A Home Away From Home In Vigan

4 Aug

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Last May 14 to 16, 2014, I had an on location shoot for Style Weekend Magazine in Vigan City.  It was my first time to go there and I was so excited.  I’ve always wanted to go here.  I know this is such a late post but I was reminded about this beautiful place because of a recent post by @peterjuan who was in Vigan with my handmade Batman! :) Hehe…  I truly loved Vigan :) It was so worth the eight-hour road trip!!!

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All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go :)

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Arrived in Vigan City during sunset…

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Check out our home away from home in Vigan :) There were just too many pretty things to see in this hotel! We stayed in Hotel Luna, a very charming Museum Hotel, the first of its kind in the Philippines.  This used to be an old mansion just like a lot of the places here :)

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Check out their lobby…

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So many beautiful things to see :)

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It really was like being in a museum! :)  These artworks were in the dining room :)

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Then outside, in the middle of the hotel, is where the pool is :)

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The extension of the coffee shop.  Look how pretty this hotel is :)

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I felt like I was little orphan, Annie, inside this beautiful mansion :)

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This was the view from outside the rooms :)

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Loved our room :)

 

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And this… the highlight of my bathroom experience.  Haha! :)

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They served us excellent meals.  But I was only able to take my breakfast during the first day.  Haha! :)  Breakfast, my favorite meal when out of town because I don’t normally eat breakfast at home :)  Of course, there’s Vigan longganisa in the mix!

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And my perfect sunny side up :)

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Coffee.  Black.

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When we arrived inside the hotel, we were looking for places in the hotel to shoot in…  And we had such a hard time choosing because every corner of this hotel is photogenic! :)

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Thank God for sunny weather!

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Loved the ceilings inside the coffee shop.

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And this was the view from the rooftop of Hotel Luna :)

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Meet these gorgeous ladies :)  Valerie, our fashion stylist for this shoot, and Anna, our model :)

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It was an all girls team! :)  Loved working with such talented and funny ladies! Meet Miss Helen, our hairstylist from L’oreal Professionel,  Mau, our photographer, assisted by Kat and our dearest Clara from Style Weekend :)

I will be posting more behind-the-scenes photos of what went on in Vigan but for now hope you enjoyed this little tour of Hotel Luna.  There is still more to see in the hotel which I haven’t included yet.

Thank you so much to the staff of Hotel Luna for being so accommodating and helpful, especially regarding our important concerns such as where to find Vigan empanada and longganisa, etc! Hehe… :)

We loved the hotel and would highly recommend Hotel Luna if you’re planning a trip to Vigan!  Class talaga! :)

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Have a great week ahead, my friends! :)  Happy Monday! :)

 

Chinkee

7 Jul

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Here’s a short post to brighten up this gloomy Monday :)

I just wanted to share with you all my latest handmade creation, her name is Chinkee.  I wanted her outfit to be a simple black dress so she will always be in style, ready for her meetings :)

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I also made her two necklaces.  One is a key and the other is a keyhole heart that says, “made with love”.

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Chinkee is probably the happiest doll I’ve made so far.  Hihi… :)  She’s one of the few who has a smile on her face.

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Have a great week ahead, my friends, from me and Chinkee! :)

A Binondo Wok

7 Jun

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Meeting place was Binondo Church at 9am :) But first I lit a candle for thanksgiving.

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I always pass this Church when I’m on my way to Divisoria.  But I never saw the inside.

What a beautiful Church!

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Cute trinkets.

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I have always wanted to join this Binondo Food Tour.  And since my sister was in town, we decided to book four slots last Saturday, May 31, 2014.  It was me, my sister, mom and dad.  I think I was the most excited.  I love food, especially Chinese food.

