Amacena Restaurant at One Tagaytay Place Hotel and Suites

Filipino food, in its varying origins, tastes, colors, and textures will always be a household favorite. Needless to say, nothing compares to the comfort of home-cooked cuisines — reminding you of the familiar traditions which our Filipino culture is popularly known for. While I grew up learning to appreciate Filipino culinary delights at home through…

A Birthday Staycation at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites

It has been a tradition in the family to celebrate birthdays either out of town or at a restaurant. Priorities have changed lately to give way to financing our dad’s medication and paying for car and house amortizations. I just wanted a simple celebration for my birthday this time. Perfect timing it is, the scheduled…

Great Santa Cruz Island: Exploring the Pink Beach of Zamboanga

Pink Beach is one of our planned itineraries in Zamboanga. Aside from city tours and food trips, beach bumming is one of our fave pastimes when traveling. The initial plan of going to Once Islas was cancelled due to budget. Our intended date for that trip didn’t have registered joiners and we’d end up paying…

8 Reasons Why We Love Marcian Garden Hotel Zamboanga

Marcian Garden Hotel was the venue of Fatma, my best friend, for her wedding ceremony and reception. Cath and I stayed here for two nights to attend the festivities and explore the other attractions in Zamboanga. Marcian is one of the luxury hotels in Zamboanga. It’s six minutes away from the airport, accessible to business…

Yakan Village: Appreciation for the art and people of Zamboanga

When we arrived in Zamboanga, we already had a horrible experience with a tricycle driver. He did not drop us directly to our hotel and overcharged us for our fare. Worse, my friend’s luggage got broken when he unloaded it from his tricycle. We don’t know if it was accidentally (or intentionally) dropped, because the…

Alavar: A Must-Try Seafood Restaurant in Zamboanga

I ultimately love seafood that I always try to include it in my food trips during my travels. Whether at the beach, a city tour or a formal restaurant, seafood will always be included on my list. When I heard about a restaurant in Zamboanga whose specialty is seafood, I hurriedly marked this as part…

Taiwan: The Travel that Heals (and other realizations)

This trip almost got cancelled. A few weeks before the date of our departure, my dad got diagnosed with liver cancer. I thought of saving my money for his medication and deemed it inappropriate to push through with the trip while the whole family is hurting and carrying the burden. I remember the sleepless nights…

Convenient and Accessible Airbnb in Ximending, Taipei

Choosing the accommodation was the initial step in planning our travel to Taiwan. Before we went to the nitty-gritty details of our itinerary, we first looked for a place to stay in Taipei. We based it from our main point of reference, Ximending — a hip, lively place for where retail, shopping, night markets, and…

Things You Should Know about the Ivatans (People of Batanes)

What makes a place beautiful? Is it the bounteous wonders of nature, the culture and history? Is it the prominent landmarks and tourist attractions? For me it’s more than that — it’s the people. Every time I travel, it’s those random encounters and conversations with the locals that leave a lasting impact to me. The…

A Newbie’s Adventures in Baler

My summer was packed with colorful adventures. Another late summer trip last June which was memorable to me was when I traveled to Baler for a team building with Team D. I mentioned in my previous post that I am always game for team buildings because I want to bond with my associates outside work…

Team Building Made More Fun at Aquaria Water Park

I always look forward to attending annual team buildings. It’s the best time of the year when you get to bond with your colleagues outside the usual office routine and enjoy the perks of the company.  Although I’ve had a fair share of beach clubs, resorts, recreational centers, parks and other team building venues outside…

Nana’s Farm: A Tranquil Country House in Tagaytay

As a traveler, I noticed I’ve changed preferences. I wanted to deviate a little bit from the mainstream to pursue the road less traveled. I guess it comes with the maturity that it gets clear what you want, even if that does not conform to what is popular. Ironically, it is simple but not always…

Blue Lagoon Inn And Suites: Budget Yet Classy Hotel in Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa was our last stop in Palawan before heading back home. We stayed overnight for a simple city tour, food trip in one of its best restaurants and last-minute pasalubongs before going back to Manila. Since this marks the last stretch of our Palawan adventure, we wanted it to be more laid back but…

Traveling Essentials for the Smart Backpacker

I love to travel. The idea of going to the mountain, a secluded island or a remote city in the country thrills me. With my frequency in traveling, somehow I already have a list consistent list of must-haves when going outdoors. Completing your traveling gears makes it easier to set a routine when packing. It…

A Sweet Stop at Vizco’s Restaurant and Cake Shop

I’ve known Vizco’s as the famous, leading supplier of the luscious Strawberry Shortcake in Baguio. Even if it was not much publicized years ago in online platforms getting honored as one of the must-to-go-places in Baguio, it has been the talk of the town for its decadent desserts. Word of mouth was its strongest marketing…

Plakafe: A Fusion of Art, Vinyl Music and Cuisine in Baguio City

Baguio will always be one of my favorite destinations for vacation. Even with the outgrowing number of tourists that slightly obstructs its natural beauty, Baguio holds this undisputed charm that won’t dissuade me from visiting it. I know there are still beautiful places, stories, and people to be discovered in the lovely City of Pines…

10 Things You Can Do This Long Weekend

Nope, I am not part of the population rejoicing over the recently declared long weekend due to the ASEAN Summit. I got work to do during these days, sadly. However, I can at least suggest some activities you can do or places to visit during these holidays. Planning an out-of-town trip sounds a good idea,…

