Abigail Javellana


Masungi Georeserve: Secret Sanctuary in Baras Rizal

By Abigail Javellana

(Updated 12/5/2016: Updated the new conservation rates effective November 26, 2016.

Note: There’s a new improvement at the end of the trail called the ‘Dahon’ village. Here, you will find hammocks of different shapes and sizes inspired by leaves and fruits. Guests can rest on these hammocks after a long and winding trek throughout the trail.)

Masungi Georeserve

When the daily grind of the city begins to weigh down on you, it’s always nice to take a step back and appreciate nature. Just a quick hour and a half from Quezon City is Baras, Rizal, home of the Masungi Georeserve. Masungi comes from the word “masungki”, which means “spiked”. This is fitting as one of the prime attractions of this reserve is a 10 kilometer spine of limestone formations.

The 1,500+ hectare reserve is a haven for a variety of flora and fauna and a fun adventure spot for hikers and ecotourists. Every Tuesday to Saturday, at either 7:30 am or 1:00 pm, thrill-seekers can take the 3-4 hour hike around the huge georeserve.

Some sights to be seen are: Tatay and Nanay, two limestone peaks, Yungib ni Ruben, a cave to seek shelter from the hot sun, and Sapot, a web where you can lie down and view Laguna de Bay.

However, keeping Masungi safe for all the wildlife in it has been an uphill battle. “The georeserve is an area we have been protecting for over fifteen years now. Having to deal with a myriad of illegal loggers, quarries, and others, it has been a challenge, but ultimately a meaningful and fulfilling one. Today, we are excited to share our love for the place with you. We hope that you see something special in it like we did.”


Masungi Georeserve
Kilometer 45, Marcos Highway, Rizal, Philippines
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: masungigeoreserve
Instagram: masungigeoreserve

Reservations (Book Here)

Masungi Conservation fee:
• Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays): Php 1,500 per person*
• Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays): Php 1,800 per person*
*Inclusive of a ranger dedicated to the group, rental of helmets & backpacks, water refills and complimentary light after-trail snacks

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Events, Manila Life

Sustainable Seafood Week: Top Hotels and Restaurants Joins Forces in Saving Our Oceans

By Abigail Javellana

Sustainable Seafood Week

February 15 – 21, 2016 will be a long week affair of the first ever Sustainable Seafood Week organized by top hotels and restaurants in Manila along with the different environmental groups and fisheries NGOs.

Sustainable Seafood Week, a celebration of food, aims to share the best practices in creating sustainable fisheries and to raise awareness among seafood consumers  and stakeholders on the problems plaguing the Philippine seas. An important issue to be tackled is unsustainable fishing practices, that not only harm the marine environment, but also threaten the country's fisheries industry.


Sustainable Seafood Week Ph
February 15 – 21, 2016
Facebook: SustainableSeaoodWeekph


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Awesome Festivals

WANDERLAND 2016: The Hippest Festival in Manila is Ready to Blast Off!

Wanderland 2015

Wanderland, the hippest arts and music festival this side of the galaxy, is back for the fourth time around. Karpos Multimedia is sure to take Wanderers to infinity and beyond with this year's theme of space. So, clear up your schedules on March 5, 2016, and get ready for 12 hours of stellar musical fun at the Global Circuit Events Ground.


Wanderland Festival 2016
March 5, 2016
Globe Circuit Events Ground, Makati
Facebook: wanderlandfest
Instagram: @wanderlandfest
Twitter: wanderlandfest


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#Restaurants, Food

CAFE FLEUR: Avant-Garde Kapampangan Dishes by Chef Sau del Rosario!


Café Fleur by Chef Sau Del Rosario pays homage to traditional Kapampangan cooking with an international twist.

Many of the recipes at the cafe are time-honored family dishes we grew up eating. Some creations not only wish to capture the comfort of the Filipino home, but also the distinct flavors of other lands

L-463B Miranda St. Brgy Sto. Rosario, 2000 Angeles City
Operating Hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Telephone: 045-304-1301
Mobile: 093-5761-6550

Read on to find out how Café Fleur cooks its way to our hearts (and stomachs)…

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#Philippines, Kids

JUMP YARD: Mixing Fun & Fitness in the First Trampoline Park in Manila!

Read More: Here are… 10 Most Fun Activities in Manila (2016 Edition)! @TourismPHL

Jump Yard is one of the first and largest trampoline parks in the Philippines. Boasting 2,000 sqm of space, its high-flying, adrenaline-rushing attractions offer us a one-of-a-kind experience in Manila.

You can play a game of Dodgeball, jump into foam pits, slam dunk basketballs, enjoy the obstacle course, have a go at cage ball, wall climb, free run, and more!

