Friday, June 5, 2015


Capping off my summer 2015; and another check off my bucket list, is a day well-spent swimming with the gentle giants.

From the meek town of Oslob, comes the vast playground of whale sharks. For years, the town was just merely a stopover and a passing route going to Sumilon Island or the Tumalog Falls. It has only  been in the late years when it became a whale-shark tourism site.

Whalesharks (also known as “TUKI”), has been captivating hearts of local and foreign tourists in the place. They have been in the area, playing and swimming around without harming a single spec of humans. I find them really cute despite their enormous size.

Going there, it will take you a minimum of three hours from Cebu City, depending on the traffic and the mode of transportation that you use. I suggest you leave the city very early as the whale shark’s visibility is best early in the morning between 6AM-9AM. Also, the whale-shark interaction is only held until 12:30PM. You don’t want to rush your encounter with the main attraction so again, come a little early unless you’ll stay overnight and catch them the next day.

Being my first time to swim with the gentle giants, I must admit that I REALLY got scared at our first encounter. Sure I know how to swim, but the time I saw the baby whale shark, I think I forgot how to even breathe. Haha! The baby whale seemed as big as a typical sedan car and the mother whale was as big as a bus! (I’m not even kidding). But as gentle as they are, they were the most harmless giants I’ve come so close with; and with a few more dives, I’ve got to enjoy the whole encounter. It was one of the best 30 minutes of my life and sure it was a wonderful experience I’ve got to try all in all.

Now if you’re heading to Oslob as well, here are a few tips that you might want to consider before your Tuki encounter:

  • ·         Pack light. Especially on your boat ride going the whale shark spot. The boat is not as spacious as you might think and it’s just relatively enough for your snorkel gears and a small bag.

  • ·         Wear your life jacket if you don’t know how to swim. Also, you can borrow them for free, so if anyone asks you for a renting fee, you can ignore them by all means.

  • ·         Bring your own mask/ snorkel gears for hygienic purposes. But you can also swim without the said gears.

  • ·         DON’T wear sunblocks as they are considered poisonous to the whale sharks. Further explanation about this warning will be given at the Briefing Area.

  • ·         Bring extra cash. And don’t forget to give tips for the divers that will accompany you. (OPTIONAL)


 There you have it- my whale-shark experience. 
Can’t wait for your encounter with them too! 
Don’t forget to take loads of photos and enjoy, alright?


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Katy Fever: Prismatic World Tour 2015; Philippine Stop

Approximately 30,000 people came to the Philippine Arena to catch Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour- Philippine leg last May 7, 2015.

Despite the horrific traffic brought about by the concert, Katy Perry rocked the country at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. It was a great time for music, dancing, sparkly things and colorful concert outfits. It was also filled with notable personalities from the country.

“We want everybody to feel uplifted at our show,” Katy said. “We’re gonna show up every single time because we said so. They’ll have to take me on a stretcher before I quit.”

 Coming from Katy Perry, one will automatically love her, or even more if you’re already a big fan. It was a real statement showcasing how she is so professional and hard-working when it comes to dealing with her audience and performing as best as she could. She wanted people to get the idea that they are getting their money’s worth, and based on her performance, there’s no doubt she did.

Opening the show with ‘Roar’, Katy Perry filled the arena with fantastic vibes, extravagant set and braced through the night with songs from her Prism album: Part of Me; a remix of Wide Awake; Dark Horse; Walking On Air; The One That Got Away and a mash-up of This Is How We Do.

Another notable breaker was when a very lucky guy from the audience got the surprise of his life when Katy asked him to join her onstage to teach her Tagalog. She even asked for a selfie, drawing yells and screams of desire from everybody else in the Arena.

After a few more dance hits, Katy sang all the way back to her top hits from previous albums: I Kissed A Girl; Hot ‘N Cold; Last Friday Night; and a medley of Teenage Dream and California Gurls. She ended the night with “Fireworks’’ complete with a rainbow-themed setup making it definitely a night to remember.

