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10/24/2014
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

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Heather & Aspen Inn: Inside the affordable, large CHAKRA room; New Panorama Images

I just finished a brand new photo shoot inside Heather & Aspen Inn's CHAKRA room, which is one of my favorite rooms on the Island for quality, value plus its fit & finish - it's just a beautifully comfortable room, and at only P1200 per night in the current off season, it's an absolute steal - book this room now and you will not be disappointed.

Stylish and very comfortable; not to mention excellent value for the money, the Chakra room also includes SAT TV, and a sink outside the bathroom to use when the bathroom is occupied, a very practical touch indeed - be sure to check their web resource page here on wowB.

interior design panorama photo of the chakra room accommodation at eather aspen inn, bantayan island cebu philippines

Contact Heather & Aspen Inn: Sun 0922-831-1552  &  Globe 0917-502-0197
(from outside Philippines dial +63-917-502-0197) and mention wowBantayan.com   email Heather & Aspen Inn

Online Reservations & Booking Info: To book Heather & Aspen Inn, please use this email contact form to list your travel dates (arrival & departure) number of people in party, expected length of stay, etc. and please be as specific & detailed as possible (ie. say "I'd like to book the Heather & Aspen Inn Chakra Room (or other rooms) for 2 ppl. on these dates...pls. check availability & confirm our reservation, here's my email & phone contact number, etc.") 

heather & aspen inn interior design panorama photo composite of the spacious and furnished chakra room, accommodation on bantayan island cebu philippines

For starters, the CHAKRA room is a large aircon room; perfectly comfortable for 2 people on a comfortable queen size bed ( a real bed with mattress + box spring) plus the perfecty done bathroom with its full size tub is the envy of other travelers who are at other hotels with bathrooms not nearly as nice.

Don't be suprised when your travel mates want to come over and hang out with you, because they booked a smaller room for more money elsewhere! (tip: book your travel mates into the other great rooms at Heather & Aspen Inn and keep your gang together in one place)

At the end of a day on the beach, come back to the Chakra room and fill the tub for a relaxing soak - if you've never had a hotel room on Bantayan Island with a real bath tub, you're in for a serious treat.

interior design photography of the large modern bathroom CR with full size tub & hot water shower: heather & aspen inn, bantayan island cebu philippines

above: the modern bathroom interior with full size tub and hot water shower; very nicely done with quality fit & finish.  Olympus E-3 DSLR.

See you on the Island,
PJAMES

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10/22/2014
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

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 The 5 TOP Reasons to bring your Boat to Bantayan Island Philippines

For starters, if Germany can get a huge cruise ship here, you can get your boat here too.

1. Bantayan Island is just a stones throw from the northern main land of Cebu (Bogo, Hagnaya, etc) so it's a relatively quick trip from those shore towns here to Santa Fe on just about any type of sail boat or power boat, and some larger boats can make the trip in less then 20min. at a good speed.

photo of a power boat cruisng fast off the coast on south beach, bantayan island cebu philippines

above: a smaller but relatively fast single engine power boat from the main land, heading to South Beach.  Olympus E-3

2. Once here, you can enjoy a quiet day of swimming and relaxing while your boat is moored off the coast of either South Beach or Alice Beach on Bantayan Island; people do this with their boats all the time - they stock up a cooler with some food and drink and jet up here, even if they don't have a planned agenda.

photo of the 60ft yaht Black Diamond, anchored off south beach on bantayan island, cebu philippines

above: the Black Diamond anchored off South Beach, Bantayan Island philippines.  Olympus E-3

photo of a power boat anchored on south beach with a family playing on the shore: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: a quick single engine runabout with a sunshade anchored off South Beach for a Family swim with the kids.  Olympus E-3

3. Drop anchor and come ashore to have a nice lunch at any of the coastal hotels here, or just take a trike ride into town for some meals, stock up on food/drinks or souviners.

photo of the 40ft. Sharkbite, a fusion40 Catamaran off Alice Beach on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: the fantastic Sharkbite, a 40ft. Fusion40 Catamaran sailing the Philippines off Bantayan Island.  Olympus E-3

photo of a hammerhead expolrer 8 power boat with twin evinrude outboard engines, on alice beach: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: a Hammerhead Explorer 8 with twin Evinrude power plants off Alice Beach, Bantayan Island.  Olympus E-3

4. After an afternoon of sun and fun, come ashore and stay overnight at any hotel of your choice; get up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise, before having your breakfast and heading back to the main land; makes a very nice get-a-way that you can't do in the city.

gorgeous sunset photo of hobie CAT catamarans on the sandbar at south beach: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: a collection of HOBIE CATS on the sandbar at sunset for an organized day of racing on South Beach.  Olympus E-3

5. Make it a 2 day trip, hitting Bantayan Island on Day 1, and after staying the night here, take off for Malapascua Island on day 2 - a 90min. to 3hr. trip north east, depending on the size and speed of your boat; this is an especially nice afternoon sail on a larger boat, but 25ft. or larger power boats can also make the trip with adequate fuel tanks, and there's overnight accommodation + fuel for you on Malapascua.

photo of the sail boat Araby, in the water off the South Beach sand bar: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: the Araby sail boat off the sand bar at South Beach on Bantayan Island Philippines.  Olympus E-3

See you on the Island,
PJAMES

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10/18/2014
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

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Heather & Aspen Inn: Budget Fan Room, VERY Nicely Done

Check their web resource page here: Heather & Aspen Inn's very inexpensive Fan Room is the nicest budget fan room I've ever seen on Bantayan Island, and it's the only one I know of that has a HOT WATER shower - unheard of in a budget room with similar fit & finish.

photo inside the nicely buikt fan room accommodation with hot water shower at Heather & Aspen Inn; Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: the staircase down to the first floor where the fan room is located inside Heather & Aspen Inn:  Photos Olympus E-3 DSLR

Furnished with a bunk bed, fan, desk, and a suprisingly great bathroom/CR with hot water shower, this is a nicely comfortable room for up to 2 people traveling on a budget; it's located right off the community kitchen and lobby area, so cooking your own food is quick & easy.

