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Millymin Visits Flaircandy

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Boracay, Fashion, Philippines, Travel

My dear friend Emily, otherwise known as Millymin in the blogosphere, visited the Philippines and we went to Boracay to have some girl time bonding 🙂

Post-surfing selfie 😘 @millymin #emilyvisits #emilysurfs #millyminvisits #flairtravels #batteriesnotincluded

A photo posted by Hannah Villasis (@flaircandy) on

There were so many things we wanted to do like Cliff Dive at Ariel’s point, zip line, surf, and of course take lots of photos. But the weather was not friendly. When we were there a week back, typhoon Hanna (yep!) was wrecking havoc to our vacation.

We had a few sunshiny moments and we took advantage of this by surfing, ziplining and taking bikini photos of each other. No boat dared to sail to Ariel’s point though, so that was a bummer. Even if there’s a storm in Boracay, it’s always summer in the Philippines. Our 3-day vacation was not ruined (not as much teehee) and we still had a great time.

We stayed at the Lazy Dog bed and breakfast hotel near the Bulabog beach (which is only 10 minutes walk to D-mall and a few cartwheels to the Bulabog beach. Will tell you guys more about the Lazy Dog hotel in the next few blog posts but it was quite a cozy place to stay! For now, check out the Lazy Dog at Agoda.com.

I have also noticed something… I need new bikini! I’ve been traveling quite a lot and you will see me wearing the same set. I have quite a lot in my closet, but my selection can’t keep up with the frequency of my vacation days.




Which of these do you think would best suit me?

ZALORA blogger project  

On to the next destination! <3

Thank you @flypal for being my constant travel partner this year! #flypal #flairtravels

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Flair Getaways: Pico de Loro Cove by Hamilo Coast

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Philippines, Travel

I’ve always asked my friends “Where is the nearest beach from Manila that’s clean and nice?”  They would always say Batangas or Zambales – both takes about roughly 3 hours.  But recently I heard there’s a (soon 1.5 hrs drive) highway recently developed for easy driving from Manila to Nasugbu, Batangas.  I’m not sure if the highway is done yet, but you can also drive to Pico de Loro via Tagaytay (2.5 hrs)  Perfect!  Now I’m happy to know that if I need to go to a beach somewhere, I can just drive 1.5 hrs to this great place called Pico de Loro.  I didn’t expect much when I heard about it.  I thought it was just going to be a typical beach resort.  But I was so amazed at what I saw, to the point that I want to buy one of the units and just live there (since I work from home anyway).

A view from the Chapel

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, glass chapel overlooking the Pico de Loro Cove

Pico de Loro Cove is the first urban living community developments of Hamilo Coast.  The community brings together families and friends who love living the good life with a scene of green and blue.  Pico de Loro Cove is situated in Batangas and brings you the view of the untouched mountains and serene seas.

Me and Matt, together Rica and Jo spent a lovely getaway at this marvelous place.  At the end of our trip, me and Matt wanted to become members 😛


Pico Sands Hotel

For now, all areas can be accessed by guests as long as you are endorsed by a member 🙂  However, if you want to experience the greatness of the place without being endorsed, you can do so by booking for a stay at the Pico Sands Hotel.  This gives you access to the main beach and the Pico de Loro Country club which is just beside the hotel.

Book a room in Pico Sands Hotel at Pico de Loro Cove online

My workstation for the weekend with a great view of the man-made lake

The beds are comfortable and the room is spacious!

Book a room in Pico Sands Hotel at Pico de Loro Cove online

Pico Sands Hotel has 154 rooms with all the thoughtful amenities that ensured our comfort.  Just a couple of minutes’ walk and we can have access to the Pico de Loro Beach Club were they have badminton, basketball, bowling, billards, karaoke etc.  There’s also a shuttle to take us to the beach front for some relaxation time.  Guests can also inquire and try their water activities.  Or, if you’re like me, just relax by the beach with a shake, music or a book.


Pico de Loro Country Club

You are never going to get bored here!  Bring your friends and family with you for more fun because you will never run out of activities for everyone!


Left and right, there’s pool space for everyone!

This is only the front part of their kid’s play place… towards the back is more fun, more awesomeness!

Even adults (like me) envy the kids for this fun kingdom!  I wanted to go and play there myself!

Billard pool tables

Sing your heart and lungs out!  Karaoke time!

They really have a big gym that would encourage you to get fit despite being on vacation.

They have a HUUUUGE dance floor!!! *tears* I want to own one.. I was thinking the entire time if I could install my pole here…

Badminton / Tennis area.  You can rent rackets, shuttlecocks and balls 🙂

Wooden floor basketball.  Matt wants to play here!

Squash and table tennis area.  Again, this is Matt’s venue 😛

Sports not drugs people!

Bowling time at the Country Club!

Rica won the Bowling challenge!!!

Well… I sucked at it and scored very low 🙁  but I had so much fun I will do it over and over again!!! XD

Check out the rates of the different Country Club activities here.

Pico de Loro Beach Club and Water Activities

Explore the sun and the seas!

The beach has the view of the South China sea and you have different areas / coves you can come to visit.  If you just want to stay and chill at the main beach, that’s also fine.

Main beach at sunsent time

Pool or Beach?  It depends on what mood you’re on 😉

Memories I will never forget, me and Matt going to Santelmo Cove

Itayo cave.

Yes, our speedboat passed by inside 😉

Santelmo Cove finally 🙂

You can rent the area for a fee.  Invite friends and family and get this spot all for yourself!

Check out the rates of the different water activities here.

Pico de Loro Residences

This holds true, I’ve been wishing to live in this area the moment I’ve explored the place.  I work from home anyway so as long as internet is stable here (which pretty much is), I’m good to go!

We went around the different properties and sample units.

You can chose between the lake view and mountain view.

