Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pondering about Life: My Birthday Staycation in Pampanga!

One of the mid-depth pools at Rhosean's Garden Resort, Pampanga.

On the morning of September 1, 2016, I and my family woke up to a tragic news: one of my uncles from Pampanga passed away due to multiple organ failure from end-stage renal disease. With this tiny tidbit, we were also informed that his interment will be on the 6th.

September 6th was the day I was born.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Buffet by the Beach! San Fabian PTA Beach Resort Combines Stellar Views with Awesome Food!

The wooden azotea of San Fabian PTA Beach Resort overlooking the picnic area and the ocean is where diners may indulge themselves in unlimited pork barbecue and bangus sisig.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Tribute to Summer 03: Feeling like a Cowgirl! Horseback-riding at Wright Park, Baguio City

Beautiful horses waiting to give customers a ride at Wright Park.

The third post in the Tribute to Summer series details the trip I took with my family to Baguio City on a warm, sunny day after a meet-up with my endocrinologist.

(Related: The first post from the Tribute to Summer series can be found here.) 

The Philippines, being a Southeast Asian country, only has two seasons: Dry and Rainy; there is no in-between-- just these two extremes of temperature. Filipinos try to escape from the unrelenting heat of the sun by going to the pool/beach, staying cool indoors, or climbing to places in high altitude-- and Baguio City is one such place. Dubbed the "Summer Capital of the Philippines", Baguio City in the Cordillera Administrative Region of the Philippines is about 1,500 meters from sea level. It is close to the sun, but it's cool and crisp most of the year. From my experience living in Baguio for almost two years, temperatures can go up to 33° Celsius during dry season to as low as 9° Celsius during the rainy season. February and December, in my opinion, are the coolest months.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tribute to Summer 02: The Palm Tree Resort in Subic is Perfect for your Summer Heartbreak!

D'you fancy sitting here, a cold drink in hand, while gazing at this lovely view?

Here in Pangasinan where I come from, tourists come for the infamous beaches for their amazing beauty and world-class quality. Think Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Patar Beach in Bolinao, and the surfers' favorite Lingayen Beach in the provincial capital.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tribute to Summer 01: Fun, Wellness and Rejuvenation at RoheiM Farm and Resort in Brgy. Colisao, San Fabian!

"I want to test your faith," the Whale at RoheiM Farm and Resort seems to (hungrily) say. 

"Summer". Whenever we hear the word, we tend to get glassy-eyed and start to daydream about the sea, the sun, the sand, and ice-cold drinks while Olaf's summer anthem plays on repeat in our heads. For students like my twelve-year old brother, summer is a blissful time of catching up on some sleep, watching TV until dawn, and being free from homework. It's a bit different from how we salarymen imagine to spend it, but the infallible truth is: no matter how anyone else thinks about it, summer will always be synonymous to swimming.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Ultimate Macau Vacation: 8D7N in the Las Vegas of the East!

The Cotai strip in Macau, all lit up at night.

When people hear the word "Macau", they take it as one of China's special administrative regions (SAR) and just a popular side trip from its sister SAR, Hong Kong. Macau is relatively small, about 29.5 square kilometers in area size, so it comes as no surprise that potential travelers just assume that activities and attractions there will be little to none. This entails the possibility that even when they do decide to visit, they just allocate a few hours or days.

This will prove to be a travel faux pas, as any non-Tripadvisor subscribing traveler would later find out.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Shrekfast Experience in Macau! Getting to Know the Dreamworks Gang Over Buffet Breakfast!

One of the most sought-after items in the menu is Po's anko-filled steamed buns. Po is the main protagonist from the Kung Fu Panda film series produced by Dreamworks.

Macau, the Las Vegas of the East, is China's Special Administrative Region that is best known for its towering skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and state-of-the-art casinos. Truly, it is a playground tailored for adults with time on their hands and money to burn. However, at the Holiday Inn along the Cotai strip, one of the country's family-friendly resorts, there's an attraction that is all smiles and good vibes-- for people of all ages, children and adults alike.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Great Food! We'll Be Sure to KAMBAK Again! KamBak (Kambing at Baka) Grill and Resto

It looks like a quaint little bahay kubo from the outside-- with the bamboo works and stained glass and all!

I've been curiously driving through this establishment for a few months already, but I only stepped into it for the first time today for some late lunch with the family. KamBak Kambing at Baka (a play between the two Filipino words that literally meant "goat and cow") Grill and Resto is a small restaurant by the highway that held my fascination because it looked like a little but quaint Filipiniana-style native restaurant on the outside with majestic green mountains and rice paddies as its backdrop.

In short, it looked cute.

Friday, February 19, 2016

10 Romantic Honeymoon Hotspots Around the Globe

Where better to celebrate your love for each other than in a Royal Caribbean cruise ship? (Photo courtesy of Root Photography).

NOTE: This post has not in any way been influenced by the coming and passing of Hearts' Day about two days ago. (Just kidding!)

Everyday, when I open my Facebook, about two-thirds of the news in my feed are about lovey-dovey couples going out together, getting engaged, or already enjoying the bliss of being hitched. Don't get me wrong, though. I'm absolutely happy for all of them and I would wish them all the luck in the world if I were given any opportunity to personally talk to them. Still, being single for some time already doesn't stop me from dreaming that one day I'd find Prince Charming again, fall in love again, and finally have that epic fairytale garden wedding and honeymoon that I've been dreaming of since I was fourteen.

And speaking of honeymoons-- here are ten places from around the world where I dreamed I would spend my honeymoon (if I ever get married). This list is based solely on my opinion, by the way.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Matutina's and Gerry's Seafoods' Newly-Opened Branch in Dagupan City

The facade of Matutina's and Gerry's Seafood.

The common belief that the province of Pangasinan is rich when it comes to blessings from its surrounding bodies of water is actually an understatement-- the place is literally overflowing with seafood (especially during circumstances that warrant an increase in the level of the tides). Pangasinan is where places dubbed as "Bangus (Milkfish) Capital of the World" and "Seafood Capital of the North" hail from. And from among the numerous seafood restaurants that serve freshly-cooked seafood in the unique Pangasinense way, Matutina's has been one of the oldest leading institutions.
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