March 23, 2017
Afloat on the beach of Samba Bluewater Resort - the playground stretches out by about 3,400 sqm which is as big as 8 basketball courts put together side by side. Complete with inflatable slides, towers, bridges, human launchers, swings, and many other obstacles! Now tell me, who isn't psyched about this bouncy playground on the beach?
This playground is built specially for adults who is up for the challenge and just want to have fun! The Inflatable Island will surely bring out the child in everyone this summer! Best bring your friends and your family for the ultimate weekend.
For More Info:Located at Samba Bluewater Resort, Subic Bay, Olongapo City, Zambales - The Inflatable Island opens it's gates to the public on 1st of April, 2017. Hurry and book your tickets! Reach them at email@example.com and visit their website at www.theinflatableisland.com.
March 11, 2017 Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Here are photos that would make you want to get your backpack and go straight to Caramoan! Tip: It's a 10-13 hour drive from Manila.
This is the view from Matukad Island, where you can climb up to see the lagoon where the Tale of the Two Milkfishes (Alamat ng Dalawang Bangus) lies. The tale says that there was a man who found two milkfishes, just two, in a lagoon hidden behind a wall of limestone rocks. It was about 20 years ago when the man took one of the two fishes and took it home for his family's supper. Until the next day, the whole family who ate the fish were found dead. No one ever touched the fish in the lagoon since then. It was a cool story but what keeps me doubting is: if one fish was taken, how come there are still two fishes today?
|Down that path is the lagoon where the two milkfishes live. We're not allowed to go further down, but I saw the two fishes with my own eyes. It really was amazing how there were just the two of them in the whole lagoon.|
Where to stay in Caramoan?
Fine white sand beaches and sandbars.
|Different islands, different sands.|
March 3, 2017 San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, Philippines
As cliché as it may sound, I am lost. I'm in that stage wherein I have no idea what the hell I'm doing with my life. You won't believe how much the phrase "I need to find myself" have pondered on my mind and to be honest, I didn't think that phrase would even come to mind, thinking those kind of lines only belong to the movies and novels. I guess that's why it's called a cliché.
When I started traveling, though I don't travel as often and haven't tried long-term yet, I started becoming aware of my surroundings and myself as well. Going to different places have awakened my sleepy lazy thoughts and had broadened my way of thinking. I started to realize that it was hard for me to be contented, mainly because I've been very materialistic. I realized that having everything doesn't always equal to contentment. I also came to question myself, if what I'm doing now or where I am at this exact point of my life makes me happy.
My mind was literally flooded with many other questions and I became eager to search for purpose.
"What am I doing with my life?"
Now, I'm in the process of self-discovery and exploration. I've always been very curious of things, I guess it's time I take action and start looking for answers. I've also been doing a lot of rethinking lately, hoping somehow it will straighten out the tangled thoughts in my head. I need to start looking for my true self and find who I'm supposed to be.
February 23, 2017 Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
If you're a dog lover, this cafe is definitely for you! We all know that the cafe business in the Philippines is already growing, so you have got to think of the most unique theme or setting for your cafe for it to make it out there. There are tons of different themed-cafe to choose from these days as it's highly popular especially now that most of the millennials are fueled by coffee. When I say fueled by coffee, meaning drinking coffee before you go to work because you still feel sleepy from a 5-hour sleep. Then another cup or two for a boost of energy at work. And another for that overtime work so we can meet the deadline. So yup, fueled by coffee. I'm going a bit off on a tangent here, so going back to the cafe...
This cafe had thought of it's own unique theme that will surely be loved by everybody. Barkin' Blends is a dog cafe. You read it right, a dog cafe! Brilliant, right? Who would have thought of making your own pet a business partner? This cafe is packed with 30 resident dogs of different breeds! Enjoy a very refreshing drink while you get to pet as much dogs as you can. So if ever you're feeling lonely or just want to hang out with some of the best creatures in the world, it's the place to go, whether you be with your friends, family or other half.
It's actually my second time to visit the cafe. The first time, AJ took me out here as a surprise. I had no idea that he would take me here, as much as I hate surprises, I super loved this one! So this time, I went with the fam because they've been wanting to go since they saw my photos from the first time.
Barkin' Blends cafe is located at Quezon City, Philippines, along Katipunan Avenue. You can easily waze your way to the cafe! They're open everyday except Tuesday from 12:00nn to 9:00pm.
+ Food & Price
We honestly didn't come here for the food, he he he, we came for the dogs. But we went during lunch hours so I suggested we might as well have our lunch there. We ordered Carobinara (P120), Ella Pesto (P130), and Bonnie Burger (P120). Yes, their menu is named after the dogs, witty. I have to say, the food is really tasty. I recommend everyone to dine here if possibe. The burgers, any burgers are a must try!
Buy a drink so you can enter the dog zone. Rock Salt and Cheese - Chocolate is highly recommended or any fruit teas. I don't like the hazelnut one.
It takes them quite a while to serve the food so I suggest you bring patience with you. The cafe is small but it's neat. It's safe to say that the cafe is not designed for hours long of stay because really the dog zone is the zone for that.
|Say Hi to my crazy little family|
+ Things you should know:
≡ One ticket is good for one person and is only valid for 2 hours.
≡ It also comes with one locker per group, where you can keep your bags safe for the time being as they are not allowed in the dog zone.
≡ Slippers are also provided as any kind of footwear other than the provided slippers are not allowed in the dog zone.
≡ You can bring your cameras and your drink inside, but not outside food/drinks
≡ You're not allowed to bring your own pet for the safety purposes of the dog residents.
≡ You cannot feed the dogs anything.
≡ No need for reservations.