This blog post is a little bit long and it will show you what we did during the entire tour.  Haha!  Scroll down if you have the time or if you’ve already taken the tour.  Warning to those who haven’t:  Spoiler alert!  Haha! :)

This Binondo Food Tour was brought to you by Old Manila Walks. :)

We begin with a little bit of history… :)

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My sister and I just had coffee that morning.  Saved our stomach for all the food we’re about to eat! :)

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It was a lazy, catty morning :)

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Goodmorning from our dear tour guide, Ivan Man Dy :)

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Hot tea for everyone.

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The tour begins with our appetizers :)

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 A very fresh lumpia… :)  There was so much filling, I felt like I was eating a burrito :)

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My dad about to try the fresh lumpia :)

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This is what’s inside :)

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On our way to the next stop, saw some fresh fruit stands :)

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Beautiful colors.  Beautiful morning :)

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At our next stop :)

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So excited to find out what we’ll be eating next :)

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Ivan brings out a plate full of “kuchay”!!! My favorite Chinese empanada :)  YUMMERS.

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This was sooooo good.

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A plate full of extra large tofu! :)

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A plate of spicy pansit.  LOVE.

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Ivan told us that the owner of this little restaurant was Amah Pilar :)  She opened this restaurant at the age of sixty.  It’s never too late to open up your own business! :)

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Outside the restaurant, there is an abundant supply of tofu :)

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So many interesting food to see in the streets of Binondo.

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Can you guess what some of these are? :)

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On our way to the next destination, cute girl scouts were selling yema :)  Yema for everyone!!! Thanks, Ivan :)

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My dad, mom and Ate ready for the third course.  LOL! :)  Kaya pa???

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They make the dumplings by the entrance for everyone to see :)

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But the secret is in the filling :)

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I wonder how many they make in a day!

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Manong Taho!!! :)

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Taho for everyone!  Who doesn’t love taho?!?! :)

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Special sauce for the dumplings.

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More tea?

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Dong Bei Dumplings!!! :) Winner!!!

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My mom’s favorite :)

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“Pancakes”, anyone? :) These were so yummy, too!

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Chicken with an Indian twist :)

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The next stop was a little stall that sold fried siopao :)

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I was already so full so I took home my fried siopao and had it at home for merienda.  My only regret… Not taking more fried siopao home!  I can’t stop thinking about these!!!  I have to go back to Binondo ASAP for these.

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Bicho Bicho! :)  This is so good with sugar and some hot chocolate.  But maybe not on that very very very hot day :)

Reminds me of churros! :)

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I am so not good at directions.  I really didn’t know exactly where we were :) Haha!  But these street signs may help.

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A quick stop at a “sari-sari” store.  Sari-saring snacks and preserved food :)

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Yummy treats and snacks :)

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My favorite, good ‘ol cornicks :)

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My dad enjoying all the snacks handed to him.  Haha!  Going strong!!! :)

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I’ve never eaten so much within three hours.  Oh wait, yes, I think I have…  Haha!

So this was our final stop! :)  Before we go, picture picture first with our super fun tour guide, Ivan! :)  Thanks so much, Ivan, for the tour!  We enjoyed all the places you took us to and we’ll definitely be back in Binondo.  And I won’t forget to take out my fried siopao (as in maraming fried siopao!) next time! Hehe…

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That was really the perfect way to spend our Saturday morning :)  Thanks also to my super talented sister, my Ate Candy, for taking this photo of me and my folks.  Never had a happier photo with them :)  I will remember this image forever! :)

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Sio-meow, anyone? :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polished to Perfection

3 Jun

I have always been a fan of nail art. My nails are like an extended accessory. I feel bare without nail polish and it’s an easy way to spice up my everyday work wear. There are times when I would get bored with just one plain color on my nails. Here are a few ways to give your plain manicure an instant upgrade.

The Diagonal French Manicure:

The French Manicure has been around since the 70’s. Sometimes it can look old-fashioned if you stick to the usual pink and white combination. Time to modernize it. You can play around with bolder colors.

