Las Casas Bataan and Mt. Samat side trip

Rain or shine, even if it is a typhoon Karen weekend, nothing can stop our new travel group (Lakwatserong Barat) in pushing thru our month long planned day tour to Bataan. We left Manila around 6am and arrived in Bataan around 9am, it was raining hard the whole 3 hour drive  and we were thankful… [Continue Reading]

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Foot Zone Day Spa

Lately, I’ve been working out too hard and pampering my body has become a least priority. I got a surprise invite from Foot Zone Day Spa to check out their spa and services; of course I didn’t have second thoughts and accepted it as I think I really need and deserve a good massage! 🙂… [Continue Reading]

Foot Zone Day Spa

Prado Farms at Lubao Pampanga

Three City Girls, One Weekend at the Farm – Prado Farms, Lubao Pampanga. Escaping one usual work day (…TGIF!), we headed north… after a 2-hour drive from Manila; we finally reached our destination – Prado Farms. Arrived around 1pm, a bit early for the standard check-in at 2pm, we were not happily welcomed by the… [Continue Reading]

Prado Farms at Lubao Pampanga

Belmont Hotel Manila

Learning about my brother’s immediate flight schedule to Dubai to finally work overseas, I had to think of an activity for our last family bonding and a weekend staycation was my best option. I searched for a good hotel near the airport and a friend suggested Belmont Hotel Manila which is strategically located just across… [Continue Reading]

Belmont Hotel Manila

Tagaytay-Batangas Getaway

Tagaytay-Batangas, is the quickest getaway from Manila with just a 2-3 hour drive and you’ll instantly get out of the busy city. Usually, a day tour or even just a few hours trip to Tagaytay-Batangas would be enough, but we decided to have 3 days & 2 nights’ family trip here. Searched for the best… [Continue Reading]

Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay

Las Casas Bataan and Mt. Samat side trip

Rain or shine, even if it is a typhoon Karen weekend, nothing can stop our new travel group (Lakwatserong Barat) in pushing thru our month long planned day tour to Bataan. We left Manila around 6am and arrived in Bataan around 9am, it was raining hard the whole 3 hour drive  and we were thankful to arrive safe.

Mt. Samat Bataan Side Trip

Mt. Samat Bataan Side Trip

First stop is Mt. Samat, on our way we encountered a road block, a big fallen tree was blocking the road and so we decided to first have our breakfast. Good thing there’s this eat all you can resto just along the road – Ima Flora’s Pamangan which offers a buffet all day for only 200Php. Highly recommended food stop whether you just arrived in Bataan or looking for a great place to dine after your long day tour. Ima Flora’s Pamangan has a wide selection of dishes from appetizers, salads, main course to desserts, and not to mention they have very good lechon! 🙂

After our happy, super busog breakfast, we headed again to Mt. Samat, and thankfully the fallen tree was already removed. It was really a challenging tour in Mt. Samat because we were struggling in the rain with strong winds while going up the stairs and trying to reach the highest point in Mt. Samat.

Mt. Samat Bataan Side Trip

Mt. Samat Bataan Side Trip

I’m sorry for these gloomy photos, but these are all my best shots.  🙁 Anyways, it’s advisable to wear comfy shoes and clothes, wear caps/hats as it’s a long walk up to reach the Memorial Cross of Bataan National Shrine.  But once you reached the top, it’s surely a breathtaking view of Bataan and  a good spot to take some panoramic shots and of course do your unlimited photo op.




After a 2-hour stay here, we headed to the main part of our day tour and it’s a visit to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, about 40minutes drive from Mt. Samat.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Welcome to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar! An open-air museum of architectural pieces of a bygone era from different parts of the country… Las Casas Bataan will take you back to the 18th century and be amazed with noble-class mansions, wooden stilt houses, village of cobblestone streets and more.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

The Heritage Tour costs 999Php per person which includes a welcome drink, 30 minutes to 1 hour guided Heritage walking tour, use of beach area, and a cold towel at the end of the tour. Personally, I find it overpriced as the tour was really quick, there was just one tour guide handling a big group. She wasn’t able to control the crowd, not all were participating, and the mic was not properly used, very hard to listen if you’re not near the tour guide. Also, not all got a welcome drink; the pool is not the usual modern pool so we were not enticed to use it. The beach looked unsafe with the big waves and brown color water, so forget about it! I guess the only thing you can enjoy is to take a lot of great photos! 😛

Las Casas Bataan Day Tour

Las Casas Bataan Day Tour

Las Casas Bataan Day Tour

Las Casas Bataan Day Tour

If you love old houses and building structures, you will definitely enjoy this place. During the tour, you will visit around 5 houses and require removing your shoes when entering, so it’s advisable to wear comfy easy to remove shoes. Some of the floors were also wet due to the rain, so be careful with your steps.

