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February 28, 2006

Conquering the Taal Volcano Crater!

Taal Crater (Panoramic)

This is my third time to hike up the Taal Crater and still a beautiful experience for me. This is an update of my prior Taal Crater posts last October 2005 and I would like to share with you some things to bring/ expect based on my learnings from all my past hikes:

1). Bring your own water, beer or drinks if you want to save on costs. On average cost of the drink is P20/water, P30 for drinks, and P25/ fresh buko.
2). Wear Rubber Shoes, Shorts and bring a handkerchief to cover for the dust (specially during summer).
3). Leave Manila by 6am, so that you can start your hike at 8am (45mins hike). You'll be back before 11am in time for lunch @ Tagaytay.
4). Ignore the people offering you boat ride (don't even look at them), go straight to Taal Yatch Club and rent a boat for P1,500--
5). Other incidental costs would be P10/person entrance fee, and P20/person docking fee to help the community there in Taal Volcano.
6). Don't forget your camera, and you can opt to ride a horse for P500 back and forth (25 minutes to the crater)

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February 27, 2006

A tribute to Euro Star Carnival -- The Best Carnival in the Philippines!!

Eurostar Carnival, Fort Bonifacio - 17
Booster with 3d spining action!!

Thanks to media source for bringing us the most successful carnival in the Philippines -- Euro Star Carnival! I had my doubts initially, and the Philippines blogosphere have attested to this awesome carnival rides. Manila is the first stop in its 8-city Asian Tour and February 28 is its last day here in Manila. This is my personal photo tribute to this awesome carnival that Manila has ever seen and I'm glad that we are elevating the entertainment level to world class European standards! This is the first time I got dizzy with carnival rides and I've been to Orlando's theme parks, and I can say these are one heck of a ride that surpasses all of them (except for the roller coaster rides). Booster, Flipper, Ranger, and G-Force will be the carnival tales of generation to come. Good luck to your China Stint and I do hope Manila will see you again in 2 years time :)

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Japanese delights @ Seryna, Little Tokyo

Seryna - 1
Kaizen Gozen (P250) -- one of the set menu best seller in the house :)

I'm back! I have a hectic travel schedule lately and will be out in March. Before I go on a blog leave again, I want to give you another food delight -- this time a Japanese restaurant in Little Tokyo. It is a modern japanese resto and have been less than a year in operation. I'll rave about their food presentation that makes the food soo appetizing when you see it. I judge all the japanese restaurant I've been to based on the taste of their Kani Salad, California Maki and the Wasabi. Only the Kani Salad failed the test, the maki was good and soo is the wasabi -- not too strong but it has that kick in the nose when you eat it. So generally the food is OK but since there are a lot of Japanese eating here which is a testament of its authenticity. We averaged around P300/person so not too bad for a japanese resto with a good ambiance and good food! This is one resto that I'm going back for more...

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February 15, 2006

"Love is more important than food!"

My Esperanza's Valentine - 20

Happy Valentines Day to all of you! Valentines' used to be a big day full of anxiety because of preparation of a wonderful surprise gimmick for my loved one. These days, it's about planning an escape to spend an evening dinner together at a secluded restaurant. I actually don't mind traveling all the way to the end of South Super Highway and visit Esperanza's Farm Dining in Calamba, Laguna. However, what I do mind is traveling all the way and be disappointed with the taste of the food. So, there won't be any food shots in this post :( I know that there are risks sometimes for visiting places for the first time and not yet tried and tested. Oh well, since we paid for the ambiance then we will just shoot the ambiance and build our collection of couple pictures :) On normal days, they serve ala carte for P550 (which should be better than the buffet we had) and by reservation only.

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February 14, 2006

Best of Viaje del Sol Posts!



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