Sunday, October 16, 2011

Villa Isabella: The Team Traveler's Haven

Located at Samboan, approximately 4 hours away from Cebu City is a resort small but comfortable enough for a relaxing and enjoyable trip with your friends. The pink cottages are like cotton-candies against the blue sea and the skyline. I like the view of the skyline the most. The clouds, the sea,  and the water. They fit perfectly like a portrait on a painter's canvass. And don't you ever miss the sunset. it was my first time to be out on the beach as the sun cast it's orangey color, and it was perfect. I never had that kind of amazement before. Pure bliss!

How to go there
Go to South Bus Terminal took a Ceres bus to Bato via Barili. Asked the driver to drop you at Samboan Medical Clinic and Laboratory. Walk a little until you found a bamboo gate that say's "Private property. No Entry." That's the gate to Villa Isabella. The gate is beside a big house with a store. If you're not confident enough, just asked a local. I personally suggest don't go there alone. It's nice but it can be a little lonely. We we're the only guests there. Maybe due to it's far proximity to the city, traveler's find it hard to appreciate it. 

I don't know the actual fare since we had stop over at Alegria. A rough estimate would be PHP 172 since Cebu to Alegria is PHP 134 then Alegria to Samboan is PHP 38. 

The Place
"Villa Isabella: The Team Traveler's Haven". When you're on a team outing, you will surely enjoy this place. It's like having your own private resort. The resort has A videoke place that lets you sing 2 songs for Php 5. You will only have to list the songs. You pay after. You can sing until 10 PM only. It has a mini-bar plus canteen. I don't know if they serve food because we brought our own food. For the meat, fish and some others, we bought it in the local market. I am not in-charge of the market. I will surely ask Ryan to feature it in his blog one of these days. So might as well check it there. He was the one in-charge of the market and foods. I knew this place from scouring the net. Stumbled on it's Facebook page. The numbers are not updated that's why didn't pick this place.  

Here are the updated contact numbers:
0921-200-2327 Look for Obiso

Rooms costs PHP 1500. We had 2. It costs the same but 1 is bigger than the other. The girl's room has 3 beds and the guys has 2 bed. It both has its own CR. I think that room is the family room. I never asked though. Both rooms has an extension room with a screen walling. It has chairs and table also. We put our foods their. Talking with the care taker, he mentioned about a room that cost PHP 1200. I was kind of regretful that I didn't ask for it to be opened so that I could take some pictures and post it here. Maybe next time I'll visit a resort, I will surely capture everything in my cam and blog about it. It surely will be beneficial.

About the Beach
The beach front is stony but I like that they are smooth. The shore on the sea wall beside the Resort is sandy. Don't miss to check it out. Night swimming is very ideal there since the beach is so well lighted. 

View of the entire resort

Our dining table.



Cottage near the videoke area.

Room 1: Girls Room

Room 2: Boys Room

Inside Boys Room. 2 beds with own CR.

Extension of boy's room.

Kitchen Door.
Common Kitchen. We borrowed some utensils here.

The Detour leading to Villa Isabella, Samboan

The Plan:
05:30 - 06:00 AM Rendezvous at South Bus Terminal
06:30 - Departure to Alegria (Batong Malunhaw)
09:30 - Batong Malunhaw
11:00 and beyond - Enjoy!

05:30 - 06:00 AM Rendezvous at South Bus Terminal
07:00 - Departure to Alegria ( Batong Malunhaw )
10:30 - Batong Malunhaw 

Unfortunately,Batong Malunhaw is under renovation. The group made a unanimous decision to go to Samboan over Badian not knowing that it's still 2 towns away. Alegria. Malabuyoc. Ginatilan. Samboan. Actually, we're counting on the transportation, whichever comes first, bound to Badian or Samboan, that's our pick. Lucky for us, a Ceres bus liner bound to Bato pass by. Yahoo! We're on our way to Samboan with a faint hope that Villa Isabella, one of the candidate resort for the trip is actually fit for accommodation. I actually prayed hard.

11:00 - Departure to Samboan ( Villa Isabella )
11:30 - Villa Isabella

I don't know how they were able to know where Villa Isabella is located. I was just joining the crowd when they took off the bus. We walked a dirt road unto a dilapidated sign, that says "This way to Villa Isabella". The group were divided as to where the sign is pointing. In my mind, "Gosh! This is so like a horror trip. Waaaah!" Then we saw a back gate that leads to the pink cottages that looks exactly like the one we saw on Facebook. I feel a little relief. We went inside when no one answered our call. Waaaaa! Not long after, a middle-aged man appeared saying he would call the care taker. I thanked God for the discovery of the place and prayed again that all would be OK. Everyone was tired and hungry to transfer and look for another place again. The care taker took longer so we decided to do things ourselves. Some went to the market. The others were content with chatting and feeling the sea breeze. I went to check out the place and took some pictures. Some prepared lunch. When the care taker arrived, I was a little uneasy chanting my prayers silently again. I was so happy we got the place. We had 2 rooms each cost PHP 1500. They were huge so we were considering of getting one room only but the care taker insist. We took 2. it was only the day after that we realized it was the best decision to get the 2 rooms.

