TRAVEL: Coron ’19


It’s my second time and apparently, Coron doesn’t disappoint. Other than the fact, that I wasn’t able to actually go under water, I still enjoyed being a bystander. 😛

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Majestic waters of Coron, Palawan. ❤ ❤ ❤

We are actually here because my cousin, my brother and his girlfriend’s first time here.

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For the first day, we had our second prenup. You wouldn’t believe what we had to go through. I suggest for everyone travelling the beach, make sure not to wait for the water to be low tide. Dang! such an experience.

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Kudos to this team who was so patient, so bubbly and energetic. I was so hesitant to try them at first but the outcome was just how we requested. 🙂

As you can see, the hubby to be is so happy to be with me. 😀 HAHA. We are now about to start our day at the beach!

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At the famous spot where every freakin’ tourist has a picture.

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This is where they enjoyed their time in the water at Kayangan Lake. 

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And here, we had lunch at the Green Lagoon at a floating bamboo house. ❤

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We had a lot of free time in our hands. Most of us swam, some kayak, snorkel and everything in between.

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The Green Lagoon at its finest. ❤

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And a picture at the Maquinit Hotspring. ❤

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I will be creating a video to capture what transpired during the trip. ❤ ❤ ❤

Until next time! ❤

TRAVEL: CORON DAY 2


Palawan can never and should never be traveled without devoting a day for beach! Ain’t that right? so you know where we spent the day huh? Sand and sun.

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First Stop: Kayangan Lake

Where the famous overlooking view is at. You should have a wonderful photographer friend with you, our tour guide was a failure. Thus, it’s almost impossible to see us in this picture. Haha

We had to go down and up, to reach the actual Kayangan Lake.

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And if you swim just a bit more, you get to swim under a big rock or cove or something until you reach the Hidden Lagoon. 

This is CYC Beach – it was a bit small, but it’s peaceful and white and serene.

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We had an amazing seafood fest  in front of the ocean. ❤

And they got to look around and explore in the Skeleton Wreck part of the ocean..

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We ended the day with a relaxing hot spring experience at Maquinit Hot Spring.

I’m glad I have my ❤ with me all throughout.

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TRAVEL: CORON DAY 1


Alright! If you have been following my life thru this blog, we have this annual out of town trip with my college friends and whoever are plus ones are. HAHA. You’ll meet a new one in this blog.
This year, we went to Coron since we haven’t visited the resort of Tandem, one of our friend. It has been so stressful at work so I was really looking forward to this trip. And finally, here we are.
We boarded at Terminal 4, which is a bit near my house. The three of us are early but 1 couple were really late and we almost missed the cut off.
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By the time we land, we were greeted by a placard of Ana and Friends & definitely some rainfall. The van was spacious enough and the ride was less than 30 minutes from the airport. Whew. I wanted to sleep but the road is being fixed so it was obviously bumpy.
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We got there by around 2pm, dropped our bags, freshen a bit, toured the resort and finally settled for some lunch at about 3pm. Deadpan Hungryyy!
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We ordered the following:
Bagnet with Pinakbet, Stuffed Squid, Kilawin and Sisig. ❤ All from the in-house kitchen of Sophia’s Garden Resort. And did I mention that everything was absolutely delicious? ❤
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Since we only have the late afternoon to ourselves,
Our first stop: Mt. Tapyas
Dreadfully climbed 700 steps to the top. Whew. If you’re worried about slippery mud and soil, don’t fret. There’s stairs to save the day. BUT remember the magical pull of gravity, weighing down all your strength, every carbs is put to good use. But man was I so tired!
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There’s no better way to enjoy the view than to share it with friends and  the most important person in your life.  After a very tiring two hours of our lives, we head to The Viewdeck Grillhouse. 

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After this glorious dinner, we head back to the resort and the biggest surprise of my life was waiting for me. My future, is waiting for me. ❤ (due for another post).

