When you are sitting at Antidote rooftop bar, cool breeze kissing your face, good music playing in the background, taking in 360 degrees sweeping views of the city, a cold and crunchy sauvignon blanc in hand and a waxing crescent moon casting its spell on you, instinctively the day’s chaos melt away. A reminder that life isn’t perfect but it has perfect moments. Read more
Alexandra Stoddard once said, “When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go”. That is exactly what happened to me with Panglao, an island in the north Bohol Sea. Read more
I’m lucky to be part of a group called “Halo Halo”, a community of women in Metro Manila who hike together. We’re not actually exclusive—the group also invite men to join us in our hikes—but we’re made up of mostly women from different corners of the world and of varying ages and backgrounds. Once in a while, we get together and discover local trails. We take these organized hiking trips as a great opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, connect, network, and share our different experiences while living here in the Philippines.
Dear Mila, If you get a chance to read this, THANK YOU for being the force behind “Halo Halo”, organizing these hikes and helping us discover the Philippines one mountain at a time.
Last week, we went to Mount Paliparan, located at Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. We left Metro Manila at 5:30 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead just a few minutes shy of 7:00 a.m. There, we registered ourselves at the Barangay Hall, had a short briefing on what to expect, then set off with our assigned guides. Read more
Rockwell is my favourite neighbourhoods in Metro Manila especially now when streets have been decorated in the holiday spirit.
One of the many reasons we love Salcedo village is its proximity to cozy cafes, bars and restaurants.
It was cool and breezy in the morning so instead of curling up under a blanket, my boys and I decided to go out and enjoy coffee al fresco. Wild Flour Restaurant in Rockwell has a pretty outdoor seating area and serves a luxuriously creamy Almond Vanilla Latte.
Our day trip to Mount Binacayan in the province of Rizal, was as spontaneous as we could get. It took just a few hours, but it turned out to be the perfect excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It was therapeutic, no doubt.The night before the hike, the organizer drops a quick line on our WhatsApp group chat and asks participants to bring gloves. That’s when it hit me that I had no idea where we were going or what to expect. But I quickly set aside my worries. Before I sleep, I thought to myself, Hiking is the answer; who cares what the question is? My initial apprehension was eventually replaced with excitement for another mountain trail! Read more
Waking up at 4 a.m. was a challenge but I still made it on time for our 5 a.m. meet-up at San Antonio Plaza, Makati. By 5:30 a.m., everyone had arrived, registered, and filled up two mini vans. We were finally set for the trip! Read more
The art scene in the Philippines was in full bloom this past weekend as the most anticipated annual art event took place. Art Fair Philippines 2018 was a four-day event that brought together artists, art enthusiasts, gallerists, and collectors in a large-scale showcase that transformed the entire car park of The Link Ayala Center here in Makati city into an art exhibition venue. Read more