Mercedes Bed & Breakfast, Palawan

Since most of the cheap accommodations I tried to book were already fully booked, I had no choice but to look for another one regardless of how much would it be. That’s why as soon as checked the website of Mercedes Bed & Breakfast, I immediately called the owner up and inquired if our group can be accommodated on April 28-May 01. I was so thankful for there was still an available room that we can get. Yey! Not only that, it’s just a few meters away from the airport. πŸ™‚ Upon getting Tita Ched’s BDO account, I made a deposit the next day.

puerto princesa palawanRoom # 4, our room πŸ˜‰

As per SIL’s request ~ all of us to be in one room, I reserved for the biggest room that can accommodate 6 persons. But since the room has only 2 queen-sized beds, we had to add 2 extra mattresses for P400/pax inclusive ofΒ  breakfast. Not that bad eh?

puerto princesa palawandouble queen-sized beds (P2200/night; max of 4 pax)

puerto princesa palawanaddittional 2 mattresses for P400/pc

puerto princesa palawanwith cable tv

puerto princesa palawanthe dining area: free breakfast here πŸ˜‰

puerto princesa palawana place where you can relax

puerto princesa palawanfree hotel & airport transfer

I got the chance to have a short talk with Tita Ched. She was nice as well as her family and staff. I learned that she and her husband decided to put up Mercedes Bed & Breakfast when her husband retired from work as a Civil Engineer at DPWH Palawan. One of their daughter, who is a Fine Arts graduate, helped with the interior decorating as well as designing. She has a son who is a doctor and a daughter who is a nurse. Wow?! She is the one who also prepares the breakfast. During our stay, these were our breakfast: First day ~ longganisa, tuyo, egg, slices of tomato & cucumber and rice with hot coffee/milo; Second day ~ tocino, tuyo, egg, slices of tomato & cucumber and rice with hot coffee/milo; Third day ~ tapa, egg omelet, tuyo, slices of tomato & cucumber and rice with hot coffee/milo. What can I say? MASARAP pero BITINmore rice Tita Ched, please???

puerto princesa palawanwith Tita Ched, the owner of Mercedes B&B

Mercedes Bed & Breakfast

P. Abrea Road, Puerto Princesa City

http://www.mercedesbb.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mercedes-Bed-Breakfast/116733381682512

mercedesbedandbreakfast@yahoo.com

land line #: +63-48-723-1677

mobile #: +63916-724-5220

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Snorkeling at Pambato Reef

The first time I did snorkeling was the time we had our school outing in Bohol, 6 years ago. That’s why I was kinda excited to do it again in Pambato Reef, Palawan. According to a source, Pambato Reef was accidentally discovered by a fisherman when his fish hook got entangled in the reef. When he dove into the sea to get his fish hook, he was enthralled by the beautiful things he had seen under water. From then on, the boat-owners association, where the fisherman who discovered the reef was a member, decided to make it another tourist spot in Hunda Bay.

on our way to Pambato Reef

Entrance fee of P50 per person is required. You can bring your own snorkels with you. We paid P100 for each snorkels that we rented to Allan, the owner of the van. In case that you get hungry, you can buy some snacks at the first kubo.

snacks and reminders

Second cottage: construction is on going

Upon seeing how far the snorkeling area was from the cottage, I had second thoughts of jumping into the water. OMG, I don’t know how to swim! πŸ˜₯ But since hubby lifted up my spirit and told me that my life jacket would definitely make me float (of course I know that), I jumped. Thinking how deep the water was gave me more fright! Thank God hubby finally joined me for a minute… oh well, it’s his first time that’s why he was so excited to do snorkeling and almost forgot about me. Yayayay! Moving on… After a few minutes of swimming away from the cottage, oh boy.. that was pretty hard on my part, we got to see school of fishes. πŸ™‚ Nice sight!

see how far I was from the cottage?

tiny fish

school of fish

it’s abundant in a certain area, can be reached by the feet…

why can’t I find Nemo here?!

loner ~

thanks to SIL’s underwater camera! yey! πŸ˜‰

We have only seen small fishes under water, no luck in seeing bigger fish as well as colorful fish. I didn’t see Nemo. Boo! I think this place needs to be taken care of so that the corals would become better than what they are now. Always remember not to take anything away from this place for they are not yours. πŸ™‚

