MOMazing and MOMentous Mothers’ Day Awaits You at Timberland Sports and Nature Club

Being a mother changed me.

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It changed my views on how much mothers can give up and extend to greater lengths just to ensure the welfare of their children. Motherhood, I think developed my personality to come full circle.

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I didn’t realize how pure and true a mother’s love can be, until I became one. My heart just overflows with love and care for my little one, and I am sure your mother is as well.

I know, because mine is too.

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If she were alive I could think a bunch of things to experience with her. Maybe we can go to a spa together, watch the sunset in a beach or say “aloha” to a Mothers’ Day fancy luau dinner at Timberland Sports and Nature Club.

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Later today, May 12 at 5PM-9PM, experience a refreshing Hawaiian party complete with grass skirts, floral ensembles, playful leis, tropical coolers and a live entertainment to serenade you and your family under the summer night sky!

To let you know what to expect, I had a great time last week as I shared an intimate dinner with some bloggers, friends and family.

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We tasted Chef Joel Cunanan’s festive dishes: the fried tinapa rice, kare-kare, braised pork knuckles, sinigang salmon belly, tinomok, baked salmon and sisig nachos – which are all undeniably delicious and worth ordering next time.

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I also had a chat with Chef Joel and Ms. Ces Roces, the Restaurant Manager. They said that The Garden (the area where we had our dinner, just a few steps away from the pool) is a popular choice for wedding receptions. I can imagine how the view on this side can make any event feel surreal and romantic.

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I am sure later’s event is going to be MOMazing and MOMentous for all mommies and guests!

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BUFFET RATES:

Php 888 for adults

Php 588 for kids

For reservations

Landline: 793 5729 local 5751

Email: whats-on@timberlandclub.com

Website: www.timberlandclub.com

How to get to Timberland Sports and Nature Club

Timberland Sports and Nature Club is located at 114 Gen. Luna St. Guitnang Bayan I, San Mateo, Rizal. We were from Quezon City, and it took us an hour and fifteen minutes via Batasan Road. We passed by Marikina going to San Mateo. There is only a light flow of traffic on weekends. The place is wazeable too, so it should be of big help in navigating your way. Enjoy!

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No Guessing in the “Year of the Pig” through Château Royale’s Free “Bazi Reading”

January 2019 started a good year for me, I had my church wedding and had an epiphany that I should push through with this new idea I have in mind. Good and workable it may seem, I still would want to consult the experts given the chance.

I once had a tarot reading, and the Master said it would be easy for me to conceive, something I would otherwise not believe considering the history of my health. But guess what, I got pregnant 6 months later!

So I’m quite excited for the Year of the Pig and what it has in store for me and my little family. Consequently, a resort in Batangas is going to host something similar – Bazi Reading.

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In celebration of the coming Chinese New Year, Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa guests on February 9 will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience they will never forget.

As a special treat to its “Year of the Pig” checked-in guests, Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa will have a Bazi reading expert who will be ready to accept Bazi reading and consultation.

“Bazi Reading” or “birth profiling” is a statistical tool used to analyze a person’s birth date and time in order to read and understand that person’s assets and liabilities. Among these include health, marriage, career path and other life’s important activities and foresee high-probability events. This reading will help provide individuals a good understanding of who they really are, their potentials for success.

All readings are done scientifically with no amount of superstition whatsoever. The readings’ results are provided in order to help enable people make wiser decisions or do realistic adjustments in their lives that will help shape or affect their future.

fbpagechinesenypromoTo avail of the Bazi consultation, checked-in guests should only register with the Concierge and will be asked to prepare at least 3 specific questions that the Bazi master will answer. For a deeper reading, guests will be asked of their birth date and hour of birth. If no hour of birth is provided, only limited advise on business, children and lovelife will be provided.

The Bazi Reading at Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa for the Chinese New Year will be offered for only P5,688 to checked-in guests instead of the usual P8,888. This comes with a Bazi chart to be given onsite and sent as well to guests’ email.

In the email, a personality reading will also be included so that clients are guided and they can have a better understanding of themselves. For those with families, it is suggested that they provide the Bazi expert the hour of birth of the spouses and their children so that their questions may be answered better.

“Every Chinese New Year, it is common that you find people seek guidance from the stars, and now with Bazi reading, they can get guidance about life’s future happenings through numbers and done in the most scientific way possible. At Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa, everyone is family, and what better way to make family bonding better during Chinese New Year than to provide them with a family experience they will truly cherish, just like every time they stay here,” explains Marie Abolencia, Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

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So head on out to Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa for that unique Chinese New Year experience you will never forget. Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa is located at Km. 72, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas. For more about Château Royale Hotel Resort and Spa and its wonderful Christmas offerings, call (02) 742-8016, (+63)917-5015478, (+63)917-7035876, or (+63)917-7046183, or email reservationschateauroyale@gmail.com. You can also visit www.chateauroyalebatangas.com.

 

Golly, I might have to consult the merhubby about this! Wifey powers at the ready! 😀

 

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Top 15 Best Things to Do in Australia (And How Much)

I cannot stress enough why Australia is such an exciting country to visit.

Apart from the cascading beaches they have on their shores, this country also houses the most exciting activities you and your family would definitely want to try.