The traditional French Manicure is usually a thin white line on the tips. With our French Manicure with a modern twist, we used a nude shade for the base and two shades for the diagonal tips.

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We used Orly’s Coffee Break for the base and Orly Luxe and Liquid Vinyl for the gold and black diagonal tips.

Half Moon Sparkle:

Another design that’s been around for a while is the “Half Moon”.   Most of the time, sparkly nails are only done during the holidays. But you can create a very subtle nail art design using the glitters only for the half moon.

Just apply your favorite base color and add the glitters to add a little drama.

 

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We used Orly’s Mirror Mirror for the base and Orly’s Halo for the half moon.

 

Minimalist Chic:

For this design, I chose colors that aren’t used very often but can look so chic and modern together, black and white. I chose opaque white for the base color and using black nail polish, just drew a line on each nail going in different directions. This is quite easy to do and the lines don’t need to be straight nor perfect. It’s part of that “hand-drawn” kind of look.

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We used Orly’s White Tips for the base and Orly’s Liquid Vinyl for the lines.

 

Have fun creating your own nail art designs. They don’t have to be so intricate. Sometimes a simple line or a dot here and there can already create something very chic!

Nails by: Honeyca Obena and Diane Noriel for Belle & Cat Nail and Wax Studio located in 131 Sterling Centre, Esteban Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.

*Photography by Nico Nuyda

 

Soak Up The Sun

2 Jun

 

HAVE YOU BEEN DYING FROM THE HEAT LATELY?!  Have you stepped outside for a few seconds and felt sweat beads dripping down your face. And you say to yourself, “There goes my makeup”.

Not to worry. It doesn’t mean you have to leave the house with just sunblock on your face. Here are some tips to keep your makeup sweat and heat proof.

First, make sure your cleansing products are oil-free. Use a toner to take away excess oil. Applying a clay mask also once a week will help remove excess oil.

Summer is the perfect time to say, “Less is more.” You may avoid using liquid foundation and concealer if possible. But if you’re like me, who absolutely cannot leave the house without makeup, I suggest you use a foundation primer. Believe me, you won’t regret adding primer in your daily makeup routine. This will keep the foundation from slipping. Apply concealer only in the problem areas and set with either loose powder or powder foundation making sure not to over apply.

You may also use an eye primer to keep your eyeshadow in place. The key word for summer is “waterproof” especially in looking for your mascara and eyeliners. (Recommended product: Eye of Horus Mascara and Eyeliners).

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This eye pencil is 100 percent waterproof and glides on without tearing.

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The Eye of Horus Mascara has a natural-based formula that won’t run or smudge.

Please do not neglect your lips. Always apply lip balm preferably the one that has a base of beeswax or petroleum jelly. And finally, a makeup setting spray will be great to have. It’s like hairspray for the face and will keep your face looking fresh all day. (Recommended product: Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray http://www.skindinavia.com).

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Don’t let the heat stop you from wearing your favorite makeup products this summer :)

*Photos courtesy of Eye of Horus Philippines and Skindinavia Philippines’ Facebook pages.

The Googlees by Crow’s Nest

2 Jun

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My latest project was a set of twelve toys.

They were inspired by one of my favorite arts and crafts item… Those googly eyes :)

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These two gentlemen are my son’s favorites.  They were inspired by the band called, “The Lumineers”.

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I am so into stripes right now.  Turned these dolls into DJ’s in stripes :)

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More striped googlees :)

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My personal favorite….  Two cats and a bear in hats and scarves :)

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My son loves them all :)

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This was one was inspired by my handsome husband.  Hahaha! :)  This is his usual get-up when he goes on his Sunday bike rides.

