CALATAGAN FLOATING HOUSE AND SANDBAR

Calatagan, Batangas – about 3.5 hours away from Manila sits one of my favorite places in Batangas! Beautiful sunset, gorgeous lighthouse, tree-lined highways, interesting snorkeling spots, and a SANDBAR. Yes, Calatagan has a lot of sandbars. But of course, them being sandbars, you need to know when is the right time to visit – because they disappear! Last November, we visited Calatagan for the holidays. And we rented this floating house for a day. Calatagan Floating House by Jessie Delos […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: PAMULAKLAKIN AETA FOREST TRAIL

Have you ever eaten vegetables, eggs, and rice from a bamboo? It is soooo good that it is now part of my toddler’s favorite memories. Really! Before I became a mom, I was only familiar with the JEST Camp in Subic. We tried it once and had a really fun time trekking while learning about the wonders of the forest from its locals, the Aeta community. We were taught how to make our own utensils and cup from bamboo, and […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: PALAYA NATURAL FARM

While doing our roadtrip in Tanay last December, we stumbled upon signs for Palaya Natural Farm. Being the impulsive couple that we are (when traveling), we followed the signs until our hunger betrayed us and we could no longer go on. I vowed go come back and so, we did! Reaching Palaya Natural Farm is an adventure in itself. While I messaged them on Facebook shortly after we came home from that roadtrip, it wasn’t until a few weeks later […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: TANAY, RIZAL WITH A TODDLER

We did a roadtrip from San Juan, Manila to Tanay, Rizal yesterday with our photographer friend Jamie Espadilla-Mapagu, and it took us a little over 2 hours to get there. We specifically went on a weekday because we were scared of the heavy traffic, especially because it’s December, but it turned out to be an easy drive! She originally wanted to do a Christmas-themed photoshoot because she’s really good with styling, but I invited her to just go out-of-town. I […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: BURROW CAFE (GORGEOUS CAFE WITH A STREAM FOR CHILDREN)

For this weekend, we decided to visit the newly-opened Burrow Cafe in Antipolo. It is an extension of the Instagram-famous Antipolo Beehouse which you can rent for shoots. My sister asked us if we wanted to visit, so off we went on a Saturday. Love the name BURROW CAFE, because it really is underground! You have to go through a series of steps (from the parking area) to reach the cafe. Not the best cafe for those having a hard […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: MOUNT PURRO (A PLAYGROUND HEAVEN IN ANTIPOLO)

I’ve first seen this when a friend of mine (Hi, Lacey!) was promoting it on her Facebook account. I think they were just starting then. It’s always been on the list, but I wasn’t sure just how kid-friendly it was. So anyway, one time, while we were planning the next #RIE session with P’s playmates, Teacher Tanya commented on how she enjoyed viewing our photos of our recent Baguio trip – where P went hiking, and then went on to […]

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