But before we went to sleep, we struck out a few songs, some soju and a lot of laughter. ❤

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One of the best nights. ❤

TRAVEL: SAN FRANCISCO


Obviously, outlets are a priority. 😀 We went to livermore, about 30 minutes from San Francisco City. ❤ Ready your wallets! Aside from 40% – 70% discount, they also give you coupons for the day that gives you an additional 10% – 20% discount on top of the usual. ❤

 

Then, we went to the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, alongside Pier 39.

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It is one of the busiest tourist attractions in San Francisco. You’ll see souvenir shops and specialty stores in both sides of the streets on the way to Pier 39. 😀

 

I also got to try Lotus Biscoff Coffee. ❤ ❤ It’s so good!! Perfect to combat the windy nights of SF.

 

We also went to Ghirardelli Square

 

It is now the home of a stylish collection of shops and restaurants—one of the most pleasant places to stroll and shop in the city. Wind through passageways and across plazas to visit an assortment of boutiques and gift shops, or relax with bay views from a selection of restaurants. If you have kids along, you probably have one destination in mind more than any other: the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop.

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I am 110% you’ll be overwhelmed inside their chocolate shop!

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Of our downtime moments. ❤ We also bought tickets for the Cable Car. 

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You can buy them at Pier 39. We bought it for $7.00, a single ride ticket. You can buy it for $21 where you can hop on and off the cable stops around the city for the day.

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We hopped off at the last stop, Union Square. It is the commercial hub of the city. Many major hotels and department stores are packed into the area surrounding the actual square. Numerous upscale boutiques, restaurants, nightspots and galleries occupy the spaces tucked between the larger buildings.

This is where you’ll also find the famous Cheesecake Factory with an overlooking view of the whole Union Square. The restaurant is situated in their roofdeck but be sure to make a reservation. Or if you’re planning to have lunch there, be sure to be at restaurant around 10. When we got there about 12:30, we were already 23rd on the list. WOW right? So no. We did not wait.

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Okayyyyyy… so my favorite of all SF Spots —- Palace of Fine Arts

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It is the last remaining structure from the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this classical looking building is beautifully situated on a lagoon that reflects the mirror image on the surface of the calm water, while ducks and geese drift by. (planetware).

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Ofcourse, you can’t visit this place without going to Napa Valley, famous for Wine Tasting.  It’s known for hundreds of hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley wine region.

 

They actually have a wine train where you get to visit at least 5 wineries. But we opted to just visit 1 — V. Sattui Winery

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This particular winery offers 5 wines for $20. 😀 Good deal right? You can choose from a long list and they will also help you choose and recommend based on your preference.

 

Finally ticked off Napa Valley on my list! But I have to bring judey here. :/ He should be here.

 

Want to know another first time for me? Sleep in a yacht!

 

It’s a real work! It’s nice to experience it but I wouldn’t want to sleep in one again. I don’t normally get sea sick or car sick — but sleeping on a boat is like floating for hours and hours.

And finally, the movie famous — Golden Gate Bridge

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Connecting San Francisco with Marin County and other districts further north, the Golden Gate Bridge was, at one time, designated the greatest man-made sight in the United States.

 

Hope to be back again, San Francisco! ❤ There’s still a lot I haven’t seen. :/

TRAVEL NEW YORK: DAY 4


Terrible sadness floats in the air.. because it’s our last day in the city.. since it was Ash Wednesday, we heard mass at St. Monica’s Chapel

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Also, before we left.. we checked out some stores and I’m just really really glad that even in some parts of the world… MY brand, my brand is highlighted in different stores. ❤

Side note: Please patronize Champion Authentic Athletic Apparel and Champion Life!

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And some paparazzi shots from my cousin as well. ❤

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It’s official … New York City has my ❤

TRAVEL NEW YORK: DAY 3


Our third day starts with a trip to THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886.  It was designated as a National Monument in 1924.

Each person has to pay about $14 for the ferry. Mind you, the line was super long and going inside the boat has a little bit of stampede situation since there was no proper line.

