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Lee is a full-time modern mom who is passionate about writing and capturing thru photographs her travel, food adventures and fashion finds.

She made this blog to encourage all women especially moms to travel, get out of their comfort zone, be adventurous again while still being a protective lioness to her cub (child). An IT by profession and a fashion enthusiast by heart.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Movie Night Staycation at Moviebnb Pasig

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.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Art Exhibit by Pilar Fall

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 by Dr. Joven Cuanang titled “Recuerdos de Mama Desnudas y Floras”; her artwork showcased from her travel throughout the Philippines, Australia, Singapore, France, Japan, and United States. 
Now she is back in the Philippines and she is more than inspired to create masterpiece while living in Tagaytay and it reflects her love for nature and life. She also paints nudes that captures the individual sensuousness of the model while expressing the diversity of cultures.







Her art can be seen and bought in Alabang Country Club until the end of December 2017.  You may email her at pilarmfall@gmail.com and you may check her instagram @pilarmfall, facebook page: Paintigs Pilar Nena Fall.

Art Exhibit by Pilar Fall 




Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bicol 2017 Travel Guide

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. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Acuatico's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

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. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Traveling to Zamboanga on a Budget

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. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

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

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..

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What Is U-Go ?



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L-R: John Cordoniz (Technical Operations Head of U-Go), Norman Castillio (Chairman of U-Go) and Mitch Matias (One of the founding members of PNTO) 


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 members of Philippine Transportation Network Organization) and John Codorniz (Technical Operations Head of U-Go), they made sure to include the needs of both passenger and driver, and created their user interface and system with a few new features designed for convenience and safety. Sir Norman Castillio (Chairman of U-Go) on the other hand explained in detail how their partner drivers and operators will be better cared for.



U-Go Features that I Loved:

  • No Internet? No Problem! 
Usually, the thing with the other TNVs is that if you don't have data to spare, you'll have to hang out in places with free wi-fi like malls and such just to book a cab. With U-Go, they made things a little more easier with their SMS Function, where you can still book even via text as long as you are registered/have a U-Go account
  • SOS Button 
This one I loved the most. They have included an SOS button in the app. Once you feel threatened in your ride anytime, the nearest PNP station is just one press away. Wether you're driver or passenger, you have the button in your app and it doesn't need internet to work, much like their booking system.
  • Scheduled and On Route Rides
The Scheduled feature allows you to book for relatives and schedule their pickups. The On Route feature allows you to map out your route home or going to work, and once activated, you will be assured that the only passengers you will be getting are those on the way to your destination. 
  • A Better and Reasonable Quota for the Drivers 
This one was an eye opener for me, and is more directed to the drivers. Usually, the other big shot TNVs we use are charging a 20% system fee per ride, but U-Go will be charging them only 10% system fee. As for the incentives, U-Go will be executing a more reasonable incentive system that with the goal that drivers wouldn't be compelled to pick passengers or drive longer hours to achieve the quota.

U-Go will be launching this January 2018, and to prepare the PTNO are having their 2nd TNVS Convention this weekend (November 10-12) with lots of surprises, cash prizes and more in store for drivers and passengers. Please check out their facebook page for more details.



Written By: Nicole Paler
Instagram: @nicolepaler
Twitter: @nixchicmix
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Product Review: LAZADA Splash-proof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

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. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Quick Ho Chi Minh trip x Ibis Saigon Airport Hotel

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. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Davao Kadayawan Festival 2017

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, airfare costs 3,000 - 6,000 PHP / 60 - 120 USD (roundtrip). Depending on the month you plan to go or how early you book your flight. Remember that August is HIGH SEASON so expect the airfare to be expensive especially if you book your flight days before the festival. 

TIP: If you plan to attend the Kadayawan on 2018, wait for any AirAsia's promo and discounts, sometimes you can get an RT ticket Manila to Davao for less than 2,000 PHP. Visit www.airasia.com for ticket pricing and promos. 

Attending this BIG festival in Davao was my first and definitely not my last. See you on 2018. 

(Airasia sponsored my airfare to attend and cover the festival.)



Davao Kadayawan Festival 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hotel Review: Bayfront Hotel Cebu

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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Quick tour / Malaysia Lay Over

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). 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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

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. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Traveling Cebu x Philippine Airlines Bombardier Q400

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!!! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Power of Social Media

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, new bag, new shoes, new gadget and whatever you want to share either to BRAG or you are just happy to share it on social media. 

I, myself post photos of my travel, gadget or any product as some of it are SPONSORED by an Airline, Hotel/Hostel, and Brand/company that I collaborate because I am a BLOGGER and our number 1 duty is to promote it on our SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS not to brag but that is how we exchange business with the company/brand that we collaborate with. 

Not everyone understands the nature of my work or maybe they just simply do not know that I am a BLOGGER in the first place or they just don't know what a BLOGGER do. 

DO I HAVE TO DEFEND MYSELF FROM SOMEONE WHO'S TELLING LIES BEHIND MY BACK, BULLYING AND STABBING ME AT MY BACK?

Yes! Of course! It's just how we defend ourselves from these human beings who don't know HOW TO GET A LIFE of their own! These people are simply INSECURE and not happy with their lives so they find flaws about you just to be miserable like them. 

We all have problem and issues in life so why compare yours? Do you want to be in my shoe instead? Go ahead, be my guest! I just can not stand these humans who feel like they are superior to everybody. Just because you have a career from a different country you need to belittle others especially the HOUSEWIVES. We all have our own lives now and we should be focusing on our spouse/partner, children, work and not other people's lives!

Have you experience bullying or perhaps gossip from a someone you may know or not know? How did you handle it? Let's use our social media account to empower and inspire other people and not to drag them down and find flaws of their life. 

The Power of Social Media



Thursday, July 27, 2017

TOP 4 PHOTO EDITOR APPS

TOP 4 PHOTO EDITOR APPS

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 post it on your social media accounts then SNAPSEED will help you have that HIGH BRIGHTNESS background. Recently I changed my INSTAGRAM theme wherein all my photos have frames. This app can crop, framed your photos and even beautify faces. 


3. ENLIGHT

I accidentally downloaded this app when it was advertised on my Instagram. I paid 2 USD / 100 PHP for this app. The good thing about this app is that you can play around your photos especially if you have a lot of landscape photos because you can tweak and do a doble-exposure pictures. I fint it hard to use since I barely tweak my photos. A simple highlight and brightness for me is fine. 



 4. ADOBE LIGHTROOM MOBILE APP

One of the best computer photo editors is ADOBE LIGHTROOM, so if you forget to bring your laptop and you needed a quick fix and edit on your photos then this app is your new best friend. Not only its easy to use but the basic HSL (hue, saturation, luminance)  quick fix has it. 

So, there you have it. Do you also use these apps? Did you find it easy or hard to use? Or if you have any other mobile photo editor app that you use let me know so I can check it. 

TOP 4 PHOTO EDITOR APPS

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

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. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

4 Days in Cambodia

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. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

HUNGRY? Food Panda Delivery is the answer!

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. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Much To See in Chiang Rai Thailand

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. 

READ BANGKOK AND CHIANG MAI THAILAND GUIDE

Friday, June 30, 2017

Places To See In Singapore For FREE

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? 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Exclusive Accommodation: El Masfino Hotel and Resort

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

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

BAG DILEMMA? Backpack or Luggage

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. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Manila holds World Street Food Congress 2017

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.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hotel Review: Atrium Hotel Manila

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.



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