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 →
Before I start my article, I would like to tell any interested adventure seekers of this spring…DO NOT TRUST GOOGLE MAPS on the location. The spring is located deep into the mountainous and forested area of 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 →
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 →