Food

Manila Weekend: Hole in the Wall, Third Wave Cafes and One Badass Dimsum House

It’s been years since I’ve roamed around the streets of Metro Manila so when the work opportunity came for me to travel to the nation’s capital for a week, Kaye and I decided to dedicate the weekend for some food and coffee spotting around the metro. Since we are fond of reading food and lifestyle blogs, we already had a few places in mind to visit.  (more…)

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Cebu 2014 Photo Gallery

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 Place: Cebu City, Philippines

Date of visit: August 2014

All shots taken with my Sony RX100

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Larsian sa Fuente

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Saging lang ang may puso

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BJ

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Simala Church, Sibonga

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1st Station

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Lantaw Floating Restaurant

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Alegre Guitars

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Do you play string?

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Lapu-Lapu Shrine, Mactan

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A-tapang a-tao…

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Butingtings

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Taoist Temple

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Dragons on top

8 Hours in Macau

Planning a side trip to Macau during your Hong Kong vacation? Don’t have the luxury of time or money (or both) to spend in Macau to have an overnight stay? Thinking of touring Macau in mere hours time? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then our story might be of help. This is our Macau tour, and we did it in only 8 hours.

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Exploring Panglao: Dolphin-watching, Balicasag Snorkeling and the Virgin Island (with a side of Alona)

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I posted a blog about our Bohol Countryside Day Tour back in early 2013 to document our awesome excursion to see the best that Bohol has to offer. What you didn’t know was that a day after our countryside tour, we had our scheduled dolphin-watching, and island hopping in Balicasag and Virgin Island.

Now, why no blog post you ask? Well, for starters, we didn’t see any dolphins during our supposedly dolphin-watching activity. They were just very elusive at that time of the month (it was September 2012). The second (major-major) reason was that during our Balicasag underwater snorkeling, my old underwater camera (Sony TX5) completely bailed on us. Its lens were shaking and the shots were just too blurry to be useful. My heart sank. As great as the underwater view was in front of us, there was nothing I can do to share it with other people because I didn’t have usable underwater shots to begin with. Even our Virgin Island photos were mediocre (from my standards, at least).

From that day on, Kaye and I vowed to return to Bohol for three major reasons: to see swimming dolphins in the wild, get some decent underwater shots in Balicasag and do justice to our photos in Virgin Island. And thank God, we scratched all of those a few weeks ago.

Beautiful day to voyage the seas

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Return to Boracay: Cliff Diving at Ariel’s Point

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Goodbye, cruel world! XD

If there was one thing that I regretted during my first visit to Boracay last 2011, is that I didn’t research enough to know about the famous party place hidden away from Boracay’s busy white beach, Ariel’s Point. Today, visiting Ariel’s Point stands at  #1 on TripAdvisor’s Top Things To Do in Boracay. Is it only hype? Or is it the real deal? We’re about to find out.

Here’s an excerpt on Ariel’s Point’s website on how to get there:

Trips to Ariel’s Point depart daily at 11:30 a.m. from Ariel’s House, which is located along Boracay’s main White Beach near Station 1 between Club Paraw and the Obama Grill.  At the current time, tickets for Ariel’s Point can only be purchased through the Boracay Beach Club (just across the main road from Ariel’s House in Station 1).  You can reach Ariel’s House and the Boracay Beach Club by walking along White Beach (about a 10 minute walk from D’Mall) or hiring a tricycle and asking them to bring you to the Boracay Beach Club in Station 1.  

For more information about reservation and how to contact them, visit their website HERE.

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Bohol Uncut (Part 2) – Tarsier, ATV, Chocolate Hills and Bohol Bee Farm

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

If you missed Part 1 of our Bohol Countryside Tour, click HERE.

We’re midway on our Bohol adventure and yet the island still has its many surprises up its sleeve. But in order to cool down our nerves from the exhilarating experience that was the Loboc Zip Line, we headed next to the sanctuary of the world’s smallest primate and cute mascot of Bohol, the Tarsier.

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The Great Singapore Blog: Singapore Zoo and Night Safari


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This is an account of one of my unusual birthday celebrations. This is the first time I’ve celebrated my birthday in another country, let alone in a zoo.

SINGAPORE ZOO

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Zoo Entrance

I’ve always wanted to see various exotic animals so I wouldn’t miss a trip to the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. We availed of the 2-in-1 Park Hopper package. We were already at the zoo by 10AM to maximize time. For more info about Singapore Zoo, visit http://www.zoo.com.sg/.

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Samal’s Pride: Pearl Farm Beach Resort

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Well, it’s that time of the year again. No, it’s not Christmas or New Year I’m talking about. Rising temperatures, the scorching heat of the sun, the intense urge to order halo-halo and the growing call to hit the beach… SUMMER! Davao is no stranger to beautiful beaches as Samal Island is just a boat ride away from the city. However, with a plethora of beach resorts lying around Samal Island, picking a resort can be confusing. As a standout from other beach resorts, one can never go wrong with Pearl Farm. 

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Pearl Farm Parola

Kaye and I aren’t really strangers to Pearl Farm, albeit a few years removed from our first visits, respectively. For rates, boat schedules and other booking concerns, you can go directly through their official website at http://www.pearlfarmresort.com/. However, being extra aggressive in finding the best rates, we were able to get a cheaper rate. A bed and breakfast package at Samal house (overnight stay with complimentary breakfast buffet) shelled us a total of Php6,500.00. Note that this was last year’s price (March 2012) so prices this time may vary. The published rate for the same package is at Php4,000.00 per person so that’s a total savings of Php1,500.00.

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Food Quest: The Best Halo-Halo in Davao

Summer season may have reached its midway point but it’s not too late to talk about food perfect for this hot season. And what better way to cool down that hot summer afternoon than with a refreshing halo-halo in hand. While halo-halo is almost synonymous with summer here in the Philippines, one can enjoy our humble national dessert anytime since it’s almost always hot or sunny here, especially in Davao.

To fulfill our quest to find the best halo-halo here in Davao, we’ve pitted two establishments that we think serve the best interpretation of the popular dessert in the city: Bistro Rosario and Aling Foping’s. And to keep our objectivity in tact, we decided to taste the 2 halo-halo desserts on the same day.  Sounds good, right?

Bistro Rosario: Classic with a twist

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Our first halo-halo tasting is from Bistro Rosario located at F. Torres St. While Bistro Rosario is more popular for its cakes, pastries and restaurant, their halo-halo should also be given due credit as well. We’ve tasted their halo-halo before so coming back for an encore serving is a testament to how impressed we were during our first visit.

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