How to travel stress-free Baguio-Manila on The Road Less Traveled

In my most recent trip to Baguio to visit my parents, there were a lot of travelers because it was a three-day weekend (Nov 30 weekend). On our way down, I was not enjoying the drive at all after Marcos Highway and around 30 minutes after. There were just too many vehicles on the road. Everybody was trying to overtake each other. It was chaotic!

The Road Less Traveled

On The Road Less Traveled – Edwin Ka Edong and his masked friend.

And then we took the turn that put us on The Road Less Traveled! (TRLT). This is a route that bypasses so much traffic in Urdaneta and Tarlac.

And we were on good deserted roads the rest of the way until Continue reading How to travel stress-free Baguio-Manila on The Road Less Traveled

Puto, Ice Candy, Awesome Sunset and other weekend adventures

I spent my weekend with Rezza and my family in Baguio. We shared meals together, shared stories, had meals together and … had more meals together! ;-)

We travelled to Pangasinan last Saturday. To my parents’ hometowns – Lingayen where my father grew up and Dagupan where my mom grew up. Here’s a roundup of some of our adventures.

Pangasinan = Pang-asin-an (place of salt)

In Lingayen, we visited my Lola Ching is around 83 y.o. (?) and she’s been bed ridden for a couple of years now. She still interacts with us. She barely recognizes us. And when we visit her, she just knows that she’s in the presence of loved ones. She tells us some stories in a voice that’s difficult to understand. I’m happy that she has Belen, her care giver and Belen’s family who takes good care of Lola Ching.

Your puto is yours. My puto is mine.

We dropped by for some Lingayen puto. It’s funny because the puto of Lingayen is cooked like bibingka – some coal below and some coal on top of the puto.

You know this conversation we sometimes have with our friends saying: “Hindi yan puto, ganito kasi ang puto.” or “Hindi naman yan kalamay, eh. Ang tunay na kalamay, ganito.”

I realized many years ago that there is no sense in insisting on one definition of any word. Because the meaning of a word depends on the person’s experience of it. If Pedro describes puto as white and creamy shaped like a sombrero – that’s his puto. If I describe puto as round and white with coconut strips – that’s my puto. ;-)

Lingayen Puto - My kind of Puto

Lingayen Puto – My kind of Puto

Lingayen Puto - cooked like Bibingka

Lingayen Puto – cooked like Bibingka

Continue reading Puto, Ice Candy, Awesome Sunset and other weekend adventures

Where to, More Fun in the Philippines Meme?

It’s been 5 days since the launch of the new Philippine tourism campaign, “It’s more fun in the Philippines“.

It’s been very exciting for me seeing the developments in the campaign. I especially like how so many of Filipinos have taken the campaign to heart and into their own hands. We’re seeing hundreds of user-generated campaign photos coming out. And there’ll be more.

Fetching Water. More fun in the Philippines - Leisure Coast, Dagupan, Pangasinan

Fetching Water. More fun in the Philippines - Leisure Coast, Dagupan, Pangasinan

Let me pause a bit and make a little sense of where we could bring this campaign.

I enjoy seeing the various creations online. Most of us who created Fun Philippines photos are in a very steep learning curve. Maybe the photos and the lines aren’t perfect — oh, that’s all part of the fun.

But as we progress through the learning curve, we better do better and better. All in the right time. (Napag-sabihan kasi ako ng “Chill”).

Let me make two lists. First: How to improve our “It’s more fun in the Philippines” photos. Second: What to do with them next.

How to improve our “It’s more fun in the Philippines” photos.  Continue reading Where to, More Fun in the Philippines Meme?

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Hitch hiking! More fun in the Philippines! Location: Coron, Palawan

It’s more fun in the Philippines!

Here’s my contribution to the campaign www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com .

Need a light? More fun in the Philippines! Location - Batanes light house

Need a light? More fun in the Philippines! Location - Batanes light house

Double dates. More fun in the Philippines! Location - Batanes

Double dates. More fun in the Philippines! Location - Batanes

Cheer dancing! More fun in the Philippines! Location - Batanes

Cheer dancing! More fun in the Philippines! Location - Batanes

Anti-gravity. More fun in the Philippines! Location - Marlboro Country, Batanes

Anti-gravity. More fun in the Philippines! Location - Marlboro Country, Batanes

Reflections. More fun in the Philippines!  Location: Coron, Palawan

Reflections. More fun in the Philippines! Location: Coron, Palawan

Hitch hiking! More fun in the Philippines! Location: Coron, Palawan

Hitch hiking! More fun in the Philippines! Location: Coron, Palawan

Face-offs. More fun in the Philippines! -  Panagbengga, Baguio City

Face-offs. More fun in the Philippines! - Panagbengga, Baguio City

Water Bending More fun in the Philippines - Batanes

Water Bending More fun in the Philippines - Batanes

Fetching Water. More fun in the Philippines - Leisure Coast, Dagupan, Pangasinan

Fetching Water. More fun in the Philippines - Leisure Coast, Dagupan, Pangasinan

In the meantime, will dream up some more …. more fun in the Philippines.

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Blogger Invitation: Paradizoo power of three

Hi Blogger Friends,

Sharing an invitation to fellow-bloggers. Let me know if you’re interested, I can help you join the event as part of the bloggers contingent.

Warmest Greetings!

We are pleased to introduce “Paradizoo” the newest destination South of Manila and an affiliate of Residence Inn hotel and mini zoo in Tagaytay City.

Paradizoo  is a 10 hectare rolling terrain located at Mendez (15 mins. away from Residence Inn) with farm animals and breeding area, pet cemetery, rest & recreation area honey bee, vegetable and flower farm, picnic and campsite. It offers a unique farm experience that is relaxing and enjoyable in a Tagaytay-like climate with a variety of educational, outdoor and group outing programs for nature, flowers and animal lovers.

In line with this, you are cordially invited to Paradizoo “Power of Three” on March 12, 2011, 9am-5pm at Paradizoo Theme Farm located at Km. 63 Brgy. Panungyan, Mendez, Cavite . (See below invitation)

The following activity will be highlighted on that date: Continue reading Blogger Invitation: Paradizoo power of three

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Salcedo and Legaspi Weekend Markets

There’s a lot happening in the weekend markets of Salcedo Village and Legaspi Village in Makati. So many food stalls that you don’t find in your regular mall, a lot of Filipino food as well as international cuisine. The aroma of spices, flowers, oils, inihaw is wonderful as you walk through the market under the shade of some acacia trees.

Salcedo weekend market happens on Saturdays from 7am to around 2pm (come early to catch the full experience).
Legaspi market is open on Sundays from around 7am to 2pm as well.

Here are some video tours of the weekend markets at Makati.

Salcedo Park Weekend Market:

Salcedo Community Market

Salcedo Community Market

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Panagbenga na! Baguio Flower Festival Tips and Photos 2009

Update (2 March 2009):  It was an awesome show at the Panagbenga Baguio Flower Festival! Ganda! Sharing my photos here. If you have photos too, send a comment and I’ll link to you.

Panagbenga Baguio Flower Festival photos 2009!

Panagbenga Flower Festival - Young Warrior

Panagbenga Flower Festival - Young Warrior

Flower Festival Photos - Baloon Man brings color to the air

Flower Festival Photos - Baloon Man brings color to the air

Panagbenga Flower Festival Street Dancing Winners (Open category): Guests from Pangasinan

Panagbenga Flower Festival Street Dancing Winners (Open category): Guests from Pangasinan

Spread the cheer! Smiling for the Flower Festival

Spread the cheer! Smiling for the Flower Festival

Panagbenga Baguio Flower Festival photos 2009! >>

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