San Pablo’s Sulyap café and Bed & Breakfast


This is a long, long overdue post. Again hooray for IRL life getting in the way. And also a faulty old laptop that is still serving me in many ways.

Last 2016 I took a short trip back to the Philippines and spent a majority of those days in my home province of San Pablo Laguna.

Man, I LOVE Laguna. It is one of the biggest provinces in Luzon, has a vast eco tourism market from hot springs, private resorts, hiking trails, waterfalls, and not to mention the food.

San Pablo Laguna is about an hours drive away from Manila. I always loved featuring San Pablo in my travel posts because there are just so much to share about this beautiful city. I wanted to find a hidden gem similar like to the time I found Bato Springs.  Also since we had a huge family reunion at my ancestral home, the lot of us would not fit in the Bukids small 3 bedroom shack (there’s about 15 of us).

I wanted to take my younger nieces away with me while the boys play. A quick google search brought my attention to Sulyap Café & bed and breakfast located in Barangay Del Remedio, just within the Cocoland Compound.  Taking the local tricycle or jeepney commute is just about 10-15 minutes or less from the city proper. Continue reading

The Hidden Beauty of Bato Springs San Pablo- Laguna

Before I start my article, I would like to tell interested adventure seekers of this spring…DO NOT TRUST GOOGLE MAPS on the location.  The spring is quite deep into the mountainous and forest area in Laguna that you need to be in San Pablo itself and ask locals to help you find it. ADVENTURE isn’t it?

I remember when I was planning my 2015 home trip back to the Philippines, I wanted to off some items from  my bucket list. One of them was reconnecting with nature and be able to capture it in photographs.

I originally planned for a trip to Coron however the APEC 2015 summit that collided with my schedule didn’t allow that due to a weeklong transportation ban both air and sea.

Days before my scheduled trip, I was  googling and instagraming hidden vacation spots hopefully close to home, when tagged photos of a hidden spring in San Pablo Laguna called Bato Springs grabbed my attention.  Pictures of the springs hailed crystal clear waters and a small waterfall carved both naturally and manmade from the mountain. I just have to go there. Continue reading

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

Booking.Com & Agoda with your Philippine Travel

Last month I blogged about booking an affordable stay via AirBnB.

Today I am making a quick post on booking affordable hotel and rentals via Agoda and Booking.com

I noticed not all beautiful rentals are listed on AirBnB. Being AirBnB is still new to the Philippine rental vacation markets, other properties have advertised their listings with these online travel & booking agencies.

I will start with Booking.Com.   Here in the US Booking.Com’s slogan is ” Booking. YEAH!” Marking that exhilaration of finding that right vacation spot for you with all the perks that you have dreamed of. Continue reading

Philippine Trip: San Pablo, Laguna (Photo Blog)

I’ve been meaning to post sooner but the internet connection I got here in Manila is horribly slow. Worse, if it rains the signal drops in and out.

Today, I asked my Dad if we can go to our province in San Pablo, Laguna.  I heard that San Pablo has at least 7 beautiful lakes, the closest to us being Lake Sampalok. Unfortunately due to the rains we were only able to tour Sampalok Lake.

I took some time to take some quick shots around my hometown and wanted to share them with my readers.

Mount Makiling, Laguna as seen via SLEX

Mount Makiling, Laguna as seen via SLEX

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