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Sunny, Sandy, Windy Sandbox | Alviera Pampanga, Philippines


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It is usual in a Filipino Family migrating to other countries for a better future.

In our family, on the father side, most of my relatives are now living in USA and Australia. They do visit us here in the Philippines from time to time. So when they do, we sit down and plan our next adventure!

This time, my gorgeous cousin, Hazel from Australia will be spending time with us for like 2 days. First on our list is Sandbox.

What’s interesting about Sandbox?

sandbox-alviera-porac

SandBox at Alviera is a unique getaway for families that redefines outdoor adventure and fun. It features a full stretch of exciting attractions that will surely make everyone appreciate the outdoors. Everyone in the family has something to do here from playground for the toddlers to Mini Golf for the grandparents! With a mountain range along the horizon and the surrounding wide plains, SandBox is definitely the place for family outdoor fun! Read More

What to bring

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Wet tissue
  • Handy Camera
  • USB (trust me, you need this)
  • Bag

What to wear

  • Comfy Top
  • Leggings (F) Short (M)
  • Rubber shoes
  • Sunnies
  • Cap

 

DirectionsManio Cousins

We live in Angeles City Pampanga, 2 hours away from Manila. From Angeles City, we hit the road at around 9:00am. It took us 30 minutes (no traffic) drive to Sandbox. Honestly, we have no idea how to get there,so asking our beloved townspeople is definitely a big help.

 

Onsite

Sandbox AlvieraParking is Free.

At the Entrance, you can start selecting your extreme challenge from their list of attractions and packages. It is up to you if you are fearless and extreme at heart to try all the attractions, choose 1 package to save costs. But if you have a huge fear of heights and a cry baby like your blogger right now, I recommend you choose 2-3 attractions. (See the full list of attractions below)  I actually chose the custom picks, I tried the Aerial walk (for me this is the most extreme one! You will definitely reach your limits!) , Rappeling (I thought it was easy but I was wrong) and Wall climbing (I thought it was easy because I already tried it before but again I was wrong).

Sign the waiver to proceed. Keep your tickets because those are required on each attraction.

 

Attractions

My tip: Each challenge requires your full strength! After each challenge, you will surely lose a lot of your energy. It is recommended to take 15-25 minutes break after each challenge for you to be ready on your next.

At the Aerial Walk they do not allow cellphones. Staff are taking photos of you so you can check them later and if you like to get a copy of your photos they give it for 250.00 (approximately $5USD) They have a photo booth on each attraction sites so it’s up to you if you want a printed copy of your extremely wacky photo.

Aerial Walk Sandbox Pampanga

It is imperative that you listen carefully to the staff because they will tell you how to use the self-service safety gear. The staff won’t be by your side, it is all up to you once you started. You need to ensure that you lock the harness before you proceed on each rope stage.

Aerial Walk

 

Giant Swing

Just scream as loud as you can!

Roller Coaster Zipline

Adventure Tower

Rappelling and Wall Climbing

Don’t look down!

Rappeling

 

Other Fun Stuff

Excellent Customer Service

Sanbox Staff

Sanbox Porac

Costs

Attractions Price
Giant Swing 100
Aerial Walk 200
Adventure Tower
Free Fall 100
Rappel Wall 70
Wall Climbing 70
Roller Coaster Zipline 150
Outdoor Archery (30 mins) 2,500
ATV Rental (1 hour) 3,000
Entrance Fee 80

They also offer packages from PHP400 – PHP 650 (around $8 – $14 USD), see full list of package here http://www.alviera.ph/packages/

For more information, contact Sandbox below:

Email Address: info.alviera@gmail.com

Mobile: 0917-803-3099

Landline: (045) 432-0014 Monday – Friday 8am-12nn, 1pm-5pm

Website: http://www.alviera.ph/sandbox/

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Parola Island | White Castle Island| Subic, Philippines


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May 3, 2014– One sweet Saturday morning, an unforgettable journey going to an unexpected paradise in the heart of Zambales, Philippines.

From Angeles City Pampanga, we traveled less than two hours (thanks to the brilliant minds who made SCTEX happen though!).

SCTEX
SCTEX

Me, my boyfriend with our dear friends were finally heading to a fascinating trip. Because of the beauty we discovered in that place, I voluntarily disobeyed the advise of my doctor! Right, let me spill it out, I have an ear infection  I got from a contaminated/polluted/dirty water in a pool (that was in a big island resort in Bulacan). That experience was really horrifying! Can’t sleep because of too much pain! That was traumatic to the point that I don’t want to swim again! But not this time.. A paradise made me conquer that fear.. Read on..

 

Ocean View Hotel and Beach Resort, Zambales, Philippines

Affordable rooms. Accommodating staff. Easy to book online.

The whole story was, we were suppose to check in other beach resort but because it was a peak season something went wrong. The beach resort suggested we can check in Ocean View Beach Resort since it was their sister company.

We said yes because we don’t have other choice! Almost all beach resorts are fully booked! And we can’t wait any longer! We need to see the beach! You know what I mean right?

