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Knowing Yogyakarta Indonesia

Most Filipino travelers would go to nearby countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau (Visa free country) but very few would go to Indonesia. Most Filipinos would only know Bali and Jakarta but little did we know that Indonesia has so much to offer for all types of travelers.
In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days. I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
Luckily Last January 2018, I was able to go back in Indonesia, had a 4-day trip to Jakarta with AirAsia and finally extended my trip for another 4 days just to see the wonders of Yogyakarta. I always wanted to visit temples and palaces in this region and finally, I did. Let me share you where we s…

Movie Night Staycation at Moviebnb Pasig

If you know me well, I love staycations and checking out new hotels and hostels in the metro and even in provinces in the Philippines. I love how these chain of hotels and even start u hotels are coming up with their themes, interior designs, and concept on how to be unique with other competitors (hotels/hostel). Frequent travelers or should I say long-term travelers are looking for an accommodation that will suit for their needs and even family travelers are now looking for Air BnB whenever they are traveling, for them, it’s more convenient and cheaper as to compare if they’ll stay in a hotel.

Art Exhibit by Pilar Fall

I am such a HUGE fan of Filipino artists. I may not know all their names but whenever I see an art like paintings, sculpture, and even unconventional art like in BenCab Baguio, I am instantly amused with their gift and greatness in their craft.  When I was still in my early days of my marriage I triesd painting some artwork just so I can hang something in our new house because it’s all bare and white. I am not an amazing painter but at least I can still make a decent artwork, lol.

I am grateful to these local Filipino artist who decided to came back to their roots and showcase their amazing painting. One of which is Ms. Pilar Fall was born in Cotabato, Mindanao. Worked in the Guidance Department of Ateneo De Manila for two decades. In the 1980’s she and her two sons migrated in the USA, she first painted in her studio in San Clemente, California.

In 1994, she was awarded honors for her work in Niguel Art Association and in 2001 she held a one-woman exhibition in Antipolo, Philippines…

Bicol 2017 Travel Guide

The Mayon Volcano is one of the many active volcanoes in the Philippines and the most popular spot in Albay. Many tourist and Filipino travelers are all anticipating to perfectly see the view of Mayon.

Acuatico's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Last November 28th, Acuatico's Resort Hotel started their annual Christmas Tree Lighting with the help of their generous guests from Germany and Philippines to help the K-12 students of Laiya National High School.

Traveling to Zamboanga on a Budget

I've been wanting and anticipating to see a real VINTA for so long as I can only see this colorful vessel in our school textbooks and when I get the chance to travel back in Zamboanga during their Hermosa Festival, I did not waste any time, I packed my bags and headed to Mindanao.

4 Reasons Why I'm Uber-ly Excited for UGO

Our mode of transportation here in the Philippines, especially in Manila has evolved. We even wholeheartedly embraced technology with the TNVs (Transport Network Vehicles) donned in Black and Green, and as a passenger it was a welcome change with all the accessibility and convenience that they have brought in.
Now with all the horror stories we hear, the most recent about the death of a Grab driver being shot to death, the drivers not getting proper compensation or the recent LTFRB Issues, the riding public sometimes forget that it takes two to tango…
That we also have to think of our driver’s safety and proper compensation for a better ride-sharing community.
A couple of days ago, I was introduced to something that might just be the answer to most of our concerns, as a passenger and as a TNV Driver/Operator here in the Philippines..
What Is U-Go ?

U-Go is pioneered by Filipinos with the Pinoy commuter’s road and safety conditions in mind. As per Mitch Matias(one of the founding mem…

Product Review: LAZADA Splash-proof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Yesterday October 29, I ordered via LAZADA PH online this wireless / Bluetooth / splash proof portable speaker. And to my surprise, it was delivered to me the following day. Wow! to think that today starts the holiday in the Philippines and they're able to ship the item next business day.

Quick Ho Chi Minh trip x Ibis Saigon Airport Hotel

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh is the largest and most populated city in Vietnam. It was colonized by French during 1950's to 1970's. Over the years, you can still see old buildings and structures that have a Dutch and French style of designs and one of this is Saigon Central Post Office.

