Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where to Stay in Siquijor: Coco Grove Beach Resort

To read about our experience of staying at Coco Grove Beach Resort, just click here and it will show you my other entries about this resort.  For this blogpost, let me show you our room at the resort. Our home for 4 nights in Siquijor. We stayed at the one of the Tree Top rooms. Here are my photos (taken by our Canon G12 camera).

There are 4 rooms at the Tree Top Villa

Two rooms at the first floor and then another two rooms at the second floor.

We stayed at Tree Top 3.
Our bed

View of our bed again. The are where my husband is standing is the door to the bathroom and the closet.

At one corner of the room is the TV and the refrigerator.

At the other side of the room is the seating area, just beside the entryway

These glass doors at the foot of the bed open up to a balcony

Well hello there!

At one corner of the balcony is another seating area. 

The closet. As I've mentioned before my husband loves to unpack our things so that task is delegated to him when we're on vacation.

Here's the bathroom. The shower is separate from the toilet. The shower is on the right with the curtain while the bathroom is inside those doors. 

The sink is to the right once you enter the bathroom

The toilet

The shower area

I think they also provided toothbrush and toothpaste. Bottomline is you need to bring your own toiletries. 
Tree top room is considered as an executive room with rate of P4,100 per night. I reserved the room via email and we had to pay 50% down payment through their UCPB bank account. The room rate included breakfast for two people. They charged us P800 for the round trip transfers to and fro the port. We also asked them to book our round trip ferry tickets Dumaguete-Siquijor and they charged us P530 per person (Miya was free of charge).

As evidenced by my entries, we enjoyed our stay in Coco Grove. We'll definitely stay here again if we go back to Siquijor. Maybe next time with the grannies.

Coco Grove Beach Resort
Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Where to Stay in Dumaguete: Hotel Essencia

When we went to Dumaguete last January, we stayed at Hotel Essencia. We availed of their Standard Economy room with king-sized bed. Reservations were made via email, without any advance payment. The room rate didn't include breakfast but the airport pick-up was free. Here are photos of the room (photos taken from my iPhone 5).

The king-sized bed

No windows on the wall by the bed. At the foot of the bed is a seating area and the TV.

The room had a window but it opens up to a light well. I was actually freaked out by that window. We didn't open those curtains.

You can see the bathroom from this side of the bed. It has a see through glass panel but there's a blind that you can pull down if you're shy. I think, this is perfect for honeymooners hehe. 

Another photo of the bed.

At one part of the room is the coffee station and a small refrigerator. 

The bathroom. It's pretty weird that that toilet bowl is not pushed against the wall. As in there's a gap between the toilet and the wall which was a bit weird to me. 

The lavatory and the counter. It's a pretty big counter but since the toilet is there right beside it, you can't really use that big space on the counter as you will be standing pretty tight next to the toilet. 

Measly toiletries

Shower area. See there's a blind that you can pull down to hide the bathroom from the bedroom.

The closet with a few hangers. Hangers are important to my husband as he likes to unpack his clothes and hang them up on the closet. 

For P1,200 we paid for the room, I think that's pretty right. We only stayed one night in this hotel and it pretty much gave us what we needed, a clean bed we can sleep in for the night. Their staff was very accommodating as I had to ask them a favor regarding our ferry tickets to Siquijor. It's okay that the room rate didn't have breakfast included as you can avail of that separately in their restaurant. If I remember it right, it was less than P150 per person for the set breakfast. If ever I go back to Dumaguete, I will definitely not think twice about staying in this hotel again.

Hotel Essencia
#39 Real St. corner San Juan St., Dumaguete City

Friday, June 13, 2014


Taken 10 June 2014
Miya's first day back to school. She's now on Junior Kinder level. I'm surprised she didn't want any companions inside. I stayed outside the classroom all throughout their 3-hour class. Good job, babe! I'm so proud of you. But at the same time Mommy's a bit sad knowing that you're a big girl now. You will always be my baby.

Monday, June 09, 2014

My Three Year Old

I know it's already June, I haven't had time to post this right after Miya's birthday. But I still want to do this every year for her so that we can look back and find out the things she liked when she was at this age.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Taken 31 May 2014
My daughter loves doing arts and crafts. One of the things she likes to do is painting using water color. She's not that good at it (yet), but this improves her fine motor skills. I let her use any color she wants and not mind that she's not using the "right colors".


Taken 24 May 2014
My water baby! I'm really glad Miya turned out to love the water as much as I do. We enjoy going to the beach and swimming in the pool. This photo also reminds me that I have so many blogposts to do...haaay!

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