8 Waves Resort & Waterpark Escapade

It was blissful to have finally been able to take some time off from work to spend my birthday.

The trip we took was actually “hitting two birds with one stone” since the resort and hotel we stayed at was also the same venue of the wedding reception of good friends who also got married the day after my birthday. And yes, I was still multi-tasking even on my supposed vacation. 😀

And that resort was 8 Waves Waterpark and Hotel located in San Rafael, Bulacan.

We have never been to the resort, so with the help of my friend who was the one who got married, he provided us the directions to travel by public and private transport.

Public Transport Option #1 – Manila – Baliuag, Bulacan Town Proper:

  • Go to Baliwag Transit Terminal, located at EDSA, Cubao.
  • Take the bus with signage going to Baliuag, Bulacan.
  • The last bus stop will be the terminal of Baliwag Transit in the town proper of Baliuag, Bulacan so one need not worry where to get off.
  • Outside of the bus terminal, there were a lot of tricycles who could ferry you to resort.
  • Bus Fare – P75; Tricycle – P50 to P150 (depending if you are alone, in a group and baggage; 2 pax inside the cabby then 1 will be a back ride).
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A Baliwag Transit Bus going to Baliuag, Bulacan town proper. Photo grabbed from Baliwag Transit’s Facebook.

Public Transport Option #2 – Manila – 8 Waves Waterpark and Hotel:

  • Go to Baliwag Transit Terminal, located at EDSA, Cubao.
  • Take the bus with signage going to Cabanatuan.
  • Be sure to clear with the bus assistant that you are getting off at 8 Waves Waterpark and Hotel. The resort was just along the hi-way going to Cabanatuan, so you will alight in front of the resort and will be cross to the other side of the street. Resort was on the left side of the street coming from Manila.
  • Outside of the bus terminal, there were a lot of tricycles who could ferry you to 8 waves.
  • Bus Fare – P85 to P90.

The second public transport option I got directly from the bus assistants themselves. They suggested that we just take the Cabanatuan bus so we do not need to go through the small towns and instead just take the DRT hi-way if there were available bus trips at the time we arrived at the terminal. Since there was a long line and no bus available yet, they asked us to take their bus instead going to Baliuag, Bulacan town proper.

After exiting the toll of Sta. Rita, it immediately became apparent why the bus assistant suggested that we take the Cabanatuan bus. Traffic was so bad as the bus went through each town of Guiguinto, Plaridel to Baliuag.

We left the terminal at 2PM, but arrived at the resort at 5PM; was checked in on our room at 520PM. The “an hour and a half” travel time that most travel sites said that was needed to get to the resort was actually 4 hours because of the traffic. If we would have taken the Cabanatuan bus, we would probably saved an hour worth of trip.

Click on the link to get directions on how to drive using private transport going to the resort. There are 3 different options via Google Map.

As we try to cozy up for the long line of traffic, there were vendors who came up to the bus to offer us their fares. I bought a pack of pilipit, one of my favorite snacks, and 3 for P50 bundle of lengua de gato after we were given a free taste of the milky biscuit.

Pilipit is a crunchy sugar-glazed bread twist, made from flour and egg, then deep fried and rolled in white sugar. (photo grabbed from Pagkaing Pinoy: Mga Tinapay sa Panaderia.)
Pilipit is a crunchy sugar-glazed bread twist, made from flour and egg, then deep fried and rolled in white sugar.
(photo grabbed from Pagkaing Pinoy: Mga Tinapay sa Panaderia)

When we arrived at the hotel, too late for the 2PM check-in time, I was so sure we wouldn’t be able to get a room for the night where we would be forced to rent out a cottage inside the resort or sleep on the lobby.

Good thing that we were still able to get a Superior Room for that evening, but the bargain was we would have to transfer to a Standard Room the following morning since the room we were given has been reserved already for a guest.

The Superior Room came with a queen size bed, very spacious room actually, with TV, refrigerator, a mini-bar, a toilet with bath.

And right after having our breakfast the following day and before we started preparing for the wedding, we transferred to a much smaller room, right across the hallway. The toilet was decent in size, but there was no tub. But everything else in the room were amenable. See below the pictures of the resort’s standard room.

Due to the holiday season, the resort hotel had a promo ongoing then that room rates would be based on the # of pax for a flat rate of P888 (if I still remember it correctly).

A Superior room’s rate per night was P4000 and a standard room’s rate per night was P3500. Supposedly, we should be paying P7500 for 3 days, 2 night accommodation. But because of the promotion, we only paid P5328 in total, that was already inclusive of complimentary breakfast with the resort’s branch of Pancake House and access to the resort’s amenities.

Not bad, right?! We saved P2172 in total!!!

