My 1 dozen Most favorite pages at Instagram

Beautiful minds inspire others.

If you happen to visit my Instagram page, you wouldn’t believe (even myself), that I’ve already posted more than 9,000 photos (and/or videos) to date.

It has been a coping tool of mine. One of my many. I indirectly express my feelings through my posts, be it bliss, the blues, the triumphs and everyday struggle to live my mantra of loving what I’m doing and living for what I really love.

Along with this, I am awed and inspired by the following pages:

Martine Munro

When it comes to Interior Designing. Aside from what we’re pretending to be (me and hon as Chip and Joanna the second), Ms. Munro’s abode is literally a house of treasures. I love everything about it. The paints, the frills, the images and all. It’s like saying “It’s so me!” =)

Maggie Wilson

I love to travel and Ms. Wilson’s page is such a great site to learn of new places. What more? She’s a fabulous and glamorous traveler. I am so amazed with her flair for fashion. And by the way, I love her tattoos! She reminds me of my soul sister without the tattoo. =) As she is a very private person, she might kill me if she finds out her page is included here. =p

By the way, I am following her Casa Consunji too.

Salut Maroc

This definitely occupies my first in my bucket list when it comes to satiating my lust for travel. Not only for being located in one of the most beautiful countries I’ve known. I fell in love with its’ interiors the first time I saw it, swooned by it, and the colors, yes, the colors, makes me happy all the time.

Kenz

I am not much a fan of neutral colors, we all know that my hungry eyes crave for bright and bold ones. However, I can’t help but fell in love with her page. How she intricately (or is it spontaneous like her eyes were trained to see one if she sees one) chooses a photo of a place or an object and if you look at her page from afar, they’re all in the same shade. It is truly magnificent to me. A friend of mine commented that she might be just using a single filter provided by Instagram though I think they’re originals. =)

PS – She is my niece. =) And I am so proud of her.

Hulma Bespoke

This one is another Filipino Entrepreneur who makes beautiful shoes according to its’ clients’ wishes. I think I’m going to ask them to do me a pair soon. =) Hulma is a Filipino word for a mold to fit.

Nico Bolzico

I think this is one of their many awesome travels. Such a lovely couple. =)
Photo source: https://www.instagram.com/nicobolzico

Oh, when I’m super sad, I just have to go to his page, watch him being himself with his pretty wife. I actually love them and is my favorite celebrity couple. =)

The Gentleman Wolf

When I’m so in love? I go here. I cry. I smile. I laugh. I sigh. Just by reading everything about love, it’s here.

I was able to personally talk to him through exchanging messages and this is what Mr. Joel Clemons, a Therapist, had to say: “We are here to experience love, we deserve to share real love.” And I just had to agree. He offers coaching and counselling too for those who needs help.

Naughty Teas (and Mangelka) A Lifestyle Photographer/ Content Creator

I once dreamt of myself (me from another time), in another place, with a milieu being very vintage and very light. When I saw this page, It has transformed me to that old dream. Exactly the things I saw in that dream, except for two things: that magenta 17th century clothing. And that I do not like tea that much. (–,)

Soidog Foundation

Being one of their many followers and an advocate of animals safety, I show my support by following all of their great works. I encouraged other friends too to follow them and donate if possible.

M&Ms Chocolates

MnMs has one the best Advertising campaigns in the F&B/ Confectionery Industry. It lights me up watching them especially their videos. The M&Ms characters are the cutest for me. =)

Blossom and Dill

Oh how I love flowers. Who doesn’t? And this page perfectly translated all its’ wonder and beauty. Sophie Witham has one of the greatest eye for this delicate subject. As Christian Dior said: “After women, flowers are the most divine creations.” Check this page, and you’ll see why.

And last but not the least:

Trois Petites Filles

I do not know that much about this woman named “Victoria”. And this is why I am enthralled by her page. I am mesmerized by her mystery, her sensuality, motherhood, her love for Art and her scrupulous eye for it. For me, She is the epitome of a beautiful soul.

Not a day will pass without me visiting them. They’re all inspiring and sprinkles me good vibes every minute I spend looking at them with an immeasurable admiration. It literally makes my day. =) And inspires me to do more, be a better person, push myself more, exert more effort, and become the best version of me. I think this is my way of expressing that I am grateful for them, and all those inspiring pages out there. #onlineinspirations

Do you have your own top favorites too? Please tell me! (–,)

Love,

Beaut

Gabriela Silang Museum of Fine Arts – Tayum, Abra

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Gabriela Silang Museum of Fine Arts

One of the things that I really treasured during my last travel to Abra is the chance I had to visit the Gabriela Carino-Silang Gallery of Fine Arts. I was really wanting to stay longer, however, said trip was with a group and so I had to follow the length of stay per itinerary.

