November 18, 2016

All I Want for Christmas is...

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Christmas is in the air. Malls are playing Mariah Carey’s signature hit “All I Want for Christmas” while the streets are filled with the aroma of roasts chestnuts and special cakes cooked in charcoal called Bibingka and Puto Bungbong. Christmas for many of us is the happiest season because it’s the time we received gifts and most importantly we give presents to our family, friends and love one’s. All I want this Christmas is to give simple joys to the people who has been part of my trials and success throughout the year.

November 08, 2016

Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort: A Hidden Sanctuary at the Foot of Mt. Banahaw

We often think that the most common place has nothing special to offer thus we neglect paying attention to them. Sadly we just past-by the simplicity and beauty of the most common places that we know not knowing that it is a gem that has yet to be find by our naked eye and innocent heart. I was thought by life to stop once in a while in the journey. When you pause for a while you will be able to see the most beautiful thing in the most common place or thing in this surface - like mountains, lake, rivers or even the rice paddies.

November 03, 2016

Tai O's Pink Dolphins and the Shouting Fish Vendor

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After hours of strolling round Ngong Ping Village, we finally decided to hit the road again this time going to a place that is not common to Hong Kong. We were off to Tai O Fishing Village. The village is a pure contrast to Central and TST – a 100 back to what Hong Kong was. Its purity and rurality was the reason I wanted to visit Tai O Fishing Village. I would have wanted to visit more of Hong Kong’s far flung villages but time was not on my side.

Another reason why some tourist are visiting Tai O Fishing Village are the Pink Dolphins. I mean yes, Pink Dolphins on the shore of Hong Kong and in the busy waters of Hong Kong and Macau. I also wanted to try this myself thus when I introduce the idea to my girlfriend Lana, she got excited and wild.

The bus ride from Ngong Ping was about 15 to 20 minutes will all the sceneries of the thick foliage of Lantau Island. You would see some hikers on the protected forest of the Island.

October 31, 2016

Where to Stay in Manila: Amelie Hotel

Just this month, my friends and I decided to have a staycation in Amelie Hotel in Manila. The needed weekend break and small chit chat was granted with a blast. Aside from deeper than usual topics, we celebrated the youthfulness of my good friend Paula O of and my life advisor Rem of We had a simple birthday cake for them plus our forever presence as a friend. Amelie Hotel is witness to our friendship and love.

Rem and Pau with their Cakes

Amelie Hotel is a bohemian hotel in the heart of Manila. I like the minimalist interior yet very classy and regal ambiance of the hotel. Each wall and pieces depicts the glory of how Manila was before and after the war. The lobby is elegant enough to accommodate guests from different parts of the world. Amelie Hotel is Manila’s statement of the Filipino hospitality and enthusiasm to receive our visitors.   

October 25, 2016

Lucban at Last!

Lucban has been on my “must-travel” ever since I’ve seen the colourful leaf-shaped decoration in front of the town’s old houses during the Pahiyas Festival. The vibe on the pictures are so lively and generous. They call Lucban the Summer Capital of Quezon Province because of its cool weather all throughout the year. No doubt because the town is nestled at the foot of Mt. Banahaw. This title made me more excited to visit the town which came true just this month! I was able to find a hotel in Lucban that's very comfortable and perfect for my stay.

I have been to Lucban twice but the heavens were so mysterious during my first two visit. Heaven would always cry though there were no recorded typhoon on my first two visits. We would still wander the town though but with the sad face on a gloomy day.

Just recently the heaven conceded to my plea for a good weather for us to roam around Lucban. Yes! Lucban this time! It was my time to visit this town and experience its cool and vibrant setting.

Lucban is known for their Longanisa which is for me the best in the country along with Vigan Longanisa. It is also a pilgrimage site for the Catholic devotee with the presence of the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine. For most part, I like Lucban because of its old town atmosphere. Everything in Lucban are so innocent and pure. 

Mt. Banahaw

October 23, 2016

BRASKA of Manila

A weekend staycation is not complete without a feast for our pallet. A posh and bohemian restaurant in the heart of Manila is giving us a treat with their Filipino menu with a twist for the hard to please millennia’s buds. Braska Restaurant is simply a chill out place to make your tummy happy, to chill and celebrate life. 

When I was looking at the wall of Braska Restaurant, I knew that the woods with portraits of Manila has a story. True enough, the woods which gives a distinct atmosphere to the restaurant case from the old house where Amelie Hotel Manila and Braska Restaurant is now standing.

October 13, 2016

Costales Nature Farm: A Life in The Farm

I have this dream of living in a farm at the foot of a mountain where cool winds is a daily breakfast for my hungry soul. Who can blame me when all I breath was the toxic of the city I live in. South Luzon where vast farm fields are nestled at the foot of the mountains seems an ideal location to have this dream realized. Thus when I saw Costales Nature Farms it immediately drew wild attention to me for days. I knew then that I have to visit to this farm.

Costales Nature Farms is nestled at the foot of Mt. Banahaw in the bounderies of Laguna and Quezon. The farm is beautifully located in the town of Majayjay, Laguna where many falls are hidden in its jungle. No wonder this farm is a paradise for a hermit like me. A guy from the metro looking for a peaceful farm and rural life.

In the age of modern technology and fast food dining , Costales Nature Farms aims to promote Agro-Tourism or Farm Based tourism as a sustainable sector where it harness the balance between human consumption, health, ecology and livelihood for the often neglected farmers. The farm is promoting organic products for a better life for each Filipinos.