Whether it is a laidback stroll from winding roads of its charming history and culture, down to skiing and exhilarating skydiving, you absolutely must brace yourselves for the most fun offerings that Australia awaits you.

  1. Go Tully River Rafting (P 6,758.84)

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Get ablaze for a full day rafting experience from Cairns or Northern Beaches. This is a great way to bond with friends and family while marvelling at the best landscapes of Australia. Oh, and don’t forget about the teamwork and excitement you guys will never forget.

  1. Fly Aloft a Hot Air Balloon in Gold Coast (P 9,183.20)

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Soar the skies of Australia’s famed Gold Coast Hinterland on a hot air balloon flight! I’ve always dreamed of getting proposed at in here!

  1. Gaze at the SeaLife Melbourne Aquarium (P 840.69)

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Walk under solid ground whilst admiring the great sea life! I can finally know how it feels like being a mermaid!

  1. Get real at Movie World, Wet N Wild and Sea World (P 3,526.34)

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Enjoy and feel like a kid again in an utterly thrilling amusement park, not just one, or two, but three! 😀 I hope a day’s enough to get to all the rides!

  1. Sprawl over Eureka Skydeck (P 734.65)

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And be careful not to fall! Just kidding! Lavish on breath-taking views by night or day!

  1. Play fan to world’s celebrities at Madame Tussauds’ (P 923.39)

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Get close with your admired celebrities and take whimsical or fanatic photos with them! Minus the paparazzi and intimidating guards!

  1. Lego land Discovery Centre (P 1,230.74)

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Build and re-explore your childhood playthings as you take on a journey of discovering how your favourite toys were made. In addition to that, you get to see a miniature city completely made of Lego! Lastly to top everything up, you get to enjoy a Lego theme park where rides and more await.

  1. Get Gooey-Eyed in Star Observation Wheel (P 1,322.38)

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Peek into a 360 degree, unobstructed view at 120 meters above the ground. Dazzle at the beauty of all of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks as you can view them all sky high and with style!

Don’t forget your selfie-sticks! 😃

  1. Litchfield National Park Waterfall (P6,725.51)

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Explore the beauty of some great natural waterfalls like, Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, and Tolmer Falls! You’ll also get to see interesting Termite Mounds.

  1. Dive and Snorkel at Great Barrier Reef (P 6,282.02)

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If you have always wanted to try scuba diving, this is the great place to start! They have amazing lessons to teach you! After the introductory dive, and once you get your certification, you can proceed to another excursion by diving to two different locations.

And then get even more out of your trip by taking an upgrade to experience a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight. You have the advantage of seeing the reef from the air, and you can combine this flight with snorkelling, diving or both! What an awesome trip it will be!

  1. Go Tandem Skydiving at Wollongong from Sydney (P 9,289.78)

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If you’re a thrill-seeker, skydiving is a must for you in this lifetime! You’ll go tandem with a professional instructor over North Wollongong Beach, located just south of Sydney. Jump at 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) and feel the adrenaline rush through your veins!

A 60-second free fall at speeds of up to 120 mph (193kph) awaits you before the parachute opens to glide you back to solid ground. Can you feel the hair at the back of your neck rise now?

  1. Trek the Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains (P 6,662.75)

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Embark on a hidden adventure and be guided on a tour as you discover Lucas Cave, the largest in your 25-mile (40-kilmometer) chain tour. Listen to in-depth narration of the formation of the caves and its history.

  1. Hold on to your dear life at Cage of Death (P 6,244.57)

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Evade your tragic demise by diving protected with saltwater crocodiles in Crocosaurus Cove. You can dive alone or with a friend and explore the various attractions in the world’s largest reptile display.

  1. Visit The Workshops Rail Museum (P 532.62)

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Located in one of Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation, The Workshop Rail Museum boasts majestic displays of beautifully restored heritage locomotives and carriages. You can join the tour to learn more about trains, and feel like a kid again as you enjoy a fun time with your kids in the Nippers Railway, an indoor adventure playground.

  1. IceBar Melbourne (P 1,432.58)

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Experience Arctic temperatures while sipping mocktails, that’s included in all packages in Australia’s only bar that is amazingly made entirely out of ice. It’s like the witch in the dessert house of the Hansel and Gretel story had it made by Elsa, the Arendelle Queen in Frozen. I would definitely go in here!

With my last post’s on places to visit in Australia, here is a list to complete your entire trip! I hope you’ll get to try some of these activities, and do let me know when you already did, okay?

**All photos are not mine and are credited to their respective owners. Photos are used to show and inspire readers about the said activities.

Message Gogozing now to get your visas! They can also help you with your migration plans!

Check out their Facebook and Instagram to get updates too! Golly, can’t wait to breathe and taste Australian air!

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Celebrate 2019 New Year Countdown at Timberland

2018 has been a very rich and productive year for me.

I can say I made a lot of memories worth smiling about, and it makes me think how everything unfolded in God’s perfect time. I became a mother and I built a new business! I believe these things are worth celebrating. 🙂

I know that you, my merfriends have also a lot of things to celebrate and to be thankful for the year that was. You have probably laid out a thrilling itinerary for the Christmas holidays already!

