Say It With Flowers

Posted on: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | , ,
Because I am way too excited to unleash the photographer in me and my next photo session will have to wait until next week, I decided to use these zinnias as subjects so I can test and try the specs of my new "baby".

I took these pictures using RAW format and exported in JPEG format using the camera software. No major post processing done, except for the Popart filter (which is also incorporated in the camera and available for pictures set in JPEG format), some cropping (because of the tarpaulin and gates in the blurry backgrounds which I find not appropriate to be in the pictures) and the watermarks which I placed using Lightroom.

So here they are:

Focal length: 14mm, F/3.5

Popart filter, focal length:16mm, F/3.6
Focal length: 16mm, F/3.6

Hacienda Darasa Garden Resort Hotel

Last April, we visited Hacienda Darasa via a deal we purchased in Cash Cash Pinoy. Here's my take on the place. Pardon me for whatever shortcomings I may have, this is the first time I'm writing a review about a place.

Hacienda Darasa Garden Resort Hotel is located in 791 Pres. Laurel Highway, Darasa, Tanauan City, Batangas.

The Hotel
From Santa Rosa City, we drove to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) via Greenfield-Unilab Exit. From SLEX we drove until Star Tollway, the gateway to the province of Batangas, via CALABARZON exit (which by the way lessens travel time and helps commuters avoid heavy traffic in Sto. Tomas, Batangas). We entered Tanauan City via Tanauan Exit. From there, we turned left until we reached the intersection after the City Market. Then, headed right to reach the place. From Waltermart, it's around 5-8 minutes drive to Hacienda Darasa which is situated on the left side of the road.

Impression: Accessible. 
  • Commuters will not have a hard time reaching the place because of available public transportation. For more info on how to get to Hacienda Darasa, visit their website here.
  • In any case you need to buy something, the market and grocery are just a ride away.

The voucher that we purchased entitled us a discounted stay at three Superior Rooms. It looked exactly how it was posted in their website.

Group picture inside our room.
Reservations are a must because rooms are limited.

The view from the hotel patio
Impression: Cozy, homey and neat.

Cons: Eating is prohibited inside the room. But you can bring in as much food as you want, granting you will pay for the corkage.

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