Subic Roadtrip

It’s been a while since I last posted something here. That means I have not been anywhere since my last getaway. At last I am able to get out and have two days off to rest.

The place in  mind was Subic. It was only a few hours drive from the city, with lots of resorts to choose from, with restaurants everywhere, plus the beach. Perfect.

The planning part began with searching for a place to stay in. After sorting all possible options, my friend and I decided to reserve rooms at Sheavens Seafront Resort. I’d go into details later on. There was not much plan about how our weekend would go, so we just thought of going to the beach and exploring whatever activities were in SBMA.

On Saturday morning, we were already off to Subic around 9am. At 12, we were in SBMA to have our lunch before we head to Olongapo where Sheavens is located. The resort was about 15-20 minutes from SBMA.

Sheavens’ check in time is 1pm. We are given a room on the 3rd floor. It’s a Deluxe room good for two persons that is P2,250.00 for an overnight stay. Compared to resorts located inside SBMA, this one is definitely less expensive. Of course, the quality differs. I actually expected more than what we got in our room, but it’s fine, anyway.

A walk along the beach in the afternoon and a few minutes of dip in the cool waters are relaxing. Note that Sheavens is a seafront resort. There’s not much shoreline left during high tides. So if you wish to enjoy sandbathing, it’s best to walk through the long beach a few meters from the resort. In the morning, though, shoreline is visible and walkable all the way to the rocks not too far from Sheavens.

At 5pm we were on our way  back to SBMA to meet my sister and her friend who took the bus from Quezon City to Subic. They came just in time for dinner. We had dinner at Xtremely Xpresso along Dewey Avenue in SBMA. It is a cafe and restaurant that offers a wide variety of European style dishes. We spent almost two hours munching on pizza and pasta. If you so decide to dine there on a weekend, be sure to come a little early so you can be seated right before your stomach growls in hunger. We waited for 20-30 minutes before we get our seat. Following that, we went back to the resort to finalize the next day’s plan and rest.

It was already midday when we woke up and went to the beach. Again, there was not much to do except for the boat and jetski rides, which we did not try. So swimming was the only choice. After that we went on to have our breakfast at the resort resto. While the food was pricey, the serving was generous. The only thing I found in their menu to be below P200 was plain pancakes. I assure you, however, that their meals will leave you full.

Great view for a morning swim

 

Our breakfast at Sheavens

When we checked out at 11am, the plan was to go directly to Zoobic Safari, then Go Kart. Zoobic Safari, as stated in their website, is the only tiger safari in the Philippines. If you truly are an animal lover, this is a place you should not miss to visit when in Subic. For an entrance fee of P499, a tour of the whole place, with tour guide plus the tram ride, you’re in for some close encounter with different animals. Attractions, among others, inlcude Bird Walk, Serpentarium, Croco Loco, Savannah and Tiger Safari where you ride a closed jeepney as tigers move around and get close to you if you have a chicken as bait.

I have ornithophobia. I did not enjoy this part of the tour really. haha

 

At the entrance. Wild animals not out in the wild. 😦 I sincerely think these tigers are harmless, though.

The whole tour can last for about two and a half hours.

Croco Loco. No, they were not hungry. They were releasing too much heat from their bodies.

Caged. We rode in this jeepney to see tigers walking freely in their little turf. We were caged, literally.

 

We skipped the animal parade, though, and headed back to SBMA proper. It was getting late and the plan to go go-karting was next. We were supposed to go to Le Man’s Go Kart, but were surprised to find out that it’s no longer in operation. It used to be in front of Subic Bay Yacht Club. When we got there, it was an empty lot. Many had changed since I last went to Subic. I just never expected that we’d miss that go kart ride. 😦

Before we finally head home, we did some last minute shopping for pasalubong. Duty Free shops are everywhere. Yey! Now it’s time to go home, back to our usual busy lives in the city. The weekend ended too quickly.

Guess this is my last local trip for this year (but I hope not). Please be nice to me 2012 and give me more loooong weekends and holiday trips. 😀

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