Sunday, March 27, 2016

Staying at Meaco Hotel, Brgy. Karuhatan, Valenzuela City

There was no review whatsoever on Meaco Hotel, thus this piqued One Valenzuela's interest. The only comments she found are from those few people who have uploaded photos of the hotel and a few hints here and there that the hotel is worth staying with the family.
Meaco Hotel
One Valenzuela got a deluxe room to stay in for the night. A short flight of stairs brought her to the third floor of the hotel.
Meaco Hotel lounge area
Drinks and some snacks available at the lobby.
The room has the basic amenities that one will expect in a common hotel room. It is quite spacious which comes with a good sized bed, a cable television, WiFi connection, and  a remote controlled air-conditioning unit. She had to commend the use of the gold color on the head board and the gold rimmed mirror for these add pizzazz to the deluxe room. Other than that, the bathroom is also sizable where you can take a warm shower. Having the said amenities, One Valenzuela sees that the room rates are quite reasonable.
Meaco Hotel Deluxe Room (Php700 for 12 hours and Php900 for 24 hours)
Cable television at the hotel (Drinks not included in  the room).
Being just along MacArthur Highway has its pros and cons. It is definitely strategic in terms of transportation and being near key food spots in the city (Little Beijing is a few meters away! Yellow Cab, Shakey's Pizza, and SM Valenzuela are very near.). But if you are a very light sleeper, the noise from the highway may not be very pleasant. To address this, One Valenzuela suggests that you ask the front desk to be situated in a room which is not on the highway side.
Bathroom slippers. One Valenzuela did not fit in this pair since she is a size 9. Ask for bigger slippers if you need a pair.
A night or two at Meaco Hotel is recommendable for people on short trips in Valenzuela City, especially if you want a bit of comfort during your travel. It is definitely pocket friendly for the budget traveller. Being a few meters walk to SM Valenzuela, key food spots, and a brief jeepney ride away from the Valenzuela City People's Park and City Hall, the room rates are of good value. 

Meaco Hotel
Address: McArthur Highway, Karuhatan, Valenzuela (very near SM Valenzuela, Shakey's, Little Beijing, and Yellow Cab; just beside Novo)
Telephone Number: (02)443-9321
Meaco Hotel room rates (as of January 2016) are very affordable.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Somewhere near Valenzuela: The North Riverside Resort and Leisure Park at Meycauayan, Bulacan

One Valenzuela went to the North Riverside Resort and Leisure Park at Meycauayan, Bulacan to conduct an ocular visit and reserve the slide cottage near the main pool for their upcoming summer gathering. Despite going there three weeks earlier before their swimming activity, the cottage was already reserved for another group (Awww!). Good thing, there is still one big nipa hut left near the slide and main pool.

Here are the photos that she took when she visited this March.
The North Riverside Resort and Leisure Park at Meycauayan, Bulacan
One of North Riverside Resort's main slides
A slide for kids
This slide cottage (Php1500) is just beside the staircase going up to one of the main slides. The private pool of the resort is at the back of this cottage (Php8,500, daytime; Php9,000, night time; 40 pax free entrance) 

Nipa hut near the pool (Big, Php700)
Another view of the pool
The "Pabebe" wave ball pool
The second major slide of the resort. A schedule is followed for the operations of the dragon slide, long slide, and wave ball.  
One of the shower and comfort rooms
How to Get to the North Riverside Resort and Leisure Park:
According to the resort's Facebook page, there are two (2) jeepney terminals in Monumento, Caloocan. There is one in front of MCU Hospital beside the 7/11 convenient store and another one at the back of LRT Northmall which are both going to Meycauayan Exit via NLEX. From Meycauayan Exit, look for a nearby tricycle terminal and hop on a tricycle going to the resort.
North Riverside Resort and Leisure Park entrance rates as of March 2016
Photo taken from the North Riverside Resort and Leisure Park's official Facebook page
When One Valenzuela called the resort for directions coming from Malinta, Valenzuela City (Valenzuela City Hall), they said that resort guests may ride a jeepney going to Bulacan (i.e. SM Marilao signage; Meycauayan). Go down at the Meycauayan stoplight. From there, you may (1) ride a tricycle from the terminal or (2) go to Fortune Market and ride a jeepney which will pass by the resort.
Location map from  the North Riverside Resort and Leisure Park's official Facebook page
North Riverside Resort and Leisure Park
Address: No. 305 Cordero Street, Villacor Village, Brgy. Langka, Meycauayan, Bulacan
Contact Numbers: (02)984-1930; (02)984-6769
Visit North Riverside Resort and Leisure Park's Facebook page here for updates.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Seeing Things on a Clearer Perspective: New Pair of Eyeglasses from Ideal Vision-SM Valenzuela

Eye glasses has been part of One Valenzuela's life for one and a half decade now, playing a very important role in her daily routine. Being immersed in a type of work which involves reading books and facing the computer is really eye straining. Additionally, being enrolled in a graduate program which revolves around the analysis of theories about reading and concepts on children's literature increases the daily eye stress as well.

And so every once in a while, One Valenzuela has to visit an optics store. She has been to several well known shops in malls and the last time she ever visited one was last 2012. A change of lenses is definitely needed and so she tried to look for the last shop she has been to. Lucky enough, she easily found it by asking if the store has a database of her past eye examination four years ago. Ah, it is Ideal Vision Center in SM Valenzuela.

After the usual procedure of checking her eyes and paying a down payment, the pair of eye glasses is scheduled for pick up three days later. Sneaking in some valuable time on a work day is no easy task, amidst paper deadlines and other important chores but still One Valenzuela managed to be back at the mall. Sadly, the glasses are not yet available for one of the lenses cracked while being cut and so another one is being ordered which will arrive in the evening. Ideal Vision was not able to inform her about the incident for no contact number was left on the day she got her eyes checked.

Jeez, I cannot come again on the next few days. And I need it badly! Kalma lang.

Excited to experience new (mis)adventures with this wonderful pair of glasses
Thus, the shop made an extra effort and expressed that they will have it delivered at work the next day. That's a relief! Nowadays, going out of your way to make a person's heavy baggage lighter is deemed rare to be experienced. The last time I had this type of service from a shop was when I purchased a pair of Wrangler Jeans way back in 2013. Staying true to their word, a personnel from Ideal Vision brought the glasses to her the next morning.

Thank you, Ideal Vision!
Ideal Vision Center-Valenzuela Branch
Ground Floor, SM Valenzuela, McArthur Highway, Karuhatan, Valenzuela City
Contact Number: (02)292-4230