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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Splendido Taal Country Club Side Trip Tour

Our plan to check out Splendido Taal Golf and Country Club on the first day didn't push through because it rained - it's virtually impossible for us to get there, merely commuting from Potter's Ridge Hotel, our home for 2 days. But we're happy to have been blessed with a fair weather, even a picturesque sunrise on day 2. Splendido here we come!

Splendido Taal Golf and Country Club landmark from highway

We're just both curious as to what's inside Splendido as the front desk at Potter's Ridge gave us a list of the many amenities the club has to offer, the list looks promising.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Staycation Tagaytay: Potter's Ridge Hotel

Potter's Ridge Hotel

Just last weekend, I had the chance to visit Tagaytay once again. This summer getaway favorite is just a quick 40 minute car ride from home in Laguna but it took me another 3 years to revisit. My previous travels to Tagaytay were most often scheduled for day trips. I was able to stay overnight in Tagaytay once, during college years. Wanting to experience that night's freezing embrace one more time, I decided to spend a quick staycation to celebrate my birthday with a fellow Taurus and lakwatsera buddy MC.

A staycation, as defined by www.urbandictionary.com is a vacation spent close to home.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Bicol Weekend Getaway

After surviving more than 12 hours on the road, we finally reached Legazpi, Albay. We're going to spend the next 2 nights at the house of my aunt's sister, Tita Med. Our main purpose for that weekend trip is to attend the wedding of a relative who found love in city known for the spicy Bicol Express.

I was ecstatic when we finally arrived at Tita Med's humble abode for their house has a very good spot to admire the beauty of the almost perfectly-coned Mt. Mayon from the city.

Mt. Mayon at night

Later that afternoon, we saw a short motorcade in time for the Magayon Festival. I can definitely feel the upbeat vibe of the city. And right after eating dinner, I set up my walking tripod at the front house to shoot my version of "Mt. Mayon at night" photo. My uber cool relatives were really supportive to show me around and decided to take me to Embarcadero.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Surviving the Road to Bicol


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More than 12 hours on the road - this has been by far, my longest road trip experience...

It's 11pm already when I received an sms stating that my uncle and his family is about to leave their house in Novaliches, Quezon city. I'm waiting for them from my house in Laguna, my backpack is already set for our 3 day stay. I'm excited for my first ever road trip to the Bicol region!

last taping - us at CWC in 2008

It was in 2008 when I had the chance to visit Naga for our last taping for our farewell episode in Star Magic Presents Astigs. It was memorable for it was my last field production work with ABS-CBN after deciding to leave the company and pursue into business and blogging. 

This 2012, the Bicol trip came as a surprise after my uncle invited me to go with them to Legazpi, Albay, aunt Lily's hometown for a relative's wedding plus hoping to have a side trip in a private island in Sorsogon. I was smiling from ear to ear when i heard the words "private island". Here's my chance to finally bury my feet in the shores known for sheltering the gentle giants this summer.
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