Either way, living here means you get to experience living with nature comfortably and the city is just a couple of hours away!

Penthouse unit with a really great view!

Penthouse unit has 3-4 bedrooms and a whole lot of space!

Wouldn’t it be nice?

The Food

You don’t need to bring anything much because the restaurants have pretty much everything you crave for.


End of the Trip

The road to Nasugbu is very good 🙂

and our road trip ended there, but is forever in my memory.

Find a place for you.  Own a unit, or just become a member.  Contact Pico de Loro Cove for details.

Please check out more photos of Pico de Loro here.

Follow Pico de Loro online

Pico de Loro Cove website: picodelorocove.com

Pico de Loro Cove Facebook: facebook.com/hamilocoastph

Pico Sands Hotel Facebook: facebook.com/picosandshotel

Pico de Loro Cove Twitter: @picodelorocove

* And non-members can also book by calling the hotel at 02 4647800, 02 4647828, and 02 4647888.

Property Sales Hotline
9F OneE-comCenter, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines 1300
(+632) 945-8000
Club Membership Sales Hotline
9F OneE-comCenter, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines 1300
(+632) 902-8053
Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club
Club Membership Admin Office
10F OneE-comCenter, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines 1300
(+632) 8570100 local 1232



My Flair Getaway Pico de Loro Gallery


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Last Friday Night – 1 World Pre-Party in Manila

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Beauty, Celebrities, Entertainment and Lifestyle, Events, Fashion, Manila, Movies & TV, Philippines, Singapore

Last Friday night… do it all again ^_^

This day I really worked hard, so I can play hard at night 😉

Makeup of the day testing Collection cosmetics

Big Fake Ultimate false lash effect mascara

Pink Shock lipstic

collection makeup

Also used MAC foundation, Clinique eyebrow powder, eyeliner and subtle eye shadow

and my favorite liquid blush Bene tint from Benefit ^_^

as for my hair… I just embraced the natural wave with the “no brushing of hair” look

at 7th High DJ Scotto and Nicole Chen of 1 World Festival Singapore

great mix from Nicole, can’t wait for more EDM love in Singapore for the 1 World Festival <3

Here are the many reasons why you should be there to party with us!!!


after 7th High, we moved to URBN just to end the night

Cheers to love, life and hapiness! 🙂

We ended the night eating at IHOP… didn’t take pictures coz I was tipsy dipsy *oops*

‘Til next Friday 😉

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Taal Vista Hotel: Flair Weekend Getaways (Day 2)

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Philippines, Tagaytay, Travel

I usually hate waking up early because I just had to (work, errands etc).  One exception is waking up a wee bit early to experience Tagaytay sunrise!

When you’re staying in Taal Vista Hotel, don’t waste that moment and experience a beautiful sunrise – especially when you have that balcony view.  And then, eat their scrumptious breakfast buffet, and enjoy the view some more 🙂  Or not… because sleeping in their comfortable beds is just quite something on its own 🙂

Book Taal Vista Hotel online via Agoda.com

We woke up early to greet a beautiful morning!  Great weather in Tagaytay.  Lucky!

Huge hallway of the different Ballrooms

Their Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,000 guests

The lovely pool by the mountain wing side.

This great weather made me able to take this clear photo of the lake.

The structure on the left is a conference / events area by day and a club at night!

This place is perfect if you want an outdoor setting for a party and don’t want to be bothered by any probable rain.

Weekend market!

Game room!

No excuse not to get fit while on vacation.

Kids can have their fun too!

Herbs for sale that are part of the weekend market!

The wide open space for everyone to enjoy!

Majestic. Beautiful.

Couple pic.  Dressed quite comfortably because we were headed to the beach after this!

With the Taal Vista and SM team 🙂

The history wall.  Learned so much about Tagaytay and the history of Taal Vista Hotel.

We went around and I just notice the tiniest pretty details!

Finally, we arrive at the private garden of Taal Vista Hotel

Chef Edwin explains the different crops they plant on this land.

Most of these herbs are being used in Taal Vista’s Kitchen.

Organic… Only natural fertilizers, that’s why growing it is a bit slower.

But, organic is good!  No harmful chemicals 😉

Cherry tomatoes!!! They look delicious!  I want to grill some and eat wth cielo kebab or something 😛

Final group pic with Taal Vista Hotel team.

Also read:

Taal Vista Hotel – Flair Weekend Getaways (Day 1)

Sky Ranch Tagaytay: Sky Eye and Sky Fun Amusement Park


Taal Vista Hotel Gallery by FlairCandy

Book at Taal Vista Hotel now!



Taal Vista Hotel Map and Directions

from SM Megamall to Taal Vista Hotel

View Larger Map

Kilometer 60, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines

Book Taal Vista Hotel online via Agoda.com

Landline: +63 46 413 1225

Mobile: +63 (917) 809-1254

Taal Vista Hotel Website: www.taalvistahotel.com

Taal Vista Hotel Twitter: @taalvistahotel

Taal Vista Hotel Facebook: facebook.com/taalvistahotel

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Sky Ranch Tagaytay: Sky Eye and Sky Fun Amusement Park

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Entertainment and Lifestyle, Tagaytay, Travel

What’s happenin’ in Tagaytay?  Lots!  Apart from the usual attractions, you now get to appreciate a different view of the Taal landscape.  The Sky Ranch in Tagaytay is a leisure park within the 5 hectares land area beside Taal Vista Hotel.  Within the compound is the Sky Fun amusement park and other future developments like restaurants and a science museum.

Check out my blog post about Taal Vista Hotel.

The developers only hired the best engineers to build and operate the Sky Eye.  It is overlooking the Taal Volcano and the Taal Lake.  During the day, you get to enjoy a nice view of the lake.  At night time, you get to see city lights and a romantic view of Tagaytay.

