When face-to-faced with the crashing waves and rolling hills of Batanes, it’s almost an impulse to ask “am I still in the Philippines?” And walking through the old town of Sabtang, you wonder which century you were transported in to. Such are examples of mystical experiences of coming to Batanes. The 10-tiny island group collectively called the Batanes Islands, is considered as the Philippine’s last frontier. It is located at the northernmost tip, halfway between Cagayan’s Babuyan Island and Taiwan’s Eluanbi (鵝鑾鼻). It is surrounded by a vast expanse of water where the Pacific Ocean meets the China Sea. When I...Read More
Nov 3, 2010 | Philippines
I attended Manila’s biggest Halloween event at A. Venue in Makati with my sisters and some close friends. It was organized by BigFISH Entertainment, name associated with parties and house music in the Philippines. We arrived at 11p.m. and was shocked by the traffic and crowd! We’re so glad that we opted not to drive ourselves! Because the driver told us later that he was not able to find a space to park for 2 hours–wow, exaggerated! I would say that it’s a successful event based on the number of attendees and sponsors. Regular tickets cost 800 pesos. 500...Read More
International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the world’s largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. Every September, volunteers from over 100 countries descend on local beaches, rivers, lakes and canals to show their commitment to cleaner waterways.Read More
Sep 22, 2010 | Philippines
We were recently invited by Sophia Lee of Abbondanza Pizzeria Ristorante to visit their new branch at SM Mall of Asia and sample some of their menu. We were warmly greeted by the owners who were quick to inform us that they had prepared a sample of their best menu. I was immediately drawn to the glass window which revealed the kitchen, where the crew was already preparing our feast for that night. It then came as a welcome surprise when the owners asked my sister, Candie if she wanted to make her own pizza. As the resident “I’ll-try-anything-because-I-have-all-the-time-in-the-world”...Read More
Sep 4, 2010 | Philippines
Malapascua is a tiny island off the north tip of Cebu in the Philippines. It’s about 2 sq. km. in size with a population of a little over 3,000. The island was first known for its white sand beach and crystal blue water which attracted a lot of local tourists. Its the type of place where time and time again you see women parading themselves around on the beach like it was a catwalk for new season swimsuits. Swimwear shopping seems as though it is a tourist’s prerequisite before a trip to Malapascua. In the early 90s, beach resorts...Read More
Aug 21, 2010 | China
In 2007, I accompanied my father to Hong Kong where he had a business to attend to. The business wouldn’t take more than a day, but we decided to stay a couple more to visit his brother. My father was from Hong Kong before moving to the Philippines to marry and raise a family. One morning after our “dimsum,” we started walking. Aimlessly somehow we came to his old neighborhood. He pointed at #29 Java Street. It used to be his address, he told me. Now there stood the Java Mansion. A Bank of China office is where his Chinese drugstore...Read More
Aug 18, 2010 | Philippines
You read it right. It’s pink! Welcome to Sta. Cruz Island of Zamboanga City. It’s really one of the country’s most beautiful stretch of beach! and we do have a lot of them. It’s the most famous of the 11 islands that is under the jurisdiction of Zamboanga City. Its popularity mainly due to its unique pinkish sand, a color that is a result of the mixture of the beach’s natural white sand and the pulverized (by years of erosion) of the rare red Organ-pipe coral. And so it’s called Pink Sand Beach. It used to have...Read More
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