But do you have something planned for New Year’s Eve?

So just in case if you’re the type who’s too busy to scour for places, deals, or treats, but is very much eager to book, allow me to unload you that cargo and invite you to a 2019 new year countdown dinner!

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Timberland Sports and Nature Club, located at Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal is hosting

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POP, FIZZ, CLINK, and KISS: 2019 New Year Countdown at Ridge Cafe, where you’ll be served delectable dishes for media noche with live entertainment! It’s a perfect way to celebrate and cap off 2018 with family and friends!

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It’s also an amazing opportunity to catch up with loved ones as you get serenaded with the coolest tunes that will make you remember how you ended and started a year together.

And then after a hefty and hearty dinner, welcome the new skies of 2019 as you drift to the sweetest sleep in their relaxing deluxe accommodations! And did I mention that they’re at 20% off?

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Don’t go home just yet as you can continue bonding with your family and friends in their swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, and sauna! What a wonderful year to say goodbye to 2018, and embrace our new friend –2019!

So better screenshot this page, or download the event’s poster and start sending them to your loved ones!

You may contact Timberland Sports and Nature Club for more information!

Address: Timberland Heights, Brgy. Malanday, San Mateo, Rizal

Tel: 793 5700 local 5751 and 5743

CellPhone: 0998 965 2859

Email: whats-on@timberlandclub.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/timberlandsportsandnatureclub/

Advance Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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Top 10 Places You Shouldn’t Miss When Traveling to Australia (A Bucket List)

For someone who hasn’t been to Australia, Googling and reading blogs might be the best option to start jotting down that much-coveted itinerary.

However, as I started my search I can’t help but notice that Australia is pretty much like the Philippines, as far as the beaches are concerned. They have wonderful resorts and sceneries with cascading white sands and sparkling waters alongside them.

And I happen to discover how rich their nature is as well! Take cue on the following to include in your bucketlist! 😀

Read on, my merfriends!

  1. Alice Springs Desert Park

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I am not really an animal person, but this place might just make me one. The Australia’s Central desert environment are effortlessly fashioned to make everyone enjoy, understand and appreciate the extraordinary ecosystem the plants, birds, animals and select people from arid regions are able to create.

They have carefully designed a program to leave every traveller a discoverer of beauty and a wonderful storyteller.

  1. Victoria’s High Country

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With my travels, I often allot a certain laidback day, wherein I can explore the city just by walking, and checking out the places where my feet takes me. This place looks interesting because it has a kaleidoscope of gourmet restaurants and amazing views.

You can also rent a car to go drive down the Alpine Road and discover beautiful high country tow, and learn about its opulent history.

I believe this would be a great venue for couples to take prenuptial shoots. With its enigmatic snow gums and lovely grass beds, who wouldn’t be drawn to show looks of love while being captured on camera by your supportive photographer friends?

  1. Ayers Rock Resort

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There are a lot of activities that every traveller can experience in this place, whether he or she is traveling alone, in a couple, or with some family and friends.

You can ride camels while enjoying the awesome sceneries, go Uluru sunrise viewing, participate in dot painting workshop, join ecology and museum tours, and learn about Anangu and Australian Aboriginal culture and traditions.

I am always fascinated about a place’s history. It always reminds me how people took care of a place and how it has changed and developed through time, with or with them, with or without their help.

  1. Kings Canyon

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Kings Canyon is located inside Watarrka National Park in the Northern Territory. Catching the sunrise from atop is an amazing experience to share both with friends and strangers. It is always nice to talk about the long and winding trek you had to take to get there. But of course, the view is always worth it.

You can also dine under the stars after a good helicopter flight all over the area.

  1. Kangaroo Island

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This place is one of the best places in the world to see and experience native wildlife up close. You can actually walk on the beach together with a colony of sea lions. Take breath-taking photos with its picturesque rock formations. It’s definitely a good place to visit with friends and family!

  1. Byron Bay

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Byron Bay has a lot to offer too, especially to adventurous travelers! It is Australia’s easternmost town, and is a home to gushing beaches, lavish rainforests, amazing international dining experiences and modern recreational activities.

You can swim and surf, vex on delectable carefully prepared dishes, climb fascinating clifftops and mountain trails.

And for the adrenaline junkie, prepare yourself and go crazy with a guided freefall from extreme altitudes of up to 4.3 km (14,000 feet)! Whoa, Skydive Byron Bay, here I come!

  1. Thredbo, New South Wales

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Skiing is definitely a must-try, especially for an Asian girl like me, and what better way to enjoy this than to head on to Australasia’s longest ski run – The Thredbo Supertrail. Get ready to burn some calories and a thigh muscle endurance fest as you tread on the 5.9 km groomed snow!

Don’t worry; there is a trail perfect for all skiers!

  1. Flinders Ranges

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The rugged landscapes and craggy edges of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia boast one of the most theatrical and intriguing backdrops in the country. It has an intense Aboriginal history and configures a nesting place for wildlife.

It has a famous outback pub that offers an interesting menu of delicious and exotic food you can only try in here, plus you can use luxury swag to sleep and cuddle under the stars.

Plus it’s an exciting prelude to explore the Wilpena Pound the next day!