Must admit, still on a Katy fever high. Hopefully I can watch her perform again when she gets back here.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Summer Sweetness at Sugar Beach

 From the humble coast of Sipalay City, lies the truly beautiful shore of Sugar Beach. I never thought there was even more from the last time I visited Sipalay. It was really just a glimpse I had back then. Now, basking in its beauty and soaking the sun, sand and the sea all over, I've actually found another perfect beach spot. Sure there's a lot more beaches to explore, but trust me on this one- It's actually worth visiting.

     Traveling from 6100, it will only take you approximately 3-4 hrs. depending on your driving speed and/or the traffic. So I suggest you leave early so you won't get stuck in the congested road and end up reaching Sipalay in more than 5 hrs. AND, when I say early, that's around 4-5AM-early. ;)

And although it's a long travel time, reaching the destination won't disappoint you. From the point of stop in Sipalay, you will then take a boat ride to the island-Sugar Beach. And from Sugar Beach, the possibilities of a perfect and peaceful getaway are endless.

    Sugar Beach is like a mini-Boracay sans the malls and a rather uncontrollable crowd. But they have a long strip of cottage inns/hotels complete with cafes and bars. If you're lucky, some inns offer a package deal where you can enjoy snorkeling, island-hopping and diving. 

     The island is really peaceful and for me, it's really an ideal beach destination for you if you're the type who goes to the beach to really enjoy the sun on your skin; the clear water drenching your body; and just relaxing your toes to the powder-like sand without worrying for annoying humans trying to sell you lotions, drinks, souvenirs, henna or hair braids, like every five minutes. 

But seriously speaking though, it's a go-to spot perfect for those random beach cravings that you have. Plus, it's really budget-friendly. Sounds really perfect right? :)

      Discovering this island is like finding a precious gem. Luckily, it's for all of us to see. So, if you're up for a random beach trip and your thoughts are focused on this beach, then I guess you're on the right track. 

Hoping to get back here real soon. --And I'll see you there, yes? ;)


Thursday, April 2, 2015

SUMMER STATE OF MIND: A day at Urban Sands


 On my latest and short trip to the City of Love, I've managed to incorporate a quick dip at the Urban Sands. I've always wanted to visit this relatively mini resort as it's just a couple of minutes away from where I live. Gotta love the idea that it's a quick summer getaway without even leaving the city. 

Pool Day Essentials

Soaking it all in

 Although it's a small place, you can actually enjoy a whole lot of privacy. They have rooms where you can check-in; a cafe where you can just have snacks on random days; or you can just walk-in like us and have a little cottage/hut enough to lounge around and a table where you can put your things.

Guess this little paradise is perfect for days when you just want to relax but you don't have the luxury of traveling to really far destinations. It's fun for a summer-starter if you ask me. :)

Heading to Urban Sands anytime soon? Here's a list of pointers.

  • Urban Sands is located at San Pedro St, Molo, Iloilo City
  • Swimming Fees:  (Day Rate) Adult: 250Php; Children: 200Php /// (Night Rate) +50Php to day rate
  • Swimming is free for Registered hotel guests and two of their children only.
  • They have a barbeque grill available at the pool area upon request.
  • BUT- outside food and drinks are not allowed. Corkage fees apply.
Hope it'll help you through and don't forget to enjoy your mini-vacay! ;)


Monday, March 23, 2015

Tom N Tom's Coffee, BCD

"Life begins after coffee."

Palpitations aside, guess I've found another go-to coffee place. Located at the 26th Lacson Street in Bacolod is Tom N Tom's Coffee Shop.

Knowing that their branch in Bacolod is the flagship store in the Philippines--makes me feel so lucky and happy. (That means, it's just a drive away!)

