Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa

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Princesa Garden Islands Resort & Spa in Palawan redefines luxury living

Are you looking for a place where you can completely escape the city life that lacks excitement and variety?

Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa, this city’s newest hotel resort, might just have the all-embracing period of recreation you’re looking for.

Located in Barangay Bancao-Bancao, right in the heart of Palawan’s capital Puerto Princesa City, the only five star island hotel resort and spa offers you and ardent holidaymakers a “slice of paradise” and an extraordinary break from the monotony of work in the country’s “Last Frontier.”

Marketing Communications Associate Kareen Gonzales said as “the only five star resort in this city,” Princesa Garden Island offers potential clients “a wide array of amenities and services that are guaranteed to make anyone’s stay unforgettable.”

“Our place is Asian-themed. You can see in the details how we built the hotel resort following the contemporary Balinese style which is a well-liked Asian tropical architecture, by combining it with natural materials and craftsmanship of the local people that can be found in abundance here in Puerto Princesa,” she said.

Princesa Garden Island offers 78 luxurious rooms that include an exclusive stand-alone assemblage of water cabanas overlooking the picturesque city bay and the grandiosity of the coastal scenery.

Gonzales said the water cabanas are a first of its kind in Puerto Princesa that feature spacious wooden decks with daybeds that have canopies for sunbathing, separate outdoor jet pools, exclusive in-ocean reception areas, and a cloistered lounge where guests can take it easy with light snacks and cool thirst quenchers.

Other room accommodations are located at the three-storey main hotel called the Harbor Wing. Here, each has a wide veranda, or roofed platform that offers a breathtaking view of the infinity pool and turquoise ocean. Several high-end room accommodations also have open-air Jacuzzis on the sundeck.

Guests who wish to stay on the ground floor rooms, on the other hand, have direct access to Princesa Garden Island’s six opulent infinity pools.

For those looking for outdoor activities, the resort will eventually offer a mangrove tour on a kayak, snorkeling and other water sport activities. The sand and sky glisten in the area, and anyone wishing to just commune quietly with nature can do so.

They can also indulge on international cuisines served at three restaurants in the resort: the Golden Elephant Seafood Village that serves Asian food, the Tomato and Basil near the pools for gastronomic Italian dishes, and the Rice Restaurant that serves popular Oriental dishes and various International carte du jour.

When the hotel resort finally and fully opens before the end of the year, it will also have a Floating Bar near a sandbar, where guests can unwind and enjoy as the day unwinds with a glorious sunset over the bay.

Travelers, who can’t do away with their relaxing reflexologies and rubdowns, will be pampered by Princesa Garden Island’s Hilot Spa Village, managed by its friendly masseuse.

With the opening of this new hotel resort in Puerto Princesa, it now has the capacity to offer tourists and guests the opportunity to escape completely, and collect wonderful memories.

Honda Bay Islands Sunset…

Here are five photos collected from that day I staked out Honda Bay so I can take a picture of the Chinese fishing vessel intercepted within the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal in the contested West Philippines Sea and its cargo of over 500 poached endangered Green Sea and Hawksbill turles from another side of Palawan.

The Sino captain and his 10 other crewmen were intercepted May 6, but the fishing vessel was only successfully tugged to Honda Bay by the PNP Maritime SBU on the morning of May 10. That’s like almost 5 days of waiting and waiting…

The only consolation was capturing the sun as it sets on the horizon.


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Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi

An hour’s ride from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi in Pahang rising some 2,500 feet above sea level. It’s the closest one, who has never been to France, can get to experience a little bit of the lifestyle of the French people.

Colmar Tropicale, located in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, is a replica of a collection of buildings from a north-eastern village in France dating back to the 16th Century. The French themed resort was opened in July 2000. It’s surrounded by tropical forest land.

The theme hotel is made up of eight blocks of architectural wonder, each with its unique style, from its colourful roof tiles to cobblestone ground. The hotel has several outlets, where you can dine in the French way. Central to the village is Colmar Square where the aroma of the blooms will tantalise your senses. There are fountains and park benches in the square for relaxation after a hard day’s work browsing in the 17 theme shops, or should one wish to take a breather from participating in the various activities. The drawbridge reminiscent of ancient castles, clock tower with an original cuckoo bird clock, and the viewing tower complements the ambience.

That’s according to Wikipedia 🙂 I had to Google because when I was there, there was no chance to talk to someone and ask how it came to be without disturbing the need for me to take photos everywhere I turn.

The place is so wonderful!

Hotel Centro: After Summer Specials and UR Holidays!

FOR MANY travelers, the basic need to take a trip only peaks when the leaves of summer roll and when the wind begins to bluster freely over serene turquoise sea waters. Undeniably, it is the time of the year that has always been associated with sunshiny liberty and time off from the monotony of urban life.

But of course, and in this day and age when many also do not have bendable enough lifestyle to cherry-pick their ideal travel, the superlative vacation depends on the type of itinerant and the brand of experience he or she requires.

Hotel Centro is Puerto Princesa City’s top-notch hotel.

