Island-Hopping in Boracay

Posted on June 21, 2017

Aside from lounging leisurely at the beach and partying at night, what else can you do in Boracay? If you are looking for activities beyond helmet diving, banana boat riding and paragliding, then island-hopping might be for you. Yes, there’s much more to see in Boracay aside from the stretch of white beach along Stations 1 to 3. Getting an island-hopping tour requires no effort at all as boatmen will approach just about anybody on the beach without caution. Alternatively,Read More

Puerto Princesa Food Diary

Posted on September 17, 2016

Food and travel invariably go together. To taste local signature cuisine is to have a bite of a region’s culture, heritage and way of life. When we recently visited Puerto Princesa City, we discovered that it had a lot to offer in terms of food, both exotic and familiar.

Visiting Bohol Beach Club and Bohol Bee Farm

Posted on January 24, 2016

A lazy day at the beach and a visit to the Bohol Bee Farm comprised our itinerary for our second day. We were to travel to Panglao to visit one of its famous beaches but before proceeding, we had a brief photo session at the blood compact (Sandugo) shrine. Here, life-size bronze statues of Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, Bohol’s chieftain, stand to depict the blood compact between the two leaders. The blood compact ritual sealedRead More

Pico de Loro Overnight Trip

Posted on September 13, 2015

What better way to reward oneself than to head out of town for an adventure. Just recently, my wife’s team went to Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club to celebrate the promotion of some of their teammates. Never mind the incessant threat of a heavy rain and the long drive, the trip to this beautiful oasis was worth it. The Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club is dubbed as world-class private beach club that is closest to MetroRead More

Away for the Weekend at Sea’s Spring Resort Hotel

Posted on August 7, 2015

Our summer 2015 adventures continue with an overnight trip to Sea’s Spring Resort Hotel in Batangas. I had high expectations for this resort primarily because it is located in Mabini, Batangas; one of the more popular beach destinations in the country. Going there was a quick three-hour drive from Manila via South Luzon Expressway. To get to the resort, we had to pass by a winding hillside road that gave us a magnificent view of the sea. For a moreRead More

Our Unforgettable Stay at Boracay Regency Hotel

Posted on August 3, 2015

We spent our first wedding anniversary in Boracay last April 2015. Since we were there for a special occasion, we wanted to splurge a little and not scrimp on accommodation. After much searching and deliberation, we finally found that special place which will be our home during our vacation – Boracay Regency Hotel. We immediately fell in love with it when we stumbled upon its website. It looked quaint and very welcoming. It did not disappoint us. When we arrived,Read More

Part 3: The many things that you can do in Boracay

Posted on July 29, 2015

“When in Boracay, do as the locals do!,” a middle-aged lady selling souvenirs in Talipapa said this to us in the vernacular. She said that in Boracay, one is free to do what he wishes to do (as long as it’s legal) or wear what suits his taste, and nobody will care about you. That adage, I reckon, yet applies to almost every locality. During our vacation, I found out that one will never run out of things to doRead More

Part 2: Boracay through the eyes of a first-timer

Posted on July 27, 2015

We woke up early to catch the Boracay sunshine. We got dressed and immediately headed out to find breakfast. From the multitude of restaurants that dot D’ Mall, we settled for Jammers because there were just a few diners plus it looked affordable. My first breakfast in Boracay was American – two slices of toast, two sunny side up eggs, three strips of bacon, sausage and coffee. My wife, meanwhile, ordered longanisa with egg and rice. After our quick meal,Read More

Part 1: Our road going to Boracay to celebrate our first anniversary

Posted on July 25, 2015

I came to Boracay without much expectation because of the many negative things I keep on hearing about it. Oftentimes, adjectives like commercialized, overcrowded and polluted seem to abound when people talk about Boracay. But I had to go because I felt it was obligatory; everybody’s been there except me. I wouldn’t want to be left out during conversations about this famed island. Weeks before we went there, I was pondering why I haven’t been to Boracay. I could thinkRead More

Our Puerto Galera Summer Adventure

Posted on April 10, 2007

Finally, our very first real barkada summer getaway.  Our destination, idyllic Puerto Galera. From an initial 15 people, we are down to 5. Nonetheless, we pushed through. This was a long overdue vacation and we wouldn’t let anything stop us from going. We boarded an early morning Jam Liner bus trip from Buendia in Pasay to Batangas Port. The 2 hour ride was fast and smooth. By the time we got to Batangas Port, it was still dark and thereRead More

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