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Casa Belinda Malarayat

I was in hunt of a perfect spot for our quick weekend getaway just right in time when the opportunity to visit this place knocked in. I decided to put a temporary stop in visiting beach destinations in the first quarter of the year for I know it will come prolific for the rest of 2018, which is likely anticipated. In this article, allow me to feature another stone’s throw destination off to public’s eye.  

A quick 1.5-2 hour ride from Manila you will reach Casa Belinda Malarayat, a family owned rest house situated in Lipa, Batangas. Delighted by its chill vibes, it was our home for the weekend. We arranged the accommodation back in Manila, seeing the photos over the internet (limited photos) made me wonder if it was worth the visit since there were only few write ups for Casa Belinda, we kick the tires and still gave it a go. Our contact Ms. Lingling was very responsive to all our concerns and questions so it was quite a smooth communication which I hugely appreciated.
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Casa Belinda Malarayat

As mentioned Casa Belinda is a family owned rest house, it’s a newly opened villa within the vicinity of Malarayat Country Club, so if you will go there via private car it will not be difficult to find, network signal is not a problem. For public commute you need to ride a bus (jam, alps, dltb, etc.) to SM Lipa, from SM Lipa it's around 15 minute tricyle ride to the place. I suggest you coordinate with the caretaker or the owner once you get to SM Lipa for detailed instructions.

The thrill never came to my senses until we reached the place. Darn! It’s gorgeous. I was surprised that it looked way better than the photos we saw. I read the description from the owner at the air bnb website and I remember "home away from home" the place is true to her statement. We went around the area, everything’s chic and elegantly designed, we witnessed nothing but perfection. The staff was also very accommodating. At least four of their staff were already outside waiting for us when we arrived and had their warm welcome, that was gratifying.

Casa Belinda Malarayat

Casa Belinda Malarayat

Casa Belinda Malarayat

Casa Belinda Malarayat

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Casa Belinda Malarayat

Though it was a gloomy day when we paid a visit (not favorable for taking photos) I managed to embrace the fridgit weather. Be aware that it lies at the foot of Mount Malarayat and Tagaytay, the weather can get extremely cold at night especially during the rainy season. We spent the entire afternoon taking photos and shooting the best shots we can to at least give justice to what this place has and relay the visuals to our audience, these shots will be everywhere, I know (hopefully).

The night lights were utterly charming, if you’re an enthusiast of night light photography I bet you’re in a perfect spot to show off your skill. You will surely enjoy the place by simply just sitting there. If you're seeking a serene ambiance, privacy and luxury, Casa Belinda is certainly not in scarce to all that.
 
 

Casa Belinda Malarayat

Casa Belinda Malarayat

Casa Belinda Malarayat

Casa Belinda Malarayat

Casa Belinda Malarayat

I left the place with assortment of emotions. I was happy at the same time sad that I needed to leave, you know when it’s already near the check out time but then you’re still enjoying to chillax? Sad that soon I had to face the everyday reality, that's my least favorite part of being a traveler.

I want to thank all the staff of Casa Belinda Malarayat especially Lingling for providing us the best staycation, she was in Macau for the weekend but still managed to coordinate with us and checked if we're ok from time to time, she's the sweetest. I don’t see any reasons not to go back to this captivating home away from home. I will for sure give this place a 10/10 rating.

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Accommodation and rates:

We stayed at the kubo, they call it kubo but it’s more like a western styled cabin. The max capacity  6 pax for 8,000 php/night. See the photos below


Casa Belinda Malarayat

Casa Belinda Malarayat
There are two regular rooms, each can accommodate 3 pax for 4,000 php/night, both with private restrooms.  See the photos below
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They also have a guest room that can accommodate 6 pax for 6,000 php/ night. It has 2 queen beds and 2 pull outs.

The place may look intimidating but the rate is synchronize to their customer service value and it isn't bad for group sharing since all their rooms are flexible for group package.


Good to know:

• 2 hours from Manila
• Strong network signal
• Utensils and kitchen wares are available.
• Grilling area available
• No smoking allowed
• Not suitable for pets
• No excessive drinking and partying
 
 
How to get there:

The instruction will be discussed once the booking is confirmed.
 
