Best of the Philippines Part 2: Travel and Experiences

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March 29, 2011

Bohol Beach Club

This is my second and final installation of ‘Best of the Philippines’ where I sum up all I’ve learned in the last 21 months of living here.  I know you’ll put it to good use and I encourage you to pass it along to other ‘newbies’ in town.  Click here if you missed the first installment, Best of the Philippines Part 1: Food and Services.  Thanks for your continued readership – I love writing for you!

Enjoy, Sarah

Travel

Best 3 Day Weekend Getaway = Bohol (Must Sees: Bee Farm, Chocolate Hills)

CLICK HERE FOR MY BOHOL PHOTO GALLERIES: Gallery 1, Gallery 2

Batanes

Most Undiscovered Gem = Batanes

CLICK HERE FOR MY BATANES PHOTO GALLERY

 

Boracay

Most Beautiful Beach = Boracay

CLICK HERE FOR MY BORACAY PHOTO GALLERIES: Gallery 1, Gallery 2

Swimming with the Whale Sharks at Donsol

Most Unique Experience = Swimming with the Whale Sharks, Donsol

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF US SWIMMING WITH THE WHALE SHARKS

CLICK HERE FOR MY DONSOL PHOTO GALLERY

Swimming with the Dolphins at Subic’s Ocean Adventure

Best Experience with Animals = Ocean Adventure in Subic

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF US SWIMMING WITH THE DOLPHINS AT OCEAN ADVENTURE PARK

Hidden Valley Springs Laguna

Best Day Trip = Hidden Valley Springs

Sanctuario de San Pablo

Best Overnight Trip = San Pablo (Villa Escudero, Sanctuario de San Pablo, Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden, Sulyap Cafe)

CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES OF SAN PABLO

Coco Beach Resort

Best First Trip (Before You have a Car) = Coco Beach (They will pick you up at the Diamond Hotel by van)

CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES OF COCO BEACH

Best Historical Site = Corregidor

Best Food Excursion = Tagaytay (Antonio’s, Sonia’s Garden, Bag of Beans)

Tondo Dump Manila

Most Life-changing Experience: Tour of Tondo with the Philippine Community Fund

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY PHOTOS OF THE TONDO TRASH DUMP WHERE 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE

Products & Experiences

Best Place to Buy Pearls = Greenhills/Dam Good Stuff

Pearls from Jawahir’s Shop at Greenhills

Favorite Greenhills Pearl Vendors =

  • Jawahir (stand 71) for strings of pearls
  • Taslimah (stall H) for pearls combined with silver

My Custom Chaise from CMG Rattan

Favorite Chaise Lounge Maker = CMG Rattan

3rd Floor Furniture Bazaar, Market Market.  Good for custom made rattan and abaca furniture.  Reliable and reasonable, Tel (+632)3850654 Mobile: (+63)09157570022

Market Shopping at Divisoria

Best Bargains = Divisoria (Note: Take a veteran with you – lots of pickpockets and hard to navigate)

 

AWCP Bazaar

Best Bazaar = USEC Bazaar AND the AWCP Bazaar

Best Place to Get Filipino Handicrafts = Kultura

Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden

Best Pottery = Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden

Graduation from Basic Photography

Best Photography Class for Beginners = PhotoWorld Manila’s Basic Photography

Best Photoshop Class for Beginners = De La Salle’s Photoshop Short Course

Live Karaoke at Nicotina’s

Best LIVE Karaoke with a Band = Nicotina’s Garden Pavilion

Best Videoke = Redbox

Best Sunset = Roxas Boulevard Boardwalk

Best Calm Oasis Where You Can Forget You’re in Manila = The American Cemetery

Most Unique Golf Course = Intramuros Golf Course

A Mausoleum at the Chinese Cemetery

Most Fascinating Outing = The Chinoy Cemetery Tour

Best Gym = Fitness First

Greenbelt Mall

Best Mall = Greenbelt

 

Friendship Home

Favorite Places to Volunteer:

Best Movie Theatre: IMAX Mall of Asia

Director’s Club at Mall of Asia

Most Unique Movie Experience: Director’s Club Mall of Asia

Best Hospital Ambiance = St. Luke’s

Best Hospital Care = Makati Med

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7 Comments

  1. melo says:

    thanks for helping us promote our beautiful country, I hope I can meet you and share travel experiences in the future… your blog is really inspiring for a travel blogger like me:)

  2. Sarah Novak says:

    Thank you Melo – I love telling people about what a fantastic place the Philippines is! I appreciate you reading…

  3. We need to plan our first trip STAT!

    And did you know Karl and I met at karaoke? (I’m not very good, he is actually pretty impressive.)

  4. Sarah Novak says:

    Yes you do! And very cool about the Karaoke, you’ll have plenty of opportunities (for work and play)! :)

  5. jeffrey racca says:

    You’ve got lovely pictures at Coco Beach Resort and because of that, I’m planning to visit the place. :) Would you recommend the place?!! And how about the food, is it reasonable or a bit pricey?! What is the price range of the food in there?!

    I know, you avail their transport service, but I’m planning to travel on my own. The only thing that bothers me though is the boat trip from Batangas pier going to Coco beach. Do you have any idea how much will it cost?!

    Hope you could give me some insight that will be helpful before I place my reservation. Any suggestions or recommendations will be highly appreciated.

    Thank you very much and hope to hear it from you soon!

  6. Sarah Novak says:

    I’m sorry, we went so long ago now that I don’t remember the costs (it was our first trip, so I didn’t have a sense of what things cost yet anyways!) I don’t remember it being that expensive… I’m sure you’ll have a delightful time though!

  7. I’m glad you had a swell time in our country. Hope you could visit the Southern part of the Philippines, where a lot of hidden treasures can be found. ;p

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