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Market Market in Vietnam

27 Aug

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One of the places I had to go back to several times when we were in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, was the Ben Thanh Market. Β It kind of reminded me of our typical “tiangge” in Greenhills. Β The difference was I pretty much memorized what they sell in Greenhills already because I’m always there. Β Haha! Β But here at Ben Thanh, I had to look carefully at each stall and check out the local goods! πŸ™‚

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Looks familiar, right? Β Parang nasa Greenhills lang πŸ™‚

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“Like a moth to a flame…” Β – Dante. Β This is the line I always hear Dante saying to himself when I start approaching stalls that sell cute things… πŸ™‚ Β Haha! Β Well, “That’s the way love goes…” – Janet Jackson.

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Was tempted to buy a tea set… But I drink coffee more than tea.

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Beads! Beads! Colorful beads and things!!! πŸ™‚ Β (“Like a moth to a flame…” – Dante)

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One of my great finds at Ben Thanh! πŸ™‚ I couldn’t leave this crocheted doll behind… Β SOOOO ADORABLE πŸ™‚

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Aside from all these trinkets and cute Vietnamese dolls and souvenirs, there are also so many stalls selling candies, nuts and other snacks I have never really seen before.

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Lots of dried fruits πŸ™‚

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And oh my goodness… coffee everywhere!!!

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There is also a wet market at the back πŸ™‚

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Food stalls in the center selling drinks with all sorts of beans and jellies and Vietnamese food.

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We did spend most of our time at the coffee bean stalls. Β The beans smelled so good and fresh!

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Out of all the coffee beans, we chose to take home “Weasel”.

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Lots of it πŸ™‚ Β They smelled like chocolate πŸ™‚

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While waiting, the coffee lady made me try some sampaloc candy! Β OMG πŸ™‚ Β I’ll take some! Β I only bought 1/2 kilo. Β I wish I bought more! Β It was the best sampaloc candy everrrr….

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While waiting for our coffee beans, sampaloc candy and dried fruits to be packed, picture muna! πŸ™‚

I really enjoyed seeing the local Vietnamese goods here in Ben Thanh. Β Medyo nataranta ako. Β Haha!

Ok, fine, I am a moth.

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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.Β  It was my first time to go there and I was so excited.Β  I’ve always wanted to go here.Β  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! πŸ™‚ Hehe…Β  I truly loved Vigan πŸ™‚ It was so worth the eight-hour road trip!!!

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All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go πŸ™‚

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Arrived in Vigan City during sunset…

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Check out our home away from home in Vigan πŸ™‚ 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.Β  This used to be an old mansion just like a lot of the places here πŸ™‚

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Check out their lobby…

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So many beautiful things to see πŸ™‚

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It really was like being in a museum! πŸ™‚Β  These artworks were in the dining room πŸ™‚

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Then outside, in the middle of the hotel, is where the pool is πŸ™‚

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The extension of the coffee shop.Β  Look how pretty this hotel is πŸ™‚

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I felt like I was little orphan, Annie, inside this beautiful mansion πŸ™‚

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This was the view from outside the rooms πŸ™‚

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Loved our room πŸ™‚

 

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And this… the highlight of my bathroom experience.Β  Haha! πŸ™‚

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

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And my perfect sunny side up πŸ™‚

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Coffee.Β  Black.

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

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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 πŸ™‚

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Meet these gorgeous ladies πŸ™‚Β  Valerie, our fashion stylist for this shoot, and Anna, our model πŸ™‚

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

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.Β  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… πŸ™‚

We loved the hotel and would highly recommend Hotel Luna if you’re planning a trip to Vigan!Β  Class talaga! πŸ™‚

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Have a great week ahead, my friends! πŸ™‚Β  Happy Monday! πŸ™‚

 

A Binondo Wok

7 Jun

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Meeting place was Binondo Church at 9am πŸ™‚ 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.Β  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.Β  And since my sister was in town, we decided to book four slots last Saturday, May 31, 2014.Β  It was me, my sister, mom and dad.Β  I think I was the most excited.Β  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.Β  Haha!Β  Scroll down if you have the time or if you’ve already taken the tour.Β  Warning to those who haven’t:Β  Spoiler alert!Β  Haha! πŸ™‚

This Binondo Food Tour was brought to you by Old Manila Walks. πŸ™‚

We begin with a little bit of history… πŸ™‚

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

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It was a lazy, catty morning πŸ™‚

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Goodmorning from our dear tour guide, Ivan Man Dy πŸ™‚

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Hot tea for everyone.

