Thursday, April 20, 2017

Breathtaking Batanes

People weren't exaggerating when they referred to Batanes as the Philippines' New Zealand. With a population of less than 20,000 people, this group of about ten islands, of which the biggest being Batan, Sabtang and Itbayat are the ones usually visited by tourists.

We opted to stay in Batan for our entire stay, visiting the different slopes and shorelines to enjoy Ivatan food and mingle with some locals -- which included lots of cows who keep the mountainside grass trimmed. :-p

Rolling hills everywhere you look.

Apart from the promo airfare we were able to avail of, I was so happy to finally book rooms at Fundacion Pacita - a hilltop hotel.

When staying in Batanes, Fundacion Pacita's restaurant should not be missed.

Their calamansi pie was sooooo good!

Behind the hotel was a pathway down to the pebble beach.

We requested a tour guide and vehicle through our hotel. We visited the famous lighthouses...


... and had a hearty lunch at paulvana's.

We even had lobsters!

After lunch, we continued with our tour to see the Spanish lagoon which was frequented by Spanish friars in the 1900's... of the oldest houses in Batanes...

...and the Honesty store.

Of course, this trip would not be complete without visiting the famous rolling hills.

 What are you waiting for? Whether for your engagement photos or honeymoon, go book that trip to one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the Philippines!

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Not-so-secret Garden

Marcia Adams' little Tuscany hideaway in Tagaytay has always been on our radar but we've never had the chance to visit her garden restaurant until recently.

On our way there, we decided to take a short cut to avoid the traffic (which turned out to be a long cut) and unintentionally passed by the charming San Antonio de Padua church in Silang, Cavite.

For couples who want an intimate wedding near Tagaytay, this church is a good option. The parking area can accommodate 30 vehicles, multiply by 5 people per car or 10 people per van, a guest list of 150 to 300 would still fit. :-)

After visiting the church, off we went to knock on Marcia's door. :-)

A not-so-little garden welcomed us.

The garden wasn't as immense as Sonya's, but still charming, nonetheless.

Rustic tables, chairs, a little Italian country villa.

Our family ordered different things from the menu so we can sample most of the specialties.

Most of the guests felt that their orders were taking very long and it did seem like the staff was undermanned during our visit. But since we weren't in a hurry or insanely hungry, we were more patient.

I liked the lavender creme brulee.

The place was filled with vases overflowing with flowers. :-)

The place was relaxing, and so many areas were so picture-perfect.

Marcia Adams
0917 801-1456