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 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

Casetta del Divino Zelo

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If you've been to Ilog Maria's Honeybee Farm in Silang, Cavite then you've probably seen this gated "house" outside Ilog Maria - covered with potted plants and baby trees. Last month when AJ and I went to Ilog Maria to buy more of their natural bee pollen (which we take daily), we made sure to check out this gated "house", which we learned from friends was a little convent ... 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

Christmas at Hyatt City of Dreams Manila

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The hubby and I spent Christmas Eve at the newly-opened Hyatt City of Dreams Manila.  It's our first time to celebrate it away from home, but were at the same time excited and giddy over the new place that we are about to explore!  We adjusted our Christmas schedules for the 24th and the 25th to be able to make the most out of our stay at the new Hyatt.  After all, hindi mura ... READ MORE

Potter’s Ridge Hotel

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I woke up to a very humid and hot Sunday today.  Ang hirap tuloy maglinis ng bahay, hehe!  The hot weather made me miss the hotel we stayed in at Tagaytay a few weeks ago - Potter's Ridge Hotel - and its open space lay-out that allows the guests to enjoy the cool Tagaytay breeze any time of the day. The hotel looks unimposing outside, and I wondered how can ... READ MORE