Cute spot at Tom N Tom's

 Tom N Tom's Coffee Shop is a very spacious cafe. I think it can accommodate around 200-250 people all at the same time. Surely you can have your me-time in one corner; smoke and lounge with your buddy at the smoking area; or have your circle of friends gathered at another spot. It's like a mini coffee city if you ask me. ;)

Iced Cafe Latte and Iced Cafe Mocha

Being an international brand, specifically a Korean franchise, the price of their drinks pretty much resembles that of SB's. Drinks also comes in sizes: Tall, Grande and Venti. Different merchandise are also sold inside the shop, just across the main counter. You can choose from cute mugs, to beans, and even coffee grinders! Coffee shopping is really fun after all.

They also serve a couple of pastries and their famous pretzels in various flavors, sizes and dips. What's more--they make them right in front of you! Now that's a treat after another, right?  ;) 

Honey Butter Bread and Green Tea Tomnccino

Overall, I love the place as much as I love coffee. For the taste of their coffee, it has a different and unique blend--another one to try if you haven't yet. It's definitely worth-it! OR- just give it a try because I'm a little biased when it comes to my lattes (I prefer mine with just the right coffee kick and the lightest blend of milk).

Now if you're heading to Tom N Tom's Coffee anytime soon, just make sure to come early to have a convenient parking space just beside the shop. It usually gets crowded in the small street adjacent and in some cases, you'll have to walk a short distance to a much spacious parking area. 

Enjoy your coffee and let me know how your visit went. :)


Sunday, March 15, 2015


"Eat whatever you want, and if anyone tries to lecture you about your weight, eat them too."

On my latest food hunt and discovery, I've come to Allo'Allo Bistro, where my continental cravings met quality taste. Being a self-proclaimed foodie, I've always believed that when good food meets good service, it's always a winning combination.--And on my fair share of not-so-good combinations, I think I've finally found another one of my fave restaus. :)

Here are some of the dishes I've tried out.

 [Cream sauce with parmesan cheese and bacon]

[Rich brownie served with ice cream]

[Coated pan fried chicken breast in butter with onions, white wine and parsley]

[Pan fried pork chop with mustard sauce and cream]

From what I've been told, they only serve fresh food every day.  Thus, if you're not yet pleased with that note though, I personally experienced the fine-dining service treatment they did even when I only had a cup of coffee. So if you get what I mean right now, then I guess it's time for you to check them out, too!  Trust me, your money is worth it. and--you're welcome by the way! ;)  ;)


Allo'Allo Bistro is located at the 3rd Floor of the Hi Strip 4 Building, Circumferential Rd.
Open Daily from 10AM-11PM

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ni Hao, Macau!

Travel is the only thing we buy that makes us richer.

I have always been fascinated of traveling out of the country since: I'm a big fan of exploring different cultures; meeting new sets of people;  getting lost and seizing the little 'foreign freedom' it brings.

During our long weekend trip to the Las Vegas of the East, Macau, exploring the region had always been a surprise after another plus a whole lot of fun. Even though we only got to explore a relatively small part of Macau, I guess we've pretty much incorporated the ideal destinations one should visit.

AND --though we didn't win much in the casino, the experience was already victorious.*virtual wink*


Ruins of St. Paul Church
At the Venetian

 Everything in Macau is just so 'instagrammable'; And trust me, hotel-hopping has never been so much fun! :)
At the Fisherman's Wharf

Not getting a tour package has its perks after all. We got the 'foreign-freedom', I previously mentioned, and a strong sense of 'wander-lust' if you ask me. Merely knowing some of the basic information of Macau will have you rolling and enjoying every bit of the place. The locals are anyway just a question-away and don't forget  Mr. Google Map's always there for you.

Sure the trip was tiring, but it was super fun --And to be honest, every pataca spent was worth all the adventure. (I'm even planning to go back and ace the casino craze, maybe? lol )

Alright, so if you're heading to Macau any time soon, just don't forget to wear the comfiest footwear; take heaps of photos and have lots and lots of fun! xxx

Much love,