It was the mango shake’s fault.
Or shall I say It was, the restaurant’s fault, Cafe Leona.
You don’t have any idea how excited we were when we ordered the mango shake at Café Leona. Since we decided to have lunch first at the restaurant before exploring Vigan, that drink was a must, considering the scorching heat outside.
The service at the restaurant was painfully slow. We got our orders after countless minutes, or after lifetime if I may say it in exaggeration. We’ve kept our cool. We were there to travel and not to get stressed.
When one of my friends, reminded the waiter about the mango shake, he said, “ay may order poba kayong mango shake? (Oh, did you order mango shake?)
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It was the last day of our Ilocos Norte trip.
That morning we were heading to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos , Ilocos Norte. Our guide, Alchie, told us that Kapurpurawan comes from the Ilocano word “puraw” which means “white.” This rock formation he added is a popular destination in the province because of its unbelievable color and form.
While inside the van, we managed to joke around. Calling one of our friends, Mavie, as kapurpurawan, obviously because she has the fairest complexion.
Then another one said, well, let’s see how white Kapurpurawan is.
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I planned this trip to be extra special.
I know my girlfriend is stressed with work so I really intended our next vacation to be just relaxing and enjoyable. That’s why when she told me she wanted to go to Puerto Galera, I opted not to visit the party crazy and congested part of this tourist spot, which is the “White Beach.”
I decided to bring her to the calm and relaxing side of Puerto Galera, the Muelle Area particularly at the Varadero Bay.
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Reading is a way for me to de-stress.
I read books, publications and of course, I am an avid follower of really amazing bloggers. One of my favorites is Sab, a travel blogger from Germany who decided to quit her job to fulfil her dreams of exploring the world.
Her story is quite inspiring, and what I like about her the most (very subjective me) is her love for the Philippines.
One night I checked her blog, and was happy to see she has a new post. And it has a profound title, Smokey Mountain: A Walk Through The Slums Of Manila, Philippines.
I knew this place well.
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Whenever travelers want to explore and backpack Southeast Asia, they’re most probably referring to Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam-Laos route. This is the most traveled path in the region.
One of the main reasons is accessibility, from Thailand you can easily visit the neighboring countries by bus, maximizing the “Asian” experience.
And since Philippines is located on the other side of the plate, some travelers omit it in their itinerary.
Well, those who dared to explore the less traveled path, have expressed enormous joy for the whole experience.
If you want some proof? Check out the blogs of some of world’s most popular travel bloggers like Kulas, Nathan, Sab and Alexandra who have learned to embrace and love the Philippines.
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The Manila City Hall is one of the most iconic structures in Manila. Built in 1939, this building has not just withstood the test of time but has also become witness of the city’s vibrant history.
Today, there are a lot of people in the area. No wonder, because a huge mall is just located at the back of the building. Beside it is a university, and between the school and this building is a park where students group together to relax and chit-chat. This is also a place for others to grab a bite as food stalls and kiosks are lined up.
After so many years, I’ve found myself sitting at the park again. I’ve never expected that I would enjoy being in a place like this. It was nostalgic. I remember when I was a kid, my parents used to bring me and my brother to Luneta Park, the most popular spot in Manila which is also situated near the City Hall.
I just finished a meeting with a client near the place when I decided to take my lunch at the park’s food stalls. I work as an Account Manager for an international shipping company, visiting customers is a big part of my job.
At that time my car was busted so I took a cab going to my client’s office. I admit, the inconvenience aggravated my mood.
I felt lost.I was experiencing a deep sense of unhappiness. I was looking for meaning.
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