Just for that alone, we are now planning a visit again on the next holiday. Check on this link to get the room rates for the resort’s hotel.

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Make sure to remember to get your stubs since you will need to present them to Pancake House for your complimentary breakfast. There’s a stub as well that the resort security will be taking when you use the amenities. If you needed to go out of out the resort, you just need to get “stamped” on your wrist and flash it when you want to go back in. There are separate stubs for day and night swimming so be aware of which stub you need to submit.

The only time we were able to enjoy the amenities was on our last day on the resort. We tried night swimming after attending the wedding, but the water was too cold for us, but I doubt it would be the case during summer.

We were very fortunate that the resort was not packed full even if it was the holidays when we visited. We were able to enjoy a good swim, play and goof around in their pools.

Safari Pools with Slides

 

Hydro-Jet Bubble Pool

Kiddie Pool

 

 

A trip to the wild side with the T-Rex!!!

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A calm wave pool!

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Hotel entrance was so cozy.

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We would definitely be back!

Ranking:

Amenities – ★★★☆

Service – ★★★★★

Value – ★★★★★

Thank you for taking time to read!

 

“In the end, we only regret the chance we did not take.”

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Moving Performance of Josh Daniel at X-Factor – “Jealous”

I dedicate this to family and friends I have lost, same as Josh Daniel, most especially to the person I consider a dear friend, Migs Magadan.

You will be in my heart forever, my friend!

Till we see each other, know you are always missed!

“I wished you the best of
All this world could give
And I told you when you left me
There’s nothing to forgive
But I always thought you’d come back, tell me all you found was
Heartbreak and misery
It’s hard for me to say, I’m jealous of the way
You’re happy without me”

Moving Performance of Josh Daniel at X-Factor – “Jealous”

Stephanie Perkins ~ “Anna and the French Kiss”

Stephanie Perkin’s Anna and the French Kiss was an easy read, but it was not a book lacking of substance. The events in the life of Anna and Etienne were very relatable especially when it came to overcoming bullying, dealing with conflict within the family, importance of having true friendship, working on one’s dream, balancing love and using it as an inspiration to bring change.

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Below’s what’s from the flap of Anna and the French Kiss:

“Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her co-worker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Etienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken – and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French Kiss she’s been waiting for?”

Teens, young adults and those who are young-at-heart, like me, will be hooked with this book. When I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. It was romantic. It was also a bit sensual in a “wholesome way” at the same time. I also felt giddy and thrilled just by reading about how Etienne and Anna have felt when they had their Thanksgiving “sleepover.”

I cheated on her everyday. In my mind, I thought of you in ways I shouldn’t have, again and again. She was nothing compared to you. I have never felt this way about anybody before.”

The love story between Anna and Etienne weren’t just about being romantic, but also dealing about the realities of loving someone especially if that person was already in a relationship, more so if you consider them as your best friend…knowing when to let go, to move on and when to take risks.

“And I realized…it’s okay. It’s okay if St. Clair and I never become more than friends. His friendship alone has strengthened me in ways that no one else’s ever has. He swept me from my room and showed me independence. In other words, he was exactly what I needed. I won’t forget it. I certainly don’t want to lose it.”

The book also tackled sensitive family issues about having parents who are over-achievers and felt that they have to keep up appearances and wanted their kids to be the same way disregarding their dreams and aspirations.

“We sit in silence. ‘I’ve been thinking lately,’ he says after a while. ‘About me mum and dad. How she gives in to him. How she won’t leave him. And as much as I love her, I hate her for it. I don’t understand why she won’t stand up for herself, why she won’t go for what she wants. But I have been doing the same thing. I’m just like her.”

For me, the book satisfied by “romantic spells” but also made me cry as well on some parts especially when betrayal and talk about family was described. It also made my resolve much more stronger to save up for that Paris trip, watch movies on their theaters and probably write a decent movie review in the process.

Happy to have come across this book.

Over-all, I will give Anna and the French Kiss ★ ★ ★ ★.

Happy reading!

Stephanie Perkins ~ “Anna and the French Kiss”

Judge Me By The Footprints I Leave Behind

The story below I found while browsing through the web trying to look for inspiration as I start this new site. It was a good reminder that all of us have the tendency to feel uncomfortable with something that we are not used to.  And the best way to get past it is to keep an open mind and an open heart. Happy reading!


A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam.

He called his parents from San Francisco. “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve got a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring with me.”

“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know,” the son continued. “He was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him.

A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know: their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.

Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!

~ Author Unknown ~

Judge Me By The Footprints I Leave Behind

“Take Me Home” – Short Film About Rescue Dogs

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

“Take Me Home” – Short Film About Rescue Dogs

School Sepanx Only For Kids?! Oh No, It’s Not!