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And this is Snow.  We both love big glasses and bags.  Can’t have enough of those :)

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Watch out for my next set of twelve :)

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Have a great week ahead, my friends! :)

 

 

 

The Charming Bee Farm in Bohol

6 May

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I now have another addition to my favorite places in the Philippines :)  Bohol Bee Farm! :)

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After visiting the tarsiers and seeing the Chocolate Hills,  we were starving! :)  We picked the table with the best view :)

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Excited to see what’s in the menu :)

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Crow took a short nap in the car.  Goodmorning, Crow! :)

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My favorite… Lemongrass juice.  SOOOOO GOOD.  And check out the straw :)

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They served a complimentary bread and chips basket with mango and pesto dips :)  YUMMY :)

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We ordered the Herb Pasta.  Normally, I always choose dishes with meat.  But this meatless pasta was excellent! :)

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We ordered the Meat Pizza.  Of course, we need our meat.  Crow loved the pizza so much!  Tasted homemade.  We loved it :)

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We actually ordered this kiddie spaghetti for Crow but I ended up eating it all.  It had tuna in it :)  Hay, I want to eat this again…

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Mga busog at inaantok na! :)

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Now to explore the other part of Bohol Bee Farm :)  They even had their own organic products!  I am in heaven :)

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They had products like linen and room spray, shampoo and conditioner, soaps and many more :)

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Got some mango spread for my parents.  It was really good with bread :)

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Crow was helping me find a good flavor of organic tea.

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These are what I ended up buying :)  I love these organic things… Haha!

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They also had native bags there.  I just had to get one.  Haha! :)

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And finally, to end our visit at Bohol Bee Farm with a bang (LOL!), we just had to get some homemade ice cream that my friend, Isabel, was raving about :)

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Look at all the interesting flavors :)

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Out of all the choices, I chose mango :)  It was sooooo good.  Also the ice cream cone that was “kropek”-like was delicious :) Kakaiba talaga!

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The boys ready to go home and waiting for me to finish eating my ice cream.  Haha!

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I love it here and can’t wait to go back! :)

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I wish I could take some home with me :)

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Lemongrass, my favorite.

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I enjoyed our brief visit at the Bohol Bee Farm very much.  I really wanted to go back the next day but there wasn’t much time anymore :(  Huhu!  Loved everything here.  The food, ice cream, the organic products and vibe :)

Definitely one of the places you need to visit when in Bohol! :)  Can’t wait to go back! :)

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Only In Bohol

18 Apr

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We went to Panglao, Bohol, last April 4-6, 2014.  And we just had to see the tarsiers!!! The smallest monkeys in the world! :)  So we took a little field trip to the Tarsier Conservation Area in Loboc, Bohol.

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It was about a 45-minute car ride from the resort so the little one got a little hungry.  Ice cream break :)

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Ok, we’re ready :)  Phone’s on silent, no flash photography.  I wouldn’t want to disturb the tarsiers :)  I was soooo excited to see them.  LOL!

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The suspense was killing me!  Haha!

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Dante and Crow, the explorers! :)

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And we saw our very first tarsier!!! :)  Look at those huge eyes and hands!!!  :)  CUUUUUTE!!!

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And here’s the second one we saw :)  Soooo cute and chubby this one! :)

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Third tarsier :)  They really just stay put clinging on to the branches of the trees :)  They don’t really move around that much, which is good, or I’ll freak out.  Haha!

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These tarsiers are really just this tiny :)  Can you see it? :)

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And this was the final tarsier I saw :)  I only took this photo with my Iphone.  This tarsier, I love… He even winked and smiled at me!!! Haha! :)  He kinda looked evil… but I always love the villains :)

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And that ends our little trek :)

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Cutest monkeys ever! (I think I’ll crochet one.)

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Hay… no one wanted to pose for me.  Is it so uncool, boys??? Haha!

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Got me some souvenirs :)

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Off to our next location… The Chocolate Hills :)  I have always wanted to see them :)

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You have to climb about two hundred steps to the viewing area…

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OMG.  Di ko kinaya… I’m super afraid of heights so I only made it halfway… :(  The boys reached the top but forgot to take a photo for me!!! :(

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These are the beautiful chocolate hills from where I was standing :) BEAUTIFUL :)

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They’re called the chocolate hills because the grass turns brown during the dry season and the hills look like Hershey’s Kisses :)

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I want my own hill.  Haha!

