A beach nearby…

Who would have thought that a place like this existed inside a Marine Base Camp.

In less than 2 hours drive from Manila, you could reach Katungkulan Beach in Ternate, Cavite. The only beach of its kind nearest to Manila. What makes this even more unique is that this is indeed within the vicinity of the training grounds of the Marines! Please take note however, you need to strictly follow rules & regulations.

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Just a friendly reminder though;

  • This is not your typical resort. It is a semi-private beach inside the marine base camp.
  • Strictly follow rules & regulations.
  • No reservation. They are accommodating guests on a first come first serve basis.
  • Registration and payment is required at the gate.
  • It’s more convenient to bring your own car.
  • Make sure to fill up your gas as there are no gas stations near the area.
  • Check your vehicle before you leave the house.
  • Cottages are for rent.
  • There are some private rooms that you could rent depending on availability.
  • Pitching of tent is allowed.
  • There are grilling stations in the area that you could use.
  • Bringing your own food is highly advisable.
  • There is a small store inside the camp where you could buy basic needs.
  • Please don’t expect too much, especially with the facilities (bathroom, private room, cottages, etc.)
  • The area is well kept and free from garbage. Please clean as you go.

Side trip to Nuvali…

After spending overnight at Tagaytay, we have decided to do a side trip to Nuvali before heading home.

Nuvali is an Eco-friendly community located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Shopping malls and restaurants are all over the place, there’s also a man made lake at Solenad.

Boating and fish feeding are the main attractions here.

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Laiya! Sunup to Sundown…

Waking up early in the morning has never been this exciting! Driving has never been this relaxing! That’s simply because we are on vacation, and we are heading to Laiya! Oh yeah.. 🙂

Just few hours drive from Manila, we found ourselves in paradise. Scenic view, fresh air, clean & calm water, and luscious green surroundings welcomed us when we reached our destination.

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Driving directions from Manila to Laiya, Batangas:

Laiya is approximately 3 hours drive from Manila passing by SLEX and Star Tollway.  No need to exit SLEX since it is now interconnected to STAR Tollway. From STAR Tollway, drive all the way to Ibaan exit.

After exiting, turn left when you see the sign (Ibaan). Drive approximately 8 kilometers to Rosario town proper. From Rosario, drive another 23 kilometers to reach the town of San Juan.

Once in San Juan, you will pass by Jollibee at your left and Puregold at your right, then make a right turn after the Municipal Hall. At this point, resorts in Laiya is approximately 30 minutes away.

Enjoy! 🙂

Keep Calm & Chill Out!

Staycation -a vacation spent at or near your own home, rather than traveling to far away places.

… and that’s exactly what we did! It was a gloomy weekend because of bad weather, yet we’ve managed to make the most out of it! We booked a room, stroll around the mall, watched a movie, play at the casino, enjoyed swimming, and experienced some pool side fun! 🙂

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It was a fun & relaxing weekend. Let’s do this again! 🙂

Until we meet again… Boracay!

Thrilled! That’s exactly how I feel when I set foot in Boracay. The view was mesmerizing, it’s like as if I’m looking at a high definition imagery of a seascape designed to perfection.

I still remember the days when I’m googling images of Boracay and searching for videos on YouTube. Now, I’ve been there already. It’s my first time in Boracay and in an instance, I fell in love with it. Words are not enough to describe the experience, just imagine the warm sea breeze touching your face while walking along the stretch of the finest white sandy beach and crystal clear water. Drinking fresh coconut juice and indulging with the freshest seafood cooked the way you want it while enjoying the company of your friends, family, and other people having a great time. Tell me, how does it feel?

They say Boracay is a paradise on earth. I couldn’t agree more!

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Until we meet again…

The world’s oldest Chinatown!

Binondo’s Chinatown located in Manila, is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594.

We were here during the celebration of Chinese New Year! We enjoyed watching the parade and explored the avenue of restaurants serving sumptuous Chinese cuisines.

It was an entertaining and tummy-filling experience. 🙂

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Kung Hei Fat Choi! 🙂

A not so ordinary weekend in Tagaytay!

Cool breeze, unique landscape, great tasting food, friendly people, and feel good atmosphere, these are just some of the characteristics best describes a place called Tagaytay!

I’ve been to Tagaytay numerous times already but this time my goal is to visit a theme park. Haven’t I mentioned that I love theme parks? It brings out the kid in me! 🙂

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The Carousel and Ferris Wheel at Sky Ranch!
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The Sky Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines which stands at 207 feet. The scenic view on top, overlooking Taal lake is simply amazing!
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The Super Viking! One of the exciting rides at Sky Ranch.
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All smiles!  🙂
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The Nessy Coaster! Perfect ride for kids and young at heart.. 🙂
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How I wish I could fit inside! I’m too old for this.. 🙂
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You could also enjoy horse-back riding!
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How about this zip line? Wanna try?
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A scenic view overlooking Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, the smallest volcano in the world.
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The coconut tree!
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The view at Picnic Grove.
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It’s picture taking time! 🙂
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The view of the town of Taal from Picnic Grove
…and another picture of me!
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The giant tree!
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It looks like as if I’m somewhere in Europe..

If you’re looking for a place to relax over the weekend without traveling long distance, then Tagaytay is the perfect weekend getaway.