Davao Kadayawan Festival 2017

Davao Kadayawan Festival 2017 is held annually every 3rd week of August, showcasing different floral floats from local schools and businesses in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines. Kadayawan derives from a Dabawenyo greeting "MADAYAW" "DAYAW" meaning beautiful, good. The parade showcases Davao's pride and King of the Fruit - Durian and also, Waling-waling, the queen of the orchids. 
The festival is a week-long celebration, however, the highlight of the festival is during weekends where Indal Indak sa Kadayawan (street dancing)  and Pamulak sa Kadalanan (floral float parade) can be watched at the streets of Davao City. This year 2017, the parade was held right in front of the Marco Polo Hotel. 

It was a grand and festive show from these energetic students - the winners get to take home half a million pesos and that's why all their costumes are all rich in colors and they prepare 1 year for this festival. 

How to get to Davao: Manila to Davao via AirAsia, air…

Hotel Review: Bayfront Hotel Cebu

My fourth time visiting Cebu and still my days here is still short and I still have a lot of places needed to see. Also, it was my first time to try a Lechon Cebu, why? because I am not a fan of pork but after attending an event a month ago I have tried 3 kinds of lechon in the Queen City of the South. I have another day to stay in Cebu and found this hotel that is perfectly located just a few meters away from SM City Cebu - Bayfront Hotel Cebu.

Quick tour / Malaysia Lay Over

It's been years since I last set foot in Malaysia and last June I was back here after 15 years. In 2002, my aunt and I went to JB (Johor Bahru) just to go shopping as we were staying in Singapore for 2 weeks and so we're not able to travel to other parts of Malaysia. When you hear about Kuala Lumpur first thing that came to your mind is the Petronas Tower, however, there's so much to see in Kuala Lumpur aside from the tall buildings and other modern structure in the city. An hour drive will take you to some of Malaysia's famous tourist spot. And from where we stayed it's about 40-minute drive (morning drive).

Getting to Australia with the help of Fil-Global Immigration Services Corporation

Many Filipinos are planning to study and live in Australia. Last quarter of 2016, Australian government changed their 457 VISA  (family visa) meaning, foreign workers/skilled professionals cannot bring their family with them and live with them regardless if the worker/employee has already a permanent residency. One exception to the rule is the Nurses, nursing student who plans to live in Australia after finishing school.

Traveling Cebu x Philippine Airlines Bombardier Q400

Cebu is next to the Metro Manila's busiest and urban city in the Philippines. A place where Sinulog is celebrated every January where millions of tourist from the Philippines and other countries flew to Cebu just to witness the festival. Here in the Philippines, every city, every province has their own festival to celebrate. Cebu is also known for having pristine beaches, canyoneering, whale sharks and LECHON!!! 

The Power of Social Media

Millions of people around the globe have mobile phones and have access to the WORLD WIDE WEB. Our world has become easier to communicate with our friends and relatives from other countries, and we can video chat them almost every day as long as we have access to the INTERNET. Unlike many years ago, here in the Philippines if we want to talk to our parents who work abroad we have to ask our neighbor who has a landline that our parents/relatives will call us on this day and time etc. This time many have their own mobile phones and have social media accounts such as FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM. For me, it's one of the BEST software ever created, it keeps us connected at updated to our loved ones but somehow it's one of the platforms to STALK other people.
Because of these social media platforms, some people became ENVIOUS of someone's life.  HE/she compares their life to someone else. Most of us who has a Facebook and Instagram account post their photos of their family, travel, n…


As a Blogger who is always online (like every day) on her social media accounts and actively uploading photos on Instagram is not an easy job. Yes! Blogging used to be a HOBBY for me when I was a bored stay-at-home mom a few years back and now I am proud to say that little by little I am earning now from blogging. 
Aside from FREE travels around the Philippines and other countries, I also get sponsorship from different brands, company, and even tourism boards. In return, I have to blog and post a photo on my social media accounts. I do not just take photos and post it online without using these free and paid apps
These apps are my TOP 4 PHOTO EDITOR faves:
1. VSCO  This is my most fave app of all. It's FREE to download and some of its themes are for FREE but if you wanna get those perfect INSTAGRAM feed themes then I suggest you buy some of its theme ranging from 50 PHP / 1 USD to 1,500 PHP / 30 USD (complete theme). 

2. SNAPSEED If you are not contented on your photo before you p…

It's Time To Have An Online Registration For Vehicles In The Philippines

Are you a car owner in the Philippines? How many vehicles do you have at home or perhaps for your business? Some people say owning a car is a luxury but honestly, it's not even considered an asset (for me) because every year the value of it decreases unlike owning a house and lot or a farm/lot annually it increases its value. However, owning a car especially for a mom like me who doesn't have a nanny anymore and who brings her child to school every day and run errands every week it also adds up to our list is the registration/renewal of our car in LTO. 