Las Casas traditional house museum

Las Casas traditional house museum




Las Casas traditional house museum

Las Casas traditional house museum

Jose “Gerry” Acuzar, the owner of Las Casas Bataan, selected these mansions, dismantled brick by brick, transported and rebuild them here. Houses were chosen by historical, cultural and architectural value. Some notable houses – Casa Luna, Casa  Baliuag, Casa Binan, Casa Lubao and more.

Check out some photos taken during our Las Casas Day Tour…

Las Casas Day Tour

Las Casas Day Tour

Las Casas Day Tour

Las Casas Day Tour




Las Casas Bataan

Las Casas Bataan

Las Casas Bataan

Las Casas Bataan

Las Casas Bataan

Las Casas Bataan

Due to heavy rain and trying to seek cover, we stumbled in this area; I think this is one hotel room they offer, it has a view of the canal and boat docking area. We were not sure why the water was color brown but this is definitely a place for mosquitoes?! 🙁

Las Casas Hotel

Las Casas Hotel




Las Casas Bataan

Las Casas Bataan

The different grounds here at Las Casas Bataan are great spots for prenup shoots. 😀

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Bataan

Las Casas Bataan

Here are some photos of their version of “swimming pool” …not sure how they clean the water but I find it unsafe to swim due to the rocks and overall built, kids should not be left here…

Las Casas Swimming Pool

Las Casas Swimming Pool

Las Casas Swimming Pool

Las Casas Swimming Pool

In case you get tired of walking around, you can always call for a jeepney shuttle, just approach any resort attendant and they will call the shuttle for you… we rode just for the experience! Hehe!

Las Casas Jeepney Shuttle

Las Casas Jeepney Shuttle

By the way, let me formally introduce my new Travel Buddy, Brian or aka BBB! 😀 Looking forward to more new travels and new memories to share here  at TripKoLang. 😀

TKL's new travel buddy

TKL’s new travel buddy

Foot Zone Day Spa

Foot Zone Day Spa

Foot Zone Day Spa

Lately, I’ve been working out too hard and pampering my body has become a least priority. I got a surprise invite from Foot Zone Day Spa to check out their spa and services; of course I didn’t have second thoughts and accepted it as I think I really need and deserve a good massage! 🙂

Coming from Makati to San Juan, Greenhills on a Monday night, it was really a horrible traffic; our appointment was set at 8pm but we arrived around 9pm already. Good thing the staff was flexible and still accepted us even we were an hour late for the booked schedule.

Foot Zone Day Spa

Foot Zone Day Spa

We were welcomed by a lot of staff in the reception area. There was one very dedicated staff that was busy offering us to try their additional product for the massage service but without yet asking us what type of service we want and not introducing yet what services they can offer. Haha! Anyways, we were booked for a 40 minutes body massage plus a 20 minutes foot reflexology.

Foot Zone Day Spa Greenhills

Foot Zone Day Spa Greenhills

The lobby reception and hallway were very neat and creates peaceful atmosphere.  We were directed to their VIP room or Executive room, which is good for partners or couples who are looking for a private space while having their massage. The room space is just enough for 2 persons, with 2 big spa reclining beds, TV, good air-conditioning, and dim lights. Each bed had pillows, towels and Foot Zone Day Spa clothes (comfy sleepwear type).

Foot zone day spa VIP room

Foot zone day spa VIP room




Foot zone day spa VIP room

Foot zone day spa VIP room




Foot zone day spa VIP room

Foot zone day spa VIP room

We started with foot reflexology service, dipped our feet to a hot water tub, then the therapists started to do their thing – point pressure, ventosa and more.  My feet reacted on the ventosa cupping as it was my first time and maybe there was really too much stress in my body. 🙁 But overall, our feet felt clean, smooth and relaxed after the whole foot reflexology process. 🙂 Foot reflexology is Foot Zone Day Spa’s expertise and their therapists are well trained. Foot reflexology has a lot of benefits as it helps in blood circulation, stimulate nerve function, eliminates toxins, promotes deep state of relaxation, and helps relieves disorders, and more.