Traveling during the rainy season has its setbacks, all right. However, it also has advantages, especially if one enjoys leisurely journeys and does not mind stopping a few days to relish the fresh and lush environment, and the sweet smell of the terrain after the rain has washed off dust and lint that have accumulated during the period of dry weather.

The good thing about it is that there are a few travelers to put a strain on your vacation, and affordable deals are available, allowing one to stretch funds to splurge and perhaps stay a bit longer. It is also not scorching for those who shun exposure to too much sunlight, and rain is magical as it adjusts the perspective to think of an opportunity for the family to have quality time indoor in a different place

Fortunately, Puerto Princesa City in the province of Palawan welcomes visitors 365 days a year without let up, and with a plethora of attractive destinations and activities even when the rain is bucketing down.

When sunny vacation is not possible, No. 1 and top-notch Hotel Centro offers “After Summer Specials and UR Holiday” tour bundles that give the chance for travelers to know a different personality of the city when the clouds breeze in.

“There is no reason why travelers cannot enjoy a good vacation in Puerto Princesa even when it’s wet and damp. Each season has its advantages and disadvantages; what is important is that regardless where we want to go, we can knit experiences that will expand our individual and family perspectives. Hotel Centro is here to help travelers to get the best experiences at whatever time of year with its irresistible after summer offerings,” says hotel manager Kharla Luneta.

Hotel Centro lobby comfortably welcomes guests and visitors with large cozy upholstered seats designed for the ultimate traveler.

For P1,488 per person, per night on weekdays, Hotel Centro’s After Summer Special! offers an overnight stay in a superior room with a splendid buffet breakfast for two at the spacious Expressions Cafe that has a special view of its laid-back pool garden. It has airport transfers; available discounts on all F&B outlets, and the Whizza Spa, where one can expect to be treated with a calming experience that knows no rain or summer. If families are traveling with children, Hotel Centro offers two kids, 11 years old and below, free of charge if sharing bed with adults. Luneta said the deal will make it easier for families on a tight budget to plan their vacation and relish Puerto Princesa at its best during the wet season.

UR Holidays is Hotel Centro’s holiday brand. It also has After Summer UR Holiday Specials customized for holidaymakers who are too busy to think of the nitty-gritty of trip arrangements and outline descriptions of the activities they can do.

For P7,228 per person, the UR Holidays All Inclusive offers a 3 days/2 nights stay on twin sharing at Hotel Centro, complete with daily buffet at Expressions Café, where each meal is a celebration of love for life. All Inclusive means holidaymakers can have a tour of three special sites in the city: the PPUR for a wondrous discovery of its naturally-hollowed out place in Cabayugan, Honda Bay for island hopping and seawater exploits, and the City Tour.   One does not leave Puerto Princesa without fully exploring its reachable island stops in Honda Bay off the Sta. Lourdes fishing community. Starfish, Cowrie, Pandan islands, and Luli Island should not be missed under slight rain showers.

For guests and visitors who like to engage in delightful gastronomic journeys, Hotel Centro’s Expressions Cafe is the best place to look for exciting meals.

The UR Holidays Underground River Tour with Beach Excursion brings a minimum booking of two persons at P6,888 per pax to a 3 days/2 nights stay in a Deluxe Room on twin sharing, a guaranteed Underground River Tour, and a Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa day tour at Sitio Sabang on their second day. While there, they can visit the subterranean river, use the swimming pool, jacuzzi and other selected amenities, gain free access to Sheridan’s Sports Bar, and one hour free use of non-motorized aqua sports, such as kayaking.

The UR Holidays Island Excursion is the best tour bundle Hotel Centro has for those who particularly love sand, sea and sky on the islands. At P5,888 for minimum bookings of two persons for 3 days/2 nights, a Deluxe Room is offered on twin sharing, and a grand tour of the Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa on their second day. At Dos Palmas, travelers who own the package can enjoy the use of the playground for their kids, ocean kayaks, snorkeling equipment, recreation centers, and swimming pool among others to mark a striking retreat.

The UR Holidays Kamia Bay Excursion, on the other hand, offers 3 days/2 nights stay for a minimum booking of two persons for a Deluxe Room sharing at Hotel Centro. This is topped with a tour on the second day of their stay of Kamia Bay Resort named after the Tiotangco sisters (daughters of the owner of Hotel Centro), Katrina, Michelle and Angela. While at the bay resort, guests who have availed of the excursion package will be treated to a picnic lunch, use of resort cabanas, floating lightweight wood anchored in the water, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, eco-tour activity, and travel insurance.

Located 7-10 minutes away from the airport, the first-class urban city center Hotel Centro perfectly fits any discerning traveler who opts for places to stay that counterparts Puerto Princesa’s mesmerizing natural environment and vastness.

As a premiere converging point and epicenter of all business, social and leisure events requiring accommodations and top facilities, staying at Hotel Centro is convenient as it is just several minutes away from exciting sights like Honda Bay Islands and the Palawan Wildlife Refuge and Rescue Center (PWRRC), where large aquatic tetrapods can be viewed just about up close and personal. From the PPUR, it is just an hour’s drive.

