Hiking Mount Maculot – A beginner’s tale

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Ever since That Thing Called Tadhana, I have made it my mission to go emo while staring at the sea of clouds at Sagada’s Mount Kiltepan. Turns out, if you are not in your twenties anymore, you can’t just go to Sagada on a whim. While Kiltepan is supposed to be an easy climb, you have to do it at dawn in freezing weather which makes it challenging for first time climbers. Some preparation is needed and setting the incline on the treadmill at a higher percentage just won’t cut it.

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Starbucks ushers in the Year of the Monkey with new Espresso Confections, food items and more

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2016 is just around the corner. At this point, avid coffee lovers should have collected enough stickers for a planner or two and are just about ready for new seasonal drinks! Good news – Starbucks PH ushers in the Year of the Monkey with new Espresso Confections with flavors that can only be found in the finest boxes of chocolates: the Strawberry Red Velvet Mocha and Chestnut White Chocolate Truffle.

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Rosedale Hotel Kowloon

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Overlooking the Olympian City shopping complex off the Skyzone Deck and Lounge, 30/F Rosedale Hotel Kowloon

December 2015 –  My buddy Jae and I decided to take our moms to Hong Kong as an early Christmas present. It was their first time in the mega city and also our first out of the country trip together so we made sure that everything went without a hitch. We booked our plane tickets via Cebu Pacific as early as June but we took our time in choosing the hotel where we would be staying at. The latter was critical as our itinerary was planned around its location.

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The Magical World of Disney

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The first time that we went to Disneyland, it was August. The heat and humidity in Hong Kong that time of the year was unbearable even at early hours of the morning but we didn’t mind. From the time that we boarded the train with Mickey Mouse-shaped windows and matching handles, we were already in Fantasia and we could hardly contain our excitement.

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A weekend cabin retreat near the Metro via AirBNB

I have always wanted to spend a weekend in a cabin in the woods. To be precise, I have always wanted to say that I spent a weekend in a cabin just like in them old Hollywood films. Of course my idea does not include the ‘roughing it’ part nor the scary monsters in that Joss Whedon film.

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Isdaan Floating Restaurant

One popular stopover if you are traveling up north and you are looking for some gastronomical delight is Isdaan Floating Restaurant along MacArtur Highway in Gerona, Tarlac. Having the same owners as Barrio Fiesta, Singing Cooks and Waiters Atbp., the restaurant boasts of great tasting Filipino food that is well worth the price.

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Batanes

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Batanes is in the travel bucket list of almost everyone I know, and for good reason. Everything that you read (and heard from Coco Martin in that Star Cinema movie) about how beautiful it is are all true. It is the one place that does not only live up to expectations, it actually eclipses them. But just like anything else that is worth experiencing, Batanes is not easily accessible to everyone.

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