Temples, markets, and glorious street food.
Found myself finishing work up early one very rainy afternoon in August 2016 and, since I was in the area, decided to visit the National Museum. I haven't been there since I was a kid. I guess I could say I have a better appreciation for the works of art that's there now than I … Continue reading A quiet afternoon at the National Museum
I almost forgot about this trip. See, I bought my airline ticket on a whim (well, I mostly book flights on a whim) about 8 months before the actual trip so I only remembered it about 2 weeks before. Which meant I had to scramble to find a place to stay in a very small … Continue reading Coron Weekend 2016
A quick surfing jaunt with the guys.
The Rey-Reys have fallen into the tradition (for the past three years anyway) of going to the beach the weekend of my birthday. This year, we went to my favorite beach province, only in a different town. San Narciso resorts were full, so we found one in Botolan, one town shy of Iba, Zambales. Took … Continue reading 2016 Birthday Weekend in Botolan
I wanted to go somewhere new (and cheap) for my birthday. Tingloy Island did not disappoint. It's fairly easy to go there. From Manila, just hop on a bus going to Batangas City Grand Terminal. From there, get on a jeepney headed to Talaga Port. Now, this is where knowledge of monsoon can help you. … Continue reading Tingloy Island, Batangas, Philippines
When it rains, it pours - beach trips, that is. I literally just had 30 minutes to freshen up after arriving from Jomalig before my friends picked me up so we could be on our way to Calaguas. After a speedy shower and essentials refill, I was on a van (after spending 4 hours in … Continue reading Calaguas Island, Philippines
Jomalig Island is one of those dots you see on the map that's off of Quezon province and into the Pacific Ocean. Actually, it's the first time I've heard of it. How we got there: we left Manila at around 4am via Raymond Bus passing through Pililla, Rizal going to Real, Quezon. Boat from Real … Continue reading Jomalig Island, Quezon, Philippines
All in all, it was an easy and relaxing morning. Perfect for a broken heart seeking comfort from a good friend, good chocolate, and a chilly morning.
I really loved the whole place. It's the "God-if-I'm-filthy-rich-my-house-would-look-like-this" kind of love. The structures are beautiful and interestingly phased, doorways (and yeah, I really have a thing for doors and doorways) are framed by foliage, the gardens beckon you to step out under the sun, and there are corners that compel you to sit and stay a while.
Month one of 2016 saw me on a weekend trip up North with my STORM loves. Good thing about this? I didn't have to do/plan anything. I just paid my share of the expenses and showed up on time. Best thing about this? I got to spend a weekend with some of the funnest, funniest, craziest people I got the privilege of knowing.
Knowing this exchange rate would help you in moments of doubt: $1 = 4,000 Riel. Remember that when a mischievous ten-year-old monk charges you a dollar to use the toilet that costs 500 Riel per use after you tell him you don't have carry the currency.
I always go to the beach. This one is one of my favorites with it's wide beach and tempestuous waters.
In case my blog and Instagram posts haven't made it clear enough, I will set it straight here: I am a beach person. So, I was surprised when I said "yeah, sure" when one of my friends asked if I wanted to go hiking up with them to Mt. Manabu.
I woke up one February morning with a text message from my sister saying she wants to go to a beach. Any beach. So, 15 minutes later, we're booked for a weekend in Crystal Beach. I didn't even have to get up from my bed. Oh, the wonders of technology.
Fire dancers, dragon dancers, drummers, and vendors of various merchandise all vie for space in the narrow streets. It was madness. It was fun.
I figured a beach weekend filled with music is the best kick-off to Summer 2015. I was right.
Borawan Island is a play on Boracay and Palawan, as homage for the sand of the former and the rock formations of the latter. No offense to the person who named it (or even to the people who make their living there), but they only got the rock formations right. Boracay sands it isn't, so we dubbed it "Batawan" instead (as in, sands of Batangas and rock formations of Palawan).
Hanging out at the top of the light tower then eating our lunch on the steps shaded by trees and sunbathing on this flat platform on top of the islet where there's absolutely no shade.
This trip was one of those "oh, there's a seat sale, let's go" kind of trip. I have a lot of those, apparently. The difference with this one, however, is that it's the first time I'm going to Puraran. Actually, it's the first time I ever set foot on the island of Catanduanes. Catanduanes is … Continue reading I left my heart in Puraran Beach
We've planned countless trips but none pushed through. So, it was a bit of a surprise to me that this one did. It almost didn't, by the way, since the weekend we planned on going was the weekend after the heavy flooding of the metro. Realizing that we do better with impromptu trips, we decided … Continue reading Southern (Luzon) Exposure: The Villa Escudero-Tagaytay Edition
A couple of months ago, I convinced my family to come with me on a food tour in the oldest Chinatown in the world. Binondo was established in 1594, on the other side of the Pasig River across from Intramuros, as permanent settlement for Chinese immigrants who converted to Catholocism. They, and others who are … Continue reading Binondo Culinary Jaunt with the Crazy People 2013
I was supposed to be a part of a 25-people trip to Cagbalete Island in Quezon last weekend but due to some unforseen circumstances, the entire trip was cancelled two days before we were supposed to go. Boo. So, what's a girl with itchy feet and a strong desire to go to the beach going … Continue reading San Narciso Beach, Zambales
I have mentioned before (like, so many times already) that my favorite place in Manila is Intramuros. I could, and have, gladly spend a day there just exploring or hanging out. I also previously wrote a blog about a DIY Intramuros Tour that I did a couple of months back. I mentioned that Intramuros on … Continue reading Good Friday in Intramuros
It is a yearly traadition of our family to do Visita Iglesia every Good Friday. Visita Iglesia, which is literally translated from Spanish as Church Visit, is a Roman Catholic tradition dating back around 300 A.D., when the pious Catholics would visit seven Roman Basilicas. Traditionally, seven basilicas or churches are visited but since our … Continue reading Visita Iglesia 2013: Churches Around Manila
I kicked off the month with a weekend trip in celebration of music, arts, friendship, and all that jazz. I went to the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Basically, it was a trip with very minimal plan. Very minimal plan. I actually found out about it when I saw a … Continue reading Malasimbo Festival 2013 Weekend
I've been feeling restless and cooped up this past week so I decided to take a break from myself to go out and explore...by myself. Yeah, I kinda didn't think that one through. But I guess there is a difference between slowly going crazy because I'm alone and sick at home and being alone outside … Continue reading A Break from Routine: Solo Intramuros Exploration
March 2012 The crazy people and I went to Ho Chi Minh City. It was the 100th year Anniversary of St. Paul University Manila and, as a gift, they sent their employees on a tour to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Since my mother had been an employee for over 15 years now, she got the … Continue reading Roaming Around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Last February 18, 2012, I was finally able to do what I have been wanting to do for 4 years: hike up to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. I was actually a bit worried then that I couldn't do it because I had been sick for almost the whole of February, but I decided to … Continue reading Conquering Mt. Pinatubo