beautiful destinations

Six reasons why Sonya’s Garden should be in your next Tagaytay Itinerary

Posted on July 18, 2017

Tagaytay will always be one of our favorite destinations. When we want a quick and convenient respite from the heat, noise and frenzy of Metro Manila, Tagaytay easily comes to mind. We have been to several well-known spots in Tagaytay but it has only been recently when we had the chance to visit Sonya’s Garden. It was a sprawling estate filled with trees and a multitude of flowering plants, spreading splashes of color all over the place. We were awestruck by theRead More

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

Family Travels: Tips and Tricks

Posted on June 17, 2017

Traveling is such an enriching activity but it becomes even more memorable when you are with your loved ones. However, it is a different story altogether though when you are bringing children with you. With their insatiable curiosity and limitless energy, it can be a little challenging to have children along. Nevertheless, we are firm believers that children should be exposed to the wonders of the world early on. Education from experience is, after all, more profound and memorable. So, howRead More

A Review of Anika Island Resort, our home in Bantayan Island

Posted on May 15, 2017

Every time we travel, seldom do we really care much about accommodation since we’ll be out and about most of the time. As long as we have the basics (i.e. clean bed and toilet, strong water supply and air-con unit), we are OK. Thus, it’s always such a big bonus whenever we stumble upon accommodations that offer much more than the basics for a price that is reasonable. Such is Anika Island Resort, a charming little beachfront property nestled inRead More

Negros Oriental Diaries: Where to Stay in Dumaguete City

Posted on May 14, 2017

When looking for accommodation, we always try to find one that is proximate to the town or city’s attractions and shopping destinations. Such was our criteria when we chose Golden Gate Suites, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Dumaguete City. The best that the city has to offer is just one tricycle ride away. Of course, the good reviews posted on Travelbook convinced us even more to choose Golden Gate Suites. The room had all the basic amenities to keepRead More

Atmosphere Resorts & Spa: A Luxury Resort with a heart for the Environment

Posted on May 14, 2017

Whenever we travel, it has become a tradition for us to cap our adventure in with an overnight stay in a luxury hotel or resort. It’s the perfect way to cap a week filled with activities. And since we were celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary, we wanted to splurge in a hotel that was special but worth its price. Atmosphere Resorts & Spa was our choice and we couldn’t be happier with our decision. Atmosphere Resorts & Spa is locatedRead More

Negros Oriental: Manjuyod White Sandbar and Dumaguete City

Posted on April 29, 2017

Manjuyod Sandbar, April 2017 – Our journey to Dumaguete City is probably the longest we have embarked on so far. When we were planning this trip, we really wanted to sort of immerse ourselves in the experience by traveling via land. We left Bantayan Island before lunch and were at Hagnaya Port after 40 minutes. We boarded a Ceres Bus bound for Tabo-an (Php165/pax) and requested to be dropped off at South Bus Terminal. We intended to catch a Dumaguete-boundRead More

Looking Back: How Traveling Changed My Life

Posted on April 25, 2017

In many ways, traveling gave me back my life. About 5 or so years ago, I took a long, hard look at my life, carefully assessed it and realized that I’ve been wasting a good deal of it in a small cubicle. Since I started working, my world became limited to a restrictive cube farm. I strived to conquer the corporate jungle with much gusto and actually convinced myself that a thriving office career was the sole definition of success. Not longRead More

Journeying through Bantayan Island

Posted on April 23, 2017

There’s something about early morning travel that is both invigorating and exciting at the same time. Never mind the lack of sleep, an early start gives you the confidence and the energy to take on the challenges of the day, especially with the thought that you are ahead of the pack. Thus, as we kicked off our summer adventure this year, we hit the road even as the majority of the metro was still in slumber land. We were boundRead More

A Weekend of Leisure at Anvaya Cove

Posted on March 26, 2017

Some days are so hectic that finding a few moments to breathe and slow down seems as elusive as a pin in a haystack. Furthermore, planning for a trip when you have a lot of things going on in your head becomes a heavy chore when it should have been otherwise on ordinary days. As such, when we were invited by some friends to tag along with them to Anvaya Cove, we readily gave in and said yes without hesitationRead More

Boracay, Lovelier the Second Time Around

Posted on February 12, 2017

Our trip to Boracay some months ago was a very spur-of-the-moment decision. While we would always have travel plans for my birthday, we didn’t make any arrangement that time because of the inclement weather. However, on a quick whim, we decided to still push through with our weekend trip. It was Friday and already close to midnight but, even so, we were hoping to work something out. Boracay 2016: Our Quick Boracay Getaway from Ivan Jose on Vimeo. We choseRead 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.

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