  1. Lake Eyre

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Officially known as Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is an unbelievably vast, dry real estate of glimmering salt in the outback of South Australia. It’s so wide it crosses and occupies some parts of three states.

On a dry weather, the lake transforms like a land mirror, reflecting the sky, as though being there makes you the meat of a heaven sandwich. Its wondrous illusory effect has been a great tourist attraction making travelers around the world include it in their trip’s schedule.

And every eight years as it takes on a considerable amount of water, the lake becomes an oasis, serving as a stage for migratory waterbirds and a meadow for emerging wildflowers.

Truly reminds me of my dream destination, Salar de Uyuni salts in Bolivia!

  1. Buchan Caves Reserve

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I have been a fan of caves, and have been visiting so many since I was a child, that was why when I went to Batu Caves in Malaysia, I was then reminded of how nature was able to form such bewildering and astonishing landscapes hidden from the sky.

That was why I find the same ardour for Buchan Caves Reserve. A guided tour can be availed to see and explore the stalactites and stalagmites that roam the Fairy Cave and the calcite-drawn edges of the Royal Caves’ little pools. And can you believe you can also see wombats and at least 60 species of birds inside? I can’t wait to go!

Soon I will be ticking off my bucket list one by one, but probably when Calum turns a year or two. Meanwhile, get your visas at Gogozing, and they’ll help you how to get to Australia!

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Contact them at Facebook and Instagram to know more, and lets make our Australian Dreams come true!

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Look Whooo is Almost Due Mom-to-Be Giveaway

Golly, time flies so fast and I’m turning 37 weeks on Tuesday, August 7! Which means, the merbaby can come out anytime soon!

To celebrate this huge milestone, I am conducting a “Mom-to-Be Giveaway”!

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If you are following my Encyclopevia Facebook Page, you would know that this started last week. But fret not, you still have two weeks left to join! 😀

You can win awesome prizes for yourself, or you could give the winnings as gifts too!

This giveaway is made possible by my generous sponsors. 🙂

Madison Hotel 101 + Tower

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  • I have written and mentioned this hotel many times on my blog and social media posts. I had their premiere accommodation as my bridal suite when I got married last year. Great location, great place, and affordable rates. You can actually use my code: “VERSAHEEL101” to get 30% discount on your staycations!

Mermaid Island

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  • This is the new baby just got out. If the baby in my tummy is my biological child, Mermaid Island is my brainchild. I have conceived the idea last September 2017, and I have finally given birth to it this June 2018! Shocks, parang 9 months in the making din! 😀
  • My love and immense need for 100% natural and vegan cosmetics paved the way for me to open my own makeup and skincare line. Currently, we are offering edible lipscrubs, moisturizing tinted lipbalms, dipbrow pomades, and lip and cheek clay stains. I will definitely blog about this new venture soon! 😀

Gogozing Migration

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  • This is an independent Australian immigration agency based in Melbourne, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea. They provide top-notch immigration services to businesses, families, and individuals worldwide.

If you are planning on traveling, studying or even migrating to Australia, I highly recommend you check them out. They give the most effective yet practical strategy in achieving your tourist and/or migration goals.

Check out my interview with the CEO of Gogozing Migration!

Now that you know the sponsors, you may now check the mechanics below 😀

LOOK WHOOO IS ALMOST DUE (Giveaway)

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To honor my ‘mom-to-be-hood’, I’m celebrating it with a giveaway! 😀

You can win the following awesome prizes:

1st prize : 1K Worth of GC from Madison Hotel 101 + Tower

2nd Prize: Beauty seacrets from Mermaid Island

3rd Prize: Dining GC from Ramen Bar in Greenfield

Are you ready? 😀

So here’s the mechanics:

  1. Like Encyclopevia in Facebook and follow me on Instagram

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  1. Like Mermaid Island in Facebook
  2. Like Gogozing Migration in Facebook
  1. Tag 3 friends in the comments below (3 Names = 1 entry) You can add more entries, by putting ANOTHER COMMENT with another 3 names. (So I can count easily! Hehe :p )

The more entries you send, the more chances of winning! 😀

  1. Finally, share this on your Timeline with the status

“I want to win awesome prizes from #EncyclopeviaGiveaway!”

That’s it! 😀 You have to do all of the above to make your entries valid. I will check ha? 😊😊

You may join by visiting this LINK.

I may have to say that this giveaway is open for Philippine residents only.

I will draw winners via random.org on Aug 19, at 8PM via Facebook Live on my Encyclopevia Facebook Page. 😀

Good luck merfriends! 😀

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Top 10 Reasons Why Filipinos Are Migrating to Australia

As far as many countries are concerned, I find Australia being extremely attractive. Obviously, if you are a keen follower of this blog, you might have noticed how often I write about this country.

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I have never visited Australia by the way, but I’m really hoping I get to go sooner. Well, maybe next year after the wedding, and of course after I give birth. Golly, I can actually pop in 2 weeks! 😀

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Anyway, I’ve done my research and these definitely made me more ecstatic on visiting the country soon, plus I realized that I also share the same sentiments with fellow Filipinos in terms of reasons of going there. No wonder, more and more are opting to migrate there!