Apart from this, they also have horseback riding by the Riding Loop area at P250 for 30 mins.  They are still building restaurant venues and other facilities.  There’s ample parking in front of the park, but if you’re staying at Taal Vista Hotel, it’s just a 5-minute walk!

Entrance and other Fees at Sky Fun at Sky Ranch Tagaytay:

  • Entrance   P100
  • Sky Eye              P150
  • Super Viking     P100
  • Mini Viking        P50
  • Wonder Flight   P50
  • Carousel            P50
  • Express Train    P50
  • Red Baron         P50
  • Nessi Coaster   P50
  • Horeseback Riding P250 for 30 mins

You can also rent Gazebos!

Sky Ranch Tagaytay


Sky Eye

Cotton candy colors by sunset time

Mandatory selfies

Painting colors on the Tagaytay landscape

Group photo!

Mandatory solo pic!


Sky Viking

eeek! 207 ft high!

The fog dillutes the hue

Inside the Sky Eye

Also read:

Taal Vista Hotel: Flair Weekend Getaways (Day 1)

Taal Vista Hotel: Flair Weekend Getaways (Day 2)

Sky Ranch Tagaytay

Sky Fun Facebook: facebook.com/skyfunpark

Operating hours: 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Sky Eye, Sky Fun, Sky Ranch Location:

Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City (Beside Taal Vista Hotel)

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Taal Vista Hotel: Flair Weekend Getaways (Day 1)

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Tagaytay, Travel

Escaping the chaotic Manila is simple. Drive an hour away to Tagaytay, and you will get all the peace and serenity you want. One of my favorite places to go is Taal Vista Hotel.

Book Taal Vista Hotel online via Agoda.com

Taal Vista Hotel is a landmark by itself.  It has been around since 1939 with a very rich story behind it.  The owner would usually go to a specific spot in this once-then an empty lot and it would allow him to think, be calm and be inspired.  It came to a point where he bought the land area and built this hotel with one of the most breathtaking view of the Taal Volcano and the Taal Lake.

There are many other places that will give you a nice view of the Taal Lake in Tagaytay, but Taal Vista’s is quite vast and spacious.  You will have plenty of space to take selfies, group shots, etc!  It is frequently a site for shoots, pre-nups, garden weddings and other events.

It’s a romantic place for couples, great place for families, and fully-equipped facilities for conventions.

Lunch Buffet upon our arrival at Taal Vista Hotel

Guava Gelato

This was one of the highlights of our lunch!  They also serve siniguelas ice cream which was also surprisingly good!  Match the gelato with baklang saba banana crisp and you’re good to go!

Guests were invited to participate in dancing the tinikling!

When you have lunch at Taal Vista, you will be treated with a cultural show by the Bughaw Dance Group.

Group shot after eating!  We all got happy bellies!

Cozy room with the lake view! My home away from home!

Book Taal Vista Hotel online via Agoda.com

5 star facilities and service.

The view from our balcony

The beautiful view inside our room.  We had fruits and flowers for positive energy ^_^

in the afternoon, we went for a nice R&R time at Asmara Spa

Asmara Spa at Taal Vista Hotel is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday) and 10:00am to 12:00mn on weekends.

Massage and other services range from P1,000 to P3,000.

Asmara Spa list of services and prices here.

A few minutes of walking, (or driving if you lazy!), is the new Sky Ranch

more details on a separate blog post!

The fog dillutes and distributes the color to the sky! 😛

Our dinner was just a great surprise!

I was admiring this romantic dinner set-up, thinking it was prepared for someone who was trying to propose… but, this was our dining table 😛

The weather was perfect!  It fogged a bit at some point, but the weather and the wind was just right!

Group photo: Matt, Me, Ro, Rica and Jo

Our dinner

Appetizer/Salad:  Marinated Smoked Salmon with Mango Tomato Salsa and Crisp Salad

Soup:  Fire Roasted Pumpkin Cuppuccino with Cinnamon Cream Broth

Main Course:  Duo of US Beef and Prawns with Potato Risotto and Grilled Vegetables

Dessert:  Warm Chocolate Erruption with Gelato Ice Cream

Do you want to experience this quite fancy dinner?

You can actually do!  Just call Taal Vista Hotel (contact details below) and request for this.  For whatever purpose it may be: to propose to your SO (special someone), to impress a business client, to celebrate with family etc… Taal Vista will help you!

Matt and me, with Chef Edwin V. Santos

Chef Edwin is my favorite chef to date, it is really obvious that he loves preparing food, even grows it in the private garden of Taal Vista Hotel!  He spent time talking with us and overall, he is just a really happy person <3 his energy is contagious – maybe also why the food he prepares is more delicous!

Clubbing in Tagaytay

and… we dressed up a little at night to Party at the Ridge!

It’s the place to be every Saturday night when you’re in Tagaytay as they invite club DJs, in partnership with Republiq.

I have been looking for something like this in Tagaytay for years and I’m happy to know there’s a bar/club place you and your friends can go to in Tagaytay!

That concluded our day 🙂  Coming up next, Day 2 at Taal Vista Hotel, tour of the hotel grounds and surprisingly more activities you and your loved ones would enjoy ify ou stay over.

Taal Vista Hotel Gallery by FlairCandy

Book at Taal Vista Hotel now!

Also read:

Taal Vista Hotel – Flair Weekend Getaways (Day 2)

Sky Ranch Tagaytay: Sky Eye and Sky Fun Amusement Park



Taal Vista Hotel Map and Directions

from SM Megamall to Taal Vista Hotel

View Larger Map

Kilometer 60, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines

Book Taal Vista Hotel online via Agoda.com

Landline: +63 46 413 1225

Mobile: +63 (917) 809-1254

Taal Vista Hotel Website: www.taalvistahotel.com

Taal Vista Hotel Twitter: @taalvistahotel

Taal Vista Hotel Facebook: facebook.com/taalvistahotel

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Front Seat

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in La Union, Philippines, Travel

Today’s selfie!!!