Foot Reflexology by Foot Zone Spa

Foot Reflexology by Foot Zone Spa

Next is our body massage with more emphasis on the back. I’m not sure if it was Shiatsu or Swedish or a combination but if you have a personal choice or request you can tell them. The whole body massage felt so good and relaxed my tensed back muscles. They also put and massage with hot towel at the end that helped remove excess massage oil.

Foot Reflexology by Foot Zone Spa

Foot Reflexology by Foot Zone Spa

We really enjoyed the whole great spa experience that Foot Zone Day Spa offered us and it’s even bitin! Hehe. The hot tea afterwards also tasted good and added to the relaxing feel. We rested for a while to savor the relaxing moment we just had. 🙂

Here are Foot Zone Day Spa’s packages and rates. Average massage services cost from Php1, 000 and up. There’s a wide selection of services and different massage combinations depending on your wants and needs.

Foot Zone Day Spa Package Rates

Foot Zone Day Spa Package Rates




Foot Zone Day Spa Package Rates

Foot Zone Day Spa Package Rates

Understanding Foot Reflexology…. 🙂

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Understanding foot reflexology

Understanding foot reflexology

Foot Zone Day Spa is located at Unit 106 (Ground floor) Richbelt Tower, 17 Annapolis St. Greenhills San Juan Metro Manila, opens from 1pm to 1am, contact nos. +027051301,+02726-7742, +63906-2616626,+639214988889.

Foot Zone Day Spa Annapolis Greenhills

Foot Zone Day Spa Annapolis Greenhills

If you are looking for a nice spa, reasonably priced but with a 5-star service, Foot Zone Day Spa is a great choice!  There’s a pretty good reason why the name is Foot Zone Day Spa, it’s simply a treat for your feet. 🙂 See you there!

Prado Farms at Lubao Pampanga

Prado Farms at Lubao Pampanga

Three City Girls, One Weekend at the Farm – Prado Farms, Lubao Pampanga. Escaping one usual work day (…TGIF!), we headed north… after a 2-hour drive from Manila; we finally reached our destination – Prado Farms. Arrived around 1pm, a bit early for the standard check-in at 2pm, we were not happily welcomed by the […]

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Belmont Hotel Manila

Belmont Hotel Manila

Learning about my brother’s immediate flight schedule to Dubai to finally work overseas, I had to think of an activity for our last family bonding and a weekend staycation was my best option. I searched for a good hotel near the airport and a friend suggested Belmont Hotel Manila which is strategically located just across […]

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Tagaytay-Batangas Getaway

Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay

Tagaytay-Batangas, is the quickest getaway from Manila with just a 2-3 hour drive and you’ll instantly get out of the busy city. Usually, a day tour or even just a few hours trip to Tagaytay-Batangas would be enough, but we decided to have 3 days & 2 nights’ family trip here. Searched for the best […]

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Mt. Maculot – Rockies: Captivating beauty!

Mt. Maculot

Here’s another friend of mine, Joy Aspacio, who had her 1st climb and wants to share with you how she bravely conquered the majestic Mt. Maculot…check out her blog! 🙂 ——————————- Trail difficulty: 3/10 MASL: 706 Days / Hours required: 1 day/ 2-3 hours Mountain facts: Mt. Maculot is one of the most popular mountain […]

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Sosro Fruit Tea

Sosro Fruit Tea

Summer this year came really early! How do you beat the summer heat then? Good thing Reddimart Multi-resources recently brought Sosro Fruit Tea from Indonesia for the Filipinos. Here’s one way to beat the summer heat – drink and #TasteTheChill of Sosro Fruit Tea available in 4 different flavors – Stroberi (Strawberry), Guava, Apple and […]

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Krispy Kreme Doughnut Emojis

Krispy Kreme Emoji Doughnut

Last weekend (20 February 2016), Krispy Kreme transformed Bonifacio High Street Activity Center to an awesome Emoji Park. Upon entrance, there’s an Emoji Photo wall with giant donuts, make your own donut booth (where we experienced dipping a donut into chocolate and candy sprinkles), an interactive game (where we tried catching falling emoji on screen […]

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Honda Bay Tour

Honda Bay Tour

Day 3 and my last package tour in Puerto Princesa and finally the day that we were allowed to get wet! 😀 I really can’t control my excitement to get in the water as the first 2 days of my tour were really a hot under the sun all day experience! Haha! Honda Bay Tour […]

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Underground River Tour

Underground River Tour

Day 2 and I have the whole day set for the underground river tour in Puerto Princesa. From the city, it was around 1.5 to 2 hours’ drive; good thing on the first half of trip, our tour guide was busy briefing us on what to expect when we get there and at the same […]

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