Here are top 10 reasons why Filipinos are traveling, or even migrating to Australia:

  1. The Food

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Source: https://www.lonsdaleinstitute.edu.au/blog/12-iconic-foods-must-try-australia/

The food is something you should watch out for when you go to Australia. The result of multiple Michelin star restaurants, cafes, bistros, fast food chains are basically credited to the huge migrant population across the country. You can lavish on varied dishes and diverse cuisines, and they are all made from the freshest ingredients farmed and cultivated in Australia.

To also highlight the food enthusiasts and talents of the country, TV cooking shows such as My Kitchen Rules and Masterchef Australia are also quite popular where amateur chefs vie to win awesome prizes and much-coveted fame and titles.

 

  1. The Coffee Culture

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Source: https://www.australia.com/en-nz/things-to-do/food-and-wine/a-coffee-lovers-guide-to-melbourne.html

Are you one of those people who always have to supply their coffee fix? I have a lot of friends who can’t even function right if they don’t get their coffee! Talk about how my merhubby is one of them! 😀

Now if you answer yes, Australia has another attraction to keep your traveling feet itchy to visit.

Australia is quite famous for their coffee culture –everyone seems to be drinking coffee here. There are so many coffee shops all over, serving hot coffee or cold variations especially in major cities. Migrants definitely have another reason to love about this country!

 

  1. The Climate

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Coming from a tropical country with only two seasons to enjoy, the summer and the rainy, it’s also quite a huge charm to experience the other three – the spring, the autumn, and of course, the winter. More reasons to update social media with cute Instagram-worthy photos!

Australia seems to be very ideal as its temperate weather provide such a homey feel to its residents. As spring, summer, autumn, and winter are all present in the east coast, the full experience of basking under the summer skies and sunny spring, as well as the coolness and breeziness of winter and autumn are completely enjoyed.

However, due to the country’s location in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, wherein winter happens in July to August, and summer is felt from December to January.

  1. The World’s Most Liveable Cities

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While I was more familiar about Vienna, Austria and Toronto, Canada as two of the most liveable cities in the world, I also happen to find out that Melbourne, Australia is the top one in the list of the most liveable cities in the world. Not to mention that Adelaide and Perth also come in 6th and 7th place.

The recent report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, which ranked 140 cities by looking at “30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure,” produced this data according to EIU.

The Economist ranks each city a total score out of 100 for all these categories, and Melbourne’s overall rating was 97.5. Melbourne now occupies the top position being the winner in 2017 – it’s 7th year in a row.

 

  1. The Social Security

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After knowing that Melbourne, Australia is in the top 1 in being the most liveable city in the world, it is no wonder that they have excellent social security.

In Australia, a master program called Centrelink by Social Security Department is readily available to provide social security benefits such as student benefits, sickness, unemployment, and many others. You can even extend these benefits to your family members, which I think is extremely helpful.

This is rewarded to migrants who have settled in Australia for a minimum of two years though.

 

  1. The Healthcare

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Being a nurse, I have always wondered why free healthcare is not extended in most hospitals here in the Philippines. I mean, wouldn’t it be beneficial for all and at the same time more life-saving especially for our less fortunate brothers? Anyway, that’s a different topic worthy of a discussion in a different time.

Australia, on the other hand, has this wonderful benefit. If you are an Australian Permanent Resident, you and your family have a wide access to free medical treatment, procedures, facilities, and medicines. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

 

  1. The Education

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Source: https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/internationalising-australian-higher-education/

I actually have attended a seminar here in Manila about possible educational opportunities in Australia that will yield you better credentials and give you greater potentials in getting better and high-paying jobs.

University fees vary from state to state, and the schedule can also be flexible enough for you to get part-time jobs. You can study, at the same time earn.

Should you have any financial incapacity to support your education, you can also take advantage of the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP). This program can cover tuition fees, university materials, miscellaneous fees, and many more depending on your situation and eligibility.

 

  1. The Indefinite Living Condition

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If you are holding an Australian Permanent Resident Visa, you have the privilege to live in Australia whenever you want to. Your Visa is valid for 5 years so you can travel in and out of the country given that your visa is still valid. After 5 years, and you wish to settle down in Australia indefinitely, you can do so as well.

Should you have plans of traveling outside Australia after such time, you’ll have to apply for a Resident Return Visa; and you may have to check though if you are eligible for it. Anyway, you can always follow up and work on your requirements.

 

  1. The Trail to Australian Citizenship

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Source: https://www.arlaw.com.au/news/news-on-australian-citizenship-ombudsman-report/

Applying for Australian Citizenship status, you have to remember that you would need to live and stay in Australia for four years prior to your application to become eligible. You also have to prove and be of good character while you are living there, the same as maintaining good English language proficiency. You would need to take and pass the citizenship test as well to demonstrate and prove adherence to the Australian community, responsibilities, and way of life.

Should you qualify to become an Australian citizen, a big advantage is waiting for you.  If you are a migrant moving to the country, you should know that Australia honors dual citizenship and that children born to permanent residents in Australia can apply for citizenship even if their parents don’t yet qualify.

