Monday, 27 April 2015

Pico Sands Hotel

My family  had the chance to visit Pico de Loro  recently and we stayed at Pico Sands Hotel. Although it is still a residential and club membership facility, people like us who do not own a unit or club shares are also welcome because they also operate as hotel. No need to "crowd source" and look for friends or relatives who are members for you to be able to experience the vastness of Pico de Loro.


Getting ready to swim "agad agad"


Checking in
We arrived at 12:30 PM and was hoping for an early checking, but it was not possible. So we decided to have lunch first at Pico Restaurant. It was really hot that weekend and roaming around the area is not an option, so we really need to get a room as soon as possible.

To my dismay, we still don't have a room at 2:15 PM, but the welcome drinks they are serving to incoming guests is really refreshing and can calm down upset guests. It's a refreshing blend of calamansi with mint and ginger I think, but I really love it. After a  few glasses of this refreshing drink, we were finally given a room. yey!



We were also given waterproof wrist straps that we were supposed to wear throughout our stay to distinguished us the hotel guests (white) from the members/ member guests (yellow).




Letter of Apologies with Welcome Fruits from the Hotel Management


Our room
We stayed at the Pico Sands Hotel Superior Room with a 37 square meters with a 7 square meter balcony with one king-sized bed that can fit up to two adults and can comfortably squeezed in 2 small kids.





Do not  compare the hotel room with other business class hotel  because it is actually a resort hotel, so do not expect floor carpets  in your rooms or you will get disappointed. It's actually a condo style hotel with spacious interiors amidst the view of the mountains and a tranquil-made lagoon.The room is complete with hotel ammenities like wifi, LED TV,  towels, hygiene kits, hair dryer, mini refrigerator (no bar).

Over-all experience in  the hotel is actually relaxing and fun especially if you are with your love ones, but I think I am half-hearted and I am not really sure if I like it or not if we will consider the price.

The published rate for our Superior Room Lagoon View is Php 10,000 per night, inclusive of buffet  breakfast for two (2) is a bit expensive for me if we will be talking about the room alone. To be fair, the amount you paid for the room inlcudes the free use of their pool, access to the beach and the awesome view. Nevertheless, it is still expensive for me.


Dining
There are seven (7) restaurants that you can find inside Pico de Loro :
1. Sun Coral Cafe (exclusive for members only) 
2. Reef Bar
3. Brisa Bar (exclusive for members only)
4. Lagoa 
5. B & B All Day Snacks 
6. Pico Restaurant and Bar  


The food is just ok but nothing to rave about. But I really like the fact that you can dine in for lunch or dinner al fresco style even in your swim wear. Having a breakfast at the garden over looking the lagoon is really something to look forward to.

Looks like a scene from Diner Dash



The Pool

I really love its multi-level pool. And there is a pool for everyone from kids to the lolos and lolas. This is really a great place for families to spend their vacation.




Pico Beach

As a hotel guest, you also have an access to Pico Beach, although there are some part of it that are just exclusive for the members.



The Reef Bar - you can stay here while waiting for the sunset

Member's Clubouse. This area is exclusive for members only




Checking out
Checking out is easy. Use your SM Advantage Cards to earn points. 


Getting There   via  Ternate-Nasugbu 

1. Take Roxas Boulevard toward Cavitex toll booth. Go straight until you reach the 2nd toll booth.
2. Go straight through the towns of Tanza and Naic. You will see a fork on the road with a Petron gas station in the middle. Keep left following the sign that says to Puerto Azul.
3. This will lead you to the town of Maragondon then keep right at the Petron station going toward Ternate.
4. Keep going straight until you see the turn left to Hamilo Coast sign. This road will take you through the Kaybiang tunnel with a scenic ocean view drive to Hamilo Coast Pico de Loro main entrance.
5. Better yet, use Waze!


Contact details
Pico Sands Hotel - 464-7800 / 464-7888
www.picodelorocove.com
www.hamilocoast.com
www.facebook.com/picosandshotel


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

How To Easily Keep Track of Your Finances using the Money Kit

Thank you for visiting this blog. I am sure that you came across this blog post because you really want to start a new life in terms of handling your finances. And to help you get started with your goals, a  Money Management System is available in the market today to help you :

1. How to SAVE
2. How to Budget
3. Get Our of Debt
4. Invest 

You don't need to be an accounting or finance graduate to be able to understand the system. It is simple, clear and doable.

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Commit yourself to change, including the way you  think about money - Chinkee Tan

