TAIWAN Second Round: 4D/4N ITINERARY AND BUDGET (Taipei and New Taipei)


Rejoice Kabayan! If you are planning to visit Taiwan there is a good news for all Pinoy traveler. Starting from Nov. 1, 2017, up to July 2018 Philippine nationals are eligible to travel to the Republic of China (Taiwan) completely visa-free for 14 days. So what are you waiting for? Grab your bag and let’s do your…

Christmas Season in New Taipei


If you are planning to spend your Holiday Season in Taiwan I recommend that you include visiting Banqiao Christmasland. Though Christmas isn’t an official holiday in Taiwan, folks around these parts are generally up for any excuse to engage in festivities so it hardly comes as a surprise that this most festive of western holidays…

Jiufen Old Street: A rainy trip with Totoro and No Face


It’s our second time in Taiwan and because my hubby and I are both Miyazaki’s avid fan we spend our 1st day in Jiufen Old Street again. Yes you read it right “again” “the second time“! During our last visit here we experience a heavy downpour of rain, despite of this situation we still enjoy this…

La Union: The Coffee Library and Mami King


Finding a cheap foodie/resto for a frugal traveler during a trip is a win. Specially if the ambiance and the food is great. As I have mentioned in my recent blog about Urbiztondo Area everything here is so pricey. It took as an hour to check each resto and stall just to see the menu, finally…

La Union: Urbiztondo Beach


If you love surfing or simply like to learn surfing Urbiztondo Beach is the best way to go. This beach is located in San Juan La Union. Surfing as a recreational activity in La Union province only started to become popular when foreigners began settling here, especially in the town of San Juan and Urbiztondo.The…

My Airbnb Story: Editha’s Residencia


Tourist who is planning to visit La Union, normally book their accommodation around San Juan town. Possibly because of the famous surfing Urbiztondo Beach, this is ok if you love crowded, touristy and expensive area. If you’re not into surfing and prefer a peaceful beach where you can relax I recommend that you choose Bauang…

La Union: Pindangan Ruins


Pindangan Ruins is located adjacent to Carmelite monastery. The place is a bit off the main road, there are just a few structures surviving but there is lush greenery and flowers. The Virgin Mary still stands at the end where it was the altar before and the outer walls of the former church with its…

La Union: Halo Halo de Iloko


For a frugal traveler like me who always choose local market eatery over a restaurant during a trip, sometimes having your launch on a bit expensive restaurant like Halo Halo de Iloko is quite a surprise. I’ve been reading a lot of review about this resto, and one highlight is the “waiting time”. Due to…

La Union: Pagoda Hill


Pagoda Hill is also known as the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Park or Chinese Pagoda because it commemorates the bonds of friendship and the deep, long history between the Filipino and Chinese people. A few blocks away from the famous Halo Halo de Iloko, the 180-degree San Fernando view from the pagoda is beautiful. But since this…

La Union: Honey Bee Center in Bacnotan


Before getting here I was really hoping to see a live demonstration on how honeys from bees are manufactured and how it is a source of livelihood for the people. Unfortunately the staff told us that the bee farm is far away from here and currently no manufacturing is on going during our visit. But alas…

La Union: Ma-Cho Temple


The first Taoist Temple in the Philippines  which was established on 1975 through the initiative of then Tourism Minister Jose D. Aspiras, with the cooperation of the Chinese community in the Philippines. The place is so peaceful, good for “alone time” and reflection. You can make a wish or pay tribute.  The temple complex is certainly…

La Union: Stone Hand Gallery


If there is a place that I enjoy visiting in La Union this is the one. This place will tickle your imagination. The stone sculptures are comical and very funny. This is an open gallery where you can see stone arts, stone cravings, different stone colors and size.Korean sculptor and painter Bong Kim shows his…

La Union: Old Spanish Watch Tower and Luna Pebble Beach


The restored Baluarte/Watch Tower now looks like an odd combination of old adobe and coral blocks with new light colred red bricks. It stands on an embarkment that restores the former level of Luna’s famous Pebble Beach. Before the restoration, the watchtower stands in disarray- vertically cut in two because of eroded base and foundation….

#northbound: La Union to Vigan in 2 Days (Itinerary)


I love DIY backpacking trip, the excitement of getting to a new place that is unknown by  commuting and walking on off beaten paths is a priceless memories for me. But wandering to Luzon North’s tourist spots is not that easy, so I highly recommend that you bring/hire a car specially when your time is…

Batangas Beach Day Tour: Stilts Calatagan


It’s summer again, time to go to the beach! If you are planning to spend your family vacation near the city but hates crowded beach I would highly recommend Stilts Beach Resort in Calatagan Batangas. The resort is a 4 hours drive from Manila via private car, pls. check the direction below: – take SLEX…

BACKPACKING PALAWAN: CORON & CULION 4D/3N ITINERARY & BUDGET


If you will ask me what is my favorite place in Luzon, my answer is Palawan. I wanted to share our DIY tour, budget and tips on how you can maximize your travel if you are planning to visit Coron and Culion Palawan. In below itinerary I placed Culion on the first day mainly because…