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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Pandan Island x Apo Reef with Panikian Lake via g@dventuresph

It was the tour that was supposed to e cancelled/postponed due to inclement weather. A storm was ravaging Northern Luzon but Metro Manila and even as far South as Occidental Mindoro was affected. But participant couldn't find common time for reschedule so we convinced the organizer to push through with the trip despite no assurance that we could go to our main destination being Apo Reef which is 3 hours off the coast of Sablayan Occidental Mindoro.

We left Manila Friday night all praying for improved weather but it even worsened the next day. It was so rainy in the early morning we arrived in Sablayan. Our plan b was to stay in Pandan Island which is only 15 minutes away from town. It was here where we stayed for the night thus another hope for improved weather the next day. Again, it failed. But that didn't stop us from having fun.

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We left Manila 9:30 pm. Arrived in Batangas port 12:00 midnight. Everybody's asleep along the way. Boarded RoRo Ferry at 12:30 am and by then the fun started. We were like a bunch of unruly kids, noisy and play by the side of the ferry while other passengers were asleep. We were drinking tequila and chatting and listening to music using Bluetooth speaker. 

Our group was so diverse, people of different backgrounds and humor. The trip normally takes 2 hrs but our ferry was old so it took us three hours to get to Abra de Ilog port. From there our van was waiting and it was another 1.5 hrs to Sablayan. We had a quick breakfast by the public market and off we go to the island.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Y2 RESIDENCE HOTEL MAKATI: At the Heart of all the Action --- leisure, shopping, dining, business and more @y2residencehotel



A few months back, one of my students from South Korea visited the Philippines for the first time. Knowing that I am a travel blogger, she asked me for a recommendation on where to stay in Makati. Her main destination was El Nido so she didn't want to overspend for accommodation in Manila. Surely, $100 would go a long way in El Nido so the trick is to find a hotel below $100.

Y2 Residences Hotel instantly came to mind. I highly suggested it to her not because I have already experienced staying there but because I have been dying to try the place.

For one, the hotel is managed by Hii. A hospitality group managing other chic hotels in the Philippines like that of Azumi Boutique Hostel in Alabang which I really like.


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Also, I was mesmerized by the photos of their rooms, the accent, the unique character their designs and interiors exude. And the pool, I've been wishing a dip at their poor with a very nice view of high rises around.

And my student from South Korea was nothing but praises for the hotel. She really enjoyed her stay. A few months on, I finally got to experience Y2 Residences Hotel by myself. I have tried countless hotels before so it was a tall order. Plus I couldn't mute my expectations of the place. Good thing it didn't disappoint. It was well above what I wish it would be.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Art Circle Cafe Makati @Y2 Residence Hotel

Art Circle Cafe
G/F Y2 Hotel, Santiago Street Cor. Valdez and Singian Streets Makati, Philippines
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/artcirclecafemakati
@artcirclecafemakati
Call (02) 801 5383
Open: 10:00 am-10:00 pm Daily

Whilst there are so many tempting food choices around the hotel, we decided to sample what Y2 Residence can offer in terms of the gastronomic experience. That afternoon, we sampled some of the comfort food they have at Art Circle Cafe locate at the ground floor.


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In their Facebook page it says, "Art Circle Cafe is a place for Art lovers where all kinds of art activities and cultural events happen". True enough, the place lives to its name as an Art Cafe. It has a very beautiful interior adorned with art pieces. And not just ordinary art pieces. One can tell that the paintings, wood carvings, metal works and other items here are on a class of their own. Best of all, they are all for sale! Yes, you will not just enjoyed the ambiance and the pleasant view but you can buy and take home artworks that you will like.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Best Romantic Getaways in Europe

Europe has long been a mecca for couples in love. Splendid architecture, rich history, and mesmerizing atmosphere of European cities attract honeymooners and lovers from different countries of the world. If you can’t decide where to spend your romantic weekend, here is a list of the most atmospheric European cities compiled by marrybrides.com.

