Two years ago, I made a post about the picturesque Sagada. But this year, me and my college friends went to Sagada. It's my fourth visit so I think it's best to share our itinerary and expenses during the trip. There are also available adventures in this post. Hope to be of help!
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Tuscan City of Pisa is a bucket list destination for many travelers. Plenty of tourists flock here each year for that perfect picture in front of the iconic, leaning tower. For many, it’s just a brief stop in a European tour before moving on to another beautiful region. It’s a shame because this historical city has plenty more to offer than its famed, architectural blunder.
Once you've marveled at the leaning tower, your next stop should be the Baptistery of St John which is also located in Cathedral Square. Dating back to the 12th century, this masterpiece is the largest Baptistery in Italy – the creation of famed architect, Diotisalvi. You’ll be impressed by the incredible attention to detail, especially the religious sculptures on the outer façade. Once inside, be sure to check out the stunning acoustics. If you’re lucky, one of the guards may sing to demonstrate the beautiful sound effect.
Museo del l’Opera del Duomo
Art fanatics cannot visit this city without heading to this former 12th-century convent. Now the Museum of Duomo Artwork, it’s home to many of the pieces that were once inside the Duomo Cathedral. First opened in 1986, you can enjoy masterpieces from Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, not to mention historic artifacts and statues from the buildings in the Campo Dei Miracoli.
Botanical Gardens of Pisa
The perfect stop for an afternoon stroll. These were the first botanical gardens in Europe, created by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo l de Medici. Although, it has been relocated twice over the years, now you’ll find it at Via Luca Ghini 5 – it’s not too far from the leaning tower. It’s free to enter and you’ll be able to explore, unique plants, fountains, and a botanical museum.
Piazza Dei Cavalieri
During the 16th Century, this Piazza - translated to Knights Square - was once the political hub of Pisa. Many of these buildings were given over to the Nights of the Order of Saint Stephen. It now draws plenty of tourists for its historic charm. Fans of Dante’s Inferno will also enjoy visiting the Torre della Muda, a former tower which featured in The Divine Comedy.
Shopping in Pisa
Borgo Stretto is a street famed for its Italian boutique’s and the perfect stop for any shopaholic. You’re best starting your shopping splurge at the Piazza Garibaldi and be sure to visit Caffe Settimelli – the building where Galileo was born. For tasty delicacies, head to Piazza delle Vettovaglie and you’ll find local cheese, exceptional wine, and cured meats.
There’s so much to see in this vibrant city, we've barely scratched the surface. If you’re planning on booking those Pisa flights, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit all the great attractions.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Last month, our company went to Stilts Resort in Calatagan, Batangas for a summer outing. I wasn't able to join for the last two summer outing, but thankfully, I was present this year. :)
Calatagan beach front
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Beef Bulalo, aka Beef Shank Soup, is a dish that is achieved by cooking beef shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat has melted into the clear broth. Bulalo is native to the Southern Luzon region of the Philippines. Every time the weather gets cold, some of us would think of getting a hot bowl of Bulalo. Eating Bulalo is also famous in Tagaytay because it is perfect for the cold weather. But if you're just around Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, there's this humble dining place where you can eat and try Bulalo.
entrance in Bulaluhan sa N. Ramirez
Saturday, April 25, 2015
It was December of 2013 when me and my friends attended a surf and music festival in Zambales, an event called Surf For Life, for the benefit of people from Guiuan, Samar. The event was held in Crystal Beach Resort in San Narciso, Zambales. I've never been to other resorts in San Narciso, in fact I haven't explore Zambales that much. But, I feel like when you're in Crystal Beach its like hitting two birds in one stone. You get to experience camping or sleeping on a nipa hut but the resorts facilities are merely available for your convenience.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Last year, my officemates decided to do a photowalk session around UP Diliman and Quezon City Memorial Circle. It was a short afternoon trip nevertheless we enjoyed the stroll.
beautiful trees around UP
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
We all knew how Singapore is such an interesting tourist spot in Asia. With all the pretty structure and architecture to a wide variety of food choices and theme parks, one could never get tired exploring Singapore. Still, Singapore made an effort in providing us wide spectrum of offerings to have innovative and unique experiences.
overlooking from 71 Gramercy where the event was held
Monday, March 16, 2015
Zumba with Kristie
Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. It involves dance and aerobic elements. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Every once in a while, I join Zumba classes. I love Zumba! That being said, I made a list of gym and dance studio who offers Zumba classes in Quezon City. What I like about Zumba is you don't need to memorize the steps, you just have to follow the instructor. It doesn't matter if you're great at dancing or not. What's important is you just enjoy the exercise routine.
To gym and studio owners: Please email or message me on facebook if you'd like me to update the info below.
Disclaimer: Rates and schedule may change without prior notice. Kindly contact them!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Saturday, September 20, 2014
The next day, we spent the morning eating breakfast and we also did some photo opportunity in White beach. As I've said from the previous post, we're done with most of our activites from yesterday. This day was a more relaxing day for us.