I Want to See the Spoliarium!

 

ImageWe are planning to go the National Museum on Sunday because I want to see the Spoliarium, the “Mona Lisa” of the Philippines.  It is a painting done by Juan Luna that won awards in Barcelona, Spain.  It is, according to Wikipedia, ‘the Philippines most  prized painting.”

How dare I call myself a Filipino and not go and see a national pride and treasure! And what kind of mother am I if I do not encourage my kids to see this?

The above screen shot is of the 360 view of the Spoliarium.  While it is very beautiful (but difficult on the eye), there is no substitute for the real thing.

 

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Cebu Pacific’s Independence Day Seat Sale

Cebu Pacific's Independence Day Seat Sale

To celebrate the Philippine’s 116th year of independence, Cebu Pacific is offering a P1.16 to all domestic and international flights, for travels on October 2014-March 2015. Do you have a destination in mind, or a place you haven’t been to? Buy your ticket now! Me, I can’t, hahaha. I have 2 tickets for this year and next already.

Choco Dough Duo Chilly Burger

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Yesterday, after a heavy lunch at Brasas in Podium, we went searching for coffee or dessert. Dessert won of course, and everybody went straight to Sebastian’s Ice Cream. It was my first time, so I did not know what to expect. Everybody started ordering and when I looked at the menu, I was curious about the Chilly burgers. My friend pointed at it on the chiller, and I got the Choco Dough Duo. On the first bite, I was in heaven! I took a picture first, and then after I was quiet. My friend asked what is the problem and I said, this ice cream deserve my full attention! It was yummy! Good thing Podium is farther from my office than Robinsons Galleria so I won’t be tempted to have this for dessert everyday!

What a yummy discovery!  Sebastian’s is located at the 4th floor in Podium, near the escalators.

My Top 10 Places in the Philippines

I have been to several places in the Philippines and if asked about my Top 10, my list would be, in reverse order:

  1. Batangas (aside from it being my hometown, I love the mountains and the beaches!)
  2. Mt. Pinatubo (who would have thought that something so destructive could be so beautiful as well!)
  3. Ilocos Norte (my husband’s hometown, I was surprised that this was such a beautiful place!)
  4. Cagayan De Oro (too many places to visit and to many things to do!)
  5. Davao (great food, great place, great people!)
  6. Cebu (a city of rich history!)
  7. Bohol ( a delight for Catholics with its many churches, hopefully they can be restored!)
  8. Boracay (white sand, great sunset, great party!)
  9. Mt. Pulag, Benguet (Playground of the Gods!)
  10. Coron, Palawan ( if there is one place in the Philippines that you have to visit, for me, this is it!)
Kayangan Lake

Swimming at Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan

 

I Can’t Get Enough of Palawan!

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We have been to Puerto Princesa, Palawan for two times already, first as a couple and then as as family just last year.  But when a seat sale came up last year and I asked my husband where he wanted to go this year, he said Palawan! I guess he read my mind because this time, we are going to El Nido.  We have been to Coron already so El Nido is the next destination.  This is for the end of next month and I am excited already. I will start planning as soon as I get busy with work. Yep, I do my itineraries when I am busy because it calms and inspire me, hahaha!

 

Mt. Pulag

You come for this

This beauty shown in the picture above (not me, the sea of clouds!) is the reason why you will climb Mt. Pulag, the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines at 2,922 meters above sea level. Don’t worry, you wont be climbing that height because you are already in Benguet.  You will only climb maybe 7 kilometers or so. But is it hard? For me, it was.  And I even hired a porter for my 9-kilo bag. I am not at my fittest, but still this is not my first mountain (but the highest, of course). So, how do you go about climbing Mt. Pulag? Continue reading

Dinah Was Here

Family Travels

The family that travels together…

I love to travel. I was bitten by the bug in 2007 and has been traveling on a shoestring budget ever since. Before that, I have only been to Batangas, my hometown and some places in Laguna, Rizal, Cavite and Bulacan. They were not even travels and more like out of town swimming trips with the family.  The farthest that I have been before that was in Ilocos, my husband’s hometown, when we went home for a wake. And that was not a leisure trip. Then I turned 30 and as they say, the rest was history. Continue reading