OMP El Nido in Palawan

By / 1st August, 2015 / Tagaytay / No Comments

At last, a place for backpackers to meet fellow backpackers in El Nido – a touted paradise in Northern Palawan.

We designed OMP with your needs in mind even as we commit to provide value accommodation against the usual challenges of emerging destinations: limited Internet connectivity, rationed electricity, and a rapidly expanding town beyond the locals’ expectations.

You may actually love it rustic and laid-back but expect some balance with availability of free basic breakfast, hotel-grade linen, hot showers(!), stand-by emergency power source, personalized assistance in island hopping and in-land tours from our devoted and friendly staff manning the reception 24/7.

Dining area where you can hang and chat with the other travelers, Lockers are available (just provide your own padlock) if you need to store your valuables. Likewise, we have stored a wealth of information and tips just to make your trip within budget and optimized.

Stay in our private or dormitory accommodation while you grow your circle of friends with like-minded travelers.

The Good Shepherd Hostel Makati

By / 15th May, 2015 / Tagaytay / No Comments

The Good Shepherd Hostel is the youngest sibling in Our Melting Pot Hostel family – your trusted budget accommodation provider, twice recognized as the Best Hostel in the Philippines.

Not a luxury hostel.  Not a boutique hostel. There is no lift which means guests need to climb the stairs to the 3rd floor.  Hostel site is a few steps away from the red light strip.  But believe that this is your HOME in Manila, enriched with elements that make for meaningful backpacking experience: 24/7 staff to attend to your needs, spacious rooms with A/C, comfy pillows, hotel-grade mattresses, hot-and-cold showers. We have dedicated housekeepers who keep the place spic-and-span. The dorms feature double-stacked, custom-built single bunk beds, secure locker (bring your own padlock), and reading light. Ladies may opt for all-female ensuite dorm.

We hostel with a heart… of the biblical good shepherd! We provide you with the opportunity to enrich or develop lasting friendships with fellow travelers in a unique shared-living arrangement, and create the space for your mind or spirit to shift or sustain its focus from self to others.

Confirmed bookings come with the privilege of joining the much talked-about Tour of Old Manila (Intramuros, Luneta and CCP Complex) for FREE! Breakfast is included and served daily from 7 to 11 AM. We have a self-service kitchen, too, if you wish to grab ingredients from the local market and prepare your own dish. We have 24-hour security cameras, individual lockers, and a night-guard in the building to help ensure your safety at all times.

We have picked and designed a visually-arresting property:  rounded arc facade, a cabin-like interior, marbled floors and wooden furnishings. The place gives an inviting feeling of comfort and is a venue for you to relax and savor an unhurried pace of city life even as it is neatly positioned at the center of happenings in the country’s financial and entertainment capital – Makati City.  Note that the area is where you enjoy epic night-outs. Discover unique places of worship. Explore massive shopping centers, awesome weekend markets, vast green parks, and a museum that proves to be the perfect introduction to Philippine history and culture. 🙂

Picnic Grove in Tagaytay – A scenic panorama

By / 20th June, 2014 / Tagaytay / No Comments

Tagaytay is known for its spectacular views and there are few places better than the prized “Picnic Grove” area. Wide open and spacious, this is a perfect place to relax, unwind, or have some fun!

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Outdoor activities in and around Tagaytay

By / 15th June, 2014 / Tagaytay / No Comments

During my second week in the Philippines, my friend George and I went on a trip from Manila to Tagaytay. The first stop we went to was the picnic grove, which is just a little ways down the road from Tagaytay city proper. This is a wide open picnic area with tables, thatched roofs, and a scenic view of Taal Lake and the volcano. View of Taal Lake from the Picnic Grove.

There is also a zipline here which is very inexpensive to ride. The zipline in Tagaytay.

The staff will also give a printed photo to keep as a souvenir.

George and I after our zipline ride.

Next up, we went to the region south of Tagaytay, in Batangas near Nasugbu features some of the nicest beaches close to Manila.
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Try these Restaurants in Tagaytay!

By / 7th June, 2014 / Tagaytay / No Comments

There are a variety of great restaurants just a short walk away from Our Melting Pot Tagaytay! No matter what your culinary desire, you can find something to satisfy your palate here. Read More