Bag of Beans

We celebrated my dad's 65th birthday last Monday at Tagaytay City.   We left Manila at around 9:00 a.m. and was there just before lunch time.    After taking a short tour of People's Park, we headed off to Bag of Beans for a late lunch (side story:   we were supposed to eat at ViewPoint but could not find it so we ended up here). This is not the first time I've been to Bag ... READ MORE

Villa San Miguel

Last Saturday AJ and I attended a family reunion from my dad's maternal side - the San Miguels - which was held at a private swimming pool owned by one of my dad's cousins (I think 2nd generation cousins already).   It's called Villa San Miguel and is located at Calamba in Laguna. The last time I've been there was ages ago, back when I was a kid and don't know how to swim ... READ MORE

An Overnight Stay at Naga and Legazpi

I was in the Bicol Region last Friday for work.  We stayed overnight at Naga then traveled to Legazpi early on Saturday to visit our branch office and then see the majestic Mayon Volcano. This trip gave me an opportunity to use this Cath Kidston travel bag that I got as a gift last Christmas.   It's very roomy and easy to carry.  But it would've been better if there were ... READ MORE

Baguio Country Club

Last December I was in Baguio to attend a conference, and was able to enjoy the cold weather that it is popular for.  Although the coldest months there are really January and February, the December weather already kept me in my sweater for most of the day. We visited Baguio Country Club where we had our lunch and to check out its surroundings.  The last time I was there was ... READ MORE

Day 2 in Ilocos: Laoag and Pagudpud (continuation)

In my last post about our 2nd day in Ilocos, I mentioned about Paoay's best secret.  It's none other than their famous sand dunes and Kuya Jeremy really urged us to give it a try as it's an experience that we will never forget. When we made a brief stop over at the Paoay Lake Viewdeck, Kuya Jeremy by then has sold us the idea of seeing the sand dunes and going for the ... READ MORE

Day 2 in Ilocos: Laoag and Pagudpud

Our 2nd day in Ilocos was spent at Laoag and Pagudpud.   The travel to Laoag from Vigan was approximately 2 hours and we were arrived in Laoag shortly before 8 a.m. A visit to Laoag won't be complete without seeing the Paoay Church, famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building (from Wikipedia). Next we ... READ MORE

Day 1 in Ilocos: Touring Vigan

(Warning:  this post is picture heavy) We have been planning for our Ilocos trip as early as last month but the details were only finalized about a week before our actual travel (two weeks ago).   Many thanks to my boss who owns the My Vigan Home Hotel in Vigan, our stay and trip to the tourist spots in Vigan as well as in some parts of Laoag and Pagudpud have been taken ... READ MORE

Vintage Vigan

Before I write the travelogue of our recent 3-day trip in Ilocos, let me share with you the photos I took when we went to stroll around the famed Calle Crisologo in the heart of Vigan, south of Ilocos.   This is just a preview of the many other wonderful places we went to see there. Calle Crisologo boasts of many old houses that dates back to the Spanish period (or the ... READ MORE