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The Jewel of the South, Pearl Farm Beach Resort (Samal Island, Davao): Photo of the Day

“Have you seen a better view?,” asks Pearl Farm Beach Resort (check its Instagram account, @pearlfarmofficial, for more photos). Dangerous question, sir. To be perfectly honest, yes, we have seen better views — Palawan, Batanes, Caramoan, Panglao, to name a few. But the Pearl Farm can definitely hold its own among the best. We love the Pearl Farm Beach Resort, also called Jewel of the South, in Samal Island, Davao. There are reasons why the Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a two-time recipient of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) accreditation as a Class A Resort, which speaks volumes about this resort (also a two-time recipient of the Resort of the Year from Kalakbay Awards). Those reasons include its relaxing serenity and how the gorgeous infrastructure tastefully blends with the natural beauty of the place. Yes, we will go back at the Pearl Farm, and, yes, when we’re lounging in that infinity pool, we will definitely revisit the same question: have we seen a better view? Click the photo to enlarge.
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Bird’s-Eye View of Huma Island Resort & Spa: Photo of the Day

We recently came across something new (for us, at least, in the context of social media) — a service company that invites visitors to “discover the Philippine Islands, like never before,” with the unique option of flying their “seaplanes, landplanes and helicopters to your next adventure.” What we love about it, is that this entity, Air Juan, has an instagram account, complete with awesome photos (check its Instagram acount, @airjuan.philippines, for more photos) to showcase the beauty of the Philippines from the less usual perspective. Sure, Palawan is beautiful. Yes, the Huma Island Resort & Spa in Busuanga, Palawan, is absolutely gorgeous. But looking at the bird’s-eye view of Huma Island, as in this photo courtesy of Air Juan, is an entirely different matter. So if you’ve recently tried  Air Juan, share your photo with us so we can, in turn, share it with the world. As we always say, visit the Philippines, tell the world what’s beautiful about ‘Pinas. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Bird’s-Eye View of Huma Island Resort & Spa: Photo of the Day

Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay

Misibis Bay, found in the island of Cagraray, is not exactly near Manila. Neither is the choice of this beach destination totally free of safety concerns, at least in the last few weeks, with Daragang Mayon’s most recent rumblings. This resort paradise, after all, basks in the shadow of the world’s most perfect cone volcano, Mt. Mayon, spewing lava in the past days, prompting the local government to evacuate residents in the volcano’s permanent danger zone. Of course, we very well know that travel does not come without risks — after seriously considering the cards dealt on us, we came to a doubt-free conclusion that Misibis Bay must be explored and, with the decision to make the trip more adventurous with a long drive, it turned out to be an experience of Misibis Bay by day and night. Continue reading Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay

Photo of the Day: Perth Paradise Resort

We usually indicate the location in the title of our posts, but we’re making an exception for this post because we’re going to play a game. All you have to do is take a look at the photo (courtesy of jepoyme; click the photo to enlarge), then tell us the locality where the shot is most probably taken. Game? Ok, your guess? Hundred Islands in Pangasinan? Same guess we made. And we were wrong (the white swimming pool led us to think that it’s a cross between the Hundred Islands and Bellaroca). This is a photo at the Perth Paradise Resort located in Sipalay, Negros Occidental. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Perth Paradise Resort

Relax at Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin

Each resort has a particular characteristic that appeals to guests in general. Some resorts have it all, so to speak, from inhouse store outlets to numerous restaurants, like in Boracay Regency. Some resorts are huge. Some resorts are moderately-sized with sufficient cottages, like the Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin, but still give you more value for your vacation money. In the subsequent story and the photos below, we’ll endeavor to tell you why. Continue reading Relax at Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin

Sunset at Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

We’ve seen flamingos, with their long, slender legs sticking out high above the water. In the Philippine setting, because we haven’t seen flamingos in this side of the equator, we’ve seen herons, their long, slender legs similarly sticking out ricefield paddies, their white bodies reflected by the calm waters. Replace the heron, or the pink flamingos, with white cottages that glow orange-red with the glorious sunset, and you have the Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort. Continue reading Sunset at Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

Luxurious Refuge at Crimson Resort and Spa (Mactan, Cebu)

It’s amazing how a lot of resorts and destinations in Mactan Island — conveniently located just beside, and connected by two bridges from, the main island of Cebu — are hidden from plain sight. We won’t be surprised if a lot of our readers, even those living in Mactan and Cebu, haven’t heard of Crimson Resort & Spa. We certainly didn’t know Crimson Resort existed, not until Doc Aldrin brought us there. Navigating the narrow roads of Mactan made us realize why Crimson Resort should be labeled a hidden paradise. Continue reading Luxurious Refuge at Crimson Resort and Spa (Mactan, Cebu)

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 Trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bataan)

The Beautiful Life at Bellarocca (Marinduque)

The Bellarocca is a resort full of contrasts. “Bella” is Italian (or Greek?) for beautiful, “rocca” is rock. This small, green island off the edge of Marinduque (Philippines) is home to white-walled architecture inspired by Santorini (Greece). The white structures beautifully float from the green foliage and the azure sea, framed by the blue sky. Continue reading The Beautiful Life at Bellarocca (Marinduque)

Trails to Antarctica, Penguin Exhibit and Snow Village, Manila Ocean Park

Time flies so fast (and structures deteriorate a little slower, attractions become boring quite sooner). We can’t believe that it had been more than 3 years ago since we’ve last visited the Manila Ocean Park. This travel blog was just starting and we were using the good old point-and-shoot camera. There were a few attractions at the Manila Ocean Park. No penguins. No ice village. Continue reading Trails to Antarctica, Penguin Exhibit and Snow Village, Manila Ocean Park