October 15, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 23Comment

Puerto Galera is a big island. If you are travelling there for the first time, and if you want some cosy private time, then this post is for you. Getting there From Buendia, Manila to Batangas Port Take Ceres, DLTB, or Jac Liner bus. One-way fare ranges from PHP167 to PHP187. Travel time is 1.5-2 hours, depending on traffic. Last time we took it, it took us only 1.5 hours—no stopover. (more…)

September 5, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 20Comment

“Wow, Manila girl, city girl!”  This used to be my favourite line (with extra exclamation points).  Being a girl who finished schooling in the province, I couldn’t hide how amazed I was upon meeting someone from Manila ( particularly Makati city, because during those times, this city has great reputation for everything appealing and trendy)  and dreamed that one day, I’d also be called one. (more…)

August 8, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 16Comment

  Known for its 5-star rating, The Peninsula Manila sure didn’t disappoint.   Upon arriving at the drop-off point, we were greeted with a big genuine smile by a staff who opened the car door for us. He said hello and gladly welcomed us to the grand hotel. Even members of the staff whom we bumped into inside were all smiles. I couldn’t help getting mesmerized by the warm gesture. I also kept admiring the luxurious and elegant main entrance leading to the grandiose lobby. (more…)

July 20, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 26Comment

“Honey, how about a private island?” I said to Chris before our anniversary. “Of course, sweetheart!” he answered right away without second thoughts.   Right after breakfast, we asked the receptionist at El Mahogany Beach Resort if they were offering something extra special on our day. “Of course,” he eagerly replied. (more…)