Category: Philippines

It’s more fun in the Philippines. That is how the saying goes. And it’s true!
The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific. There are more than 7,000 islands.
Manila, the sprawling capital is famous for its traffic as much as waterfront promenade, Chinatown and it’s amazing food and shopping.

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Manila to Baler Philippines via SCTEX 6 hrs! Surfing Scene and Nightlife and Sabang Beach – Day One

Why is Baler, Aurora so amazing? Baler is known as the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines. The history can be traced back to Hollywood! In this video (part 1 of 2), I just get in and get settled into my first day in the Surfing Paradise.  How about some history on what made Baler the Surfing destination of the Philippines?  It all started in the 70’s when the shooting of Apocalypse Now partly took place in Baler. There was a scene where Colonel Kilgore (Portrayed by. Robert Duvall) tells his platoon “if I say it’s safe to surf this...


Ghost Boat washes up on Subic Bay, Ocean Pirates?

Amazing what washes up on any typical beach. But considering this is Subic Bay, I guess the unexpected can be even more expected. This is a very historic part of the Philippines that has seen many different military occupations. So when walking along the beach and coming across what seems to be and old shipwreck you begin to wonder. Was the history of the ship? Why was it here and what happen to the crew? Did they get eaten by a rogue whale? Did they survive? I guess we will never know. I did the research and asked around the...


How To Get From Angeles City to Subic Bay (SBMA)

This is an alternative plan for escape from Angeles City!  It’s very inexpensive to get from Angeles to Subic.  One of the most cost efficient and comfortable is to take the UV Express Shuttle.  This is a van that holds approx. 10 to 15 persons with air-condition comfort.  The vans will vary with quality and age dependent on the operator.  Just keep an eye for a decent looking van. The van that you are looking to board is going to Olongapo.  Let the driver know that you need to be let off at Harbor Point Mall – located just outside...

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Found this New Low Cost Boutique Hotel in Makati, Manila!

Sometimes when you travel, you wind up finding some of the best in unique Hotel stays by accident. This is exactly what happen on a routine walk from my hotel and hop inn.  It’s started as a typical wake up to get some joe at the Coffee Bean..  This morning, I decided to take a detour. I stumbled across a really great and inexpensive boutique style hotel in Makati, Philippines. I stumbled across Nano Nest Suites.  This is a brand-new boutique style hotel that’s all the rage right now in Makati. So I walk in and first thing I notice...

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Monkey Business in Subic Bay Philippines Protected Rainforest

It’s all about the Bunkers and Monkeys in Subic Bay When in Subic Bay Rainforest, keep in mind not to feed the monkeys.  In Filipino they are called Unggoy.  It has a cute sound to it.  Right?  They’ve been protected for ages and have no fear of people whatsoever.    I found out first hand, they are not quite as friendly as they would seem.  They have been known to grab cameras and food right from the hands of unsuspecting visitors.  It’s always been a dream of mine to see these cute little animals. First a little background on why I had initially...


Learn about Central Visayas (Negros Island) at the Trade Fair at Glorietta Ayala Malls, First Time Tubo and Piaya

I was planning this day to just have a pleasant “Mall” day shopping day at the Glorietta, part of the Ayala Mall complex. Instead, what I found was unexpectedly – Negros Island Trade Fair. Before I get a little more into the amazing find, there have been some changes in naming of this region of the Philippines. In August of 2017, virtue of President Duterte’s order (EO 183), the name of this region will revert to Central Visayas.  This won’t impact any of the traveling plans for viewing the amazing foods and sights.  So in other words, just keep in...


Spencer’s Gastropub, Best Western Plus Subic

The process of rebranding and creating a new look and menu for gastropub or restaurant is a difficult thing.  The competition for good food to go along with a spirited, fun atmosphere is paramount.  In this part of the Philippines (Zambales and Pampanga), food glory is the prize. With this in mind, it came to my surprise when I found the new Spencer’s Gastropub rebranding and new menu done well. Subic has a new Gastropub worth visiting Congratulations to Spencer’s Gastro Pub, Best Western Plus Subic for doing the seeming impossible and doing it well. This time I was pleasantly...


Pasig River Ferry Service station Hulo Makati City

Crossing the Pasig River from Makati City into Mandaluyong When traffic is a total mess in Makati what can you do?  What alternatives are there for crossing the Pasig river? Well there is an inexpensive answer for crossing the river, the alternative route going to the City of Mandaluyong, directly east of Manila, that is quick and easy. The Hulo Ferry Station to the rescue. How much does it cost?  The regular fare is php4 per person (less than 10 cents). That is a great deal in saving tons of money getting across the river quickly and inexpensive. Now that...

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The Good Shepherd Hostel Makati First Impressions

I never thought I would actually get my confidence enough to actually make the jump to staying in a Hostel. Most of my travel life has been bouncing around from 5 star hotels to the lowest imaginable dumps as low as 1 star! Needless to say, I was worried about my new decision to stay here at a Hostel.  One of the realities that I face was the realization that I’ll have to share a room with 8 other total strangers, other than family. Adding to the feeling was that the rooms are mixed gender.  We had couples and singles all sharing a smallish...

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Casa Nicarosa Hotel Residences Malate Manila Philippines

Casa Nicarosa Hotel & Residences, Malate, Manila, Philippines – The Good, Bad and downright confusing 3 nights stay Ok so rarely do I get a chance to stay in a hotel here in the dark side of Manila, Malate and have a good stay.  My stay at the Casa Nicarosa Hotel and Residences was one such good stay, but with a caveat. The question remains, is this hotel the hidden treasure in Manila? It is for sure a serene home nestled within a residential area in back and covered with the back of a mid-rise office structure.  What about the...