Aug 1, 2014

Retro Dining at Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe, Marikina

I am a sucker for dining places with unique themes and interiors. Good thing that there are lots of such restaurants in Marikina. One of which is the '80s themed Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe.

You read it right, 'Some Kind of Wonderful' is the name of the cafe, more popularly known as SKOW in Marikina.

It was a Sunday afternoon when we drove all the way to Marikina Heights for a late lunch. Together with my best buddy, Olan, we've decided to try out some of the food offered in this hole-in-the-wall place in Marikina.

Some Kind of Wonderful Marikina

As we entered a seemingly residential area of the becoming popular streets of Lilac and Rainbow in SSS Village, Marikina, we've finally chanced upon the quaint diner --- painted in pastel colors, and adored with vintage decors.

Jul 25, 2014

3 Quirky Food Finds in the Streets of Baguio

Perhaps it's the invigorating scenery or the frigid mountain breeze that makes the usual food seem to taste delicious in the streets of Baguio.

Aside from the popular pasalubongs like ube jam, peanut brittle and lengua de gato, a trip to Baguio would not be complete without trying out some of its delectable and eye candy food items.

I've listed 3 quirky food finds I've tried during our recent trip in Baguio.

1. Sundot Kulangot

Sundot Kulangot, Baguio

Its dirty sounding name might turn you off but it is actually a "must-eat" in Baguio. Sundot kulangot is the small version of kalamay, a sticky sweet delicacy made from glutinous rice. The sticky kalamay is covered with miniature coconut shells - which are so small that you need to use your finger to prick or dig the kalamay out, thus the name sundot kulangot.

Jul 23, 2014

Microtel by Wyndham, Baguio - Home Away from Home

Microtel Baguio

It was 5:30 in the morning when we arrived at the Victory terminal in Baguio. We departed Manila at 11:55 pm. The 6-hour bus ride was a breeze and we arrived in Baguio earlier than expected. Our original plan was to roam around the city upon arrival to maximize our 2-day vacation. However, we couldn't bare the frigid weather because at that very moment, the sun hasn't risen yet. It was freezing cold and we were tired so we've decided to take a rest first. I inquired at Microtel just beside the terminal if we could check - in early and I was impressed by how they welcomed us graciously. Now that's what you call excellent customer service.

I originally booked for an overnight stay at Microtel Baguio. Since it was too early, I was expecting for an additional charge for our early check - in, but the receptionist was very accommodating to let us in as early as 5:30 am with no additional charge. The original room I've booked wasn't available yet, good thing they still had a vacant one (same type of room) at the other floor so we got it right away. Rest of the story was happy ever after (we slept for more than 3 hours and went on a whole day tour and food trip after that).

Apr 10, 2014

Rediscovering Bohol after the Big Quake - Bohol Countryside Tour

Five months after the 7-magnitude earthquake in Visayas, Bohol tourism is finally on its way to recovery.

We recently visited Bohol and I was happy to see that most of the tourism spots of the province are still up and beautiful. Though some of the century-old churches were ruined, they are now being rehabilitated and I'm hoping that in a few months or years time they will be fully restored.

Here's a photo diary of our recent trip to one of my best vacation destination on Earth, Bohol.

The Tarsier Conservation Area

Our first stop for the countryside tour was the Tarsier Conservation Area. Tarsiers in the conservation area were fortunately unharmed. They say that the tarsiers sensed the quake coming so they already know what to do and where to hide.

Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area
one of the tarsiers in the conservation area

Mar 14, 2014

Mt Tapyas, Coron, Palawan

Coron is best known for its great lakes, dive spots and beautiful beaches. But aside from that, it boasts one major land attraction, Mt. Tapyas. Mt. Tapyas is the second highest mountain in Coron. It is 210 meters above sea level, just 14 meters higher than Mt. Manalmon in Bulacan.

Mt Tapyas, Coron Palawan

Last year, typhoon Yolanda devastated some of the tourist attractions in the country. One of which was the beautiful Coron Island and the most visibly damaged was Mount Tapyas.

We visited Mt Tapyas recently and I can say that Coron tourism is now back in business. There are still some visible signs of damage but the trail to Mt Tapyas has been repaired. Unfortunately, the giant cross is no longer there.
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