 

  1. The Economy and its Opportunities

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The Australian economy is known for its stability and solid foundation especially to all those who have experienced working in the country for many years. Consequently, this also allowed the Australian dollar to have the reputation of being one of the strongest and safest currencies in the world. For migrants coming from most South East Asian countries, such as the Philippines it is simple and affordable to send money back to their countries of origin.

In terms of minimum wage, Australia’s rates are quite high compared to other countries. While Australia offers $17.70 per hour, in United Kingdom it is just $AU14.66 per hour, in New Zealand $AU14.22 per hour, in France $AU14.98 per hour, in Germany $AU13.17 per hour, in Canada between $AU10.45 and 13.81 per hour depending on the province, and in the United States a far distant $AU10.08 per hour.

With this in mind, it doesn’t seem like a shock to anyone with a job in Australia to be able to afford rent and food regardless if they are working in a gasoline station, salon, restaurant, retail outlet, hotel, office, or if they are a professional.

With about 10% of Filipinos living and working abroad, sending money home is important and is deemed second nature in most Filipino family settings. According to the World Bank, in 2016, OFWs sent home $29.9bn, trailing only behind India and China, contributing about 10% of the country’s GDP – and according to the data of Philippines Statistics Authority, Filipinos in Australia accounted for 2.2% of all remittances in 2016.

OMG. Researching about Australia opened a lot of new facets for me, and at the same time brewed the dream of also experiencing a similar or even greater system sometime in the future for me and my family, whether it is here or somewhere in the world.

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For your Australian Migration inquiries, you can also check out Gogozing Migration and find out more details on how you can visit or migrate! Follow them on Facebook, and Instagram as well! 😀

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, as much as I did writing it. Did this make you want to go to Australia more? Let me know in the comments! 😀

 

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5 Tips on Applying for Australian Visa

One of the countries I would really want to visit in the future is Australia. I have a cousin who lives there, and she has been very keen on me touching Australian floors very soon.

I was actually hoping to go with my merhubby to spend our honeymoon there, but apparently, we found out that we were already expecting a month after we got married! Haha 😀 Turns out my Australian dream vacation will have to wait.

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Photo Credits: https://askmigration.com/the-perfect-guide-to-applying-for-an-australian-visa/

 

Well, I can always visit there, especially once my little merbaby is out and about. And since we are talking about visiting this amazing country already, I would just like to share and key in the tips I have collected while I was rummaging for ideas on how we can apply for an Australian Visa.

Enjoy!

  1. Know Your Visa

I have never gone to a country that needs visa applications, so this is relatively new to me. And I found out that there are different kinds, depending on your purpose. There is the Visitor Visa (subclass 600), Carer Visa (subclass 116) and Partner Visa (subclass 820 and 801).

  1. Prepare Your Supporting Documents

Just like any other visa application, you have to prove your identity and your capacity to sustain your stay in Australia. Some documents you may need to prepare are the following:

  • Travel documents
  • Birth Certificate
  • Personal Assets
  • Work Experience /Company ID /Certificate of Employment
  • Financial or Bank Statements
  • Travel History
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Land Titles
  • Latest Payslips
  • Most recent Income Tax Return

If you are not paying for your stay, you have to show supporting documents of your trip sponsor.

  1. Don’t Book Your Flight Just Yet

It is recommended that you apply for your visa first, before securing any airline ticket. Of course, we are hoping for positive things, and gaining the approval, however, it is better to ensure having a visa first.

But since we are in a time of promo fares and cheap airline tickets, you may take a chance on booking a flight and getting a schedule that will still allow you to have enough time to prepare and process your visa. And maybe more ample days to shop for your #ootds!

 

  1. Be Healthy

OMG! I was actually surprised to know this as well. Apparently, there will also be a medical exam that you should pass in order for you to travel to Australia. I believe this is necessary to ensure that you are healthy enough and fit to travel abroad, plus this can also mean that they want you clear of any unwanted diseases that could pose harm to anybody along the way.

So, ensure enough sleep and get your diet in line merfriends! 😀

  1. For Females, Be Sure to Properly Schedule Your Medical Appointment

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If you’re a female, be sure to schedule at least a week after you finish your period. The medical exam could be quite expensive, and it would be sad if you have to repeat tests just because of the ‘red days’.

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I am happy to have learned these this early, as it can help me prepare ahead of time, and of course to have the pleasure to share these with you!

Are you visiting Australia soon? Are you planning to spend a vacation, study, work or even live there?

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You may check Gogozing for more information about Australian visa applications, and learn how they can help you fulfill your Australian dream! 😀

You can also like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram! 🙂

 

And don’t forget to snap photos with the koalas and kangaroos! 😀

 

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My Experience in Interviewing the Gogozing Founder, Edward Rimmington

It’s been raining for 6 straight days already! How wet can we be?

Anyway, I am just so happy that I got to do this interview waaaay before the whole metro is dripping wet from the constant downpour.

Let me share something about work on this post since I rarely really write about the behind-the-scenes of the brands and people I work with.

I am just really excited about this one, and quite challenged too, that is why I came prepared. I wrote my own questions and reviewed some interview tips on the web to guide me in my first ever interview blog and vlog.

