Photographs: UP Oval

 

 

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While I was running on a Sunday afternoon, I saw the beautiful sun rays reflected on the trees. I stopped from running and just watch these amazing  view in front of me. I’m not sure if people noticed it because it seems like everyone is busy doing their thing. People come to this place to run, to ride a bicycle, to attend a mass, to attend their classes and to enjoy their day with friends and family. I was here because I’m so determined to run but because of astonishment, I end up taking photos.. haha.. I can’t help myself .

When I saw it, I felt so calm and felt so surprised. It’s not every day that I catch a glimpse of a beautiful afternoon and amazing sunset. The sky is blue and then, later, it turns to bloody red… It was so cool! I love the morning run but I fell in love in the afternoon.

Also Read: Trip to Mount Samat Shrine

These photos are taken at UP Oval and I hope you like it 🙂

 

Sunset is L.O.V.E…

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 Also Read: Why you should go to Bataan Tourism Center?

 

 

 

Trip to Mount Samat Shrine

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Mount Samat Shrine is one of the highlights of our tour. It is located in Pilar, a town in the Province of Bataan. We are thankful that we have the van, we no longer need to walk to see it. When we reached the park, we noticed that some people are having picnics, some are taking photos, some went in a group and I think they are a group of climbers. We are surprised to see how beautiful the park is. You will instantly notice  the colonnade and the large memorial cross, the cross was built to honor the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Battle of Bataan. They fought for freedom and this shrine is for them.

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Bataan Memorial Cross

The shrine has a war museum where you will see the collections of photos, paintings, equipment, and weapons used by the soldiers during the World War II.

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There is also a very nice view of Corregidor Island, a place where you can rest, a small store and nice restrooms for visitors.

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The historical park did not only taught me about history but helped me appreciate how lucky I am to be part of this generation. I enjoyed taking pictures with my college buddies, and though we wish to stay longer, we can’t because we have to go to the next part of our tour which is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

 

How to get there?

Traveling from Manila to Mount Samat Shrine will take more than 2 hours. It can be reached via NLEX (Balintawak Cloverleaf) and SCTEX ,exit in Mabalacat, Pampanga. When you reached Subic, exit in Dinalupihan, and then, turn right at Roman Highway. Follow the signage going to Mount Samat.

 

Why you should go to Bataan Tourism Center?

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After our hot-air balloon experience, we’re still excited because we will go ahead with the second part of our tour. I actually don’t have an idea of the next destination as I haven’t search it on google. My friends told me that we’re heading to Bataan to see the Mount Samat Shrine. Kuya Harry organized  everything and we’re lucky because he’s very generous to give us discounts.

I actually fell asleep on our way to Bataan and I didn’t notice how long the travel was from Pampanga to Bataan. They wake me up when we reached the Bataan Tourism Center. Kuya Harry told us that we better see this place and bought their bestseller pasalubong.

When you enter the center, you will see this beautiful lounge area 🙂

We  enter the Souvenir Shop, and I swear, there is much stuff to choose from. They have my favorite cashew nuts, local food products, souvenir items, accessories, paintings and their famous polvoron which I actually love.

 

 

After enjoying ourselves at the shop, we went to the Exhibit Hall of the center. It has also an Audio-Visual Room and the E-hub Office of the Congressman. Will you not be astonished by these great artwork display? I don’t know what I felt but this exhibit hall really had an impact to me…

 

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Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Tourism Office & to the photographer, Mr. Kurt Ibanes.
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Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Tourism Office & to the photographer, Mr.Kurt Ibanes.
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Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Office & to the photographer, Mr. Kurt Ibanes.

After we’re done to the exhibit hall, the group had a picture-taking with our tour guide. Before I went outside, I took this photo on the glass window and I did wish to go near it but the door was locked.

Good thing this photo still looks nice 🙂

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Outside the tourism center 🙂

 

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Outside the tourism center: Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Office and  to the photographer, Mr. Kurt Ibanes.

 

To visit Bataan Tourism Center, you may call their hotline at 237-4476 or email bataan_tourism@yahoo.com. The center’s complete address is Bataan Tourism Center, Roman Superhighway, 2100 Balanga, Bataan.

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Hot-air Balloon

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Take me to the place where my love is
Where we can sing songs that last for years;
Where we can nurture our love that will never die
A place of truth, where he cannot lie.

Take me to the sea where he loves to swim
Where excitement, joy , love he will  only scream;
Where I can see the softness of his heart and pureness of his soul
A place where we can make love, and do nothing at all.

Take me to the mountain where he’s passionate about
Where he loves to climb, to tramp or to hike;
Where his fondness of nature and enthusiasm come out
A place to be intimate and do things that we like.

-happy rabbit-

 

2016 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

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Last Saturday, February 13, I went to Clark Pampanga to see the Hot Air Balloon Festival with my closest college buddies. It’s actually the 20th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and it’s a four-day event from February 11 to 14. The event will showcase the talent and passion of the pilots from all over the world and a lot of people are coming  to witness the spectacular flying balloons. We left Manila around 3:30AM, we took North Luzon Expressway and exit at Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga. It took us less than two hours before we reached the Clark Zone and we thank Kuya Harry for assisting us in this tour.

Also Read: Why you should go to Bataan Tourism Center?

When we arrived at the area, we already noticed a lot of people falling in line to buy tickets. Thanks to Kuya Harry for purchasing the ticket online, we don’t need to fall in line anymore. We showed our printed tickets and then go ahead to the area where the event will take place. We took several photos already even when the event has not yet started because we can’t help ourselves from appreciating the beauty of the sky and sunrise. It was amazing and it felt like our childhood flare-up the moment we saw the balloons flying in the sky . When the host announces that the blowing of the balloons will start, the crowd went excitedly like little children to see the flying colorful balloons. People already started taking pictures and lucky are the people who came early that they got the nicest spot to capture the beauty of these balloons. Some did camping, I bet they came very early to set those tents. We’re still lucky that despite the crowded area, we managed to get a nice spot.

