Friday, October 20, 2017

Herald Suites Polaris: Art Deco Themed Boutique Hotel in Makati


The weather wasr cazy that day—one moment it’ll rain then the sun will take a peek through the thick clouds the next. The group settled at Aurora Lobby CafĂ©. It was happy hour and we’re stuck in a good way inside the comforts of Herald Suites Polaris. The foggy window added a romantic charm to the Art Deco themed boutique hotel at the heart of Makati’s Poblacion area. For hours, we did nothing but laugh about almost everything, anything and nothing at all; a fun staycation once again.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crossing Borders: Sihanoukville, Cambodia to Trat, Thailand


Our annual trip brought us to some of our favorite countries in Southeast Asia to explore new destinations that we failed to visit on our previous trips. It was day 21 and we’re halfway on our two-month backpacking trip, Same Same Summer Trip 2017. We just spent a week in Sihanoukville, Cambodia and we're crossing overland to Trat, Thailand.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cambodia Food Hunt: Hit or Miss


It was the start of our Phnom Penh adventure and we're looking for our first meal in the city, it was dinnertime. After leaving two restaurants upon seeing the not-so-backpacker-friendly prices, we found a roadside eatery that would fit in our budget. Rice meals with various Khmer dishes were contained in pots and you choose whatever you want and will be given a portion of it; reminiscent of what we have back in the Philippines. For fifteen days, we searched for our food options in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Samloem and somewhat grasped the local food culture of Cambodia.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cambodia's Island Paradise of Koh Rong Samloem


No paved roads, no decent internet connection, and not even a TV; only an island paradise with fine white sandy beach and clear blue waters that could definitely rival those of Thailand, or even in the Philippines. Island life may be dull and boring for some but I loved the freedom we had at Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia; the liberty to do nothing, away from the bustles and anxiety from the city life. It was pure bliss; having the luxury of time to stare all day at nature’s wonder.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Laidback Otres Beach at Sihanoukville, Cambodia


It was a quiet stroll along the four-kilometer stretch of Otres Beach in Sihanoukville. My buddy was taking photographs of local kids who were busy on their afternoon playtime when I noticed an intense glow from the heavens. The sun was slowly dipping lower down the horizon that radiated a fiery sky, the best I've seen on this trip. Cambodia has once again showed off with its breathtaking sunset.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Reef x WWF: Free the Sea Movement 2 in Baler, Aurora


The skeptic in me was asking if what we're doing is actually worth it. If this one-hour beach clean-up would actually make an impact. I still didn't get an answer as I scoured the shore for things that doesn't naturally belong to it. But after seeing the eager eyes and thankful smiles from the locals, I knew that we're igniting an initiative that would spark to something for this beach community in Baler.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Penguin Pablo Bungalows: A Sweet Retreat in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

http://www.blissfulguro.com/2017/09/penguin-pablo-bungalows-sihanoukville-beach-resort-blog.html

"And how did you come up with the resort’s name?" I asked Chai, the resident manager. "Oh, it’s from a Disney movie back in the 40’s," he replied. So Pablo is a penguin, the film's main character, and penguins go usually in packs when they go back home, thus, Penguin Pablo Bungalows--quite unique. Our conversation went from that to Khmer people's history and so on; our usual early morning chat in our home at Sihanoukville's Otres Beach.