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So one afternoon, with my pregnant belly, and hardly-fitting corporate dress, I went out to meet Mr. Edward Rimmington, the Founder, and CEO of Gogozing.

About the Company

The term “Gogozing” means ‘Let’s go!’ or ‘Let’s do it. This is a popular expression in South Korea with “Go” coming from English word “go” and “Zing” being the sound of someone heading fast towards their target.

The “Zing” word actually reminds me of the movie Hotel Transylvania. I quite remember that it was part of the script of the lead characters, for it has such a positive ring to it.

The “Gogozing Migration” brand is built for people who want to go to Australia therefore “Let’s go” or “Let’s do it” provides that warm cheer and encouragement.

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Gogozing Migration is an independent Australian immigration agency based in Melbourne, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea. They focus on providing high-quality immigration services to businesses, families, and individuals worldwide.

The company focuses on being trustworthy, reliable and 100% consumer-centered while selecting the most effective yet practical strategy in achieving client’s migration goals. They provide tourist and migration visas to Australia and are also very keen in helping Filipinos kickstart their Australian dream.

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I was extremely impressed on how Mr. Rimmington was able to set up his company in such a young age, and how he was able to utilize his past working opportunities to recognize the need for Filipino migration assistance.

First thing is that I learned that he is a registered Australian migration agent (MARN: 1688177) who prior to establishing Gogozing Migration, worked and lived in South Korea in the field of international business. He was primarily involved in the consultancy and aiding enterprises from all around the world to enter the South Korean Market.

 

Inspiration to Start

While living in South Korea, Edward had his own share of experiences dealing with migration matters. It gave him a whole new perspective about people wanting to do business and starting a new life in a different country. He found that there were a lot of people who needed extra assistance and guidance about what they should do so their visas could be approved, and how can they adjust their lifestyle in a foreign land.

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It was during this time that Edward got inspired to start Gogozing Migration. He thought that with his in-depth knowledge of international business and Australian Migration Law, he would be able to help others regarding their migration concerns. He thought that with a friendly and forthright approach, Gogozing Migration will be able to effectively help those who would want to explore their future in Australia.

And did I say he also speaks Korean? It was a shocker, but I still managed to keep my cool.

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Honestly, I do not know much about migration, but this one definitely opened up a whole new world for me. I learned many things and at the same time, I gained friends! 😀

Mr. Edward Rimmington is such an inspiration, especially for startup founders. This only makes me believe that it only takes an eye and a deeper understanding to recognize a problem and provide a solution.

I was actually surprised that we got to finish sooner than I expected because I thought it would be too tedious and difficult. But apparently, Mr. Rimmington was a natural, and I was too! Haha Or I became comfortable later on since I got to shoot some scenes at the end part of the interview.

I am thrilled to show you guys how this interview will turn out, so watch out for my vlog very soon!

To know more details you can check them at Gogozing Migration, Facebook, and Instagram! 🙂

Till then merfriends! 😀

 

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Playa La Caleta: Bataan’s Eco-Tourism Resort

Just when I thought that I’m going to miss so much about this year’s summer, an exciting adventure woke me one Friday morning. And guess what, I was going to Bataan! Yay!

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I have only been in the province once in October 2014, where I visited Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and Mt. Samat Shrine with my officemates. And truly, I have learned so much about that experience, including how much sacrifice our Filipino veterans have to do as they fought bravely in battle for freedom. It was truly a very compelling moment for me.

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Three years later, I never thought I’ll be given another chance to explore the wonders of Bataan again. While I was engrossed and way too overwhelmed by the beauty of the previous attraction, I didn’t expect there was more.

Apart from the rich culture and heart-warming history this place holds, they also happen to have cascading beaches and great sanctuaries for both land and sea.

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I am so happy to have been introduced in one of the most-visited beach resorts in Bataan, Playa La Caleta.

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Playa La Caleta, which means “Beach Cove” is an eco-tourism resort found in Morong, Bataan. It was only opened two years ago but has garnered the attention of local and international tourists, TV shows, bloggers, and famous travelers already.

The 1-kilometer white sand stretches beautifully amidst the glowing sun. It is indeed a sight to behold. As you explore the island, you will also be greeted by a lush mountain of forest and 3 waterfalls when you pace deeper into the woods.

When you turn to your left, a 1-hectare islet, called Miguelito Island will also be waiting for your visit.

 

Directions

When all places seem to be wazeable, nothing can hurt with a little bit of instruction! 😉

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Via Public Transportation

Via Fajardo’s

  1. Take a bus from the Cubao to Balanga via either Bataan Transit or Five Star (Php200)
  2. From the Balanga Bus Terminal, take a jeep to bring you to the Bagac Public Market (Php50)
  3. From the Bagac Public Market, take a tricycle to Fajardo’s Beach Resort located in Bagac, Bataan

(Php50)

  1. From the port of Fajardo’s Beach Resort, take a 25-30 minute boat ride to PLC (Php1,800 for 10

persons)

 

