Added Photo Gallery: Treasure Island Beach Resort

Treasure Island Beach Resort is one of the best places to stay if you are visiting Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands. With excellent room values, a resturant/bar on site, an excellent swimming pool, WiFi throughout, and a fun, friendly staff, the Treasure Island Beach Resort is hard to beat.

I stayed at Treasure Island for almost two weeks, and had no complaints.

The rooms are are very comfortable, appointed well, and are very clean and well-maintained. The view from the balcony was fantastic. I loved waking up every morning (when was the last time you said that?), getting a cup of coffee from the resturant, and sitting on the balcony checking and replying to e-mails, etc. Watching the sunrise was spectacular.  I enjoyed staying in the suite with the balcony. The second room was great for working on the laptop, and it has a second TV. It’s also great when you have a visitor who wants to watch a different channel on TV, which happened quite often. Strangely enough, Filipinas don’t really enjoy CNN.

The food at Treasure Island is excellent. They carry the same menu as Dryden’s Resturant in Barrio Barretto, and they maintain the same standard of excellence. I can highly recommend the Chicken Curry with the milder yellow sauce – I’m not terribly adventurous when it comes to hot food. I loved the breakfasts – just like Denny’s, only better. They actually have hash browns – something we don’t get here in Panama. They also serve fresh juices in liter-sized plastic jugs – the kind you can take jogging. Those come in very handy when you are trying to replenish your body after being out in the intense sun. I remember driking fresh Pineapple, Mango and Orange Juice, though they may have more selections.

Another great benefit of staying at Treasure Island is the Voodoo Floating Bar just 40 yards or so off the beach. The Floating Bar is great fun. It’s cooler out there with a constant fresh breeze, and the bar is staffed with excellent girls, who won’t let you escape without a back, shoulder, neck and head massage.

The best thing about Treasure Island is the staff. The girls that work in the bar/restaurant are top notch; beautiful, intelligent and fun! They also do a good job of serving food and drinks. The front desk staff was very helpful. I had a lot of questions about the area, like where to rent a motor scooter, what was a good medical clinic, and where can I buy (insert your desired object here). They always gave me the best possible advice.

Check out the pics, and please feel free to leave comments.

Philippine Photo Gallery: Treasure Island Beach Resort

Added Photo Gallery: Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo

While I was researching my trip to the Philippines, I was wondering if Olongapo had changed much.

Back in the 80’s, Magsaysay Drive, the main road extending from the main gate of Subic Bay Naval Station, across the river (which we affectionately termed “shit river”), was lined with hundreds of bars, clubs, discos, resturants, hotels, and lots of little shops selling everything from custom-designed t-shirt to hand-formed metal watch bands to all kinds of clothing and knick knacks.

I was curious what Magsaysay Drive looked like today, so I grabbed my camera and took a few snapshots.

I’m really not very happy with the results. When I go back next time, I’ll actually document Magsaysay, with step by step photos from the gate to Rizal Avenue.

Philippine Photo Gallery: Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo

Added Photo Gallery: Barrio Barretto Bars and Clubs

I was lucky enough to get a vacation in early February. I had not visited the Philippines for just over 20 years, so I decided to splurge and head back to Subic Bay and The Barrio.

Prior to leaving, I spent quite a bit of time doing research on the area. How much had it changed? Were any of the bars I remember still there? What about the girls?

During my trip, I decided to take pictures of all the bars and clubs in Barrio Barretto. I accomplished that goal, with a few exceptions. I know I missed a few bars. If you have pics of them, please feel free to send them and I’ll post them here. Or, I’ll get them on my next trip, though who wants to wait a whole  year?

Philippine Photo Gallery: Barrio Barretto Bars and Clubs

Added Photo Gallery: Treasure Island Pool Party (Subic)

Treasure Island Beach Resort in Barrio Barretto, Subic, had a pool party on February 14th, 2010. Luckily, I was staying at  Treasure Island, and I was able to particpate in the fun.

They had girls representing all of the Dryden Group bars, including Mosquito Bar, Rum Jungle, The Wet Spot, Angelwitch and the Voodoo Floating Bar.

Everyone had a blast. The music was great, the food was plentiful and well prepared (Dryden Restaurant standards were met) and the filipina girls were gorgeous and fun.

Check out the pics! Next time I’ll get more.

Philippine Photo Gallery: Treasure Island Pool Party

Added Photo Gallery: Driving the SCTEX from Angeles to Barrio Barretto

The drive from Angeles City to Subic Bay used to take four and a half hours. The roads were terrible, full of holes, covered in mudslides, and there always seemed to be cars and trucks breaking down, slowing traffic and generally ruining your day.

The drive on the SCTEX (Subic, Clark, Tarlac Expressway) was fantastic! I think the entire trip only took about one hour and 45 minutes, and only that long because we stopped for gas and to refill the tire with air.

I didn’t plan this, so all I grabbed were some quick snapshots of the scenes along the SCTEX, and a few signs that said Subic.

Also included in this photo gallery are a few pictures of the drive from Olongapo to Barrio Barretto.

Philippine Photo Gallery: Driving the SCTEX from Angeles to Barrio Barretto