Posted in Recommendations, Tagaytay, Travel Blogs, Travel Experience

A Piece of a Puzzle

You cannot see the whole picture in a piece of a puzzle unless you finish putting it all together.

I never know that this is one of the places that “must-go” in Tagaytay until my best friend and her daughter introduce it to me.

Tagaytay Puzzle Mansion has been recognized by Guinness as the biggest collection of jigsaw puzzle in the world. Ms. Georginal Gil – Lacuna is the puzzle collector. It’s all started when she bought a “Mickey Mouse” 5,000 pieces jigsaw puzzle for her son Gino. From there on they collected and finished around 1,000 plus puzzles and put it in a museum.

Jigsaw puzzle is one of the educational toys for kids or even adults. It will give you a creativity and patience on putting the pieces one by one. Once you finish it will give you happiness that you already see your masterpiece. Yes, it is a time consuming game but you will learn a lot in playing this.

How to go there? From Olivarez, we ride a jeep going to Mendez and ask the Driver that we need to alight to Brgy Asasin the drop off point for the Tagaytay Puzzle Mansion. Then there’s a line of tricycles that going through the Cuadra Street. The street going to the place is quite steep but you can also walk going down. There is an entrance fee of Php100.

The next time you are going to Tagaytay do not forget to see this museum.

And if you are looking for some puzzle challenges they are selling also and you can check their fb page, below is the link.

https://www.facebook.com/PuzzleMansion

Posted in Manila, Philippines, Travel Blogs, Travel Experience

A Church and Museum to see the Cultures of Filipinos influenced by different Countries and Traditions.

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

Saint Augustine

San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila is one of the oldest church in Philippines and one of the most scenic place for wedding photo venue or photoshoot. It is also known as the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolación y Correa or the Immaculate Conception Parish,

It has been designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and named as National Historical Landmark in the Phillippines. You can see some of the famous burials inside their museums such as Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (He is a Spanish Navigator who leads the Pacific Exploration to find the Spice Island and was the first Spanish Governor-General ing the East Indies) and Juan Luna (He is a Filipino great painter, sculptor and political activist).

It is recommended to include to your itinerary if you are going to travel in Manila as it will shows how the Philippines culture influence by Spanish Culture. It’s like you can see some of the churches in Europe, the ceiling and facade with a baroque sytle and curving. You can see also in its museum the different saints of different places in the Philippines. It has been display the old paintings and caricatures of churches and antiques.

Posted in Thailand, Travel Blogs, Travel Experience

Koh Lipe – A Paradise Island In Thailand

Another weekend getaway of a solo backpacker. When I booked this trip last June 2018, I plan that this was my gift on my birthday. I got a promo fare from Jetstar Asia from Singapore to Hat Yai. Then from there I need to go to Pak Bara Pier and to Koh Lipe Island through their taxi boat.

It was not a peak season when I went there so there’s not much tourist and you could feel the serenity of the place. I booked at Lipe – Bloom Cafe and Hostel around 700 baht per night, it’s location is within the Walking Street so expect that there will be noisy night because some of the bars and restaurants are nearby. I tried their Thai Massage for relieving stress.

When I’ve been there, it’s a rainy season if you can see on my pictures somehow cloudy but still the island hopping went well. The only thing I did not experience is the plankton as it’s raining in the night.

BEST BUY / SOUVENIR TO GET – maxi dress (250 baht)

BEST LOCAL FOOD TO EAT – Pad Thai and Tom Yam is on my list.

BEST WAY OF TRANSPORTATION – grab, mini van (around 250 baht) or taxi boat (around 580 baht per way)

BEST WAY TO SHOP – at the Walking Street there’s a lot of stores that you can buy their delicacy, fridge magnet, massage and Thailand clothes or dress (see to it that it’s made in Thailand because some are made in China), I really like Thailand Fabric that’s why I am more particular when choosing dress to buy.

BEST LOCAL TOUR DESTINATIONS – Island hopping and the Plankton Tour

Posted in Recommendations, Travel Blogs, Travel Experience

Found Unexpectedly

Last year, I’m about to go to my grandson’s birthday party and the only way I can go will be the Jeepney from Quiapo area going to Balic Balic because I came from Taft Ave, and to lazy to cross the underpass thinking to buy a cake for him, so I am thinking what gift should I bring until then i bump this quite famous old bakeshop at R. Hidalgo Street.

Bakerite Bakery is up in this area and industry for almost 70 years. They started their business in 1946, whoa.