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The tour begins with our appetizers πŸ™‚

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Β A very fresh lumpia… πŸ™‚Β  There was so much filling, I felt like I was eating a burrito πŸ™‚

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My dad about to try the fresh lumpia πŸ™‚

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This is what’s inside πŸ™‚

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On our way to the next stop, saw some fresh fruit stands πŸ™‚

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Beautiful colors.Β  Beautiful morning πŸ™‚

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At our next stop πŸ™‚

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So excited to find out what we’ll be eating next πŸ™‚

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Ivan brings out a plate full of “kuchay”!!! My favorite Chinese empanada πŸ™‚Β  YUMMERS.

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This was sooooo good.

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A plate full of extra large tofu! πŸ™‚

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A plate of spicy pansit.Β  LOVE.

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

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Outside the restaurant, there is an abundant supply of tofu πŸ™‚

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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? πŸ™‚

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On our way to the next destination, cute girl scouts were selling yema πŸ™‚Β  Yema for everyone!!! Thanks, Ivan πŸ™‚

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My dad, mom and Ate ready for the third course.Β  LOL! πŸ™‚Β  Kaya pa???

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They make the dumplings by the entrance for everyone to see πŸ™‚

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But the secret is in the filling πŸ™‚

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I wonder how many they make in a day!

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Manong Taho!!! πŸ™‚

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Taho for everyone!Β  Who doesn’t love taho?!?! πŸ™‚

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Special sauce for the dumplings.

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More tea?

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Dong Bei Dumplings!!! πŸ™‚ Winner!!!

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My mom’s favorite πŸ™‚

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“Pancakes”, anyone? πŸ™‚ These were so yummy, too!

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Chicken with an Indian twist πŸ™‚

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The next stop was a little stall that sold fried siopao πŸ™‚

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

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Bicho Bicho! πŸ™‚Β  This is so good with sugar and some hot chocolate.Β  But maybe not on that very very very hot day πŸ™‚

Reminds me of churros! πŸ™‚

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

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A quick stop at a “sari-sari” store.Β  Sari-saring snacks and preserved food πŸ™‚

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Yummy treats and snacks πŸ™‚

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My favorite, good ‘ol cornicks πŸ™‚

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My dad enjoying all the snacks handed to him.Β  Haha!Β  Going strong!!! πŸ™‚

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

So this was our final stop! πŸ™‚Β  Before we go, picture picture first with our super fun tour guide, Ivan! πŸ™‚Β  Thanks so much, Ivan, for the tour!Β  We enjoyed all the places you took us to and we’ll definitely be back in Binondo.Β  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 πŸ™‚Β  Thanks also to my super talented sister, my Ate Candy, for taking this photo of me and my folks.Β  Never had a happier photo with them πŸ™‚Β  I will remember this image forever! πŸ™‚

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Sio-meow, anyone? πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Charming Bee Farm in Bohol

6 May

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I now have another addition to my favorite places in the Philippines πŸ™‚Β  Bohol Bee Farm! πŸ™‚

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After visiting the tarsiers and seeing the Chocolate Hills,Β  we were starving! πŸ™‚Β  We picked the table with the best view πŸ™‚

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Excited to see what’s in the menu πŸ™‚

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Crow took a short nap in the car.Β  Goodmorning, Crow! πŸ™‚

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My favorite… Lemongrass juice.Β  SOOOOO GOOD.Β  And check out the straw πŸ™‚

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They served a complimentary bread and chips basket with mango and pesto dips πŸ™‚Β  YUMMY πŸ™‚

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We ordered the Herb Pasta.Β  Normally, I always choose dishes with meat.Β  But this meatless pasta was excellent! πŸ™‚

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We ordered the Meat Pizza.Β  Of course, we need our meat.Β  Crow loved the pizza so much!Β  Tasted homemade.Β  We loved it πŸ™‚

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

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Mga busog at inaantok na! πŸ™‚

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Now to explore the other part of Bohol Bee Farm πŸ™‚Β  They even had their own organic products!Β  I am in heaven πŸ™‚

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They had products like linen and room spray, shampoo and conditioner, soaps and many more πŸ™‚

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Got some mango spread for my parents.Β  It was really good with bread πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚Β  I love these organic things… Haha!

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They also had native bags there.Β  I just had to get one.Β  Haha! πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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Look at all the interesting flavors πŸ™‚

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

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

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I love it here and can’t wait to go back! πŸ™‚

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I wish I could take some home with me πŸ™‚

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Lemongrass, my favorite.