Hotel Centro boasts 111 guest rooms that have the stylish functionality of home since they are outfitted with facilities that ensure utmost comfort and convenience for the business and leisure vacationer.

For travelers who love to engage in delightful gastronomic journeys, Hotel Centro is the absolute place for discriminating palates with its three food and beverage outlets that propose a variety of a la carte fares and thirst-quencher concoctions: the Expressions Café, Soul Pool Bar and the exclusive Sicily Club Lounge.

As a convention and conference destination, the hotel built a facility specifically for this purpose. Its Hotel Centro Meeting & Conference Center has 5 conference venues that can accommodate gatherings from 50 to 300 persons.  For outdoor events, like weddings, anniversaries, or any type of events, its sprawling Centro Garden is ideally fitted for up to 200 persons.

Hotel Centro in Puerto Princesa also offers amenities such as swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi, spa for rejuvenation and relaxation, Atletico Fitness Center at the lobby for guests who love to keep fit, business center, and a souvenir shop for pasalubong, 24-hour in-room dining services, handicap accessible rooms and non-smoking rooms.

Get this cool drink at Hotel Centro’s Soul Pool Bar…

Guests who travel with scanty wardrobes need not worry for the hotel offers laundry and dry cleaning services that put them first and make their stay as hassle-free as possible.

To keep traveling light and easy, Hotel Centro has an impressive travel and business concierge services that can take care of everything for its guests, including air travel, transfers, excursions, entertainment and so much more.

With all these sensational travel deals Hotel Centro offers, you can let the rain kiss your next after summer journey to Puerto Princesa sweetly, and collect wonderful memories to cherish with your friends or family.

HDR Here, There ‘n Everywhere


Posting here six of my latest high dynamic range works to pass the time and to sort of bust the horrible feeling that’s been polishing me off since I went home from a super wonderful model shoot before lunch time.

Talk about groovelers… uy!

Sometimes, I just really want to ignore my Facebook because I cannot stand the insincerity of “status posts” I read from certain people — most of them, unfortunately, sycophants.

Old HDRs

Here’s sharing some of the high dynamic range (HDR) photos I edited in the past. I like to check them out once in a while to recognize the differences — see where I’ve improved and see what’s taking long behind. I’ve taken an online HDR workshop last year, and really learned from that. But I’ve learned more from some friends along the way.

Chiaroscuro+Amorsoloesque Photo Editing Techniques


This photo of a little girl in tutu used the treatments Chiaroscuro and Amorsoloesque.

I did a bit of photo processing tonight mixing the Chiaroscuro and Amorsoloesque techniques I recently learned from attending the workshop of Maricris Fabi Carlos.

The Chiaroscuro in art is the employment of “strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.”

As a technical term, it is used by “artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human body.”

I’m not sure I understand that fully, but anyway, I love the outcome of this photo I edited a while ago. Further, Google-d (hahaha!) writings about it say “similar effects in the lighting of cinema and photography are also often called Chiaroscuro.”

In a recent blog, I already explained about Amorsoloesque, a technique I love because of the painting appearance that comes out of my photos after I have edited them. Below is the sample of that — a photo of two little girls in tutu get ups shot in a park in Las Piñas, Manila last April 28.


Going back to Chiaroscuro, it is said to have “originated in the Renaissance period as a drawing on colored paper” where the artist worked from the paper’s base tone towards light using white gouache, and towards dark using ink, bodycolour or watercolour.”

“These in turn drew on traditions in illuminated manuscripts, going back to late Roman Imperial manuscripts on purple-dyed vellum. Such works used to be called “chiaroscuro drawings”, but are more often described in modern museum terminology by such formulae as “pen on prepared paper, heightened with white bodycolour”. Chiaroscuro woodcuts began as imitations of this technique. When discussing Italian art, the term is sometimes used to mean painted images in monochrome or two colours, more generally known in English by the French equivalent, grisaille. The term early broadened in meaning to cover all strong contrasts in illumination between light and dark areas in art, which is now the primary meaning.

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I’m just practicing and practicing so I won’t forget the workflow we were given after the workshop. Mixing both takes a long time, but that’s all right because if you followed the workflow correctly, you can really come out with good edited photos 😉

Foodie Trippin’

I’ve been doing a lot of food photography lately for some friends in my city to promote their businesses. That’s kind of cool since it helps advertise what I do 🙂 Ok “advertise” is not a term I really wanted to use — it’s like I’m peddling something, and I’m not.

I just do this for special friends 😉


DJ Kool Loca’s slushes available at Robinson’s Place-Palawan. Love the yellow one, it’s lemonade. Tall one is Red Iced Tea, it’s also cool. All these three are cool!


Something smells like good coffee at Hotel Centro, Puerto Princesa.


Green Mango with Bagoong, or shrimped paste sauteed in garlic, onion and tomato at Dang Maria’s during my goddaughter Georj’s christening. The place is not open like a resto, but it accepts special events for small groups. Dang Maria’s is located in Barangay Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City.

The first photo already has my newly-made watermark. The two ones still have the old one. Anyhow, those are just some of my food trippin’ lately.