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 →
As promised many months ago, I wanted to give you guys an update on one of my super luxurious and super affordable accommodations in Makati, Philippines during my 2014 vacation. Aside from staying in a hotel by Resorts World, I … Continue reading →
Today was my first time in Julian California. A 45 minute drive from San Diego, Julian is known for their world famous Apple Pies, bed and breakfast and for astronomy lovers- beautiful star gazing clear skies. During the winter season, this is the next closest place one can drive to see snow. Although you need tocheck road conditions and be prepare to drive with chains during the snowy winter weather as the roads may be closed on those times especially on the uphill climbs.
Apple Butter from the Cider Mill store in Julian CA
Julian Bed and Breakfast Lodge
While I was there it was a must to visit Julian Pie Co and the the popular MOMS café- known for their pies and sandwiches. I bought home a apple pie pudding and a boysenberry pie.
Pies from Julian Pie Co
In The Apple Cider Mill, the Apple Butter and Pumpkin Butter is a MUST to buy. Also indulge with Apple Boysenberry Cider.
The drive on the way up to Julian is breathtakingly beautiful taking the CA-79 N, but one must be cautious when travelling as the road up to the mountains have a lot of Zig Zags, uphill routes and narrow roads close to cliffs and rock walls. Also drivers must be mindful of bikers that share the road with you. The narrow highway is a perfevt drive for motorcycle enthusiats and upon arriving in Julian, 50%-60% of the tourists are bikers.
Rock hill formations during drive up Julian N-79 CA
Can’t wait for my next visit and it a total recommend to go to and maybe stay especially during the Summer and Winter season where it would be the best spot to rent a cabin, take a few astronomy and stargazing classes and get a front seat view of meteor showers- perfect for night photography enthusiasts.
My friend enjoying tea time at one of Sonya’s private botanical banquets
Even before my 2012 Vacation to the Philippines, I have been hearing of Sonya’s Garden through Philippine travel sites and returning vacationers. A hidden gem in the lush botanical mountains of Tagaytay about an hour and 30 minutes drive from Manila. My friend Nicky has been very eager in taking me to Sonya’s during my short stay in the Philippines and booked 2 day relaxation adventure. For some one who lives in the city, Tagaytay is an easy escape from the bustling stress of the metro. Fresh clean air, great views of the mountains and Taal Lake there are bountiful things to do in Tagaytay . Lush green scenery upon your drive, cool mountain temperature and local farmers selling fresh homegrown vegetables and fruits gives off such a relaxing and homey feel. Continue reading →