17 Most Beautiful Places I Visited in Europe last 2016

2016 has been a great year for me as a travel blogger. I am very thankful and blessed to have met new friends in the blogging industry. Even with my hectic job, I was still able to get a chance to travel and appreciate the beauty of life in different environments. 

For almost a year, we've been saving up and preparing for our Grand European Vacation. This was a chance of a lifetime and something we've been wanting to do for the longest time and 2016 made it possible. 

I left my teaching job for 5 years in a private school and, before I entered public school teaching, I went on a month vacation around Europe. The experience was definitely something we will always treasure and I thank God for this opportunity. 

During our adventure in Europe, we stayed in a very cozy camper van (POPPY) owned by our friends, Justin and Joey Kock. Poppy took us to many beautiful places around Europe.


BEHOLD BATAAN : A Quick Visit to Some Famous Places in Bataan!

After witnessing the grandeur of the PAWIKAN FESTIVAL 2016,  it was time to head back to Manila. But since none of us were really on a rush, we decided to check on some interesting places that are en route to Manila. I must admit in the end, we had such an amazing time! 


PAWIKAN FESTIVAL 2016 - Help Save Our Pawikans!

The PAWIKAN FESTIVAL 2016 is an annual celebration held in the Municipality of Morong, Bataan in cooperation of the Provincial Government of Bataan and Bataan Tourism Council. This festival is not an ordinary type of festival as it's main priority is to help raise awareness in saving the Pawikans (Marine Turtles) which are considered endangered.


Regency Grand Suites - Manila : A Great Hotel with a Breathtaking View of Manila!

When in Manila, everybody knows that Malate is an area of the city that never sleeps. As a center of nightlife and tourism, it is one place you can't ignore visiting and that's what we did! For our staycation, we booked at a very central and very affordable hotel, the Regency Grand Suites.


Morning Side Trip in SAMAL ISLAND, DAVAO

Since our flight was in the afternoon, what better way to spend the morning than on a beautiful island only  few minutes away from the City of Davao. 

Samal Island is the best place to get away from the busy atmosphere of the city. This island has so much to offer tourists: white sand beaches, dive spots, waterfalls, and so much more.

With only few hours to spare, we skipped breakfast, grabbed a taxi and ask the driver to take us to the closest ferry that would take us to Samal, Island. 

The cab driver took us to SAMAL FERRY WHARF where we immediately hopped onto a ferry boat and left for Samal Island. 

FERRY FEE: Php 10.00


THE FARM SAN BENITO - A World Class Luxury Spa Retreat in Lipa City, Batangas

When we think about Philippines, we always think of the white sand beaches and the amazing tropical weather we have in the country, but there is actually more to the Philippines.  We also have one of the best spa resorts in the world and it is only a few hours away from Manila? 

Approximately 3 to 4 hours away from Manila depending on the traffic, THE FARM - San Benito in Lipa City is a place to relax, refresh, or just to get away from the busy lifestyle in the city. 


EXPLORING DAVAO CITY - Famous Tourist Destinations You have to Visit in the City!

Located in the Souther part of Mindanao, home of the very infamous Durian fruit, and home of our current President, Rodrigo Duterte, this bustling city of Davao has so much to show and to impress tourists. 

During our weekend adventure in Davao, we tried to fit in as many places as we could to explore.  During our stay in this vibrant city, we were accommodated right in the heart of Davao, at the MARCO POLO HOTEL. This hotel was so central, it made exploring so much easier. 

KAIBIGAN SOUL CAMP: A Camping Destination Soon to Open just Outside Puerto Princesa


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SALADBOX and TV Network ETC Collaborates for a Special Edition ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Beauty Box

Aside from the fact that Nina Dobrev might return to the show for the final season of The

Vampire Diaries which will air every Saturday on ETC starting October 22, there is another thing to look forward to. Saladbox, a beauty box service that allows you to discover new beauty and lifestyle products through a subscription platform, collaborates with TV channel ETC for a beauty box inspired by the longest running vampire series.


Angelo The Explorer: Travelling is not a hobby anymore, it's my life!

Travelling is one activity I can't live without. Since I was a kid, travelling has been part of my life. My mom is from Antique and my Father is from Bukidnon. I remember when I was still in elementary school, every vacation my brother and I would take the Super Ferry to Ilo-Ilo and ride a bus to San Jose and Sibalom with our cousins in Antique. Two weeks after, we would take a ship straight to Cagayan De Oro where our Aunts and Uncles are already waiting at the port station. 

I remember the time when we even visited the Province of Camiguin and explored Mantigue Island when it was still very raw and pristine. There was even an elementary school on that island. 

This fascination with travel continued after college and I started earning my own money. I am a person who dreams big. I don't know how I am going to do it, but I believe in dreaming big. 

From travelling around the Philippines, I was given a chance to explore different countries such as Botswana, South Africa and other countries in Europe. 

Tribu K'Mindanawan - A Great Show to Welcome Every Tourist in Davao City!

During our visit to the vibrant city of Davao, there is one place that our friend took us to and that was to witness a show that you can only find in Davao. We basically had only a weekend to do as much as we could. On our first day of exploring in the city, we decided to end our day with Tribu K'Mindanawan. 


Exploring BAGA MANILA at All Home Imus, Cavite!

A great weekend food tripping idea is to visit BAGA MANILA. Scattered all over Metro Manila and nearby provinces.  BAGA MANILA which stands for Barbecue and Grillers Association (BAGA) provides quality barbecues, grilled food, and much more.

Together with my colleagues, we checked out BAGA Manila located at All Home in Imus City, Cavite. There's always something for everyone here. From different types of grilled foods; from street to gourmet foods. 


The ambiance of the place was just perfect  for a great meal. The booths presented their food nicely and it looks clean. If only I could grab everything, I would! 

With so many interesting booths to choose from, one place that tickled my taste buds and that is the Black Burger. I got so intrigued with this black burger that is basically colored by squid ink and is imported all the way from Japan. 

I tried the Absolut one for Php 120.00 which includes Tacos chips. At first it was weird but it actually tastes good. Their  patty made a lot of different. It was juicy and very flavorful. 

It was a short trip, but this definitely gave me an idea that BAGA MANILA is a great food weekend escape. With so many places to choose from. I am sure there is one close to you! And as for me, I am definitely coming back! 


BAGA ALL HOME is open on Thursdays-Fri-Sat - Sundays 
4pm - 12 midnight. 

Marco Polo Davao - Start Creating Good Memories in the Heart of Davao

It was with much excitement, I booked my ticket months ago to the beautiful province of Davao. I had not been this far south but I had heard that there were so many interesting places to see and places to dine in Davao. Since it was my first time in Davao, I had been searching for very good accommodation that would make my stay a memorable one. 

The one that stood out was this very luxurious hotel called  MARCO POLO DAVAO. Situated at the very center of Davao's shopping and business district, I couldn't think of any better place to base my tour of the city of Davao. 

Since I arrived late in the evening on Saturday, a friendly staff from Marco Polo patiently waited for me at the airport  and took us straight to the hotel. 

Marco Polo Davao has over 200 rooms to suites the needs of every guest in the hotel. 

Marco Polo Davao is 18 floors high making it one of the tallest building in the Davao.

As you enter the very spacious lobby of the hotel. You can see the Western and the Asian fusion in the decor. Overall, it just works harmoniously together. 

When I was touring Europe, I had seen how delicate and precious tapestries like this are. Marco Polo Davao has one which shows the different culture and diversity of the place. I really find it beautiful! 

As I entered our luxury room, all I wanted to do was just to lie down on the bed as it look so inviting. The room was spacious and all you need in a hotel room is already provided. The linen was comfortable making my sleep one of the best sleeps ever. NOT all hotels can do that! 

Office desk is available - ideal for travelers who are on a business trip to Davao. 

As part of Marco Polo's hospitality, we were even given a lovely bottle of wine and local fruits native to Davao. I ended up finishing them all in the end. They are that nice! 

Being one of the highest structures in the City of Davao, expect good views as far as Samal Island. This made me look forward to exploring this city. 

After a great sleep, time to go and check out what awaits for us at Cafe Marco.  From local to international cuisines, there will be always something that will satisfy your taste buds. 

This ham is one of the my favorite at Cafe Marco Davao. But then again, there are so many dishes to choose from. Just make sure not to waste and leave nothing on the plate. 

My friends and I are just having a great time with our breakfast! Great breakfast for us means we're up for a  great adventure ahead in DAVAO! 

One thing I checked out in a hotel is how nice their pools are. I love swimming and I do laps regularly. Marco Polo Davao does have the pool that I was looking for. A swimming pool perfect for doing laps. Nice sun and swim just means I am having a great holiday already! 

Available for guests and visitors, you can pamper yourself in the hotel spa or sweat it out in the gym. Both are located next to the hotel's swimming pool. 

After our whole day exploration, I am very happy that we stayed at Marco Polo Davao and  I couldn't think of any better place to stay in Davao. 

Our vacation in Marco Polo Davao really was something to remember. This hotel exceeded my expectations. The staff were very hospitable, the location was at the center of the city, the food was amazing, I had the best sleep on their beds, and most of all, I felt very safe. 

 Stay in one of the best hotels in DAVAO in one of the best cities in the Philippines! 

For more information, check out their website:


Exploring Awesome Sites in LONDON using the LONDON PASS

Our dream vacation started with only a few days in London. We wanted to make the most out of it and explore as much as we could in this bustling city of London.

Prior to our European trip, our friend told us about the London Pass and how we could maximize it while we were in London. This card gives you a privilege pass to so many tourist destinations in the city and no need to queue and buy tickets, which can take up so much of your touring time. 

With 2 days to spend in London, here are the places we visited using our London Pass!


This famous palace is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Be amazed with the King's and Queen's State Aparments that have been preserved in a pristine condition.  It also served for a long time as the official residence of the famous and well-loved Princess Diana. The long history of this place can also be seen with the wide collection of historical articles from all over the world.  While were there there was a really interesting exhibition of outfits worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and other members of the royal family. The beautiful landscape surrounding the Kensington Palace is a sight to see specially the Sunken Garden. 


Often mistakenly called the London Bridge, Tower Bridge has been over River Thames since 1894. This bridge is also considered as one of the most famous, not just in the UK, but in the world. We were very lucky to visit this bridge with ease as the queue to get the ticket was so long. Thank goodness for London Pass, we avoided the queues and easily and enjoyed the breath taking views of the City of London. In addition, we were able to see the Engine Rooms not far from the bridge. A very interesting tour indeed! 


Considered as one of the most famous fortresses in the world, the Tower of London is also home to the Crown Jewels where you will see the crowns and other artifacts that are basically PRICELESS! With all the places to visit in London, to see the crowns of the King and Queens of England are a must see!


After our Tower Bridge Tour, we walked to see The Shard which is the tallest building in Western Europe and came across this very interesting find. With the London Pass, we were able to learn the dark history about London Bridge. And after that, the scariest experience begins. We entered this chamber and never stopped screaming until we got out! It was really fun but not for the faint-hearted! 


Next to Big Ben, is this UNESCO World Heritage Site which is very famous for it's old paintings, one of a kind stained glass windows, and of course, where Prince William and Kate Middleton got married. You have to see Westminster Abbey! It is better to come early as there so many people wanting to go into one of the grandest church in the UK.


To get around to different sites around the City of London, worry no more as the Golden Tours Buses will take you around using your London Pass card. You can hop on and off anywhere around the city with no problem. Just make sure you know their schedule otherwise you may take the Underground Tube. 


Another way to get around the city of London is by River Thames. Using your London Pass with City Cruises, you can hop on and off along the river Thames. This is also a very interesting trip as you can get to see the other side of the city.

For rates and more information on the London Pass, you can check their website at www.londonpass.com