How to book:


Check in time: 2pm

Check out time: 12nn



 

 

 

 

 

 




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Cafe Apolonio

Café Apolonio sa Bahay na Bato is an underrated restaurant situated in Bustos Bulacan. The Restaurant has this unique genuine ambiance of the bygone generation from almost everything you see around the place, it will take you back to the distant past and imagine you’re part of it which I find really amusing. It was suggested by a blogger friend Karl of The Tursita Trails. At first I was reluctant to try it since I didn’t know how much the meals cost, I checked it out over the internet and the restaurant’s features were a bit intimidating, still, we took the opportunity since we were already there and just budgeted 1000Php for each of us for my peace of mind, you know when you’re not sure of the restaurants target market and you couldn’t go inside (it will cause shame once you checked the menu and found it’s expensive that  will leave you with no choice but to go out and find another cheaper restaurant) that’s something I would least want to happen. But again, I over calculated the worth of its menu and got surprised it was fairly inexpensive, since we budgeted 1k each imagine how we excessively ordered. 

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

We were wondering what this place conveyed back in the old generation, long before it became a themed restaurant. We make up some scene in our heads that maybe it was the old headquarter of Katipuneros or if Rizal had ever set foot to this place before, or maybe this place is just a typical Filipino house  back in the days. One thing is for sure, this place witnessed how our country evolved,  it chronologically witnessed the best and the worst times of our country. Now it stands to give dining pleasure to everyone, we didn't bother asking the owner and dig more information about the place as they were busy asisting other customers. We just enjoyed the meal. 



Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Sorry I couldn't share much of what we devoured. I just couldn't get enough of the restaurant, while waiting for our food to be served I just took tons of photos, oblivious of my camera's battery running out. Now I only have 2 shots of food taken, the rest were just good old memories now. We ordered sinigang, bagnet sisig, gambas, spicy beef caldereta, and leche flan for dessert. It was a mouthful banquet for the three of us. 
My favorite was the Sinigang. It was marvelous! I coudn't figure out what's in there but it wasn't a typical tamarind broth I tasted, we all know the taste of tamarind broth cube our mom uses for sinigang yeah? Probably they used a real tamarind or something similar to achieve that distinct taste. I am no expert to cooking so I'm not even sure of what I thought they put there. All I know is I enjoyed every bite and next time I set my foot on their resto I will surely order it again. 

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

I will give this place a ten out of ten rating for making our Bustos weekend escape more unforgettable. 

How to get there? 

·  Take a bus from Manila heading to Baliuag, Bulacan (Baliwag Transit) 75Php

·  Once reached Baliwag, walk toward Petron gas station. There you will find the tricycle station to Bustos and just tell the driver that you are heading to Cafe Apolonio sa Bahay na Bato. 75Php for the three of us. 




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Nordics Homestay Tagaytay
Staycation during the holidays is fun especially if it would be spent with you family or friends. Once a plan is for a staycation is concrete, the next step is to look for a place to stay. The place should be comfortable and accessible, a home away from home. Or, if you will be spending it with your friends, it should look nice enough to to take pictures and to have them posted in Instagram or Facebook.
Nordic Homes  Tagaytay located in Cityland Prime Residences in Tagaytay is both comfortable and Instagram-worthy. We were greeted by Miss Eya, the very warm and welcoming care taker of the units. She first showed us the Nordic’s Crystal room, which can accommodate 2-5 pax. 


We easily warmed up to the place and spent a good 15-minute taking photos of the displays of the room and the beautiful Tagaytay scenery. We were already thinking of captions for the photos we took to be posted later on our Instagram account. Next, Miss Eya led us to the Nordic’s Breeze room which can accommodate 5-7 pax. It had a striking black and white theme, perfect for monochromatic lovers


Nordics Homestay Tagaytay


Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

She ushered us to our room for the night, the Nordic’s Azul. We were all left in awe after seeing the room. The interior design, the calming blue and white theme of the room and the beautiful scene by the terrace welcomed us and we were all glad to comply. What sets this room apart from the other room was the walls, they were shaped like brick walls and felt as if you were transported to a cottage in Santorini, facing the Aegean Sea. Of course, we were informed that there is another room called Nordic’s Santorini but the room we had felt like we were in Greece.

After putting our bags down, we immediately started scanning the room and spent a good 2 hours (or more) setting up the room for a mini photo-shoot. We were hesitant to jump on the bed (it was too pretty to be messed up) so we decided to take photos around it. It was also good that the place is very accessible to a lot of establishments, we placed a delivery order from McDonald’s without any hassle. We were famished because of the en route travel so we devoured our food as fast as we can and resumed our photoshoot.

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Another plus point for Nordic Homes is its access to the rooftop deck. It gave us a majestic view of the Taal Lake and the whole of Tagaytay. It was very windy when we got up there and we were not prepared. We had to get back to our room to warm up and prepare for dinner.

