Philippines, Reviews

Azalea Residences Baguio

I’ve been to Baguio four times, and each time, I stayed somewhere new. I’ve stayed at a house in La Trinidad, where meals were had at the outdoor patio, and the steaming hot dishes brought out were cold by the time it reached our mouths. I’ve stayed at a cabin in Teacher’s Camp, where I shivered under the sheets, and dared not get out of the bed once the lights are out, even if I needed to pee. I’ve also stayed at a transient house, where we had a very basic room, in contrast to the elegance of The Manor and Hotel Elizabeth, when I joined the Lakbay Norte. So for a chance to try out another Baguio hotel, I’m more than game for it (especially since it was sweltering in Manila).

Azalea Residences
Azalea Residences Baguio

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Philippines, Reviews

Review: Injap Tower Hotel in Iloilo City

I was in a self-imposed travel hiatus, which I was aiming to stretch until October, but I was all too happy to break it for a chance to visit Iloilo, upon the invitation Injap Tower Hotel. One of the newest hotels in Iloilo city, it is located not in the downtown city center, in the area near the city’s new developing CBD.


Injap Tower Hotel at the West Diversion Road, Iloilo City

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Everything Travel

Traveling with Cla, Khursten, and Muji

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When I made up my mind to start traveling in 2006, I knew I’d be going solo. As much as I would have loved to travel with my friends, I knew that it would not be possible: they have different priorities, and their money will definitely not be going to a travel fund.

With Khursten and Cla on the flight to Bangkok
With Khursten and Cla on the flight to Bangkok

In the same year that I started traveling, I also got into doll collecting. That’s how we met – Khursten was a fellow Pinky Street collector, and Cla was a Pullip collector. We would have dolly meets and conversations would center around our hobbies. As time passed, we started getting to know each other, and found out we have more in common beyond our dolls.
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Everything Travel

Shangri-La Tokyo’s “My Tokyo” Photo Contest

Have you been to Tokyo? Got some gorgeous photos to share of this vibrant city? Want to go back and travel in style and luxury? Share your photo that best capture what Tokyo is, and get a chance to experience shangri-la.

Presidential Suite, Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo
This could be your home in Tokyo for five days!

Inspired by James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon, the Shangri-La hotel group takes the name to heart and aims to deliver that sense of serenity and tranquility in their properties around the globe. Now you’ll get the chance to have the Shangri-La experience, and in Japan, no less!
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Everything Travel

Juan for Fun Backpacking Challenge 2014

It is indeed a different world we’re living in when an adventure contest is won by geeks. It reaffirms that whatever you set your mind to, you can achieve if you’re determined enough!

Juan for Fun 2014 teams
The five Juan for Fun teams, with Team Tuklas right in the middle wearing blue.

In the recently Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun Backpacking Challenge, Team Tuklas, a trio of Physics majors comprising of Floyd Patricio, Esme Escoto and Gab Saplagio, emerged victorious. In a span of 9 days, they explored Kuala Lumpur, sampled the delicacies of Bacolod, traipsed around Cebu, discovered the beauty of Camiguin, wandered around Cagayan de Oro, and played tourist in Manila.
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Everything Travel

Ticking off an item in my bucket list with Airbnb

This is my entry for Nuffnang’s #MyAirbnbBucketList contest.

Nothing can break me out of my blogging funk like the sweet promise of a free trip. Well, not really since it’s not really free unless I win this contest.

Casablanca
Kinda weird to be posting a photo of the bathroom this early in the post, but just look at it! Isn’t it pretty??

The past couple of months have been quite a ride, and though I have lost some of my blogging mojo, I certainly have not lost any love for travel. I may not be traveling now, but that is entirely by choice, and my choice is to lay low for now, and prepare for a longer trip in the future.

So that’s what I’ve been doing: in between my full time work, my odd writing jobs, and quality time spent with my plants, I am working on a long time goal: traveling to Italy. I’ve decided to stop dreaming and finally start making this into a reality.

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Destination, Laguna, Philippines, Reviews

Casa de Obando at Sulyap Gallery Cafe and Restaurant

After two weeks of traipsing all around Japan in April, my body and my wallet was in dire need of a break. Though I was glad to get some rest (and not venture too far from my electric fan in the middle of the summer heatwave) during the month of May, I started getting restless as the weeks go by. So when I got an invite to stay at Casa de Obando in San Pablo, Laguna, I eagerly said yes and scheduled for a visit at the end of the month.

Casa de Obando
Casa de Obando

It wasn’t just the chance to get away for the weekend that excited me. As soon as I saw the photos of the house, I knew it’d be stupid not to go.
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