Month: October 2013

Tagaytay Bed and Breakfast: Lily Pond

I’m pretty sure only a few people have heard about Lily Pond in Tagaytay. This is because they just recently changed their name. It used to be Moon Garden. It is located along SVD Road, Tagaytay City. It’s right before Alveo Land’s Kasa Luntian and very near Estancia Hotel. Lily Pond or Moon Garden is undeniably my favorite place in Tagaytay. We hardly go back to a place that we’ve already visited, but we’ve been here twice — first was in March 2012 before we got married, and the next was Holy Week of 2013. I discovered Moon Garden Tagaytay through my coworker, Leslie. She told me about the moon program/activities that they do during full moon. I am obsessed with the moon. I even thought naming our first daughter Luna is a great idea. Too bad it wasn’t a full moon when we first went there. So when we planned to go there the next time, I made sure it was a full moon. I got the shock of my life when we arrived …

El Nido: Tours and Tips

El Nido town is not like Boracay where you can walk to Station 1 and swim, or dress up at night and go partying. It is a simple town with a very friendly neighborhood. The Town The beach, although clean and the sand is white, is not for swimming. All you can see on the shore are parked boats that do tours everyday. The town is so simple that it doesn’t have electricity from 6AM until 3PM. If you do not take a tour that day, you won’t be doing anything at all. You can’t stay at the hotel/inn because it is too hot, you can’t swim the whole day at the beach, or you can’t play with your phone because it will die before you know it. Globe 3G was good in that area, even in some of the islands that we visited during the tour. Tip: Charge all your gadgets before you go to sleep. Bring power banks if you have a lot of gadgets. Charge it at night as well, so your gadget won’t die on …

Throwback Thursday: Sonya's Garden

It’s Thursday! I feel like reminiscing and I’d like to post something about Jeff and I’s first out of town trip. Not so much of an out of town because it’s just in Cavite, but this was our first very far date!  Sonya’s Garden is not in Tagaytay like what other people would tell you. It is very near though. It is in Alfonso, Cavite, along Buck Estate Road. According to Google Maps, it is only 17 minutes away from the Tagaytay rotunda corner Aguinaldo Highway and Tagaytay-Nasugbo Road. Just go straight the Tagaytay-Nasugbo Road and turn right to Buck Estate Road. You have the option to take Mahogany Avenue because sometimes, traffic is really bad along the highway. Here’s a screenshot from Google Maps. Screenshot from Google Maps. Click on the photo to enlarge.  It was a Saturday and we came from my friend, Camille’s house in Bel-air in Sta. Rosa. Traffic was a bit bad going up to Tagaytay on weekends, but we were able to arrive at Sonya’s before lunch. I was …

Trade School Manila: How to Build a Start Up According to Tita Witty

It’s not much of a secret to my friends that I am trying to start a small business. Last September 19, upon the suggestion of my friend Paula, I attended a class that Trade School Manila conducted at the co.lab in Kapitolyo, Pasig City.  I googled Trade School and found out that they always do barter classes. The lecturers will have a list of the things that they want, mostly simple things, and you will give as your payment for the class. For this class, I brought three packs of Winston Lights. I didn’t know cigarettes are now priced at P50 a pack! Haha! The class is How to Build a Start Up According to Tita Witty. Chinggay and Tonet of Witty Will Save the World discussed to a group of 20 how they started their business. Chinggay and Tonet are the brains behind the anti-coffeehouse planners that they started in 2010. Photo from Witty Will Save the World’s Facebook page.  Chinggay and Tonet sharing their experiences on starting up their business.  It all started with …

Scuba Diving 101: A Newbie Diver's Guide to Staying Alive Underwater

Jeff and I, together with our newly engaged friends (now married) Lora and Jump, went to an impromptu trip to Davao last August 2012. Jeff was sent there for work and he suggested that I go there to spend the second long weekend of August with him. The next day, we thought went to Samal Island and checked in at Precious Garden Samal.  The next day, we were able to join a scheduled island hopping. We were charged Php700.00 for the boat ride, lunch and snorkelling gears.  JP, the owner of Samal Watersports Center, picked us up from the resort with his white CRV. Yes, his personal car. He suggested that we take our things to the boat and they will drop us off Davao later in the afternoon. He drove us to the port where their boat is docked. We later learned that PJ is Belgian with a Filipina wife. We also met some of his friends. The boat left the port around 7:30AM. Stopover was at the back of the Yacht Club where …

Boudoir Dolled

Since I have already shown my left and right ovaries, I might as well share this little secret that I did. I did a Boudoir Doll shoot in 2011. Yep, that’s right. I was a few pounds lighter at that time. Jeff and I just got engaged and I wanted to give him something in return for the ring that he gave me. Haha! The Boudoir Dolls is a group of women photographers of Imagine Nation Photography. They do shoots like Boudoir Bride, Boudoir You, and Boudoir Bump. It started when my friend Ria, who used to work for Imagine Nation Photography told me about the shoot that she did. So when they had a promo with Ensogo, I bought it right away. I had to sneak while preparing for my shoot. Jeff is a very nosy boyfriend. He would check on me all the time. One time, we were at Greenbelt 3 and I saw that La Senza was on sale. I had to shoo him away so I can buy the lingerie that …