Category Archives: Things To Do

Boardgame Cafes: Snacks & Ladders, Ludo Boardgame Bar & Cafe, and Laruan Atbp Cafe

A relatively new development is giving us hope that mankind is not doomed to a world where people, even if sitting on the same table, are not talking to each other but are staring on their gadget screens. Ok, we may have stretched that too far. Too optimistic; we can’t really save mankind from doom. It’s more of the hope that kids will start enjoying games with actual physical interaction. No one knows what happens in the next generation, but at least there’s hope that we don’t grow couch potatoes. At least not too soon. We’re talking of boardgames, those games that don’t require electronics to run (the kind that the older generation used to enjoy). These boardgames are served, together with food, in cafes that have sprouted in the metro. Continue reading Boardgame Cafes: Snacks & Ladders, Ludo Boardgame Bar & Cafe, and Laruan Atbp Cafe

7 Reasons Why You Must Visit DreamPlay (City of Dreams Manila)

DreamPlay or Kidzania? That was the mind-boggling decision we had to make one sunny weekday. Based on what we’ve heard at that point in time, Kidzania is a nice place that allows kids to “work” as firemen, cashiers and the like, while DreamPlay is closer to a traditional amusement park. Each one has its own virtues, we know, but because we wanted something more physically challenging that day, we chose DreamPlay. While sitting at the restaurant section of DreamPlay, we thought of 7 reasons why we must come back here — the same reasons why you should visit DreamPlay. Continue reading 7 Reasons Why You Must Visit DreamPlay (City of Dreams Manila)

Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

Baler is in our travel bucket list for one simple reason — surfing and the good vibe that goes with this sport. We’re not surfers. We’re simply curious about the huge interest in Baler’s surfing scene. We’ve long resolved to cover Baler, almost eight years from the time we finally found the right time and the perfect reason — the perfect storm, if you will — to go there. It was a few days after a strong storm, Typhoon Lando, hit Baler. Here’s our trip itinerary and story (we’ve sandwiched the helpful information, tips and suggestions in the text of the article, just for fun). Continue reading Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

Canigao Island (Leyte): Hidden in Plain Sight

Life plays tricks on us. Always. Remember those times when you were looking for a pencil and it was right there, stuck on your ear, all those time? Or looking for the love of your life and she/he was by your side all those years? It’s along those lines that we’ve encountered an island close to the coast of Leyte — Canigao Island. Join us in exploring the reasons why Canigao is hidden in plain sight. Continue reading Canigao Island (Leyte): Hidden in Plain Sight

Let’s Support and Vote for Vigan (Philippines) as New7Wonders Cities

Support and vote for Vigan City. Tell others and “convince” them to vote for Vigan City. We need to spread the word and vote for Vigan City as the Philippines’ only entry in the New7Wonders Cities. It started with the Nomination Phase (more than 1200 nominees from more than 220 countries), followed by the Qualification Phase and the shortlisting to 28 official finalist candidates (although we’ve counted only up to 21). The Philippines was part of the New7Wonders of Nature with the Puerto Princesa Underground River. See below on how to vote for Vigan. Continue reading Let’s Support and Vote for Vigan (Philippines) as New7Wonders Cities

Full Moon Games: Our Top List

There’s a super moon in August, although we learned about this only after the huge full moon was supposed to dominate the night sky on August 10, 2014. Doesn’t really matter because the moon tonight is still enormous. Big enough to remind us of the favorite childhood games children play whenever the full moon was out. This one is for posterity’s sake (ok, for our generation, too, so we may reminisce and smile). Rule of thumb for a full moon game? It has to accommodate between 10 to 20 kids at any time; a game designed for 2 or 4 people won’t do. Here’s our list of fun full moon games: Continue reading Full Moon Games: Our Top List

Cliff Jumping Paradise: Ariel’s Point, Boracay (Video)

We love Boracay. Who doesn’t love Boracay? One or two souls maybe, but we absolutely love the world-famous island paradise called Boracay. From its hotels (let’s have less of those humongous hotels please), calamansi muffins, fruit shakes, pizza and other smokin‘ hot cuisine. It’s fine, white sand of course. And clear waters. We’ve seen the fire dancers and tried parasailing, and, mind you, we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of Boracay fun. We can also tell you at least 5 reasons why, despite all the downside that naturally comes with development, we still love Boracay. Heck, we’ve even survived its underwater-world and international mermaid school! What we haven’t tried, and what we seriously intend to do before our bones get too brittle with time (and milk-to-alcohol imbalance) is the cliff jumping in Ariel’s Point. Yes, Boracay, we’ll conquer your cliff jumping challenge. We’ll see if the 15-meter cliff jump is enough to challenge us (uhm, the 3-meter option is technically doing the jump, yes?). In the meantime, watch this video of the Ariel’s Point jump through the eyes of fellow travelers: Continue reading Cliff Jumping Paradise: Ariel’s Point, Boracay (Video)

Old School Fun at Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe

“Let’s visit Ludo Cafe,” read the text message from my husband. The fact that he sent the message during a workweek made it unusual; a blue moon is rather a common occurrence compared to the frequency he takes time off from work on a weekday. Maybe he badly wanted to take a break. Maybe there’s something really interesting in Ludo that he wanted to check out. I didn’t ask. All I knew is that he already made arrangements with his friend, Marcelo, a co-owner (and, he said, resident cool geek) of Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe. We survived our first visit of Ludo with the following notes. Continue reading Old School Fun at Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe

5 Reminders to Enjoy the Sandbox Adventure Park by Alviera (Porac, Pampanga)

Every kid enjoys the sandbox, literally a small box filled with sand. Imagine exploding the size of the sandbox and the vastly increasing the number of fun activities in it, and you have The Sandbox Adventure Park right in the middle of Alviera, out here in what used to be a quiet, lahar-stricken portion of Porac, Pampanga. Because we can’t resist the usual sneaky way of having fun with the intent of presenting our experience here in VisitPinas, we devoted one whole weekend day to explore The Sandbox. Continue reading 5 Reminders to Enjoy the Sandbox Adventure Park by Alviera (Porac, Pampanga)

Nature and Excitement at Dahilayan Eco Adventure Park (Bukidnon)

“Cagayan de Oro’s favorite destination.” This tagline appears in Dahilayan’s website, which we accessed when this article was posted. We’ve visited Dahilayan’s physical location before we’ve dropped by its website, and the experience (physical location before the website) is akin to watching a movie after reading the book (from which the movie is based). As the usual case, the movie hardly does justice to the book’s rich details and story. The website does not even come close to the beauty of Dahilayan Eco Adventure Park, which is a good thing. Allow us to tell you why. Continue reading Nature and Excitement at Dahilayan Eco Adventure Park (Bukidnon)