September 09, 2017

Liliw, Laguna - A Shoppers Haven

Gat Tayaw, the leader of the town, held a meeting among his people. They wanted a name for their town but no one can give an appropriate name that would suit the taste of the leader and the people. They got a remarkable idea, they erected a bamboo pole, and first bird who landed on the top of the pole will be the name of the town. Unfortunately, a crow landed on the pole. Gat Tayaw and his people considered the crow a bad luck thus they erected another pole in a different site. This time a bird landed on the pole and sang “Liw, Liw, Liw” They were all stunned by the beautiful sound the bird made so they name their town “Liliw”

August 31, 2017

#AirAsiaCreateCamp The First Social Media Reality Show

AirAsia Philippines revealed the finalist for its #AirAsiaCreateCamp, the airline's social media reality search for young, aspiring, and creative individuals who showcase their best photography and videography skills to become part of AirAsia's community of online storytellers.

August 27, 2017

SARIAYA, QUEZON: Balai Loreta, A Resort Made of Love

Sariaya is known for it's art deco houses and the yummy "pinagong" bread. Little did I know that this town at the foot of Mt. Banahaw and laying in a fine brown sand beach has something to offer for those who seek peace in a very unassuming place. You'll never know this place as this place is built as a rest house in front of a beach. A rest house, I mean rest house for all - that is Balai Loreta Beach Resort.

I never thought that Sariaya will offer a rustic accomodation that will perfectly sets the mood of your vacation. Sariaya for me is an old town which I always pass by whenever I go to Lucena. I would often stay awake when the bus passes San Pablo, Laguna because of the relaxing scenery of the green foliage of Southern Tagalog. Sariaya will stick my face at the bus window while I adore its century old houses as well as its old church.

August 17, 2017

Five Quick Escapade in Luzon This Long Weekend

Weekend is fast approaching and you haven't decided where to go. The best thing is its a long weekend! Here's a list of some of the places where I have been in Luzon that would best fit in your weekend or long weekend. I decided to list down places that would represent North, South, East, West and Central Luzon. Let me take to to these places for your next weekend DIY madness :)

1. Talisayen Cove, Zambales

If you value serenity this beach is for you. Talisayen is a haven for me. When we went to this side of Zambales, I choose Talisayen Cove because its less popular compared to Anawangin and Nagsasa but that also means its less crowded. I bet the sand and water is the same among the four coves in Pundaquit.

August 05, 2017

Top Spots to Visit in Antipolo City | #TayoNaSaAntipolo

When I was a teenager we regularly visit Antipolo City to catch up with our relatives who choose to live outside of Metro for a cooler climate and less pollution. What I like during those visit was passing by Sumulong Highway overlooking the foggy or cloudy Metro Manila. We will then stop by the road to buy suman (rice cakes) and kasuy (cashew nuts) on our way home.

For many, Antipolo is a resettlement or retirement city - with the existence of numerous villages and subdivisions - but this city has its hidden gems ready to be discovered by travelers all over the world. Antipolo offers its century old churches, farms, gardens, resorts, spas, restaurants, museums and many more to us. Truly, Antipolo is a hidden gem especially to those who lived in the nearby cities. This article aims to suggest the top spots to visit in Antipolo City. Kaya #TayoNaSaAntipolo!

July 29, 2017

Mount Purro Nature Reserve: A Quick Escape to a Rustic Life

When I switched on the TV, a news channel I always watch showed the headlines around the globe. It did not show any sign of relief to my already aching world. The unending fight between the Palestine and the Israelis, a train wreck in Spain, political crisis in Central America, the long and winding battle of the republican against “Obamacare” and the most disturbing of all is the news about my country, the government’s war on illegal drug is claiming life more than we can imagine – these are the things that we see today not only in TV but also in social media, our neighborhood, offices and even at home. In this world full of negative news and pessimist mind, we all need a break and breathing space to retreat from the world. 

Weeks ago, I was invited to check out a place in the outskirt of Antipolo City to provide a nature destination to the reader and followers of this humble blog. Mount Purro Nature Reserve is not that far from Metro Manila and it is a great place to commune with nature, yourself, to breath and to have a break from this crappy world of ours. That trip serves as a catalyst of the way I think about my travels and adventures.

Mount Purro Nature Reserve rustic setting provides an ambiance to talk to God and reflect about life. The trees, the hum of the birds, the fresh air and the smell of the forest is a great companion to savor life and to love the life that we have.

The path to rustic living
What I like about Mount Purro Nature Reserve, aside from it is located at the foot of Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, are the cottages made of native wood and dried anahaw leaves. It is my dream house at the foot of a mountain, along a stream and surrounded by tall fruit bearing trees. Sorry for my #TitosOfManila dream. Well who don’t dream of a retirement like that? Well at least now, I can experience it in Mount Purro Nature Reserve.

July 10, 2017

Kolkata in My Eyes

We landed in Kolkata past midnight in a familiar temperature with unfamiliar faces welcoming us with a smile. We’re staying in Kolkata for two nights just enough to cover some of the most important landmarks of the City. Courtesy of GoVoyagin, we toured the city with a local guide focusing on religious and historical places.

Touchdown Kolkata
I did not had any problems with immigration officers I encounter in my travels not even in Kolkata. It was a smooth process but not for my pal Claire. She did not had troubles with her documents as we meticulously prepared all the necessary papers before we left Manila. She had problem with the bio-metrics because the machine could not scan her fingers. The officer was holding her hand wiping her fingers with a wet cloth so it could be read by the machine. I was having a slow heart attack standing in front of her. But I had to show confidence and demeanor that everything was fine.