Rediscovering El Nido in 4 Days: A Travel Guide

Second Time’s the Charm It’s my second time in El Nido. Back in 2015, I did not have the courage to blog about it fearing that I might not give justice to the beautiful place through my words and photos. El Nido is too immaculately beautiful to describe, not to mention I only have a…

Nacpan Beach and Las Cabañas: El Nido’s Pieces of Paradise

When you talk about El Nido, you’d equate it to beautiful islands, lagoons and limestone cliffs. Little did we know that there are other beaches around that are exquisitely beautiful on their own, and comparison is pretty much a taboo. Just like the other islands in the prominent Tours A, B, C and D, the…

Experiencing the Best Pizza of El Nido at Trattoria Altrov’è

El Nido, being a melting pot of tourists from all sides of the globe has an immense range of food hubs to satiate your taste buds. International cuisines like Italian, Greek, French, American, European, Mediterranean could be among your favored dining choices near the beach. On our first night, we googled the top dining spots…

Balay Paragua: Your Home Away from Home in El Nido, Palawan

Arriving past dinner time at Puerto Princesa airport, we immediately headed to the van with our sturdy backpacks and sneakers. The four-hour land travel traversing zigzag roads made us quite dizzy but the driver’s speed enabled us to reach the destination earlier than expected. Light-headed and exhausted, we looked forward comfortably settling at the inn…

Forest House Bistro and Cafe: A Dreamy Restaurant in Baguio City

I have always admired unique restaurant concepts. To be immersed in a different theme while dining creates worthy milestones and memories. While my satisfaction for the food remains a primary consideration, I likewise include ambiance and details as distinguishing factors too for a worthwhile dining experience. A particular visit at one of the most talked-…

Good Taste Baguio: When Budget Meets Good Taste

Baguio is among the top destinations I love in the country. Apart from the climate, the touristy locations and cheap bazaars, it’s perfect for pigging out for foodies like me! And to unravel my first food trip, here’s Good Taste! Good Taste is one of the most popular restaurants in Baguio among tourists and locals…

Fab Airbnb Staycation at Wind Residences Tagaytay

For our mom’s 55th birthday, we wanted to make it extra special so my siblings and I intended to celebrate it in Tagaytay. We initially thought of booking a hotel but later on decided to make a reservation through AirBnb for practical and convenient reasons. The options in Airbnb are more diverse and flexible: you can…

Coffee, Desserts and Nature at Bag of Beans Athena, Tagaytay

A roadtrip to Tagaytay won’t be complete without visiting Bag of Beans.  Aside from the luscious desserts, coffee variants and hefty brunch servings, Bag of Beans is known for its charming locations that match your preference for a place to unwind. I’ve been to Rotonda branch only, but discovered that the one in Athena is even more dashing….

RSM Lutong Bahay: A Culinary Legend of Tagaytay

If you’re hankering for good food paired with a scenic restaurant view, then Tagaytay is the place to be. I’ve been here several times for an easy escape, and over time, I’ve developed a personal list of the best restaurants I love going back to. RSM Lutong Bahay definitely is one of them. RSM specializes…

Crossing San Juanico Bridge and A Visit to MacArthur Landing Memorial Park

I had two encounters with the prominent bridge: late in the evening when we were heading from Tacloban to Guiuan, and one afternoon when we have to go back from Samar to the airport for our scheduled flight to Manila. Two different time settings but one reaction:  bedazzled. I’ve only seen this famous landmark in history books in…

Oriental Leyte: A Luxury Hotel in Tacloban

We alighted the plane in Tacloban light-headed and sluggish. Battling against lack of sleep and exhaustion from office hours, we dragged our luggage and waited for our friend who was about to fetch us from the airport. The grey skies and  heavy downpour of rain welcomed us. The gloomy weather that day made me wonder…

Sigayan Bay Beach Resort: A Sweet Escape

Laiya, Batangas would always be a top destination when scouting for the most accessible yet budget- friendly beach resorts near Metro Manila.  A prominent vacation site just a few hours away from the busy city, it promises the sight of  refreshing white sand, varied range of activities to explore, and the panoramic view of the sea….

More Things to Love About Iloilo City

Iloilo city is home to so many good things. Drivers don’t honk their horns against each other when agitated by traffic. No candy wrappers are littered on the streets. A police officer gave us the one-peso short change when the jeepney driver forgot to hand it. A random stranger at the ferry helped me carry my…

Guimaras: More than Sweet Mangoes and Crystalline Waters

After the Gigantes adventure that entailed us to do strenuous activities and proactively try different methods of commuting, my friends and I finally sought a much laid-back escapade in the island province of Guimaras. Situated in between the islands of Panay and Negros, Guimaras is renowned not only for its sweet mangoes, but for its tourist…

The Untold Secrets of Islas de Gigantes

Going to a new place every year for my birthday has been a self-imposed commitment. I like rewarding myself with travels to enrich myself more in experiences, creating more memories as I embrace a new chapter in my life. This year, my close friends and I booked a ticket to Iloilo. Going as far as Western…

Thailand Throwback: Garden Phuket Hotel

One of the major things I consider when traveling is the hotel. Second to good amenities, the location should be near the airport or at least close to tourist spots for easier access. Choosing our hotel in Phuket was really hard since there are too many pretty and eye-catching hotels posted online. We had to inquire because our…

Thailand Throwback: Falling in Love with Thai Cuisine

Among Asian cuisines, Thai food used to be last on my list. Aside from my dislike on the fusion of sweetness and spiciness in a dish,  there is a rarity of restaurants in Manila that seem to execute Thai dishes well, based on experience. Not to mention, I am not a fan of spicy food. Not…