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Couldn’t get enough of the hills :)

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One family pic before we bid farewell to the Chocolate Hills :)  Thanks so much to Kuya Gilbert, our tour guide and driver, for taking us to see the tarsiers and chocolate hills! :)  He’s the best! :)

When in Bohol, you must definitely go say hello to the tarsiers and the chocolate hills!  They’re so worth seeing! :)

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Have a blessed Good Friday, my friends :)

 

 

My Handmade Little Caterpillar

17 Apr

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My latest handmade project was a hat for an 11-month old baby :)  I asked my 5-year old, Crow, to try out the hat. Hehe :)  It still sort of fits.

The hat is based on the book, “The Hungry Little Caterpillar”.  Also one of my son’s favorite books when he was a baby :)

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I had a lot of fun making this hat.  Basic shapes and basic colors.

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I love braids :)

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It was a beautiful and sunny day to photograph this caterpillar…

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And my handsome son :)

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Hope you all are having a wonderful time with your families during this Holy Week :)

 

The Dizons Go to Bohol

16 Apr

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Last January, we made a trip to Boracay.  And on our way home, our flight from Caticlan to Manila was re-routed to Calibo to Manila.  This would mean a 2-hour road trip.  So, of course, we had no choice but to head over to Calibo.  BUT… we had three FREE round trip tickets to anywhere in the Philippines except Batanes :)  APOLOGY ACCEPTED, PAL.  Hahaha!

And here we are on another family adventure :)

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It was definitely a beautiful weekend to visit Bohol.  The sun was beaming!  Weather was great last April 4, 2014 :)

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Landed in Tagbilaran :)

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First time in Bohol :)  Damien, patiently waiting for our ride to the resort from the airport :)

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While waiting, let’s pose for an OOTD post.  Haha! :)  Loving my bag from one of my besties, Claudette!  Spacious and lightweight.  Love it!  It’s from a brand called SHIQ :)  Love all things made in the Philippines :)

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We arrived at this beautiful resort around noon time! Check out our beautiful home and view for the next three days :)

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Welcome to South Palms Resort in Panglao, Bohol! :)  Loving it here already!!!

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Walking to our hut :)  So quiet and peaceful and the staff so nice and helpful :)

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The entrance to our room :)

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Love the room and the comfy beds!!!

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Quick change to  “swimming clothes” and off to the beach we go.  This little guy doesn’t want to waste any time.  LOL!  This is the beach front of South Palms.  BEAUTIFUL :)

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Ok, I think we will be here all afternoon :)

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Here’s what I always look forward to during a vacation… MEAL TIME.  We ordered food at their poolside bar/resto :)

I had Nasi Goreng :)

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Dante had pork sisig :)

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And Damien had his spaghetti and meatballs from the kiddie menu :)  Ang saya saya niya :)  Hahaha!

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They were all yummy!!! Couldn’t wait to try the other food in the menu.  Sarap ng meatballs! Hehe :)

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It’s time… to do absolutely NOTHING :)  How I wish my life could be like this all the time.

Nakahiga lang, walang iniisip kundi anong kakainin mamaya.  Haha!

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Love the pool facing the beach :)  The staff of South Palms setting up dinner :)

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Namumuti at kulubut na yung mga kamay pero ayaw pa rin umakyat! Haha! :)

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Coffee for two by the pool.  Of course.

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Fruit shake while sun bathing, a must :)

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Halo-halo for the whole family to share.  YESSSSS! :)

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We won’t be going anywhere this Holy Week so expect me to be reminiscing on more Bohol adventures on my next blog posts!  :)  Wherever you are or headed this weekend, be safe everyone!

And no, SPF 35 is NOT ENOUGH.

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