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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Paella Festival 2014

Paella Festival 2014

Paella lovers unite!  Join the Paella Festival 2014, happening at the Kapitan Moy Main Hall in J.P. Rizal, Marikina City on Friday, November 21, from 5:00pm to  10:00pm.  This eat-all-you-can festival offers a wide array of Paella choices for your own delight! Hosted by Song and Lydda’s Food Service, the following…

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Lunch for 2 at Motorino Pizza

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This year’s anniversary with Moche found me having to work at the Spanish Film Festival. And because of that, we had very limited time to celebrate the 6th year of our togetherness. We actually only had lunch and we decided to try out Motorino Pizza, this new pizza place at…

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Restaurant Review: The Backyard Reservoir

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A girl from the “South” could not possibly be expected to know much about the goings-on in the North, right?  So when Aldous invited me to another food tasting event at 33A Malingap St. in Teachers Village in Quezon City, I was surprised to find that The Backyard Reservoir was not…

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Pelíkula 2014 Spanish Film Festival in Manila

Spanish Film Festival 2014 Manila

The much-awaited Spanish Film Festival is back!  Now in its 14th year in the Philippines, the Pelíkula 2014 Spanish Film Festival is set again to showcase this October the distinct flavor of Spanish films.  ¿No hablas español?  ¡No hay problema!  All the Spanish films have English subtitles so hispanohablantes and non-speakers alike would surely…

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Hotel Review: GK Central Hotel

GK Central Hotel - Chasing Jayce

Less than 30 minutes from the Tan Son Nhat Airport is the GK Central Hotel.  This 3-star hotel is smack in the middle of action in Ho Chi Minh City and I was very glad that we made it the home base of our trip, even if it was priced a…

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Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping in Ho Chi Minh

It is no secret that one of the reasons why people go to Vietnam is to go shopping.  Hanoi is peppered with “Made in Vietnam” stores that sell factory overruns or seconds of branded clothes like Banana Republic, for example, whereas Ho Chi Minh City seems to be more popular…

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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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