Christmas and Family Photoshoot at Louisse Private Resort – Taytay, Rizal

My 2 sisters and their family living in Australia and Riyadh went home for the Christmas holidays few years back and it was the time we’re all complete (sans my dad). Nothing compares to the bonding times that we had as a family. Since we are complete, we decided to have a family portrait that we all can keep. Looking for a place where we can have our photoshoot, my sister stumbled upon LOUISSE PRIVATE RESORT online, which happens to be just near our place. She browsed their website and inquired while she’s still in Riyadh.

I was the one who was assigned to contact them through phone and I immediately book a slot for us. I called them via phone, reserved a slot and paid the downpayment at BPI. We took the 22 hours reservation that is from 7:00pm-5:00pm for P21,000 and luckily we got the DEC. 25 (yes, Christmas day) – Dec. 26 slots for our photoshoot and swimming too. We also did visit the place few days before our reserved date to see if it nice and we’re impressed upon closer inspection of the place.

We had our Christmas Party at the resort: opening of gifts and family picture taking were indeed so much fun. A karaoke was also available for us to sing while wi-fi is available but it is weak that we can’t even connect. We stayed up a bit late singing at the karaoke and exchanging stories, jokes and all.

Louisse Resort at night

Since we are having a formal photoshoot the next day, we woke up early around 5am because the make-up artists are already there. We are clad in red formal dresses and with our nice make-up on. We took the photography services from GREAT IMAGE at SM Taytay. A professional photographer and his assistant came to the resort as well to take photos of us. (Sorry, but i will not be sharing our family photos here). Their service took around 2 hours.

After the photo session, we are already itching to dip and dive into their pool. In no time, most of us are rushing and swimming at the resort’s pool.

We had up until 5pm to stay at the pool swimming, singing and having fun at their nice resort. The water was a bit cold at their infinity pool that time so I didn’t stay much in the pool, but the kids and the teens have so much energy swimming and staying in the water.

We got 3 rooms during our stay (1 master and 2 guestrooms) which are all air-conditioned and spacious.  The kitchen was also spacious and we had our dinner and lunch at the gazebo where we had our buffet. There are quite numerous no. of toilets there, if I’m not mistaken there are 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs.

To inquire at their resort, contact them at:

Super Late Post: Travel Date: Dec. 25-26, 2013

Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay City: Home of the World’s Largest Collection of Jig-saw Puzzles

After going to Sky Ranch, we initially wanted to have a Mother’s Day (May 12) lunch but the restaurant that we wanted was still full so we just decided to go to Puzzle Mansion. You’ll never miss Puzzle Mansion because of the numerous big arrow signage along the way telling you where it is located and how many more kilometers.

Puzzle Mansion, is now the home of the “world’s largest collection of jig-saw puzzles” by Gina Gil- Lacuna and just last Nov. 29, 2012, she was awarded by the Guinness Book of World Records. Her more than 250 framed puzzles that she collected for the last 25 years are displayed at the Puzzle Mansion located in Tagaytay city.

Puzzle Mansion

the very stiff road leading to the Puzzle Mansion

Our van could not come down there but fortunately they have a jeepney service for their guests but you need to pay P10/each (sana libre na lang!! hehe). We’re 11 all in all and while we’re travelling down, we jokingly scream as if we’re in a roller coaster ride. Our driver even drove it fast so we can

Entrance fee: Php100

Puzzle Mansion 2The Puzzle Mansion’s jeepney service that can accommodate around 15 guests.
Fee: Php 10.00 each – I thought this is a free shuttle service

Puzzle Mansion 3The Puzzle mansion used to be their summer rest house but it was converted to gallery for her puzzle collections, Bed and Breakfast where there are numerous rooms where you can stay and enjoy and also a business center.

Puzzle Mansion 10

Las Hilanderas – 10,000 pieces and this is said to be the hardest puzzle

Puzzle Mansion

Mickey’s Racing Team- The curator said this is the very first puzzle that Mrs. Gina-Gil Lacuna has made

Puzzle Mansion 8Puzzle Mansion 7various puzzles on display: 2d/3d/4d puzzles, wood/paper puzzle and more!

Puzzle Mansion

Posing at one of the biggest puzzle – Retablo de Santa Columba- (with 18,000 pieces!) on display with her Guinness award certificate

Puzzle Mansion 6Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion

Us with the owner, Mrs. Gina Gil-Lacuna (on white skirt), who talked to us and showed us around the souvenir shop

We’re fortunate that time because Ms. Gina was around that time to talk to us and other guests telling about her collections. She told us that she is assembling another puzzle with 32,000 pieces that she will enter in Guinness once again to break her own record! Amazing and ang tyaga nya!

puzzle mansion 18

This is the current puzzle with 32,000 pcs. that Ms. Gina Gil-Lacuna is trying to finish as of this writing

Puzzle Mansion 14You can buy puzzles, shirts and other stuff at their store. You can even order a customized puzzle with your own photo or whatever for P3,000.

Puzzle Mansion

of course, I will not be going home without buying a souvenir shirt

Puzzle Mansion

Also bought 1 box (P350) of their famous creamy buko pie, which is delicious!

Puzzle Mansion Puzzle Mansion lots of plants displayed, I think some of them are for sale.
Puzzle Mansion 11Puzzle Mansion
Purok 4 Cuadra
St. Barangay Asisan, Tagaytay City, Philippines
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Call us for inquires or reservations
Tel: 02 661- 0019
Tel: 0905- 225 0229

Review of Allen’s Homestay in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Like what I have said on my Pagudpud post, we have no intentions on sleeping in Pagudpud because we need to go back to Laoag City because we are staying at Texicano Hotel in Laoag City.