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  • Chink Positive Money Kit Manual
  •     A guide that will help you to navigate in the step-by-step process on how to start your financial journey to become financially literate and debt-free.
  • Chink Positive Debt Repayment Plan Worksheet
  •   This will help you to choose different debt reduction strategies, including identifying the highest debt and when you can be debt free.
  • Chink Positive Accordion Folder
  •     This allows you to organize and divide monthly expenses
  • Chink Positive Financial Obligation Worksheet
  •     This helps you to prioritize your spending and focus on the needs and removes the wants in life.
  • Chink Positive Expenditure Envelope
  •     This allows you to keep track of your daily, weekly and monthly expenses – for you to know how much you have spent within a month in a glance.
  • Chink Positive Saving Envelope
  •    This allows you to have the financial discipline to get started in saving even with whatever little you have.
  • Chink Positive Investment Envelope
  •     This system will allow you to set and achieve your financial goals in order to make your money grow.
  • Budgeting Software
  •     This is a full automated software that allows you to (a) edit the item, base on your personal needs and preference (b) keep track of your monthly, semi-annual or annual expense (c) to know how much you are earning on a monthly, semi-annual or annual basis (d) to be able to know if you are living within or beyond your means.
  • Chink Positive DVD Guide
  •    Chinkee Tan’s video that can help you and guide you on your personal journey.
  • Till Debt Do Us Part Book
  •    This is a book by Mr. Chinkee Tan which has sold over 100,000 copies that help people on the basics of saving, budgeting,  getting / staying out of debt and investing.
    The Money Kit costs Php2,500 but when you order it now, you can have a Chinkee Tan's other books for FREE.

    But wait there's more :

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    [Disclosure: I am an accredited online lead generator for Chinkee Tan’s Book and Training Programs]

    Wednesday, 8 April 2015

    Little Known Secrets of the Successful in Managing Finances

    I want money, lots and lots of money
    I want the pie in the sky
    I want money, lots and lots of money So don't be asking me why

    I wanna be rich, ohh
    I wanna be rich, ohh
    I wanna be rich, ohh

    I wanna be rich for a little love, peace and happiness

    Now sing with me! :-)

    As I am writing this post, I can't help but sing this song  way back in the 90s. Let's face it, all of us wants to become rich and successful. A lot of us is working so hard to pursue riches and to fullfill a dream for ourselves, for our family and love ones.

    Pero paano nga ba? Is there really a formula?

    Few weeks ago, I attended a gathering with Mr. Chinkee Tan as one of the guest speakers, and one of the things that I learned  from this talk is that you cannot be just successful with just a magic spell or just by luck or chance. Great things were accomplished by those who had great faith. And they have accompanied their freedom and opportunity with right foundation, right mindset and right ingredients.


    JLo and Mr. Chink + himself, Chinkee Tan 

    The Four (4) Ingredients of Success According to The Secrets of the Rich and Successful by Mr. Chinkee Tan

    1. Knowledge
    2. Patience
    3. Hard Work
    4. Strategy

    A True to Life Story

    A friend  is about to get married this June. While preparing for the wedding, her mother was diagnosed with rectal cancer and was hospitalized at a primary hospital in the South. Total hospital bills rose up to more than Php 800,000 and my friend was left with a Php 500,000 debt. 

    Her story was an eye-opener for us. Aside from taking care of our health, we should be ready for unexpected situations and should start to manage our finances NOW!

    What could have been wrong? Can we avoid this kind of situation? 

    Managing Finances Using the Chink Positive Money Kit

    Managing finances might be a sensitive matter to some but taking our first step in our financial journey to become financial literate and debt-free is a must.

    I came across recently with this innovative Do-It-Yourself  Money Management System called the Chink Positive Money Kit by Chinkee Tan. The Money Kit aims  to  promote financial literacy, saving, budgetting, getting-out and staying-out of debt, investing and empowering people to dream and hope once again.


    The Money Kit is composed of the following :



  • Chink Positive Money Kit Manual
  •     A guide that will help you to navigate in the step-by-step process on how to start your financial journey to become financially literate and debt-free.
  • Chink Positive Debt Repayment Plan Worksheet
  •   This will help you to choose different debt reduction strategies, including identifying the highest debt and when you can be debt free.
  • Chink Positive Accordion Folder
  •     This allows you to organize and divide monthly expenses
  • Chink Positive Financial Obligation Worksheet
  •     This helps you to prioritize your spending and focus on the needs and removes the wants in life.
  • Chink Positive Expenditure Envelope
  •     This allows you to keep track of your daily, weekly and monthly expenses – for you to know how much you have spent within a month in a glance.
  • Chink Positive Saving Envelope
  •    This allows you to have the financial discipline to get started in saving even with whatever little you have.
  • Chink Positive Investment Envelope
  •     This system will allow you to set and achieve your financial goals in order to make your money grow.
  • Budgeting Software
  •     This is a full automated software that allows you to (a) edit the item, base on your personal needs and preference (b) keep track of your monthly, semi-annual or annual expense (c) to know how much you are earning on a monthly, semi-annual or annual basis (d) to be able to know if you are living within or beyond your means.
  • Chink Positive DVD Guide
  •    Chinkee Tan’s video that can help you and guide you on your personal journey.
  • Till Debt Do Us Part Book
  •    This is a book by Mr. Chinkee Tan which has sold over 100,000 copies that help people on the basics of saving, budgeting,  getting / staying out of debt and investing.
    The Money Kit costs Php2,500 but when you order it now, you can have a Chinkee Tan's other books for FREE.

    But wait there's more :

    Get a free Chink + Tshirt when you sign-up in the form below before purchasing.


    If you want to receive the free T-shirt being offered on this blog, just fill up this form to reserve (DO THIS FIRST). You will receive an opt-in confirmation email to ensure you are not being added without your consent. Once you confirm, you will get an email that has the links to purchase Chinkee Tan's Money kit
















    Join me as I take my first step in my financial journey to become financial literate and debt-free.

    [Disclosure: I am an accredited online lead generator for Chinkee Tan’s Book and Training Programs]