I ♥ Travel

Coron Palawan and the Honeymooners!
If there's one thing I can tell you about Coron, Palawan it's this - it won't disappoint! And with our 5-day trip, it surely didn't! For five days our eyes, hearts, souls and tummies were filled with all things positive, beautiful and delicious. This was our overdue honeymoon trip, and we would not have it anywhere else! Read more...

Samal Island in Three Awesome Days
The airfare to Davao is always expensive and it's very rare that you get to catch it in a really low rate, so when I did it's a no-brainer. Another impromptu lucky seat sale booking led us to the paradise of Davao.... In this post, I will walk you through our Samal Island escapade which Yan and I really enjoyed.  Read more...


Surfin' La Union: A Guide for Surfer Newbies by a Non-Surfer
I am no pro when it comes to surfing, that's certain. I can even barely make it to the shore atop my board. But I'd love to share these tips based on the experiences I had as an adventure-seeking traveler who tried surfing even if it got the best of me, just because I ONLY LIVE ONCE. Surfing is not as easy as it looks.  It requires strength, balance, endurance and tons of patience and will power. Let's begin! Read more...

Bali, Arts and Soul
An English playwright and composer, Noel Coward, once wrote to Charlie Chaplin, "It appears that each Balinese native from the womb to the tomb is creative".  And so my trip to this infamous land, where Elizabeth Gilbert culminated her soul-searching voyage and found love, discovered this to be true. Let's drift to Bali...  Read more...


Simple, Beautiful, Dumaguete
I have never thought I'd like the City of Dumaguete so much. It was my first summer trip for 2013: Dumaguete-Siquijor.  This is more of a continuation of the Siquijor blog post, this was the second and final stop for our first trip this summer. Let's go to Dumaguete City... Read more...


Mystical Siquijor: 2D-1N Island Tour
Island of witches, "kulam", "barang" - these are common concepts people usually connect to the island of Siquijor. Sometimes they also relate it to "aswang", which is totally wrong as this folklore is definitely not of Siquijor's.  It could be true that there are supernatural forces working or existing within the island, but I came here not mainly for this, but to experience the one of a kind beauty of this piece of wonder in the Visayan region of the Philippines. Read more...

The Art of Packing for Travels
With the hundred times that I have packed and unpacked my suitcases for business and personal travels, I may have mastered the art of packing.  As I go from one trip to another, there are more and more new tips that I discover for myself. And here are some of the tips I have learned myself along the way...  Read more...





Jumping Places: My 2012 Travels
I think 2012 was the year when I visited most places. It was a fun, exciting and an awesome travel year! For me, places are like people. They live, breathe in their own ways. I meet them, get to know them, I fall in love with them, sometimes despise them, or pity them. But always I learn something from them. Read more...




Keeping Up with Saigon's Energy
Exploring Ho Chi Minh City was very cheap.  Not including the air and bus fares, I only spent USD 100 in this trip, that includes the accommodation, shopping, food, and tour.  As always, I take pride in spending the least I can whenever I travel. Our quick stay at Ho Chi Minh was indeed well spent.  It was such a vibrant and energetic city you have to keep up with. Read more...


Date A Girl Who Travels
You’ll also recognize a girl who travels by the fact that she’s always amazed at the world around her, no matter if she’s in her home town or in a place that’s totally new. She sees beauty all around her, not just the ones featured in travel guides or shown in postcards. A girl who travels has developed a deeper appreciation for life.  Read more...

Going Goa in India
Goa was better than what I was expecting. It's very laid back and people are friendly. It is a place so unique and interesting.  I envy the way its people live their culture and tradition until this day.  Read more...




Hotel Lumbung Sari: A True Balinese Fitting
It was not a typical modern luxurious high-rise hotel.  It's like a secluded Balinese mansion which exteriors seem like untouched by the outside modern design influence. Don't let the meager reception area fool you. When I left the reception and entered the hotel, I told myself, Welcome to Bali. Read more...



Discovering More of the Queen of the South Cebu
This Cebu trip gave me a whole new different perspective and feel about this place.  It's now not just a mere venue location of an event in my job, it's a fun place filled with awesome memories. Read more...



Beach Love at Portofino Mactan
My Cebu getaway with Yan ended in a beach.  We spent our last two days munching on chips, drinking beer, reading a book, listening to music and just enjoying each other's company by the shore of Portofino Beach Resort in Mactan, Cebu.  Read more...

Altitude Rush at Sky Experience Adventure in Cebu
Nothing exciting to do in a city tour?  In Cebu City, that could not be true. The tallest tower in the Philippines, Crown Regency Hotel and Towers, boasts the first in the country Sky Experience Adventure, right at the heart of Cebu City, Philippines.Read more...

Iloilo: Of La Paz Batchoy, Churches and Falls
I have always wanted to go to Iloilo for a steamy bowl of authentic La Paz Batchoy, and finally I was able to get this one off my bucket list before 2010 ended.  And, surprisingly, this La Paz Batchoy craving that made me flew 295 miles to this province led me to discover an unexpected, wonderful and not so famous side of Iloilo. Read more...

Guimaras is one place I never thought I'd be interested in visiting if not for the Iloilo trip. There were not too many tourists here, especially foreigners, as the beauty of Guimaras remains to be underrated.  Let me take you there, and marvel not just at its infamous sweet mangoes, but at its  true, unspoiled beauty. Read more...

Taipei is one destination I never thought I'd find so interesting.  Technology, high-rise, digital billboards, plethora of cool gadgets, and home of the sensational Meteor Garden were all I envisioned Taipei to be.  It was my subconscious that told me to wait till I see more as I set foot on the capital of Taiwan. Read more...



Head Over Heels with Beautiful Calaguas 
...there were no words enough to describe the beauty of this island.  We were more than elated with what we saw. It’s just PERFECT.  Photos are never enough, really, to give justice to the charm of this place.  I have seen lots of photos before and I could not tell what makes Calaguas so different from other beaches.  Now that I have seen it with my own eyes, I know.   Read more...

I love it how I wake up in the morning and see, smell, feel the nature that surrounds our luxurious little villa.  When I step out of the bathroom where the mini pool is, I can see the ocean, more of the plants surrounding the entire resort, and the rising sun.  

A Taste of Bali in Malaysia
I was so excited about the massage.  And the moment I've been waiting for, Aika, Gianine and I were brought to this nipa hut for the massage.  The hut was only covered with curtains, the wind gushing in, and you can hear the sound of nature, real sounds and not recorded unlike in the spas in the urban.  Read more...


Singapore, Where Worlds Meet
Singapore is surely one of the most diversified countries you'll ever go to. People come from different races and yet they get to live harmoniously together.  Even food selections wherever you go are so diversified.  Food courts are standard with their offerings of dishes from different parts of the world.   Read  more...
We went through a total of 21 rapids, and about 4 hours of ride in the CDO river.  The entire ride was just AWESOME. We laughed together, we fell together, we saved other tourists whose rafts flipped, we got scared together, we made it to the end of this wonderful ride together.   Read more...

The view of the Pinatubo crater was just AMAZING. It was surreal.  The clouds meet the tip of the "volcano formation" plus the blue green waters of the crater, plus the white lahar that looked like snow on some parts of the volcano, plus the fact that this is all just nature made by God.   Read more...

Would You Ever Swim with a Whale Shark?
I was sitting at the edge of the small boat running in the middle of the ocean waiting for the spotter to give the signal so we all, my uncle, sister and myself (first batch; second batch being my mom, dad and my brother) jump off the slow-running boat to meet this gentle giant of the ocean locally known as Butanding - the biggest fish in the world.   Read more...


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