These photos are the opposite of the scene outside. It's still raining and many parts of Metro Manila are still submerged from last Saturday's onslaught of tropical storm "Ondoy" (international codename: Ketsana).
These were taken from the deck of Mirage Hotel in Subic two weekends ago. It was my second stay in this hotel--it's a small hotel, nothing fancy, they have free wi-fi and rates are affordable. I like the location because the beach is right at the doorstep, and it's a short drive to the Subic Bay Freeport. We had breakfast at the patio and enjoyed the sunshine. The afternoon was wet and we stayed in and chilled. Right next door is a 7-Eleven where we got our overdose of coffee, and next to 7-Eleven is a Mexican cantina where we had lunch. The food was unexciting and pricey. It was the most boring Mexican food I ever had!
From the hotel's patio, you can see the Subic Bay Port across the bay and the nearby coves. It was a stress-free weekend with a bit of adventure at the Zoobic Safari, lots of shopping at the duty-free shops and factory outlets, and food overload. What more could I ask for?