≡ The dogs are well trained and very friendly!
Once you are inside, you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the crazy adorable creatures! You can also ask the crew to take photos of you with the dogs. Some of the dogs don't bother and they just sleep in a corner or beside you if you're lucky, especially Psyche, the beagle! The first time I went there she just slept in my lap the whole time and when I came back, she was still sleeping at somebody else's lap, psh!
Tip: the dogs are only loyal to their masters, aka the crew.
Here's a quick video of the situation in Barkin' Blends:
+ Meet the residents
I will definitely be coming back for these babies! But there's something about the place that's been bothering me since. It's just that I don't like to see the dogs being... an entertainer. I just keep on thinking about what they must feel about being surrounded by a different crowd every single day, asked to sit and stay so that the crowd can take photos with them. They must feel tired of it at some point. On another note, I secretly want to kidnap every one of them and keep them as my own. ;)
I don't know about what your heaven would look like, but this will definitely be mine! Okay, not exactly the cafe, but a place packed with adorable cuddly dogs will do it! To be quite honest, I thank God everyday for dogs, especially Brooke (my Labrador retriever) and wish that He would never ever take her away from me. It's such a silly request, I know, but you know... we gotta have faith! ;)
February 16, 2017 Pampanga, Philippines
On the road
Gates open at 5:30 in the morning, while the first flight of the hot air balloons for the day will be at 6:30AM. We woke up at 2:00AM and by 3:00AM we were already on the road backpacker style. It was really early, I thought we had enough travel time to make it to the first balloon flight. But of course, at 4:30AM, it was already traffic in the express way. How can there be no traffic at 4 in the morning, right? To our luck, the bus we we're riding on got held up by a traffic enforcer just as we we're about to exit a toll. Our driver really sucked at negotiations, he just stayed there in his seat cursing the officer outside, unwilling to surrender his license. Big thanks to that one passenger that helped and convinced the driver talk to the officer to let us go and out bus driver got a ticket instead.
8:00AM. We arrived at a very very bad time. Despite the fact that we were not able to witness the first flight of the hot air balloons, we entered the Freeport while everyone who came only for the damn balloons were already exiting the grounds. Imagine the hassle, the heat of the sun and the crowd of people. The organizers did a really crappy job at the gates. I saw two gates, and people are coming in and out on only one gate. It made a very long line, huge traffic of people, and a very angry crowd to that too. At 9:30AM we finally got inside and set our camp.
But worry not, you're not going to die of boredom inside while you wait for the balloons to fly. There were plenty of activities for us to enjoy. There's paragliding, aircraft flights, and skydiving! But I have to tell you, it is not cheap. We didn't try any of those, it was way out of our budget! Haha. But I definitely enjoyed myself watching people do the activities themselves.
There are also booths inside where you can play games and win prizes! That we participated in. I won a shirt from the Manila Bulletin booth. There are also lot of food stalls there so don't you worry about your hunger fam, food is everywhere. There's also fast food chain stalls inside, like Jollibee, KFC, Bon Chon, Shakeys, and many more. So you have a wide selection of food. I packed ourselves something for lunch, but we ate/bought a lot of food inside as well. Especially cold drinks, because it was scorching in there!
We mostly stayed in the tent because of the heat. Eventually we got bored and obviously we had nothing better to do, so we bought a kite and flew one along with everybody else. The kite costs P80 and up depending on the design. There are various designs to choose from! From a plain old kites, cartoon characters, birds, and planes.
As soon as it got cloudy, we started to watch the event shows. It inlcudes Aerobatic Exhibitions, Balloon Bursting, Formation Flyung, Gliding and Microlight & Ultralight Flying. Balloon Bursting was my favorite! Criteria is, someone from the ground will release a balloon and the one's riding an aircraft needs to pop it with the tip of it's phalange* . And there was an event where a helicopter is racing an SUV, which is always won by the SUV btw. What I was excited about was the Drift event. I'm a huge Fast & Furious fan so watching live drifting excites me! Too bad they had to perform on a runway only, it would have been so cool if they had like a track or something! They chose about 10 lucky winners to ride shotgun with the drifters, they we're so lucky! :)
At 5:30PM, the winds were still strong. We had to wait until the wind rate is low before they blow up the balloons. The hot air balloon show started at 7:30 in the evening and it was fantastic, I am just out of words. I don't know if it was the same with the morning flight, but I prefer the one at night. Though I didn't think so because it kinda looked like a light show in the evening! Although they did not actually flew them up in the air, they just blew them up. It was amazing all the same, it was quite the sight!
- Go as early as you can. We left at 3AM but it was still not enough. It may be faster if you're not commuting. Still, the earlier the better.
- Do not wear white anything. It's like a dessert in there, so expect to get a bit dirty. I wore a white sneakers and a white shirt. My shoes were almost brown when I got home.
- It is super hot out there, so bring or be ready for any kind of refreshments. Bring sunblock and an umbrella!
- Manila Water's booth was free drinking water for everyone. Plus it's cold too!
- Bring a face mask. It's sandy, so expect a lot of dust around.
- Ladies, there are only portable comfort rooms. Ya'll need to bring lot of tissues and wipes if you'll ever need to pee. Be brave, haha.
Most of the people said that it was not worth it to go to the said event but if you love like aircrafts and flying, it's going to be worth it. We truly enjoyed ourselves. If you have enough money, you can try their activities and I'm sure you're going to love it. It's not going to be the last for the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF), they announced that we'll definitely see them again next year! I will probably go back, but just to take photos of the first balloon flights because revenge.
Thank you all for reading! How about you, are you planning to go on the next PIHABF? Or we're you able to experience the fun already? Tell me about it on the comment box below :)