Sunday, October 23, 2011

Last week I felt so happy because of the many treats I got:

  1. Sir Logen and Sir Fritz treated us for lunch at Gilligan's Island, Terraces Ayala Center Cebu. What was funny about this lunch was that we had also our team meeting there to save time. hahaha :D
  2. Lawrence treated us for dinner at Abuhan Pochero because he just had a salary increase. The Pochero was really delicious...Slurp! I will surely go back there to eat more Pochero.
  3. Leo treated us in Songhitz Karaoke Bar because he got his last pay.
  4. Leo treated us again in Abuhan Pochero after the heavy singing and drinking.
  5. Leo treated us again and again in the taxi on our way home.
  6. Free dental cleaning and prophylaxis - thanks to Intellicare. (I ditched this last Saturday because I was too lazy to get up from bed. Boooo! But I always have the luxury of time to avail this so there's no problem. Hehe.)
  7. Free Thai Massage at Grand Royal Spa - thanks to my 54-hour OT last month I was able to avail this massage incentive. (I will use this GC next month.)

As they say, the best things in life are free. Aw! Hahaha! Thanks to the people who treated me last week. May you have many more "treats" to come! Weeeeeeee! :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Last October 15-16, 2011, we had our project closure outing (at last! hehe).
We were a bunch of 15 people (the biggest in attendance of ganesha outing so far):
Ryan, Jellie, Kresia, Miraflor, Charina, Maan, Kim, Fritz,
Dandee, Ed, Brian, Kenya, Lawrence, Michael, Mitchy

Venues: 1. Batong Malunhaw Beach Resort Madridejos, Alegria Cebu
             2. Villa Isabella Beach Resort Ponong, Samboan Cebu

Departure from South Bus Terminal : 7:00AM
Arrival in Batong Malunhaw Beach Resort: 11:00AM

What happened in Batong Malunhaw:
We were so disappointed because the resort is still under construction. Waaaaaah! Now we knew why we can't contact the numbers that we found in the internet. Tsk tsk.
Lesson learned : Don't go to a resort when you don't have any booked reservation especially if you are going with a bunch of people.
Swimming Pool at Batong Malunhaw Resort
Huhuhu :( Still under construction / renovation.

Well anyway, even though it broke our hearts a little, we didn't lose hope and opted for our fallbacks: either go back to Kawasan Falls + Little Boracay or go to Samboan. Most of us were in favor of Samboan since we have already visited Kawasan Falls + Little Boracay 3 months ago. We were so lucky that another CERES Bus bound for Bato came along and we immediately rode the bus. Samboan is another 1 hour travel from Alegria.
Inside the Bus from Alegria to Bato. We just laughed off our Batong Malunhaw frustrations. Hahaha.

Departure from Alegria to Samboan: 11:30AM
Arrival in Samboan : 12:30PM

What happened in Villa Isabella:
We were kinda hesitant when we were trekking the paths to Villa Isabella because we suspected that the place is also under construction. We were so hungry that time but were bit amused with the funny things that were going on. At first glance, we thought that the resort was a haunted house because there were no signs of people and it is not maintained well. But we tried our luck and without any permission, went in through the back gate and shouted "Ayo! Is anybody here?"
Then after a minute of  endless Ayo?! a man popped out from nowhere - one of the caretakers of the place. Oh yeah, we were thankful the place is still a resort and open for tourists like us. Aw. Since we were so hungry and desperate to find a resort that time, without any thoughts, we decided to stay in that place.
Trekking the paths to Villa Isabella Resort. We suspected another "Under Construction" resort here.
Backgate was closed but we just moved the plywood to get in. Wahaha :D
The back gate.

We went in here, hoping that the resort is still open for tourists.

Villa Isabella as seen from the back part.