I’m off to La Union again to surf! This time, I will be with my officemates for our team building activities!

Currently, I’m riding a Partas bus going to Vigan. It’s going to pass by Urbiztondo beach, San Juan, La Union, where we will be staying!

By car, it would usually take me 6 hrs to drive if I leave at 2 am.

By bus, and traveling during day time, it’s gonna take about 8 hrs at least! We left at 2pm and we expect to arrive at 10pm. Enough for late dinner and some drinks 😛

Partas bus station is in Cubao, by Araneta st. cor. EDSA. Ticket to LU is around 400 something. If you Google Partas bus fare and schedule, you will find it 😀

Anyway, ttyl folks.


*This blog post was written via WordPress mobile and Smart iPad mini LTE.

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Surfing at The Park, Real Quezon

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Featured, Philippines, Surfing

Where were you this Holy Week?

I’m sure you all went to the beach, the mountains, spend it with family and what not.  But, I also know that a few of you, needed to work on the Holidays?  Isn’t that right?  I am no exception!  I had a few paperworks and write-ups over the Holy Week.

But, Saturday came and I’m finally free!  So, I wanted to drive some place to surf.  According to magicseaweed.com, West Side isn’t happenin’ and East Side of the Philippines got some decent swell.  I couldn’t drive to Baler or Bagasbas coz I heard it will take quite some time… and I lack sleep because I’ve been doing a marathon for Breaking Bad.

Anyway, my next option was Real, Quezon.  A new acquaintance who I met through one of our surf trips in Liwa, told me that he goes frequently to Real.  He said it takes 2 hours. — 2 hours what??!?! I drove for 3-4 hours!  The trip was longer than I expected, it was full of zigzags.  I had to drive at night on our way back home – dark, no street lights.  But I found it quite relaxing, I drove windows down, with music on full blast!

Stoked with my banana board.

It’s a 6’10” but it’s not really your typical short board.  It’s short, but you can ride it like a long board and pick-up waves at will.    It works for both big and small riders.  It’s manoeverable and easy to paddle


Map from SM Megamall to The Park, Real, Quezon

View My Saved Places in a larger map

zoom in and zoom out 😉


The Pacific Recreation Park or The PaRK, Real Quezon

Km 115, Bgy Tignoan, Real, Quezon

Finally, we arrived!


Real Quezon Surf Spot review

  • Waves – decent and clean, consistent (for a msw forecast of 2-4 ft.)
  • Crowd – for Holy Week season – not crowded at all (line-up at least, but there were a lot of other people swimming, camping
  • Facilities – Could be improved, outdoor showers weren’t working, too few toilets
  • Activities – Surfing, river rafting, camping and other beach sports
  • The drive – smooth roads from Ortigas Ave ext., 2-laned, but really dangerous because of a lot of zigzags and curves so you have to be careful.  I was averaging 40 kmph to  60 kmph on the curves and was only running at 80 kmph because of tricycles, and it was pretty dark at night
  • Travel time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Restaurants and dining areas: this I didn’t have any chance to explore.  They have a store that might prepare pancit canton and other stuff for you but as for real restaurant, haven’t chanced seeing any in this area.  So I guess it’s best to say, bring baon if you need to.  I didn’t need any because I went on an afternoon trip
  • Accommodations: I did a day trip so I never got to experience this.  They do offer overnight stays at affordable rates.


The Pacific Recreation Park or The PaRK, Real Quezon

Entrance Fees

  • Adults – P35 (day), P50 (overnight)
  • Kids – P20 (day), P35 (overnight)

Open Cottages

  • Medium for 10 pax – P400 (day), P600 (overnight)
  • Large 20 pax – P700 (day), P900 (overnight)


  • Tent Pitching (personal tent) – P50
  • Tent Rental (2-3 pax) – P300


  • Rooms [3] (2 to 3 pax) – P1,000
  • Sala 2nd Floor (10 pax) – P1,500
  • Porch w/sink and toilet – P1,500
  • Whole house – P5,000


  • Open Area for Recreation Activities
  • Basketball, Woodball, Lawn Bowling, Speedminton
  • Bonfire & Cooking Areas


Teody Villaflor

Mobile: +63.920.924.6102

Email: pacificrecreationkamp@gmail.com


River rafting

Water resistant, beach speakers I brought with me for review 😉

Only two of us in the line-up, the rest are swimmers

My bum says “Hello World!”


Sunset at Real

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The Circle Hostel – Budget Surf Trip in Zambales

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Featured, Philippines, Pilipinas, Surfing, Travel


My name is Hannah Villasis, and I am addicted to surfing.  Check all of my surfing blog posts here.

picture by Philippe Villareal and Cheryl of LittleRunningTeacher.com

There was a time when I would surf every week for 3 months.  All my savings went to surf trips.  It was a whole lot of fun… I WAS BROKE haha!  I do sound like a legit addict.  I got busy though and I had to forego surfing to earn real bucks travel and stuff.

The sea has been calling me lately.  I do think that I’m a mermaid or a gypsy in my past life.  I just love to travel and I love the ocean especially.

You know what, I just realized that I don’t have to spend so much on surfing anymore.  I can just drive 3 hours to Zambales, stay at a cheap hostel that fits my budget and worry about nothing else – just fun, surf, swim oh and a whole lot of art and friends!


Oh thank heavens for The Circle Hostel.

It’s not your ordinary accommodation.  Here, you don’t get a fancy room with A/C, TV, fridge and all the fancy things a regular hotel room offers.  Nope none of that.  But let me tell you something, it was an experience that surely brought out the best in me.

