10 Things To Do In Macampao Beach Resort & Leisure Farm in Zambales, Philippines

It’s been awhile since we had gone to the sea and I was personally going nuts being landlocked in Manila so a trip to the beach was in order! Good thing we had good reason to celebrate–> it was our 8th wedding anniversary weekend. While other couples choose to spend some quality time sans the children, we aren’t that type of family. It’s always a package deal with us, Manzanos!

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With both kids in tow, we hopped in the car first thing Friday morning and typed in destination: Macampao Beach Resort & Leisure Farm on trusty Waze. My husband who doesn’t fully trust Waze half the time didn’t follow the recommended route and I think we ended up staying on the road longer. From Manila, Cabangan Zambales (where Macampao is located) is approximately 3 hours away or an hour away from Subic. Prepare some snacks for the kids and yourself if you’re the type to get hungry like us 😛 Good thing I had my helpers pack boiled sweet potatoes and muscovado sugar which were perfect finger treats for my 2-year old. My husband, my son and I had egg and vegetable sandwiches for breakfast-on-the-go which I prepared earlier at home. (Oh, trust me. Home prepared food are such life savers on the road, not only do they keep your tummies not rumbling, they also taste waaay better than convenient store or fast food joints on the highway!)

Since we haven’t been to the place before, we basically didn’t know what to expect. But since I love sharing information with my readers, I’ll make it easy for you to get a feel for the place before you event set foot on Macampao. Here’s 1o things you and your family can do!

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  1. Learn to ride a horse on the beach: Yep, you read that right! They actually have horses on their property which you can meet and ride. My 9 year old son had a grand time meeting Alex the horse and rode him on several occasions while we were hanging out on the beach.casa logoy macampao
  2. Tune out to the sights and sounds of nature. From our room on the top floor of the newest structure on the resort, Casa Logoy, you can see impeccable views of the ocean. The constant sound of the waves will lull anyone to sleep. My son claims he was meditating since he would get up bright and early before everyone else!macampao food zambales
  3. Feast on the abundance of food! Overnight packages come with 3 meals: lunch, dinner and breakfast plus merienda / snack and endless drinks. OMG, the Mango Shake is to die forrrrr! mango shake macampaomacampao beach resort and leisure farm zambales turtle
  4. Meet their pet turtles and get to feed them fish! My kids love animals and really opened up their eyes on the experience of feeding this gentle creature frozen fish by hand. I’m sure they will remember it for life. For the homeschoolers, this is your opportunity to take your kids out to learn about animals in a safe and fun place.macampao beach zambales
  5. Swim and sunbathe in peace! I say this because most of the time, we had the beach all to ourselves. It was certainly liberating. Other resorts, you’ll have to find a decent spot for you and your kids to enjoy. At Macampao, there is absolutely no need to.macampao zambales sunset
  6. Watch the sunrise or sunset (or both!)badminton macampao
  7. Play badminton. This is a fabulous idea if you want to bond with your little ones at the beach while being active. macampao kayak
  8. Kayaking. There are kayaks available for you and your family to use. We weren’t able to go kayaking during this trip but we definitely plan to when we return (next month!)
  9. Go fish! We weren’t able to do this too because we spent most of our time on the beach but for fishing afficionados or if you want to teach your kids how to fish, they have a fish pond where you can choose to fish your own tilapia or bangus for dinner!sand bar macampao beach resort zambales
  10. Do absolutely nothing. Yes, you’re at the beach. Might as well learn the art of doing nothing, even for just one weekend to clear your mind and help detox the body.

Hope this post helped you gain more information about this gem of a place! It certainly is family and child-friendly and we cannot wait to get back with our extended family for the holidays! They have limited rooms so you will need to make previous reservations as they do not accept walk-ins.

Macampao Beach Resort & Leisure Farm
Sitio Macampao, Barangay Arew,
Cabangan, Zambales, Philippines
macampaoresort@gmail.com
www.macampao.com

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How To Apply For Taiwan Visa Online in 5 Minutes For Filipinos

Finally, no need to go through a travel agency to obtain a Taiwan visa for Filipinos! (Disclaimer: you must have an existing visa for the following countries-US, Canada, UK, Japan or Australia to be eligible for this.)

