[ Playa Calatagan #2] Breakfast @ Antonio’s “Halfway House”

Note: This restaurant is closed already and they moved inside the main Antonio’s restaurant. 

8:30am @ Breakfast @ Antonio’s. This is the perfect “halfway” house between Playa Calatagan and Manila which is both approx. 1.5 hours away from this point. I was surprised that this place is jump packed on Sunday Breakfast including the regular group of bikers who meet up here every Sunday @ 8.30am. This was my first time @ Breakfast and I’ve heard mixed reviews that the food was not as great as the main Antonio’s restaurant. I was excited to try it out with Rache and Aidan. This is also our meeting point with Joey and Tisha who was gracious enough to show us Playa Calatagan. Join me as we take a sneak peak inside a Breakfast @ Antonio’s experience.

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[ Playa Calatagan #1] a Beach Discovery in Calatagan, Batangas

>>>> Our Playa Calatagan 254sqm Lot and Membership for SALE! <<<<

Temporary Pavilion @ Playa Calatagan, Batangas (Playa is spanish for beach)

Before I leave for a blog vacation for the entire March, I would like to share with you a beach discovery 3 hours away from Manila! I can’t imagine that there is a beach as beautiful as this just within travel distance and previously Calatagan, Batangas is not known to have this kind of beach. The beach is even better than the Laiya, San Juan Beaches and the Nasugbu beaches. There are three criteria for me for a great beach resort: (a) the beach sand is white fine sand, (b) the water is so calm that children could swim in it, (c) a beautiful sunset right in front of the beach! Playa Calatagan meets those three criteria except for the beach having a brownish tint but its finer than most of the beaches in Batangas 🙂

It is still in its natural virgin state and it was owned by Mayor Palacios Family (that is why it remained private all these years!) I’m glad that Palacios and Landco Corporation join in partnership to create this as a seaside residential estate. This is Landco’s 3rd seaside real estate community after Punta Fuego and Terrazas de Punta Fuego. It is still in its pre-selling of P6,000/ sqm and you can still buy as small as 250 sqm. I’ve always wondered in buying Punta Fuego when it was just selling at P4,500/sq (5 years ago) which is now 4x that amount. What’s great about this seaside resort is that you just buy a lot with no club membership fees anymore and there will be both a private country club and a public space. The vision for the public area is to bring Boracay’s vitality and party atmosphere only 3 hours away from Manila. I do hope that the beauty of this place is maintained as they develop the community and the commercial area.

I’m posting an entire series on this beach discovery to share with you the beauty of this place. You’ll hear a lot more about this place, as they begin to market it in May 2006. I’m soo convince of the beauty of this place, that I bought a Lot on my first trip to this beautiful beach in Calatagan, Batangas.



Aling Lucing’s Sisig — Pampanga’s Best finally in Makati :)

WARNING: Sisig is not good for your health, eat at your own risks.

Move over Aysee, Aling Lucing is conquering Makati! For several years, Aysee’s Sisig in Pasig (near ultra) is the reigning branded sisig and this is a lunch/ dinner destination in itself when you are in the Pasig area. Aling Lucing’s Sisig is the pride of Pampanga with its original location in the “riles” or located near the railroad in Angeles City (mental note: I’ll blog about this original place one of these days 🙂 Also, Aling Lucing is the Grand Slam Winner of the 3rd Sisig Festival in Angeles City held just last Dec. 2-3, 2005 besting 176 other contestants!! A lot to be proud about, and finally a franchise was opened outside the malls along Pasong Tamo in front of former Urban Bank (corner Buendia).

Sisig is a big part of the pinoy culture together with the Halo Halo and Balut, so this is a must try even for a vegetarian like me (I can’t resist not to savor its taste 🙂 I first heard about this from Spanx’s review and this place just opened last Feb. 14, 2006. The sisig was tasty, yummy and you can taste that delicious secret sauce and ingredients that ordering the Sizzling Big Shot (P130) is a must! The sisig is definitely superb better than Gerry’s or Aysee’s I should say. Although the marketing material was well thought of, they should have attracted the after office inuman (drinking) crowd so they should offer San Miguel beer products.

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#Philippines, Batangas

Conquering the Taal Volcano Crater!

Taal Volcano Hike - 6

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)

Check out Team OAP’s video on debunking the mystery of Taal Volcano…

Taal Volcano Blog Series
A Journey into Taal Volcano’s Crater! (Photo Essay) (2017)
Taal Volcano: Guide to 45-minute Trekking Adventure to Crater Lake (via Private Route)! (2015)
Conquering the Taal Volcano Crater! (2006)
Guide to Trekking Up to the Taal Volcano – world’s smallest volcano! (2005)
Taal Volcano Crater Experience! (2005)

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Viaje del Sol

Best of Viaje del Sol Posts!

