Boracay in 2018: has paradise been regained?

Boracay island has been consistently appearing in the lists of “World’s Most Beautiful Islands”, from CNN Traveler to Tripadvisor. And why not? From the powdery white sands of the 4 kilometer White Beach (one of the many beaches around the island) and waters so clear you can see the fish swimming around your feet even […]

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Hotel Limelight: Boracay Tropics Resort

Boracay Tropics Resort

One of the guidelines that the created Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force set for the island’s rehabilitation is that every tourist should have already booked a DOT Accredited hotel or resort to help regulate tourist arrivals in the island. As of posting, there are now 316 hotels and a total of 11,612 rooms available for booking. […]

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My Active, Cultural, and Gastronomic Experience in San Sebastian

I was already in the south of France for my nephew’s christening in Toulouse, so I decided to take the opportunity to get myself to the Atlantic Coast for much needed surf. I was deciding between Biarritz and Hossegor (where I went last year to watch a WSL Pro competition), but due to lack of […]

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Hotel Limelight: Okako Boutique Hotel

On my last day in San Sebastian, I decided to splurge a little and stay in a boutique hotel. Hostels are fun, but to be honest, nothing beats getting a room all to yourself and not having to sleep with clothes on or have to walk lightly to the bathroom in the middle of the […]

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Hotel Limelight: Pensión San Fermín

This was the last affordable hostel with a four-bed dorm and en suite bathroom that was available on the Booking site. Here are my thoughts about Pensión San Fermín. Location The hostel is located in the middle of Old Town and in one of the most active and noisiest streets of this part of the […]

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My 2018 Summer Playlist

Summer may be over in the northern hemisphere, but the southern hemisphere is getting ready for another summer and the Philippines will always be warm. Of course, what’s a good summer road or beach trip (or even a mountain or city adventure) without a  good soundtrack, so here is a list of songs I put […]

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Hotel Limelight: Ekho Lake House, Polonnaruwa

Resort name at the entrance of the building

Instead of staying in Sigiraya for the cultural part of our trip in Sri Lanka, I decided to stay in Polonnaruwa because that is where the ancient capital’s ruins are, plus the elephant parks are not too far (le hubby has never seen elephants out of a zoo). For its rooms, location, and facilities, it […]

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Chasing Elephants at Minneriya National Park

six elephants grazing in Minneriya National Park

Le hubby has not seen elephants outside of a zoo before so I wanted to make sure we could see these majestic creatures without having to support the places or establishments where elephants are chained and kept for tourists’ entertainment (I wasn’t so aware about this abuse on our first elephant encounter in Thailand in […]

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