• Around the World in One Day |Balesin Photo Diary

    Balesin is approximately a 25-minute plane ride from Manila, yet is a world completely unto itself. http://www.balesin.com/ Balesin Island Club is a members-only island resort located just 60 nautical miles east of Metro Manila. Unless you’re a member there is absolutely no way you can enter the island (unless you know someone who is a member then you can come in as a “guest”). Check out the photos of the themed villas below! Bali Phuket Mykonos St. Tropez Costa del Sol Toscana As much as I enjoyed touring the themed villas & taking photos of picturesque sceneries, the ultimate question comes to mind: Is a Balesin membership (approx 4M!!!) worth…

  • Casa Santa Museum | Christmas in Antipolo (Part II)

    It’s Christmas all year round! I wanted to maximise my visit to Antipolo, and since it’s the Christmas season, I decided to visit the famous Casa Santa Museum. I’ve heard so much about this museum and I can’t believe it took me this long before I went to have a look! Originally, Casa Santa was a family rest house, and in 1995, it was converted into a Santa Claus museum. The exterior of the museum looks like a hybrid of a ginger bread house and Santa’s workshop — I LOVED IT. There were a lot of spots to take photos and I appreciated that the staff were very friendly and…

  • Within the Walled City | Intramuros

    Intramuros, also known as the “Walled City” is tucked within the modern city of Manila. You would not believe such a place exists in the midst of a contemporary city. Intramuros is very rich in history, and I would actually suggest to hire a local tour guide who is knowledgable of the site to get full understanding and appreciation. In a gist: it was built by the Spaniards, led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, in 1571 to serve as the religious, political and military centre / base of operations during their occupation. Some of my personal favourite sites to visit in Intramuros: Manila Cathedral Baluarte de San Diego — my top…

  • Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

    A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without visiting Victoria Peak (扯旗山) or “The Peak” as it is known locally.  It is one of the most famous attractions for very good reasons. Whether you will be dining with your family, going on a date with your special someone, exploring the crisp wooded paths by yourself, or shopping with friends, there is truly something for everyone at Victoria Peak. Why go? The view is outstanding. During the day, you will get the change to see in full view the majestic skyscrapers of the Hong Kong Central District. On the other hand, night time views highlight the amazing light shows from the buildings…