Weight of Words

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Much of my recent life, I have walked two paths: that as a word weaver, and that as a mother. In both paths, words are invaluable. They lay the foundation for everything that glues my life together: mortgage and bills, household must-have's, broadband service, Sundates with my daughter, my soul. 

Words are my bread and butter. Each comes with a certain weight, so I curate them carefully, ensuring that nothing unnecessary slips out of sight. Unfortunately, that rule suddenly disappears when I switch on to mom mode.

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.