Category Archives: Places to Go

Swimming through the tunnel at Twin Lagoon (Coron, Palawan)

Twin Lagoon of Coron, Palawan

Memories have a funny way of affecting the present, we all know, which is why we’ve waited for the rainy season to write about our summer trip to Palawan. Any dour rainy season spirit would be uplifted by memories of the flickering rays of sunlight that playfully glide across the emerald green waters of the Twin Lagoon in Coron, Palawan. We could have written this post last summer, right after we’ve visited the beautiful Palawan, primarily Coron, but chose to wait for the last quarter of the year, the tail end of the rainy season. Continue reading

Majestic Giraffe at Calauit Safari Park, Palawan

Calauit Safari Park (Busuanga, Palawan)

We’re here in Calauit Island…looking for the most dangerous animal…the giraffe!” You have to read that line, or, better still, say it out loud, in your best imitation of the Australian “Crocodile Hunter”, Steve Irwin, in the same manner that our nephew blurted those words, from out of the blue and fresh from deep slumber, as soon as he stepped on Calauit Safari Park. Continue reading

Casa Vyzantina (front) and Casa San Miguel (back) at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan

Trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bataan)

Some people love new things. Others love the old. People go to places usually based their preference. Imagine a place that is relatively new, and currently being expanded, that features something really old. At Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bataan), you’ll find old Philippine houses painstakingly relocated and preserved, or rebuilt and reconstructed. Continue reading

View of Islands at Kayangan Lake (Coron Island, Palawan)

Nature’s Best at Kayangan Lake (Coron Island, Palawan)

Life is never fair, a theme we all find everywhere we look in life. When it comes to natural beauty of a place, for instance, the Higher Being must have played favorites when it showered abundant beauty on this chain of islands we call Palawan, found at the western part of the Philippines, the last frontier facing West Philippine Sea. Even if we pick a random island, one just a [giant's] throw from Coron, we’ll find nature’s beauty that we all ought to see and [wait, there's more] experience — where the Kayangan Lake is found. Continue reading

Creepy Crawlers section at Museo Pambata

Revisiting Museo Pambata (Manila City)

The world is confusing, no doubt about it. Sometimes we want places to stay the same. Other times we want something new in the places that we visit again. The first time we visited Museo Pambata, the kids had fun. A couple of visits to this kid-friendly establishment in Manila City, it stayed the same. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised to see new additions when we revisited the Museong Pambata over the long holy week weekend. Continue reading

Flying Fiesta at Enchanted Kingdom

Ranking the Rides of Enchanted Kingdom

It’s good to discover that the best theme park in the Philippines, Enchanted Kingdom, added new rides since the last time we went here. We also discovered that a visit to Enchanted Kingdom is more fun, at least for us, when done late in the afternoon, around 4:00 p.m., when the sun is about to set. The cooler weather makes it more fun and less energy draining. The park (located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna) closes at 9:00 p.m. so there’s enough time to go around. Continue reading

Swimming pool at Palm Beach Resort, Batangas

Palm Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas)

The drive is long. The road from Manila to San Juan, Batangas, through the SLEX and Star Tollway, may be smooth, thankfully, but it’s still a long drive. And it’s not surprising to doubt if, at the final stretch through that quiet cemetery, the narrow and unpaved road leads anywhere good. But there it waits, that oasis of serenity called Palm Beach Resort. Continue reading

Relaxing beach front at Bohol Beach Club

Sea and Sand at the Bohol Beach Club

There’s a reason, or “reasons” to be precise, why the Philippines is considered a destination to watch in 2013 by a reputable international travel magazine, Conde Nast, which noted that “the Philippines has around 7,000 of the most heavenly islands in the world.” One of those islands is Panglao Island, a stone’s throw from, and an administrative adjunct of, the province of Bohol. Continue reading

Dinosaurs Island at Clark Land, Clark, Pampanga

Dinosaurs Island in Clark, Pampanga

Name three dinosaurs that you know. Quick! Let me guess — you named some of the common dinosaurs: T.Rex, Triceratops and the Velociraptor. These dinosaurs have been popularized by that amazing 1993 movie, Jurassic Park. Imagine these dinosaurs (and more) are moving, roaring at the top of their lungs, and you can interact with them, face to face, in an enclosed location that resembles Jurassic Park? If that’s a tad difficult to imagine, then better visit the Dinosaurs Island. Continue reading