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 … Continue reading Boracay in 2018: has paradise been regained?

six elephants grazing in Minneriya National Park

Chasing Elephants at 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 … Continue reading Chasing Elephants at Minneriya National Park

Visiting Sigiraya: The Formidable Lion’s Rock

Our one day trip in Sigiraya continued with a climb to another rock; the rock we watched from our climb in the other mountain rock - Pidurangala (no seriously, they are both just rocks). This time, we made our way to Sigiraya's Lion Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The entire fortress are ruins of … Continue reading Visiting Sigiraya: The Formidable Lion’s Rock

Visiting Sigiraya: Climbing Pidurangala Rock

I've always wanted to visit Sri Lanka for its history and culture. The island's history dates back to the 3rd Century BC and written history was made as early as 4th Century CE by Buddhist nuns. Le hubby has never visited Buddhist sites, so it was imperative that we would visit one of the ancient … Continue reading Visiting Sigiraya: Climbing Pidurangala Rock

Biarritz Photo Diary

Two other Basque cities I had the chance to see were Biarritz and Bayonne. We came to Biarritz to surf (of course) and Bayonne to eat (of course). Bayonne looks interesting for a cultural trip but it seemed like Biarritz has its own fair share of history and culture, too (mostly because it was a … Continue reading Biarritz Photo Diary

Saint Jean de Luz Photo Diary

One of the things I did during one of the Roxy and Quiksilver Pro lay days was going with Harriet's family on a quick trip to Saint Jean de Luz, a town south of France and near Spain (we also made a quick stop to Spain, mostly to look at surfboard outlet stores) to eat … Continue reading Saint Jean de Luz Photo Diary

Experience: Lunch at Sofitel Manila

To celebrate Father's Day and the last few days in Manila, we decided to have lunch at Sofitel Manila. While this place is famous for its buffet spread, my family has always found that we do not eat as much in buffets. So, we had ala carte servings instead at Le Bar. Since this place is … Continue reading Experience: Lunch at Sofitel Manila

A Mövenpick Mactan Experience

We celebrated my Dad's 57th birthday at the Mövenpick Hotel in Mactan Island. The resort was selling rooms for discounted prices for locals and it was the perfect opportunity to be able to experience this Swiss-owned resort and hotel chain which was previously under the Hilton chain. Location The resort-hotel is located in Punta Engaño … Continue reading A Mövenpick Mactan Experience