Taipei, Taiwan, July 2016 – Here is a rewind from over a year ago, when Filipinos still needed a visa to go to Taiwan. As of September this year, we can already visit visa-free, as you may know, which makes it a bit easier to go these days.
I followed Paula in Taipei and we went around after her business-related shenanigans. Amidst the humidity, we roamed the city in front of a phone camera. The word “vlogging” makes me cringe a little bit and makes me feel pretentious, but I think that’s what this is called. I discovered that I am very awkward at this despite being much of an extrovert, and Paula, who is usually an introvert, is quite a natural! Well I’ll be damned. Continue reading “VIDEO: Taipei, Taiwan Vlogging with Paula”
Chamonix, France – What I enjoyed most about Switzerland is being just half a tourist. Since I was staying at Rica’s home, I can take my time and change plans with no pressure. I was thinking of exploring the Swiss alps which they said was one of most gorgeous places in that part of the world. But Rica instead planned a drive to Chamonix, France, which is just down the corner from Vevey. Continue reading “Chamonix, France: Road Trip from Switzerland”
Bern, Switzerland, October 3, 2016 – Euro Trip Day 2
There are way too many beautiful places to go in Switzerland that choosing which ones to visit throughout my stay was a tough job. I read about the city of Bern. The historic old town became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983. The internet loves it, and I was ecstatic of my choice. Continue reading “Bern, Switzerland: Road Trip to the Gorgeous Old Town”
Vevey, Switzerland, October 2, 2016 – Euro Trip Day 1
It was the beginning of a 3-week trip around Europe, and I flew in alone to Geneva on the first leg. Vevey was about an hour away from the international airport, and I opted to take the train.
It was plain dark outside the window the whole way, so there wasn’t really much to see. So when I woke up the next day, I was pleasantly surprised with the view outside my room’s window. Lovely houses I only see in movies, the fog and the mountains beyond. Continue reading “Vevey, Switzerland: First Day in Europe”
Mt. Pico De Loro – Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas
Ever since I’ve discovered the art of video-making in October, I’ve been putting one up on my Vimeo every month. This is my new year’s entry. I plan to grow in the craft more throughout the year. Which means I need to go on more adventures (wink).
Is it nice in Mt. Pinatubo?
A lot of people ask me this question. Well here’s my short answer: I’ve been there thrice. Mostly to accompany cousins from abroad. I hope that answers it.
I recommend it mainly because it’s beautiful, but also because it fits the adventure and nature categories without much of the pain (i.e. it’s not as hard as other hikes and climbs).
In this video, I trekked with some eight relatives and friends on a private tour. You can check our itinerary at Travels with Pau and Raya.
The series of stories from my visit last 2012 can also be found here:
My birthday ideas for this year revolved around Airbnb listings. Seriously – a boat in Hong Kong, an island in the Philippines… There are a hundred extraordinary places to experience if you look around there. But finally, I thought, I wanted to spend some time with the family. And so I settled for something simpler.
Anvaya Cove is located in Morong, Bataan, and is about a 4-hour drive from Manila. It is a member-only resort, possibly the nicest one around that area. It is not my first time there actually, but I had a couple of qualifications for this particular trip:
- A couple of hours drive from the city
- Homey, comfortable and clean
- By the beach, because I already live on the mountain
- Spacious enough to fit the family
- Not too costly
So this is what I found: A 2-BR unit at Anvaya Cove’s Sea Breeze condominium.
And how did that go? Check out the video above!
TIP: For this trip, I had a hefty P2,500 discount available to Smart subscribers as part of an ongoing partnership. This promo is still ongoing so you can still avail of it for your 2016 trips! Here are the details for Smart and Sun.
Posts from my 2012 trip to Anvaya Cove: