Monday, November 5, 2012

Casa San Pablo - Just Like Home

Visiting new places is our family bonding but we do have an all  favorites where we keep gong back to, namely Baguio Country Club, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar and The Legend Villas. 

We headed South last November 3 and 4 to enjoy the kids semestral break. Our destination, Casa San Pablo. The place is not faraway from Manila, just an hour and a half drive from Makati,  but we actually made it in hour because we hit the road very early. 

We didn't know what to expect as this place looks unassuming from the outside. From the main road, you will see bushes and walls and a sign that says 'Kay Inay'. While parking, we saw a big pool, just the pool.  Silently questioning myself if this place is worth our time, the guard courteously led us inside, to the bridge and then to the lobby or the restaurant where the owners, An and Boots, met us. While An was orienting us about Casa San Pablo's guidelines, my eyes wandered at the beauty of this place. It's like going to the three places mentioned above.  The pine trees and the greens reminded me of Baguio Country Club. The paintings, sculptures and all artworks scattered around is reminiscent of Las Casas  Filipinas De Acuzar, though smaller in quantity and size. The gracious and warm accommodation is very much like The Legend Villas.

What more can I say about Casa San Pablo's Bed and Breakfast? It's definitely a new family favorite!  Going here is like going to a new yet familiar place. The ambiance gives you a feeling of nostalgia. That feeling you get long ago during younger and better days while vacationing on a relatives house. The place feels warm, familiar and comfortable,... just like home.

My eyes feasted in the beauty at every corner of Casa San Pablo.  I got to really enjoy and relax during our stay. The serenity of the place refreshed my senses thus prepared me for the pressing schedules of the coming Christmas season.

I enjoyed taking photos, there were too many actually that it took me 24 hours to edit for this video. I suggest that after watching, make sure you pre-book your own adventure at Casa San Pablo, it'll be worth it, I guarantee. For more info about this delightful place, visit by clicking, Casa San Pablo.

| Barrio San Roque, San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines
Mobile: +63 920 962 4083 or +63 917 812 6687 | Phone: +63 2 211 2132 | Fax: +63 2 724 7023

Getting To Casa San Pablo Using Car, using the ACTEX (Alabang-Calamba-Sto. Tomas Expressway)

1. We advise you to set your tachometer to 00 kilometer once you've reached the South Super Highway Toll Plaza (Merville Park) Entrance.

2. Drive straight you will pass by the following exits:

Getting To Casa San Pablo By Bus

1. Take any bus to Lucena.
2. Get off at San Pablo Medical Center along the highway, a few meters before Chowking.
3  From the Medical Center take a tricycle to Kay Inay Resort (accross the Community Hospital).
4. Casa San Pablo is inside Kay Inay Resort.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

PK Caliraya Paradise Resort - A Place To Go Fishing

Via the invitation of friends Arnold and Honey, we headed early last November 1 in Caliraya to catch  fish.  If fishing is your thing, I highly recommend you go and visit PK Caliraya Paradise Resort. If not yet into fishing, this place is still a great place to enjoy with family and friends. 

Going there is easy if you start very early as the traffic starts to build around 8am.

If not staying in the hotel, guests have to pay an entrance fee of two hundred pesos. If fishing, another three hundred pesos fee.

Arnold  and John were able to catch 2 big fishes, enough to feed a family of two.

This nipa hut is available for rent for a minimal fee of one thousand pesos, which is already good for overnight. The space is comfortable enough for 2, or maybe 3.

 The nipa hut's bathroom is equipped with hot and cold shower, toilet tissue and a soap. 

The hotel rooms maybe a bit old but at two thousand pesos, it is budget and family friendly.

Just like the nipa hut, the hotel's bathroom is equipped with hot and cold shower,
toilet tissue and a soap. 

The stairs and hallways leading to the hotel rooms

Other activities that one may enjoy at PK Caliraya Paradise Resort:

Boat ride, which they actually call the swan ride, at P250 (whole day rate).

Swing while enjoying the beautiful scenery


Bird watching

Ant watching

Dragonfly Watching

And when the kids get tired catching fish, they can swim in the big pool

PK Caliraya Paradise Resort is located at Caliraya Lake , Cavinti, Laguna
To book or inquire, call/txt: 0927 364 1067