Oct 30, 2014

Ten Cents To Heaven in Tanay, Rizal


If there's a place near the metropolis that is comparable to Baguio and Tagaytay's mountainous backdrop and frigid weather, it would definitely be Rizal's underrated municipality of Tanay. 

Since our supposed Surigao trip was cancelled due to a series of unfortunate events, we've decided to just spend a weekend to one of the newest camps in Tanay, the Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp and Resort.

Ten Cents To Heaven Tanay

It was a sunny Sunday morning and I seemed a little groggy when we were on our way up to Tanay, Rizal. We're off to Ten Cents to Heaven (not literally heaven). But the way I was feeling --subconsciously awake but blank on the inside, like a zombie-- you might have me mistaken for someone who's ready to go to heaven any moment that time (that's a little exaggerated). But honestly, I wasn't feeling very well that day. I was exhausted, I just came from a long hour bus ride from the North and I wasn't really ready for another daunting long drive.

Ten Cents To Heaven Tanay

Although I was tired as hell, our road trip to Tanay was surprisingly short and relaxing. It was just an hour drive from Marikina City. Accompanied by an energetic (bumabawi) buddy and some laid back music, the trip to Ten Cents to Heaven was definitely worthwhile. We were rewarded by wonderful scenery along the way and were embraced by a naturally cool weather upon arrival.

ten cents to heaven tanay
Ten Cents To Heaven Tanay Rizal
ten cents to heaven tanay
ten cents to heaven tanay
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Ten Cents To Heaven Tanay Rizal
Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp
Ten Cents to Heaven Tanay

Tucked in the picturesque town of Tanay, Ten Cents to Heaven is a huge leisure camp cradled atop the mountains and verdant hills of Rizal. Offering a scenic view of the Sierra Madre mountain range and Laguna de Bay, Ten Cents is perfect for group activities as well as romantic escapes. It offers different recreational activities such as ziplining, wall climbing, swimming, hanging bridge crossing etc (perfect for team building). Just make sure to coordinate with them ahead of time as they seem to be a bit unorganized (maybe because it's off peak season). The people manning the resort were courteous but seem understaffed. They could have done better, service wise.

Nevertheless, I still love the place. Waking up with this kind of ambiance is without a doubt, a very relaxing experience, a pamper filled escape from the bustling city life. Though I find the Sierra Madre Hotel & Resort a lot better, (a place that serves the best breakfast in Tanay --just a few meters away from Ten Cents) I must say that Ten Cents is a good place for retreat and recreation.

Ten Cents to Heaven
Sitio Mayagay II, Cayambay
Tanay, Rizal
http://www.tencentstoheaven.com/

Aug 13, 2014

Vote Vigan for New7Wonders Cities of the World


Vigan New7Wonders Cities
photo by Parmisan0 via Wikimedia Commons

Vigan, well known for its preserved cobblestone streets and blended Philippine/Spanish architecture has been selected as one of the 21 finalists in the search for the New7Wonders Cities of the World.

Let's help make it as one of the new New7Wonders Cities by casting our votes.

Aug 5, 2014

Dancing Groot - Guardians of the Galaxy


Without a doubt, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most enjoyable movies Marvel has ever made. It is brimming with underrated but adorable characters. And my favorite would definitely be Groot! The innate kindness and sensitivity of this human-tree really captured my heart. Plus, the dancing baby Groot was a truly delightful thing to see.

How can anyone resist the adorable dancing Groot?

dancing groot

Aug 1, 2014

Retro Dining at Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe, Marikina



I am drawn to dining places with unique themes and interiors. Good thing there are lots of such places 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 restaurant, more popularly known as SKOW in Marikina.

It was a Saturday afternoon when we drove all the way to Marikina Heights for a late lunch. Together with my best buddy, 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 adorned 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 to 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.

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