 It’s not your usual hotel accommodation, but it definitely has its charm!  It is ranked high on TripAdvisor as well!

Typical budget for overnight (including gas or bus fare, accom, food, etc) – P1,000!

This was my bunk bed. It was surprisingly comfortable!

I often sleep alone at my solo apartment – it was quite lovely to share this huge cabana with friends and new acquaintances!

If you’re iffy about your belongings, they have a locker for you 🙂

An alternative to the luxury you get from a regular hotel accommodation is nature, art, fresh air and new friends.  On our stay at the Circle Hostel, I didn’t even get to use my gadgets!  Poor iPad – I never touched it at all.  It’s a shame how we have so much to enjoy in this world – and they’re free.

– The smile of a stranger

– The laughter of friends

– The air that we breath

– The sea that gives us a good ride

– Creativity through art and painting

– Good food

– and awareness of our body through Yoga and meditation


It’s also amazing how you can create a game out of throwing a plastic disk – Ultimate Frisbee time!  My glutes were activated so badly, they were swollen the next day – good work out! I should do this more often!

I brought my hoop to take a few videos of me hooping by the beach – just for vanity’s sake really.


I can share with you my experience about this place all I want but bottom line is, you need to experience it for yourself 🙂  Spread and share the love!

First-time surfer Cheryl got some good rides! woohoo!

The Circle Hostel Contact Details

Email: thecirclehostel@gmail.com, lu@thecirclehostel.com, zambales@thecirclehostel.com

Website: www.thecirclehostel.com

Twitter: @thecirclehostel

Cel: zambales 09178611929, la union 09178326253

Facebook: facebook.com/thecirclehostel

The Circle Hostel Directions and Location: https://www.facebook.com/thecirclehostel/notes


The Circle Hostel, Zambales Accommodations

Bunk bed: P350 / night includes bananas and toast for breakfast

Hammock: P250 / night includes bananas and toast for breakfast


The Circle Hostel, La Union Accommodations

Bunk bed: P400

Hammock: P300


Mommy Phoebe’s Place, Sitio Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales

Contact no.: 09173200700 and 09185458007

Surfboard rentals: P200 per hour

Surf instructor: P200 per hour


His name is Garfield and he lives to the song of Bruno Mars

translated to lolcat language:

“Ohai! Todayzzzz I dun feel like doin anyyything”

“Me juz wanna layzzz in my bedzzzz!!!”

The girls are ready to surf!


Vanity shots by the artful rock cubes!

Okay fine! It looks better without my face in the photo!

POSERS!  There weren’t any big waves on our first day, except for some little bumps by the river mouth good enough for the beginners.

Thank you Nivea and Watsons for this awesome SPF spray! It’s water proof and when you’re super in a rush to get on that surf just spray away!

Easy application – especially when you need to retouch some sun protection!

Once again, thank you to Watsons PH for this Water and Sweat (coz I’m a sweaty one) resistand SPF 50 sun block!

This is best applied 20 minutes before basking in the sun.

Oh and thank you Celeteque for the awesome after-sun gel!

Everyone in the team loved using this after getting a little burn from the sun

Eli loves it so much he wants to drink it for sustenance! Crazy guy Eli >.<

Chow time!!! Our meals – homecooked with love by Mommy Phoebe’s

Here’s the facade of her humble canteen

This was where we had our meals because we were a big group!

Team WhenInManila!

Thank you foor the good food!  We felt so at home 🙂

My favorite!  I couldn’t get enough of this!

I forgot to ask where they got the garlic longanisa – it was yummy!

Sunset by Liwa beach, Zambales

Thank you Sanuk for these cute designed play cards!

We had a fantastic night playing card games and random games

Thank you Raf of The Circle Hostel for hosting our games and drinks!

Here’s another cute kitty from Mommy Phoebe’s place.

Everyone was doing their own thing in the beach – surfing, skim boarding, swimming, chillin’, frisbee, sunset photography etc…

It was quite a relaxing sight!

‘Til the next surf trip!


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Earning Income Online – Post. Usap. Deal.

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Featured, Philippines, Tech Chic, Uncategorized

Recently, I realized I have a lot of gadgets that I don’t get to use anymore.  I LOVE buying gadgets!  It just makes my life easy and awesome 🙂  But then, I don’t have all the time in my life to tinker with all of them.




If you are reading this, take a moment and look around your house.  How many things do you see that you haven’t used in at least a year.  Uh-huh, surprisingly there’s quite a few items in your house, that you don’t need.  One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure.  Yep, somewhere out there, someone would be interested in buying what you don’t need anymore.

Hoarding.  I think Filipinos are guilty of this.  I am guilty of this!  I’m collecting these phones that I don’t get to use.  I would think “sayang, baka magamit pa ng yaya ko.”  Or, “No one would want to buy this anymore!”

My inner gut says “Don’t make a statement unless you tried it.”


Here’s a video about a typical Filipino household who got smarter.


I have decided, it’s time to sell.

I have been following this local buy and sell website for a while – Sulit.com.ph.  Yes, I bet it sounds familiar, because when you google something you need, this website pops out quite often.  Why is this website so popular?  Because people need to buy.  People need to sell.

Currently, Sulit.comph is the Philippine’s #1 Buy and Sell Website.  It has always been since years ago and up until now, it has maintained its status to be at the top.  I am marveled by this achievement thought I would take advantage of this.


An Inspiration

Ready. Fire. Aim.

In the world of the internet, we don’t do the usual ready-aim-fire.  Because the cost of putting up an online business or online website is not much as compared to having a physical store, we just READY ourselves for ideas and opportunities, FIRE – (just do it), AIM (adjust as necessary).

This is what happened to the founders of Sulit RJ and Arianne David (bf-gf at that time, but now married).  Sulit hand humble beginnings when they launched it on September 11, 2006 in RJ’s room.

