Perpie in Pinas 2014 – New Year in Boracay

Tropical storm named Feria and Zest Air overshot Caticlan runway,
Getting lost in the new NAIA 3 and 2-hour Cebu-Pacific flight delay,
Come high or hell water, we made it to Boracay.

Dazzling blue skies, breathtaking sunsets,
Fine white sands,blindingly turquoise waters.
Parasailing, windsurfing, snorkeling…water activities of all kinds.
Good eats and thumping nightlife.

Moroccan cuisines at Kasbah, go Greek at Zuzuni,
Refreshing dishes at Lemoni cafe, tasty Thai at Sa’Neh Thai,
More ice cream, cold drinks, and milk shakes to refresh us,
Seafood shopping and paluto at D*talipapa.

Free lunch buffet at Astoria Boracay only to be held up for sales talk.
We saw Boy Abunda as endorser, we left the building.
Another poster of him at Station 3, that prompted us to return to Station 2.
Then we met Jim and Michelle, that started a party. Read more

Perpie in Pinas 2009: Boracay Trip with Friends

Photos taken by Dylan Yap-Gozum, Janet Borja, and yours truly.  A long overdue blog task, I’ve posted everything at last. It’s my New Year’s gift for myself and for Dylan, Janet and Steph. A remembrance for the year 2009, folks! Good times.

Five days before the trip, a tropical storm named Feria started lashing southern part of Luzon. We were really praying hard to the heavens above. Neither we could reschedule our Boracay vacation nor ask for refunds.

By the time we heard that Feria had already gone out of our territory, we were jumping for joy until we heard another breaking news: a Zest Air plane overshot the runway of Caticlan airport. Luckily no one was seriously injured but a lot of passengers, including us, got their flight schedules jumbled.  It was a relief that we were able to get through the busy hotlines of Cebu Pacific and got rescheduled to an early afternoon flight. Read more

Snapshots: A Layover in Hong Kong

The iconic Victoria harbor skyline glistening in the dark sky,
Hong Kong’s junk can only steal the show.
Tall building, proud brands always propped up
Ready to mesmerize the curious and the bold!

Obvious streaks of Asian culture and life
speaks well of the world’s other side,
truly proclaiming Hong Kong as Asia’s world city
— the past, the present, and the future.

That brief stopover in Moscow was a canapé from big mother Russia for me, but at this flight, I more likely look forward to our layover in Hong Kong. A full-day layover, I’d get to have my very first glimpse of this fascinating city before we reach Manila en route to Boracay island for our New Year celebration. Read more

Photo Diary: Perpie in Pinas 2015

My Lakbayan map is a constant reminder for me on how much I’ve explored the Philippines. Despite that I’ve been living away for over four years now, my latest map tells me that I’ve traveled around my home country more than ever before. I’m happy to report that my Lakbayan grade is moved a notch higher. It’s C+ now.

Our visit to Cebu and Dumaguete last year definitely added up.  After that holiday, we actually didn’t expect that we would come back soon. Yet for some reason, we’re able to manage to visit the Philippines again. Though I also wanted to explore other places that I haven’t been, our return to Pinas for a holiday was another revisit of sorts for me. Read more

On the Go in 2014

Somehow I’ve anticipated that I’d be in hiatus again. Yet a two-month worth of time (or three, almost) that just guiltlessly went by didn’t seem to be fair. As I’d put it, there’s a blackhole; between the days my husband and I spent our holidays and the time we settled in to our new home.

For weeks we ‘d been living out of our suitcases. I’m considerably an avid traveler, but then I realized that I cannot remain a nomad for a long time. I still felt the need for a home base. What’s even more, we also had to move our stuff over the thick snow at zero temperature.

Anyhow, I’m relieved that we have settled in to our new home at last, and I’m steadily getting back to my routine. We made it and we did well. So yes, you heard me right. It’s finally au revoir, Suisse. And hallo, België! Read more

Perpie in Pinas 2014 – Cebu Once More: BE in Mactan

While everybody was getting ready to return home after celebrating the New Year in Boracay, my husband and I continued our escapade in the Philippines. Our next stop was the island hailed as the “queen city of the south.”

Cebu is not new to me; this must be my third visit already. The latest one was just two years ago, when my mom and I went to see the mall and the churches, and taste the popular lechons. And we succeeded; for just an overnight stay, we were able to do it all. In fact, this itinerary was specially crafted for first-timers like my mom (at that time). Now that it’s my husband’s turn, I felt the need to follow it again. Yet of course, it would be a bore for me if I didn’t add a few new things to do for our stay in Cebu. Read more