Wednesday, August 31

A Sumptuous Lunch Buffet at Cafe Chino

Chinatown in Binondo has always been me and my friends'
go to place whenever we want a quick bite of Chinese culinary. Ask anyone and the one street they could think of synonymous to it is Ongpin. Ongpin St. is like EDSA. It is quite long and has many streets connecting it to the busiest parts of Manila. Along one intersection, I discovered Cafe Chino located at the family-run Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel where one of the cheapest buffet in the area is being offered. 
Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel Reception and Lobby

After touring our Japanese friend Chieka in downtown Manila, we proceeded to the hotel restaurant and had our lunch. Buffet lunch is priced at a cheap Php 299 per person. I was expecting the restaurant to be packed for it was a family day. But I was glad that it wasn't. There was a sizable amount of families and groups coming in and out that the staff replenishes the food trays every now and then.

Thursday, August 25

He Fell In Love

And Sky kissed Seaprincess just as before the sun disappeared over the horizon. At the time when different shades of warm orange blast in all directions. Her wavy hair caught some of the dancing lights. Trapped in their crystal like cage, attempting to escape from her usual swaying.


She was hypnotic. As her eyes gazed unto his, his heart stopped for a millisecond. But he was far too slow to catch himself.

And in those fleeting moments, looking briefly but deeply into her eyes, he realized that he has never seen someone as beautiful as her before.

He never dared to look back. He could no longer hold back. He finally let himself free. To finally fall.

Finally in love.

Monday, August 22

A Purply Stay at the Purple Tree Bed & Breakfast

It was another beautiful weekend to just spend at home. So I dragged my friend once more to a quiet bed & breakfast I found out at the heart of ParaƱaque City.

After the receptionist greeted us warmly, we were quickly given our room key card. For a small hotel, having your own is tantamount to their concern regarding privacy, safety and security. This place is perfect for those seeking solitude without the need to go out of the city. And at a much affordable rate at that.
Panoramic view of hotel grounds

Thursday, August 18

Your Christmas Bucket List Can Come True with ShopBack

In my younger years, I have always taken an interest for girly stuff like dresses, bags and shoes. But since I started traveling, I have taken the road less traveled and traversed the more adventurous path. With traveling comes the need and want to journey with ease. And soon enough I was looking for travel stuff that would help me move with comfort while on the road.

Now Christmas is just a few months away. I have started writing down my wishlist that I am hoping to get this coming holiday season. It is really fun to start window shopping as early as now but I can only do so on my free days. I checked these stuff online and ShopBack has helped me trim down my list. 

Since joining ShopBack's Win A Wish Blogging Contest, I fervently pray that I win even just one of the items I listed below.

1. Backpack

My current backpack is already four years old. And since I have traveled far and wide, it now looked more than its age. Thus me, wanting a new one. Something cool yet feminine. Just like the red Climbing Traveling Shoulder Bag Rucksack I found on Lazada.

2. Hiking Shoes

Travel footwear is definitely one of the most used in a wanderer's life. Mine already developed an ugly hole right by the top. And I am thinking of changing it with Lazada's JustCreat Women's Hiking Shoes.

3. Mirrorless Camera

One of my joys as a traveler is being able to capture magnificent photos which I can look back to whenever I miss visiting a place. I am currently lugging a heavy DSLR camera and I am wanting to purchase a much lighter one like Lazada's Fujifilm X-A2 16.3 MP. Compact but still takes great still shots!

4. Daybag

I prefer carrying smaller bags for shorter travels. I do not have one yet and I am wanting Lazada's Multifunction Casual Bag Backpack. It is rustic and manly. Perfect for the outdoorsy me! 

5. A Gorgeous Beach Dress

Now of course I am still a girl and when in the beach I make sure I look like one. A flowing, colorful dress I found in Zalora, the La Playa Chiffon Long Dress, definitely fits the bill. 

There are more but these five are the ones hogging the top of my list for ShopBack's Win A Wish Blogging Contest. If you are not familiar with ShopBack yet, you may read more about ShopBack here.

ShopBack helps you get the best deals and discounts on 300+ stores, plus Cashback! Cashback is really just "getting cash back" - When you spend online through ShopBack, we give you a portion of your purchase back as Cashback. This means extra, unlimited savings whenever you shop online!

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Wednesday, August 17

Shop at Shopback Philippines and Get Your Money Back!

Living in the big city is already synonymous to hours-long traffic jam.  Commuting to a nearby shopping area could literally take forever.  Well, this does not sit well to those who do not have the luxury of time. I would rather spend time reading books at home or blogging the night away instead of wasting time on the road wondering if you can beat the 10 PM mall hours. It would be a total shame if your favorite boutique is on sale too.

But thanks to technology and imaginative minds, shopping has never been easier nowadays.  As a traveler, I have a constant need for the latest travel gadgets and gizmos. And shopping online is a heaven-sent alternative for me. But thanks to ShopBack Philippines, I am able to hone my online shopping skills.  This positive experience could be yours too.