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

My 10 Most Unforgettable Travels in 2013 (2 of 2)

If you missed the first half of this post, check it out at Part 1 of My Top 10 Most Unforgettable Travels in 2013.

After getting married in a fairytale-like Nordic island called Aeroskobing, we flew back to Switzerland, packed our luggages again and went on to our honeymoon the next day.  Yet the honeymoon seemed to continue after Italy. We also went to visit Porto in Portugal for a long weekend, and the Philippines for 3 weeks.

6. Hiking through the five villages of Cinque Terre

Otherwise known as the “Five Lands,” Cinque Terre features five beautiful fishing villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. We stayed in Levanto, a village that lies at the northern end of these little villages of Cinque Terre. After many months of being in the cold, we had our first good dose of Italian sun at its beach. Read more

Perpie in Pinas 2012: Cebu, Bai

“Bai” is a Cebuano word which means a brother or a friend, and is typically used in addressing a person whose name you don’t know. 

Roughly 5 years ago, my former company sent me to visit one of our offices in Cebu. The 2-week stay was short.  It’s sweet nonetheless, because I got easily drawn to the charm of this city.

Re-visiting Cebu after 5 years is like meeting an old friend.  I recall the consistently friendlier, more courteous and honest Cebuanos. Taxi drivers would return fare change in almost exact amount. Staff in restaurants, shopping stores or hotels would give you a smile, greet you politely and cordially help you meeting your needs. Or just any Cebuano passing by, you ask a question or help, they’d go the extra mile. Read more

Perpie in Pinas 2012: Bohol Beauties

At last, after more than a year of living in Switzerland, I was able to go home to the Philippines for vacation.  I wanted to visit Ilocos and Palawan this year, but I found it more interesting to explore Bohol first, especially when I realized that I can also make a side-trip to my other favorite city at the south part of the country, which is Cebu.  I was definitely yearning for white sandy beach leisure, so Bohol turned out to be a fitting place for a getaway.

The trip was somewhat my long overdue gift for mom on her 60th milestone, too.  Like me, she also deserved a much-needed vacation.  Despite our petty squabbles and quirks in traveling, mom has always been my equally reliable, fun-loving, ever-curious travel buddy.  She’s always got the age-defying energy and zest to go places.  She’s an Energizer bunny! Read more

10 Things I Miss About Pinas Now

After more than a year away, I am going home to the Philippines for vacation. Although there are pretty, new things I have been enjoying in the place I'm living now, like anybody else, I cannot take away the pleasures and the goodies I enjoy in the place I now call home. Boy oh boy, I still miss a lot of things Pinoy!

Revisiting my Lakbayan Grade

Here is my map today…

My Lakbayan grade is C-!

How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!

Created by Eugene Villar.

My map used to look like this two years back. Can you see the difference?

If only I visit Palawan, Ilocos, Batanes, Bicol, Bohol, Siquijor, other parts of Cebu, and some parts of Mindanao like Cagayan de Oro and Davao, my Lakbayan grade will get upgraded. Yes, I’m giving you folks a hint.