It was already 1PM and everyone was hungry like hell. We didn't have any viand, only rice (puso). Jellie and I went to Ginatilan Public Market and Samboan Public Market to buy food for lunch and dinner. We thought that we can buy anything there, but alas, we can't find anything to buy. Toinks. It was 1PM so we understood that the vendors of meat and fish are all taking their afternoon nap. Hehe. (so foolish of us to think of Ayala grocery store in Ginatilan and Samboan public market.wahaha.) Well anyways, after some heavy searching, thank God we found a stand that sells lechon manok and hurriedly went back to our resort. One amazing thing that we discovered was that there's a free wifi outside Ginatilan Church and Samboan Public Market. Of course, we immediately tweeted and updated our statuses in facebook quickly. Hehe.

We had karaoke after lunch.

Some didn't mind the hot weather. Honestly, the beach was super inviting but I didn't give in.

Pictorial galore.

Can you decipher what we are trying to spell here? Okay, I know it's hard so I'll just tell you - it's Ganesha. Hahaha. Now, it's your turn to look for the letters. Hahaha.

From L to R: Mirang, Kresia, Dandee, Maan ala Shamcey Supsup body, Yours truly, Brian nga nisimang, Fritz, Lawrence

Latay-latay sa tulay.

A pose taken during the sunset. It was really nice - the sunset.
Breath-taking sunset at Samboan beach.

Cooking for dinner.

Grilled Molmol fish.

I love cooking so I took the honor to grill the fish while the others are busy with their stuffs. Mitchy was my assistant haha.

They're up in my grill.

Mike (rightmost) is the cutest I must say. hahaha!

Grilled Pusit slurp!


After dinner, we had a team building activity since this is a company outing. We have the called solidarity night wherein we will share our lessons learned, what we were before and after the Ganesha Project started, or just anything we would like to share. All of us had our chances at the hot seat and it was nice hearing all of the lessons learned and changes that the project has brought to each of us. It was also nice being in the hot seat telling them all your nice and bad experiences during the project duration.
After that, we had an awarding ceremony. I got the Most Pulang Lubot award because at the office, I'm not always in my workstation because I always visit the workstations of my fellow developers. hahaha.
We really enjoyed the activity that night.
Lawrence in the hot seat.
 After the solidarity night, we went to the beach for a night swimming. The beach was really crystal clear and it was really nice swimming in there. It is advisable to have your slippers on though because it is not sand but pebbles on the seafloor. We had our tagay and laughing sessions and enjoyed the night until dawn. I was really sleepy at 3:30 AM so I have to leave some others and go to sleep. All were asleep at 4AM.

After this pose, we had a night swimming at the beach.

2nd Day
On the second day, I was the first one to wake up (7AM). When I woke up, I thought it was already World War III. Wahaha. You know (hhrrrhkkk) here, snore there snore everywhere... Waaaaah... So I went outside and enjoyed the view. It was breath-taking and relaxing.

Negros Province as seen from Samboan.

The beach with no bitches. Haha.

Brian was the next to wake up. We decided to wake up everyone by singing them a wonderful song in the morning. So we went to the karaoke room and sang our hearts out. It was effective since all of them woke up one by one and joined us in the karaoke.
Brian - Emo mode.

Cha wants to join in the karaoke but we closed the doors for her. Wahaha.

Kim, Miss Kring, Charina and Lawrence cooked for our breakfast: corned beef, egg omelet and sardines.

Kim and Lawrence preparing to set fire.

In-charge for breakfast.

Ready for breakfast.

We checked out at 1:00PM and headed back home with a big smile in our faces. It was indeed another successful and enjoyable outing with Ganesha pipz. I hope this one will not be the last (definitely!).

Last pose with the beach before we go home.

We rode a CERES bus bound to Bato (P10 fare), then from Bato to Cebu City. The bus departed 2PM and arrived in South Bus Terminal at 6PM. In this trip, it's amazing that we have toured the whole south of Cebu. Yipeee!!!

A pose taken at Bato Bus Terminal.

Inside the bus.

Along Santander, we also saw Sumilon Island. I think the island is so nice and I have promised myself that I'll be going there someday. Hehehe.

Panoramic View of Sumilon Island. Photo was taken inside the bus.

