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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Nakapag 'Lakbay' Ka Na Ba?

When you are a mother of school children, it's nearly impossible to avoid being a chaperone in field trips. It's like an item in our Mommy's Accomplishment List that needs to be ticked before they finish elementary education.

So I do it annually, sometimes twice if I get lucky enough to get invited by my youngest daughter to accompany her instead of her Lola (her preference).

This year brought us to Lakbay Museo, a travel-themed museum featuring the different regions of the Philippines. The tour allows visitors to "experience" Philippines' top destinations as well as its select delicacies in less than two hours.

Visitors start the tour with booths featuring Cebu's Taboan Market where heaps of various dried fishes are displayed. Close by are a fruit stand corner, a setup of a fish stall and a carinderia where you can exchange your chips (given at the entrance) for some Filipino snacks.


Filipino festivals and traditions are also featured like Lucban's famous Pahiyas Festival complete with the colorful façade, lantern and native desserts.

Who would dare miss our famous lechon?

I'd say the highlight of the tour is the cultural show presenting dances from various regions. Guests are invited to join the performers towards the end of the show.

Museum tour fees is at Php799 per head inclusive of 12 chips that can be used to buy snacks like lugaw (congee), sago't gulaman and kakanin inside the museum.

Tickets may also be purchased in advanced online at a cheaper price of Php699 per head. For more details, please visit

Level 1, S Maison, Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10am-10pm (9pm last tour)

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Kainis of the day...

Yung OC ka tapos ganito hiniwa yung biko.

Sarap manabunot.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Swimming in Baguio? Why Not!

Tourist flock Baguio for its cold weather, fresh strawberries, scent of pines trees and the fancy of a cool breeze. Hardly anyone would think about swimming at the Philippines' Summer Capital as there are literally dozens of things to see and do despite the countless times anyone has been there.
But then tourists' whims can be unexpected so perhaps with this in mind, a few hotels in Baguio decided to put swimming pools. This actually came as a surprise to me when I was scouting for our accommodation as my children are begging we stay somewhere with a pool. I even found it funny as I was almost certain there are NO hotels in Baguio with a swimming pool.
Well, I was wrong. In case anyone with kids like mine who wants to take a dip at just about any destination we go to, then Newtown Plaza Hotel is the place to be. Newtown is one of only 4 hotels in Baguio with a swimming pool.
The good news for those who are raising their brows, their pool at Newtown Plaza is heated. It's in fact steaming!

Newtown Plaza is a huge property and is attached to a residential tower which I believe is from the same developer. The rooms are not that cozy and only has ceiling fans which was a problem since we went in April. We had to open our balcony doors at night to allow the breeze in and be able to sleep comfortably.

They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style at their restaurant. The food is good and price is fair.

The hotel is just across the Botanical Garden so it's really easy to find and is accessible by public transport.
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