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Also, the priority here is for you to go inside first for you to grab a seat inside. If you’re like me who easily gets cold… you have to stay inside. When the temperatures drop and its hella windy outside, the cold is terrible. Upon reaching the island, you can freely roam the island and take good pictures..

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The ferry boats are scheduled to arrive every 30 minutes so if you’re done taking pictures, there’s also a cafe and restaurant slash souvenir shops in the island while you’re waiting for the boat.

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After our trip to the liberty, we were so hungry and feeling a bit under the weather (literally).. so we took our lunch at Fridays near Wall St. 

Wall Street is one of the world’s most famous streets. Historically known as the center of New York’s financial district, Wall Street is often associated with wealth and ambition in America.

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One of the Financial District’s most famous symbols is the ‘Charging Bull’ Statue (The bull represents a bull market, a constantly rising market).

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I know you are familiar withe 911 bombing that left thousands of casualties.. we went there to pray and pay our respects. Twin Towers of World Trade Center.  You see the square hole in the middle of the water? That’s where the building used to stand.

After which, we also visited the mall with a unique architecture across the memorial building — Westfield Mall World Trade Center

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It has has roughly 365,000 square feet of retail space, which once again makes it the largest shopping mall in Manhattan. It just opened last August 2016.

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And on to my second favorite part of NYC — Brooklyn Bridge.

The bridge is really something. It has this majestic feel that captures you in an instant. It is lovely in all ways. It looms majestically over New York City’s East River, linking the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Since 1883, its granite towers and steel cables have offered a safe and scenic passage to millions of commuters and tourists, trains and bicycles, pushcarts and cars. The bridge’s construction took 14 years, involved 600 workers. (see here)

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And the last stop for today —- DUMBO. (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a neighborhood in the Newyork City Borough of Brooklyn. The area known as DUMBO used to be known as Gairville. It encompasses two sections: one located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

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I love you, again and again.. New York City. ❤

TRAVEL NEW YORK: DAY 2


The second day of our visit was a lot more better – no rain and no luggage in toll. A better morning walking the streets of New York..

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And we are going to the most photographed, scenic, well used scenery of park – CENTRAL PARK 

 

 

Yes, it’s the most famous park from the movie Maid in Manhattan, Enchanted, Spiderman, Men in Black, Eat Pray Love, Bridewars, Night at the museum, Devil wears Prada, Hitch, 13 going on 30, Sweet Home Alabama, Two weeks Notice and You’ve got mail among all the other movies. Have I pysched you up yet? I have to say — It’s just so beautiful. ❤

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Central Park is a must-see for anyone visiting the five boroughs, no matter the time of year. The 843-acre destination is Manhattan’s most famous park, full of trees, gardens, rolling meadows, arches, sculptures, statues and vistas.

 

 

Then, the BETHESDA TERRACE AND FOUNTAINwhere Blaire and Chuck got married in Gossip Girl. 😀 

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The two-story terrace, which overlooks the Lake and southern sections of the Ramble, features intricate carvings that represent both the times of day and the four seasons. At the center sits Bethesda Fountain—also known as the Angel of the Waters—a biblical allusion and also a celebration of the water system that first brought water to New York City in 1842.

 

 

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Central Park is probably my most favorite part of New York. ❤

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We walked over to the metro to go to the nearest station to GRAND CENTRAL STATION. It is the most complex station that links route 4,6 and 7 at all times.

 

 

Do you know the movie Friends with Benefits where there was a flashmob dancing to closing time? GAH. I am there. ❤

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And so, there’s this famous burger place that everyone thinks can match up to In & Out so ought to try it out right? It’s SHAKE SHACK, baby!

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Like any other grilled burgers, it’s unnervingly satisfying!! But I have to say, I’d go for the In & Out burgers but Shake Shack fries is so much better. The milkshake is good too! 🙂 Uhh. Burps.