What's nice about this place:

  • We had great experience in this resort because we were the only visitors that time. It was like we owned the place.
  • Nice view - very photogenic in the pictures.
  • They have nice videoke equipment.
  • Beach is super nice and crystal clear but mind you, there are a lot of sea urchins.
  • We can use their plates, spoon, fork and glasses free of charge.
  • Rooms are big and affordable.
  • It's nice to have night swimming at the beach.

Drawbacks of this place:
  • It is hard to find. They don't have big karatola telling you that this is the way to Villa Isabella Beach Resort. If you want to go there here are some landmarks:
  • Samboan Medical Clinic is a landmark near the resort.  Or you can tell the driver to drop you off Villa Isabella Beach Resort or Shotzzz Bar and Resto (just pray that the driver is familiar of the place hehe).
  • It is not well maintained since there are no frequent visitors of the place.
  • There are garbages in the seashore.
  • There are a lot of dogs that poops anywhere in the resort, much to my disgust, those dogs poops along the shoreline. Waaaah! I think it is not a good idea for a beach resort to have dogs. Then those dogs are much nuisance because they are not aloof of people so they always go to you and ask for food which is cute for the first hour but a heavy nuisance after the next hours.
  • We were happy because we can refrigerate our fish and meat but their fridge is like kinda old. I was electrified two times! Huhuhu. I think they have to buy a new fridge because it's too dangerous for tourists like us.
  • Beach is crystal clear but no white sand, just pebbles and there are a lot of sea urchins.
  • (This is important) Caretakers need proper orientation about people management and hospitality. Honestly, their caretakers don't know what hospitality really means. For instance, the male caretaker of Shotzzz bar and resto, he is kinda dumb because we were asking for plates but we need to repeat it like a million times for him to hear us. Glad he has a hospitable assistant that took care of our needs there. The caretaker was also drunk the next day and he nags at people when he is drunk - very scary. We can't checkout at 12PM because the assistant boy caretaker is not allowed to handle checkout of customers so we have to call the owner of the resort to receive the payment and it took us a lot of time to wait. Then there is this another girl, whose attitude is like a b****. When we had our karaoke, she's so uneducated that she inserted her songs to our waiting playlist. "Ako say kanta ha kay broken hearted ko karon." she said. Who cares by the way? Hahaha. And then, when she started singing, she can't even pronounce the words correctly which sort of gave us some amusement.  Waaaah she's murdering the songs. Wahaha! Then, there's a hammock there and she like owned the beach resort that she won't let me use the hammock. Seriously, this girl needs proper orientation or if possible, in depth education please. I'm calling the management of the resort to please take good discipline of those two people. (WOW have I written a lot? hahaha ooopssiiie.) Anyway, I would like to thank also the boy assistant of the male caretaker and the old lady below who helped us with our needs during our stay at the resort. We gave them tip for their hospitality before we went home. =)
  • The old lady (left) helped us with the cooking stuffs and all. Thank you very much for your help. =)

Here are some photos to help you also picture out the place:

The seashore is not white sand but white pebbles. 
Dining area outside.
There are bench outside which lets you take a good look at the beach.
Their kitchen. This is where you borrow the plates, spoon, fork and glasses. This is where you can also find the refrigerator (beware of this one - electrified twice).
Enjoying the beach. There are also white sand parts but be cautious of sea urchins lurking everywhere.
This is where you sing your lungs out - videoke time!
Beach front.
Another beach front.
It's white pebbles, not white sand.
Dogs are cute but their poopies are disgusting especially when you can see those poopies floating merrily in the beach. Waaaaaah sooooo disgusting!
Videoke room.
The beach on a sunny day.

The beach.
Family room for P1500.
Comfort Room.

Room Rates: P1500 for family room
                    P1200 for small room
                    P150 for extra bed.

Contact Numbers:
09212002327 look for Orbiso

Ponong, Samboan Cebu - 3 hours travel from Cebu City.
You can ride Sunrays or CERES bus from South Bus Terminal.

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I'm gonna give a mediocre 5.5 out of 10 rating for this resort.
I just hope they'll improve the next time I set foot on their place.
But still, all in all, I must say that it was a great experience. :)