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The photo was taken during the blowing of the balloons.Thanks Tinay for this lovely photo 🙂
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Sunrise and the Philippine balloon

 Also Read: Art in Island: Stunning 3D Museum in Asia

HOW TO GET THERE?

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By Public Transportation:
By Public Transportation:
Ride a Victory Liner going to Dau Pampanga, then from the highway, ride a jeep, tricycle or a taxi going to Clark. From Clark, take another jeep going to Balloon fiesta and proceed to the entrance gate.

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Via Private Vehicle:
Via Private Vehicle:
From Metro Manila to Clark Pampanga you can take the North Luzon Expressway, then exit at Dau, Mabalacat Pampanga. Take a left turn  towards Angeles City, and then take a right turn to Clark Zone. Travel time is less than two hours.

 

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By Air:
Get a  flight to Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia, and Tiger Airways going to Clark International Airport.

HOW MUCH?

HOW MUCH?

Also Read: Trip to Mount Samat Shrine

HOW MUCH?

General Admission – Php 350.00/per person
VIP Passes – Php 350.00/per personHot Air Balloon Rides – US$350/per person
Tandem Skydiving – US$400/per person
Airplane Discovery Flights – US$150/per person
Tandem Paragliding – US$120/per person

Art in Island: Stunning 3D Museum in Asia

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Have you ever imagine yourself being part of a painting or an artwork? Do you know a museum that allows people to touch and interact with their displayed artworks?

If your answer is “NO” to these questions, I won’t blame you as I’ve been to museums that always restrain people from touching or taking photos with the flash on it. People should understand that museums are doing their very best to keep and protect the beauty of their artworks. If you want to have fun and feel awesome in a museum, better visit Art in Island.

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ART IN ISLAND is located in 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, 1109 Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines. They run from 9:30AM to 9:30PM with Php 500.00 (for adults) and Php 400.00 (for students) entrance fees. It is “one of the biggest 3d Museum in Asia with 3,800 sqm and founded by Yun Jae Kyoung and his Korean partners, with 14 3D artists from Korea working on all the paintings in 4 months”, based on the research that I got.

My Art in Island Experience

Going to Art in Island was very easy for me as I’m residing in Quezon City. I can go there by taxi, jeep or by bus. I went there around 9:40AM on a weekday as I knew that there would be lesser people compared on weekends. I ride a jeep going to Cubao-Kalayaan-Ali Mall, the museum is along the way and you’ll see instantly their signage. I’m with my friend and we paid 500 pesos each for the entrance fee. You will be asked to remove your shoes to protect their artworks on the floor. The moment I entered the museum, I already knew that I will not be disappointed. Art in Island has a lot of stunning 3D artwork.

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You can touch it, interact with it and take  a lot of photos. My friend and I were astonished how these artworks were made. It was amazingly beautiful and looks so real. We act our part and enjoy every artwork in this museum but it would be more fun if you’ll go there in a group, as you can plan and do a lot of creative shots. We explore the museum for more than two hours and we had an awesome experience. You will see the photos of the artists who made this interactive museum near the exit area.

 

 

DSC_1472TIPS: Wear a nice outfit that would complement the artwork, enjoy and be creative in taking photos (check out their sample photos) and come with friends and family.

 

 

 

Baguio: The Sweet Escape

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If you’re looking for a place to cool-off, a place that’s near Manila  and a place to ponder, then, go to Baguio. It is considered as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” and the “City of Pines” located in the Province of Benguet.

I’ve been to Baguio for a couple of times and I  always come back to this place for its cool climate, good food, clean environment, amazing view and lovely colorful flowers. Usually, you will notice a lot of tourists in Baguio (both local and foreign travelers) and some of them are actually studying and living in this city as I already met some of them.

I suggest that you should go to this place during the first and second quarter of the year to fully enjoy its tropical weather. You’ll feel blissfully happy and you will have fun strolling around the city. Avoid coming in the third and the fourth quarter, as these are the months of heavy rains or should I say the wet season.

TOP THINGS TO DO IN BAGUIO:

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(Popular Tourist Attractions)

  • Burnham Park
  • Lion’s Head
  • Mines View Park
  • Philippine Military Academy
  • The Mansion
  • Good Shepherd Convent
  • Wright Park
  • Baguio Cathedral
  • Bell Church
  • Botanical Garden
  • Baguio Craft Brewery
  • Tam-Awan Village
  • BenCab Museum
  • Camp John Hay
  • Session Road
  • Asin Hot Spring

 

HOW TO GO TO BAGUIO?

You can commute from Manila to Baguio via Victory Liner buses (bus terminals located in  Cubao, Caloocan, Pasay) and Genesis buses (bus terminals located in Cubao and Avenida). Fare ranges from Php 450.00 -Php 750.00, it depends on the bus company and whether you like to take the regular air-con or first class trips. It takes 5 to 6 hours (night trips) and 6 to 7 hours (day trips) from Manila to Baguio.

Click the link below for the fare and schedule:
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Beach Lover

I’m the kind of girl who wants to spend time on the beach.
Chillin’ out and listening to the waves.
It relaxes me and simply calms my spirit.
I’d rather walk barefoot and feel the sand than wear my fashion-forward slippers.
I love feelin’ the sea breeze…
I love to sit back and enjoy the nature.

Beach is love!!! It is very special to me.

-happy rabbit-

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