4 Days in Cambodia

Our 4th country to visit in our South East Asia trip - Cambodia. It is located north of the border of Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. There are about 2,000 temples found all over Cambodia and some still haven't discovered yet. Phnom Penh as its capital and uses Cambodian Riel and USD as their monetary. 2 of the popular destination is Siem Reap where we spent 3 days and Phnom Penh for 1 night before heading to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

HUNGRY? Food Panda Delivery is the answer!

HUNGRY? Food Panda Delivery is the answer! As a mom who is tied-up with house chores, taking care of my child, and attending events sometimes I didn't have time to cook especially if I got lots of things to do in one whole day. Instead of driving to the nearest fast food chain in my house and of course it will take up much time to drive and will not be able to finish whatever I'm doing that day at home, I will order PIZZA online. 

Much To See in Chiang Rai Thailand

Chiang Rai is a province located in the northern part of Thailand, and the closer to the border of Myanmar and Laos. White Temple, Blue Temple and Elephant Camps and Sanctuary are also located here in Chiang Rai, Thailand. About 3-hour drive away from Chiang Mai where we spent 3 days after our Bangkok trip. 

Places To See In Singapore For FREE

My first visit to Singapore was back in 2002 when I was in college, it was during my sem break and I stayed in Singapore for 2 weeks. My aunt who was back then working as a nurse in Singapore gave me a post-birthday gift/tour. It was my first out of the country trip and I was so excited that I will ride an airplane as an adult (lol). I didn't know what to expect in Singapore because all I know is that the country is very strict, got so many laws - no chewing gum, no spitting, no smoking and a lot more. Though it wasn't my concern back I was anticipating what country looked like, is it like Manila? or Makati with tall buildings?

Exclusive Accommodation: El Masfino Hotel and Resort

Folks living in Metro Manila who wants a quick getaway and get off of the busy city, they will pack their bags and head straight to either Batangas, Laguna or Tagaytay to get a dose of Vitamin Sea or perhaps an overnight stay in a hot spring resort, but little did I know that aside from these provinces there is also a place just an hour away from Manila that you can enjoy fresh air and relax for a weekend.

Guide To Thailand: Where To Stay in Bangkok and Chiang Mai

A few weeks ago, I traveled to 5 South East Asian countries together with 4 other Travel Bloggers. It's been my long plan to cross the border to this 5 countries - Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Places To See in Singapore for free READ HERE

BAG DILEMMA? Backpack or Luggage

Are you a LIGHT or Heavy packer? Either way, it will always be where you will go and how long will be your trip. I love to travel, like every month I wanna go some place new and take tons of photos using my camera and my drone. Ever since I had my own drone about a year ago, I had this urge to always find a great place to fly. But having a drone is not easy to carry especially if you are traveling abroad and some countries will need a drone permit before you can fly your expensive toy/gadget. I have a hard case backpack for my DJI Phantom and it's quite heavy and super bulky, good thing I got a CABINZERO 44-Liter Backpack - my drone, DSLR and few clothes can all fit in whenever I'm on a short trip. 

Manila holds World Street Food Congress 2017

World Street Food Congress is organized and founded by K.F. Seetoh of Makansutra together with the Tourism Board of the Philippines they give us the largest and offers a wide range of street food from Asian countries and even European tastes. Culinary experts, hawkers, and foodies across the world. From May 31st to June 4th at the Mall of Asia Concert Ground, you can get to taste famous cuisines like Martabak of Indonesia, Piaya and Chicken Inasal of the Philippines, Puto Mayam of Malaysia, Pinakbet Pizza of Ilocos Philippines, and even Goat Sinigang of Pampanga Philippines. These are just a few of the food that can be bought at the World Street Food Congress, price range is from 150 Pesos / 3 USD to 300 Pesos / 6 USD.

Hotel Review: Atrium Hotel Manila

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and one of the most populated city in the country. Been living in Metro Manila for the past 3 decades and have tried various hotels around the metro. I am a budget traveler and my choice of accommodation has always been hostels but back then I always stay in a nice hotel. However, now that I am more budget contious and still picky I still and will always consider the location and cleanliness of my accommodation.