Next on the list? EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

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The world’s tallest building from 1931 to 1977, the Empire State Building is topped with a stepped Art Deco pinnacle that’s floodlit at night and boasts holiday and commemorative colors throughout the year. We only paid to be on the 86th floor, which is the main deck for $39 with tax already although you can still try to go to the 102nd floor. But, you can see everything from the 86th already, so no need to pay for extra. ❤

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From the empire, next stop is about 20 mins away.. Next stop, FLAT IRON BUILDING

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The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago’s Daniel Burnham as a steel-frame skyscraper clad in white terra-cotta. At 21 stories and 307 ft (93 meters), it was one of the city’s tallest buildings.

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Just right across from the flat iron building. . . EATALY

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Eataly is an Italian market place that has all sorts of chocolates, pastries, a cafe and a grocery in one! ❤

 

And, BTW — I tried their gelato! Italians are not just about the pasta. right? They are famous for their gelatos too! I tried their Stracciatella and it was di-VINE. It was creamy and so, so, so good though it did not taste like hazelnut at all. 😀

 

After finally getting some walls to separate us from the wind outside and celebrating with a gelato and their famous hot chocolate.. we went to SOHO, NEW YORK

So, get this — I was about tired as a monkey at 9 in the evening so I wasn’t able to take a picture. But this place is a prime shopping center where all the branded stores are. They are lovelllyyyy. ❤ Since no one is buying that night.. we walked about 30 minutes before we reached our dinner destination.. KARAKATTA

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This is the nearest place though I mentioned that we had to walk for about 30 minutes before reaching this place. Sadly, the wind was blowing so hard at 3 degrees. It’s a good thing they have ramen and can serve us hot soups, right? so, good choice all in all…

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TRAVEL NEW YORK: DAY 1


Even now, I cannot fathom the next words I will be typing…. I’VE BEEN TO NEW YORK! 🙂 Oh.my.heart. I am officially in love with the city. One cannot erase what you’ve seen and experience.

So to start telling my story… Undoubtedly, we land in JFK Airport from LAX.

We boarded an airtrain from JFK Airport. An airtrain links you to the MTA New York City buses and subways which will basically take you all around the city. We spent $8.00 for the card. After alighting from the airtrain, we boarded an MTA train again to go to our Airbnb.

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It was a Sunday when we arrive but we were so hungry. It was raining and it’s 9 degree Celsius. :/ So we decided to eat first at Starbucks and head for mass. Can you guess where? …. SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL

 

It is decorated with Neo-Gothic style. It is the seat of the archbishop of NY located on the east side of Fifth Ave between 50th and 51st streets in midtown manhattan, directly across from Rockefeller Center.

The church was majestic. It looked so classic an vintage and elite all at the same time. The carvings were carefully done and very intricate.

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And, since I’ve mentioned awhile ago that the cathedral is across from Rockefeller Center… 

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Also one of the most famous landmarks in NYC, it’s running on 22 acres that features 19 commercial buildings. It is also a popular destination for all the events happening in the city. Do you remember the Home Alone 2 scene where Kevin McCallister is standing infront of a giant christmas tree and wishing for his family to return? well, that’s where this is. The famous lighting of the Christmas Tree every year that is being aired all over the world? It’s here. You can actually also go up, TOP OF THE ROCK where you can see the skyline of the city. But for us, we didn’t go there since we will be doing that at the Empire State Building — which is due for another post.

So after we’re settled in our Airbnb, which is at Upper East Side (well, hello elites), we head out for some lunch. and since we were dead tired from all the walking, we decided to stop by the nearest restaurant we could find from where our Airbnb is. It left us with… trying our first and last NYC Pizza.

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It’s a self service restaurant with pizza pans lined in front of the counter so you can choose what flavor you like. And I tell you, 1 slice is enough for 1 or 2 persons!

