16th Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta - Part 1 (Feb 11)

February 10-13, 2011

When we heard that a Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon will be participating in the 16th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark, Pampanga this February, Patrick and I decided that we won't be missing it no matter what.  It was just a stroke of luck that the event coincided with Patrick's birthday and Valentine's day so it was a kind of multi-celebration trip that we were planning.

At first, we couldn't get a booking at our favorite hotel and we were becoming discouraged.  We even considered looking for a different hotel but in the end, we got lucky and there was a cancellation and we ended up getting a booking at our favorite New Well Being Spa Resort.  It turned out that they had a new hotel built up and we became even more excited to try out this new building.  You may ask why we like it there.  It's simply value for money.  They have large rooms, big comfortable beds (which is very important if you have kids with you), buffet breakfast, a great restaurant, a Korean sauna and spa, a huge swimming pool and great hospitable service.  Here are some pictures of the new building and what the room looks like.  We were in the Superior room that has 1 Queen bed, 1 Twin bed, a huge LCD TV, a veranda, a hair dryer (it's extremely useful for me haha), coffee-making facilities, a ref, a in-room safety deposit box.  Here are pictures if you're interested:

We didn't really make plans for our trip this time.  All we knew was that we were going to the Hot Air Balloon.  But we did arrive early, having lunch that Friday (Feb 11) at the Original Savory restaurant in SM Clark.  We had Hot and Sour soup, Kikiam, Fried Chicken and Lechon with Tofu.  Needless to say, we were so full by the time we checked-in at the hotel.

We took our time and rested for a while, Patrick immediately commandeering one of the beds and cocooning himself in the cozy blankets hehehe  Naturally, the kids were clamoring for the pool and we indulged them after a while :)  After about an hour or two, we got ready for dinner at Zapata's which was one of Dana's favorite places to eat :)  After dinner, we went back to the hotel and settled in for the night.

More to come in the next posts!

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