Should there be a chance, I would really love to come back, though for now, let me share with you one of the most thought-provoking art collection, the most expansive array I’ve seen locally (I was thinking it is Pinto Art Museum), owned by former Ambassador Rosario V. Carino, the paternal uncle of the country’s Joan of Arc, Gabriela Silang. Said house had became her retreat, when she fled from Vigan to shun captive, during the revolt against the Spaniards. Well, the rest is history.

Due to the diplomats’ vast collection from most parts of the globe for more than thirty years, it eventually became a gallery of Fine Arts, the squire shared with us stories behind some of the collector’s items. The well-traveled diplomat ensured that he’s got something to bring home and the accumulation of well-kept art pieces created one of the most fascinating anthology I’ve seen.

When we came, there is an on-going renovation to display the items in a better way. There is a minimum entrance fee so as to aid said renovation and preserve them for the next generations to lay eyes on. Members of the Carino family were the ones who acted like a tour guide and didn’t leave all of us unassisted. I must agree with “Tupang Gala”. It is a beautiful mess. =)

Take a gander of the photos we’ve taken:

Excited! =)
Entry way
Foyer
Library
Sorting out interesting topics.

Upon entry, two rooms are situated on both sides, one is like a resting area and the other one is a library.

“Dyaryo!” (newspaper or gazette)

When you enter the “bulwagan” (hall), you can’t help but be amazed of how massive the art collections that has been gathered from generations after generations. I felt a certain kind of abundance.

Entry to the front parlor.
Living room
Little parlor
A beautiful vintage telephone.
Dining hall
A replica of the most famous painting in the world is behind me.
A four post bed with crocheted cover.
Is it she?

Like a kid, I touched one of those lamps wishing a genie will come out! =p

Those vintage luggage put smile on my face… (–,)

Ceramics, mostly pitchers and basins.
Crystals.
Still life paintings and some Victorian figurines.
This violet vase which caught my attention is also a gift to the Ambassador.
I inquired if they have a reproduction of the “Holy Shroud”, there’s none, however, they showed me this one, an oil painting of Christ resurrected.

I was hoping the government will also assist in the preservation of said museum, I just heard about the restoration of Gabriela Silang’s father’s ancestral house in Candon, Ilocos Sur.

Jen spotted this outside, which I missed.

To be honest, this museum visit took my breath away. Estimating everything to be billion worth. Perhaps, this treasure trove is priceless.

The museum is located at Teodoro Balmaceda Street, Poblacion, 2803 Tayum, Abra. You can contact them at: 0927-640-6497 or click this link: https://www.facebook.com/gcsgfa.abra/

I’m Staying With Jen

I’m Staying With Jen (Hotel)

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.”~Mark Black

This 4-star hotel has it’s own special way of pulling back their curtains. One weekend, Jen and I were able to witness Hotel Jen’s unique personality.

Hotel Jen has been alluring us since last year especially my travel buddy: Jen, since it bears her nick name. She’s declaring then she’s wanting to visit just to have a photo with that personalized pillow that says: “I’m staying with Jen.” Ahahaha!

Said pillow has been around some parts of the Asia Pacific (under Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts Management) and her excitement is overwhelming me. =) It is located along Roxas Boulevard, just across The Cultural Center of the Philippines,

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and Star City. Our window is overlooking that giant “chubibo!” (Ferris wheel).

Manila bay with its’ beautiful sunset (and sunrise) is just a short walk away from us. However, we were too busy sleeping, we missed them both (sunrise and sunset). Like we went there just to rest, watch some movies, read and enjoy the placidness of our room with 2 comfy beds which allowed us to elude the city’s bustle. I was planning to unplug for that particular weekend but the speed of their internet is too fast so I enjoyed browsing and uploading photos as well. =)

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Come dinner time, after scrutinizing choices of where we could eat at the lobby,

we opted to just go out and proceeded to this Seafood market which popularly known here in our country as “Dampa”. It took us less than 20 minutes to get there. The method of dining at Dampa is you choose first your seafood from the fresh market, everything are still in the water and the vendor will recommend restaurants where it is best to prepare and cook it. The charge will be separate.

You might want to look around and not settle right away on the first stall you bump into, who knows there’s a better price somewhere else. =)

What we had are shrimps, scallops, and lobsters. The last item is for Jen’s heart’s content. You’ll get crazy when she craves.

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I had to go out to buy pineapple juice for her.

We partnered them with broccoli and Yang chow rice. We went back to the hotel after an hour with happy tummies.

Oh, there’s more. We later found out that our breakfast will not be sent to our room the following morning since what comes with our package is a Breakfast buffet. Hmmmn. Happy tummies again. =) I think this is the best part of the stay, we just enjoyed eating together without the need of going to the market, prepare our meal’s ingredients, cook them before we can eat, like everything here is free-flowing and just in front of us. Foodies!

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Hotel Jen is in the following countries:

Hotel Jen Beijing

beijing
Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Shenyang

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Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Hong Kong

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Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor, Malaysia

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Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Penang

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Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives

Hotel Jen Male Maldives
Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Manila

Club Lounge

There are 2 Hotel Jen in Singapore and they’re putting up one in Kota Kinabalu by year 2020.

