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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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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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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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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Hotel Review: Ace Hotel and Suites

Ace Hotel and Suites Review

Thanks to my Navi Planner, I was finally able to stay at the Ace Hotel and Suites! I had this P2000 off coupon for an overnight stay at any of their rooms. The heat had been unbearable the past few days and I could not get any work on my…

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K-SWISS ITU SUBIC BAY INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON 2014

During one of the hottest weekends of the year, more than 800 triathletes participated in the K-Swiss ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon 2014, a.k.a. SuBIT 2014.  The longest running triathlon event in the Philippines, it was made up of five events:  Asia Cup 2014 Series Event, National Age-Group Championships, Inter-Club Competition,…

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Staycation at B Hotel, Alabang

Staycation at B Hotel Alabang

Part of the allure of traveling is getting to stay at a new place and calling it “home” for at least a few days.  A self-imposed (pseudo) travel ban, new-job-related stress and Deal Grocer’s never-ending newsletters prompted me to try another staycation.  This time, I did a staycation at B…

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Staycation at Acacia Hotel Manila

Staycation at Acacia Hotel Manila

Whenever I travel, I am never one for 5-star hotels.  I always go for the cheapest places that offer basic but decent accommodations.  I believe that my money would be better spent on tours and experiencing the local vibe rather than on a room that would only serve as a…

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Cebu: Post-Valentine’s Date 2013

Cebu

The first time I went solo in my travels was when I went to Cebu last year.  And the whole time I was there I kept thinking, “Oh, how I wish Moche could see this.”  Now don’t get me wrong, I truly enjoyed my first stay there.  But I also…

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