Saturday, December 24, 2016

Catch the spectacular Le Grand Cirque in Manila

Being amidst a crowd of excited guests had me all the more elated to watch the much raved Le Grand Cirque -- Araneta Center's Christmas offering this December. It's not every day that you get invited to watch one of the greatest shows in town, one that's also produced direct from Las Vegas. I no longer had to travel abroad just to witness such a grandiose spectacle. Just imagine how much fun a circus show brings, especially to kids, as it gathers some of the most remarkable performers and amazing acts. 


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Of Christmas Cheers And Gracious Hearts

You've probably heard people say that Christmas is just for kids. And as you grow up, you tend to believe this, and you eventually lose the excitement of celebrating it. Oftentimes, we lose the real meaning of Yule and gift-giving, that we make it look like an obligation. Others simply fail to see the importance of a wrapped present, while focusing only on its physical appearance or value. Despite the changing times, may we always put in mind that Christmas is a time that brings happiness and cheer to the birth of our savior -- a time to also remind ourselves to receive everything that comes our way with a thoughtful and gracious heart. 

Thankful for the gift of travel [Camiguin, 2010]

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Save up on your next wellness travel with Groupon

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.* 

If there's one thing that I religiously practice when it comes to planning and budgeting for my trips, it's sourcing for really good deals. I often find myself looking at online buying sites like Groupon, which happens to offer discounted tours and travel essentials. The site definitely makes it easy and affordable for me, especially when looking for Groupon Coupons that can be used and redeemed right away. It’s as simple as that. And if that's not enough, Groupon also offers a good list of vouchers, several of which I'm particularly interested in (i.e. SpaFinder and TripAdvisor)

Photo courtesy of SpaFinder

Monday, December 12, 2016

San Rafael River Adventure: A lush sanctuary in Bulacan

If I were to describe my stay at San Rafael River Adventure (SRRA), it would be a safe haven. Imagine waking up inside a glass cottage, amidst a garden filled with trees and greeneries, and a gorgeous view of Angat River. You'd want nothing more than to stay and to experience the calmness that the horizon brings, as you embrace its enchanting setting. Truly, this lush sanctuary in Bulacan is an ideal place for that much needed rest and relaxation.

Friday, December 9, 2016

aurumOne Makati: A boutique hotel in Manila

I enjoy being in Makati, as there's always something new to see and to discover in the city. And if there's a destination in the metro that's worth staying in, it's definitely this area. I actually spent the weekend in the urban jungle for an early Christmas gathering with friends; and fortunately found a home away from home at aurumOne Makati -- a boutique hotel located in Evangelista Street.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Affordable lodging in Quezon City: BGC Hostel & Dorm

I wanted to spend some time out of the house, when I suddenly remembered this hostel nearby that offered bed spaces for just a minimal fee. Relieved that I had a few days to spare (no work, no errands), I made a booking to secure my overnight stay. BGC Hostel & Dorm QC (also known as Panay, Kain, Tulog, Atbp.) in Panay was definitely an accommodation in Quezon City that was worth trying. The lodging, which had a great location, was only a short walk from home. It was also near a mall, and a whole bunch of eateries. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Flytpack: Your handy travel buddy overseas

I usually set an expectation for myself when it comes to how often I should go online, especially when I'm traveling overseas. But in reality, setting expectations don’t always go as planned because I'd still find myself checking my Facebook feed, and posting photos on Instagram. This usually happens when I'm waiting for my food to be served or while I’m on transit. Anyway, I was recently in Thailand for my birthday/honeymoon. I wasn’t always glued to my phone, checking stuff online throughout the trip. But it still helped that I had a FLYTPACK router with me, which was a lifesaver during inopportune times on the road.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Relish Filipino Comfort Food at Braska

I love how some locally owned restaurants continue to offer Filipino cuisines in their menu, particularly those that solely serve native dishes. I do enjoy eating international foods and global cuisines. But nothing beats munching on homegrown meals that are infused with interesting twists, like what Braska does. Braska is a cozy restaurant that serves Filipino comfort food in Bohemian Malate.


Friday, November 4, 2016

ANGONO: A Gastronomic Destination in Rizal

Angono isn't just the Art Capital of the Philippines. It's also a gastronomic destination that prides on a great list of local eateries in Rizal. In between our visits to museums and galleries, we were treated to mouthwatering food and drinks, some of which I continue to dream and drool over up to this day.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Discover Angono: The Art Capital of the Philippines

Angono continues to uphold its name on being the Art Capital of the Philippines, as it’s brimming of noteworthy artworks, outstanding talents and more. The inspiring town will certainly give you a walk that's worth remembering, as the city is filled with museums and galleries that display impressive paintings and sculptures, and of streets lined with murals that pay tribute to its local artists. Best of all, Angono is also the home of the Oldest Artwork in the Philippines, the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs.   


