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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Olives: A New Romantic Restaurant Tucked in a Private Hideaway of Nature

Have you ever had one of those days when you just wanted to do something new, like take a long drive out of the Metro and have dinner or lunch in a cool, scenic restaurant? Or perhaps go on spur-of-the-moment overnight adventure?  Summer has this way of making you do things you don’t usually do.  Maybe it’s the heat, who knows.  Well, here is a suggestion you may want to consider.

There is this newly opened Tuscan-themed restaurant in Thunderbird Casino and Resorts at Binangonan, Rizal called “Olives” that has a wonderful sunset view plus a romantic skyline view at night.  It’s glass walls make you feel like you are eating outdoors, al fresca, minus the summer  heat.  Fresh ingredients and flavors that can even be customized for your palate . . . there is nothing that the ever-accommodating Executive Chef Mike Gross will refuse for you.  He is among the family-friendly staff of Thunderbird Casino and Resorts which include GM Mike Diopenes, Casino Marketing Head Brent Fernandez, and VP for Business Development Fabio Moretti. 

I suggest you take the drive before 4pm to avoid the Makati traffic via C6 in Bicutan then take that hour-long leisure,  scenic drive along Laguna lake to clear the mind.  By the time you get there, you will catch the glorious sunset as it filters through the glass walls. Order some coffee or cocktail drinks and pizza while you take in the view.  Why not take a walk along the poolside and around the hotel before having your Olives scrumptious dinner buffet.  Conversation is but an alternative to just sitting around and enjoying the ambiance. 

And if you prefer to go solo for some “me-time” or computer work, then the quiet surroundings and inspiring view will surely keep you in good spirits to finish your work within the day.  You will never feel alone because the staff, manager, and chefs are usually around to check on you if you are enjoying your stay.   Sometimes you don’t realize the time and it’s already almost midnight when you check your watch.  Then why leave already? Check in their comfy rooms with refreshing showers.  If you don’t feel sleepy yet, linger in the porch area to enjoy nature’s uplifting view while listening to jazz or romantic ballads.

Here is another great thing, you don’t even have to drive to Olives or Thunderbird Casino and Resort if you don’t want to.  They have free shuttle service scheduled every hour at several locations, check their website for schedules at  http://www.thunderbirdresortsrizal.com/free-shuttle-service/ Consider it a home away from home for a date, family get-away, business meeting, private work place, or simply me-time. 

I will let you in on a little secret, this latest development of Thunderbirds Casino and Resort in Rizal is just one of the many new additions to expect.  More to come.  Visit their website www.thunderbirdresortsrizal.com for updates.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ThunderBird: A Casino Hideaway amidst Greens

It didn’t take long  to reach Thuderbird Resort  in Angono, Rizal on a Sunday morning.  A time allotment of two hours should be sufficient t to reach the resort from Makati, except during rush hour.  Our group of selected bloggers left 7:30 am in a private shuttle service that reached Angono before 9am.  We, then, had  breakfast al fresco in a hut-like cafĂ© along the road to enjoy the clean, cool air beyond the city. After breakfast, time was simply a marker as festivals and parades normally ignore timetables .

 The common anti-stress attitude is simply “go  with the flow” and stop trying to  control the time. So after a morning of watching and taking photos of the Angono’s  Higantes Festival parade amidst traffic chaos, we proceeded for lunch at one of their famous restaurants .  We went to Balaw balaw Restaurant and Art Gallery which is known for its exotic dishes that include crickets, bull’s balls, frogs, and worms or larvae. (For photos, click here. ) Our host ordered crunchy crickets, fried frogs, and soup no.5 for a taste of their delicacies.  Some of us accepted the challenge but made sure there was a full glass of water nearby to wash off any after-taste.

After our lunch adventure, we proceeded to the Petroglyphs, where centuries-old scribblings on the rock’s were discovered.  Our entertaining guide,  Roden Santiago, kept the smiles on our faces as he joked around while briefing us about this historical landmark.

Finally, it was time to head to Thunderbird Hotel and Casino to experience their accommodation, food, facilities and services.  The room had a gorgeous view of the pool, parking lot, and Laguna lake which was relaxing, de-stressing, and inspiring to gaze at . The clean, cool, wide room, with its sweet-smelling sheets, was so inviting, I couldn’t resist a short afternoon nap after a refreshing shower.  After an hour, we met up with the Front Office Manager, Jun Narciso, who entertained our questions about the resort.  

Dusk presented another gorgeous backdrop while we had cocktails near the poolside. A varied selection of interesting cocktail concoctions kept us busy for a few minutes before finally deciding on our best choice.  Seeing the city lights from across the lake was another plus for me.  My dinner feast was beef salpicao and rice by the poolside.  Night swimming was a soothing activity after the meal followed by a complimentary 30-minute massage.

The next morning, a breakfast buffet at the Hotel’s Koi Restaurant included a specially cooked omelette, sausages, rice, with pineapple juice and coffee.  After, we tried the bike ride around the hotel vicinity to take in the uplifting morning view of verdant hills amidst the blue lake. The 30-minute bike ride was a good enough work out for non-bikers like me. 

After a shower, we proceeded to the casino to try the computerized slot machines and the card tables.  After a short lecture and a trial game, we were led to the main area to try our luck.  After only a few minutes, I used up all my allotted complimentary funds so I went back to the room to rest a few minutes before packing my bags.  We all awaited at the lobby for the free shuttle back to the city.  I was the last one to depart since my destination was the farthest at St. Francis Square in Ortigas. The others were dropped off in Pasig and other nearby drop off points. (For shuttle service schedules click here.) I learned more about the company’s pro-environment advocacy and future activities while waiting for my ride. 

 The highlights of the hotel experience for me were: the 24-hour gorgeous view of the room, the overall quaintness and peaceful ambiance, the fresh and green surroundings. 

For more information and reservations, you may contact their head office at:
Thunderbird Resorts
18/F & 24/F Salcedo Tower
169 H.V. Dela Costa Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Telephone: +632-886-5555
Fax: +632-894-3333


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