A Week-Long (Free) Vacation


Where and how did you spend your APEC week vacation? I spent mine mostly at home; taking the days off as opportunity to catch up on cleaning and to do the things that were forever in my to-do lists. It was not purely R&R though; I have to check my office email at least once a day to see if there are urgent matters to attend to, update reports and review our ... READ MORE

Exploring Dumaguete, the DIY Way (Day 2)

It's a beautiful volcanic island from afar.

We went on a day trip to Apo Island on the second day of our stay in Dumaguete. About Apo Island: Apo Island is a volcanic island covering 12 hectares in land area, 7 kilometers off the southeastern tip of Negros Island and 30 kilometers south of the Negros Oriental capital of Dumaguete City in the Philippines. The name “Apo” was derived from the a Filipino word which ... READ MORE

Exploring Dumaguete, the DIY Way (Day 1)


Thanks to Cebu Pacific's Piso Fare sale last June, AJ and I were able to take a much-deserved 4-day vacation and we chose to spend it in Dumaguete City, the City of Gentle People, but more famously known for the following: Apo Island, Silliman University and the numerous dive and snorkeling site around the province. Another equally good reason to visit Dumaguete is its easy ... READ MORE

Velvet Friends Cat Café


If you love cats then you will surely love at Velvet Friends Cat Café, a cat café located at Blue Bay Walk which opened only last June but is already gaining followers because of the 14 adorable velvet friends you will meet there. AJ, a certified ailurophile, brought me there one Saturday after work to experience something new.  He guided me on how to properly pet the ... READ MORE

Trick or Treating with Liam


We had our yearly Trick or Treat at the office last October 29, 2015 and this year's affair was no exception when it comes to pabonggahan (or rather, patakuan) ng decors and candy treats.  Our office also arranged some entertainment for the kids (after their Trick or Treat) which includes a dog show and bubble show, among others. But what made this year's affair ... READ MORE

From Russia with Love: Lomonosov Porcelain


Here's another teacup story, originating all the way from Russia and with a colorful history to share, too. A teacup collector would not miss Lomonosov's Cobalt Net design because of this interesting fact: it was based on the blue net pattern painted into the porcelain dinnerware pieces of Catherine the Great (source). More than that, I think what makes owning a ... READ MORE

Feel-good favorites from Robinsons Selections


It has been said that the things that constitute one’s daily life are extensions of who they are, and the products they surround themselves with, a reflection of their personalities. These are what shape their moods and it is important that they always have these staples around, to keep them feeling good all the time. Despite being subjected to an ever-changing ... READ MORE

Product Review: Lenovo Vibe Shot


I got myself a new Android smartphone 2 weekends ago, the Lenovo Vibe Shot. I've been using Lenovo gadgets for close to 2 years now and I'm very satisfied with their performance.  The smartphone I was using before the upgrade was Lenovo K900 and it has served as my camera backup in many occasions, earning raves from my colleagues and readers alike when they saw my crisp and ... READ MORE