Monday, March 25, 2019


To kick off the beach-and-summer-feels, of the dry season, we decided to go to Orongan Beach Resort in San Remigio, Cebu. Since I have a class on Saturdays, we decided to go on a Sunday and booked a room few days before our trip.
Entering Orongan Beach Resort

Orongan Beach Resort is a family owned resort, highly known for the beautiful, clear water, white sand beach, affordable rates and the beach camping experience. Many would set up tents during Saturay night. We arrived early Sunday morning, and the resort is packed with tents and campers. However, during the night it looked like we were the only ones that spent the night.





Enjoying the San Remigio sunset
The Information center of the resort also serves as their mini kitchen. We did not have any food when we arrived. We just bought a kilo and a half of pork and 1 kilo of rice on the resort and had them cooked for a fee.

We spent the day, exploring the shores of Anapog, San Remigio and swimming. The view of the sunset was also breathtaking. People even gathered to take photos of the sunset.



Orongan Beach Resort Rates:

  • Day Use (7AM - 6PM) - P50.00/pax
  • Extension Hour  - P10/pax
  • Overnight Fee - P100.00/pax

Tent Rental:

  • Small - P100.00
  • Medium - P200.00
  • Large - P300.00
  • XLarge - P400.00

Rooms

Fan Room with Private CR - P2,000.00, good for 2
Fan Room with Common CR - P1500.00 good for 2

We booked the room with private CR. It's more of a beach cabin and with a mini fridge, water heater and mugs for your coffee. It has a full bed and a sofa bed. It also included 2 electric fan available for use. The CR is also spacious enough. This was good enough for the three of us.

How to Get to Orongan Beach Resort from Cebu City.

  • From Cebu North Bus Terminal, take a bus going to San Remigio and inform the bus conductor that you will get off at San Remigio Public Market. The fair is P163.00 for the Airconditioned bus (Ceres Liner)
  • From San Remigio Public Market - take a tricycle to Anapog. Just inform the driver you are going to Orongan Beach Resort. The driver asked P50.00 fair from the each of us.  

Other Tips:

  •  Buy food first from the Public Market before going to Orongan. The resort is far from the market and the trasportation is a bit of a challenge. If not, you will have to deal with the pricey food or what's available at the resort.
  • If you don't have your own car. Maybe you can ask the tricycle driver to fetch you at an agreed time. We did not do this and we checked out early in the morning as we wanted to catch the first bus going back to Cebu City. We had to walk for about an hr as we could not find a tricycle. 
  • If you have a car, there is a huge car park available in the resort
  • There is no WiFi in the resort, so if you are a freelancer, bring your own pocket wifi. We also noticed that although both Smart and Globe has 4G signal available in the area. Smart has better coverage.
  • Contact Orongan Beach Resort through their Facebook page to book a room and for more information about the resort.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

In the heart of Tacloban City is a resort hotel strategically located atop of a Hill with overlooking view of the San Juanico strait. It was originally conceived by the former first lady, Imelda Marcos. In the early 90s the resort was closed for restoration and innovation and was reopened in 1994. It has withstood several storms, including Yolanda, and Leyte Park Resort Hotel still more or less maintains its original glory.

Eating Snacks with  a View

Aside from the breakfast buffet, Leyte Park Resort Hotel also offers Merienda Buffet every afternoon. Anyone can go there, and enjoy a sumptous Filipino snack. The snack bar is full of native delicacies to feast on.

My view while enjoying some snacks
We went there on a Sunday afternoon to grab a snack as we didn't have anything better to do. We had to wait a few minutes for the buffet to open as we went there a little early. While waiting, I opened my laptop and did worked for a few minutes.

The buffet is open from 2- 6 PM. We were probably the first ones there. People started coming when the buffet was open.


For around 150 each we enjoyed scrumptious snack and a choice of drink. 
My plate of Merienda
When we were already full, we went down to the pool area, enjoyed the scenery and took some photos. 


We went home still full, we didn't have to eat dinner. 


Tips:
Veranda Cafe (the hotel's buffet area) or Leyte Park Resort Hotel has free wifi. So if you are a freelancer you can work their too while enjoying your food. However there was no power outlet so you need to have a fully charged laptop.


Monday, March 11, 2019


Last week I logged in to my Upwork account and immediately noticed a banner notification of  a new Upwork feature. As part of Upwork's effort in keeping the platform secure and fraud-free they are adding a new identification badge for those who haved passed the 2 verification process. The first is through submitting a government-issued ID, which I have done years ago and the video verification call.

I finally got the chance to do this today.

How to get verified via the Upwork Video Verification proces?

The process is just pretty simple. I just clicked on the Get Started Link which opened the upwork support chat box. I waited for a short while for a support to be available to assist me. Then the support agent asked me to click on a link for the video call.

She then asked me a couple pretty basic profile questions. She asked me my name and my email. That's it. After a minute from the call, I got my Verified Badge.

upwork verified identification badge

I think they are currently prioritizing the top rated freelancers but I'm sure this will be rolled out to every one to avoid fraud.

Tips:
* Make sure you have a working web cam. The important thing in this process is that they can see you.
* You may get asked other profile verification questions like your mailiing address.



Friday, March 8, 2019

Badian Wellness Resort is a world class resort hotel situated in  Zaragosa Island, Badian. It is known as an eco-friendly resort that offers perfect relaxation and beauty treatments. It's a perfect place to get away from stress and the City noise.

Badian is a small town just right next to Moalboal. After a day of snorkeling and fun in Moalboal, we took a tricycle that took us directly to the Badian Wellness Resort port. The resort-owned speedboat took us to the island.

Upon arriving, we were each greeted by a resort staff with plumeria lei and a hawaiian drink.



David Cinco, the manager, who also happened to be our classmate and friend (lucky us!) took us on a tour to the resort.

First we went to the swimming area.
to the swimming area
you can relax on this hammock or even send a quick email while on it

 Then, we went to their organic garden where they grow their own herbs and food ingredients. They would even teach guests on how they can grow their own garden.



David also showed us this plant that was planted by honeymooners. Yes, the resort lets honeymooners plant their own tree as symbol of their growing love.


 We also got to view their suites. They were all spacious and elegant. I love the native and wooden interior design adorned with shells and flowers. They were all soothing and romantic. All of them has their own roomy hammock to relax with your loved ones while stargazing or just enjoying the view. The Thalasso Pool Villa has it's own private pool with ionized seawater. You can take a relaxing dip while enjoying an awesome view of the Badian Bay.

private pool of Thalasso Pool Villa




 Lastly, David let us take a quick view of the spa.




We were so amazed with the beauty and serenity of the resort. It's just so unfortunate that I wasn't able to take a lot of photos since my phone fell into the sea in Moalboal and my camera's battery died. It was already getting dark and we had to leave. Highly recommend Badian Island Wellness Resort.

Click here for more info of Badian Wellness Resort.


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