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Jeepney Stop Restaurant in Boracay

January 16, 2017

In the Philippines, the main mode of transportation is the jeepney. Jeepneys were made from U.S. Military jeeps from World War II. As the U.S. was starting to leave the Philippines, they sold these jeepneys to the Filipinos. Filipinos would start to accommodate passengers and decorate the jeepneys with vibrant colors.

In its present time, jeepneys are not only used as transportation. You can even see it in restaurants.  The concept of putting jeepneys in restaurants started with Gerry’s Jeepney. Located in Maginhawa, they would let their customers have the option to eat inside the jeep and do it “kamayan” style. Another restaurant that has the jeepney theme is Jeepney Stop.

Jeepney Stop Restaurant – D’Mall Boracay

Jeepney Stop is a new restaurant in Boracay. Located at D’Mall, they serve Filipino dishes and turned the jeepney into a bar area. When we saw this restaurant, my mom’s officemates and I thought that the owner of Gerry’s Jeepney also owns this branch. We decided to give it a try.

The food we ordered were sisig, chicken kawali and calamansi tart. If I were to rate the food, I will have to give it a 3.5/5. The sisig was just alright. The sisig in Manam and Gerry’s Jeepney is much better. I would have to commend the chicken kawali. It had a flavorful taste to it and made me want to eat more. For the calamansi tart, there was this refreshing feel to it and it was yummy as per my mom’s officemate.

Jeepney Stop is a restaurant that is perfect for Instagram-worthy pictures. But when it comes to the food, don’t expect me to come back soon. And ifever I do get back to eat here, for sure the chicken kawali will be the one I will order again.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Deparis Beach Resort

May 5, 2016

When it’s peak season in Boracay, rates would usually be double the price. In order for us not to cash out a lot of money, we agreed to get a hotel that is affordable and clean to stay in. Since we had a hard time to look for hotels, my aunt suggested to try to stay in Deparis Beach Resort since this was there they stayed during their company outing.

Deparis Beach Resort is owned by the Deparis family since 1981. This is located at Station 2, near the Don Vito restaurant. It is beach front and has this rustic vibe that is perfect for the beach setting. What I like about this hotel is that it is convenient for us to go anywhere. It’s just a walking distance to D’Mall and it’s easy for us to go the beach anytime. Second, the pictures of the rooms shown in the website are exactly the same when you see it in person. Since we were 4 in the group, they had a big room that can really accommodate 4 people. Third, they had good fruit shakes. Everytime we would hang out by the restaurant, we would usually order a pineapple or a mango shake. It really refreshes us due to the heat. Fourth, the room’s price. For 3 days and 2 nights, we paid 12k+. So divide it by 4 people, each of us paid 3k+ for the room. So, it’s not a bad deal after all.

What I didn’t like about this resort is their service. When we decided to get the room, I told them right away that we would be availing of their airport transfer service. A few days before our flight to Boracay, they even messaged me and assured me that they took note of our request for an airport transfer service. In this email, they told me to look for my name in Island Star Express once I arrive Kalibo airport. As we arrived Kalibo airport and went to Island Star Express, to my dismay, my name wasn’t there! It was such a hassle that the people in Island Star had to confirm with Deparis Beach Resort if we really availed of the service. An excuse like they forgot to put my name on the list can’t be taken lightly. When we checked out of the resort, that was the only time they told us how much per head would the airport transfer service be. When I booked our stay in this hotel, I emailed and asked them how much would the airport transfer service be. They did not answer me right away. Second, there were extra charges if we wanted to get extra towels, extra pillows,extra duvets etc. Third, their Wi-Fi was slow. But I didn’t mind since we were not in the hotel the whole time.

Honestly, I felt like I was being ripped off my money. In order to avail of more services in this resort, we had to keep on bringing out money. If you would be satisfied with a simple room, in a big group, won’t be getting extra amenities and have ways and means to travel cheap to Boracay, then this would be a good option. If you are the type of person who likes getting extra amenities for no cost and the hotel having a private van, then Deparis Beach Resort won’t be for you.

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(c) Deparis Beach Resort Website

Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are mine. 

Events

LaBoracay 2016 Experience

May 4, 2016

It has been a long time dream of mine to attend Boracay during Labor Day. I am thankful I was given the chance when I had friends who wanted to attend LaBoracay as well.

LaBoracay is usually done every labor day weekend. From a quiet beach, it becomes to be a 24/7 party central. Everywhere you go, you can hear loud beats and people drinking from the afternoon til sunrise. There were many people who had their first experiences thus the saying “What happens in Boracay, stays in Boracay”. Without further ado, I present to you my experiences during LaBoracay.

1. The crowd lessened compared to previous LaBoracay experiences.

The previous years, I kept on seeing pictures via Instagram that there were a lot of people (to the point people had to squeeze through each other). Instead, it felt like it was a normal day. Yes, there were a lot of locals and tourists BUT it was still manageable. From other blog posts, people would have a hard time to get seats in restaurants. Through my experience, it was easy and we were able to have a proper and decent meal.

