I’ve always asked my friends “Where is the nearest beach from Manila that’s clean and nice?” They would always say Batangas or Zambales – both takes about roughly 3 hours. But recently I heard there’s a (soon 1.5 hrs drive) highway recently developed for easy driving from Manila to Nasugbu, Batangas. I’m not sure if the highway is done yet, but you can also drive to Pico de Loro via Tagaytay (2.5 hrs) Perfect! Now I’m happy to know that if I need to go to a beach somewhere, I can just drive 1.5 hrs to this great place called Pico de Loro. I didn’t expect much when I heard about it. I thought it was just going to be a typical beach resort. But I was so amazed at what I saw, to the point that I want to buy one of the units and just live there (since I work from home anyway).
A view from the Chapel
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, glass chapel overlooking the Pico de Loro Cove
Pico de Loro Cove is the first urban living community developments of Hamilo Coast. The community brings together families and friends who love living the good life with a scene of green and blue. Pico de Loro Cove is situated in Batangas and brings you the view of the untouched mountains and serene seas.
Me and Matt, together Rica and Jo spent a lovely getaway at this marvelous place. At the end of our trip, me and Matt wanted to become members 😛
Pico Sands Hotel
For now, all areas can be accessed by guests as long as you are endorsed by a member However, if you want to experience the greatness of the place without being endorsed, you can do so by booking for a stay at the Pico Sands Hotel. This gives you access to the main beach and the Pico de Loro Country club which is just beside the hotel.
Book a room in Pico Sands Hotel at Pico de Loro Cove online
My workstation for the weekend with a great view of the man-made lake
The beds are comfortable and the room is spacious!
Book a room in Pico Sands Hotel at Pico de Loro Cove online
Pico Sands Hotel has 154 rooms with all the thoughtful amenities that ensured our comfort. Just a couple of minutes’ walk and we can have access to the Pico de Loro Beach Club were they have badminton, basketball, bowling, billards, karaoke etc. There’s also a shuttle to take us to the beach front for some relaxation time. Guests can also inquire and try their water activities. Or, if you’re like me, just relax by the beach with a shake, music or a book.
Pico de Loro Country Club
You are never going to get bored here! Bring your friends and family with you for more fun because you will never run out of activities for everyone!
Left and right, there’s pool space for everyone!
This is only the front part of their kid’s play place… towards the back is more fun, more awesomeness!
Even adults (like me) envy the kids for this fun kingdom! I wanted to go and play there myself!
Billard pool tables
Sing your heart and lungs out! Karaoke time!
They really have a big gym that would encourage you to get fit despite being on vacation.
They have a HUUUUGE dance floor!!! *tears* I want to own one.. I was thinking the entire time if I could install my pole here…
Badminton / Tennis area. You can rent rackets, shuttlecocks and balls
Wooden floor basketball. Matt wants to play here!
Squash and table tennis area. Again, this is Matt’s venue 😛
Sports not drugs people!
Bowling time at the Country Club!
Rica won the Bowling challenge!!!
Well… I sucked at it and scored very low but I had so much fun I will do it over and over again!!! XD
Check out the rates of the different Country Club activities here.
Pico de Loro Beach Club and Water Activities
Explore the sun and the seas!
The beach has the view of the South China sea and you have different areas / coves you can come to visit. If you just want to stay and chill at the main beach, that’s also fine.
Main beach at sunsent time
Pool or Beach? It depends on what mood you’re on 😉
Memories I will never forget, me and Matt going to Santelmo Cove
Yes, our speedboat passed by inside 😉
Santelmo Cove finally
You can rent the area for a fee. Invite friends and family and get this spot all for yourself!
Check out the rates of the different water activities here.
Pico de Loro Residences
This holds true, I’ve been wishing to live in this area the moment I’ve explored the place. I work from home anyway so as long as internet is stable here (which pretty much is), I’m good to go!
We went around the different properties and sample units.
You can chose between the lake view and mountain view.
Either way, living here means you get to experience living with nature comfortably and the city is just a couple of hours away!
Penthouse unit with a really great view!
Penthouse unit has 3-4 bedrooms and a whole lot of space!
Wouldn’t it be nice?
You don’t need to bring anything much because the restaurants have pretty much everything you crave for.
End of the Trip
The road to Nasugbu is very good
and our road trip ended there, but is forever in my memory.
Find a place for you. Own a unit, or just become a member. Contact Pico de Loro Cove for details.
Please check out more photos of Pico de Loro here.
Follow Pico de Loro online
Pico de Loro Cove website: picodelorocove.com
Pico de Loro Cove Facebook: facebook.com/hamilocoastph
Pico Sands Hotel Facebook: facebook.com/picosandshotel
Pico de Loro Cove Twitter: @picodelorocove
* And non-members can also book by calling the hotel at 02 4647800, 02 4647828, and 02 4647888.
