Nagsasa Cove Love

Nagsasa Cove Love Zambales Philippines

While everyone else was attentively watching the Pope make his rounds in the Philippines, I took the opportunity to finally visit one of the places I’ve been wanting to go to since I could remember: Nagsasa Cove. The Nagsasa Cove is one of Iba, Zambales’ no-longer secluded coves, the other…

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Montero Diaries: Sampaguita Beach, Batangas

Sampaguita Beach Batangas

Once again Google fooled us into embarking on a “1 hour and 22 minute drive” from Alabang to a virgin beach in Batangas: Sampaguita Beach. Deducting the time we spent on getting some diesel and buying some additional food at the market, we spent a total of 3 hours on…

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A Day in Tagaytay

Sixty kilometers south of Manila is one of the country’s most popular destinations: Tagaytay City. It attracts local and foreign tourists alike because of its close proximity to Manila, its cooler temperature and the scenic views of the Taal Volcano. It is famous for a lot of tourist destinations like…

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Montero Diaries: Malabrigo Beach

Malabrigo Beach

Summer means outings and trips to the beach. Searching for “best beaches near Manila” in Google would lead you to the Malabrigo beach in Batangas. I know I have been reposting my old article about the disappointing Batangas beaches where we went to during the past couple of years. But…

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4D3N Coron Itinerary

Postcards from Coron

Back in 2011, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines:  Coron.  And thanks to DIY Coron, we had a great itinerary which made the whole trip jam-packed with activities.  Here is a copy of our 4D3N Coron itinerary.  Read more: Visit the…

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Montero Diaries: Nuvali

montero diaries: nuvali

Today, I drove my mother, sisters, niece, nephew and boyfriend to Nuvali and I experienced a number of firsts, namely: navigating our narrow and tricycle-laden streets (drove up the curb as I was turning down a blind corner, too) highway driving (maximum speed ever at 80kph) and almost hitting a…

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Subic Day Tour Adventures

Subic Day Tour Adventures

Road trip!  It was Candy’s second to the last day in Manila and we decided to go on a Subic day tour, her last lakwacha in the Philippines before heading back to the Middle East.  So, we stormed Subic and crammed Ocean Adventure and Tree Top Adventure into one jam-packed Saturday. Ocean Adventure…

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Surfing and Touring Baler

Surfing and Touring Baler Chasing Jayce

I needed a birthday trip.  I had to go somewhere that’s not too far nor too near, but I had a very limited budget.  Since it had exactly been three months after I got face-boarded, I just had to go Baler!  But the agenda was not just to go surfing, but…

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Batanes Rocks! (Part 3)

Batanes

It was Day 3 of our Batanes trip and we were scheduled for the South Batan tour.  But while having coffee at Fundacion Pacita the previous day, our tour guide, Ryan Cardona (who looked a lot like Luis Manzano, sssh!), told us about a fishing ritual that was going to happen…

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Batanes Rocks! (Part 2)

Batanes Rocks

“Sabit lang ako.” This was the catchphrase I used whenever I would reveal this super secret destination for my long leave of absence from the office.  And I was that through and through.  I did nothing to prepare for this trip, save deposit the P10,200 payment for the North Sky…

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Batanes Rocks! (Part 1)

Basco Lighthouse Batanes

Batanes is not just a beautiful place. It is an experience that cannot be wholly captured in words or pictures alone. There were seven of us in the group, all were girls, and I only knew one person: Candy. She was my friend from way back in high school and…

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