Via Private Vehicle

Via NLEX

  1. From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and exit at San Fernando (Php157 toll fee)
  2. Take the westbound side of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Gapan-Olongapo Road), heading towards the towns of Bacolor, Guagua, and Lubao in Pampanga.
  3. Upon reaching Dinalupihan, turn left at Roman Superhighway.
  4. Once in Balanga City, turn right at Gov. J.J. Linao National Road. Drive along the scenic route at the foot of Mt. Samat (where you can see the Dambana ng Kagitingan).
  5. Continue driving until you see the Philippine-Japan friendship tower.
  6. From this tower, follow the color blue, metallic, reflectorized signages that point to PLC.
  7. In between the Kilometer 56 & 57 markers, the same PLC signage will tell you to go down a road on the left side. This will bring you to the port of the Jaime Hilario Integrated La Salle School in Morong, Bataan.
  8. From the port of La Salle School, take a 10-15 minute boat ride to PLC (Php1,800 for 10 persons)

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Via Ferry

Via MOA to Orion

  1. Take the ferry service at Mall of Asia (MOA) terminal. It is a 50-minute ferry ride to Orion Bataan.
  2. From the Orion port, there are free shuttle bus services going to Mariveles and Dinalupihan. Take the Dinalupihan bus.
  3. Tell the driver to drop you in Jollibee Balanga, before Dinalupihan. This is a 1-hour bus ride. From Balanga, you may take the several options listed above.

 

The Accommodations

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You can actually book days before or just walk in. For most of the locals, they opt to spend only on a day tour, but for people like me who live far away, let’s just say we really want to savor our trip and rest after a long travel, hence, stay overnight.

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Whether you’re a group, a couple, or just traveling by yourself, there are certain accommodations that will definitely suit your budget and needs.

  1. Picnic Tables Day Trip / Overnight 500 / 750
  2. Camping Tent (1-3 persons) Day Trip / Overnight 500 / tent
  3. Beach Tent (1-3 persons) Day Trip / Overnight (includes beach mat, tent fly, tent, 2 mattresses, 2 pillows) 750 / 1,000 / set
  4. Gazebo (1-4 persons) Day Trip / Overnight 1,500 / 2,000
  5. Cottage (1-6 persons) Day Trip / Overnight 2,000 / 3,000
  6. Beach Room (1-2 persons) – Day Trip / Overnight 5,000

We stayed in a Beach Room at the far end of the beach. It is spacious enough for 2, very comfortable to sleep in, and has good air-condition.

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The interesting thing about these rooms is that each of them displays a unique form of art. According to Migs Camacho, founder of Playa La Caleta, he wants the resort to showcase the artistic side of the Filipinos.

These paper machetes are made from Laguna, a place that has been famous for creating such wonderful artifacts since the 1800s. These spectacles are actually part of the Playa La Caleta Art Program and Takatack Project Initiative, wherein they collaborate to highlight the fine craftsmanship of Filipino Art.

These pieces also glow in the dark, which adds extra delight when you’re ready to tuck in.

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Furthermore, all accommodations share a common toilet and shower rooms, which not surprisingly, also sport charming graphics.

Sometimes, they also hold movie nights in this cozy by-the-beach-theatre!

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The Restaurant

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Scarborough Restaurant has just opened and is now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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They cook really fresh food, and we got to try their version of Sweet and Sour Fish and Binakol (Bataan’s chicken with coconut extract specialty). The menu is still in the works though, and I’m really intrigued by what kind of dishes they will serve soon.

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Activities and Facilities

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While most travelers love to go sunbathing and swimming in the water, there are also those who would want to play along with nature, and be a little more daring; because nothing completes a beach experience without its water sports!

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Playa La Caleta is a big fan of natural water sports, which means that they only support activities and provide equipment that is not run by machines. This same goes for the entire aesthetics of the beach resort. They use nature-fallen materials such as broken twigs, tree trunks, old wood, and less cement.

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Their vision is to preserve the flora and fauna of the beach, so more people can enjoy it for a long time. They even held a turtle-hatching event some weeks ago! 🙂

They believe that nature is the main feature Playa La Caleta provides, and it makes them more distinctive than the other tourist water attractions.

Here are the water sports you can enjoy here:

  1. Stand Up Paddle 350 / hour
  2. Kayaking 350 / hour
  3. Slip N Slide Per Person / Per Group (10 persons max) (75-foot slide) 100/30mins / 300/1 hour
  4. Windsurf Board & Sail Sailboard with Sail 350 / hour

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I tried kayaking, and surprisingly I was more coordinated that day, compared to my previous experience in Palawan. I guess having a guide helped me very much. And oh boy, how I had the best time!

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The Playa La Caleta staff was such darlings too, they took care of me really well. I was sporting a huge pregnant belly obviously, but the time I spent in here is definitely worth every baby-kick! My non-pregnant self wouldn’t have known the difference because I had the most amazing experience!

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You wouldn’t want to miss this when you visit Bataan! And hey, it’s only about 2.5hrs away! 😀

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Playa La Caleta

Office Address: 802 Antel Building, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, MM, Philippines 1605

Email: playalacaletabataan@gmail.com (for all inquiries & bookings)

Business Hours: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday

Telephone: +632 6379147 to 48 (for urgent matters only)

Cellphone: +639995887220 (Smart) +639567959420 (Globe)

Fax: +632 5763226

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playalacaletabataan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/playalacaletabataan

Website: www.playalacaletabataan.ph

 

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