For 3 years and  6 days, Jem and I were inseparable. She goes where I go. I go where she goes. When it was time to find a school for her, admittedly, it was nerve-wracking. More than the question if Jem was ready for school, I have this nagging question at the back of my head, “Am I ready to do this? Am I ready to start letting go?” With enough courage and self-motivation, Jem was enrolled to a nursery class of 11 kids in just a span of 2 hours of inquiring at a school where we believe that can help with her development. I was afraid to go home and think about it as I may decide to not just continue. It would be unfair to Jem if the only reason why she was not getting the early developmental education she deserve was because her Ante, as she fondly calls me, was having separation anxiety. image So when it was time for Jem to go to school, I took long breathes, calmed my nerves and prayed so hard I wouldn’t also breakdown. The moment I saw panic in her eyes during the first week of school, I know that I have to be strong for both of us. She would be able to get that courage, assurance and trust from me. I have to show her that it was alright to feel change and that change is a good thing. We built routines like commuting going to school, singing inside the tricycle, walking to ease the tension, coming in 30 minutes before classes starts so she would feel at ease with the new environment. It paid off. I want to congratulate myself but I am even prouder of Jem. She may not totally get it now being that she’s only 3 years old, but I am hoping that the memories of overcoming the anxiety together will stay with her, that she would know I will always be there for her and would only want the best for her.

Kudos to all the parents who just braved the first 2 weeks of their children’s first try to go to school! Thank you to the teachers for the help making the transition fun and easy for the kids! It was an emotional rollercoaster, but was definitely a good ride. And I know this is just the beginning of the many loops and turns as Jem continued with her education.

School Sepanx Only For Kids?! Oh No, It’s Not!

Excuse Me! I Found Your Nose In My Business

Yes, all of us hate it when people who know nothing about us talk about us as if they do know us. After we have gotten over the feeling of being offended and having the strong urge to *bitch slap the gossip in the face, let’s take the high road and instead just give these people space. Walk away from them. In the process of hating, these people will eventually destroy themselves. And if we stick around, we might just get caught up in the mess when we shouldn’t have.

Everyone of us has become a victim of gossip and in one way intentionally or unintentionally feed on it. I don’t want to come off as a hypocrite as well but I guess we can all agree that we do not like gossip, but some of us enjoys to partake in it.

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And the reality is that people are quick to believe the bad things they hear about people. Sometimes, we can’t blame them because of the past of the person involved. When do we listen to gossip? We just don’t. Verbal defamation, malicious stories, tacky opinions are things we should avoid engaging in. People who comes to you with all of these about other people will eventually be the one who will most likely spread the same thing about you. Being a good judge of character is tricky especially when it comes to gossip. Follow your heart and be the kind of person you would want people to be when they hear a gossip about you…and that’s someone who would not tolerate it and not easily believe it unless it comes directly from you.

If you are the center of the gossip, try very hard not to take things personally. One of the things to remember is that gossip is spread by wicked people to stir up trouble and break up relationships. If you know in your heart that things said about you is not true, shrug it off. At least now you know what these people or certain person was doing behind your back. And to those who were told of the gossip, value the relationship by asking the person involved if it was true or not.

When it comes to gossip, reserve your side of the story to the people that matter. To the rest, don’t waste your time to explain. In the end, people only hear what they wanted to hear.

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*Thank you, AJ! 🙂

Excuse Me! I Found Your Nose In My Business

Be Who You Want Your Children To Be

I sort of agree & disagree.

“Agree Predicament.”  As parents / guardians of any child, we should always try to live a life of example.  Children are like sponge. One day, Jem saw & heard me clucking and the next thing I knew she was making the same sound on her own.  Obviously, your kids adore you, so every action you do means the world to them or see that you are perfect and will never be at fault.  As a guardian, the best thing I could teach Jem is to ensure that when I make a mistake, I owe up to it, apologize for doing it and make sure not to do it again.  Life will never be perfect.  And as “role models,” we should aim to do just that so they would want to be like us when they grow up.

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“Disagree Predicament.” We are not limited to becoming something just because of the shortcomings of our parents; the same way goes for our children.  Whatever mistakes we have made in our lives, it should be an inspiration to do better for the sake of those who depends on us, especially the kids.  “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree” is only for people who thinks less of themselves and couldn’t veer away from the shadow of their parents (good or bad).  It was mainly an excuse to do nothing about their lives. Second best thing to teach Jem that was taught to me as well:  “There’s a whole lot of opportunity out there waiting for you, better than the ones I had in my life.  If I did well in my life, I know you will definitely do greater things with yours.”

I dedicate this to all the parents and guardians (godparents/aunts/uncles/big brothers/big sisters/cousins/friends) of any children out there.

**Original post was from my Facebook account 2 years ago.**

Be Who You Want Your Children To Be