11/29/2014

STILTS Calatagan - A Touch of Tranquility in Calatagan, Batangas!

People often wonder where they could find a place where they could totally relax; a place where one could be close to nature, a place where they could destress and find peace. Stilts Calatagan is just exactly that, or maybe even more! 

Stilts Calatagan is approximately 150km from Manila or 3 hours away from Manila to the beautiful town of Calatagan, Batangas via Tagaytay-Nasugbu-Calatagan. 

What we also appreciated about Stilts was the fact that they are PET FRIENDLY. So, we took our fur babies along with us to this amazing destination. 

When we arrived, welcome drinks awaited their guests. Guest can stay for a night using their blissful cottages or they can just stay for a day as a day tripper.

The attractive walkway to the reception welcomes every visitor and already creating the mood of a blissful oneness with nature. The entrance alone made us know that we had made the right decision to stay at STILTS. 

When the tide is low at the beach, you can still enjoy your time in their swimming pool .They have a kiddie and adult pool. The life guard is also very visible in the area. 

Check in time was at 2:00pm and while we were waiting for our room to be available, we just lounged and relaxed in their spacious dining area. I enjoyed how open it was and yet hugged by these ancient trees surrounding you. 

Since we have our pets with us, this place was a perfect dining area for us. And the view was just spectacular. What more could we ask for! 

I was really amazed when I saw the beach and the fine white sand of Calatagan Batangas. STILTS has maintained its cleanliness and since we have dogs, this was a perfect place for them to run around. 


We stayed in a cottage like this. It's called PLEASURE. This was the farthest beach front cottage which was ideal since we have the pets with us and they were able to treat the beach in front as their own to stretch their legs.


Inside the room was very clean and minimal. You won't think that this is what's inside the cottage. It's pretty and the predominance of white with a touch of natural green from the potted plants creates a feeling of spaciousness.

There are no TV's in all of their rooms. It's nice to be away from it sometimes. Put all your gadgets away and just enjoy your time and let STILTS show you the real BLISS! 




They also have this mini pavillion in the middle of the Harmony Beach. I could just imagine how beautiful your wedding could be here at STILTS. 


Me, just imagining getting married in a sarong style. Lol.


The place was just beautiful. Pictures are not enough to explain how overwhelmed I was to be at STILTS. It's calm, peaceful, serene, and so much more!


When it's low tide it gets really low. And what a better way to enjoy that was to take a walk with our dogs along the long stretch of beach. Your pets would surely love this walk. Of course it is still advisable to put them on a leash but if you think you have the beach to yourselves, try to unleash and let them run free! 



Aside from the beautiful scenery you see here at STILTS, you will also find a different type of accommodation for people to experience. That is their floating cottages. They have 8 rooms available depending on your sleeping and space requirements. 


If you plan to stay in any of these floating cottages, better reserve ahead of time as they are normally fully booked. 


What is so nice staying in a beach front cottage was you can just relax and sun bathe right in front of your doorstep. 


And when the tide is high, the water is so calm like you have a natural infinity pool. The natural barrier corals/ rocks are stop the waves from coming ashore creating the calmest beach I have seen. 


Tummy was cramping and it was time for us to check on their menu. Since we practice a Low Carb High Fat way of eating or BANTING, we were so happy that they have a Healthy Living choice. Their menu was pretty good and they have servings good enough for two. 


BAHAY KUBO Salad - Php 145.00

Squid Calamari - Php 200++

Oven Baked Eggplant - Php 120.00

Lumpiang Hubad - Php 260.00

Breakfast was already inclusive. Lunch and Dinner are ala carte. 

Another unique feature you will find here at STILTS are the hundreds of quotations that can be found hidden throughout the beautifully landscaped gardens of the resort. I was told that these are the quotations taken from books loved by the owner.











Stilts has three different beaches: Harmony Beach where we stayed and where most of the cottages can be found; Destiny Beach where the Cabanas and Pavilion are located, and the Serenity Beach where Tree Cottage and another picnic area are located. 

This one is the Serenity Beach. 


The Tree Cottage located at the Serenity Beach. 















The Harmony Beach. 



Although there were times where it was overcast, but nature let us witness the beautiful Calatagan sunset. Mesmerizing!



On our last day, the dogs and I decided to run for one more time on the beach. Oasis, our adopted dog really loved the experience since this was her first time on the beach. 


They love chasing each other on the sea grass when it was low tide. 


Whisky was not even scared of the water at all. We went to so many friendly beaches before but due to strong waves, dogs can't really swim properly. The calm waters at STILTS was just perfect for the dogs and for us too! 


More images of the Floating Cottages at STILTS Calatagan. 








Thank you STILTS for letting us feel what BLISS truly feels like. I would like to commend your friendly staff for their warm hospitality and that Longanisa we had at breakfast was delicious! 

We were really happy that we spent our short holiday here at STILTS. Truly a home away from home!


ROOM WE STAYED: PLEASURE

Cost Per Night: Php 5490.00

Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights

Total Bill: Php 13,000.00 ++ . That included our drinks, lunches, and dinners.

Website: http://www.stiltscalataganbeachresort.net


11/21/2014

MILES FOR JEREMIAH, “Run for Love, Hope and Joy”

           Early this year, the Pinoy Aspiring Runners celebrated their 1st Anniversary helping the abandoned elders from the Anawim Foundation. This 2015, as they celebrate 2nd Anniversary, I am very excited to inform you that another foundation will again benefit in this worthy event organized by the Pinoy Aspiring Runners (PAR). And I would like to invite all of you to take part in this worthy cause. 

          One in four little girls will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime. But as sobering as the statistics are, they don’t begin to speak to the darkness and grief experienced by these victims. Because this traumatic experience causes physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual pain, victims need clear help, hope, and healing.





          This coming January 11, 2015, Pinoy Aspiring Runners will mark its 2nd anniversary by affiliating with Jeremiah 33:6-7 Foundation to create the event Miles for Jeremiah.   



           All proceeds of this run for a cause will go directly to the foundation who is a non-profit, non-sectarian group of volunteers dedicated to serving and loving God by reaching out to and serving child victims of sexual abuse. The Foundation serves girls who are five (5) to eighteen (18) years old.

Event Date: January 11, 2015 Sunday
Event Venue: CCP Complex
Event Distances:  3Miles / 6Miles / 10Miles
Registration Fees and Inclusions: 
                                               10 Miles - PHP800 | Singlet, Bib, Medal, Finishers Shirt
      6 Miles -  PHP650 | Singlet, Bib, Medal
                 3 Miles - PHP550  | Singlet, Bib, Medal


I finally received my own singlet so I tried it on and ran with it. And all I can say was it is one of the most comfortable singlet I've ever worn. I love the feel of it and how it contoured on to my body perfectly. 








Help make a difference!  Register on MILES FOR JEREMIAH and help give the victims their first step toward finding brighter and safer futures away from violence and abuse and see how the grace of God can heal the broken and restore the disgraced. We will let these children know that they have a choice that they have hope and they are loved.




                                       
Registration Venues:
                                 GARMIN - 3F Glorietta 5
                                 OLYMPIC VILLAGE - SM North EDSA, 2F Main Bldg
                                 MIZUNO - SM Mall of Asia
                                 MIZUNO - SM Megamall
Contact Details:
                                 0927 4867376
                                 0927 6872757
                                 02 565 5433

To learn more about JEREMIAH 33:6-7 Foundation, 
please check the following links: