For the first time in my adult life, I was able to experience Visita Iglesia, the catholic tradition of visiting 7 churches during Holy Week. I persuaded my Filipino-Chinese friend and travel buddy Doreen of GETS Travel to join me in this soul searching journey while I'm in Naga City,Bicol.
Our first stop was Carmelite Monastery which was in the outskirt of city center. This place is also very meaningful to me because of a little miracle that happened last January 2016 which led to a series of events in my life.
I introduced Doreen to Ate Lydia, the caretaker whom I met during my first visit in the Carmelite Monastery. She's the one who explained to me the significance of the devotion to the Scapular and how it is related to safety and protection. Since then, whenever I meet a Catholic when I'm travelling, I give them my spare scapular.
I first heard of this place called "Partido Riviera" during a sharing by DOT 5 Director Nini Ravanilla a few years ago. Our Department of Tourism officials said that it can even rival that beauty of "French Riviera" so I was really intrigued by it but it was only last February 2014 when I passedby this area coz it's really an off beaten path especially if you're coming from Naga City on your way to Legazpi City.
Whenever my dad is home and on vacation, he always take us to a road trip and the video below captured one of the most scenic view he really raved about; to the point that whenever I have friends visiting us, he always volunteer to drive from CamSur to Albay as long we take this road. And so it has also become one of my favorite "road less travelled" in Bicol.
If I'm not mistaken, my parents first discovered it a few years back when my sister had her immersion in one of the communities in Partido and they drove to this area to pick her as well as brought some goods to the foster family where my sister stayed. Since then, they had countless road trips in Partido because my dad really liked the view.
Google Map may help you find your way to this scenic road. From ANAYAN CROSSING, you have to go to turn left going to Partido area and once you reach TIGAON town turn right to Sagnay Road. Check the Google Map below for routes and full instructions.
Watch this video uploaded by Kim Honrado and shared by Naga City Deck
together with some snaps that will surely make you wanna take this road
next time you think of taking a joy ride!
These photos by Kim Honrado were shared by Bicol Deck on Facebook.
I was told that these aerial shots were taken by a drone.
Ohh how I wish I also have a drone! I'll definitely put that in my wishlist for 2016!
I also suggest you visit JOROAN Church in Tiwi and say a little prayer.
... especially if you're out for great adventure!
If you're looking for adrenaline rush this Wednesday, you should watch my #SSSelfieAdventures in 3 key places in the Philippines. Play the video below and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel.
Havaianaticos in Bicol, this is your chance to personalize your favorite flip flops for a limited time only!
I've attended several MYOH events in Manila before and I really had a great time assembling my own Havaianas that's why I was thrilled when I got the news that there'll be a similar activity in Naga City. It's nice that my fellow Bicolano Havaianaticos can now have their MYOH experience too!
Now on it's 10 anniversary, Make Your Own Havaianas
or famously referred to as MYOH finally find its way to
ALL FLIP FLOPS Store in SM City Naga!
Confused? Clueless what to do?
Here's a short MYOH GUIDE for you.
Review your choices and once you're okay with it, pay for it at the cashier before you proceed to the assembling area.
These friendly and service-oriented Havaianas staff will make your day. They'll be happy to answer your questions and patiently wait until you finalize your order. :-)
Share the fun and fashion with your family and friends!
Compagnie de Catalina, the exclusive sub-distributor of the world famous flip flops brand Havaianas in South Luzon, is inviting all Havaianaticos to experience luau party at their ALL FLIP FLOPS store in SM City Naga.
Remember that #MYOH2015Naga is only until October 18 (Sunday) so make sure to visit the store this weekend and #SayAlohaBicol!
MAHALO Havaianas and Compagnie De Catalina team for my very special MYOH2015 pair!
Join me in supporting my fellow Bicolano entreprenuers! Today will be the opening of the annual regional trade fair called Orgullo Kan Bicol. This highlights the best of products and source of pride of region 5.
The opening ceremony will be at 10:30 in the morning, October 8, 2015 at the Megatrade Hall 2, 5th Level, Bldg. B of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Fair is open during mall hours from October 8-11, 2015.
Throwback: To give you an overview what you can see at OKB, check this video on my YouTube Channel.
On its 19th year, Orgullo kan Bikol (okB)-Gayon Bicol positions our micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the global trade. OKB-Gayon Bicol Regional Trade Fair has evolved from a purely marketing event into an annual socio-cultural affair. It has become the venue for budding MSMEs to find new markets and graduate to better capacities; an opportunity for them to develop new product designs attuned to and compliant with market demands.
DTI-Bicol Regional Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco said, “the OKB-Gayon Bicol, through the years, has provided opportunities for our homegrown entrepreneurs to develop, find new markets and become more competitive. This annual marketing event offers wearables and homestyle products, processed foods, ceramics, furniture, fine jewelry, and other products that will surely delight the buyers. It displays Bicol’s best products made from finest handcrafted materials to prime food delicacies, bringing the Bicolano entrepreneurs distinctive skills in weaving, innovating, and producing new products and designs for discerning markets; domestic and foreign”.
One hundred eleven exhibitors (111) from all over the region are joining this year’s fair. Thirty-three (33) comes from Albay, twelve (12) from Camarines Norte, twenty (21) from Camarines Sur, 11 from Catanduanes, 9 from Masbate and 25 from Sorsogon. It features thirty-eight (38) new entrepreneurs, who are given full marketing assistance by the DTI via this trade fair. It also features one hundred sixty (162) new products resulting from DTI’s product development activities prior to the event. As in the past, this marketing event is a convergence activity. DTI partners with the Department of Tourism (DOT), OKB Association, Inc., and the Local Government Units (LGUs).
By way of this trade fair, DTI enjoins domestic and foreign buyers to take a closer look and become more aware of what these micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) produce. As DTI commits to provide its clients – the MSMEs – better avenues to promote their fine products, they are also encouraged to explore the global market.
Let’s support the Bicolano entrepreneurs. See you at SM Megamall!
It's the time of the year again when we recognize #EmergingBlogs2015! This is the 8th year that my CBSME mentor Ms.Janette Toral of DigitalFilipino.com organized top emerging influential blogs. Last year, SoleSearchingSoul was also considered for this recognition and I must say that it inspired me to pursue my passion and blog more. So this year, I'm paying it forward by coming up with my list of up and coming blogsites that caught my attention.
1. BicolBloggers.com is an 8 month old blog which serves as your one-stop site for all the latest posts of the most active and influential bloggers in Region 5. It collates useful information and experiences by local bloggers so that they can provide best recommendations about food, destination, events, accommodations and more to locals and tourists alike.
As a true-blooded Bicolana, I fully support Bicol Bloggers who uses their online presence and digital influence for the promotion of our region, homegrown brands, events and its people. Bicol Bloggers amplify the voice of the region and bring the world closer to Bicol.
2. Nagayon.com is one of the newly created site that provides their own refreshing original content about Naga City and Bicol. They also have an updated directory of local businesses which I really find useful.
3. TwoMonkeyTravel reminds me of my dream relationship and work --- to be able to travel around the world with my someone special while on workcation! I love their very interesting stories around the globe.
4. NiceThingsPH spreads positivity through relevant and inspiring contents that's why I like it. Get your dose of good vibes by reading various entries from food, business, events and trending topics like AlDub!
5. TakeOffPhilippines captures the wonders of the Philippines through travel, food and social events. We also share the same advocacy in encouraging people to explore and get to know more about our heritage through travel.
Special thanks to the following partners for making this annual recognition possible:
6. Personal Finance Tips made me rethink about my personal finances. It also offer practical tips based on the author's experience.
7. Love Teacher Angel reminds me of my stint as a part-time educator. I also like how she gives her readers a glimpse on the life of a teacher outside and inside the classroom through her insights.
8. The Ched Project gives me a preview of how it feels like to be in 30's. Her journey to self-transformation resonates to my solesearchingsoul journey about finding one's self while making a difference. This blog can help me prepare as I turn 30 in 3 years.
9. Manila Concert Junkies is a good reference especially for music lovers who wants to attend concerts or check what's the emerging acts, whether it's OPM, rock, indie or KPop related gigs.
10. Garbage Pollution And Green Environment encourages its to really consider pollution as the most major problem for mankind and Mother Earth. I like how they remind us to be more disciplined and responsible in practicing healthy ways of living so that we can minimize if not totally eradicate pollution.
So that's for my Top 10 pick for this year! How about you? Share your own list now and support us in recognizing emerging influential blogs that are gradually gaining a considerable amount of readership, following,
influence and fascinating the reader in various ways. Cut-off date and time for submission of entries is this Sunday, October 4, 2015.
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Fun, colourful, flexible, over-accessorized and crazy --- that's how I basically describe my fashion style and tonight on the second episode of Asia's adaptation of hit US reality tv show HOW DO I LOOK? you'll have a glimpse of who I am beyond the color and accessories.
I never thought that opening my closet to the HDIL Asia team would also mean opening my life to other people and going back to some of my most hidden battle scars...
Tonight is the night and I'm having mix emotions right now. I never thought a "fashion fix" can be this emotional...
Please watch #HDILAsia tonight, September 7, 8PM on DIVA TV Asia. Join me in this fashion style journey!
#Diva is on Sky Cable Channel 37 | Digital Destiny Cable Channel 40 | Cignal Digital TV Channel 65 | Cablelink Channel 32
CAFE PLAZUELA offers all day dining with an A la Carte and Buffet dish selection of varied culinary twists and flavors for your discriminating pallet. At night, you can indulge in sumptuous dinner while you listen to heart-warming live piano entertainment.
While I will miss my old time favorites like the Pili and Herbs Crusted Norwegian Salmon and chocolate layered ice cream cake Excellente, I am definitely looking forward for the official launch of the newest culinary creations by Avenue Plaza Hotel's Executive Chef Rudy Velasco and Pastry Chef Paul Oraa this coming Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
CAFE PLAZUELA is located at the ground floor of Avenue Plaza Hotel,
Hmmm, thinking now WHAT TO ORDER?
Here are some of the items on their new menu which I personally recommend for a 5 course meal especially when you want to reward yourself or indulge your loved ones. ;-)
Gambas ala Venetian for Entree
For Hot Entree, order the GAMBAS ALA VENETIAN. The generous serving of the prawns marinated in garlic olive oil and sauteed in light spicy tomato concasse with basil will surely warm your tummy.
I think one order of this entree can be shared by 2-3 persons.
In terms of salad, I always go for the CLASSIC CEASAR SALAD and I was pleasantly surprised when I also tasted a hint of anchovy fillet on it aside from the usual crispy bacon.
The quail egg got me by surprise! For someone like me who doesn't know how to cook properly, I was amused by the CHICKEN ESSENCE SOUP with coriander quenelles and quail eggs. I scooped two half cook quail eggs and I really wonder how chef managed to make sure that the yokes are still intact...Oh it must be his perfect timing and culinary skills, 2 things I don't have! haha :-p
Now, for the main course, I highly suggest you check what's on their GRILLED MEAT and order your steak! Cafe Plazuela is known to serve the best steak in the city! Rare, Medium Rare, to Well Done, they'll serve it the way you want it!
I ordered medium rare AUSTRALIAN TENDERLOIN STEAK with potato mousseline, fresh vegetables and creamy mushroom sauce. You can always savour the steak with your own choice starch and sauce.
Ohh that crispy bacon wrap was an added delight to my appetite!
For dessert, I ordered EXOTIC FRUIT GRATIN. The fresh fruits in season on bed of crepe gratinated with grand marnier sabayon topped with strawberry ice cream was a delicious way to cap my culinary journey that night! I had my dose of fruits at the same time indulge into little sweet
Celebrate the Good Life at Avenue Plaza Hotel
in Naga City and venture into a new world of culinary creations! Visit Cafe Plazuela especially if you'll be in
Bicol for the Penafrancia Fiesta.
Read more about Avenue Plaza Hotel on my blog series this month of September to discover the many reasons why I love this place and the team behind it under the leadership of Sir Allan S.Cu, President and General Manager.
I ♥ AVENUE!
SUPER EXCITED! I'm going home to Bicol tonight to prepare for the start of Penafrancia Fiesta and work on the upcoming #BiGFEST2015 event by BicolBloggers. I'll make sure to dropby again at Cafe Plazuela to try these menu on my "must try food list" :
LAING LASAGNA and BAGNET AVENUE STYLE
SEE YOU IN NAGA CITY THIS SEPTEMBER!!!