March 25, 2012

It's cliche but it still amazes me how many rich people there are in the Philippines. 

SM Development Corporation developed this lavish 5-star resort in Hamilo Coast, 
Nasugbu, Batangas called Pico de Loro. It is exclusively members only - unless you are
 a corporation looking to have an outing or seminar or you get a member to endorse you. 

For a minimum of PHP 4.5 million (equivalent to roughly USD 105k), you get to buy one of these condo-type units and enjoy all the amenities. 
All the units you see in the picture above are all sold out. SMDC is building a new set of units somewhere within the area. 
 If you're not a member, you can also enjoy what Pico de Loro has to offer by (getting a member 
to endorse you and) booking a room in Pico Sands Hotel. The room rates are quite reasonable 
and range from PHP 6k to PHP 10k a night for double bed to loft-type occupancy. 

Personally, I think I'd rather spend on a vacation in Discovery Shores Boracay, 
but for Manilenyos who want to enjoy the benefits of a beach via a short landtrip, 
buying shares in Pico de Loro may be something to consider.

All images taken with a handy iPhone 4S camera.
All images taken in Pico de Loro, Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas. 
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March 18, 2012

Waking up to splendor.

All images taken from the beachfront cottages in Club Paradise, Coron, Palawan
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March 4, 2012

Coron, Palawan - Nature Untouched

I flew to Palawan a month ago and had a chance to once again bear witness to the glory of God's hand.
 This was taken from the window of the propeller-type plane we rode to the Busuanga Airport.
Much of Palawan is still undeveloped and rich in natural wonder.
From the airport, we were transported via van to the port, where we took a scenic, 
40 minute boat ride to Club Paradise. The view was unexpectedly breathtaking.
This is what we saw as the river connected to the open sea.
Though their residents have a beautiful view, these villages do not have electricity and running water. 
This is our boat approaching Club Paradise, Palawan. 
The resort is housed on a grandiose island located quite far from the mainland. It runs on it's own
generator and all the food has to be imported from the mainland. Despite it's age, the resort has
been very well maintained, has the most pleasant staff, and top notch customer service.
Needless to say, I enjoyed my three days in paradise. :)

All images taken with a lovely iPhone 4S camera. 
All images taken in Coron, Palawan.
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