Their starting capital P2,400.

Like I said earlier, it doesn’t cost much to put up a business idea online.  P2,400 might just include the “.com” purchase and some hosting services.


Investing for FREE

RJ and Arianne had an initial investment of P2,400.  You too can invest even for FREE!  Maybe all you need is a little time to set up an account at Sulit.com.ph and take advantage of the creation of RJ and Arianne.  It took me barely 3 minutes to set-up mine!

With Sulit, you can start to profit at no cost at all because they offer FREE membership and FREE posting of ads.

If you are selling a house, lot, gadgets, your services and other items (new or old), then I think it’s about time you take advantage of this site too.


Features of Sulit.com.ph


  • The Philippines’ #1 Buy and Sell Website
  • Free membership + Free posting of ads
  • Sulit Gold – Sulit.com.ph’s virtual currency which sellers purchase to get more exposure for their ads
  • Sulit.com.ph has a thriving community with 1.9 million members (aka Sulitizens) – a trait that sets them apart from other local buy and sell websites in the country
  • Received more than 2 billion total pageviews last 2012
  • Current stats: average of 7 million pageviews and 700,000 unique visitors DAILY
  • Won numerous awards including Best Website from the Philippine Web Awards
  • No. 1 local website in the Philippines, the only local website in the top 10 websites in the Phils.



So, what are you waiting for? Ibenta mo na!

Post. Usap. Deal

Follow Sulit.com.ph

Facebook: /sulit.com.ph

Twitter: @sulit

Instagram: @sulit


*Post sponsored by sulit.com.ph

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Boracay Tops Destination List for Relaxation and Nightlife

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Boracay, Featured, Travel


Boracay soars as favorite international traveler destination!

Based on Agoda.com survey of over 113K customers, Boracay is #1 in Relaxation and #3 in Nightlife


Philippine beach destination Boracay, has been named favorite for relaxation (#1) and nightlife (#3), according to a customer survey conducted by Asia’s leading hotel booking site, Agoda.com.

Based on feedback from over 113,000 respondents provided at the end of their stay, Agoda.com customers had the opportunity to rate the categories of Nightlife and Relaxation on a scale of 1-5, 1 being “poor”, and 5 being “excellent.”

Under the category of Relaxation, Boracay emerged as the clear top choice, beating out perennial favorite Bali which came in at second. Thailand beach destination, Koh Samui, rounded up the top three.

The top Nightlife spot was taken by Bangkok, Thailand’s energetic capital known for its tuk-tuk’s, temples and street food, making it one of the number one destinations on sites like Expedia, and other hotel booking sites. Bangkok is followed by Dubai, the gleaming desert city in the United Arab Emirates, and then Boracay, famous for its white sand beaches and swaying palm trees, came in third.

Boracay is the lone Philippine destination that has made the top 10 for both categories. Philippine capital Manila has held a top 22 ranking in the Nightlife category, while Visayas hub Cebu came in top 19 in the Relaxation category.


Top Destinations for Relaxation

  1. Boracay, The Philippines
  2. Bali, Indonesia
  3. Koh Samui, Thailand
  4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  5. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
  6. Krabi, Thailand
  7. Langkawi, Malaysia
  8. Hua Hin, Thailand
  9. Phuket, Thailand
  10. Dubai, UAE


Top Destinations for Nightlife

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Dubai, UAE
  3. Boracay, The Philippines
  4. Pattaya, Thailand
  5. Tokyo, Japan
  6. Phuket, Thailand
  7. Hong Kong SAR, China
  8. Macau SAR, China
  9. Taipei, Taiwan
  10. Bali, Indonesia


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Boracay Sunset – by Hannah Villasis

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Living Smart, Living Comfortable, It’s Your Home

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Life, Personal, Philippines, Pilipinas

Lately, I’ve been so frustrated at Manila traffic. I just went home to Bacolod a couple of months back to witness a very busy festival (Masskara), and yet driving there amidst the number of tourists and the lively festivities didn’t let me get caught in heavy traffic.

Coming back to Manila, I experienced the worst traffic situation ever. It’s already the holiday season and I’m expecting it to get worse.

I’ve been ranting on Twitter and Facebook saying I couldn’t take this traffic anymore. I go to work and it just hurts my eyes and I get constant headaches. It is very uncomfortable. We need a better solution. I came up with ideas about passing a bill to the Senate (if ever I get elected as a congresswoman which is unlikely) called “Work from home Fridays.” But then again, the traffic would just be diverted to Thursday. or “Tax break” from companies who implement “work-from-home” policies.

I think it is unhealthy both for our body and in our time, to spend 2-4 hours of our life in a day with traffic.

It’s just not the way to live.

But then again, I know our government and MMDA has been thinking of a lot of solutions already and though they might have though of my ideas, I know there’s a butterfly effect on a lot of things.  Tax breaks would affect other companies, even the mamang drivers would be deprived of their livelihood, and so on and so forth.


Moving out of Manila

My second solution is to move out of Manila. I thought of going back to Bacolod. BUT HEY!!! I CAN’T! I need access to a huge airport hub to take me to many places I want to and I want to go to cool events here in Manila too!

Next best bet is to go a bit farther not close enough that I could still drive an hour away to Manila.


Sizzlin’ Manila

Literally. It’s so hot here! I keep on wanting to go to Tagaytay just to get a cool breeze. I love natural cold breeze btw and not the one that comes out of an air conditioning unit – it makes my nose suffer from rhinitis.

Thank you Skyway and awesome highways!

I don’t mind paying extra just to avoid traffic.


Living in Batangas Perhaps?

Why not? It’s near the beach, that I love 🙂 Near The Farm, Mount Malarayat, Puerto Galera and many diving sites. I heard there’s also a surf spot in the area.