List of Budget Hotels and Inns in Puerto Princesa

For the past weeks, I was so busy digging the world wide web for any hotels or inns that still have available rooms for April 28-May 01. I know how hard it is to find one for most of the hotels are fully booked on peak season and yeah… late booking. 😦 Advance booking should always be kept in mind (2-4 months early) because most of the hotels or inns can be quickly filled up. Well, after a lot of calls and emails I had done… I was able to find one. πŸ™‚

Now, after that rummage I was able to make a list of some places, that I found and contacted, where you can stay inPuerto Princesa. These hotels or inns are recommended by fellow pexers and have good reviews by travelers (you can check tripadvisor). Not only that, good for the pocket too. πŸ™‚

Note: Click the names of the hotels to view their website.

Casa Linda Inn

+63-48-4332606; +63-48-4332309

Along Trinidad Road Cor. Rizal Avenue

Balay Inato Pension

+63-48-4338595; +63-917-5901155

Along Manalo Extension/ Price Range: P1200-P1400

Hibiscus Garden Inn

+63-48-4341273; hibiscusgardeninn@yahoo.com

budget accommodationAlong Manalo extension/ Price Range: P1800-P2800

Badjao Inn

+63-48-4332180; 4332761; badjao_inn@yahoo.com

Along Rizal Avenue: no personal website

Casa Fuerte Bed & Breakfast

PLDT Manila: (02)475-6757; casafuerte@ymail.com

puerto princesaLibis Road, Brgy San Pedro/ Price Range: P1400-P2400

D’Lucky Garden Inn

+63-48- 4332719; luckygardeninn@yahoo.com

P.E.O Road/ Price Range: P790-P1790

Puerto Pension

+63-915-4068568; ppension@pldtdsl.net

Along Malvar Street/ Price Range: P845-P1495

La Charica Inn

+63-48-4342088; lacharicca@yahoo.com

Along Abad Santos/ Price Range: P1500-P2400

Ysabelle Mansion

+63-48-7230992; info@ysabellemansion.com

Along Abad Santos Ext. / Price Range: P850-P2350:

Skylight Hotel

+63-48-4347176 /4344872; support@skylighthotelpalawan.com

Along Rizal Avenue/ Price Range: P1050-P2400

PADS by Legend Hotel

+632-7022700 to 04; 63-917-7022700

Along Malvar Street/ Price Range: P1500-P2625

Tropical Sun Inn

+63-48-4336493; tropicalsuninn@yahoo.com

Along Manalo Street/ Price Range: P849-P1,999

Mercedes Bed & Breakfast

+63 -48-72316 77; mercerdesbedandbreakfast@yahoo.com

P. Abrea Street, very close to the airport/ Price Range: P1200-P2200

Bulwagang Princesa

+63-48-7231023; bulwagangprincesa_ stamonica@yahoo.com

South Nat’l Highway, Sta. Monica/Price Range: P1300-P5000

Kookabura Travel Lodge

+63-48- 4341580; +63-48-7232036; info@kookaburratravellodge.com

Along Abueg Road: Close to local beaches: Price Range: P1200-P1500

Tip: Better to give them a ring in making a reservation rather than sending them an email. πŸ˜‰

Backpackers Cozy Corner Guesthouse in Singapore

cozy corner guesthousefront of the building

Backpacker Cozy Corner Guesthouse

490 North Bridge Road,
2nd Floor,
Singapore 188736.
Tel:(65) 63396128, 62246859
Fax:(65) 63388826


Backpacker Cozy Corner Guesthouse is located along North Ridge Road, the road next to Victoria Street. Its location is really great. MRT is just a few steps away as well as bus and taxi terminals. Places to dine at night are just nearby, at Liang Seah Street. From the cheapest to the most expensive meal, you can find it there. πŸ˜‰

cozy corner guesthousehallway on the 3rd floor

cozy corner guesthousebath towels, tissue and soaps are provided

cozy corner guesthouseprivate double room, $50/night

cozy corner guesthousethe kitchen located at the 2nd floor

cozy corner guesthousefree breakfast between 7:30am – 10:30am

cozy corner guesthousebread toasters

cozy corner guesthousebutter and jam

 

Upside:

  • near the stations (train, bus, taxi)
  • food centers can be found downstairs as well as 7 11
  • nearby some places of interests: Arab Street, Bugis Mall, Marina Boulevard, Suntec
  • 24 hours open
  • hotel is secured with cameras
  • room rates are affordable
  • free breakfast between 7:30-10:30 am (coffee and toast)
  • free wifi and use of pc
  • city maps are provided
  • baggage can be leftΒ  after check-out
  • common toilets and bathrooms are clean πŸ˜‰

