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Revisiting Guimaras Island

Almost a decade ago, I had the best vacation with my then husband and friends. An eclectic group - a Filipino couple, an American guy, and a French girl - we had decided to spend the New Year break in a small island off the coast of Iloilo : Guimaras. Not knowing much about the place, we first stayed at a resort in the town of Alubihod. The beach was nice, but there were too many people and we wanted some peace and quiet. Lucky for us, we chanced upon an even smaller island called Baras. It’s a private property with a few huts and a small cove, with another beach a rowboat across the way. It was perfect. Many years and countless experiences later, I find myself back in the island, in a town much more isolated and even quieter. Nueva Valencia, it’s called. If you want a weekend of doing nothing by the sea, then this is the place you want to be. How to get there Getting to Guimaras via Iloilo City is easy. Hail a cab and ask the driver to take you to Parola Wharf. It

Saturday Musings: It's Just a Job, Getting Life Back on Course

It took separation from my ex-husband, countless nights/mornings of crawling back to the elevator (barely making it to my unit), a major surgery, and hitting the wall of burnout for me to realize that I was too vested in work. I even too pride in the fact that I worked while on vacation. I loved the word "workation"! Because that's how I rolled. I was a freelancer. I was passionate about what I did, and I could work wherever I was. Put bluntly, I was a workaholic.

MR Holidays: Where to Stay in Boracay Station 1 Without Breaking the Bank

It's been years since I was in Boracay, but last week, I just had to get to the beach and it was practically a no-brainer for me. My love affair with beaches started in Boracay. Cliche it may be, but its powdery white sand and clear waters captured my heart; and to be honest, I think it's hard to beat. Of course, I haven't been to El Nido, so... There's also the fact that a lot of people say Boracay is overrated, expensive, too commercialized, and not worth visiting anymore. I disagree.

Two Organs, Two Kilos

It's probably not what you're thinking - although, who am I to assume what you're thinking? But, if you've got a sort of gross image of body parts...forget it. It's safe to read on even if you're squeamish. This is all about food...and music.

Running and Music

Go together like apple and pie. Whaat? I know that probably doesn't make much sense, but hear me out. I've taken up running (walking fast and jogging slowly to be accurate) and I've found that I just can't really do it without music blasting in my ears. (I'm sure I'm not alone.) Thing is, I've got two routes. Both of them peppered with food establishments that torture me. And one has got what may be the best apple pie in my area. Make sense now?