Power is out in Puerto Del Sol

(Bolinao: Day 2)

The steady hum of the air-conditioning stopped and while I was anticipating for the electric fan to automatically take its place, it didn’t. Suddenly, I realize that I wasn’t home. I immediately remember us arriving very late last night after an almost 12-hour trip coming from Cavite. I was on the other bed and my wife and son just right across. Marcus is still fast asleep.

We are in one of the rooms of Puerto Del Sol, Bolinao and the generator has just quit working and it has stopped earlier than scheduled. Yes, I know the schedule since after we checked in last night, and like the other guests, I was given a copy of when there will be no power in all the rooms of the resort. This is because, until now whole Bolinao is still without power after Emong unleashed its stormy fury in this northern part of the Philippines. Up to this date, and with the end uncertain, the resort is providing only power during the peak hours of the day. Power is out from 8:30 to11: am, and then from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm so as not to stress the power generator (at least, that’s what the flyer says). Electricity, and thankfully, air-conditioning, is provided in between the two periods.

I don’t know with the other guests, but for the three of us, this is our first time to experience such inconvenience but then again, why complain; the others outside the resort have so much to deal with other than just not having air-conditioning or cable TV.

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Today we had the chance to discover Puerto Del Sol from morning ’til night, and here are the findings so far:

Room. The room is fairly okay. We got one with two separate beds, although, I wished it has one queen size bed so that we get to have our son sleep in between us to avoid him from falling on either side. It also has spacious toilet with a bath tub; of course, the standard TV and ref with pricey drinks are available. There are some things that may need improvement, though: some fixtures need to be fixed (isn’t that ironic?), a bigger cabinet (wifey’s complaint) to accommodate enough clothes for a week, and tap and shower water is obviously salty that we had to ask for purified water to be used in boiling our baby’s used feeding bottles.


 

Swimming pool. There’s one pool for both children and adult, and the water and the pool’s surrounding area is well maintained and cleaned. It could’ve been better though if the deepest is at least six feet – since I’m trying to perfect my water treading.


Breakfast. Left with no choice but to have buffet, we decided to try it out or we’ll have to drive out of the resort just find a cheaper alternative, that is, if there are any. Besides, it’s just our first day and a Php 320/pax (USD 6. 10% service charge is not yet included) meal may be after all worth it. Well, it soon turned out that it wasn’t. The food variety was just the regular ones and I’ve eaten better and cheaper buffet before. Of course, I felt satiated by the end of the meal, anyway. “Make them regret they served buffet, eat more.” Ti abi.

Beach. The obvious evidence that typhoon Emong was here are the toppled beach huts and these may be repaired or renovated after the peak season is over. The shore line is clean as well as the beach itself, but I was wondering if the water stays shallow all the time. I noticed that the level still hasn’t changed when we got back in the afternoon. I also saw that one has to go farther into the sea just to be able to swim and it’s dangerous for those swimming alone as it’s far enough especially for kids since they appear so tiny from the huts area. I’m also wondering if the sea floor has had sea weeds since then even before typhoon Emong came.

Sunset. I’ve read from Anton Diaz‘s website that the sunset here is not to be missed. So by around 5:30 pm we hurried to the beach with me tagging my camera tripod along and we arrived just in time while the sun almost setting. The beach indeed appears serene but I was disappointed that the sun went down so quick and was not able to capture a good shot of it. But I don’t know, if it’s just me or if it’s the time of the month, but I really don’t believe that sunset here is as picturesque as that in the Manila bay. Well, we still have four days to spend; maybe, I’ll see better ones before we leave.


Dinner. Having packed ourselves with buffet breakfast, hahaha, we skipped lunch and of course we soon feel the need to have dinner. Puerto Del Sol’s dining area has this nostalgic appeal at night. The room filled mostly of things made of hard wood (from its bar to its tables and chairs), the antique displays, ceiling fans and the dim lighting makes the ambiance solemn and perfect for one romantic dinner. And although I know that my wife would like it to be, we just can’t because there’s one little guy behind us tagging on the table cloth, spoon, plates and everything – Marcus. Anyway, over other expensive menu, we settled for the less costly ones and I think this time the price it just fair and the food tastes good enough.

 


 

The main reason why we got this place is because we had our time share exchanged and my (and wifey’s) expectation is that we can cook (or at least microwave) our own food during the one-week stay. However, just a week before we pushed through, we soon learned, from Puerto Del Sol’s Makati representative, and to our utter surprise that not all RCI exchange resorts allow such. That left us just prepared for fun and adventure but not for the costly daily expenses. With that said, I rate this place is 6 out of 10 stars (10 being the highest). This place is good if a Php 1000 + (USD 20 +) total expenses for food alone is not an issue; otherwise this resort should be avoided. This resort is also good if one has an itinerary for the whole week or if being in the pool then on the beach and back all over again isn’t boring at all; else the week should be planned with tours such as going to Patar beach (where the famous lighthouse and caves are located), an hour or more drive to Pangasinan’s hundred islands, etcetera.

 

Next: Day 3 


  

Mood: 3/10 Honks!


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