Up Next: Villa Isabella: The Groupie Traveler's Haven

Friday, October 14, 2011

Planning an escapade

To start the plan, I usually start with choosing the target destination. Special criteria, it should not be in my "been to" lists. I'm counting my footprints in every places, so variety is a must.


After the destination, I then scoured the net for an affordable accommodation in that area. Maximum limit per pax for an overnight accommodation should be Php 250. Anything greater is a no-no most especially if it's a group escapade. The cheaper, the better. Usually people stay up all night and if they sleep, they rarely sleep comfortably so getting an expensive one is not practical.

If I can't find a suitable accommodation on the net, if I'm with adventurous people, I usually suggest we just look for a place there. If I'm not, I just proposed to change the target destination.

Day Only

After, the itinerary comes next. It's important for me to know what to do and expect on an escapade to align my choice of clothing. 

Both Day and Overnight

Foods! I hate planning this one. Usually on a day escapade, I always settle for lechon manok, siomai, lumpia, pancit, fruits, drinks and junkies. For overnight, I don't know how to cook so I usually leave this to the experts :D I just asked them their price to be included in the expenses :D I want to be a backpacker so I will need to learn how to cook alone. Maybe soon! :D

Money and Budgeting

I don't usually keep the money :D I have a tendency to compensate on things myself in case of deficiency. I hate asking people money :(( So, like foods I leave it to someone I think is bold enough to do the honor of collecting, paying and budgeting :D

As a whole, I only like to plan and put things together. Which I think makes me unfit to be a backpacker yet. Because if you are a backpacker, you do things alone. :D

I am a late-bloomer in travel. I just found my passion recently. So I think I still have lots of things to learn. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Private Pool/Beach Resthouse (for special gatherings)

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Commercial purpose, for the benefit of those that cannot open :D

For Rent Private Beach Resthouse w/ Swimming Pool
Location: Car-Car City, Cebu

Ideal for:

Team Building
Wedding Receptions
Birthday Party
Group/Family Gatherings

Included during your stay:

1 Aircoditioned Room w/ CR [2 double deck, 1 single bed]
1 Colored TV (Sala)
1 Ref (if you want to store your beverage, meat, etc.)
1 Mineral Water Dispenser (free 1 Container mineral water)
1 Cordless Telephone (can call cebu city)
Kitchenware (kotselyo, luwag, kaldero, kaha)
Diningware (plato, kutsara, tinidor, baso)
Beach front grilling
Swimming Pool w/ artificial falls (Artificial falls is not available all the time)
Fully fenced and secured
Fully Exclusive (one group at a time)
Huge Sala w/ 2 sets of SOFA
1 Caretaker (assist on CHECK-IN and CHECK-OUT only)


Monday to Thursday : Php 3,000
Friday to Sunday : Php 3,500

(Check-In Time is 12 NOON, Check-out Time is 12 Noon)


NOTE: Only 20 persons are FREE for the actual rate. P50/head will be charged excess of 20 persons.


Extra Airconditioned Room w/ Kingsize Bed & Double Deck (P1,000)
KTV w/ Microphone (P500)
Billiard (P500)
Three Burner Gas Range (P100)
Beer Stallion [Red Horse, Colt45] (P25/bottle)
House Party (Sounds/Lights/Talents) - Price depends on your requirements

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For bookings and reservations:

Contact me at this #s:

0922-8906441 (sun)

For Rent: Private Beach House and Resort in Oslob

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Commercial purpose, for the benefit of those that cannot open Istorya,net :D

Location: Lagunde,Oslob,Cebu

ideal for: Team buildings
Christmas party
Wedding Reception


Airconditioned rooms
Basketball court,can be used for any activities.
Restaurant fronting the beach.
Safe parking,fully fenced
Long beach shore
Caretakers to serve your needs.
Videoke[by request]


Private Rest house
Good for 5-15 persons
2 airconditioned bedrooms with blanket and pillows.
1 huge restroom
extra foams,pillows and blankets[by request]
sala set with colored and cable television
kitchen with gas range
kitchen and dining wares
Fully exclusive if rented
Can use amenities mentioned above
NO corkage fee for foods and drinks

Rate: P3500.00 overnight..
check in: 2pm, check out: 12noon


Private Beach House

outside the resthouse
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hight tide lang ni mao abot ang tobig sa hagdanan
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comfort room

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We also have other rooms for small guests or if guest are more than 20 persons,others can stay here..this is within the resort also.

Varieties of rooms are available,we have room good for 2 persons,room for 4 persons...etc
airconditioned rooms with cr.

Rates range from 700 to 2000,depends on the room type.
see pics.

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Rate: 900 : 4 double deck room
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Rate: 900: 2 double deck,1 bed room
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basketball court,cinxa ky hugaw ky kosog au ulan pagkagabee ani then sau mi buntag picture2 nya wla pa kapanglimyo

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For reservations pls contact
481-9990 or 481-1585
09233317924 look for Magdalina