Reviews

Oslob, Cebu: Glamping at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort

Posted on May 6, 2015

Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors without losing out on resort-style pampering? Try glamping — a portmanteau of “glamorous camping” — on Sumilon Island, off the coast of Oslob, Cebu, near the popular whale shark-watching site. Situated near a lush mangrove area, the glamping tents of Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort are spacious and well-appointed. Upon walking into my tent, I quickly realized this wasn’t your everyday camping trip. Each one comes furnished with twin beds, comforters, a bedsideRead More

San Antonio, Zambales: Island-Hopping with Capones Vista Beach Resort

Posted on May 2, 2015

Capones Beach Vista Resort in Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales provides a convenient jumping-off point to Capones and Camara islands offshore. These islands were one of the first destinations in the Philippines when I started traveling a lot in 2008 (check out my blog entry from seven years ago). In spite of its popularity, it was good to see the islands retain its rustic atmosphere through the years, and not succumb to tourism overdevelopment that has befallen other tourist spotsRead More

San Narciso, Zambales: Learn to Surf at Crystal Beach Resort

Posted on February 27, 2015

I’ve been to Crystal Beach Resort a few times before and even blogged about one of my summertime visits. I like how the  resort hasn’t been over-developed, retaining a rustic, low-key vibe, despite its rise in popularity. Its sparkling gray sands, which I’ve long presumed gave the beach its name, provides not only a wonderful place to beach-camp, but also relatively safe and enjoyable breaks for beginner and intermediate surfers. The in-house Quicksilver Surf School offers lessons for both noviceRead More

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa & Suites: A Superb Getaway from Metro Manila [UPDATED 2018]

Posted on February 18, 2015

[Author’s Note: This blog review was originally posted in February 2015, and updated in November 2018.] Located within the sprawling Loreland Farm Resort, 4 km from the city center of Antipolo, Luljetta’s Place Hanging Gardens Spa & Garden Suites is situated along a mountainside with impressive views overlooking grassy hills and, in the distance, Laguna de Bay and the Metro Manila skyline.  Set in garden terraces filled with flowering plants and linked by a maze of stairs, their amenities include two smallRead More

Travel Gear Review | Blood Red Watersports Wear

Posted on February 16, 2015

This is my product review of water sports apparel and swimwear by Blood Red Clothing. I received free merchandise from the company for writing this review. “We have to swim to shore,” our boatman instructed us as our outrigger failed to anchor closer to shore due to the low tide and powerful surge. Without a moment’s hesitation, I jumped right into the water, as I came ready to get wet and wild, dressed confidently in a brand-new rash guard and pair ofRead More

Why Does Travel Feel So Good in UNIONBAY?

Posted on January 6, 2015

UNION BAY slimfit button-down and cargo shorts. Photography by Medici Images It’s all about the signature Unionbay feel. A Seattle-based clothing company that’s been around for over 25 years, UNIONBAY has become one of the leading apparel brands in the world. Now, they’ve arrived in the Philippines. Whether its casual or sports wear, their clothes are both classic and contemporary with edgy detailing and a sense of fun. For the past few weeks, I’ve been wearing a selection of UNIONBAY clothes. Their graphicRead More