We gravitate towards remote and secluded places. We love conversations with just a handful of people and being able to freely roam around without worrying about going through a crowd. And that’s exactly what my husband Miguel gave us when he booked Qi Palawan for his 40th and my daughter Talia’s 12th birthday celebration.
I try to look for new activities or places to visit every so often just to break the monotony of our school-work-school-work-school-work routine. And for this week, we spent it at a new trampoline park called Bounce!
An abandoned theme park in Lemery, Batangas was our playground for the day as we took time off from our usual production related work. Built in the early 2000s, the management behind Fantasy World couldn't see through the park's completion due to financial and corporate troubles.
On June 15, 1991, the wrath of a raging beast was felt not just in the Philippines but affected the entire world. Ash blanketed the metro and global temperatures dropped by about 0.5 °C for 3 years. Mt. Pinatubo took hundreds of lives and left thousands homeless. But today, she's blooming.
Sagada is a town in the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines’ Mountain Province. Popular attractions are the hanging coffins in Echo Valley, caves in Lumiang and Sumaguing, and freshly brewed mountain coffee.
It's summer time once again and it's making itself felt with this heat wave! Retreating to the beach for the next few months is a great idea but not really practical and friendly to the wallet. How about day trip recommendations instead?
Laguna is the birthplace of our country's national hero, Jose Rizal. It is famous for several attractions like the hot spring resorts in Calamba and Los Baños, the Taytay Falls in Majayjay, the footwear from Liliw, among others.
Santa Rosa, Laguna is predominantly a residential community located in southern Manila. The Nuvali area in Sta. Rosa is popular for their recreational complex which offers paths for leisure biking, off road trails for mountain biking, a water sports facility for wake boarding, a huge pond for koi feeding, and more.
Manila Bay, bay of the South China Sea extending into southwestern Luzon Island, Philippines. Almost completely landlocked, it is considered one of the world’s great harbours and has an area of 770 sq mi (2,000 sq km) with a 120-mi (190-km) circumference. Its widest diameter, from northwest to southeast, measures 36 mi. Corregidor Island, 30 mi west of Manila, divides the bay’s 11-mi-wide entrance into two channels—the seldom used South Channel and the safer, 2-mi-wide North Channel between Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor. (From https://www.britannica.com/place/Manila-Bay)
We end 2016 by being part of a wonderful initiative headed by The Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation. Sampaloc Cove in Zambales is home to several indigenous families and we were part of this year's Lighthouse tradition of sharing blessings with the community.
Located at Barangay Abung, San Juan Batangas, Balai sa San Juan is situated on a 7 hectare property, blessed with 200 meter long beachfront, and various birds as well. With just about 2.5 hours away from Metro Manila, it's a "no frills" spot to unplug and unwind.
San Juan, La Union is one of the Philippines' surfing destinations and its close proximity to the capital makes it a popular spot for both tourists and locals alike. With the fifth longest coastline on the planet, San Juan has become the surf capital of the north over the last ten years.
Our second trip to this open air heritage park still got us gaping at the amazing houses and Filipino craftsmanship all over the place. Visitors will always see something new in this resort because of the owner's ever growing collection of heritage houses.
The Bumbungan River (also called Pagsanjan River) is a major tourist attraction in Laguna, Philippines. The waterfalls for which it is famous for is called Magdapio Falls, or more commonly known as Pagsanjan Falls. The Eco Park was established where the river was dammed near the town center of Cavinti.
Lake Caliraya, a man-made lake located in Laguna, is a popular spot for water sports and outdoor recreation like camping and fishing. Just a couple of hours away from Manila, this area located in the municipalities Lumban, Cavinti and Kalayaan, is one of those accessible destinations if you want a quick break from the daily city grind.
The Mangan Kapampangan Food Tour took us to different places offering scrumptious meals and nibbles plus showcasing some fascinating religious art and establishments - a great way to learn about Pampanga's history and culture while constantly satisfying our bellies!
The remains of 17,206 servicemen and women who gave their lives during World War II are interred in this Manila cemetery. In addition, 36,279 Missing of World War II whose remains were not recovered or identified or who were lost at sea are commemorated by name on the walls of the memorial here.