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

Velvet Friends Cat Café

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If you love cats then you will surely love it 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

An Opportunity of a Lifetime (Part 2)

Finally, a follow-up to the hubby's widely read travelogue about his trip to Toronto last year.  This time, he'll talk about food!   (Click here for the 1st part.) *********************************************** Hi everyone, I’m back.  Anyway, as promised, let me share with you my culinary experiences during that 3-week stay in downtown Toronto. The Hyatt on King Street ... READ MORE

Bag of Beans @ Twin Lakes, Tagaytay

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I had a very challenging week at work, and what I wanted to do right now is to drive off to Tagaytay and hole up there until Sunday.  That is, if only I can drive (and I don't know how hehe)! AJ and I were actually there last weekend, and as I took my mind off work, my eyes opened up to this picture-perfect restaurant that we discovered while cruising the Tagaytay-Nasugbu ... READ MORE

A Look At Manila’s DreamPlay (by DreamWorks)

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AJ and I had our pre-anniversary dinner at City of Dreams Manila last weekend, and we took this opportunity to check out DreamPlay, the world's first edutainment (education + entertainment) center that features interactive environment for both kids and adults, using the very latest digital technology. Look, there's Hiccup and Toothless! A lot of people were having ... READ MORE

Taal Vista Hotel

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I've been reading lots of good feedback about Taal Vista Hotel, so to celebrate AJ's birthday last week, I booked us a weekend stay here. Thankfully, traffic was not so bad that Saturday morning.  We left Makati at 11 (without any breakfast!) and was at the hotel at exactly 1:30 p.m.  We were supposed to have lunch first at Josephine's before checking in at Taal Vista but ... READ MORE

Caleruega’s Retreat Center

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Today being Good Friday, I want to look back at our visit to Caleruega in Tagaytay last year. Caleruega is a compound that houses the popular wedding destination, the Transfiguration Chapel, and the Caleruega Retreat Center.  Not everyone may know this but the administrators of Caleruega offer retreat packages for schools, couples and families.  Perfect for this Lenten ... READ MORE