Since we are traveling to Taipei on the first week of Air Asia Philippine’s maiden flight to Taipei from Manila at the end of this month, I just had to share with you the very easy step by step process on how we got my family’s visas in less than 5 minutes via the online application of Bureau of Consular Affairs , Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) here: http://www.boca.gov.tw/

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When you click on ROC Authorization Travel Certificate, you will be asked the ff:

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and then led to this next info graphic

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and fill up this questionnaire. Make sure that you have your US, Canada, UK, Japan or Australia visa on your Filipino passport because they will ask for the visa number for the Taiwan visa certificate.

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Just print and you’re ready to go! That was a breeze, wasn’t it?

Useful Travel Accessories For Frequent Little Travelers

Since my tribe and I will be doing a bit of travelling in the next couple of months, I decided to come up with an updated list of useful travel accessories for frequent little travelers!

  1. Ride on Carry On: For parents who need to be racking up the miles for business or pleasure with tots in tow, you can instantly turn any wheeled luggage into a stroller with the Ride On Carry On! It completely eliminates the need for bulky strollers (extra luggage weight), folds completely flat and has a headrest that doubles as a handy tray table for drawing, eating or napping! Great for children 8 months up to 5 years old (or 50 pounds). It retails at $49.95 but currently is sold out. This isn’t available locally in Manila, either. For more information, hop on to www.rideoncarryon.com.

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2. BabyZen Yoyo Stroller : I’ve travelled alone with my kids and it can get really overwhelming to have to deal with having to locate your stroller which you checked in before flight, open your stroller (to secure your child) while keeping an eye on your kids AND your luggages! The BabyZen Yoyo+ Stroller seems to be the most popular choice among the travel friendly strollers. The YOYO+ converts so easily (unlike many other stroller brands), fully-reclinable, folds up to hand luggage dimensions, can be carried like a bag, and is machine-washable! Phew! What a dream for traveling parents!

Sadly for all Philippine residents, the closest retailer shop is in Hong Kong or Singapore and my friends purchased at about Php28,000. It costs about $495 in Amazon for US residents (Lucky!) THIS is definitely going on my Santa’s wishlist for Christmas, folks!

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3. Trunki: For toddlers, it is crucial to keep them entertained all throughout the travel journey. The trunki has been on my must-buy list for my kids (although my son is way oversized for this already!) The trunki is meant for toddlers 3 and above. I saw one Hello Kitty Design being sold in Mothercare Robinson’s Magnolia branch for Php5,000 (that’s almost double the price of what it is being sold in Amazon!)

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4. BedBox: You may now call this the King or Queen of all ride-on- suitcases. The super-feature here is that it efficiently converts an airline or train seat into a small travel bed! Perfect for long sleeps or just getting comfortable for a movie. It’s the ultimate travel accessory for children ages 0 – 7 years. Created by a former aircraft engineer and airline pilot, the BedBox by JetKids has three primary functions – hand luggage, ride-on suitcase and a bed feature for use onboard planes and trains. This is currently not available in the Philippine market, the closest retailer is in Taxi Baby in Singapore (but I see that they, too are out of stock) So, you’re best bet is to order this product online through their international website www.jet-kids.com at $169 or about Php8,200.

 

 

Kid-Friendly Hotels and Attractions in Tagaytay

Travelling with your kids to Tagaytay is fun and easy because of its close proximity to Manila. Here are lists of kid-friendly hotels and attractions to check out!

Kid-Friendly & Mom Approved Places to Stay
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Taal Vista Hotel is a big hotel with a vast ground where kids can run and roll on. Their bedrooms are spacious with cushy beds that kids would love to jump on. They also have a Kid’s Club Area, an indoor play area with a slide, balls, and assorted books.

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Complimentary breakfast buffet is also a fabulous treat for the young ones, with lots of fruit juices, cheeses, pastries and savory goodies to choose from. There is also a Kid’s Station at the open buffet in the Veranda Restaurant, which is specifically designed to let them grab their own food by themselves.

Taal Vista Hotel
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines
www.taalvistahotel.com
Telephone No: +63 (2) 917-8225 | +63 (46) 413-1000
Mobile No for Room Reservations: +63 (917) 809-1254.
Email: reservations@taalvistahotel.com

Eco Hotel Tagaytay is a cozy boutique hotel with snug wooden bedrooms where kids can find a sense of warmth in amid the chilly air outside. It is filled with accessories all crafted with recyclable materials, giving kids extraordinary ideas to create functional items or toys out of stuff like plastic spoons, egg cartons, driftwood twigs, plastic bottles, bottle caps and more. The hotel also takes care of a fluffy Bichon, named Blue, which makes for a cuddly pet to play with there.