I remember in my childhood years whenever me and my Tatay was celebrating mass at Quiapo Church we normally buy hopia and some breads here for takeout / takeaway. I can assure you that their cakes, bread and pastries tastes so good, not too sweet.

I recommend this for those tourist who will drop-by in Manila, specially Quiapo area to try and buy some for your friends and families.

Posted in Malaysia, Travel Blogs, Travel Experience

Langkawi Malaysia, Island of Reddish Brown Eagle

One summertime, I tried to check the promo fare from Airaisa, I saw Langkawi as one “swak sa budget gala” (within my travel budget). So I activated my “Dora Feet” and packed my things. It’s only one and half hours by plane from Singapore to Langkawi.

I reached their airport, booked a grab going to my backpacker hostel at Bed Attitude Guest House (https://www.facebook.com/BedAttitudeGuesthouseLangkawi/) and checked-in. I met an Italian tourist who is working in Phuket and having a holiday too in Langkawi. She gave me the idea on how to roam within the island. She informed me that our hostel is just nearby the port, where my island hopping tour pick-up point location. She also accompanied me where is the cheapest food or restaurant that we can eat and also the nearest 7-11 to buy some bottled water and biscuits.

Though I see a lot of the same nature like this but I can differentiate Langkawi because they can take care and preserve those Reddish Brown Eagle in the forest while serving their tourist to still see them flying above the boats. Only in Langkawi, I saw a lot of eagles flying as I normally see eagles inside the cage at the zoo. They have also white sands and bluish water that you can swim. What I love most when i’m at the beach is walking barefoot and drinking fresh coconut.

Again, this is one of my over the weekend getaway.

BEST BUY / SOUVENIR TO GET – i bought an eagle fridge magnet and round fish cracker (taste like kropek)

BEST LOCAL FOOD TO EAT – the hostel served some of the dumplings (suman), i just tried fried rice (yang chow rice)

BEST WAY OF TRANSPORTATION – grab or taxi

BEST WAY TO SHOP – at the end of the island tour there is a souvenir shop that you can buy things such as fridge magnet, t-shirts, fans, malaysian snacks and delicacy

BEST LOCAL TOUR DESTINATIONS – Island hopping

Posted in Manila, Philippines, Travel Blogs, Travel Experience

A Cobblestone Walkway

In support to the Intramuros Administration in promoting the Intramuros to the World Travel Awards, I will share my memorable experiences in this wall city.

I’m Manileno by heart and by blood. I grew up in Tondo where my parents are teachers at Magat Salamat Elementary School. Whenever they had “lakbay-aral,” I always be there as “saling-pusa.” My tatay was my historian, he was a fan of our national hero and he always tell the good stories of Jose Rizal.

Fort Santiago was a playground for me from the days as “saling-pusa” to my college days as my tambayan because our school (CCM/UDM) do not have a quadrangle or grounds for the students who were taking their long breaks in their class schedule. This Fort is really one of the important historical site in Manila, Philippines. It was a prison dungeon way back in Spanish Era. It was declared a Shrine of Freedom in 1950. It witnessed many battles of our fellowmen to the foreign invaders or colonisers.

Intramuros is a Latin word means “within the walls.” Therefore it is a city within a city or popularly knows as Walled City in the Philippines.

We still can see the old houses that has been renovated and made as museums and memorabilia of the history within this walls. It is famous for the wedding events and celebrations. And also for pre-nuptial photo shoot with the sepia theme or old era theme or for those that cannot go to Europe to have this kind of setting.

Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church (oldest stone church in the country), located inside Intramuros and have the biggest contributions for the Catholic religion in Manila.

Last year , when Intramuros Administration opens a free entrance to all the museums located in Intramuros, we accompany our mother to have some tours in Casa Real and San Agustin Church. We didn’t manage to go to other museums because we are running out of time, we need to keep up for the long que of people. She was a teacher of Araling Panlipunan and you can see on her facial expression when she saw those old things and memorabilia. She’s really happy to walk again to the cobblestone streets.

We are looking forward to see Intramuros again after this pandemic or crisis.

So please help us Intramuros to become Asia’s Leading Tourist Attraction in the 2020 World Travel Awards (WTA) – Asian Edition.

1. Go to https://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote and REGISTER to create an account.

2. Wait for the confirmation email to VERIFY your account.

3. To cast your vote, select ASIA from the Region Menu.

4. From the list of categories or Outstanding Votes, choose ASIA’S LEADING TOURIST ATTRACTION and vote for INTRAMUROS, PHILIPPINES

Deadline of voting is on September 24, 2020.