• 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…