All posts by Teenee

Teenee and the Giyahero love to travel and explore. They are not connected with any of the establishments and products featured in VisitPinas. This is where they join fellow Filipinos in exploring the Philippines and invite non-Filipinos to visit the country. Read more.

Cheesecake and Kapeng Barako at Bag of Beans (Tagaytay)

A bag of beans. This phrase doesn’t sound much. It may conjure memories of making addition and subtraction more visual in earlier learning, with the old-fashioned bag of beans as a tool. It may conjure other things to different folks. For me, it’s linked with cheesecake, kapeng barako and a relaxing place to consume the two. It’s found in Tagaytay. Continue reading Cheesecake and Kapeng Barako at Bag of Beans (Tagaytay)

The Mystery of the Movable Holidays in the Philippines

Maybe holidays are fixed in your country. So when you take a vacation, you know exactly the time frame and you know whether others would also be on vacation at that time (which is crucial for those who don’t want crowds in resorts, beaches or other vacation spots). We Filipinos use to have fixed holiday dates in the Philippines, but that changed a couple of years ago. Continue reading The Mystery of the Movable Holidays in the Philippines

Manny Pacquiao defeats David Diaz

The robe of Diaz has the initial DDD, which stands for the Dangerous David Diaz. However, he looked anything but dangerous in his WBC lightweight championship defense against the Philippines’ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. In this championship fight dubbed “Lethal Combination,” it was Pacquiao that clearly threw the lethal combinations. Continue reading Manny Pacquiao defeats David Diaz

Vacation Tip: Typhoons in the Philippines

A typhoon, somewhere else in the world, is also called a storm, cyclone or hurricane. No matter how it is called or how it is characterized, I’m confident that you don’t want a typhoon if you’re planning to go on a vacation to the Philippines. You don’t want canceled flights and delayed travel schedules because of the weather. However, regardless of your preference and as sure as the sun rises, typhoons pass through the Philippines. It’s just a matter of how many typhoons pass in a year and how strong each typhoon is. Yesterday, typhoon “Frank” (international code name, “Fengshen“) was in town (read more about it here or here; also Typhoon Watch 2009, 2010 and 2011). Continue reading Vacation Tip: Typhoons in the Philippines

Solidaridad: Faura’s Best Kept Secret

When I was just starting to work in the Manila area, I was culture shocked. I grew up in Quezon City and studied there all my life so I am used to its residential and more or less safe atmosphere. Also, having worked in Makati for four years, I was used to its towering buildings and clean sidewalks, and my idea of relaxation from work was having coffee at Starbucks and spending hours inside Powerbooks which was a good fifteen minute-walk from my previous office. So imagine my disgust when I realized that one of the things I had to get used to when I started working in Manila, aside from the pollution and the extreme difficulty of getting a cab, was the scarcity of a good bookstore in the area. Continue reading Solidaridad: Faura’s Best Kept Secret

Golden Prince Hotel (Cebu City)

A prince is stately and gold is one of the most expensive metals, as is. Putting the two together may conjure an image of something expensive and stately, but as they say, never judge a book by its cover, er, name?. The Golden Prince Hotel is not one of the more expensive hotel in Cebu City, although it’s also not the most grand like, say, Shangri-La Mactan. Continue reading Golden Prince Hotel (Cebu City)