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After our late lunch.. we head to THE MET  and ohmygod. Who here watches Gossip Girl and their famous MET Steps? and only the coolest and most IT girls are allowed to seat at THE steps. Haha. (Feeding my college heart with Gossip Girl Achievements! ❤ )

 

Even the streets leading to the museum is Insta-worthy. When we were walking to the museum, we could see there were 2 V-E-R-Y long lines on each end where the entrance is. BUT, BUT, but.. the lines move pretty quickly! so, don’t fret. Though, I suggest you go in the morning so you can take a look around more. The museum is huge.

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So, my favorite part of the museum is… the one with all the God Statues.

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Some of the other parts of the museum…

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After hours of looking at everything spectacular, we uber-red back to Airbnb and went to K-TOWN .  We ate at KANG HO DONG BAEKJONG in K-Town which received a two thumbs up from Anthony Bourdain.

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I don’t exactly know what we ordered but everything was good. All korean food is G-DOUBLE O -D Good. After a festive dinner, we head to the very lit and eye poppin TIMES SQUARE 

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Everything is so colorful and bright and sunny and alive and active… This is why the city absolutely never sleeps. There are random people performing, friends having a night out and just-all-sorts-of-people. ❤

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Okay! So you I know you’ve seen the M&M Store in facebook right? and the Hershey’s Store where all the giant chocolates are? We went there! 😀

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I swear I loved New York on Day 1!

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TRAVEL: ANAWANGIN


This was never the plan. — But of course, it’s the ones we don’t plan that turns out to be pretty amazing. Right? It’s one hell of a work though. We arrived at around 6pm and got settled about 7pm.

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Fanning, Blowing, Lighting pieces of newspaper, Re-arranging the wood for 3 whole hours just to catch a spark – to make fire. It’s EXHAUSTING & Fulfilling at the same time! The food was cooked around 10:30 pm!

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It’s really a nice wake up call, opening your eyes to see majestic mountains right outside our tent & the beach within 30 steps far. The boys had their fun. The bathroom was a bit tricky, that’s the reason why I was lazy to swim. 😀

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Would you look at that? Right? 😀

Sometimes, you just need an adventure to cleanse the bitter taste of life.

Until next time, Anawangin. ❤

TRAVEL: DINGALAN, AURORA


On a saturday, we sacrificed sleep to leave by 1am. But of course, I managed to steal hours of sleep during the ride. We had a mini stop over at 230 am for a coffee and restroom break and another one at 6am for rice pudding.

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The office clan: not complete in this photo though. Directly at the port to go to the bathroom, change clothes and finally board the boat.

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Only 2 people in this boat knows how to swim.

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Yup, humiliating as this photo is, it was that windy. And the hike starts immediately.

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There are a lot more sweaty, tired haggard pictures but let me just leave you feeling like you want to travel to dingalan with the pictures below….

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It’s pretty tiring but still an amazing view altogether.

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Thank you Dingalan! 🙂 Thank you for coming, love. ❤ It’s really not the same if I go somewhere new without you. I love you. More travels, RMK!

**I’m sorry. I cannot really remember all the details

TRAVEL BAGUIO: TAM-AWAN VILLAGE


We’re oozing out the artist in ourselves. Ergo, we decided to stop by Tam-awan Village.

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Tam-awan Village is considred the Artists’s Village and the Gardens in the Sky of Baguio. It was also established by the National Artist, BenCab.

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The place is full of greenery and in every corner, an artwork.
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This is a hut turned gallery.
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Inside the Tam-awan Village, you will see structures of Hut. There are different types of huts as to the level of the family in the society. It will show you how the actual huts, where families actually lived.

There is also a portion in the village where you may ask one of the artists to sketch you. It will cost you Php 200 per head and it will take only about 15 to 20 minutes.
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For all the art enthusiast out there, dare not miss paying a visit to this place. You won’t regret it

EAT BAGUIO: CAFE BY THE RUINS


One of the more popular food stop at Baguio: Cafe by the Ruins.
It’s a Garden slash forestry slash restaurant. It has a rustic wooden feel to it.

