"Binondo Girl" for a day

Disclaimer: No Chinese lineage runs in my blood.

I was a freshman college student when I first went to Binondo, Manila. It wasn't actually my intention or plan to go there but my History 2 professor said that he will give us extra points (GC days.. hahaha) if we will go there and witness the Chinese New Year Celebration.

Fast forward to present, I am a senior college student now and this time, I really wanted to experience Chinese New Year and explore Binondo. Thank goodness my friend/orgmate Pat had an assignment to visit Binondo for her travel writing class and so I grabbed the opportunity to go with her. Luckily, our other orgmates were also interested to join us. We ended up going with 5 of us in the group.

I forgot to bring my cam but thanks to my iPhone and instagram app for the pictures.


Here are some things that you are going to see and witness while exploring the streets of Binondo:

1. Lucky charms! Though I'm not a fan of these lucky charms.

2. Tikoy! Chinese New Year won't be complete without having a Tikoy in a household's dining table.

3. Dragon Dance Show! C'mon show me your dragon moves..

4. Eng Bee Tin's Hopia! This is the most delicious hopia (esp. hopia ube) I've ever tasted in my entire life! MUST TRY!


From L-R: Kuya Rovie, Pat, Gelo and Seph

This is going to be the last time that I'm gonna go to Binondo because most of us got BV (bad vibes) before heading home. I won't go into details because this blog post should be about positivity. Or maybe I'll come back here but not on a Chinese New Year Celebration. :)))


Short Trip to Ilocos

I am an avid aficionado of travelling. Whenever I have the opportunity to travel, I engage into it. Going to different places gives me a euphoric feeling and an experience of hyperreality. During my Christmas break, I went to Ilocos for a short trip. I've been to Ilocos before but I don't have my camera yet when I first  went there. So now, I splurged on the chance to take pictures of such a wonderful place.

Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte have a lot of beautiful places to offer but due to lack of time, I was only able to visit a few yet amazing places in Ilocos. Here's a peek of what's in store for you if you want to visit and explore Ilocos.


The historical and long-standing Paoay Church. The church's distinct and enormous architecture is an archetype of Europe's Baroque Architecture.

panoramic view of Paoay Church

Paoay Church's Bell Tower
family picture at the church of Paoay. from L-R: tita pam, my cousin mikkel, me, cousins julia, bianca and joshua

The serene and relaxing lake of Paoay.

Marcos Ancestral House. Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos were two of the biggest and controversial names in Philippine government. Their house in Ilocos is an epitome of antiquity and sophistication.

the facade of the house
 here's a view from the veranda

glimpse of what's inside the house..

portrait of Ferdinand and Imelda

a painting of the Paoay Church

second floor

my cute and pretty cousin julia sitting around the different statues of Ferdinand Marcos

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. If you wanna get a messy hair, you gotta visit this place coz' it's very windy and cool once you reach the top of the lighthouse.

a view from the parking space before you climb the steps to the lighthouse..

up up to the lighthouse!

the view from the top of the lighthouse..

really windy huh? :)

 Giant Windmills at Bangui Ilocos Norte. This is one of my most favorite destinations in Ilocos Norte! It took us 4-5 hours from Narvacan, Ilocos Sur to reach the place. But the long drive was worth it once you see the Giant Windmills, feel the wind slap your face and the sand particles hit your body.

with my cousin mikkel


I consider beaches as my haven. I really enjoy watching the waves clash through the shores and feel the  cool water and the rocks touch through my feet.

At the beach of Santa, Ilocs Sur.

Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Walking through the streets of Vigan Heritage Village was like experiencing the Spanish era in the Philippines. antique. laid-back. cozy.

the famous Ilocos emapanada!

Though it was a 2-day trip, it was well-spent. :) FUN FUN FUN! :)))