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…

A Farewell Letter to Nikki

Dear Nikki, I haven’t given you a name, not until today that I realized how much you mean to me after you departed. I can’t imagine having to write this letter. It still tears me apart, knowing our journey has come to an end. First of all, I apologize for being careless last Sunday. I…

Blogger’s Giveaway: Tapa King GC + TGC Bloom Coffee

If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know I love food. I take pleasure in exploring new restaurants, getting invited to food tasting events, cooking at home, and just discovering whatever pleases my palate. My friends instantly know that before we touch anything on the dining table, it should be photographed first. Then later, I’d…

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…

8CutsTurns5: Why We Love the 8 Cuts Burger Blends 5th Year Anniv Promo

For its fifth year anniversary today, 8 Cuts Burger Blends has a special treat for its beloved patrons. Selected items on the menu like Cheeseburger, Q-Daddy, Piggy and Party Spaghetti are sold for only Php 88. As soon as they had the social media blast of this promo, I immediately tagged my friend Jem knowing…

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…

Foodies.ph is Your Newest Interactive Recipe Buddy

As a foodie, I do not only hunt for new restaurants. I also spend my spare time in the kitchen, trying out old and new recipes. I was born to a family who has a great passion for cooking. Being raised in a culture that considers cooking good food as not an exemplary skill but…

Tapa King Introduces its First Ambassador: Baste Duterte

When it comes to all-day Filipino breakfast, Tapsilog will always be a top favorite. This dish is well-loved for its versatility as a comfort food that brings out the best from the combination of well-curated beef, fried egg and garlic fried rice. Pair it with tomatoes, atchara and vinegar and you’re all set. A brand…

Birthday 2017

I had a different birthday this year. Compared to last year, I was not that reluctant celebrating it.  Embarking on this journey, I had too many realizations. I’ve gently acknowledged the big changes in this new chapter. Although it’s a bit sad I officially left my twenties, (huhu) it’s also liberating to look back on…

Mesa 30th: Continuing Legacy for Modern Filipino Food

A Significant Story We’ve known Mesa as one of the best providers of affordable Filipino food. Even before local restaurants have flourished in the Metro, Mesa has established a brand popular for innovative Filipino cuisine. Through the years, I never got the chance to try it. Chanced upon a perfect timing, I was invited to…

Your Food Park Guide at CommunEATy Roces Food Hub

Food parks are now the trendiest dining spots to date. Clustered together in one location, concessionaires offer variety in food options peppered with gimmicks to entice customers. Every vicinity in the metro has a featured food park, that compete for diversity in cuisines and and hip and lively concepts. CommunEATy, a food park in Quezon…

More than a Stick Party at Kushikatsu Daruma Philippines

Uptown is a spot where my friends and I frequently meet before our skate sesh. We normally go to the Food Hall to grab a quick snack in the evening. But since it rained last Friday, we opted to find a new place to have a decent dinner and catch up with each other at…

Ramen Yushoken: Finest Ramen of the South 

Ramen has dominated the food scene in the Metro. Even with the Pinoys’ uncompromised love for rice, Ramen has acted as a substitute for a filling, complete meal. The prevalence of Ramen has made restaurants contend against each other, vying to be the best one, and we as foodies can’t help but come up with…

The Giving Cafe: Redefining Coffee with a Purpose

Coffee, with its unparalleled benefits and innovations has now evolved from a mere commodity to recreation, art, leisure and experience. Not only that, it can also be a platform for making a difference in the society, improving the lives of others. Instrumental to that change is The Giving Café , a concept pioneered by Henry…

Casual Chinese Dining at Wang Fu Serendra

My family is not adaptable to foreign cuisines so taking them out during family dinners is quite a challenge. Good thing, there is a Chinese restaurant in Serendra which was a safe option and a familiar cuisine to their conservative palate.  Wang Fu saved me from the hassle of finding a good spot to celebrate…

Ditto’s Paella: A Slice of Heaven on Earth

Paella is both an Art and Science itself. Art in the sense that it has varying types, presentation and components. It’s Science because it requires precise steps to achieve the desired taste and texture. Obviously, there is a certain man who has mastered the balancing act of both to perfect this Spanish delicacy we all…

Why Every Dog Lover Should Visit Barkin’ Blends

My weekend breathers usually consist of going to the grocery, a new restaurant or salon. But last weekend was a bit different. I thought of doing an unusual activity to destress and at the same time learn something new. I pondered and thought of going to Barkin’ Blends Café for a change. Barkin’ Blends is…

