Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 1)

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The hubby and I just spent six (6) full-packed days in Tokyo last week, and this being our first trip together abroad (and our first time too in Tokyo), we wanted to make the most out of our stay by visiting as many places as we can, try as many authentic Japanese food as we can, and - a "must" for me of course - stop (not shop) at every Hello Kitty boutique I can find there ... READ MORE

Dealing with a Preschooler, Discovering a Local Favorite and Shopping Organic Goodies (all in one weekend!)

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I was in Cebu last June to visit my family there and to spend quality time with my nephew Liam, who is now 5. What I thought would be a weekend of "catching up" activities with him turned out to be full of drama because we argued (a lot!) while playing games!  He is naturally competitive, and so am I!  Haha! We are still trying to resolve our 'little' conflict. I have ... READ MORE

Oakwood Premier [Joy-Nostalg Center]

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The hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last May with a staycation at Oakwood Premier (Joy-Nostalg Center) in Ortigas.  We were supposed to go back to Taal Vista and stay there overnight, but I saw this great deal at Agoda.com and for the same hotel rate at Taal Vista, we got to stay at Oakwood Premier’s deluxe service apartment (94 sqm.) complete with a working ... READ MORE

A Day at the National Museum of the Philippines

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In celebration of the National Heritage Month, the National Museum of the Philippines offered free admission for the whole month of May. AJ took me here one sunny Sunday morning, and I was really excited to have this museum trip again.  I can vaguely remember anymore the last trip I took here (as a college freshman and as part of a course requirement) and, armed with a ... READ MORE

Hotel Florentina + Gabby’s Bistro

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We discovered the picturesque Hotel Florentina at Rovira Drive in Dumaguete by accident.  AJ and I were looking for Gabby’s Bed and Breakfast and Google Map led us here.  We thought we were in the wrong place but Google was partially correct after all; there's a Gabby's Bistro adjacent to Hotel Florentina and this was the original Gabby's franchise. Gabby's Bed and ... READ MORE

Exploring Dumaguete, the DIY Way (Day 3)

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Our 3rd (and final sightseeing day) in Dumaguete found us traveling to Cebu in the morning, and then exploring Dumaguete in the afternoon until evening. The reason for our side trip to Cebu was to fulfill AJ's wish to wish of seeing the butandings (whale sharks).  I've had my first encounter with these friendly whale sharks last year and told AJ about it.  He wanted to see ... 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)

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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