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One tweak to make commuting easier in Metro Manila

March 25, 2016

Admit it, commuting in Metro Manila totally sucks. Aside from the eternal presence of traffic, commuting in the metro has no coherent structure, is highly confusing, and is generally a mess. Trying to teach someone to commute from Point A to Point B in Metro Manila is comparable to having your wisdom teeth pulled out, with more pain. […]

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Hidden Makati

February 4, 2016

When you say Makati, you automatically think of the shiny tall buildings, the manicured parks, the large malls, people in business attire hurriedly walking to work. Sometimes, it’s hard to reconcile the fact that the Makati CBD is surrounded by a huge suburban sprawl, and this suburbia has a lot of hidden gems in it. Here […]

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My Bataan Getaway (Part 2)

January 7, 2016

This is the long overdue second part of my two-part post about my Bataan Vacation. Read Part 1 over here, which was posted almost a month ago. Sorry, Christmas happened. +++ 6am: I woke up to some loud (but not too bothersome) music coming from the outside. I took a quick peek outside my window to see […]

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My Bataan Getaway (Part 1)

December 12, 2015

Bataan is quite the underrated charmer. It has so much to offer, and yet it’s not on people’s radars. It’s a bloody shame because, as it has been reinforced during my trip, Bataan is one of the most complete and wonderful destinations in this country. It has something for everybody, and while it doesn’t look like […]

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A Quick Malate Foodtrip

December 4, 2015

The weird thing is, as often as I staycation in Malate (three times this year, for example), I’ve never actually done a proper food trip in the area. I mean, I’ve eaten in some really good restaurants over there, but I’ve never strung together a proper food trip before. So with that in mind, I headed […]

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The Plaza Hotel in Balanga, Bataan

November 23, 2015

Experience has taught me more or less to keep my expectations low when booking a provincial hotel. While some of the more progressive/popular provinces have topnotch hotels, the general expectation is that your hotel stay will be functional, threadbare, lackluster, and baduy. For the most part, we have all learned to live with it; after all, we […]

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Feature: A unique International experience at the Seasons Cafe, Manila Pavilion

November 10, 2015

When hotels are offering everything they can to get a leg up on the competition, sometimes it’s the little details that spell the difference. When you think about it, the higher end hotels basically offer the same perks and services. Luxurious beddings, free wi-fi, a pool, gym facilities, a proper concierge… it all looks familiar, doesn’t it? When […]

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The City of Shoes: Looking back at Marikina’s storied past

November 6, 2015

A lot of cities and municipalities in this country have signature products to their name. Pateros has balot, GenSan has tuna, Liliw has sandals, Romblon has marble. But perhaps the most storied and celebrated relationship between city and product would have to be Marikina and shoes. For a substantial period during the last century, the Philippines was the shoe […]

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Industriya Marikina: When a restaurant finds itself

October 30, 2015

The first time I went to Industriya in Marikina, I was blown away by the interiors. Some restaurants have “instagramable” spots, but the whole of Industriya IS Instagramable. A former shoe factory in a more suburban part of Marikina, Industriya recycled everything they could recycle to make one of the most beautiful and memorable restaurants […]

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Review: Face Mountain

October 26, 2015

I’m going to get this out of the way as quickly as possible: I am not a big fan of Match-3 games. While I played Bejewelled Blitz for a pretty long spell, I was pretty cold on the next generation itinerations, most notably the freakily popular Candy Crush. Simply put, I could not get behind […]