: Philippines

Boracay Mermaid Experience

Summer is here and I’m quite sure a lot of you are planning or have booked a trip to Boracay. Thinking of what to do during your vacation to make it memorable? Of course, there are water activities like Jet Ski, Parasailing, Zorb, Paraw (sail boat), and the like, or the famous cliff diving at Ariel’s Point. But if you are looking for something unique to try, why not be a mermaid for a day? Okay, just for a few minutes actually. For the guys, don’t worry there’s also fish feeding, which is almost like scuba diving. Read more of my Boracay Mermaid Experience and details after the cut. I never failed to mention in my previous Boracay posts how much I love the island. I often go to Boracay, but it was only during my last visit when I first saw Boracay Oceanarium at Crown Regency Resorts & Convention Center. It is a huge tunnel aquarium, which houses various fishes – including baby sharks. This is where they hold the fish feeding sessions and the mermaid lessons too. Look at the baby sharks!!! They also have the world’s largest pearl ever discovered, which they call The Pearl of the King. It weighs 9 kilograms and measures 18 inches in diameter. Amazing, huh?! While walking through the tunnel, look who decided to make an appearance?! We were all so amazed that we couldn’t stop snapping photos of...

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Bali In The Philippines: Cintai Corito’s Garden

If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter (@lush_angel), you probably saw a glimpse of my quick getaway over the weekend. Because a lot of people got so curious were I was, might as well share this beauty to everyone. Take note, I didn’t have to book a plane to see paradise. In fact, it’s just about 1.5 hours away from Metro Manila. And just like that, I was transported to Bali! Bali in the Philippines??? Yup, and that’s Cintai Corito’s Garden. A Tour Around Cintai Corito’s Garden Personally, I consider Bali as one of those places I’d like to go back again and again. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. There are so much to see. Plus, the chill vibe and the happy people are simply very inviting. You can see more of Bali in my Travelogue: Bali Indonesia post. So, when I learned that there is “Bali in the Philippines”, I had to see and experience it for myself. Obviously, I was amazed! The sanctuary is Balinese-inspired, as you can see from these photos. The history of this place is actually interesting. The garden started out as a family rest house. In 2005, their mother Corito was diagnosed with a terminal illness. To let her relax, the family brought her to this sanctuary often until she passed away. Her husband and children then decided to make the garden a paradise since Corito loved...

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Bacolod Masskara Festival (Part 2): #SmartMasskara

Perfect setup, great DJs, lively crowd, fun companions, and overflowing drinks made the Masskara Invasion an epic night. Although we slept almost sunrise, we were alive and kickin’ for the next day’s activities. Day 3: Bacolod Masskara Festival #SmartMasskara   Our day 3 was the Masskara parade, which Smart was part of. with Kryz, Patricia, Camille and Alyssa inside the van waiting for the parade to start… It was drizzling that afternoon but it didn’t stop us from having fun! Happy faces on a colorful afternoon… And yes, we were part of it! 😉 Bloggers love to multi-task, you know. So while on our trucks trying to balance so we won’t fall, we were dancing, chit-chatting, and taking photos around. We also decided to join the performers who gamely posed with us! 😀 Thanks again to Smart for letting us experience the street parade- definitely one for the books! 😀 After having our super late lunch, we dropped by Felicia’s for their good ensaymada. Ahhh… another sweet haven! 😀 Because we made sure to pack so much energy for this trip, some of us were still game to tour around the city. Haha! Unfortunately, a lot of the places we wanted to visit were already closed at that time so we decided to go back to The Ruins. I must say, it’s also a must-see at night. There’s really something magical here...

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Bacolod Masskara Festival (Part 1): #SmartMasskara

As promised in my initial #SmartMasskara post HERE, I’m sharing my Bacolod Masskara Festival experience. I’ll have to divide it into two posts though because so many things happened in our four days in Bacolod. It was my first time in this beautiful city, so just imagine how excited I was weeks before our flight. Best of all, I couldn’t wait to be at the much-talked about Masskara Festival with my Smart family. My first ever festival was the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo and it was epic! It was such an unforgettable experience and I honestly didn’t expect it would be that fun. Well, the credit goes to my Smart family since they gave me the best festival experience! 😀 😀 😀 After Dinagyang Festival, I promised myself to attend more festivals around the country- and Masskara was definitely part of my list! 😀 Day 1: Bacolod Masskara Festival #SmartMasskara   First order of business right after dropping off our bags at our hotel was to eat the Bacolod Chicken Inasal! Although we have it here in Manila, of course, nothing compares to the original inasal! Manokan Country (near SM) is the place to go if you want Chicken Inasal. There are various restaurants all serving Chicken Inasal. As suggested by our driver, Nene’s Beth should be the best. 😉 And our smiles show how our tummies enjoyed the dinner… Haha! 😀 We then...

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OOTD: The Ruins Bacolod #SmartMasskara

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@lush_angel), Twitter (@lush_angel), or my Facebook page (lushangelblog), you’ve probably seen some photos of my Bacolod trip with my Smart family. It was my first time in this beautiful city. And what’s the best time to visit if you’re into parties and the festive vibe? The famous Masskara Festival, of course! 😀 Smart made it an unforgettable festival with all their parties around the city, like the Masskara Lovedance, Masskara Invasion, and Maskaraland. Anyway, I’ll share more about the trip in my next post. For now, let me start my #SmartMasskara experience with an OOTD. A trip to Bacolod won’t be complete without visiting The Ruins, a famous tourist spot in Talisay City. Just a quick background, The Ruins is actually ruins of an old mansion owned by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson. It was destroyed during World War II and was just restored, which is the structure we now see. Every corner is really picturesque, so an #OOTD is a must! I’m happy to be with fashion bloggers since we all took our time taking photos. Hehe! Thanks to Alyssa Lapid for being so patient in taking my photos. 😉 Since I expected it to be hot and I wanted to be comfortable all throughout the trip, I only brought various shorts and tops. This look has that summer feel – bright top paired with crochet...

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