Property Sales Hotline
9F OneE-comCenter, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines 1300
Club Membership Sales Hotline
9F OneE-comCenter, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines 1300
Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club
Club Membership Admin Office
10F OneE-comCenter, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines 1300
(+632) 8570100 local 1232
Journey around the Kalos region, in 3D! I’v heard this news for quite a bit now, thanks for my poke-addict boyfriend who told me about this!
I am looking forward to the following things:
- 3D graphics. although I get dizzy when its 3D, I hope I can play without that option.
- Cute starter pokemons! Although I always get water, this time I might get fire…
Legendary Pokemons Xerneas and Yveital
- Did I say, I’m looking forward to the much enhanced graphics yet?
I should look for Lass Hannah or Beauty Hannah or Jr Trainer Hannah or something 😛
- The characters look cute and well – they are not 2 dimensional 😛
I wish you could dress up the trainer…
- That Pokemon that looks like MewTwo… or that Aliens movie
- Launch date is on October 12th!!! It’s so near my birthday!
Currently, me and my boyfriend are nerding out working on our Pokemon Black and White to collect as many Pokemons as we can so we have a lot of them in our National Pokedex ^_^
Anyway, happy playing people~
Pokemon XY release date, Pokemon XY 3D, Pokemon 3D, Nintendo 3DS
Music makes the people come together
Last Monday, Smart, together with MCA music and friends celebrated the fusion of music and technology – Smart Music!
Smart Communications and MCA Music Partnership
And so we did last night at Hyve BGC where Smart and MCA Music launched a new service called Smart Music. This deal between two companies will make the more than 3 million tracks in MCA Music’s global catalog excluseively available to over 70 million subscribers of Smart and other mobile brands under the PLDT group, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular.
Smart Music is the new online music online portal that acts as a music digital store in the Philippines. The rates are very affordable with downloads for as low as P15 per track (the lowest peso rate in digital music market today) and P20 for new releases on each track which is roughly half the comparable rates of other online music stores.
If you register, you get to have 2 free downloads
register now via smart.com.ph/music
Modes of Payment
Subscribers have different options to pay for their downloads. The most convenient one is by charging against their prepaid or postpaid bill, eliminating the need to have a credit card which is a major barrier for many Filipinos who want to purchase legitimate music online.
Access Smart Music via smartphone, tablet or laptop through smart.com.ph/music.
Check out the site now to download the songs of your favorite artists – legitimately!
Greyson Chance special guest for the night
#SmartLiveAllOut Boracay room mates reunite
Alyssa, Shen and me
How we purchase music via Smart Music – smart.com.ph/music
The hosts for the night
Sitti Navarro serenading the crowd
Lovers of music
I just downloaded FRANCO songs!!!
Check it out people
Last Friday night… do it all again ^_^
This day I really worked hard, so I can play hard at night 😉
Makeup of the day testing Collection cosmetics
Big Fake Ultimate false lash effect mascara
Pink Shock lipstic
Also used MAC foundation, Clinique eyebrow powder, eyeliner and subtle eye shadow
and my favorite liquid blush Bene tint from Benefit ^_^
as for my hair… I just embraced the natural wave with the “no brushing of hair” look
at 7th High DJ Scotto and Nicole Chen of 1 World Festival Singapore
great mix from Nicole, can’t wait for more EDM love in Singapore for the 1 World Festival <3
Here are the many reasons why you should be there to party with us!!!
after 7th High, we moved to URBN just to end the night
Cheers to love, life and hapiness!
We ended the night eating at IHOP… didn’t take pictures coz I was tipsy dipsy *oops*
‘Til next Friday 😉
Decorating the walls of the house with mirrors is a trendy and chic idea and let’s face it, if you’re one of those fashionable people with style who is always in the shop to check what state your hair is in and always try to keep up with trends and modernity then welcome to the club! There is a wide range of ideas for a house suitable for a stylish woman. Yes, because the mirrors are perfect for giving a bright touch to the house and for giving an illusion of greater magnitude in a room. But many times the Stylish Mirror Selection can be difficult.
Mirrors are also good tools to make good selfies 😛
Large mirrors are ideal for the living room. Mirrors with fun shapes are ideal for the bedrooms of children and there are also colorful and vintage framed mirrors for the more fashion addicted most demanding people! In fact there are mirrors for all tastes.
Square or curvy? If you cannot choose there is a way to help you. Vanity combines a rectangular shaped and curved profile which gives it an attractive design and creates a small storage area in a nice and pleasant game of three dimensions. The idea of a framed mirror can mislead and remind of old mirrors from the austere grandmothers. In fact the frame is just one more chance for designers! They can use not only shapes and forms to compose original frames, but also materials and refined whimsical prints.
