Ponderosa at our leisure

Ponderosa at our leisure

Ponderosa Leisure Farms in Silang, Cavite is a gated community. To enter, one has to either own a property there – or know somebody who does. Every time we come home to the Philippines, we visit Ponderosa. It’s almost like part of the pilgrimage back to...
Feeling the Sea Wind

Feeling the Sea Wind

We stayed at an old hotel called Sea Wind Resort when we were in Boracay. The service given to us was superb. Hospitality at its best. The staffers took care of us the best way they could. The resort is big, so it is split into two: the seaside, and the greener forest...
Helmet diving in Boracay

Helmet diving in Boracay

Helmet diving is walking on the ocean floor, around ten feet below water surface. I tried scuba diving once, and I am not a fan. So I didn’t try helmet diving. Hubby did. He didn’t need a wet suit, all he had to put on was a helmet with a long hose that is...
Tiny island life on Crystal Cove

Tiny island life on Crystal Cove

 I would have liked to stay longer at Crystal Cove in Boracay, Philippines. It’s a tiny island worth enjoying more. We took a 15-minute boat ride from Boracay to Crystal Cove. There was an entrance fee of I think 200 pesos to set foot on the island. The island...
On chocolate hills

On chocolate hills

In the picture above, these thousand hills are green. But when the grass dries up, they turn brown like mounds of chocolates. I saw the Chocolate Hills in Bohol for the very first time in old family pictures. My mother and aunt were there as young women, posing...
Flowers in the menu

Flowers in the menu

We ate lots of flowers in Bohol Bee Farm. Dozens of it.  Healthy lunch was what we were after when we visited Bohol Bee Farm, which is located atop a cliff on Panglao Island in Bohol. We ordered seafood, brown rice, spaghetti made of coconut flesh, and lots and lots...
Tarsiers up close

Tarsiers up close

While in Bohol, we visited some tarsiers. It’s one of the most endangered primates in the world. Before, tarsiers were spread in Europe, Asia and North America, but now they are restricted in just some islands in Southeast Asia like Sulawesi and Sumatra (both in...
Serenade on Loboc River

Serenade on Loboc River

Cruising on Loboc River in Bohol was sweet.  The boat was big enough for many customers, but my sister preferred to have the whole boat on our own. It was actually a good idea, because we danced without feeling shy in front of the singer/guitarist who played us songs....
The White Beach of Boracay

The White Beach of Boracay

Boracay is one of the world’s best island destinations and has one of the world’s best beaches, according to Swedish tabloid Expressen. All because of the white, smooth sand, torquise blue water and there are so many activities. All very cheap, too,...
Quad biking in Boracay

Quad biking in Boracay

We went quad biking in Boracay, Philippines. It was quite fun, but I don’t think I’d like to do it again. I suppose that All-terrain vehicle, ATV, is a streetlegal vehicle in Boracay, because many of  us were quad biking alongside tricycles and jeepneys...
In the garden of Amarela

In the garden of Amarela

Beach, garden, art – we loved these at Amarela Resort in Panglao, Bohol. But I was so scared of the tokay geckos! We were well taken care of at the hotel, which is set on a slope near the beach, with the views of Bohol Sea. I liked eating at its terrace...
The biggest pork chop I’ve ever seen

The biggest pork chop I’ve ever seen

It took us some time to find Marcia Adams, a Mediterranean restaurant in Alfonso, Cavite. We followed Google Map and drove back and forth near it, but just couldn’t find it. Christine had been there some time ago and liked the ambience, and wanted to take us...
Aquaria in Calatagan

Aquaria in Calatagan

  Calatagan in Batangas, Philippines – with its cream-colored sand beaches – is said to be the leisure site of Manila’s rich and famous. It’s near the city, so I’m not surprised. You skip the plane and get here from Manila within...