Vietnamese Delights Take Two at Vietnomnom Maginhawa

It’s my first time in Maginhawa. Known as a big food jungle that is home to new restaurant concepts, food parks and themed cafes, Maginhawa’s food choices seemed horrendously endless. Having thought that we’d end up chaotically checking each restaurant and confusing ourselves with the number of selections, we settled on a recent craving of…

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…

Sarsa Kitchen + Bar: Superb Pinoy Food with a Twist

I love Filipino food. However, I tend to exclude it from my list when dining out to deviate from mediocre food typically served at home, and explore other cuisines. Some menu prices are overrated for such ordinary execution and of course you want to get your buck’s worth.  But Sarsa Kitchen + Bar in MOA  made the…

Food Trip and Scenery at Guiuan, Samar: Tanghay View Lodge

If there’s one thing I won’t forget every time I visit a new place, it’s the food. Home-cooked meals prepared by the Raguirag family were incomparable. It’s really the heart-warming hospitality that tops the experience, even if we did not get to taste their  local culinary specialties due to time constraints. However, I will always…

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…

 Chicken, Ribs and Friends at Gringo BGC

Gringo would always appear in my FB newsfeed, with its mouthwatering food photos popping everywhere nonchalantly luring me to give it a try. And as a lover of Mexican food, how can I say no? The reviews are awesome, the place seems chic and cool, and the food looks enticing enough to even ignore it or…

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….

Twenty Sixteen: A Rewind

It’s hard to describe 2016. The experiences, both good and bad are multi-layered to be chalked up to one word. It was a plethora of different colors and emotions – crazy, painful yet beautiful all at the same time. As each year unfolds, we never stayed in one place. We’re bound to embrace the constancy…

Affordable Yet Winning Ramen at Ramen Kuroda McKinley Hill

The top-of-the-line, fine-tasting ramen we know would always come in hefty prices. After all, cost isn’t a big deal when it compensates our expectations for premiere quality and satisfactory taste.  When it has a cheap price tag, it’s likely missing out on set standards. But the case is different in Ramen Kuroda – where the budget…

Birthday 2016

Sorry for the late post. I had this dilemma of whether writing it or not, sometimes I was in the mood, sometimes I wasn’t. But I realized there are more good things to share, so I’d rather let the overflowing happiness surface into writing this blog post. This year, I had no plans of celebrating…

Signature Chicken Sandwiches at FowlBread BGC

We’ve seen restaurants today enthusiastic about burgers. Contending against sizes, beefy goodness, variety of toppings – it’s a cutthroat competition out there. Fowlbread shifted from the tough burger battle and decided to focus instead on another unique creation, chicken sandwiches. Fowlbread is under the wing of Tasteless Group, the creative minds behind Wrong Ramen, Hole…

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…

Shawarma Bros: Not Your Typical Shawarma, Bro

Following the much-hyped opening of Venice Grand Canal to the public, many likewise anticipate the opening of more restaurants at the Italian-themed mall. That includes me and my friends, who wanted to get more decent food other than pantry meals and fastfood. And since I’m a lover of anything Persian, I tagged them along to Shawarma Bros…

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…

Rebekah Mae: Testimony and Talent in Artistry

The road to one’s dream always has an underlying story. One’s full realization of a calling is usually shaped by unfavorable circumstances, leading you to a clearer orientation of what you really want to be in life. It rarely happens overnight – it is a tedious process. Rebekah Mae Raguirag’s journey to the music industry…

Wrong Ramen Burgos Circle: Not Really Wrong After All

I am no ramen expert. I don’t have a comparative list of the best ramen joints in Manila, and judge them according to noodle texture, tastiness of the broth, serving sizes, ingredients, etc., like what’s featured in most blogs today. But even if I’m no ramen guru, one thing is certain – I  ultimately love…

Cebu Adventure Series Part 1: Heading to Oslob and Sascha Resort

If there is another thing that excites me aside from checking out a new restaurant or writing, it’s a ticket to a new destination. The opportunity to see another dimension of the world’s beauty is an empowering feeling that alters my perspective, while I take on unfamiliar roads outside my comfort zone. And with a country…

Something to Love about Loveshack SM Aura

Update: THE PLACE IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED  SM Aura is aptly tagged as one of the premiere malls in the metro, with its top-of-the-line stores, boutiques, restaurants and facilities. That being said, it makes one reluctant to dine at its restaurants with the limited range of choices that can suit your budget. But if you move…