Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015: A Year of New Responsibilities

It's been almost three years since I left the corporate world and it's been a heck of a roller coaster ride.

In the span of almost three years, I went through months of doing completely nothing to going on last minute out of town escapades with The Memet. I joined bazaars and held garage sales, I even went around coordinating events for family and friends. Oh, and not to mention the handful of freelancing gigs that I did on the side.

This year, it seems like I'm going down a different path. It's nearly the end of the first quarter, and I think it's a good time to predict what I'll be doing for the rest of the year.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Hotel Quickly is Now in the Philippines!

Being the busy folks that we are, The Memet and I usually have a hard time planning some of our trips way in advance.

Back when I was working and The Memet had a different boss, we always had ample time to plan our trips and book our accommodations. We're looking at 3-6 months of advance planning here. But since I started working from home, The Memet's schedule has become more hectic and we don't usually have the luxury of time to prepare for our trips anymore.

Remember my birthday post from last year? I only found out that he had time for a quick out of town trip late that afternoon. Haha!

Well, something perfect just came up for folks who are perpetually in need of last minute hotel bookings - and I attended their press launch last week.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Baler | Gerry Shan's Eat-All-You-Can

Along Quezon St. in Baler's Barangay 2, The Memet and I found a small, unassuming restaurant. From the outside, it didn't look like much. But we were quite amazed at what we found when we set foot inside the place.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Baler | Dinner at Hungry Surfer

On our first night in Baler, The Memet and I went for a stroll on the boardwalk to check out what the "night life" was like in the area. The boardwalk was a bit dark and the area was mostly quiet, save for the sound of the crashing waves.

On our way back to Costa Pacifica, we noticed a brightly lit restaurant and decided to head in for dinner.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Baler's Beautiful Dicasalarin Cove

Look at that photo. Doesn't it look like the gateway to paradise?

Paradise. That was the first thing that I definitely thought when we set foot on Dicasalarin Cove. Want to read more about our experience? I'll tell you all about it after the jump. :)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Simply Shoes Just Opened its Fourth Branch at SM Center Angono

Yesterday (February 13, 2015), I drove to Angono, the Art Capital of Rizal, to witness Simply Shoes' Grand Opening at SM Center Angono.

An SM Retail affiliate, Simply Shoes is a one-stop shoe store that offers a wide assortment of footwear for men and women as well as children. They carry a lot of different brands that range from casual wear to even formal wear.

Want to take a peek at some of the brands and designs that SM Angono's Simply Shoes carries?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Baler "City Tour"

The Memet and I got up early (well, relatively early anyway) on our second day in Baler so that we could have breakfast before we embarked on our "City Tour".

We booked our tour at Costa Pacifica's front desk and paid P1,500 (approx. $35) for one whole day with a tour guide. We were told that the P1,500 fee was good for a maximum pax of 10, but it only included a tour guide's services for the entire day. There's a different charge if you'll rent a van. We used our SUV, so we only paid for the tour guide's services.

So, off we go. :)

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Costa Pacifica Baler | Casa de Bahia

The Memet and I like to celebrate our wedding anniversary by traveling to new places. So far, we've only been going to places within the Philippines, because there are just so many to visit! This year, we decided to go to Baler.

Booking a resort/hotel in Baler was a no-brainer for me. After a quick scroll through Agoda's Baler offerings, I immediately zeroed in on Costa Pacifica. Costa Pacifica is a fairly new hotel - it turned one (1) year old last August.

Seeing as we were on a somewhat tight budget (house construction is still ongoing - it's taking forever), I went for the cheapest room that they had. Through Agoda, I was able to book a two night stay for only P7,335 ($168), inclusive of breakfast.

Traveling to Baler felt like forever (I'll make a separate blog post for that), but it all paid off when we finally set foot on Costa Pacifica.

Their lobby was grand...

But the view from their reception area?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Lunch at Muvela's Place in Cainta

I've been wanting to try dining at Muvela's Place for quite some time now, so when The Memet's birthday came around, I grabbed the opportunity to drag my family there. Haha!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baguio 2014 - Day 2

Our 2nd day in Baguio was still pretty much the same in terms of traffic. But we were able to visit more places. Yey!


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