Piece of advice: Book 2 months before, specially if you’re planning on a peak season.

Go to their website for more details http://www.oceanviewresortsubic.com/

Hotel at Ocean View Beach Resort
Hotel at Ocean View Beach Resort

View from our (obviously) window
View from our (obviously) window. At the 3rd floor.

 

Squid

Look at these tasty looking squid family! 😀

The driver of our sailboat offered this squid 1 kg. for only PHP150.00 (approximately $4) and he offered to grill this for free! How cool was that! (but because we’re so busy with our thing, we failed to follow-up, so Zel Manalang did the job. Many thanks kuya Zel!)

I bought 2 kg. as a surprise treat (pasalubong) for family!

squid

The tourists (busy buying some squid for snack)
The tourists (busy buying some squid for snack)

 

Kayak

Photo from www.nassauparadiseisland.com
Photo from www.nassauparadiseisland.com

Witnessed a beautiful and very calm sunset while dancing with the waves. That was our unforgettable kayak experience.

The instruction was, do not stay too close with people near the shore so we really have to row the kayak really far, about 20 to 40 feet.

It was my first time to try kayak. At first (the whole time actually) I was freaking out! And shaking!

Poor us. Wasn’t able to take at least 1 photo of our kayak adventure! Will surely have one very soon 😉

The cost for Kayak rental with life vest was worth less than PHP3oo.00 (approximately $7 only) for an hour.

Piece of advice: Please wear the right kayak/swimming shoes (or any shoes that fits your foot that surely won’t slip) Never leave your sandals/shoes on the kayak booth, someone might fall in love with it and won’t give it back 😉 Based from real experience. lol.

Island Hopping

Let the photos guide you on this fascinating island hopping..

Timecheck: 7:00AM The view before leaving this beach resort and while looking for our sailboat. Breathtaking.
Timecheck: 7:00AM The view before leaving this beach resort and while looking for our sailboat. Breathtaking.

Ocean View Beach Resort: The Shore
Ocean View Beach Resort: The Shore

Hello Sunshine! Seashore at Ocean View Beach Resort
Hello Sunshine!
Seashore at Ocean View Beach Resort

Our company. Charm and Pol walking under this beautiful Sunshine :)
Our company. Charm and Pol walking under this beautiful Sunshine 🙂

Saw that big boat (can carry for about 30 people or less) while preparing for sailing. Notice the sky, it was a stunning and so calm!
Saw that big boat (can carry for about 30 people or less) while preparing for sailing. Notice the sky, it was so stunning and calm!

Our sailboat!
Our sailboat!

Just arrive in Parola Island Photo by: Ralp Raezel Umali
Just arrived in Parola Island
Photo by: Ralp Raezel Umali

What a groupie! Photo by the man in the Island who happen to volunteer to take this shot.
What a groupie!
Photo by the man in the Island who happen to volunteer to take this shot.

Captivating view from Parola Island
Captivating view from Parola Island

Lot's of rocks in Parola Island. Ideal for Pre nup photo shoots.
Lot’s of rocks in Parola Island. Ideal for Pre nup photo shoots.

 

parola island

Photo credits to: A not so popular kid

The island hopping package was worth PHP 1,200.00 to see 2 dazzling small islands.

We didn’t went to the second island because it looks so lame at first glance, but we are so wrong!

White Castle Island.  Photo credits to Zel Manalang
White Castle Island.
Photo credits to Zel Manalang

White castle island has crystal clear water! Check out A not so popular kid  blog to see photos.

I suggest you start Island hopping before 7am. We arrive at Parola Island, around 7:20am and it was perfect! Very few people on the island. It was is indeed a paradise because of its natural crystal clear water. Come early because if its crowded, ummm.. that’s a different story.  You won’t quite enjoy the beautiful island because it’s small.

Zel Manalang- the man behind some superb photos on this blog
Zel Manalang- the man behind some superb photos on this blog

Photo by: Ralp Razel Umali

Snorkeling

Before we dive and swim with the fishes and octopus! (seriously) Photo credits to Zel Manalang
Before we dive and swim with the fishes and octopus! (seriously)
Photo credits to Zel Manalang

Swimming with the fish was an experience one can't resist! Photo credits to Zel Manalang
Swimming with the fish was an experience one can’t resist!
Photo credits to Zel Manalang

Ralp (boyfriend) and I. Snapshot before snorkeling :D Photo Credits to Zel Manalang
Ralp (boyfriend) and I. Snapshot before snorkeling 😀 Photo Credits to Zel Manalang

Instant fish spa with my better half.
Instant fish spa with my better half.

View from the crystal clear water of Parola Island
View from the crystal clear water of Parola Island

Have you been in this magical place (a piece of heaven)?  Can you share a one time big time adventure with us? Share yours  on comments below!

 

Photo Credits to: Ralp Raezel Tinio , Zel Manalang and myself.

P.S. Feel free to contact Ralp Raezel Tinio for photo shoot bookings; specially for corporate video and photo shoots, Pre nuptial, birthdays, debuts, all kinds of occasion.