Batangas is a haven for luxury resorts. It might not boast of fine white sand, endless stretch of beaches, and stunning tropical islands like the ones you would see in Bohol or Palawan, but its advantage is its proximity to Manila, the bustling metro that is the Philippine capital.
Batangas is roughly around a three-hour drive south of Metro Manila, and it is the quickest escape for those wanting to get away from all the chaos on weekends. Given the proximity, it’s no wonder that various luxury resort companies have taken their share in building and promoting Batangas (particularly Nasugbu) as a prime luxury destination.
I got to experience this with a few friends a couple of weeks ago after one of them won at a mall promotion and the prize was a two-night stay at a luxurious resort situated along the tip of a flame-shaped peninsula.
Each year, TBEX is held in a host country in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions, bringing the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network, and do business.
What is TBEX? I asked myself after stumbling upon it over a Google search for best practices in blogging. I was the curious cat, looking at its website and after discovering more and more details about the event, it turns out that the largest gathering of travel bloggers in this planet is happening in a week! And for the first time ever, it will be held in Manila, the Philippines, my hometown! Meaning I don’t need to buy plane tickets just to get to the event!
All i know is that the awesomest creatures in this planet are attending and I should be there, too. Continue reading →
Ever since the Philippine Department of Tourism’s campaign “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” was launched back in 2012, it went insanely viral which helped promote the beautiful islands and the vibrant cities, and no doubt this campaign was a clear winner that most Filipinos would be proud of.
The slogan is easily relatable especially to locals, and it also showed images that are truly Filipino, so it wasn’t really that hard to mention the slogan when bragging about their Philippine travels on social media.
Even foreigners delved into the rave, with visitors agreeing without a doubt that it is indeed ‘more fun in the Philippines’, so I asked fellow travel bloggers to share their experiences and on why they think it is more fun in the islands. These are what they have to say. Continue reading →
Step outside one of the Philippine capital’s busy international airports and you’ll be met by a bustling city with all the necessary buildings and highways, and the noise, traffic, and pollution that comes with it. Not that I’m complaining – this capital of the Philippines is where I live and work and I only have much love for my hometown. And who doesn’t love to live in a vibrant city with all the happenings within your reach, right? However with all these, history goes almost unnoticed – especially in central business districts. As tourists just arriving for the first time in any city, they would want to feel and experience the local vibe and culture of course, but it’s a definite part of the itinerary to see and understand the history of how the place came to be.
Manila can tell a history that can fill countless history books. And there’s no doubt that the Pearl of the Orient (nickname of Manila, and the Philippines as a whole) is a landmark history buffs will definitely enjoy – you just have to know where to look.
In fact, Manila is so rich in history (and so old) that I have to give off some trivial facts:
Batanes is in the bucket list of most Filipinos. And why not? This northernmost point of our country is indeed a paradise that very few are able to see and experience. But this experience, most often than not, requires a certain amount of cost that is quite high for a domestic travel.
I am one of those people who have had the privilege of visiting Batanes. And I must say, it is not only a paradise because of all the picture perfect views and landscapes, but also because of its people – the Ivatans. My facebook post about Batanes is one of my most-liked albums, and a lot of my friends have asked me about my recent trip – certain travel tips and itineraries that I can share for when they finally have the chance to visit this Philippine paradise we call Batanes. So, here goes. Continue reading →
For us who have called Metro Manila our home for most of our lives, I think we will all agree (hey, comment below if you beg to differ aight) when I say that we’ve already had enough of the chaotic Manila and that we definitely needed a breather and push for a better metro.
Pushing our government and society for a change (for a better and cleaner looking metro, that is) takes lots of money, effort, and time. But what if all we needed was to look from a different perspective, and then maybe, everything will turn out to be, well, a great place to live in after all.
Daranak Falls is one of the nearest waterfalls from Metro Manila, which makes it a quick, convenient, and relaxing getaway for Metro Manila residents. You can get to this paradise roughly 2 hours by car driving east from the metro, and the cool waters of this natural wonder is sure to relax your senses and wash all your stress away. Continue reading →
A friend of mine recently threw a birthday party at one of the 2 bedroom suites at Aruga by Rockwell luxury serviced apartments/hotel in Rockwell Center, Makati City, and I was one of the few who arrived early to help with the preparations. Since we arrived in our suite early with our room in its untouched and pristine state, I decided to take some photos and write another unbiased hotel review.
Aruga (a Filipino word which means loving care) by Rockwell prides itself in providing utmost care and a relaxed and pleasant environment to its guests without missing out on luxury which is true to the Rockwell brand, its parent company. Continue reading →
Tagaytay City is such a breath of fresh air and is a haven for nature lovers wishing to just relax, take refuge, and take a breath of the cool and crisp mountainous air backed by a spectacular view of Taal volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano situated in a lake.
Situated just about 2 hours drive south of Manila, this touristy city is a haven for Metro Manila residents who would regularly flock the area to relax and take a break after a long workweek, and also to indulge in sumptuous feasts in one of the many restaurants offering specialty cuisine and comfort food to travelers seeking calm and serenity. Continue reading →
Happy New Year! It was the first day of 2016 when my friends and I headed over to the scenic and crisp Tagaytay City for a whole day of road trip and adventure (see my Tagaytay road trip blog post here). We chanced upon Nuvali in Calamba, Laguna while on our way about an hour south of Manila and decided to check out the Republic Wakepark while we’re at it.
I’ve heard of Republic Wakepark a few times already from my other ‘sosyal’ colleagues but was never able to try this one out thinking it’s an all too expensive sports hobby. I was proved to be wrong when we first entered the lobby and saw how much their services were. Hmm, not bad. Basically, you can go wakeboarding all you can for 8 hours for only P995 (around US$20) – that is, if you have the energy to go for 8 hours straight. If you just wish to do some leisurely fun, a 2 hour unlimited pass for P475 will do. If you need more time, you can stay overnight at one of their suites at a reasonable price, with room rates as low as P2,500 per night. Continue reading →