Venice, Italy

Venice is Italy’s most romantic city. It’s a great destination for a day trip. Built on the water, the city is a network of canals, so the best way to plunge into the local atmosphere is to take a gondola ride. This “floating” city is very popular among tourists and romantic couples, so you need to plan your trip and go there not in a high season. But a gondola ride is not the only thing to do in Venice. Contemplate beautiful architecture walking down its streets, get a bird’s eye view of the city from the tallest building in the city, and kiss standing on one of the city bridges.

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Photo credits: UltraPanavision (Venice Italy)

Neptune onshore.
Photo credits: Simon Matzinger (Vienna Austria) 
La Sagrada Familia Basilica, Barcelona Spain
Photo credits: Gail K E  (Barcelona Spain)


Budapest, Hungary

Prepare your eyes and your camera because you’re going to see a lot of beautiful things in Budapest – a real pearl of Eastern Europe. Gothic architecture, cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, and old bridges will make you feel you traveled back in time or rather lost in a fairy tale. Visit the Castle District to get that fairytale feel among the turrets of Fisherman’s Bastion. Watch the sunset and steal a kiss standing on the Chain Bridge over the Danube.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Kids Club by Novotel at NOVOTEL MANILA Araneta Center #OnederfulYear #BetterAtOne



I will always remember the big smiles that greeted us upon entering the hotel.
I will always cherish the warm reception we got from the staff. 
I will always miss the comfort and luxury of our room. 
I will always dream about the vip-feel of the premier lounge. 
I will always look forward to the gastronomic experience at the Gourmet Bar, the memorable breakfast at the Food Exchange Manila, the lazy, relaxing moments by the pool at the 6th and the gym sessions too.

Read: NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA CENTER: The City of Stars has a New Star!

Novotel Manila Araneta Center sits at my top 3 best hotel staycations in Metro Manila to date.
I was here again two weeks ago and it was as awesome as ever. Indeed, Novotel Manila is #BetterAtOne!

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And the experience was so good during our first stay that I hardly noticed they didn't have Spa. But just like wine that goes better with time, Novotel Manila Araneta Center continues to surprise. They have celebrated their 1st Anniversary last October and along with it the opening of two additional amenities -- the InBalance Spa and Kids Club by Novotel.


About NOVOTEL
Novotel is the mid-scale brand of AccorHotels. Novotel's consistently high standard of service contributes to the wellbeing of both business and leisure travellers: think spacious, modular-design guestrooms, balanced cuisine available 24/7, excellent meeting facilities, attentive staff, dedicated children's areas and rejuvenating wellness facilities. That's the Novotel brand.

Friday, November 4, 2016

InBalance Spa at NOVOTEL MANILA Araneta Center #OnederfulYear #BetterAtOne



I will always remember the big smiles that greeted us upon entering the hotel.
I will always cherish the warm reception we got from the staff. 
I will always miss the comfort and luxury of our room. 
I will always dream about the vip-feel of the premier lounge. 
I will always look forward to the gastronomic experience at the Gourmet Bar, the memorable breakfast at the Food Exchange Manila, the lazy, relaxing moments by the pool at the 6th and the gym sessions too.

Read: NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA CENTER: The City of Stars has a New Star!

Novotel Manila Araneta Center sits at my top 3 best hotel staycations in Metro Manila to date.
I was here again two weeks ago and it was as awesome as ever. Indeed, Novotel Manila is #BetterAtOne!


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And the experience was so good during our first stay that I hardly noticed they didn't have Spa. But just like wine that goes better with time, Novotel Manila Araneta Center continues to surprise. They have celebrated their 1st Anniversary last October and along with it the opening of two additional amenities -- the InBalance Spa and Kids Club by Novotel.


About NOVOTEL
Novotel is the mid-scale brand of AccorHotels. Novotel's consistently high standard of service contributes to the wellbeing of both business and leisure travellers: think spacious, modular-design guestrooms, balanced cuisine available 24/7, excellent meeting facilities, attentive staff, dedicated children's areas and rejuvenating wellness facilities. That's the Novotel brand.
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