escape to thunderbird

when i am back home, there are just moments that i just suddenly decide to leave the house and go somewhere without telling anyone.  i then decided to visit a place which is only about a 30 minute ride from our house in binangonan, rizal which is thunderbird resorts.

Perched in a highland valley along the Sierra Madre range, Thunderbird Resorts – Rizal is more than the usual quiet mountain sanctuary. It’s a luxury getaway that provides a spectacular setting for you to relax, rejuvenate, and rediscover yourself.

this resort has been featured by some local bloggers including my friend, chyng.  i did called their reception and checked if there were rooms available and there were vacancies.  a special rate was offered by the receptionist as i checked-in wherein an overnight accommodation included an a’ la carte breakfast, a complimentary 15 minute massage, P300 worth of fiesta match play in their casino and free wi-fi.  just take note that they will require you a refundable P3000 damage fee which can also be used for any charges you acquire during your stay in the resort.

they also have an infinity pool and an outdoor jacuzzi.  i took a dip in this pool at night-time and enjoyed a scenic view of the manila skyline.

there is a pool bar beside the infinity pool where i sang my heart out (i did, haha!) with their free use of videoke.

the room i stayed in was cozy and spacious but i think they have to ‘upgrade’ their television set.  after staying at oakwood premier, i will never forget a suite with three lcd televisions!

a distinct asian fusion cuisine is served at koi, one of the resort’s restaurants.  i had vegetarian penne and pizza (i had to remove the pepperoni, and did i just said asian cuisine? lol!) for lunch, fudge chocolate cake for dessert, tofu with mix veggies for dinner and daing na bangus and sunny side-up eggs for breakfast.

it was surely an indulging escape to stay even just overnight at thunderbird, my parents did not even know i was there until i told them the next day when i went back home – good thing they don’t use facebook, haha!

punta de fabian

i was looking for a place to visit last week near our home in rizal so i searched the net for resorts in the vicinity and i found punta de fabian, a resort within a hilltop in the town of baras.

going to punta de fabian takes about an hour and a half drive east from the metro.  the 3-hectare resort offers the amenities needed for a short weekend stay that includes a restaurant, poolside & scenic deck bar, wi-fi internet access and a videoke bar.

there were a number of people who were staying at the resort when i was there.  a private conference was also ongoing for the resort is also ideal for business matters like team building, meetings and  banquets.

the guest rooms have terraces where one can enjoy a scenic view of laguna de bay.  the room rate includes a set breakfast for two but do not expect too much on the food that they serve though for they offer very few choices.  i ate bangus steak and pancit for dinner and daing na bangus for breakfast (i almost turned into a milkfish, lol!) for as i have said there was not too much to choose from their menu.

the resort staff is friendly and that comes out naturally for people who are originally from rizal.  they have this distinct tone when they speak tagalog like the ones from bulacan.

you can visit their website at .