Check out what to expect and some tips to plan your awesome experience at Jump Yard…

Frontera Verde Complex, Ortigas Avenue Corner C5, Pasig City
Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursdays: 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm
Fridays 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Telephone: +632 544 – 0703
Mobile: +63 908 – 472 – 0031 / +63 915 – 618 – 2183
Facebook: JumpyardPH
Instagram: @JumpyardPH

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#Restaurants, Food

BINONDO: 15 Places to Try on your Next Binondo Food Crawl!

Make sure to download Our Awesome Guide: Binondo Food Crawl for information, food, and pasalubong tips when in Binondo, Manila! :) 

Every year the streets of Binondo Chinatown become busy as the Chinese New Year approaches. Binondo having its own character will give you an experience of a different culture, full of colorfulness, different smells, and rich history while walking on its chaotic streets.

What's more, exciting than bargain shopping at Chinatown is experiencing its gastronomic landscape

binondo food crawl map

This food crawl isn't about your typical meal at President's, or go to dumpling shop at Ying Ying and Wai Ying, nor your favorite fast food chain like Tasty. We curated this food walk searching for your money's worth yummy mid-range eateries and family owned businesses that are celebrated in Binondo.

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Awesome Guide: 15 Places to Try in Angeles City (Part 3 – International Cuisine)

By Abigail Javellana

Awesome Guide: 15 Places to Try in Angeles City: Filipino Cuisine (4) | Awesome Places (3)| International Cuisine (8)

Update 07/27/2016: PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

Angeles City Culinary Capital PH

Getting hungry is not an option, Angeles City famed for being the “Culinary Capital of the Philippines” not only produces yummy Filipino dishes but will also surprise you with global dining options.

Once was a U.S Military base that brought together other nationalities, with this they were able to share and influence their culture including a number of authentic international dishes from their respective countries.


Here’s a 24-Hour guide to Angeles city complete with a food trip guide, heritage tours and fun adventurous activities everyone to enjoy…

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#Travel, Pampanga

Awesome Guide: 15 Places to Try in Angeles City (Part 1- Filipino Cuisine)

Awesome Guide: 15 Places to Try in Angeles City: Filipino Cuisine (4) | Awesome Places (3)| International Cuisine (8)

Update 07/27/2016: PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

Angeles City Culinary Capital PH

Angeles City, with its reputation famous for the red light district, you'd be surprised that Angeles City is far from that. Famed for being recognized as the "Culinary Capital of the Philippines", it's no wonder you'll find some of the best Filipino cuisines. The city once served as U.S. Military base that brought together many nationalities, bringing with them are a number of authentic international dishes.

Here's a 24-Hour guide to Angeles city complete with a food trip guide, heritage tours and fun adventurous activities everyone to enjoy…

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Wonderfruit Festival: Hippest Festival in Asia! @WonderfruitFest

By Abigail Javellana

Wonderfuit Festival 2015

Wonderfruit, is an international Music & Arts Festival set in Thailand’s backpacker heartland Siam Country Pattaya, is said to be one of the hippest festivals in Asia.

Although known to be a sin city, Pattaya is far from that with it’s long stretch white sand beach, lush hills, creeks, and well-manicured lawns are reminiscent of the world-famous Coachella.

We love the various workshops held every day, enriching ourselves with the arts, yoga, and health, it is definitely a perfect venue for an adventure filled with an exciting music line-up, yummy feasts, and nature activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

It zeroes in on advocating creative cultures, eco-friendliness, and sustainable living. You could say, it has the same change-making concept as to Philippine’s very own Malasimbo.

Here’s a short photo essay of Wonderfruit’s festivities last December 17-20, 2015…


Wonderfruit Festival
The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya
50 Moo 9, Bang Lamung, Pong, Chonburi 20150, Thailand
Facebook: wonderfruitfest
Twitter: @wonderfruitfest
Instagram: @wonderfruitfestival


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CASA ITALIA in Manila: Gelato, Coffee OTTO, & Italian Comfort Food Goodness!

Related post: 10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015!

CASA ITALIA is a modern day Italian Bar serving micro-roasted Coffee OTTO, handcrafted premium Gelato, and freshly made Italian comfort food favorites, set in an Italian casual chic café. It’s the “Starbucks” of Italian coffee and gelato!

The recently opened branch in Manila is a franchise of the popular gelato shop in Singapore. From the outside, it looks like a normal gelato and coffee place, but you’ve got to check out their pasta, pizza, and panini cooked the Italian way.  

Check out this video series on building Casa Italia here in Manila:

Our family tried it after Joshua and Raphael’s piano recital. Here’s what we love at Casa Italia…


Megaworld Shop 5, Burgos Park Bldg. Forbestown Center
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 753-6263 or 813-8138
Operating Hours:
Sun. – Thurs. 6:30am to 12:00mn
Fri. and Sat. 6:30am to 1:00am
Facebook: Casa Italia PH
Instagram: @CasaItaliaPH

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