BALER: Costa Pacifica Mornings in Full Color! @CostaPacificaPH

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Mornings in Costa Pacifica are the best. There’s the awesome view of the sunrise that unfolds in front of you, whether you’re in your room or in the pool. Then there’s the delicious breakfast of binaliktad na dilis and Baler longganisa with garlic rice and egg, and suman with peanut butter and coco jam for dessert, to look forward to. 🙂 

Check out this photo essay on Costa Pacifica mornings…

080 Buton St., Sitio Labasin, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora, Philippines, 3200
Manila Office: +632 576 4555
Baler Office: +63917 853 6040
Email[email protected]
FacebookCosta Pacifica Raintree

Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: Costa Pacifica Resort (aff link)

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BALER: Dicasalarin Cove Experience @CostaPacificaPH

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DICASALARIN COVE is a secret beach cove owned by the Angaras in Baler. It’s famous for its white sand, awesome vista, and access to the Baler Lighthouse.

I recommend this as an after-lunch day trip destination whenever you’re in Baler.

Dicasalarin, Baler, Aurora
Open 6.00am to 5.00pm



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BALER: Costa Pacifica Halloween Night @CostaPacificaPH

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COSTA PACIFICA is a cool surfer’s beach resort managed by Raintree. It’s on the east coast, along Sabang Beach in Baler, Aurora — the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines. 

I love the resort because of its chic-surfer vibe, the hip events, yummy Baler food, and beachfront location.

Check out the photo essay series of our 3-day/2-night experience at Costa Pacifica:


080 Buton St., Sitio Labasin, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora, Philippines, 3200
Manila Office: +632 576 4555
Baler Office: +63917 853 6040
Email[email protected]
Instagram: @CostaPacificaBaler
Facebook: Costa Pacifica Raintree
Twitter: @CostaPacificaPH

Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: Costa Pacifica Resort (aff link)

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HOT-STAR Philippines: Taiwan’s Large Fried Chicken Chop in Manila (A Review) @HotStarPH

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HOT-STAR is a popular shop in Taiwan’s Shilin Night Market and famous for its large chicken chop.

Unlike those of the other Taiwan Chicken Chop places that have opened in Manila, Hot-Star’s fried chicken is 30 cm long — big enough for 2-3 persons — and priced just right at P110-P125, depending on the flavor.

Check out Hot-Star Philippines…

Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue cor. EDSA, Pasay City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
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Gawad Kalinga, Tacloban

TACLOBAN: 140 Days After Typhoon Yolanda (A Photo Essay March 2014) #TindogTacloban

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I visited Tacloban with my friend Spanky to create an ongoing Voluntourism Program in partnership with Operation Santa, to help the people of Leyte affected by Typhoon Yolanda. 

As donation fatigue sets in, the artificial economy created by International aid is removed, and the media starts to focus on 2016 politics, the Yolanda-affected areas will be forgotten — unless we do an ongoing program to help the people rebuild.

I love Tacloban because of its yummy food and warm hospitality. Visiting the city, 140 days after the typhoon hit, changed our life perspective forever.

Related Blog Post: Awesome Tacloban Series

Here’s a Photo Essay of our visit…

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BAGUIO CITY: The Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio 2013! #AwesomeBaguio

UPDATE June 17, 2016: BAGUIO: Top 10 Most Awesome Best Restaurants in Baguio (2016 Edition)! #AwesomeBaguio

Here’s a wrap-up of our Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio for your memorable Baguio Adventure with your family and friends:


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(L-R: Rache Diaz, Chef Vicky’s Mother, Chef Vicky’s brother Gaby Tinio, Pat and Marivic Silva)

I’ve heard yummy stories about Chef Vicky’s private dining in Baguio from foodies raving about the experience. We met Chef Vicky in Mercato Centrale, with her stall selling her yummy goodies from Baguio, when we first opened in 2010.

She offers an 8-course, French-inspired, strictly-by-reservation private dining in her lovely home in Baguio. She only accepts strictly one group at a time, with a minimum of 6 persons.

There is no menu, so just be prepared to be surprised with the 3-hour, 8-course Degustation Meal.

Read More: MAMA’S TABLE: Chef Vicky Tinio Clemente’s Private Dining


Mama’s Table gets our two thumbs up. Highly Recommended! 🙂

Your Baguio foodie trip would not be complete if you don’t get to experience Chef Vicky’s food, warm and kid-friendly hospitality and authentic Baguio Home ambiance.

(Tip: You can bring your own wine with no corkage fee.) 

Can you share your own experience at Mama’s Table?

MAMA’S TABLE Private Dining
by Chef Vicky Tinio Clemente
8-course Degustation Meal 
P1,500 +10% service charge per head
Strictly by Reservation only with 2 days advance notice
888-A Ambuklao Road, La Trinidad, Benguet 
Telephone: +63 (74) 442-1794
Mobile: +63 915 643-8775 
Email: [email protected] (take note of the .CA) and [email protected] 

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KETCHUP: Canto + Green Pepper + Happy Tummy + Rancho Norte + Rumah Sate

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KETCHUP is a Food Community composed of Baguio home grown Food concepts which includes Canto, Happy Tummy, Rancho Norte, Rumah Sate, and Green Pepper.

We love the outdoor feel under the pine trees, the affordable food and it’s a nice food stop after visiting Wright Park, Mines View Park, and The Mansion.

This will be an ongoing collection of posts of our own experiences with the different restos at Ketchup. 

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CHAYA: Yummiest Homey Japanese Resto in Baguio!

Update June 8, 2016: CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)

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In my search for the best restaurant in Baguio, I asked Mitos, the Hill Station owner, on where does she eat good food in Baguio. She shared me this secret home-based Japanese place called Chaya.

CHAYA stands for “authentic Japanese cuisine, wholesome food and healthy lifestyle” by CHAYA Chef, Sonoko Taguchi. 

I was skeptical at first, but we were blown away by our Chaya experience…

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Family Escapades

A MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas! (A Photo Essay) @TheManor_CJH

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MANOR at Camp John Hay is one of the best places to spend Christmas in the Philippines. You get the cold December weather, log wood cabin accommodations, actual pine Christmas trees, and a romantic restaurant, Le Chef, to complete the festive experience.

Here’s a photo essay of our MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas….

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