Gong Xi Fa Cai! Chinese Lunar New Year 2013

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Dragon dancers

I’ve frequented Binondo (Manila Chinatown) a lot but I have never been there during the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Today was my first time. I brought some Polish friends to Binondo to let them experience celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year at the oldest Chinatown in the world. Red was the predominant color all around (red for good luck!).

We had some Kutchay (chive) dumplings at Dong Bei and some snacks at the Mezzanine (Fireman’s Cafe). Of course the Chinese New Year isn’t complete without watching the dragon dance and of course bring home some Tikoy (sweet rice cake).

Loved the Cold Breeze in Kapatagan Valley, Davao Del Sur

Path Going to Kublai's Agong House

Towards Kublai Millan’s Agong House

I never knew that there is another place in the Philippines aside from provinces in Northern Philippines which have colder temperatures compared to the humid Metro Manila until I have actually stepped foot on it. During the recent Davao Food Appreciation Tour, I was able to feel the cold breeze in Southern Philippines. It is located in Kapatagan Valley, Davao del Sur which is at the foot of Mount Apo which by the way is the highest mountain in the Philippines.

We visited Mount Apo Highland Resort, Kublai Millan’s Agong House and Mount Apo Civet Coffee Farm. Everything was breath-taking especially feeling the cold breeze through my skin. The place is a great for taking landscape photos.  Continue reading “Loved the Cold Breeze in Kapatagan Valley, Davao Del Sur”

Plastic Straw Weaver at Bencab Museum

Lady Weaving Plastic Straws

Benedicto Cabrera, or more popularly known as Bencab, is one of the Philippines’ National Artist for Visual Arts. When I was recently in Baguio, I did not miss the chance of not visiting his museum.

Aside from his own art works, there were also art works that were created by different Filipino artists. While roaming around the museum, I noticed the beautiful view of mountain ranges at the veranda. Another one that caught my attention was the lady seated on the floor at the veranda and weaving plastic straws. Continue reading “Plastic Straw Weaver at Bencab Museum”

Finally, Masskara Festival!

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The very first time I went to Bacolod, I already fell in love with the place. I liked the people, history and most especially their food! I promised to myself that I need to experience the Masskara Festival, one of the world’s best festivals. I am a Masskara virgin so I sought advice from a blogger friend Eric of Byahilo.com for some tips in watching the street dance.  Continue reading “Finally, Masskara Festival!”

Paraiso ni Juan – A Magnificent Grotto in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur

 

Paraiso ni Juan in Narvacan

 

While we were travelling to Sta. Maria, we passed by coastal area of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. Aside from its beautiful view, we can’t help but notice the grotto on top of a rock. This grotto is called Paraiso ni Juan, named after Captain Juan de Salcedo.  The captain’s fleet was shipwrecked in this area. Historians say that he named this place Narvacan because he thought that this was what the locals were saying to him while being rescued.  Apparently, the locals were only asking him “nalbakan” meaning “are you shipwrecked?”. Interesting story indeed on how Narvacan was named.  Continue reading “Paraiso ni Juan – A Magnificent Grotto in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur”

Lazy Afternoon in Calle Crisologo

Vendor Waiting for Buyers in Calle Crisologo

It’s very seldom that you enjoy a tourist spot with less people. I was just in Vigan last week, the storm has just passed in Ilocos (literally) and not much tourist in sight. I think we’re the only few who went there on vacation. This is when I appreciate a place when it’s not very much crowded.

Since there weren’t many tourists because of the water mitigation that was going on, there were much idle time for the souvenir sellers and calesa drivers in Calle Crisologo. Calle Crisologo is one of the most visited places in Vigan because of its cobbled streets and heritage houses. Most of them were already transformed into souvenir and antique shops. Continue reading “Lazy Afternoon in Calle Crisologo”

Miniature Effect Shots from the Top of the Taoist Temple in Cebu

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The Taoist Temple is one of the must places to visit when in Cebu City. I’ve been here in 2008  but wasn’t able to reach the temple at the top because it was already almost closing time. Nice opportunity to use the miniature effect of my Canon 1000 HS digital camera! I went there last March 2011 at around 1:00 or 2:00 pm and not much of tourists and visitors around. Perfect time to shoot! 😀  Continue reading “Miniature Effect Shots from the Top of the Taoist Temple in Cebu”

Airphil Express Offers Davao Extreme Adventure Package

Are you extreme enough to try white water rafting, para sailing and scuba diving? These are some of the things you can do with the packages that Airphil Express offers. For as low as PhP 7,009 (Manila to Davao v.v, minimum of 4 pax)  for 3 days and 2 nights, you and your friends / family can enjoy Davao in an extreme way! Airphil Express made me and other travel bloggers experience one of the packages, the Highland Adventure Package (White Water Rafting in Davao River and Zip Line in Zip City) 3 weeks ago and it was super awesome! The package includes accommodations in Microtel Hotel Davao (which was awesome!). Deadline of this promo is only until June 25, 2011 so go and buy! I’ve added some details below but you can look at the Airphil Express website to know the prices. This is one of the cheapest holidays you can get with a very comfortable hotel and an awesome white water rafting adventure!  Continue reading “Airphil Express Offers Davao Extreme Adventure Package”