Most of us are usually keen to get to our destination without realizing it’s always the journey and the company that makes the trip worth it. I went on a quick rendezvous this past weekend to Montemar in Bataan with my college friends; my 2nd beach trip this March and this year. Despite the long drive (which I didn’t sleep through, mind you), I really had loads of fun. The vacation was actually too short, but I think Bataan is perfect for an overnight stay as you can just take a car, vroom along SCTEX and stop by Meat Plus in Subic or C Italian Restaurant in Clark for lunch and get there by early afternoon. Of course I had to steal some z’s for a quick hour before jumping into the pool and playing disc as the sun went down. On Saturday night, we sent out floating lanterns on the shore for Earth Hour. For a short vacation, we managed to do a lot.
My favorite part of the trip? Catching up with my friends, eating the strange food (Binagoongan with chocolate, anyone?) and singing songs under a tree with Jim.
We stayed at Bantayan Island which is a quarter of a day’s trip from Cebu City proper. You’d think that the only beach that the Philippines could brag about is Boracay Island, but there are waaaay more undiscovered beaches in our beautiful archipelago. We have 7,107 islands after all. In the afternoon when it’s low tide, you can skimboard and play frisbee on the wide shore, in the morning when it’s high tide, you can swim and snorkel without having to go very far.
It’s more fun in Cebu. It’s more fun in the Philippines!
Chinese New Year in the Philippines is colorful, chaotic and festive. This year, we went to Binondo to celebrate Chinese New Year and took a bunch of photos of the dragons and the street dancing. Of course we would never miss the awesome fried siopao and got ourselves tons of tikoy and hopia too!
I went to Baguio for Panagbenga Flower Festival last week. Oh hello cold weather!
This was my first time to go and attend the Panagbenga, and although the chaos might seem unappealing for some, I really enjoy it. The streets were packed, but the weather is cooler than Manila so the whole endeavor was way better than when we went to Binondo for Chinese New Year.
Jim and I have resolved to go to different Philippine festivals every year. Hopefully we can catch Sinulog in Cebu next year or Maskara Festival in Bacolod. That would be so awesome!
We stayed at Safari Lodge which was right across the Baguio Botanical Gardens. Although there weren’t that much flowers, being surrounded by tall pine trees and all sorts of greenery was a wonderful break from Manila. What I love about Baguio aside from the weather is the food, and of course the art. At Botanical Gardens, we came across a Baguio Arts Guild which showcased Cordillera tribe inspired paintings.
I would love to go back and visit Ben Cab Museum in Benguet again. Here is a Museum Sketch of Ben Cab’s work from that trip.