Outside Angkor: 10 Things to Do in Siem Reap Beyond Angkor Wat

Touring the Angkor archaeological park in one day is not enough. But we still had time to explore the town of Siem Reap despite the very limited time we had in the country. While on our way to Angkor Wat, I instantly liked the town because of its shady trees and its cute cafes, shops, and architecture. Here are my 10 things to do to enjoy Siem Reap outside of the famous historic temples. Continue reading “Outside Angkor: 10 Things to Do in Siem Reap Beyond Angkor Wat”

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One Day Guide at the Angkor Archaeological Park

The National Geographic images and texts did not bring justice to what I felt when I stood there, a mere dust in the constellation of things. As I was walking towards the Angkor Wat temple, despite the many people walking with me, I can hear the eerie silence, the sacred silence of centuries. One day was not enough, and I can walk around it every day, if only to find my inner peace. Continue reading “One Day Guide at the Angkor Archaeological Park”

Where to Stay in Bangkok: Orchid Hostel

During our first five days in Bangkok, I booked through Agoda a family room with Orchid Hostel near the Patpong Night Market (and the red light district) because it was the only hostel I saw that could fit four individuals in one room and that would fit our budget of less than P500 per person per night. We paid P248.16 per person per day or a total of P1,240.80 for five days. You can’t have everything for this price, of course. Read on for more. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Bangkok: Orchid Hostel”

Where to Stay: Pan Pan Saga Villa Hotel, Siem Reap

Pan Pan Saga Villa Hotel is a budget hotel that I booked through Agoda I had to cancel my previous booking with another hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The other hotel I booked was resort-type, complete with cottages and a swimming pool. Pan Pan paled in comparison, with no swimming pool, and not even a proper restaurant. But we only had one day in Siem Reap and only needed a good place to sleep and take bath. Pan Pan was able to give all of that to us, and an efficient tour of Siem Reap and the Angkor Archaeological complex. Continue reading “Where to Stay: Pan Pan Saga Villa Hotel, Siem Reap”

Where to Stay in Cebu: The Padgetts Place

On the occasion of my sister’s annual vacation from work, I was looking for a place our family of 7 adults and 1 child would stay where we would all sleep comfortably and be able to cook. My husband and I chanced upon The Padgett’s Place’s booth at the travel fair in Ayala Center mid-July, and thought the P3,850 per night is reasonable enough. Read on for my review on the condominium. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Cebu: The Padgetts Place”

Where to Stay in Bohol: 717 Cesar Place Hotel

Last July, our cousin booked for us a family room at 717 Cesars Place in Tagbilaran, Bohol. I was looking for a hotel that could accommodate four adults, 1 12-year old teenager, and 1 10-year old teenager, and my search in Agoda led me to Cesars Place. I think the hotel can be classified as mid-range, but it is relatively new and is still clean. Read on for my reviews, whether I recommend it, it’s pros and cons. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Bohol: 717 Cesar Place Hotel”

WEDDING 101: Bride Does Her Own Make-up

Leave the make-up part to the experts. Or, just get on with it. I got on with it and never regretted doing my make-up on my wedding day. The truth was, the make-up was not my major concern on my wedding day. The skin was. I’ve been battling with adult acne and I was focused on a sustainable regimen that would not cause my skin to breakout during my wedding day. I always believe great skin needs no make-up so if I have great skin on my wedding day I would not have to worry. Continue reading “WEDDING 101: Bride Does Her Own Make-up”

Guide to One Day in Dumaguete

Dumaguete is hip, cool, and laid back. The city’s boulevard is my favorite college professor’s favorite strolling place. To me, Dumaguete is not just the hip university city that it is, it is also an extension of Siquijor because my grandpa used to work here and we would come here to visit him when school was off. It is easy to explore the small city in a day and hop on to another destination after the sun sets. If you only have one day in Dumaguete, then read on for my recommendations. Continue reading “Guide to One Day in Dumaguete”

Guide to Visita Iglesia in Siquijor

This guide to a Visita Iglesia in Siquijor was something I wrote for Tripzilla before this year’s Holy Week. I patterned this after a recent visita iglesia I did with a guest who visited Siquijor for the first time. While Siquijor will not boast of centuries-old and magnificent churches, we do have our share of historic churches. The simplicity of the architecture of the churches in the island will give you an idea of what are the island’s mineral resources (lime stones), the role of the island in the grand scheme of Catholicism in the country (a vacation/retreat place for friars), and how the island fared with the rest of the country during the two World Wars and calamities (earthquakes and typhoons). The churches are not as magnificent as other churches in the country. The churches in Siquijor pale in comparison to the San Augustin Church in the Intramuros. But I would like to believe that all of us, no matter how small, grand, simple or magnificent, make a part of our beautiful country.

Hale Manna, Moalboal

I first heard of Hale Manna (which means “good energy” in Sanskrit) when our wedding singer got married there last year. We finally got to visit one weekend this summer to celebrate our parents-in-law’s 43rd wedding anniversary. The place did not disappoint, and I took back to the city with me only good energy. Continue reading “Hale Manna, Moalboal”