Indulge in the Charm of Negros Oriental

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths,
rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
– John D Rockefeller

While our trip to Negros Occidental is mostly of historical and cultural experience, a journey further down South of the island to Negros Oriental is an exquisite date with nature.

Masskara Festival 2009 & Tour of Negros Occidental

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
-Mark Twain

Exploring new places and being with someone who dare to go through unexpected adventures are priceless inspiration I will treasure for the rest of my life. This land, air and sea trip have set a great challenge to our pockets and we were in constant time battle, but it made us appreciate the best of what life can offer.

6 Days Adventure in the Visayan Region

Just got back from our Negros & Cebu Island Adventure. Discovering more of our heritage, meeting a lot of friendly faces, exploring off-the beaten path and unspoiled Philippine nature left us inspired and proud to live in this land.

Let me share our 6 days itinerary in the Islands of Negros & Cebu. This isn’t for the faint of heart though, as it requires mostly an adventure by foot, public transport, and a confined time to cover everything. But rest assured, a pleasurable experience to backpackers like us.

On Board Costa Europa Cruise Ship

There’s no thrill in easy sailing
when the skies are clear and blue,
there’s no joy in merely doing things which any one can do.
But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take,
when you reach a destination that you never thought you’d make.

Best things in life are free and as you stumble on some, grab and savor the moment like you’ll never have it again. An experience  I’ll never forget happened on the eve of Christmas in 2007.

I had my best Christmas present when our friend invited me for a tour at the fancy cruise ship.

Buon Giorno!

Celebrating Eid at Dubai Desert Safari

An exciting holiday getaway with friends during the Eid Celebration in December 2007. A stay in Dubai is not complete without a thrilling ride in a 4-wheel-drive off to Dubai Desert Safari.

Our haggling skill and charms worked with different local travel agencies to succeed in getting the best deal for the group. Finally, when everyone confirmed and settled, we arranged the trip with Jaas Tourism. They charged us with the lowest fee of AED 110 per person. The package included a pick-up from our meeting point with two  Toyota Land Cruiser, dune bashing, camel ride, buffet dinner at the camp, belly dancing, henna tattoo and a promise of fun and adventure of a lifetime.

Gotcha! Paintball in Alpadi Field

While cleaning my files, I chanced upon our 2006 Teambuilding photos in Antipolo. ’twas one of my many unforgettable moments with Accenture colleagues.

We had the perfect plan for a weekend adventure that even heavy rain wasn’t able to put our high spirits down. A getaway to energized our soul, tickle our stressed out mind, fill our body with heavenly feast, plot a revenge and get even with our boss and coworkers. rawr.

Tagaytay Haven

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times,
always with the same person
– Mignon Mclaughlin

Back in November 2008, my first morning in the arms of Manila after a two-years stint in Dubai and a short rejuvenating trip in Singapore, my then fiance fetch me early to give me a tour at our wedding venue. I admit I wasn’t the typical bride who picked our wedding location after I’ve been there, and in truth, I haven’t even step foot on our church and reception site until a month before the big day.  I just knew how everyone is raving about it for a destination wedding and the photos seemed inviting… the rest was history.

Traipsing Through The Lion City

My Solo Journey in Singapore was invigorating yet exhausting. It is bound to be more exciting though as Minnie and Christine arrived on the 3rd day.

Going Solo in Singapore

I must learn to love the fool in me,
the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances,
wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates,
hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.
– Theodore Isaac Rubin

Finally, a break from work and a reward I’ll truly cherish. Dubai had tainted my soul with so much stress and so its time to unwind and pull myself together before our big day.

My itinerary includes shopping, shopping, shopping… oh, there’s more… uhm… shopping?

Dream Haven: Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa

The first one that comes to mind when you ask me about my dream destination is Santorini in Greece, which is in close competition with Maldives. I just love how these two places are so distant from stress and civilization. Traveling from the other end of the world isn’t easy though and will require tedious planning and a lot of cash.

So, what I discovered recently got me really excited. I found out a new haven, just inside the country. No, its not Sonya’s Garden but can you keep a secret?

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