Approaching the entrance of the City Land property is an eye catching cafe with a cozy playful ambience from the outside filled with Paintings and calligraphy, Cafe Nativo. Their tapa and corned beef breakfast meal are really good. We also enjoyed their pasta bolognese.

Cafe Nativo

Cafe Nativo

Cafe Nativo

Cafe Nativo

Nordic Homes in Tagaytay is not only a picturesque place for you to stay over the weekend, it can also be a getaway if you are tired from the hustle and bustle of Manila. With different room themes to choose from, it would be as if you are staying in another country or another time. Each corner of the room would have a place in your phone’s gallery because everything is just well-thought off to be photographed.

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Nordic Homes Tagaytay

They have 4 smaller units for 2-5 pax and 3 bigger units for 2-7 pax
Price for small units  25.5 sqm for 2 pax  

AVERAGE  price for smaller room for 2 pax
weekdays 2100 , weekend (Saturday ) /holidays  3500, friday, Sunday 2700 , extra head over 2 is P300 per head

Prices vary depending on weekdays, weekends and seasons.

Features:

FREE NETFLIX
FREE Wifi (5mbps) 
FREE Cookies,  2 bottles water
FREE use of swimming pool (closed on Thursday)
FREE Fresh ground coffee
Very accessible to public transportation
Nearby places: 711, New Mcdonald’s, etc
No hidden charges!👍
Additional pax at 300/head
2PM check-in time, 12 noon the next day check-out

Parking fee:
P50 whole day Monday to Thursday
P50 per entry Friday to Sunday and holidays

Nordic Jewel for 2pax
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17916136
Nordic Pearl 2 pax
http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17270634
Nordic Gem 2 pax
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17270569
Nordic Dream 2 pax
https://abnb.me/EVmg/kp7wnObJ3G

Check in time: 2PM  Check out time: next day 12:00 pm

For BIGGER units33.5 sqm for 2 -7pax , Nordic Grande, Nordic Soleil, Nordic Santorini

Prices vary depending on weekdays, weekends and seasons.

Average price for bigger rooms  2 pax
weekdays 2500,  weekend ( Saturday )/holidays 3500  friday sunday3000,h extra head over 2 is  P400 per head



Features:

FREE NETFLIX
FREE Wifi (5mbps) 
FREE Cookies,  2 bottles water
FREE use of swimming pool (closed on Thursday)
FREE Fresh ground coffee
Very accessible to public transportation
Nearby places: 711, New Mcdonald’s, etc
No hidden charges!👍
2PM check-in time, 12 noon the next day check-out

 North Soleil 2-7 pax
http://abnb.me/EVmg/S5ZFUOuTmE
Nordic Grande 4 pax
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18263230
Nordic Santorini 4 pax

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/19938572?s=51

  
How to book:

Payment via bank deposit /transfer BDO to secure the room


Video

Nordic Homes
https://youtu.be/85V1QP84s-8

Soleil
https://youtu.be/qk-vt7rVv90

Santorini
https://youtu.be/ClzVHTV5N7I

Grande
https://youtu.be/KEGafLs0LA4

Pearl
https://youtu.be/D0KCNrwoJGY

Jewel
https://youtu.be/_UjLZuPeFWo

Gem
https://youtu.be/nAQEKbytR

Nordic Penthouse Suites!
The Nordic Crystal (2-5 pax  25 SQM)
The Nordic Paradiso  2-7 pax  33.5 SQM
The Nordic Breeze  2-7 pax  33.5 SQM
The Nordic Mykonos 2-7 pax  33.5 SQM

Features:

FREE NETFLIX
FREE Wifi (5mbps) 
FREE Cookies
FREE use of swimming pool (closed on Thursday)
FREE Fresh ground coffee
Very accessible to public transportation
Nearby places: 711, New Mcdonald’s, etc
No hidden charges!👍
2PM check-in time, 12 noon the next day check-out

Smaller unit is similar to.
Nordic Jewel for 2-5 pax

3 Bigger units are similar to
Nordic Grande 2-7 pax
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18263230
Nordic Santorini 2-7 pax
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/19938572?s=51/


 How to get there?
From Manila take a bus with directly routed to Tagaytay (180Php), drop off point is at Olivarez then ride a tricycle (20Php) to Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café.
The restaurant is very accessible to other popular landmarks in Tagaytay like the Picnic Grove, People’s Park in the Sky, Sky Ranch, etc.

Address: Cityland Prime Residences, Brgy. San Jose, 4021, Tagaytay City.

For booking and inquiries

https://facebook.com/NorthernComfortsTagaytay 

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