But since I fell ill and so tired, I asked our tricycle driver to look for a homestay where we can spend the night there. He recommended ALLEN’S HOMESTAY. Actually, there are lots of Homestays along Brgy. Saud where you can rent.

Here’s a list of  Where to Stay in Pagudpud / Homestay / Hotels in Pagudpud that I made.

NOTE: You can easily pinpoint if the house is a homestay because homestays which are accredited by D.O.T. (Dept. of Tourism) has big signage with name and contact no. of the owner just like the image below.

Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos NorteUpdate 2017: they have a bigger and new signage as what I saw at their FB page:

Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Norte2 This is the house where we stayed.

The owner welcomed us warmly and showed us 2 rooms (fan and aircon room). I guess the aircon room is not ready that time so she said that fan room is only available for P250.00/per person/night so we took it. I’m not picky that time since we only need a place to stay for a night.Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Norte3This is the fan room with one big bed, fan and a table. There’s an extra foam if you need.  Good for 2 or 3 persons.
Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Norte4 Pros:
1. Rate is very affordable
2. The owners are friendly, warm and accommodating. My fear of sleeping in a different place and room with people I don’t know disappeared when we got engaged in a conversation.
3. There’s a separate clean bathroom and comfort room for the guests
4. You are free to watch TV and stay at their living room which I did before sleeping that night but Manang Rolly and I end up with a conversation.
5. Walking distance from Saud Beach, Polaris Beach house and Municipal beach.
6. The owner said you can use the whole house and their kitchen just in case you want to cook and if you are staying longer but with a fee (of course)
7. We felt safe while we are there.
8. Perfect for backpackers and those that want a budget place to stay.

1. Manang didn’t gave us a key for our room so we didn’t lock it when we went out for dinner. I didn’t bother to ask since we don’t leave any valuables.
2. The dog of their neighbor is barking that night so it kept me awake couple of times since I tend to light sleep when I’m not in my own room.

Overall, our stay for the night at Allen’s Homestay was nice as we didn’t have any major issues at all. I recommend this place if you need a place to stay in Saud esp. if you are not picky or too meticulous.

Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Norte                             (Posing with the owner Manang Rolly before going home)

Allen’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Manang Rorily (Rolly) De Guzman
Mobile: 0910-2898217

Rate: P250.00/night (fan room)
They have an aircon room but forgot the rate

Where to Stay in Pagudpud / Homestay / Hotels in Pagudpud

Pagudpud is situated in Ilocos Norte and is very popular tourist destination because of it’s beautiful beaches and resorts.

How to get there:
By car: 10-12 hours drive from Manila
By plane: 1hr and 30 mins. (Manila to Laoag Int’l airport) then ride bus
By bus: 2 hours from Laoag City (you can ride mini bus/ non aircon bus via Laoag-pagudpud or aircon bus via Cagayan)

If you are on a budget and wanted to spend less on your accommodations, you can opt to stay at homestays (home of the locals converted to accommodate guests) that are accredited by the Dept. of Tourism in Ilocos. There are many homestays in Brgy. Saud, just inquire to know their rates.

However, if you want to stay in hotel or beach resorts here is a list.

Homestays along Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Nortehomestay 1  homestay 2homestay 3  homestay 4 homestay 5 homestay 6 homestay 7 homestay 8 homestay 9

Allen’s Homestay this is where we stayed – (click link to see pics and my review)
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Manang Rorily (Rolly) De Guzman
Mobile: 0910-2898217
Rate : P250.00/night (fan room)

Cathy’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
owner: Catherine Dalumay
Mobile: 0908-3146282

Natividad Gaudenia’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Natividad Gaudenia
Mobile: 0947-4470833

Mund’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Raymund Calventas
Mobile: 0920-8984368

Ada’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile: 0949-4588257

Winse’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Winsler / Rose Ubasa
Mobile: 0920-2646400   / 0906-6121374

Hotels / Beach Resorts
Saud Beach Resort and Hotel

Brgy. Saud Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Contact Nos. 0917-5195495 / 0918-5533073
(632) 921-2856 (632) 928-9853

Saud Beach Resort and Hotel

Polaris Beach House
Brgy. Saud Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Contact Nos: 0920-2396138 / 0919-3078803 / 0917-5488102
Polaris Beach House 2

Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center

Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud

Kapuluan Vista Resort
Sitio Banlaran, Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud
Website: www.
DELUXE with LOFT : P4,750/room for 4 pax
maximum capacity, 6 persons
DELUXE w/o LOFT P3,700/room for 2 pax
maximum capacity, 3 persons
STANDARD P2,700/room for 2 pax
maximum capacity, 3 persons
DORMITORY :650/person  for 2 pax

Punta Azul Beach Resort
Blue Lagoon in Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Deluxe Rooms
Php3,500 / day (Peak Season – March to June; December)
Php2,800 / day (Off Season – all other months)
Regular Rooms Rates (maximum of 3 guests):
Php3,200 / day (Peak Season – March to June; December)
Php2,500 / day (Off Season – all other months)

Jn and Carol Beach Resort Cottages
Burayoc Point, Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
+63 77 676 0183 ‎

Arinaya White Beach Resort
Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎

Palm Grove Saud Holiday Complex
Sitio Jupiter, Saud, Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎

Evangeline Beach Resort
Saud Cove, Burayoc Point, Pagudpud
+63 918 908 1071

Punta Garvida Beach Resort

Keahana Beach Resort

Terrar Rika Dive & Beach Resort

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