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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MANILA FOR KIDS: BAMBIKE TOURS

My nieces living in California came for a visit, and we thought it was the perfect opportunity for our little family to finally try out one of the most famous tours in Intramuros, the Bambike Tours! Bambike Tours is a biking tour around Intramuros, and it ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 hours! Because we weren’t sure how our toddler would behave (we don’t normally bike around the city), we just chose the fastest option: one and a half hours of […]

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MANILA FOR KIDS: PHILIPPINE AIRFORCE AEROSPACE MUSEUM AND AIRCRAFT PARK

My son loves helicopters. I believe it’s because he’s exposed to it almost everyday. We live near the City Hall where there’s a helipad, and almost everyday, we would hear a helicopter flying in and out. One time, he told me: “Mama, I want to ride a helicopter.” I remember about this air museum near the airport that I found out about way before I got married, but the thing is — I have never visited it. I finally had […]

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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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WHERE TO DONATE YOUR BOOKS (OR FIND SOME TREASURES YOURSELF) IN METRO MANILA

Are you curating your books and want to share the ones you no longer need with others? Whether you have used or new books, here are some places within Metro Manila where your books might end up as treasure for others, or where you might find treasures yourself. photo from The Bookstop Project’s Facebook page BOOKSTOP MANILA According to their Facebook page, “The Book Stop is a pop-up library that encourages reading and a passion for books and promotes the […]

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TODDLER ACTIVITIES IN NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL 3 (NAIA 3)

We were at Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 (International terminal) last week and arrived too early for our flight, so we had the luxury to go around the airport to checkout how to kill time best with our 22-month-old. There are restaurants (both before and after the immigration area) and souvenir shops (for interesting language objects) as well as a bookstore (in case you want to buy a book for the flight – although nothing much for toddlers, really). There […]

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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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HIKING WITH A TODDLER

Whenever people ask me what parenting books I recommend, I send them the link of my list. But, I always tell my friends that if they can, I feel nothing beats reading Maria Montessori herself. You can start with all the books with practical suggestions and applications, but I feel that for me, the only way I can truly grasp her philosophy is by actually reading her work. When she explains something (that’s very simple but not something my common […]

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