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Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Jen wanted to know how did they end-up with the hotel’s name. So I had to research for it. The website says that it is the brainchild of a virtual persona: Jen, that she owns a hotel, and all-time lover of life, travel and discovery.

It’s just great to know that some of our “Where to next” destination(s) were included in their list of locations. Jen is excited again. I was telling her can we try other hotels and she played deaf even on my second query. Hmmmn.

Hotel Jen isn’t too luxurious since it is just a 4- star hotel but as long as the people are friendly, the amenities are clean, everything is working, we are safe, all that we need is there, it is already truly an R&R for the two of us, and she is already checking her calendar for our next staycation.

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Meet Hunter, he is hyper during daytime, and lazy and always lying on the floor, just notice his nostrils, still active, meaning, he is still working. =) #sniffer

We missed doing this a lot. The last one we had I think was a few years ago. =) I know we’re going to do it more often.

It is so gratifying to always have something to look forward to right? =) Because we deserve a break every once in a while and #seizethestay …

PS

Hotel Jen is previously Traders Hotel also under Shangri-la Resorts and Hotels Management.

To book your stay, you can call them at: 02-795-8888

Cintai Corito’s Garden – “Bali be like”

Cintai Corito’s Garden – “Bali be like”

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ~George Sand~

I’ve been hearing a lot about Cintai Corito, photos I’ve seen whenever I come across it is so inviting. I first thought it is not in my country. The place used to be a private sanctuary for its’ owners, especially for the wife (and mother). This place was dedicated for her. Like a local “Taj Mahal”.

It has been open to the public for the past 10 years, and it was only later that I was able to convince my foodie/ travel buddy to accompany me to witness its’ grandeur.

True enough, it is very beautiful and so relaxing. Everything is green, it brings you closer to nature. You hear birds chirping, pretty flowers,

and even peacocks making sounds like they’re trying to communicate with you. These peacocks are the first and primary reason why I included Cintai in my places to visit. I have this certain fascination with peacocks. They used to roam around according to my friends who’ve been here. When we visited, all of them are inside a huge cage then.

peacock fr cintai

There are areas to meditate, pavilions for events, picturesque villas and a Balinese themed restaurant: Abadi.

There’s a special corner for a spa, swimming pools in varying sizes and a TV room too.

We arrived in Lipa, Batangas a little late than expected, still, we were able to catch their buffet spread.

After which spent all the afternoon roaming. I truly enjoyed it and breathe easy. Everything I see, hear and smell are all pleasing. The place is good for all the senses like a serene refuge. I also had this great admiration that everything were executed in meticulous details.

This would surely be one of your choices to stay when you’re heading to Lipa. There are also equally nice establishments in the vicinity, which made me want to go back soon. It is more or less (depending on the traffic – I do not recommend leaving on Saturdays even in the morning – as you’ll get stuck in traffic) than 2 hours from Manila.

In the midst of seeing mostly several images of Buddha, this image of Mother Mary brought solace to my heart. Our Lady of Guadalupe seems to be showing up to me lately mostly in unexpected places and time. I hope to see her in Mexico one day. =)

By the way, “Cintai” is the Indonesian word for “Love.” You can contact them thru their mobile: 0917-833-1508/ 0977-811-9593. Or email them at: reservations@coritosgarden.com. They are located at: Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Lipa, Batangas.

 

   

Balay Dako by Antonio’s…

Balay Dako by Antonio’s

“Family is like music, some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.”

I’m so glad to have brought my family to dine at Balay Dako… It just occurred to me that when they planned going to Tagaytay, I instantly thought of bringing them nowhere else but at Balay Dako.

And because me, my son and her girlfriend were outnumbered by oldies, what we ordered were those that are a little “healthier”, even if I wanted a lot from the menu to try for myself, please take a look:

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Gela just enjoyed nibbling on these dessert from Ilo-ilo: Piyaya.

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While I enjoyed the ube turon

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I was quite disappointed with the halo-halo, I think they lack some of the ingredients.

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The oldies wanted fish, so we had sweet and sour fish for them.

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My son opted for the salt & pepper spare ribs.

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We ordered for the green mango salad too

I actually can’t figure out what matches it. We just had the beef shanks soup (“Bulalo” in Filipino), and normally green mango salad fits best with fried food.

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Their paella.

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Mama and nanay (her yaya) about to start on their fresh lumpia when I asked them to smile first. =)

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Their lumpiang sariwa.

I still want to try more from their menu, I’ll come back soon. =)

 

Menu Photos courtesy of: http://antoniosrestaurant.ph/balay-dako/#menu-section

I’ve tried most of their desserts, so we can always go out and find another, there’s a lot of places in Tagaytay where you can find a good one to get your sweet cravings. So it’s like hopping from one place to another, besides Tagaytay is a very beautiful place. You wouldn’t mind just looking around.