I got an inquiry on Viaje del Sol on what to expect and how much would it costs. I decided to provide a link post for all my best post on this Viaje del Sol journey. I’ve visited here twice already and I’m going back for a third time to try out the new additions to the Viaje del Sol route.

Viaje del Sol Index

(April 2006)
Sitio de Amor Conversations [Viaje del Sol]
[Viaje del Sol] Welcome to Tahanan ni Aling Meding

(December 2006)
[Viaje del Sol Series.1] Breakfast @ Kusina Salud
[Viaje del Sol Series.2] Step into Nina’s Kusina Salud
[Viaje del Sol Series.3] “Starbucks” stop @ Jay’s Kinabuhayan Cafe
[Viaje del Sol Series.4] Postcards from Kinabuhayan Cafe
[Viaje del Sol Series.5] The Charm of Kubli Springs
[Viaje del Sol Series.6] Sumptuous Lunch @ Ugu Bigyan!
[Viaje del Sol Series.7] Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden Postcards
[Viaje del Sol Series.8] Carlitos’ Workshop – Our Last Stop

(October 2005)
Viaje del Sol Review



[10TH Hot Air Balloon Fiesta #3] What to do in the Balloon Fiesta?

Get Engaged in a Balloon 🙂 Don’t laugh now, in fact there was somebody who proposed in this Total Balloon — oh boy, that was an awesome proposal. Not sure who it was but maybe some of my readers would know and give some info. My ultimate dream is still to ride in one of these balloons… Someday I’ll do it and share it with you.

UPDATE: Thanks to John Rana of [email protected] for pointing me to the details on the Marriage Proposal in the Air.

After all the balloons left, you can hang around and still see the flying acrobatic show and I’ll show you some pics on what else can you do here. There are a lot of activities for the kids, so this is an ideal Sunday gimmick. Actually after the event, you can decide to go to Zoobic in Subic and that would have been a really great Sunday treat for the family.

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[10TH Hot Air Balloon Fiesta #2] All Balloons Pumped Up, Up, Up and Away!

If you don’t wake-up early, this is the awesome scene that you will miss. During this time, I was with my brother, Rommel (who took some of the photos in this series) and his barkada. The highlight for me was this big pedigree dog who asserted his big presence among all the other balloons. Even the so-called Newspaper balloon did not stand a match for this dog. On the last day, the race is all about a lead balloon who takes off 30 minutes earlier before the other balloon will start to beat that balloon to the finish line. That is why by 7am, all the balloons have taken off already and all of them leave one after another. I’ll take you through the launch of these balloons and hopefully convince you that this is another one of those world class events that you shouldn’t miss next time in Manila 🙂

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[10TH Hot Air Balloon Fiesta #1] The 5am Balloon Fiesta

This is a trilogy series on the 10th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHBF) @ Omni Aviation Field, Clark Field Pampanga. Finally, I was able to savor the beauty of the balloons on the fiesta’s last day and I was not disappointed. Unlike in the World Pyro Olympics which you have to stay awake until late at night, in the Hot Air Balloon it starts at 5.30am in the morning when the hot air balloons start to setup and leave before 7am. Also, for some reason, the internet sites in the Philippines lack any experiential information on what to expect in this fiesta except for the official website: and the press releases. In this series, I would like to share with you this awesome experience and it felt like I was not in the Philippines with all these world class balloons (total of 21+ I believe)!

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[Bantayan+Malapascua #8] What to do in Malapascua?!

This is the final post on the [Bantayan+Malapascua] Series and Malapascua is such a nice place for enjoying beach and nature. In this final post, I would leave you with some visual ideas on what to do here in the charming island of Malapascua. I’m starting to miss this place everytime I look at the photos. Enjoy and share this post with your friends special those planning to go to Malapascua this summer!

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[Bantayan+Malapascua #7] La Dolce Vita! Authentic Italian Restaurant — can you believe it?

I can’t imagine how an authentic Italian restaurant exist and able to survive in an island called Malapascua. When the first time I visited here, 4 years ago, this place does not exist– it is only about 2 years+ old. This is run by two Italian couples who fell in love with Malapascua and spends 6 months in the Philippines each year. La Dolce Vita, also boast of a sugary fine beach sand that rivals Boracay’s station 1 beach sand. All of us were surprised at how good and authentic the food really is, in this far far away island of Malapascua. Although, this is located at the south beach and you have to walk all the way to the end of Malapascua’s main beach (there are alot of signs along the way). After eating here, we decided to extend one more day in Malapascua — we just fell in love with it!

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