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The whole restaurant was busy, it was beaming with people. You have to get listed to be able to seat.

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As for me, I ordered the Shrimp and Mango Curry — Php 250.00
Prawns in coconut milk curry. It is served with 7 condiments: hard boiled egg, grated coconut, fried onions, chili, churney, papadums and peanuts.

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The dish itself was so good. And I actually expected to be served only with a few pieces of shrimp but to my surprise, I think I ate about 8? and some for him too.
The plating was okay. It was full of color and was far from being dull but the plate was too busy. It had all sorts of things one cannot manage to take in everything at one time.

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He ordered the Baguio Bagnet – Php 280.00
It’s a double fried pork belly, it is tenderized in lard, then redried to a crisp. Condiments are Podas Bagoong and tomato relish.

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The pork was good. It was tender yet crispy. The only thing we didn’t like was the Bagoong. It’s Baguio Bagnet. Bagnets are supposed to come with Bagoong as its perfect pair.
But the Bagoong served in this dish is home made where the fish is still in its raw form. It does not even compliment the dish. The whole point of eating a Bagnet is to eat it with the
most delicious Bagoong. So without it, the dish was set to be ‘boo-ed’ like a child star actor who grew old.

The waiters were fast but they lack the smile they should be willingly giving to their customers. In addition to that, since they’re the garden type, the place was swarming with flies as
it is an open space.

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Though I am not fully satisfied and impressed, I’m still looking forward to trying the other dishes on their menu.

TRAVEL BAGUIO: BENCAB MUSEUM


After experiencing the tiring trek to La Presa, we head out to BenCab Museum.
Coming from the city, it would probably take you 30 minutes.

This museum permanently houses the works of our Philippine National Artist, Benedicto Cabrera. — the reason behing the Museum’s name. He is widely known as the Master of Contemporary Philippine Art.
He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Fine Arts in 1963. He has exhibied widely in places as far as Asia, Europe and United States.
Aside from his collection, some galleries also exhibits other Filipino Artist’s Works.

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General Admission is at Php 100. While Senior Citizens and Students are priced at Php 80.

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You will be greeted with these paintings and you know for sure, you’re in a good place for art.

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I believe you can say that he is very fond of Bulol Sculptures.

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Some of the paintings you will see there.

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They also have a rather popular gallery: Erotica.

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I am glad we have this kind of museums that cater to Philippine Art. They deserve more time and exposure. Filipino artists deserves more attention and appreciation.

Km 6 Asin Road. Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet

TRAVEL BAGUIO: SITIO LA PRESA


After having our Breakfast at Good Taste (Experience), we headed immediately at Sitio La Presa.

Sitio La Presa has increasingly becoming popular because of the Teleserye Forevermore where most of its scenes were shot at this so called place. Not everyone knows it, but Sitio La Presa is actually called Sitio Pungayan which is not in Baguio. It is actually situated at the top of Mt. Kabuyao.

How to get there? You may rent a car at Avis, which is just beside the Victory Liner Terminal. It would cost you about Php 2,000 – 5,000 depending on the vehicle. The price is for 12 hours alone. Or, you may decide to hire a taxi just like we did.
The average rate of the cab drivers is Php 800 back and forth the city proper of Baguio. We haggled. So we were able to push our luck to Php 800 for two destinations already. Sitio La Presa and BenCab Museum for Php 800.00

You may want to go to this place really early morning. We were on our way about 8 in the morning and the vehicles were already lining up and causing traffic. From Baguio City Proper, it will probably take you about 30 minutes without traffic. Since we already experienced traffic, we went down the vehicle and walked towards the trail.  

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The place was beautiful if only the government keep the vendors only at the foot of the trail and limit its numbers. Both sides of the trail are full of vendors selling corn, potato chips, hats, pasalubongs and other sort of things. There are also some photo op backgrounds prepared for the tourists.

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We will be back at an earlier period maybe and a stronger set of legs.