Postcards from Iloilo

Hello to my first lakwacha of 2018! So this trip started on the wrong foot with my phone being stolen on our first whole day in Iloilo but,  I didn’t let it stop me from enjoying! 😀

God bless ate girl who got my phone, lol.


We really enjoy DIY adventures but this time, I booked our Isla Gigantes tour via Gigantes Island Tours and Services ’cause Carles is a 3-hour drive from Iloilo City. They offer  van services from your hotel to Carles Port but please be cautious… This was where my phone got stolen (while I’m sleeping huhu) ’cause there were passengers that weren’t part of the tour.

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But overall, Gigantes Island Tours and Services was a great host! They served a sumptuous lunch at one of the islands and they were very accommodating! 🙂

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We transferred the next day to Guimaras! Much love here ’cause their tourism office controls all activities. You’re guaranteed with fair prices, from driver/jeep rental to island hopping. 🙂

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Back in Iloilo for the city tour! Luckily, the hotel we stayed in, Urban Inn Iloilo, offered a tour with a reasonable price. Look for the coolest Kuya Kenneth, he was the best driver and tour guide in one! 😉

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Happy January a.k.a birth month to me, indeed!



Holidays at North

We got to spend this year’s Christmas in the Summer Capital of the Philippines. 🎄 It was also the first time for the fam to be out of town for the Yuletide season (in case our inaanaks were looking for us, haha!).

Take a look at these photos from our short trip! 



Chow time with these Baguio staples…


We found this aesthetically nice and not to mention, an Instagram-worthy resto that serves affordable and huge-serving meals. 50’s Diner is definitely a must try!50s DinerOthers

Happy Holidays y’all! xx

A Day in Manila

A day well spent in the busy streets of Manila. It’s not every day that we get a fair weather to walk and stroll around the city curbs (and glad I had the energy to not book a Grab, haha).

– National Museum of the Philippines: National Art Gallery –

The Spoliarium by Juan Luna

There are two more on our lists: the Anthropology and Planetarium (Aaah, really excited for the Planetarium!). But we weren’t able to go ’cause of time. 😦

– Rizal Park –

First-timers in Robinsons Manila, so we tried out Pound by Todd English and Pablo. 😀


ELYU x Baler x Zamba

Everyone’s on Holiday feels already, but still and will always be on a tropical state of mind. 😀 So here’s a roundup of this year’s summer trips.

La Union Tangadan Falls – San Juan Beach


Baler Balete Tree – Dipaculao, Aurora – Caunayan Falls – Baler Beach – Museo  Baler


Surf skillzzzz 😀

Zambales Lubong-Nangoloan Falls – Liwaliwa Beach


It’s too early but Summer 2018, I’m ready! 🙂


KL Shenanigans

From our few kalokohans back then to #KLokohan now, I was more than ecstatic for this trip because it was the first time I flew out of the country with my friends. 🙂

Legoland Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers – Merdeka Square – Central Market – Menara KL Tower

Batu Caves

It’s definitely just the start of a handful adventures with my favorites.  ❤


Labay Ko Buddha Resort

We went to Pangasinan last weekend for a family matter but, we were able to find a new place for a quick R&R. It’s a little resort in the town of Bugallon, Pangasinan – the Buddha Resort. The landmark? A noticeably huge Buddha! 🙂

Buddha Resort boasts its newly renovated facilities. It just reopened this September so no wonder the place looks beautiful. And, it’s clean! Kudos to their warm people, too. 😉

Their rates range from a 3-hour stay for the on-the-go backpackers, 12-hour stay and 24-hour stay for families and groups who want to bask in the peacefulness of the town.

Other facilities include conference room for meetings and celebrations, KTV, kiddie and adult pools and, cabanas for day tour guests. Main attraction, of course, is the large Buddha statue in the resort facade.

Leap into the road less traveled and you’ll see that there is a lot more to Pangasinan than being the home of Hundred Islands and Bolinao. 😉

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And here’s a #HugotBuddha.


Buddha Resort

Address: Polong Highway, Bugallon, Pangasinan

Tel. No.: (075) 529-7579

Can’t Go Wrong, Morong!

This was the last leg of my summer shenanigans. We hopped on to a weekend up north at Morong, Bataan together with Dad’s colleagues.

We stayed in Coralview Beach Resort. It’s along the row of beach resorts in Morong, you won’t get lost. You’ll be welcomed by the locals selling key chains, fresh fishes and pasalubongs.

Though it wasn’t white sand, thumbs up on how everything looked so clean despite it being a commercialized shoreline. (And hi there, doggie!)

Island Hopping.

We did island hopping the next day. There are bangkeros around offering their services, go nego with them. 🙂

 First stop was the Pawikan Island, with barely pawikans honestly. But the municipality is working on growing their family by culturing pawikan eggs. (Oh, look how cute is that baby pawikan! 🙂 )

Next was the White Sand Island and indeed, it had white sand! 😉 Noticeable were the rocks  covered in moss thus, not making it a swimming friendly island. (Tip: Go to the farthest part of the island and have a glimpse of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.)

The finale of the island hopping was at the middle of the sea (really!) for snorkeling. This sealed the deal! There were no fishes around (we didn’t found Nemo or Dory 😦 ) but the water was so pristine and how many times can you float literally in the middle of nowhere.

Being a south kid, it was refreshing that we didn’t went with the usual suspects like Subic, Clark, etc. Can’t wait to be surprised yet again by  the north!


I Fell for Hulugan

Just a few hours from Manila lies a serene gem waiting to be uncovered. Hulugan Falls, located in Luisana, Laguna, is the newest spot for adventurers seeking for a quick weekend escapade.

We started the day in Kagawad’s House where we paid the entrance fee (P 20.00 each) and met our designated guide. (Tip: It’s best that you bring your own food as there aren’t much choices here.  Also, pay for the guide depends on you – just please give those Kuyas enough. 😉 )

We continued trekking for almost an hour. It was a struggle (newbie trekkers, I guess. Haha), the path was muddy (it was raining the night before), the summer heat killed us but hey, we made it! 😉

Tadaaa, Hulugan Falls! 🙂 There are actually three falls you can go to: Hulugan-Talay-Aliw Falls but, we decided to stay in Hulugan because of the rain. 😦 You can kill time here for as long as you want though it’s safer to be back to the starting point before the dark kicks in.

Glad that places like this are just towns away from home. It’s perfect for an easy  getaway from the cityscape. Go pack your bags and drive to Laguna now!