Visa-free and Visa-on-Arrival Countries for Filipinos


I am going on a 10 day trek in Nepal this October and I learned that visa for Nepal can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu.   Sharing with you the list of countries with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access for Philippine passport holders.   Please click on the link to provide you with visa-free or visa-on-arrival […]

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8-Day Backpack Tour of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka: Day 2 – Tokyo


We took a leisurely breakfast in Namba and purchased our one way Shinkansen (bullet train) ticket to Tokyo at the JR office there.  I made a major mistake and should have bought a JR pass instead:(  The JR pass would have allowed us to use unlimited JR trains for 5 days for only Y22,000/person.  Compare […]

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8-Day Backpack Tour of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka: Day 1 Namba, Osaka


I love Japan!  The mix of beautiful gardens and nature, rich culture, high tech stuff, cool weather, good food and kind people makes it my best place to visit in Asia.  Here is my recommended Day 1 (complete with expense breakdown) of backpack trip to Japan with the fam. My family of 8 (including extended […]

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I just came back as the tour group leader of a one-week backpack tour across Osaka, Tokyo and back to Kyoto.  My ward,  my family of 7 including my 2 kids (aged 9 and 11), one senior citizen with rheumatitis (my mom), one senior citizen with a cane (my dad), one 5 month pregnant sister-in-law […]

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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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Bahay Tsinoy: Impressive Life-Sized Exhibits


My daughter and I were pleasantly surprised with our visit to Bahay Tsinoy (House of the Filipino-Chinese) in Intramuros, Manila.  It is a museum documenting the rich history of Filipino-Chinese here in the Philippines.  As a Filipino married to a Chinese,  I developed a greater appreciation of my husbands’ roots.  And my daughter beamed proudly […]

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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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UP Sunken Garden: Things to Bring for a Complete Picnic Experience


Take advantage of the cool, overcast January weather by taking the kids outdoors.  Cool days like these only last till mid to late February so it’s the perfect time to go to places you would not normally visit when it’s burning hot. We took the kids to UP Sunken Garden last Sunday and the whole […]

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Northern and Southern Eats: A Restaurant Guide Book by Anton Diaz


I am a fan of Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.  His blog is interesting and replete with information on hundreds of restaurants in the Philippines that range from hole in the wall discoveries to must try ones. So when Northern Living asked me if I wanted a free copy of his recommended Northern and […]

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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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Tech Museum of Innovation San Jose CA (Review)


Planning a trip to the West Coast, USA or to be more specific to the Bay Area?  Do include a visit to The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.  It is definitely worth the trip.  The fun level plus the wealth of learning should earn a spot in the must visit areas for kids […]

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Mind Museum at Taguig: Areas you Shouldn’t Miss


World Class Science Museum.  That is how I would describe the new Mind Museum in Fort Bonifacio.  The architecture inside and outside is modern, impressive and the displays are stunning! Must Not Miss Areas: Outdoor Science Playground –  kids can explore mechanical objects, go inside a bubble or try

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Imperial Palace Hotel Cebu


Boasting as the first luxury water park resort in the Philippines – Imperial Palace, Cebu was our destination last long weekend. Things to do for kids:

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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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