taking and dipping as there are also amazing rock formations in this beach.


I hope this post made you giddy to go to Caramoan this summer! If not, watch out for my blog post about our second day because we did some adventuresome activities, like island hopping and rock climbing! Much, much more amazing-out of your expectation photos to be posted!



SPOTLIGHT RATING:
Sleep Quality: 5/5
Location: 5/5
Rooms: 5/5
Value: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

I can't believe I'm rating this as perfect 5/5! This is very true on my experience tho~ Sleep quality is excellent as what I've mentioned above. Locations is perfect as it is just walking distance from the beach and Gota has its own port too, for those who will island hop. Price for its value is very reasonable as experiencing this place is very precious already. Service is amazing too! Even when we asked them to get rid of the bee inside our cabin in the late night, they served us still! I cannot say anything with their cleanliness as I've never experienced any bad thing about it. 5 out of 5! *wink wink* 

Gota Beach Resort is located at Brgy. Ilawod, Caramoan Camarines Sur. Contact the m via phone +63920 967 2942 or +63920 965 0390, via email gotavillage@gmail.com or restygotavillage@gmail.com


SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Gov. Migz Villafuerte

Photos: Mine and Nick Pahati’s


*side news* Gota Village Resort is not temporarily closed this May as to what others are saying. It is, though, fully booked as the whole team of Survivors staff booked all their available cabins, so there won't be any available cabins for accommodation for the whole month of May 2015. Gota staff though had advised us to check in Hunungan Cove instead, if interested to visit Caramoan this May. Click this link to know more about Hunungan Cove.

20.4.15

Bicol Bloggers' #SSSStaycation: Crown Hotel

Our next stop on our Bicol Bloggers’ #SSSstaycation? My favorite part. Checking in at our home for our staycation, the Crown Hotel!

To read the backstory of our Bicol Bloggers’ #SSSstaycation, you can click here. And for all the posts in this series, it's in this link!

As the blogger who’s been called out by the bed the most (nighttime worker here), I am the most excited to meet my room for the night (and even in our short time breaks, I snuck in some power naps! Haha). Crown Hotel did not disappoint me! 


Crown Hotel has been operating since the 60's, making it the longest operating hotel in Naga City. It's amazing how it stood the test of time, fire and calamities. It has become a landmark in Naga City, being at the heart of the city. Located just in front of the Plaza Quince Martires and beside Plaza Quezon and Plaza Rizal. Imagine how many fascinating stories the walls of this hotel could tell you!


Crown Hotel offers the best view of Naga City in their rooms! It caters to every customer as it has many type of rooms in your preference. Their price is very competitive too! I'd say it's the cheapest in its category. And what I like the most about this hotel is it's located in the very heart of centro, so every place can be easily reached by foot or by tricycle/jeep.



Their available rooms:


Executive Suite A - Php6,000



I want to live in this room! It has its own living room.


I want to live in this bathroom! *just kidding* This bathroom is really spacious and has some fancy bathtub!


This hotel is also famous for tourists participating in the annual celebration of Pe├▒afrancia Festival here in Camarines Sur because this hotel has the best view for that, especially in their Executive Suite A!



Executive Suite B - Php4,500


Deluxe Twin Bed - Php3,000

Our room for the night was the same as this, Deluxe Twin Bed. Can be occupied by two people, but when you're clingy like us Bicol Bloggers, you can make it four! *LOL* There are also rooms that connects to each other if you'll be checking in with your family and friends.

Deluxe Single - Php2,500

If you are on budget, you can try their standard rooms. Lesser facilities you can enjoy but would never sacrifice your comfort! And even if this is their standard rooms, I think this room is still very spacious compared to other hotels in this price.

Standard Single - Php1,500

Standard Twin Bed - Php2,500

Generally, I am very pleased with my experience in this hotel. It's very satisfying for its value, and their staff is very accommodating and pleasant. See my ratings below. Once I got the experience their service on our first day, I already said to myself, I'll be coming back to this! Crown Hotel also has a cafe, resto and mini bar inside it which I will be blogging soon!

SPOTLIGHT RATING:
Value: 5/5
Location: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Cleanliness: 5/5
Sleep Quality: 4/5
Rooms: 4/5

Crown Hotel is exactly located at Elias Angeles corner P. Burgos Sts., Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines. They have a free shuttle service to and from Pili Airport daily. Contact the hotel at (054) 473 8305 for bookings. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/crownhotel.ph | New website will be launched SOON! http://crownhotel.ph


Photos by Nick Pahati


13.4.15

AGORA Magazine Feature: Renegade Remix

Second outfit on my AGORA Magazine Feature is now up! So yes, recently, I’ve been featured in the very first arts and fashion magazine in Bicol. No biggie~

..loljk Are you kidding me? I’m still feeling the kilig whenever I get to see my beautiful photos taken by my rad photographer friend, Paul Echano, in the pages of the second issue of AGORA Magazine. THE AGORA Magazine!

Here’s a preview of my second look on the AGORA Magazine! Pages 43-44.


So if you haven’t read my blog post about the first outfit I had on the magazine yet, I did a fashion editorial on this Bicol magazine featuring only items that I’ve bought at thrift stores, a.k.a. ukay-ukay! You’d be surprised that AGORA challenged me to pull off a whole outfit with a budget of just 500 below for this fashion editorial!

In this outfit, would you believe that I only got to spend Php550? Yes, head-to-toe! My Corset Top only costs Php150, Denim Jacket for only Php100, Denim Skift for Php50, and my trusty Chunky Heeled Boots only costs Php250!

Yes, you can really have a magazine-like ensemble in just ukay-ukay finds here in Bicol!

Curious about where my favorite thrift shops here in Bicol are? Browse the second issue of AGORA Magazine now, or stay tuned on my next blog posts on this AGORA Magazine Feature series! 4 more outfits to go!

So what do you think about this outfit? A Yay or a Nay? Share your thoughts on the comment box below!


PHOTOGRAPHY: Paul Echano




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