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Monday, May 12, 2014

Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant Opens in Mega Mall

Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant Opens in Mega Mall


Hey Eats-A-Daters! Next time you visit SM Megamall with your friends and loved ones, be sure to dine at the newly opened Vikings Buffet Restaurant located at the New Mega Fashion Hall! 

I've heard so many raves about this place due to its affordability and wide array of well loved international dishes. During my visit, I must say I was pretty overwhelmed with the countless food choices from appetizers, succulent meats, traditional dishes, confections and even beverages. I must say that Vikings seem to offer more variety compared to the other hotel buffets I've visited. 

They were all very tempting of course, but I knew tasting each one of them that night won't be possible so what I did was, I got the ones which I thought was worth my tummy space.

Taking photos was a bit of a challenge that night as the place was packed with a lot of folks who were on a food picking spree. Allow me to show you some of the dishes and treats I found:


canapes


Tapas Bar

Filipino Favorites

Fresh Seafood

The Craving Station

Of course, since I'm a big fan of Sushi and Sashimi, the Japanese station was my most visited that night....



If you're also a fan of Japanese food, you'll never be disappointed if you dine at Vikings!

Another great thing about Vikings in that their prices are way affordable than the ones offered by hotels! Imagine a luxury buffet with over 200 dishes ranging only around P688 on weekdays and  P1088 on weekends per head? Panalo! 

The only downside which I see would be that since the place is always full, expect a lot of noise from chatting customers and rowdy kids.So if your aim is to have a peaceful, quiet, formal type, intimate family dinner, then Vikings may not be suitable for you. But if you're the type who loves fiesta feasts and casual dining with people you feel most comfortable with, then I highly recommend Vikings as a venue for all your celebrations!




Vikings SM Megamall
4th Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, Bldg. D,
SM Megamall, Julio Vargas
cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong, Philippines



Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant Opens in Mega Mall

Friday, March 7, 2014

Puerto Galera On A Budget: A Realistic Guide For Your Next Puerto Galera Weekend Getaway!



It sure is great to be back in Puerto Galera again this year for the Malasimbo Festival. This is our 2nd time to cover this prestigious  musical event and I believe like our annual Baguio visit for the Panagbenga festival, attending the Malasimbo Festival will now be included in our annual MUST-VISIT-PLACES.
#Malasimbo2014


This year, we were able to find a very decent and affordable resort called Simon's Heritage Resort which is situated near (1 minute short walk) the white beach area through Agoda.com.



It has been more than 10 years since I last stayed at the White Beach and I'm quite surprised with the changes and improvements. The White Beach area now has more restos, resorts and expats who have made Puerto Galera their home.

Before, I thought the white beach area wasn't good to visit anymore but look at this.....


..... seems like the people were able to maintain its majesty after all! =)

So after that relaxing weekend we had, allow me to give you our tips and our realistic afforadable budget estimate to serve as your guide if you wish to visit Puerto Galera soon!


HOW TO GET THERE:

From Manila, go to JAM LINER Bus Terminal located along Edsa near Kamuning. Take the bus bound to BATANGAS PIER. Fare cost is P175 /head

When you arrive at the Pier, look for the booth of MINOLO SHIPPING LINES (well respected local shipping company) and buy boat tickets bound to WHITE BEACH AREA.

fares: P270/head one way or P500/head round trip! (we suggest you purchase roundtrip to save more.)

expect either of the 2.....
1. the boat will dock at Puerto Galera town proper and you'll be provided with a free shuttle ride to White Beach

or

2. The boat will  dock directly at White Beach.

.....Either way, don't worry coz you'll definitely reach white beach ok?


WHERE TO STAY:

If you're traveling to Puerto Galera on a budget, we highly recommend you stay at Simon's Heritage Resort. It may not be located at the beach front, but you only need to walk like a minute or two. We were able to book a very decent air-conditioned room with our own toilet and bath inclusive with breakfast for only P1900 per night!

Simon's Heritage Resort
The staff is so warm and friendly!

We highly recommend Simon's Heritage Resort because of the ff:

1. Affordable yet you get a very decent room +towels and basic toiletries are already provided
2. Safe
3. Includes a very decent breakfast
4. Only 1 minute away from the beach front
5. Staff is very warm and accommodating!

Pool area

As said a while ago, we stayed in one of their basic air-con rooms due to limited availability. If you want to stay in a room with cable tv and heater, you may opt to book in one of their Premier Rooms for only P2,100/night (inclusive of breakfast for 2)!

Their new premier deluxe rooms (P2,100/night)
our room was very similar to this except it didn't have any tv

our bathroom was very similar to this except it didn't have any heater
rates are inclusive of breakfast!


Ok, let us give you a summary on the budget you need for your Puerto Galera Budget Trip for 2:


Fares: 
   Manila-Batangas Pier via Jam Liner: P175 x 2 = P350
   Batangas Pier to Puerto Galera
      via Minolo Shipping Lines           : P500 x 2  = P1,000 (roundtrip)
   Environmental Fees                           : P50 x 2   =  P100

Accommodations:
   Simon's Heritage Resort
      for 2 nights inclusive of breakfast : P1,900 x 2 = P3,800

Food:
   Day 1
      Lunch : P 150 x 2 = P300
      Dinner: P 150 x 2 = P300

   Day 2
      Breakfast: free at resort
      Lunch: No need to have lunch as Breakfast is already very filling
      Dinner: P 150 x 2 = P300

   Day 3
      Breakfast: free at resort

      Check-out time: 11:30am

      Boat Ride from White Beach back to Batangas Pier (already paid in Day 1. Just be sure to present your paid ticket and visit the Minolo Shipping Lines booth located in front of VM Resort/Resto by the beach to confirm your date and time of departure)

      Bus from Batangas Pier to Manila: P175 x 2 = P350
    

TOTAL: P6,500  <----- for a 3 days 2 nights vacation for 2!!!!


.... of course you'll be needing pocket money to buy stuff. We suggest bringing around 1,500 so all in all, prepare a budget of around P8,000!

See you in Puerto Galera!

Click HERE to book at Simon's Heritage Resort via Visit Agoda.com


Simon's Heritage Resort:
Globe nos.09159688819 & 09279625398/
Smart no.09183578839/
Sun no.09436336398

email Jon at simonsheritageresort@yahoo.com.ph
like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simonsheritage

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