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Batangas Philippines

What Could Go Wrong With Tali, Batangas?

or You Suck at Looking for Vacation Houses It was a 4-day weekend and my dad and I have planned this family trip weeks ago. We wanted somewhere near, not too expensive; some place we can relax even if it rains. I think it was my dad’s assistant who did the googling. She suggested we […]

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Ilocos Philippines

I’ve Got Pot from Vigan

One of the things I was able to try for the first time in Vigan — making a pot! As part of our one-day tour around Vigan and Laoag, we went to GR Jars Pottery. One potter can make over 200 of these a day.

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Ilocos Philippines

Vigan and Laoag in a Day

A one day tour around Vigan and Laoag is like browsing through pages of a history book. Just to give you an idea of what’s there to see, I’d like to share some of the photos I took of buildings, museums and old things from our tour a week ago. Having stayed in Fort Ilocandia, […]

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Ilocos Philippines

That Pretty Street in Vigan — Calle Crisologo

My mom comes from an Ilocano clan, but for some reason I don’t remember ever going to Vigan when we were younger. I have often envied the pretty photos of its streets, buildings and calesas so it’s pretty exciting that I can now share my own. This is from Calle Crisologo — one of the […]

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Ilocos Philippines

The Best of Laoag: Fort Ilocandia

With much luck, I had the opportunity to visit what they say is the only 5-star resort hotel in the North of Luzon — Fort Ilocandia. It isn’t peak season this time of the year so there weren’t a lot of guests around the huge resort. And of all the guests we were with, perhaps […]

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Manila Philippines

Cartimar: The Divisoria for Pets

If Divisoria is for clothes and Dangwa is for flowers, Cartimar is the shopping complex for pets. Yes, pets! And you might have heard that this place is oftentimes raided for illegally selling endangered animals. Name them — monkeys, snakes, birds, spiders, turtles, all these wild creatures and more. It’s like a zoo, except you […]