Saturday, October 29, 2016

A great line-up of activities await you at the Higantes Festival in Angono

Every year, Angono celebrates the Higantes Festival by honoring San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen. If you're planning to visit the Art Capital of the Philippines, and intend to maximize your stay there, make sure to check the Higantes Festival schedule below:


Higantes Festival: Higanteng Pagdiriwang para sa Higanteng Pagkaka-isa

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Plan your next adventure with Groupon

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.* 

I consider buying discounted things online as a life hack. I mean, who wouldn’t take advantage of a packaged tour or a handy travel gear that’s offered at half of its original price (or sometimes more)? And when I’m eyeing a particular product or service, and really find the need for it, I just check buying sites on the Internet like Groupon for example. The site definitely makes it easy and affordable to find Groupon Things To Do wherever you are located. It’s as simple as that. 


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hull & Stern: My Go-To Adventure Bag #SteerTrue

Go out and explore! And while you're at it, bring with you a dry bag that's waterproof, floats on water and folds flat. Wait, is there such a thing? Yes, there is! Such a bag exists and it's definitely a must-have for every globetrotter. It's ideal for people who travel with a lot of stuff (i.e. gadgets, planner, water canteen, etc.). Just like me, I never leave for trips without securing my essentials. That's why I'm happy that I found a product that suits this particular need in the form of an adventure pack called Hull & Stern

At Laiya, Batangas

Monday, October 24, 2016

Discover Laguna: Explore San Pablo’s 7 Lakes for as low as PHP950

San Pablo, the first city of the Province of Laguna, is best known for its “7 Lakes”. All seven lagoons can be explored D-I-Y style in just under a day, but if you want to explore more of the place, you can stay in one of San Pablo City’s budget hotels. For a group of five eager travelers, we were able to see the crater lakes and a few nearby sites for only PHP900+ per person.


Friday, October 21, 2016

The Birth of Costales Nature Farms and Agritourism in the Philippines

Our weekend getaway last month was welcomed with an abundance of positive energy. We breathed in fresh air, and were constantly embraced by cool and gentle winds. We were also greeted with picturesque landscapes, served with fresh and organic meals and drinks, attended to by the friendliest staff, and were warmly received by the owners, as if we were old friends. The existence of the farm has certainly showed us how much of a precious gem it is, especially to its founders, farmers, partners and employees.

[L-R] Jherson, Mai, Claire, Paula, Mrs. Josephine Costales, Lana and Karl. :)

Focusing on Agritourism, Costales Nature Farms promote not only a farm-to-table concept. They religiously campaign for healthy living through the use and consumption of fresh organic produce and livestock. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Experience Manila's old-world aesthetic at Amélie Hotel

Amélie Hotel Manila, which is named after the owner's granddaughter, is an Art Deco inspired 70-room boutique hotel. Located in the old-world neighbourhood of Malate (a short walk away from Robinson's Place Manila, a major shopping mall in Manila), the attractive establishment is surrounded by landmarks that are both rich in history and culture (i.e. Intramuros, Luneta, Rizal Park).


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Microtel South Forbes: A personalized hotel stay like no other

Our 4-hour road trip to Batangas definitely put a strain on us, to the point that we wanted to stay an extra night in the resort just so we could rest. But of course, we couldn't. Though it was refreshing to know that we were extending our weekend getaway in one of the nice hotels down south. And so three toll ways and three hours later, we arrived at Microtel South Forbes.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Biyaheroes.com makes holiday commutes hassle-free

Commuting is such a hassle here in the Philippines. Long lines, unsure departure times, and needing to go to the terminal just to buy tickets in advance are a common experience for travelers and passengers.


Especially with the holidays just around the corner, it's good to know that commuters can now enjoy stress-free travels out of town with online bus and boat reservations that lets passengers choose seats for free, claim a variety of freebies, and earn points. Payment options include credit/debit card via Paypal, 7-Eleven, all major banks, and the most common payment centers. 

Book directly at their website (biyaheroes.com).

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How To Apply For A Philippine Postal ID Using Your Married Name

I've been recently married, and one of the ID's that I can instantly apply for is the PHL Postal ID. I've never applied for one before, so it was timely for me to get the newly improved version using my new surname. And so last month, I applied at Allimall in Cubao since the closest branch from our house went through some technical issues at the time of my visit.

PHLPost will no longer release old versions of the postal ID (the laminated ones), as they've opted to change the material of the card to avoid illegal printing. According to PHLPost, added security measures have been instilled in the ID to further secure the integrity of one's identity and to eliminate fraudulent transactions. The Improved Postal ID has been infused with improved physical and biometrics-based security features such as the QR code (which also shows a hologram and ghost image), and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). It is now accepted as a valid government-issued identification document.

Photo courtesy of PHL Postal ID Site

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Golden Phoenix Hotel: A topnotch hotel in Pasay City

My husband and I decided to book this Pasay lodging at the last minute, to forego the stress of having to travel from Quezon City with a big luggage in tow. Good thing it was perfectly situated in the city, as it was just a short drive to the airport (NAIA 3), and a short walk to SM Mall of Asia. The location itself is one of the reasons why Golden Phoenix Hotel became my favorite accommodation in Manila. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

2 LAZCANO: The Newest Food Joint In Quezon City!

There are plenty of food establishments in Quezon City alone, so you definitely won't run out of options. But if there's a certain area in town that you shouldn't miss out on, then that would be the eateries along Mother Ignacia Avenue. I live just a few minutes from the locale, so I decided to check out the nearby food joints with my friend Sarah, and soon discovered 2 LAZCANO.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Save your life by packing a "GRAB BAG"

I always come prepared when I travel. And I also make sure that I have my first-aid kit and my over-the-counter medicine with me at all times. Of course, I also pack ready-to-eat snacks for emergency purposes. But on normal days, are you prepared to tackle any disaster-related situation when one finally strikes? Well, I am!


We all know that disaster strikes when we least expect it. The question is, are you willing to get caught in the storm unprepared? As for me, I don't want to take any chances. You can actually make a contingency plan by building your own "Grab Bag" for starters. A Grab Bag consists of basic items that should last you for at least 2 days. These essentials should be able to cover you until conditions (bad weather and other disaster-related cases) are safer.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Quick 2-day exploration in Bataan! #BeholdBataan

It's always an enriching experience whenever I join Familiarization Tours. Not only do I get the chance to meet like-minded individuals, I also get to learn more about the locale, its culture, traditions and significant sites. And having been invited to explore Bataan for two days made me appreciate my country more.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

How we pulled off a travel-themed civil wedding

A lot has happened since my last travel in April. I was so preoccupied with a lot of things (my wedding, my family's visit from the US, and my operation), that it was difficult for me to find time to blog. And to make matters worse, just a mere week before I would walk down the aisle, a health problem turned up. But God was really good to me, as my condition didn't worsen through the 4 weeks that had me running errands. Of course, I was a bit sad when my doctor advised us to cancel our honeymoon in El Nido, to lessen the risks on my end. But nothing mattered more to me than to be well and fit until my scheduled surgery. 

As I write this, I'm already 2 weeks post-op. I'm also happy to be recovering this fast, and to be sitting up again. Finally, I can share some of the photos from our travel-inspired, civil wedding.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Remembering the Fall of Bataan and our brave soldiers #BeholdBataan

I feel immensely fortunate to live in an age where freedom is now every Filipino's right to embrace. It makes me feel more grateful of the men and women who fought and sacrificed their lives, so that future generations will continue to experience a better life. I owe my present to those who've went to battle in the past, especially to the honorable war soldiers of Bataan. 

Mt. Samat, Pilar, Bataan

Monday, March 7, 2016

Start a travel revolution through better and efficient public transport with BIYAHEROES!

Booking an airplane ticket and getting freebies with it is quite rare these days, especially with our choice of low cost carriers in the Philippines (i.e. Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, PAL Express), where food, seats and specialty items are paid at an additional cost. But have you tried booking for a round trip bus ticket that offered extra stuff without any charges? You bet it exists, and it can be found via Biyaheroes -- a website that lets you book and choose your bus seats. With Biyaheroes, you’ll no longer experience long lines and unsure departure times. You won’t even need to visit any of the partner bus terminals just to reserve your tickets because you can do it all online!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Welcome Jetstar Japan’s new low-fare services from Manila to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya!

Good news, travel bugs! Traveling to the "Land of the Rising Sun" is now made more affordable with the latest international offering from Jetstar Japan. Japan's largest low cost carrier (LCC) has finally come to Manila. They’ve recently announced that they would start offering their low-fare services from three of their Japanese ports (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya), which will fly direct to and fro Manila. These three Manila routes will begin their operations at NAIA Terminal 1 starting mid-March. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015: A Rollercoaster adventure of what was and what will be

2015 has been a rollercoaster of emotions: physically, mentally and financially. Nevertheless, I tried for the bad things to never get the best of me. Thankfully, I was still blessed with a few travels this year, some of which have helped rejuvenate my weary soul.

Siem Reap, Cambodia (May 2015)

This year, I am grateful for old and new friends who I've met on the road and who've kept me sane. I am thankful for the people who've been around, especially when things got a little too difficult for me to handle. 

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