Downside:

  • no private toilets & bathrooms
  • the staff are not that accommodating or friendly
  • blanket provided is not that clean (ask for replacement)

Verdict: Recommended for budget travelers who only need a place to sleep. Nice play to stay and almost walking distance to most of the tourist spots in the city. We’ll definitely go back here next time. πŸ˜‰

 

Check Cozy Corner’s accommodation here. πŸ˜‰

 

Tang House in Malacca

Since we would be staying for one night only in Melaka, I looked for a place that would suit our budget. Of course, a budget accommodation along Jonker Street would be better. Through the hotel reviews of some travelers from tripidavisor.com, I was able to made a reservation at Tang House without any downpayment at all. πŸ˜‰ The owner, Mr. Tang, kept on answering all my queries through email. He’s such a nice man. πŸ˜‰

Tang House along Harmony Street

Tang House

80-1, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia/+606 283 3969/tanghouse@live.com

2nd floor: rooms can be found

budget accommodation in malaccanarrow corridor

budget accommodation in melakaa/c twin room @ RM55/night

budget accommodation in melakauniversal adapter needed for charging

budget accommodation in melakacommon toilet

budget accommodation in melakahot & cold shower

budget accommodation in melakathe kitchen at second floor: common area

budget accommodation in melakaTang House Cafe serves breakfast

 

About Tang House:

  • Wall dividers are made of wood.
  • It only has 2 common toilets with hot & cold shower.
  • No toiletries provided.
  • Not all the staff can speak/understand English.
  • Water dispenser is available meaning drinking water is free. πŸ˜‰
  • Breakfast at an affordable price is being served at the cafe.
  • Payment can be made upon check-out. No receipt.
  • Refrigerator, gas stove and microwave can be used with no charges at all.
  • Free use of computer and internet.
  • Mr. Tang (young entrepreneur) is always around.
  • Jonker Cafe is just across the guesthouse.
  • Tourists attractions are just nearby.

 

Budget Accommodations in Kuala Lumpur

Comfort Inn
No.65 Changkat Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Replica Inn
Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bintang Warisan Hotel
68 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Trekker Lodge (free wifi & breakfast)
1-1, Jln Angsoka, Off Jln Nagasari,BB
Kuala Lumpur

Green Hut Lodge (free breakfast)
48, Tengkat Tong Shin
Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Anjung KL 2 Guesthouse
No. 4, Tengkat Tong Shin
Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
(In front of Corona Inn, 2nd house on the left)

Agora Hotel
Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Radius International Hotel
51-A, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Coronna Inn (free breakfast)
Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Eighty Eight Inn
No. 2, Jalan 1/77B, Changkat Thambi Dollah
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Nova
16-22 Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Comfort Inn in Bukit Bintang, KL

If you are looking for a budget accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, you can find many of these hotels in Bukit Bintang. Comfort Inn was where we stayed. It is located at Changkat Bukit Bintang and near Bukit Bintang LRT Station as well as shopping malls and money changers. Aside from that, Jalan Alor is just a few steps away from this hotel. πŸ˜‰ Why did I choose this hotel over Replica Inn? It’s CHEAPER here. Cleanliness… CHECK! Nice Staff…. CHECK!

the seat area where you can acceptΒ  guests

you can watch tv or surf the net (free wifi)

free use of computer for emailing purposes only

a/c double room with queen-sized bed @ RM89/night

clean room + new bed sheet and comforter πŸ™‚

attached bathroom with h/c shower

tv with 4 astro channels only 😦

the view of KL Menara Tower from the window

light/aircon switch is cool πŸ˜‰

the hotel key that turns-on/off the room’s light and a/c

available drinks being sold at the hotel

Tips:

  • Reservation via email can be made without any downpayment.
  • A deposit of RM20 is required upon check-in (refundable)
  • Bring the printed booking confirmation received via email.
  • Hot water for coffee/cup noodles is available at the lobby.
  • Toiletries are provided: bath towels, tissue, soaps, shampoo & toothpaste.
  • Maps are available near the seat area.

My Verdict: Recommended for budget travelers. πŸ˜‰ Affordable rates, clean rooms and nice people!

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