I first heard about this resort from Prince when he was scouting for an alternative to our pool that closed down. For a moment, I thought we would have overcast skies all day.
But when DH came (she went to work early) at 10:30am, the sun was out. I even had to recreate my map using the trusty Wikimapia.
Blumen Resort isn't hard to find. It's much farther than the Filinvest pool but it's convenient and driving's easy especially on a Sunday.
Entrance is at Php80 for adults and Php70 for kids. Cottage was at Php100. "Cottage" means a simple bench and table setup of corz.
There are rooms ranging from Php1,500 to Php2,500. That is still very very cheap. No wonder there were so many people later in the afternoon. Our cottage was quickly taken the moment we left.
There was already karaoke-singing when we got there and so there were quite a few there already. And we were right. I didn't see much of the rules/ guidelines posted at the gate but judging from the crowd's attire there, you could say it was swimsuit-optional.
Except for the men who were topless, you'd think everybody just dunked into the pool with whatever it was they were wearing on the way there.
Yup, it was a "let's-go-pay-entrance-and-dunk-into-the-pool" crowd. No need to change into a swimsuit or trunks. Why do I say that? Look at the pic below. Are those pajamas, or what?
Yup, they look like pajamas. She must've gone in the pool right out from bed. The kids, on the other hand are easy to spot.
They're the ones in swimsuits and swimcaps. But for the others, a woman's attire de rigueur is a bright colored t-shirt (or blouse!), presumably so you won't recognize the bra underneath.
But when you're wet in the water, your garments won't lie. You'll see the bra's outline, straps, even the rusty clasps. And then there's the bright colored shorts.
Of course, you'll also see their panties underneath. Swimcaps? Ugh, they never heard of 'em.
Forgive my long rant here but these are the same people who'd later complain how dirty the pool is - clumps of long hair floating, cloth fibers, buttons, hair pins or clips, etc.
So you can imagine the stares we got when the kids lathered themselves with sunscreen while donning swimsuits. Even if they wore shorts, it's always swimsuit material.
Luckily I brought an extra old pair of trunks that DH was able to wear over her swimsuit. I also gave away some of my never-been-used trunks to Che and Da because they were just too small for me.
Here's the gang having lunch. Lunch is a pork dish, some bread, pancit and lumpiang togue.
DH and I also spent a few minutes at the lap pool. It's 4 feet deep on both ends and 6 feet deep (yay!) at the middle. There's a sign that sez it's where the Blumen Orca swim team trains.
Umm, okay. Because of its depth, not many folks hang around in that pool.
Here's Sandra and Renz at the parasol of the kiddie pool.
There was an adult slide shown here in the background. And all four had their turns going up and down the slide.
Here are the 3 at the 4 ft deep pool. Yup, you could definitely say this is a swimsuit-optional resort. Another swimsuit-optional resort is nearby Medz Resort which is just across the main road.
It was the gang's first time to see me do the butterfly. Che even became curious and wanted to learn more. I suppose my demo turned out to be nice and graceful coz even DH did the dolphin kicks to at least try it out.
Rants aside, the kids, especially Renz enjoyed the resort very much. We'll be back for sure.