Lipa City comes in mind where it is among the most progressive cities in Batangas.

  • Lipa is only an hour away from Makati
  • Accessible via SLEX and Star Tollway
  • 24-hour bus transport system available from EDSA Cubao and Buendia


Bel-Air Residences

Oh yeah, I’m an adult, and soon I’m going to buy my own house. I am considering this area as one of the places I’ll stay. Apart from the amenities I listed down above, Bel-Air residences has more to offer:
– Walking distance to SM, Lipa
– At the center of Business and Social Activity
– Beside Fiesta Mall and across a school
– Weather is generally COOL (BIG PLUS!!!) because this area is elevated at 1025 ft above sea level (known to be the third highest place in the Philippines)


On top of that,
– I can save on travel cost.

  • I can find work or open a business in the area
  • Amenities available like basketball courts (the big boys need this), a jogging path for me, a playground for kids (in the future), barbecue area, multiple parks, a pool where I can do my card, a lanai, gazebo and Club House.

  • Near schools such as Stoneyhurst International School, Nazareth School, Mc Kinley International School, Kolehiyo ng Lungsod ng Liba and De Lasalle, Lipa.
  • It is also close to established hospitals like Lipa Medix medical Center and metro Lipa Medical Center
  • Walking distance from major malls: SM Lipa, Fiesta Mall, Robinsons mall, Big
    and more


Choices of House Units

Your choices of house units range from townhouses to two-storey units with floor areas as big as 55 to 165 sq. meters, all designed under the concept of “Modern Zen” architecture. Clubhouse and Entrance Gates are designed and conceptualized by renowned architect, Arch. Ed Ledesma.




2-Storey Houses

House and lot with a garden area for my bunnies to hop into 🙂


Celebrity Homes

Lipa is also a fast becoming choice of celebrities as in the case of Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales, Boy Abunda and Vilma Santos.

Bel-Air Residences in Lipa is developed by Convergence Realty and Development Corporation.


Bel-Air Residences Brings You To Bohol and Boracay!

 Bel-Air Residences Lipa, Batangas and Nuffnang invite you to join “At Home in the Philippines” contest and win a chance to a vacation in Bohol or Boracay! The contest is open to all member bloggers of the Nuffnang Network with at least one (1) valid ad unit. Contest period is from November 16 to December 16, 2012.

Check out this link for more details:

Contact Bel-Air Residences at 0922-8733060; marketing@condev.com.ph; (043)7574210; www.belairresidenceslipa.com

*This is a sponsored post for Bel-Air Residences

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Marriott Cafe’s Teppanyaki Station

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Featured, Food, Philippines

My heart (or rather my stomach) always has a soft spot for Japanese cuisine.  When I heard Marriott Cafe is opening up a new Teppanyaki Station, I was ecstatic!  Everytime I dine here, I always end up getting sushis and sashimis apart from the varried array of food Marriott Cafe offers.
Marriott Cafe launched their newest Teppanyaki station

I must say, this feat is a "BLOCKBUSTER!" The Teppanyaki station was so much in demand and I would like to congratulate our friends from Marriott for this! Flavor wise, it did not dissappoint! Just by editing these photos makes me want to rush to Marriott now for a buffet!

Marriott cafe added a teppanyaki station just recently, grilling fresh and meaty choices of seafood, fish, beef, pork and chicken.  Chef Meik Brammer is sure to set your mood right to make everything tastier and satisfying in all aspects from the grill to the plate.
Teppanyaki is one of my comfort food list I cannot resit but just indulge.  It is derived from the word "Teppan" or iron plate.  This side of the buffet is loaded with the following choices
  • Gyuniko – diced beef tenderloin with vegetable in teppanyaki sauce
  • Tori – diced chicken with vegetable in teppanyaki sauce
  • Shake Teppanyaki – Salmon fillet with vegetable in special sauce 
  • Kaisen – mixed seafood with vegetable in sweet and spicy garlic sauce


Price: P 1,650 from Sunday to Thursday P 1,850 on Friday and Saturday P 2,000 for Sunday lunch


Marbled dice US beef tenderloin is a must-try.  Soft, subtle yet intense flavor added with a special teppanyaki sauce.  You can ask the chef to have the meat cooked in your liking – medium rare, or well done.

Ask for a combo.  Kaisen will surely hit your taste buds with shrimps, tuna, salmon and squid especially if you are on a pescarian diet. 

It’s your choice!  Put vegetables such as beansprout, cabbage, carrot, green bell pepper, white onion, zucchini, red bell pepper or celery.  It will surely add to the taste of your liking!

We added rice to our beef Teppanyaki.  Convert it to a complete meal by adding rice whipped up with meat sauce and spices resulting to an aromatic golden brown dish!

Although there isn’t really a secret ingredient when it comes to teppanyaki, the meat, sauces, and a precise hand in seasoning will spike just about anything from the interest to experience. And executive chef Meik understands this, so he made sure that every mouthful leaves anyone happy by having a devoted and an expert teppan chef preparing the ingredients fresh, hot, and fast while keeping in mind the entertaining aspect of the station.

While Teppanyaki is the new star section of Marriott Café, the thoughtful daily menu in the buffet from appetizer to dessert can never be left behind in its execution—leaving the choices and great memories almost endless!


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For inquiries and reservations, call 988-9999
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AEE Magicam

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Art & Photography, Featured, La Union, Northern Luzon, Philippines, Travel


CONCLUSION: Great function at reasonable price!


AEE Magicam Underwater and Sports Camera

I got a chance to review the new AEE Magicam underwater and sports camera.  It’s less known to the public than GoPro here in Manila, but after using it, I conclude that it’s a pretty good contender.