Contact Heather & Aspen Inn: Sun 0922-831-1552  &  Globe 0917-502-0197
(from outside Philippines dial +63-917-502-0197) and mention wowBantayan.com   email Heather & Aspen Inn

interior photo of the nicely built budget fan room with hot water shoer & bunk beds: Heather & Aspen Inn, Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: larger detail image from the well built budget fan room with hot shower - the bathroom's fixtures are excellent. Olympus E-3

This room is the best value for money room on the island, and it's also worth staying in it just for the bathroom alone: decent size, with all the proper fixtures you'd expect in a modern bathroom - a real ceramic sink with stainless steel pipes, soap dish, tissue dispenser, a nice toilet, tile floor, mirror, and a tiled shower area with a top quality hot water heater.

Online Reservations & Booking Info: To book Heather & Aspen Inn, please use this email contact form to list your travel dates (arrival & departure) number of people in party, expected length of stay, etc. and please be as specific & detailed as possible (ie. say "I'd like to book the Heather & Aspen Inn Chakra Room (or other rooms) for 2 ppl. on these dates...pls. check availability & confirm our reservation, here's my email & phone contact number, etc.")  

See you at Heather & Aspen Inn,

PJAMES

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10/13/2014
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

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BRAND NEW Photography & Updates from Beach Placid Resort on Bantayan Island.

We recently did a huge photo shoot at Beach Placid Resort in Santa Fe on Bantayan Island featuring Kaitlyn Majetich from Florida, and the pictures came out just great - they've been around the world a few times on our twitter account, as we have many followers in the commercial photography business, hotel, hospitality, modeling and travel industries who pay attention to us and re-broadcast our content out to a wider audience.

model Kaitlyn Majetich from Florida, in a beach life photo shoot at beach placid resort, bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Kaitlyn Majetich during our photo shoot, Summer 2014 on the Beach at Beach Placid Resort.  Samsung Camera NX300. VSCO Film.

Contact Beach Placid's land lines: +63-32-438-9070     +63-32-406-5686 

Published first on Facebook, here are a few brand NEW frames from the Beach Life shoot, published here first.

model Kaitlyn Majetich during the photo shoot on the beach at beach placid resort, bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Kaitlyn Majetich on the Beach in front of the Duplex accommodation, Summer 2014 at Beach Placid Resort.  Samsung Camera NX300

Beach Placid's rates and other information are on their web resource page here, and they now have better hi-speed WiFi throughout the property, as well as some newly built rooms & cottages, plus a completely rebuilt restaurant serving some very good food and meals, so when you want the *Beach Life Experience* stay at Beach Placid.

The Beach Placid Promo: June - October 2014 is a 15% discount on all rooms, or Free Breakfast.

photo: model Kaitlyn Majetich poses in front of new rooms accommodaton at Beach Placid Resort, Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

american filipina model Kaitlyn Majetich, photographed on the beach at the DUPLEX accommodation at beach placid resort, bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Kaitlyn Majetich at the Duplex Beach Front accommodation, Summer 2014 at Beach Placid Resort.  Samsung Camera NX300

photo: model Kaitlyn Majetich relaxes in a beach chair in the sand at Beach Placid Resort, Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: Relaxing on the beach, directly in front of the Beach Placid Duplex accommodation.  Samsung NX300

photo painting illustration: portrait of Kaitlyn Majetich by photographer Paul James at Beach Placid Resort, Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: Kaitlyn Majetich photographed for a painted illustration by photographer Paul James. Samsung NX300 base image.

 
Contact Beach Placid's land lines: +63-32-438-9070     +63-32-406-5686

Mobile: 0917-722-2993   beachplacidresort.com
 
 


See you at Beach Placid Resort,
PJAMES

Portraits & commissioned photography by appointment: +63-921-331-4395

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10/13/2014
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

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Now we can ride a CERES Bus: Bantayan Island to Cebu City and Vice Versa.

In late September 2013 CERES Bus Company began running their busses all the way to Bantayan Island from the North Terminal in Cebu City 2x per day at 7am & 4:30pm - the bus physically drives you onboard the Super Ferry RORO in Hagnaya and rolls off at the pier in Santa Fe to let passengers off, and then continues on to Bantayan Town to do the same; current fare is P200.

On Bantayan Island, the arrives before dawn from Cebu and picks up passengers in Bantayan Town and then drives back to the pier in Santa Fe to let passengers board, then the buss rolls onto the ship bound for Hagnaya, rolls off and drives straight to Cebu City - times are 6am and 2:30pm.

sunrise photo of the CERES Bus boarding the Super ferry RORO at 6am on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: I spotted the CERES Bus boarding the RORO at 6am while I was out shooting the Sunrise: Samsung NX300 100% crop of larger frame.

Be advised on Bantayan Island - there may or may not be many seats left when the bus gets to the pier in Santa Fe, as I've seen a bus mostly full at 5:15am on the highway bound for the pier, and I've also seen busses with many seats available boarding the RORO in Santa Fe, so there's no guarantee of seating of course, and for any questions please call their respective ticketing offices as their schedules are subject to change (and they do).

See you on the Island,
PJ

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photo at a golden sunrise on the beach with native dancers in costume: south becah, Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: Sunrise on South Beach, Bantayan Island. Photography Olympus E-3 DSLR.