Review of Awilihan Private Resort: A Charming, Provincial Home


My family often takes trips with family friends and of course our extended family.  It is nice to see the kids develop friendships with the children of my siblings, cousins and good friends.  It brings extra warmth and fun to the trip.  And what would be a better destination for such a big group but […]

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Dinosaur Island Clark Pampanga: Unexpected Fun


Unexpected F-U-N! That was what we had when we visited Dinosaur Island in Clark. My elder kids yawned when I mentioned it to them. We will drive all the way to see dinosaur statues? Really, mom?  Plus, I read mixed reviews with some people finding the place boring or too short an entertainment compared to […]

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Domicillo Design Hotel: Stylish, Romantic Getaway in Tagaytay


It is our 15th wedding anniversary and I thought that since we only had the weekend I have to find the most romantic getaway that won’t be too far away.   My frenetic search on the net led me to DOMICILLO, a design, boutique haven offering one of the best and widest view of Taal Lake. […]

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Anvaya Cove: Things to do with the Kids


Anvaya Cove is a well manicured village set in the forests and shores of Bataan. A members-only development of Ayala Land Premiere,  it is a 2.5 hour drive from Manila thanks to the good roads of NLEX and SCTEX. Residents have built sprawling beautiful resort inspired houses that are a haven by itself.  My friend […]

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Pico de Loro, Hamilo Coast, Batangas: A Good Mix


My family loves beaches.  Give my kids some sand and they can be entertained for a few hours.  Give them sand, a well structured pool, lots of places to run around in plus the facilities a country club has to offer and they would want to stay there forever. Pico de Loro is a members […]

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Fun Farm at Sta. Elena: Balik Bukid Experience


Say “bukid” (farm) and images of a field with carabaos and a myriad of farm animals come to mind.  Say “bukid” again and smile for simple, carefree fun. That is what my mind conjured of Fun Farm and that is exactly what my family and I got. Developed by Hindy Tantoco of Holy Carabao for […]

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Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort


Pure bliss, sweet and simple.  That is how I would describe Stilts. Everything in it from the trees that lined the entrance, the front desk that gives a peek of the haven that is to come …

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Mt. Pinatubo: Tips in Trekking Mt. Pinatubo with a Child


1.  Know your child. Can he withstand walking/trekking for 3 hours straight with just 2 breaks in between?  Kids are very strong and they have all the energy.  So don’t underestimate them:-)  More importantly,  do they like the great outdoors?  My son enjoyed the experience but my daughter

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Scaling Mt. Pinatubo with my Kid


My 10 year old boy and I basked in the beauty and awesomeness of what is Mt. Pinatubo.  It was his first trek and

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Directions from Manila to Subic via NLEX-SCTEx


Directions from Manila to Subic via NLEX – SCTEx. Trip Time: 2 hours.  Distance: 153km from EDSA Balintawak Go to NLEX via the Balintawak interchange in North EDSA Pay P45 at Balintawak Toll Plaza and get your toll card. Drive to the Dau Toll Plaza at the end of NLEX

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Segara Suites in Subic (Review of Segara Suites in Subic)


  If you have been to Subic for the nth time and tire of going to the usual places like Zoobic and Treetop,  the hotel becomes the destination in itself.  Segara Suites is a modern, cozy boutique hotel that is a good place to bring the family to relax over the weekend. Since it is […]

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Enchanted Kingdom Revisited 2011


It’s been a decade since I visited Enchanted Kingdom.  I thought I would give it a shot since there is an Ensogo group buy promo.  Also, my kids have not been there (well, my boy when he was a baby) and as they say support your own. My husband was totally against it.  Anticipating hordes […]

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Tagaytay Highlands


If I were to describe Tagaytay Highlands in one word it would be lush!   The whole place is surrounded by greens.  Manicured or wild.  The whole place is dotted with fabulous plants and flowers and the entire community is surrounded by mountains.    Highlands is a membership only, sprawling leisure and residential community in […]

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Splash Island: Cool off at Splash Island


It’s 34 degrees outside and it’s time to head out once again to Splash Island. It has been 3 summers now and Splash Island has almost become a ritual for me and the kids. Big wide open space + water = FUN, FUN! Now it is very critical that you go at the right time unless […]

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