Zoomanity Group: It's Cool To Zoo

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Monday, September 29, 2014

A zoo isn't something I used to call cool. Or to go all Jerry Maguire-esque, "it's not even in the same vicinity as" cool. I've had three zoo encounters in my life - all based in Manila - and the indelible impression they all left was: desolate and cold cages with lonely animals, ballistic kids and scientific names I can not recall by the time I exit. Ice cold beer on cream shores, or hiking mountains with a toddler? Now THAT is cool.

Then Zoobic Safari happened.

In Review: Big Rock Farm Resort, Bulacan

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

There are trips that are best told with elaborate descriptions. Not this one.

Big Rock Farm Resort in farm-fringed San Rafael in Bulacan is as straightforward as it gets. Its name, derived from a Flintstones-inspired cave pool - one of five in its expanse - pays homage to two of its most prominent features: the two-acre farmland it sits on in Coral na Bato, and its huge, recreated rock formations.

Travel inspirations (and a giveaway!)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For him who has been bitten by the travel bug, the inspiration to go out and explore territories can spring from the most mundane: an old picture, a conversation , a song (Iceland became a bucketlist item foremostly because of Sigur Ros).

For me, the relentless passion for travel began as a kid, something that was passed on by my stepdad, who loved waking us up for unplanned pack-in-an-instant 3 am trips to various places in Luzon. 

As one of the oldest restaurants in the swanky Tomas Morato strip, Annabel's is a name that resonates with various AB circles - the young and hip, the old and classy. High-profile media events, along with over-morning-coffee talks among Manila's most affluent, have made their way in its al-fresco-like dining hall for nearly two decades. It boasts stellar online reviews and a steep price tag.

It is a name that from a first timer's perspective, glitters like gold. And what do you do when you want to strike gold? You dig in.

And dig, I did. It made a lasting P1,795 gash in my pocket for an "International Lunch Buffet" (quotation marks TOTALLY intended) - one discounted voucher from Deal Grocer (P795) and another at the regular price. Usually I stay away from anything above P200 in the menu, but hey, this could be gold!

Have Blog, Will Go: Blogapalooza 2014

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blogapalooza. Some do it to mingle with fellow bloggers, some to meet brands and businesses.

I consider it a social exercise. A could-be-overwhelming one. Not born magoo or overly interactive, I tend to go all nervous in huge gatherings - especially one that involves ultra-famous figures like, I don't know...Vince Golangco?

Whatever reason you have, Blogapalooza promises to be the Philippines' "biggest business-to-blogger event of the year". With tens of influential brands and over 500 blogger participants to date (and counting), I don't doubt that at all. 

On The Issue of Moms and Women Flying Solo

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Are you nuts?"
"It's dangerous for women to be traveling alone."
"Why are you not with your husband?"
"What you're doing is stupid."
"Why would you want to travel alone - and with a baby at that? 
"No right-minded person does what you do."

Just the two of us. Sisiman, Mariveles, Bataan.

These are the usual responses elicited by bystanders, restaurant servers, jeepney barkers, ticket booth operators - virtually people of all stripes - when Lia and I go out on Sundates. Often, some head shaking or nervous cackling follows, which is rather amusing. 

Unless those responses come from people close to me.