Staycation at City of Dreams

Staycation at City of Dreams

Once upon a time, my best friend Jam invited me to a staycation at City of Dreams.  Who was I to refuse? City of Dreams is a luxury integrated resort and casino, featuring three hotels: Crown Towers, Nobu Hotel and Hyatt, as well as diverse dining and entertainment facilities that can…

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Restaurant Review: Burgers & Brewskies

Call the Nurse Burgers and Brewskies

In a country full of creative people, cooking up something original is a daunting task. Restaurants cropping up at every corner make it essential to have a specialty in order to standout. And this is what Burgers & Brewskies has done. It looked deep, searched wide and came up with what makes people tick: bacon.…

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Pico de Loro Hamilo Coast

Pico de Loro Hamilo Coast

A couple of hours away from Manila lies Pico de Loro of the Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas. Guaranteeing the chance to do some beach bumming, swimming pool lounging and access to various sports facilities, this residence-resort promises a complete vacation package. Although it is ideally a destination exclusive to homeowners…

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Weekend Staycation at Seda Nuvali

Staycation at Seda Nuvali

Nuvali lies about 40 km south of Manila and straddles the cities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna. Lots of people go there to enjoy the lake that’s filled with koi, have picnics on the grounds and shop at the factory outlets of various brands.  It has also…

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Restaurant Review: Uncle Cheffy

Corned Beef Panizza Uncle Cheffy

Uncle Cheffy has just launched its new set of special dishes – all based on its in-house corned beef!  These dishes are the by-product of the owners’, Mr. Larry Cortez’ and Chef Mau’s, creativity, research and quest to offer new food at affordable prices. This 100% Filipino-owned restaurant is striving to…

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Rogue Diaries: Holy-day Trip to La Union

Day Tour La Union

Doing a day trip to La Union is indeed possible. How? First and foremost: leave Manila at 3am or even earlier. Then, take the NLEX, SCTEX and the TPLEX. Five hours later, you’ll find yourself in Bauang, La Union (yes, this already includes an hour-long stopover at Petron NLEX for…

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Enchanting El Nido Inland Tour

El Nido Inland Tour

It was my birthday and I just had to spend it somewhere special.  El Nido, Palawan was an obvious choice, given all its accolades from various sources affirming over and over how heavenly it is.  Planning was haphazard with me avoiding looking at photos – I didn’t want to look too…

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Exhilarating El Nido Island Hopping Tour C

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C

El Nido, Palawan.  The “Philippines’ last frontier”. Inspiration of the famous movie The Beach. Home of various European versions of the reality game show Survivor. Setting of Leg 12 of the Amazing Race 5. Location of the ending scenes of the fourth Bourne Legacy movie. Always included in lists that say “Most Beautiful Beaches” in the Philippines/Asia/the world.…

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Restaurant Review: Sweet Ecstasy

When Aldous told me we’d we reviewing Sweet Ecstasy, a burger and shake place in Makati, I got pretty excited. I like  burgers enough but it’s milkshakes I love. And with its location on Jupiter St, I was already thinking that it’s a very promising place. And I wasn’t wrong…

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Panagbenga Festival 2015

One of the many legacies that Spain left behind in the Philippines is the festivals.  Although most festivals started out as religious in nature, several festivals have come up during the last decades to celebrate other aspects of local life.  One of such festivals is the Panagbenga Festival or the…

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Sip and Gogh, Go, Go!

Sip & Gogh

I didn’t give it much thought when Jam told me we’re doing Sip and Gogh. I didn’t even research about it. I just knew that it would involve sipping something and painting something van Gogh. And after an almost hour-long ride to Capitol Hills, I finally found out that I…

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