2. Go to Station 1 for the party experience.

Everywhere you go, there are parties being held. But, if you really want to party all night and won’t mind the crowd, then do head to Station 1. Our group would usually go to Sur Hotel for the Partyphile party, SunKissed 2016 and Magic 89.9. These parties are free of charge. So expect a lot of people to be there and try to make friends with people surrounding you!

3. ZoukOut 2016

Before Laboracay, there were already posts showing about ZoukOut. ZoukOut is a famous event done by Club Zouk from Singapore. A lot of international DJ’s will be there. I actually wanted to go because Kaskade would be there but I realized it would be a waste of money because I didn’t know the other DJ’s playing and the tickets was quite expensive. We were able to attend the event just by sitting by the beach and listen to the DJ’s being played.

4. Haggle to lower prices for water and land activities

Since we were in Boracay, we decided to do some water activities. We were thankful to have met Kuya Danny. He gave us reasonable prices for these activities. Here is Kuya Danny’s number: 09298831403. When contacting him, just make sure to mention my name and talk to him about the prices for the activities you want to do.

5. Good times with new and old friends

Now that were part of the working class, it’s actually hard to schedule meet ups with friends. LaBoracay is a perfect definition for bonding and good times with friends. It feels great to party with them and have those chill drinking by the beach and talk about anything in life.

6. Expect your flight to be delayed!

We experienced this via PAL. On the way to Boracay, we took the first flight out. Instead of leaving on that said time, we were delayed for an hour! When going back to Manila, our flight was delayed for 2 hours! So my dear friends, do not fret! Stay calm and just try to remember all the good things that happened during that event to be in a positive mood.

I am thankful for this experience and I can’t wait to experience another Laboracay event!

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(c) Alyanna Bromeo. (c) Gene Goquingco. (c) Karyl Visaya

Hotel Reviews, Philippines, Travel

3 Days & 2 Nights Stay in Boracay Regency

July 1, 2015

Everytime I get the opportunity to visit Boracay, it has always been spent with my family. What my family and I enjoy about Boracay are the pristine white sand and the amazing sunset you can see by the beach.

Our trip this time to Boracay was not for leisure. Rather, more for my parents work. They had an event with BITA (it’s an IT organization in Boracay) and they showcased our company’s solutions on safety (VESDA – Very Early Smoke Detector Apparatus and HeiTel – CCTV Solution) I decided to go with my parents to somewhat help them out and of course see Boracay beach as well. What better way to enjoy all these while staying in Boracay Regency.

Boracay Regency is located at Station 2 Beach Front. This hotel is very convenient because it is at the middle – close to D’Mall, close to the party life and close to the food establishments. The hotel’s theme really represents the ideal lifestyle of how one should be when in the beach – laidback and relaxed.

I would have to applaud the Henann Group of Resorts for a job well done in regards to accommodation. From the airport, we went to the waiting area exclusively for Henann Group of Resorts visitors. After a few minutes, a van picked us up to bring us to the port. When we arrived at the pier, I got suprised because they have their own speedboat to bring us to Boracay Island. They were very efficient/prompt and made sure our bags were well handled and safe.

When we checked in, another room was supposedly be given to us since the real check-in time is around 1 or 2pm. We arrived Boracay around 10am and we wanted to take a rest already. Good thing there was an available room for us to stay and take a short nap.  Our room was located at the 3rd floor and I believe the room that was given to us was a Deluxe Room. It consists of 1 king bed and 1 single bed.

(as seen in boracayregency.com) – their main lobby

You can find different amenities in this hotel. They have different kinds of function rooms depending on the occasion. For regular tourists, the most well known facility would have to be their pool. They have 3 different kinds of pool – East Wing, pool with a jacuzzi and pool with a mini bar.

(as seen in boracayregency.com) – the pool with mini bar and jacuzzi

(as seen in boracayregency.com) – pool facing the East wing

Aside from their great accommodations and amenities, Henann Group of Resorts also placed different kinds of food establishments to cater one’s needs. If you feel like eating buffet style, they have this restaurant called Sea Breeze Cafe. This restaurant offers different kinds of meal every day so that visitors won’t get tired of seeing the same food everyday. This will make visitors want more unexpected food to be shown. They also have dancing chefs at night. Usually tourists would flock over this restaurant to watch and take videos of the dancing chefs.

(as seen in boracayregency.com)

(as seen in boracayregency.com) – interior design of Sea Breeze

If you want to experience the party style, they have Wave Lounge. I haven’t tried this party place because I prefer to go to these kinds of places with my friends. What I have noticed though is that they offer special rates to tourists at a certain time. Usually, it’s the buy 1 take 1 kind.

(as seen in boracayregency.com)

If you want fine dining, they have Christina’s. This is perfect for romantic spots and you just want to have a peace and quiet night. When you stay by the beach area, there are performances such as singing to feel the romantic vibe. When I go back to Boracay, I should give this a chance.

(as seen in boracayregency.com)

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.