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

Definitely one of the places you need to visit when in Bohol! πŸ™‚Β  Can’t wait to go back! πŸ™‚

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Only In Bohol

18 Apr

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We went to Panglao, Bohol, last April 4-6, 2014.Β  And we just had to see the tarsiers!!! The smallest monkeys in the world! πŸ™‚Β  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.Β  Ice cream break πŸ™‚

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

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The suspense was killing me!Β  Haha!

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Dante and Crow, the explorers! πŸ™‚

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And we saw our very first tarsier!!! πŸ™‚Β  Look at those huge eyes and hands!!!Β  πŸ™‚Β  CUUUUUTE!!!

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And here’s the second one we saw πŸ™‚Β  Soooo cute and chubby this one! πŸ™‚

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

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These tarsiers are really just this tiny πŸ™‚Β  Can you see it? πŸ™‚

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

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And that ends our little trek πŸ™‚

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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.Β  Is it so uncool, boys??? Haha!

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Got me some souvenirs πŸ™‚

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Off to our next location… The Chocolate Hills πŸ™‚Β  I have always wanted to see them πŸ™‚

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

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OMG.Β  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 πŸ™‚ BEAUTIFUL πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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I want my own hill.Β  Haha!

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Couldn’t get enough of the hills πŸ™‚

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

When in Bohol, you must definitely go say hello to the tarsiers and the chocolate hills!Β  They’re so worth seeing! πŸ™‚

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Have a blessed Good Friday, my friends πŸ™‚

 

 

The Dizons Go to Bohol

16 Apr

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

And here we are on another family adventure πŸ™‚

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It was definitely a beautiful weekend to visit Bohol.Β  The sun was beaming!Β  Weather was great last April 4, 2014 πŸ™‚

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Landed in Tagbilaran πŸ™‚

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First time in Bohol πŸ™‚Β  Damien, patiently waiting for our ride to the resort from the airport πŸ™‚

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

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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 πŸ™‚

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Welcome to South Palms Resort in Panglao, Bohol! πŸ™‚Β  Loving it here already!!!

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Walking to our hut πŸ™‚Β  So quiet and peaceful and the staff so nice and helpful πŸ™‚

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The entrance to our room πŸ™‚

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Love the room and the comfy beds!!!

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

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Ok, I think we will be here all afternoon πŸ™‚

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

I had Nasi Goreng πŸ™‚

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Dante had pork sisig πŸ™‚

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And Damien had his spaghetti and meatballs from the kiddie menu πŸ™‚Β  Ang saya saya niya πŸ™‚Β  Hahaha!

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They were all yummy!!! Couldn’t wait to try the other food in the menu.Β  Sarap ng meatballs! Hehe πŸ™‚

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It’s time… to do absolutely NOTHING πŸ™‚Β  How I wish my life could be like this all the time.

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

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Love the pool facing the beach πŸ™‚Β  The staff of South Palms setting up dinner πŸ™‚

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Namumuti at kulubut na yung mga kamay pero ayaw pa rin umakyat! Haha! πŸ™‚

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Coffee for two by the pool.Β  Of course.

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Fruit shake while sun bathing, a must πŸ™‚

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Halo-halo for the whole family to share.Β  YESSSSS! πŸ™‚

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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!Β  πŸ™‚Β  Wherever you are or headed this weekend, be safe everyone!

And no, SPF 35 is NOT ENOUGH.

Style Weekend: Year of the Horse

2 Apr

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Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of one of my favorite cover shoots for the year so far! πŸ™‚

These photos were shot in a beautiful house in Makiling.

Styling by the one and only, Liza Ilarde πŸ™‚Β  Thank you for making me part of this shoot!

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Our beautiful and flawless model, Karen Pamintuan πŸ™‚

Makeup by yours truly using Shu Uemura πŸ™‚

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Hairstyling by the very talented, Helen Egan for L’oreal Professionel πŸ™‚

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How cute are these ponies?!?!Β  But they’re very naughty! Haha!

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Our photographer was none other than Shaira Luna πŸ™‚Β  She’s so awesome.Β  And I love her OOTD πŸ™‚

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It was a beautiful and windy day…Β  I can imagine myself living here… Seriously.Β  Haha!

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It’s Liza and Lisa πŸ™‚

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So far the Year of the Horse has been good to me πŸ™‚

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How’s your year so far? πŸ™‚

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