Sunday, December 30, 2012

Part 1: One Valenzuela goes to Nasugbu, Batangas and Tagaytay

December 24, 2012- The day before, One Valenzuela asked hubby if she can have some "Me Time" and he nods for his approval. She was surfing the web about Laguna for some hot spring dipping but then she eventually decided to visit Tagaytay once more. 

Well, One Valenzuela went on this trip ala  backpacking style with her ever trusty Hawk backpack. She only brought a few stuff such as a shawl, powder and lipstick (iwas haggardness maximum level), cash stash, towel, white shirt and shorts, my phone (if ever reality wants to contact her) and a bottle of water. Travel light and make lots of space for pasalubong! 

So early the next morning, at around 4am, off One Valenzuela went to JAM Terminal near GMA. It was a quick ride since the roads are not yet congested. By 7a.m., she is already at the Tagaytay Rotunda. 

Hello Taal!
Mmmm... Eventually, One Valenzuela observed the traffic flow and found jeepneys going to Nasugbu. Since this is a road trip, she jumped in. She asked the driver if ever there are nearby beaches there. He said "Ahhhh, eh, meron." Well, with that answer One Valenzuela prayed for divine intervention. 

After like dozens of are-we-there-yet questions in her mind, the jeepney reached a bend and all passengers went down. She guessed the travel took almost two hours since the jeepney kept on stopping to take in passengers.

You will find Andoks, Jollibee, and 7-Eleven at this area of Nasugbu, Batangas. The Nasugbu-Tagaytay jeepney route ends here.
Hesitant to ask tricycle drivers, One Valenzuela went to a nearby church to use their comfort room and ask vendors there for some much needed directions. She did not see directions or signs that there are nearby beaches which can be reached by foot.

According to a candle vendor, all One Valenzuela has to do is ride a tricycle near Jollibee. "Walang bayad pag nagawi ka sa beach ha. Pwera nalang kung mago-overnight ka sa resort", she even said (No entrance fee is needed to get to the beach. Unless you are staying there overnight in a resort). Thank God for angels. :)

Parokya ng San Francisco Javier: You will see the church's upper portion as you approach Mang Inasal. One Valenzuela also saw a BSC Bus terminal (Pasay route according to a signage)as she walked towards the church.
After about 10 minutes, One Valenzuela is now at the beach! Hello water, hello sand!

Beach at Brgy. Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas
There were a few people in the area and One Valenzuela would love to swim since it is quite hot despite the December breeze. But due to time constraints, she just strolled and collected shells by the beach. One Valenzuela also rode a horse for fifty pesos. 

Being a water baby, One Valenzuela hopes that the trash along the beach be collected regularly.  

Ya tigidig! The owner of the horse is very friendly. Thanks for the photo op, Kuya!
Inquisitive One Valenzuela asked the overnight rate of a nearby resort for future reference. Maryland Resort's non-aircon room starts at Php 1,500.00 and their air conditioned rooms are pegged at Php 3,000.00 to 3,500.00. They also have a swimming pool.

Maryland Resort at Brgy. Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas

Tongue twister: She has sandy shoes with seashells by the seashore.
One Valenzuela got a bit hungry before 11 a.m. Goodbye South China Sea! After brushing off the sand, she went to Bag of Beans (read Part 2: One Valenzuela goes to Nasugbu, Batangas and Tagaytay).

Valenzuelanos, here is a table of One Valenzuela's transportation expenses going to Nasugbu, Batangas via Tagaytay:

       Malinta, Valenzuela City-JAM Bus Terminal: Php 25.00
       JAM Bus terminal to Balibago: Php 67.00
       Balibago-Tagaytay jeepney: Php 40.00
       Tagaytay palengke-Olivarez Plaza jeepney: Php 8.00
       Olivarez-Nasugbu jeepney: Php 65.00
       Tricycle to the beach: Php 20.00 (10/person if you can wait for another commuter)
       Total: Php225.00

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Valenzuela City Astrodome and the Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital

December 21, 2012 marks the yearly LGU Christmas Party. It is also One Valenzuela's first time to visit the Astrodome after it has been recently renovated. One Valenzuela wandered around before the evening program started. 

Astrodome: "The City of Valenzuela is committed to its advocacy of providing an avenue for the development of holistic teamwork and self-discipline, through promoting physical education and encouraging sports programs and competitions towards healthy and productive Valenzuelanos." (words seen at the Astrodome entrance)

Two thumbs up for (1) the well-lit name of the sports venue, (2) the comfortable chairs wherein the colors are taken from the Philippine flag, (3) clean comfort room, and (4) good wall color combination. One Valenzuela believes the air conditioning system is soon to follow.

Emergency Hospital: "The City Government of Valenzuela is indeed high in continually working towards the realization of building a new home for medical care facilities to serve the people better by making it more accessible and affordable to our underprivileged constituents." (words seen at the Hospital entrance)

One Valenzuela went to the lobby and at first glance she can say it is spacious, clean, and organized. Happy to have another health  facility which will cater Valenzuelanos. 

Both venues were inaugurated last November 16, 2012. 

How to get there: Both the Astrodome and Emergency Hospital are located at Brgy. Dalandanan. Coming from Monumento, ride a jeepney/bus with signages which go beyond Malinta such as Malanday and IS Bangkal. You will pass by Puregold Valenzuela and an Iglesia ni Cristo Church. Along that side of the road, you will eventually see a 7-Eleven store. Traverse the street beside it (Lazaro St.). You may ride a tricycle especially if it is 12nn but if you are used to walking, like me, it will only take 5-10 minutes and you will soon be there.

Beside the Valenzuela Astrodome and Emergency Hospital is Dalandanan High School.

New look!

One Valenzuela will never forget the unique Bring Me game (Bring me....2 live ants!)

The comfort rooms are good smelling too. 

Although we now have a new hospital, One Valenzuela still hopes that Valenzuelanos take good care of their health. Remember, prevention is still better than cure.

Yep, moving around is easy.

Sarap ng puto bumbong ng mga Balderama 

Some fast puto bumbong action!
Available Contact Number of  Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital from the Valenzuela City Official Website: (02)352-6000 (See website here)