Pricing is not yet set here in the Philippines since it is new but it will soon be available in Pixel Pro.  It should cost lesser than the GoPro and unlike GoPro which doesn’t include the LCD attachment in the initial purchase, this AEE does.  It also comes with more accessories included in the box such as the remote control, lcd monitor and extra battery pack.  For GoPro, you would have to buy these separately.


Mounting and Installation on a Surfboard

I installed everything myself! You need to buy an extra accessory for surf board mount.  GoPro uses suction tube, whereas AEE uses 3M adhesive.  Mind you, this adhesive is pretty strong.  It’s pretty safe especially if it’s new.  It comes with two parts so that in case one gets detached, you still have another one clinging to your camera.  Be sure to have that safety thread hold on 🙂

Installation was very easy.  Just make sure the board’s surface is dry, wax-free, dirt free.  Clean it well first before sticking the 3M mount.

Comes in 2 pieces, in case one part gets ripped. Unlike the suction where although secure, when it’s gone – it’s gone.

*thank you so much to Kristel for the photos above 🙂


AEE Magciam sports camera put to test (Surfing Video)



AEE Magicam SD21 Specs

  • With LCD glass screen: real-time display various status
  • External TFT display screen, real-time display video content or play recorded content
  • With IP68 standard waterproof case, and the waterproof depth is 60 meters, two kinds of housing design
  • Support setting, replay, delete ect. operations with connecting to 1.5″ TFT display screen
  • With built-in dismountable high-capacity lithium battery, it can be re-charged
  • HD video recording/photo snapping function with various models
  • Self-time function with front indicator and timing recording
  • Laser indicator function make record and snapshot easlier. 
  • 1/3 inch CMOS sensor 8.0 Mega Pixels
  • Recording MOV videos, to be directly played by PC or uploaded onto video websites
  • Auto exposure, auto white balance, easy to operate;
  • F/3.0 aperture, and support nightshot
  • 10x Digital zoom
  • 170°extra-large wide-angle lens
  • Auto recording when acceleration occurring (function as the black box of the car) *optional
  • Auto stand-by for power saving
  • Supporting fast forward and fast rewind, and skipping of contents in the next segment (when connecting with TFT screen player)
  • Supporting time setting (RTC function) and time superposition function;
  • Supporting USB2.0;
  • Built-in microphone, forming high-quality stereo voice recording effect
  • HDMI output, AV-OUT function
  • Support TF card (max. 64G)
  • Build-in buzzer for sound indicator
  • Photo 180 degree reversal function
  • Low battery alert
  • Memory capacity alert
  • Wireless remoter (record, stop, photo snap, laser indicator)
  • Various sport accessories, truly realizing the video recording of sports;
  • Good seismic resistance;
  • Support system: Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP/Vista/Mac OS


Parameter List

  • Pixel: 8.0M CMOS SENSOR(3200*2400)
  • View Angle:170°
  • Snap mode:3M(2048*1536)/5M(2560*1920)/8M(3200*2400) 
  • Record mode:1080P 720P WVGA QVGA
  • Frame rate:1080P/30fps 720P/30fps WVGA/60fps QVGA/30fps
  • Record format: MOV(H.264 video compression)
  • Snap format:JPEG
  • Memory medium: Micro SD/MMC(Max 64GB SDHC)
  • Store Consumption:(2GB SD card)  Snapshot3M(1900pcs) 5M(1160pcs) 8M(770pcs); Record:720P/60min, WVGA/135min
  •  Display: LCD screen
  • laser power:1MW
  • digital zoom : 4x
  • AV OUT :support NTSC/PAL VGA and HDMI 
  • USB Jack:  USB2.0
  • Microphone: Support Built in 2 Microphones
  • Power consumption :500mA@3.7V(MAX) 
  • Lithium battery :1000mAh
  • Record time: 2.5h/ battery
  • Operation system:  Windows XP SP2/Vista or Above/Mac OS. CPU:Pentium4  1.5GHZ above, RAM:1GB above 
  • RTC function :support
  • Store temperature : -20℃–60℃
  • Operation temperature :  -10℃—50℃
  • Operation humidity :  15~85%RH 


AEE Magicam vs GoPro Hero

I have also tried GoPro Hero  and by comparison,

  • AEE seems sharper than GoPro.  Some experts say, it’s GoPro’s case design that ruins its sharpness and color.
  • GoPro is wider than AEE. Some experts say, too wide – too distorted and they’d rather have AEE.

for video testing side-by-side between the two cameras, check this out:


As for AEE Magicam, it gives sports and film enthusiasts an an option with great function, quality at a very reasonable price 🙂 

AEE Magicam will soon be sold at Pixel Pro branches in Manila.

Follow them on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pixelproinc



Comparison Chart between AEE and GoPro Cameras

*click to enlarge chart

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Philippine Holidays 2013 and Long Weekends

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Philippines, Pilipinas, Travel


It’s about time to plan your vacation early once again!  Book you flights and accommodations!

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Regular Holidays

January 1     New Year’s Day
March 28     Maundy Thursday
March 29     Good Friday
April 9      Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)
May 1         Labor Day
June 12        Independence Day
August 26     National Heroes’ Day
November 30     Bonifacio Day
December 25    Christmas
December 30     Rizal Day

Special Non-Working Days

March 30    Black Saturday
August 21    Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1    All Saint’s Day
November 2    Government Declared
December 24    Government Declared
December 31     Last Day of 2013


Additional Dates (estimate / unofficial, to wait final declaration)

February 10 Chinese New Year

February 25 People Power Day

August 9 Eidul Fitr

August 21 Ninoy Aquino Day

October 15 Eidul Adha


Philippine Long Weekends for 2013

February 23-25 (3 days)

March 28-31 (4 days)

August 24 – 26 (3 days)

November 1-3 (3 days)

December 28, 2013 – January 1, 2014 (5 days)


calendar from portalseven

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