Friday, September 16, 2011

The Beautiful Manjuyod White Sandbar in Bais

The Manjuyod White Sandbar is a beautiful stretch of white sand that appears during low tide in Bais, Negros Oriental. There are cottages that you can rent if you would like to stay for a couple of hours or even for the night (according to the boatmen).

Since we got there during high tide, we were unable to see the stretch of white sand but nevertheless, we enjoyed it just the same and went swimming and grabbed the opportunity to take scenic pictures.

Try calling the Bais Tourism Office to inquire about renting the cottage for a couple hours or for the night. According to the locals, the cottage has a water tank that they fill up whenever someone stays there.

Bais City Tourism Office: 63 (35) 402-6629 and 63 (35) 541-5161

Dolphin Watching in Bais, Negros Oriental

Bais City is 45 minutes drive away from Dumaguete, the capital city of Negros Oriental province, and dolphin watching is one of the top tourist attractions, aside from whale watching. For the locals, they even say that Bais is the home of dolphin watching in the Philippines. Naturally, since I'm a sucker for animals and since we were in Bais during the dolphin watching season, it was the first thing on our to do list. Despite the 2 hour boat ride to get to the dolphins and waiting for them to appear, it was definitely worth the wait. They even swam right beside our beat! Nothing beats witnessing these wonderful and magnificent sea mammals in their natural habitat.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Atmosphere Resort in Dauin, Dumaguete

My family and I stayed in Atmosphere Resort last May of this year. We were a group of 9 people, 6 adults and 3 kids. It was a much needed break for everyone and at the same time, we were celebrating since my sister was visiting from the States. We drove to the resort from Bacolod. Since we had grandparents and kids with us, it took us around 5 hours to drive to Dumaguete with short breaks in between. Looking for the resort can be quite tricky since the signage is so small but my father knew how to get there since he travels to Dumaguete frequently.

When we entered the vicinity of the resort, I heard alot of "ohhhs" and "ahhhs" from my family. The garden and landscape of Atmosphere is very nice and well maintained. Much to the delight of my kids and niece, they even discovered birds nests in the trees of the resort.

This is the view from the entrance of the resort. Rooms are to the right while the spa, souvenir  shop, diving preparation area, reception area, and dining are to the left. This was the only picture taken from the entrance so please don't mind me and my sis =)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Chelsea Market & Cafe: Gourmet Comfort Food

One thing that I love about Chelsea is the ambiance. My husband said that it reminds him of Dean and Deluca in New York but I can't vouch for him since I have not been to New York in years. It's like a deli / restaurant with shelves of imported merchandise not found in our local supermarkets ranging from various herbs and spices to German beers. And beside these shelves are the tables for the guests. It is quite cramped but that did not stop me from going since I've heard good things about Chelsea.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Apartment 1B by Night

Because of it's casual yet chic ambiance, excellent service, and of course, the delicious food, we keep coming back to Apartment 1B. This time around, however, we decided to have dinner there and try something rather than breakfast food.

Smoked Salmon and Leeks Quiche with Mixed Green Salads @ PHP 320.00 - I absolutely love egg. It's always been one of my comfort foods so when I saw this on the menu, I had to order it. Presentation was really nice and the egg was light and fluffy but it did not leave any impression on me. It was just alright.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Tao Yuan - Best Singaporean Cuisine in Manila

We had the opportunity to dine in Tao Yuan in Malate in January 2011. Since then, we have been to Tao Yuan more than 5 times in their Malate and Resorts World Branch. We just can't enough of it and I can truly and honestly say that they have the absolute, best Char Kway Teow and Laksa.

Char Kway Teow at its finest. It's even better than some of the char kway teows that I have tasted in Singapore.