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Eco Hotel Tagaytay
www.ecohotels.com.ph
Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay
Tel nos.+63 46 413 4365 / +63 46 413 4265, +63 917 568 6710
Email: info@ecohoteltagaytay.com

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Sonya’s Garden Bed and Breakfast brings children into the art of living amid nature. Within a profoundly pleasant living space of traditional Filipino interiors complimenting the vibrant nature around, children are gently drawn into the heart of Mother Nature, where their connection to it lies in the privilege of sensing a variety of flowers everywhere, understanding the growth of food crops into the seasons, communicating with birds and insects of diverse species, honing self-respect and respect for others through unstructured rhythm, indulging in flavourful food that they have picked from the garden, and seeing people caring for the fields from which their food grows. Reservation is a must so do contact them before visiting!

Sonya’s Garden
Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, less than 10 minutes away from Taal Vista Hotel
Mobile nos. (63) 917 533-5140 or (63)
Email: info@sonyasgarden.com or 917 503-1080

For kid-friendly attractions, here are fun-filled destinations where you and your family will enjoy:

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Sky Ranch lures families in with its imposing projection of a humongous ferriswheel. For something as big as this, you might as well get in and experience it with older kids. Kids below 5 have limited fun rides to choose from, while older ones have more. My four-year old daughter, Luna enjoyed very much Merry-Go-Round, the Horseback Riding and the mini boat swaying ride even after seeing a couple of boys crying for fear while riding with their dad.

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Sky Ranch
Tagaytay – Nasugbu Via Tuy Road, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City (Beside Taal Vista Hotel).
Open from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm on Mondays to Fridays and 8:00 am – 10:00 pm on Weekends and Holidays.
Tel nos. (632) 862-7704, (632) 862-7712, (632) 831-7000 loc. 6347
Email: info@skyranch.ph
www.skyranch.ph

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Residence Inn Zoo showcases an array of animals from the wild life. It gives families a firsthand look on animals like reptiles and poisonous insects in glass cages, a myriad of birds, mammals like tigers, lions, camels, goats, cows, sheeps and horses, monkeys, monitor lizards, rabbits and many more.  It also offers a mini zipline ride and an animal show.

For more information,visit http://www.zoomanity.com.ph/themeparks/residence-inn or contact (63) 917 835-1111 and email at info@zoomanitypayment.com

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Picnic Grove bestows the classic Tagaytay experience for families. What used to be known as the ultimate picnic place overlooking the mystical Taal Volcano, now has added attractions of an eco-trail, a zipline, a petting farm with animals, a butterfly farm and horses for riding, and a fish spa for a ticklish dead skin removal.

The Picnic Grove Complex
Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., Barangay Sungay East-End, Tagaytay City.
Tel.no (63) 46 413-4206

Tagaytay obviously has more places to fulfill your life’s fancies. But if you haven’t visited this lovely hilltop city, then start with these places with your children and explore more as you go along.

Have a pleasant trip!

Amanda Virrey is a free-spirit who thrives in her love for her daughter Luna Diwata, for writing, for traveling, for Mother Nature, for a fit and active lifestyle, for beautiful souls, for manifesting dreams and everything else that positively nurtures.

Win a 2-Night Stay in Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong!

A few months ago, my family celebrated my son’s 9th Birthday in Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hong Kong. I blogged about that wonderful experience here.

Well, there’s been brand spankin’ new changes as The Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong is now officially rebranded as Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong!

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To celebrate its new name, the hotel has been given a bright new look, complete with a top-to-bottom makeover for all its guest rooms, lobby, and other facilities. I was there in the middle of all the changes and the rooms sure do sparkle ❤

Expect to experience the new Dorsett Wanchai that is stylishly playful, beyond thoughtful, and with a taste of the urban.

The Dorsett Wanchai will continue showing its playful side through its modern and quirky interior design, making staying at the hotel a fun and relaxing experience.

The spotlight however continues to shine on the hotel’s one-of-a-kind “signature” rooms. With the revamp, now they are even better. The hotel offers 8 types of stylishly designed rooms and suites ranging up to 48 sq. m. The signature Grand Deluxe Course View Room offers a breathtaking view of the Happy Valley racecourse in front of the hotel, while its award-winning Ocean Park Family Suite, Sony 4K/3D Experience Suite,

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and the OSIM Massage Suite offer guests something they are not able to experience in other Hong Kong hotels,

Hotel guests will also be invited to experience the Dorsett Wine Hour every Friday evening where they can enjoy a complimentary range of handpicked New and Old World wines to pair with scrumptious local snacks for an exquisite East Meets West experience. The hotel hasn’t forgotten the kids either, they can get their sugar hit with an enormous selection of candies at the Dorsett Candy Bar. TIP: Oooh be sure to book your rooms on Fridays!

