Finally, Nagsasa

I’ve been wanting to visit Nagsasa Cove, ever since I first saw it in Erick Dantoc‘s now defunct Wanderboy blog in 2009. Several plans have been made and scrapped since then, but it was only last Saturday that I finally managed to go there.

Nagsasa Cove
Huts at the beach

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Little Tokyo Sunday Fiesta

Nothing to do this weekend? If you’re not headed north for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark, why not head to Makati for Little Tokyo’s Sunday Fiesta?

Little Tokyo Sunday Fiesta

There will be booths selling all kinds of knick knacks, Little Tokyo Restaurants are preparing special menu items just for the day, and even a singing contest!
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Everywhere else but here

I know I’ve been remiss with my blogging duties. That’s what happens you don’t travel. Which is really ironic, because it means I now have more time to write. I’ve been enjoying my time away from the computer, but unfortunately, it’s not spent mostly with my tablet. All free time is now spent playing Pocket Planes (oh how I love traveling vicariously through the lives of my Bitizens), drooling over food porn on Instagram, catching up on my favorite blogs on Flipboard, catching up with my siblings overseas on Viber, and reading questionable literature on iBooks.

As I mentioned before, my traveling style has changed. As technology change, so has my (and probably yours, too) Internet habits. Having a mobile device that can let me go online whenever and wherever I am, means that I can share photos and thoughts instantly. It also means I can just as easily connect with friends, and find out what they’re up to or get their recommendations for things or food to try where ever I am.

If you’re always mobile (and love being online all the time), you can follow me on Nuffnang X, which alerts you whenever I post a new entry. It’s a free app available on the App Store and Google Play for both iOS and Android devices. Saves you the trouble of checking the blog every day (considering how erratic I blog lately, it can get really frustrating if you do that!), and you can also subscribe to your other favorite blogs, and get alerts when they have a new post.

Long weekend at Taal Vista Hotel

Though I much prefer traveling for more than three days, there is something to be said about going out of town for the weekend to relax after a long week and recharge for another week ahead. When I received the invitation to stay for a weekend at Taal Vista Hotel, I didn’t hesitate to say yes, and even took advantage of using my voucher from Deal Grocer to extend for an extra day.

View from Taal Vista Hotel
View of Taal Lake and volcano from our room’s balcony

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Snapshot Tagaytay: Taal Volcano


Though I wasn’t able to welcome in the new year in an exotic destination (I practically slept through it at home), I was glad to have the opportunity to go out of town on the first weekend of 2013. The lovely folks of Taal Vista Hotel extended an invitation to stay overnight, and I was only too happy to accept, and get the chance to make it a 3-day weekend, using the coupon I got from Deal Grocer (a payment for their advertorial).

Though Tagaytay is near enough for a day trip, it’s great to escape from the chaos of the city, even just for a couple of days. There are activities around the hotel to keep you occupied during your stay, but I’m quite content sitting in our room’s balcony, enjoying the view of the lake, the volcano, and the surrounding countryside. It makes one think of the blessings received, and have an optimistic view of the future.

As I sit here, I I reflect upon how the years of traveling has made me different, both as a traveler and as a person. Unlike when I started in 2006, I now have a better understanding of what kind of travel I prefer to do. I no longer feel that I have to make myself fit in any kind of traveler’s profile, just to feel that I am a “genuine” traveler. I travel. I’m both a traveler and a tourist. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Seeing that January marks the start of new beginnings and travel planning, I have to chuckle at how messed up my plans for the year have become. I started the year determined to visit a certain place, when out of the blue, I get asked a question whether I want to visit another place, in the opposite direction. That’s just how life is, I find. You set your course to one destination, but you get sidetracked to another. It’s like when you’re walking and exploring a new city: you walk down the main road, but end up winding through the alleys and back streets, because that’s where the most exciting finds. Still, you end up where you initially set out for. It just takes you a little longer to get there.