Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mariveles, Bataan: Hawla Beach Resort

I've been wandering for three years, and now I've decided to blog about my recent trips. I am not a professional blogger, I just want to share my travel tips and experience. 😉

Last Wednesday, we visited the hidden gem in Mariveles, Bataan - Claubel Beach Resort previously called Hawla Beach Resort for a day trip. The place is famously known as the "Mini Batanes".

(view from the top)

You have to walk for 3-5 mins to reach the beach area. Just a tip, carry everything you need before going down because of steep hill. Another tip, bring food and lots of water because the resort doesn't have a restaurant and a sari-sari store.

(beach view)

Don't expect a white sand beach to welcome you, the sand is brown but not dirty. The water is swimmable and not itchy unlike the beach in Pico De Loro.

You won't see any garbage floating around the beach, the care takers has done a good job in keeping the resort clean. Thumbs up! 👍

(top view from the other side of the hill)

Don't forget to trek uphill to see this majestic view! You have to walk and walk in the heat of the sun to see this, but it will be worth it. I have weak lungs but I won't allow myself to miss seeing this. 😉

(group picture)

Because we didn't know that there was no food around the area, we went back to Town Proper about 3kms away from Claubel Beach Resort to buy food in Jollibee(this is the only fast food restaurant in the area). Buy food beforehand to save a lot of time and energy. Remember, going up and down the hill is very tiring.

The entrance fee is affordable but they will require you to rent a cottage depending on the number of people in a group. When we went there, we we're asked to rent two cottages because we are a big group(21 pax).


Since we are a big group, we decided to rent two private vans because it's more convenient. The price of the van is 4000php excluding toll fees, gas and the driver's food.

The resort is 3-4 hours away from Metro Manila via private vehicle. If you want to know more about the resort, you can ask me via the comment section or message Claubel Beach Resort Facebook Page.

Rating: 8/10

Any hidden gem/s near Metro Manila that you know? Let me know. 😊

Kenshin Restaurant: Make your own Takoyaki!

While I was browsing for a restaurant for our monthly food trip/monthsary celebration, I bumped into this eye-catching restaurant called Kenshin Japanese Restaurant. I browsed their Facebook Page to see if this restaurant is worth a try for a special day.

Browsing through their page, I saw their famous dish, Takoyaki.

In this restaurant, you can choose between making or your own Takoyaki or have it cooked by the servers. For this day, ofcourse I chose to make it by myself. 😀

The finished look of my very own Takoyaki, made with pure love! Looks yummy! 😋 This only cost you 288PHP. Imagine having 16 legit Takoyaki Balls for only 288php! Not a rip off, and to tell you honestly the taste was really good.

We also tried other dishes such as Buta Shoga Yaki (Sauteed Pork & Veggies) for 268php and Spicy Miso Ramen for 228php. I wasn't able to take a picture of Buta Shoga Yaki because I was busy cooking my Takoyaki. Hehe! My bad. 😂

Those dishes tastes good but it was nothing special, the ramen was good but it was not as good as other Ramen Restaurants around Metro.

Overall, we enjoyed eating here and we'll definitely go back to try other dishes. 😊

Rating: 7/10

Have you tried eating here?

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