When going far from Manila or flying out is out of the question, or when there are budget concerns to consider, or it’s just too darn boring to go to the mall I say, say hello to Laguna! I found it funny when a TripAdvisor reviewer found this resort ‘sleazy-looking’ on the outside, but was … More Hello, Laguna! 88 Hotspring Resort
Because the heat took a lot more getting used to, in spite of best efforts, we felt that a hotel check-in was our best option for traffic-everywhere-fully-booked-everywhere Holy Week. I decided to focus our attention to the south, assuming that Makati’s finest hotels are already filled to the brim. We were 3 adults and a … More #embracingthesouth: Bellevue
Cebu. My only beef with you is you tend to send me home 10 lbs heavier. You’re impossible. View this post on Instagram First things first #whenincebu #ricos #cebulechon A post shared by Holaina Tan (@holainatan) on Jan 2, 2017 at 9:02pm PST On a trip last month to Cebu, I got to try Rico’s … More Cebu Foodtrip: Conching’s and Rico’s
Before falling for the Cozy Baguio Stay for 3 in a Deluxe Suite with Breakfast headline, there was Laiya’s Idyllic Seaside Escape with Full Board Meals for 2. I’m a happy Deal Grocer customer. The Laiya deal was for my kid’s first encounter with the sea. She super loved her first swimming experience in a swimming pool, … More Dinos and horses: Day 2 in Baguio!
(Updated) It was a random Deal Grocer purchase that I thought would last until when we could really use it, but too bad, I only had until June 15. So my family, including my friend who just came home from a trip abroad, and my hungover brother, piled into our Mazda CX5 for an overnight trip to the Philippines’ summer … More Dinos and horses: Day 1 in Baguio!
(Updated) Antipolo, Rizal. It’s one of those places that have the look and feel of an out-of-town destination but offers enough proximity to the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. We’ve visited two interesting places here on two separate Sundays. The first was when we attended a lunch reception for the christening of our friend’s daughter, and the … More Art appreciation in Antipolo!
One of Akira’s favorite stories is The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone. This story enjoyed a good rotation in our household, where she requested to have this story read for several days. It was no surprise that on one Saturday, when we told her we were going to a museum, she got very excited … More Hello, Museo Pambata!
Well, just the afternoon if we’re going to be accurate. And not just any kind of farm, which makes this a great discovery and warrants more future visits and recommendations to friends. My mom made her birthday all about Akira by whisking us off to Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna. Upon arrival, the first … More A day in the farm!
We are the kind of family that likes to take their vacations in a relaxed, unhurried manner. It was something we consciously decided on beginning with our first out-of-the-country trip as a family for Akira’s 1st birthday. We were travelling with seniors (J’s parents) and a baby. We agreed that if most people could fit … More The secret to a Tan-tastic vacation
Couldn’t help the title. Hehe. If there’s one great thing about hanging out with my kid all the time is that when you ask her point blank if she wants to go on an adventure, the answer is a big loud, “yes! Let’s go!” Finally! Somebody who knows how to ride the wave of spontaneity! With … More Just bee-cause