So the key is to play it the smart way! Arrange them in front of a window or a wall full of imaginative pictures, funny pictures or lush plants. This way the space for two will multiply in a pleasant and unexpected way and you can see what you like!
But do not overdo it! It is not like you can put mirrors all over your walls like a house of mirrors. This could create a feeling that will be opposite to that you are looking for.
Have you booked your tickets to fly to Singapore for the Grand Prix Season? You better do while tickets are still affordable! I booked mine. Go! Do it! NOW! – and see you there!
The Grand Prix Season Singapore is even louder with 1 World Music Festival coinciding on the race dates! Rain or shine, the event is set to happen at the atmospheric futurism of the Marina Barrage with a stellar line-up spread across September 20 and 21. Go all out if you want to live large during the festivities as partygoers can experience Premium VIP sections if they wish to and Aire Lounge with an ultra exclusive limited admisison pop-up club that will provide a lavishing club experience.
In addition to the artists announced in my previous blog post, 1 World Festival just announced yet annother addition to their line-up. This includes Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) and Moby. Phase 3 will be released pretty soon so watch out for another set of star-studded names!
1 World Music Festival Phase 1 & 2 Lineup
*to be updated when Phase 3 is announced
The Cataracs (DJ set)
Cobra Starship (DJ set)
Pendulum (DJ set)
Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion)
Far East Movement
Sub Focus (DJ set)
Taboo (of The Black Eyed Peas)
Date: 20th & 21st September 2013
Time: 6pm till late
Venue: Marina Barrage
Details and ticketing at www.1worldfest.com.
Purchase now for early bird offers.
Festival Website: www.1worldfest.com
Everyone wants the Good Life. But, how do you define it? If you think it’s all about having the lifestyle of the rich and famous, then you’ve got to earn a lot of bucks to be in it… or not! Why not just rob the houses of celebrities and take their Chanels, Louboutins, their Rolexes and jewelry etc.? Just get enough, enough that they won’t notice thier things are gone! But what if you get carried away?
This is exactly what “The Bling Ring” is all about. This movie is based on real life events. I say “based” because it is not entirely accurate. I’ve never heard of this “Bling Ring” gang before, but they do have the guts! I had to do my research for this of course and looked into the real members of the Bling Ring gang.
There isn’t much to spoil actually because the main gyst of the story is just all about robbing houses of high profile celebrities and that’s it. If you want to know more about the real Bling Ring Members, you can check out a detailed story here.
What is pretty interesting here, is one of the members of the gang is actually currently filming for their own E! reality show “Pretty Wild.” Actually, all of the members got famous after getting arrested. Which goes to show that America (or the world) has a sick obsession about the “Bonnie and Clyde” syndrome.
If you want to know 41 little known facts about the real Bling Ring members, check this out. Like Paris Hilton ‘cried’ while watching The Bling Ring.
The movie was pretty okay in general. You have to watch it to catch Emma Watson portraying a more mature, more “wild” role. I wasn’t used to her being a bit dumb and aloof in this movie. Great American accent too, none of the smart british tone. You also need to watch this movie if you love fashion. They had so many pretty and shiny things!
The Bling Ring Fashion – drool for the things they stole!
Towards the end of the movie, Emma Watson would ask you to follow her blog NickiMooreForever.com – however, the real blog of Alexis (played by Emma Watson) is itsalexisneiers.com
The Bling Ring is now showing in SM Cinemas near you.
*Thank you SM Supermalls for the premiere movie tickets.
Before I left Boracay, I visited Vietura at Sofitel and chanced upon a wonderful surprise by their lobby. For a Social Media person like me, I appreciate what the Sofitel team had in mind for Social Media Week.
Went to Vietura to get my tummy shaped before my Boracay trip!
and a wonderful surprise awaited everyone in Sofitel’s lobby!
They decorated their lobby’s centerpiece with very familiar icons!
I just had to participate
Hence, here are my Social Media resolutions for the year.
- I shall limit selfie posts to once a day. (what? huge sacrifice I say so… yeah :P)
- I shall avoid touching my phone or my laptop when I am emotionally vulnerable, to avoid posting stuff I will soon regret.
- I should not get affected by trolls! (they will only give me wrinkles)
- I should verify facts on my own before believing everything that’s being shared online.
- I shall not spam!
- I should block people who spam my Facebook / Twitter / Instagram feeds, nakaka-BV! nakaka-stress!
- I should not tag people when they are not in the photo and “un-friend” friends who tag ugly photos of me! (just kidding!!! :P)
- I should always be “picture-ready” in case someone takes a picture and tags me!
- I should only use relevant hashtags on my posts.
Sorry, can’t help it 😛 #selfie
Anyway, if you’ve got your own Social Media resolutions, feel free to share them on the comment section below