See & experience it yourself. Enjoy! 🙂

A fun-filled weekend at the Hundred Islands!

My quest to discover the best destinations in the Philippines continues and the next leg of my journey got me to “The Hundred Islands”.

The Hundred Islands National Park is located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. Approximately five (5) hours away from Manila. It is composed of 124 islands at low tide and 123 at high tide. These islands and islets are scattered in Lingayen Gulf covering an area of 1,667 hectares.

These are the boats transporting tourists from Lucap wharf in Alaminos to the hundred islands.

I’ve heard lot’s of good things about the hundred Islands, so I have decided to see and experience it myself. At first, I was quite worried that it won’t live up to my expectations but at the same time I’m very excited.

All of my worries suddenly fades away as soon as we arrived! It even surpassed my expectations. Here are some of the wonderful moment captured on camera during my “Hundred Islands” adventure! 🙂

This is our first stop, the Governor’s island. On top of the island is the viewing deck which allows tourists to see and experience the picturesque seascape!
The panoramic view of the hundred islands on top of Governor’s island! Sun-bathing, boating, fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, shelling, island hopping, bird watching, spelunking, helmet diving, beach bumming, cliff diving, camping, hiking, name it they have it! Fun-filled activities awaits you at the hundred islands.
If you are a fan of extreme recreational activities, then this zip line is a must-try! You’re destination? It will take you to the next island the fastest way possible. 🙂
The son of the boatman. At a very young age, he’s working hard to help his father. I’m wondering what he’s thinking?
This is the boatman. Parking our ride in style!
Our next destination is Marcos Island. This is where we could find Imelda cave.
View of Imelda cave from above. Here, you could do cliff diving!
My body is saying let’s go but my mind is saying no! hehe..  🙂
The beach at Marcos Island. The pristine turquoise water and creamy white sands will definitely captivate every tourists visiting this island.
The bridge at Quezon Island. Perfect for sightseeing and picture taking!
I’ve had a great time snorkeling at coral garden! This is also the first time I’ve seen giant clams. By the way, this is a protected area so taking anything from it’s water is strictly prohibited.
We finally arrived at the children’s island!
Why it’s called children’s island? The shallow water here makes it perfect for young boys & girls to enjoy swimming.
Our last destination is Cuenco cave. It is basically a cave with ocean view on both ends.
Show off your best diving pose! 🙂
…and this is the end of our trip.

This has been one of the most enjoyable weekend ever, filled with fun and surprises! 🙂

A journey to the past – The Philippine National Museum

It’s been years already since my last visit to the National Museum and If I can still recall, I’m on 4th grade when we entered it’s door.

My most vivid memory during that trip was when I saw the “Spoliarium” for the very first time.

Over the weekend, I have decided to once again relive that moment and embark on a journey to the past…

This is the annex building of the national museum where all archeological artifacts could be found.
The Senate Session Hall of the National Art Galley.
“Diwata” by Guillermo Tolentino
The “Spoliarium” is the most valuable oil-on-canvas painting by Juan Luna, a Filipino educated at the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura (Philippines) and at the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. With a size of 4.22 meters x 7.675 meters, it is the largest painting in the Philippines
El Asesinato del Gobernador Bustamante by Félix Resurrección Hidalgo
Works of a Filipino sculptor Isabelo Tampinco, known for his woodcarvings for churches, most notably the Church of San Ignacio in Intramuros: altar, the pillars, the ceilings and the other intricate portions of the church; public edifices; and homes.
Continuing the theme and late 19th century period of the previous gallery, works by Félix Resurrección Hidalgo are featured together with sculptures by IsabeloTampinco (Key works of which are the Gift of Ernesto and Araceli Salas).
Continuing the theme and late 19th century period of the previous gallery, works by Félix Resurrección Hidalgo are featured together with sculptures by IsabeloTampinco (Key works of which are the Gift of Ernesto and Araceli Salas).
Philippine art of the academic and romantic period, specifically of the last three decades of the 19th century, featuring especially the Museum’s considerable holdings of the work of Juan Luna and key contemporaries. Highlights include works by Lorenzo Guerrero, Gaston O’Farrell, and National Cultural Treasures such as Feeding the Chickens, one the earliest known Philippine genre paintings, by Simon Flores, as well as the famous UnaBulaqueñaby Juan Luna. Featured also are nearly 100 works by Luna that formed part of the historic donation of the GraceLuna de San Pedro Collection by the Far East Bankand Trust Company in the early 1990s.
Colonial Philippine religious art from the 17th to the 19th centuries, prominent among which is aretablo from the Church of San Nicolás de Tolentino in Dimiao, Bohol – a NationalCultural Treasure – together with a selection of carved religious images (santos), reliefs and polychromes.
“Mother’s Revenge” by Jose Rizal
Works of Vicente Silva Manansala
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I even enjoyed it the second time around! 🙂

Coron! A piece of Heaven on Earth

Peaceful, serene, beautiful, captivating, untouched, extraordinary,  these are just some of the words that best describes the island of Coron!

The island is rich in biodiversity, white sandy beaches, pristine lakes, marvelous limestone formations, and friendly people.

I immediately fell in love with the place and here’s the reason why…  🙂

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The white sandy beach of Malcapuya island
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