by Kisty Mea & Maine Manalansan
I’ve been living in the Philippines most of my life (22 years and 51 weeks to be exact). I grew up in Manila but when someone asks me what to see in my city, my usual answer is “I don’t know”. Heck, I can even give you an itinerary if you planning to visit Singapore, but never Manila. I’m so engrossed in visiting another country, immersing myself in their rich culture and history, that I’ve completely forgotten to appreciate my own land…
When in Manila, you should…
Visiting Boracay: Tips and Itinerary
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Boracay two weeks ago. My boyfriend’s friends, Greg and Jhanice, decided to tie the knot and appointed us to be their best man and maid of honor, respectively. :)
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that has received numerous awards from travel publications and agencies. The place is a favorite among tourists for its white sands and crystal clear waters. :) I’m so happy that in my 24 years of existence, I finally got to visit this world-renowned beach. <3
Bits & Pieces: Borocay 2013
Oh, the soft, warm sand and deep, blue sea. Best viewed here.
A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful chance to catch up with my former colleague and good friend, Shara. Shara was my closest friend at HSBC. I remember how much crying and life sessions we have at the office, talking about the people who doesn’t love us (We’ve moved on) and that officemate who is constantly giving me the evil eye (We all assumed she’s into the guy I like and she’s just jealous).
One of the things we talked about was the hotels in Singapore, particularly Marina Bay Sands. Aside from the Merlion and Flyer, this hotel is one of the latest trademark of the country. We exchanged dreams of checking in at Marina Bay for even a night (Discounted Rate: Deluxe Room for USD 298/night, from Agoda).
I then confessed that I’m not really interested in checking in at Marina Bay. I’d rather stay at Ritz Carlton Millenia. Why, you ask?
Bits & Pieces: Travel With Love
99% of the time, I don’t like Valentine’s Day because of the traffic and nauseating public display of attention. The remaining 1% is the fact that I will spend the day with my boyfriend. Oftentimes, we’ll just stay at home or go to the nearest mall to eat at my favorite restaurants. Sadly, we can’t go on a quick lunch date anymore because we live at least a thousand miles away from each other (Hopefully, this will all change next year or so!). :(
But thanks to Chinese New Year, we were able to make that a reality. We had a wonderful food adventure. Not just for one day, but for one really long weekend! :)
Check out the things we’ve done throughout this mini-vacation under the cut.