Saturday, January 3, 2009

Subic Bay New Year's Trip


Jer and I finally decided to go to Subic for New Year's Eve and it was quite unlike most of our trips. For one, I normally plan our trips well, especially the accommodations. I like my comforts and I really hate having to go around looking for some place to stay - it's a waste of time in my opinion. This time, though, we didn't really plan and decided to be adventurous a bit.

As it turned out, it was the wrong time to be adventurous - New Year's Eve is when everyone else checks into the hotels. We got a room at the Sae Roh Bol (I think that's how it's spelled) Grand Leisure Hotel for double the price I think. We didn't have a choice though and they had a nice looking pool and free WiFi so we just went ahead and checked in.Trying to summon enough courage to dip into the ice cold water.I didn't even try. I was happy enough to be out of the city and sitting by the poolside.

The bedroomView from the window - construction everywhere!

The room was mediocre for PHP3000. The bathroom was really small and didn't have a bathtub. More so, the water heater didn't really work at all. One second the water would be freezing cold and then you'd get a burst of scalding hot water and then it would turn all cold again. Another thing was that the WiFi signal, for some reason, could not be detected in our room.

Aside from those things, though, it was alright. It was right on the waterfront so everything was within easy access. The food at their restaurant was also ok although we really mostly ate outside.Midnight snack after the fireworksGetting ready for the (free) breakfast buffet.

I would have to say that the drive up there was really pleasant. It was my first time driving through SCTEX and we didn't encounter any problems at all. We couldn't help but compare it to SLEX, which has been under construction forever.SCTEX - oh, a bird pooped on Harvey on the way up. See those yellow splotches?
Welcome to Subic!

Going back, we left SCTEX at Clark and decided to have another "adventure" and quite an adventure we had- we found ourselves right smack in the middle of the red light district! I swear, I had never seen such a high concentration of white guys (yes, just guys, no girls) in the Philippines! I wonder, is prostitution legal in the Philippines now???
Click on this picture to see the full size. I couldn't stop laughing.
Anyhow, by the time we got home, we were really really tired and just happy to turn the knob of the front door (this reminds me, we need to look at door hardware this week as the knob is being gay), run to the sofa, and rest.

Directions to get to Subic
We came from Pasig so we just went up EDSA to go to NLEX - you can't miss it there are signs everywhere. Just follow NLEX till you see signs that say SCTEX. Do not get off at the sign that says to Subic/San Fernando, wait for the one that says SCTEX.

Once you get off at SCTEX, you just have to follow the long winding (and very scenic) road till you see the exit to Subic. It really is pretty easy - it was our first time up there but we didn't get lost. Just be prepared to pay toll a lot. The roads are very nice and you have to pay for that but it's well worth it. I don't remember the exact amount for toll fees but I think it should be 300 all in all, one way. Oh, and when going back to Manila from the Subic-Tipo expressway, make sure you take the Clark Exit. We didn't, and almost ended up in Olongapo!

Up next...shopping and food in Subic.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a pretty good time even though things didn't quite go as planned. And, like you say, you were away from home anyway so that alone is a good thing. Pool looked inviting, sorry it was cold.

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  2. Yes, it was fun :) I don't particularly relish going back to work (which I have to in a few hours)...

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