Flying All Nippon Airways

When flying, everyone is out there looking for a great deal. Who doesn’t?

Any type of trip,  may it be business or vacation are always an expensive affair. That’s why last year I’ve been  meticulously saving ever dollar by dollar a list of expenses for my trip to the Philippines.

The biggest of them all being the roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles to Manila.

My November 2015 flights marks also the first time I ever booked directly with an airline rather than going through a travel agent. After scouring and comparing deals via Kayak and numerous airline review sites, I decided to try my luck with All Nippon Airways due to their low fares and stellar customer service reviews.

All Nippon Airways also called ANA covered most bases of what I was looking for in a flight. I needed 3 things: Low Fare, Stopover in Japan, and edible food.

Before I start my review here are a few keywords you need to know about my ANA experience.   FARE, FOOD, SPACE and WIFI Continue reading


Staycation at Azumi Hotel, Alabang

Azumi Hotel

Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alabang, Muntinglupa Philippines

I am officially the Queen of Procrastination. Even with my own personal blog (and list of articles I needed to write) I have been lazying around the house, often tired from work to kick myself to write about my travelogue from the Philippines.

Today (hopefully) I end that streak.

Last year I made several articles on how Philippine travelers can book affordable and luxurious hotel stays in Manila via Agoda and AirBnB.  This year I decided to make several reservations on a few hotels, booking them via Agoda or directly to their website.  On this article I will be featuring Azumi Boutique Hotel located in Alabang, Muntinglupa.  Agoda gave me a really good deal to be able to book my stay at $55.00/night + tax (roughly around $62/night)  plus I paid only $6-8  for my room service.   There is a quick video tour of my standard room in Azumi. Continue reading

Dad’s recipes: Creamy Celery Shrimp

Creamy shrimp


After a long, LONG hiatus after my trip to the Philippines, I am finally back.

I cant wait to do all my posts about my trip to Japan and all the hotel stays I did around Manila. But before that, I wanted to share my dad cooking everyone that reads or passes on this humble blog.

Background: My dad worked in the US Navy for 20+ years, one of the many positions and duties he acquired was that of being the mess hall cook.  Being that he is already good at his craft, he had a bit of following among his shipmates and officers who enjoyed his cooking, some he would invent on the spot.

I was nine years old when he first introduced to me one of my favorite meals of all times. Creamy Celery Shrimp.

In the Philippines if you ever go to the seafood wet market (local farmers market)  you will find giant prawns and tiger shrimp suitable for this recipe.  Unfortunately my dad does not tend to write down what he makes, everything is by memory. So with his permission,   I tagged along and him with my iphone, recording his every move.

Hopefully you guys can enjoy this simple and oh so good meal that I have enjoyed for years