What I admire is their dedication to craft a unique experience for every traveller through personalizing one’s stay with beyond thoughtful services such as a 24-hour Full Stay, a Guaranteed One-hour Response for in-house guests, and free premium Wi-Fi. Free use of a smart phone that includes unlimited 3G internet, Wi-Fi hotspots, and free local and IDD calls to 10 countries both in and outside of the hotel ensures every guest always stays connected. This was definitely such a useful tool for us travelers needing connection to find establishments and contact friends for meet ups in the city.

For a more personalized experience for families with children, I highly recommend the Fantastic 4 Family package which ensures all of the family members needs are catered for. The Family Quad Room can sleep up to 5 people! Yep, this is where we stayed the last time and it was so comfortable for my parents , myself and both my kids! (Sorry for the mess, room can get chaotic with two kids!)

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The room also boasts an extensive range of thoughtful amenities such as branded body and haircare products, snack boxes, and in-room “sweet surprises”.

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As Anita Chan, General Manager of the hotel says:

“The name change is more than just an upgrade of the hotel infrastructure. Our new credo comes with a new motto, ‘Delivering What Matters To You’ reflects our commitment to creating an unique experience by giving extra services to meet every individual’s needs while travelling.

“We have seen a number of new initiatives rolled out in the past year such as the Dorsett 3 Wishes promotion where guests can pick an additional 3 value-for-money offers from a host of complimentary services such as 3-hour access to Airport Lounge, room upgrade, and a dim sum meal at Tim Ho Wan Michelin-starred restaurant, and the list goes on. Regardless of whether you are travelling with kids in tow, a solo traveler or a busy executive who wants to make the most of their stay, you can be sure to enjoy a unique and individualized experience while staying at our hotel.”

For urban lovers and foodies like me, the hotel has created an Eat & Shop Like a Local travel guide, where guests can find information on the most up-to-date eateries within a 5-minute walk or a 10-minute drive, as well the latest boutiques, shopping malls, and department stores in and around the hotel. This guide is constantly devised and “road-tested” by hotel staff.

What my family loved the most was the hotel’s strategic location. Located between Causeway Bay and Wanchai, the urban entertainment hub of Times Square and the shopping hub of Sogo Department Store are just an 8-minute walk away (although they do offer free shuttle service all-day).

Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong

The award-winning 4-star Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong is conveniently located between Wanchai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island giving its guests easy access to all business, shopping, and sightseeing destinations in the city. The hotel is a mere 8-minute walk to the MTR stations, Times Square and a 10-minute drive from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong offers 8 types of rooms and suites ranging up to 48 sq. m. The signature Grand Deluxe Course View Room offers a breathtaking view of the racecourse in front of the hotel. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available to 16 destinations via five routes and all rooms are equipped with 200Mbps high-speed Wi-Fi internet. Other facilities include Dining House Restaurant that serves the finest Guang-dong and Huaiyang dishes, the 3T Bar, a gym room, and various meeting spaces.

Visit www.wanchai.dorsetthotels.com for more details!

Want to win a stay in the fabulous Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong? Here’s how!

Promo mechanics:
1. Must follow our Instagram pages @mylittleglobetrotters and @dorsettwanchaihotelhk
2. Like our Facebook Fanpage “My Little Globetrotters”
3. Join our Facebook (family travel support) group “Our Little Globetrotters”
4. Repost this blog post on your social media channels (the more the merrier!) and explain why you deserve to win the 2-night stay in Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong with the hashtags #MyLittleGlobetrottersXDorsettWanchaiHK #MyLittleGlobetrotters #TravelWithKids and tag 5 friends plus us at @mylittleglobetrotters and @dorsettwanchaihotelhk
5. Leave a comment on @mylittleglobetrotters IG post on this promo to say you’ve completed all mechanics so we can check!

Winner will be announced by November 9, Wednesday on my Instagram page.

On top of this exciting raffle, we have also generated a special promo code for my fab readers, worldwide. With this specially created promo code, MONICA, you will instantly enjoy a 25% OFF all room types and packages when you book their rooms via the official hotel website. You can simply use this link (with code embedded), or enter the promo code under ‘Special Codes – Corporate/Promotion Code’ in the booking engine.