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.
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?
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.