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How does a province rise from the ruins of natural disasters? History has shown that it is possible for natural disasters to be engines of development and economic growth. The devastating 7.2 earthquake on October 15 followed by the November 8 super typhoon Yolanda brought so much collateral damage to Bohol’s thriving tourism industry. All Read More →

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“They did not know what we can now sense as we contemplate the course of history: that change begins in the soul before it shows in our lives…” ? Franz Kafka, The Great Wall of China I had always known that the the Great Wall of China is acknowledged as the world’s most amazing man-made Read More →

Wikipedia says the word “staycation” is a portmanteau of “stay” (meaning stay-at-home) and “vacation”. Staycation, another fancy word for spending time-off at home only made sense as our children got older. A long time ago, being away from home meant time to be with my husband and that “pamper me day” away from the kids. Read More →

It is better to be ““unfashionable” than to freeze to death Lauren, in San Francisco That is the quote of my eldest daughter who visited San Francisco a year ago and gave some tips to the stylish tropical native visiting San Francisco . It is supposed to be summer over there but well, it takes Read More →

““Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have even lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor.” Henry David Thoreau To my dear daughters, It is Mother’s Read More →

View my Batanes photo gallery. Each wedding anniversary that my husband and I face every year deserves to be celebrated in any memorable way. Every celebration symbolizes our annual renewal of our vows to each other — “to have and to hold from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in Read More →

Cebu, my hometown how I missed my birthplace, the city where I grew up till I left for Manila at the age of 17 years old to study at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. I spent seven days in Cebu with my two girls to celebrate the Sinulog 2012 festival. If I remember Read More →

Is there a perfect plan? Maybe but sometimes things don’t go as planned. It is one lesson I have learned when making travel plans. It was Lao Tzu that said ““a good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” When my daughter made plans to take a short vacation back to Read More →

“FUN is a very simple word that everyone in the world understands.” Secretary Jimenez My husband and I hied off to Boracay last Summer. We had so much fun. It was just the two of us having fun. Our children are all grown up and it gives us the chance to travel places in and Read More →

I feel bad when I leave my hubby at home whenever I travel. Not that he doesn’t want to travel with me, it is just work sometimes prevent him from being with me. Well, no excuse this time because my next adventure is just around the corner. It feels like an out-of-town trip considering the Read More →

My beloved Cebu is my hometown, the city where I grew up till I moved to Manila in 1975 for college yet my childhood memories leave a soft spot in my heart. These days, I travel to Cebu for business or meet up for high school reunions. I often stay at hotels or at a Read More →

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The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat. ~Jules Reynard I am not easily impressed with celebrities, whoever they may be—actors, actresses, politicians or what not. But meeting Marzipan was different. It was my daughter who told me all about Marzipan when she watched a movie at the elegant Astor Theatre. If you are Read More →

I never really knew much about the animal kingdom outside of my country not that I was indifferent. I was just unaware of the endangered species of other countries. I knew our Monkey eating eagle is one of our more endangered species but other countries? I never even knew much about Tasmania until I visited Read More →

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) at Hobart, Tasmania is just amazing and thought provoking. It is not art for arts sake. The MONA is a $200 million, quixotic project of Tasmanian businessman David Walsh. He commissioned the Museum Read More →

I am fascinated with native Australian animals. I know this peculiarity has something to do with its location in the Southern hemisphere. The best place to see these animals is Healesville , well known for the Healesville Sanctuary, a nature park with hundreds of native Australian animals displayed in a semi-open natural setting. My daughter Read More →

Time And health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted. – Denis Waitley Riding a train on our way to Abbottsford, I pondered over my vacation to Melbourne. It has been a week since I arrived here and all I could think of at first is how Read More →

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. ~ Diane Mariechild ~ Rica and I go back when we were little kids romping around the school grounds of St. Theresa’s College Cebu. I thought we graduated in the same high school. It dawned on me that we Read More →

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