Manila Clock Tower Museum Guide
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by Kara Santos
3d ago
Looking for a new museum to visit for National Arts Month this February? Step back in time and explore the Manila Clock Tower Museum, housed in the city’s most iconic landmark—the Manila City Hall.  NEWS UPDATE: Starting March 2, 2024, the Manila Clock Tower Museum will open its doors to the public on weekends! Stay tuned for more details. Designed by architect Antonio Toledo and completed during the 1930s, the Manila Clock Tower stands almost 100 feet (30 meters) in elevation, making it the largest clock tower in the Philippines. Manila City Hall and the Clock Tower were damaged heavil ..read more
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Witnessing the release of sea turtle hatchlings in La Union
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by Kara Santos
2w ago
There’s something about the sunset in La Union. No matter how many times I’ve been here, walking barefoot on the sand, watching the fiery orange glow sink into the horizon, and listening to the sound of waves, it always feels like coming home after a long day. I’ve watched the sunset on various visits to the surf town over the years, but it felt even more meaningful as I watched a clutch of baby sea turtles scurrying across the sand to the ocean for the first time.  It was the peak of sea turtle nesting season during our #NLEXLakbay Norte media trip and we had the rare chance to witness ..read more
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8 restaurants to try in La Union on your next road trip
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by Kara Santos
2w ago
La Union is famous for its surf scene, but foodies know that it’s also a great place to go on a food trip. You can find a variety of Filipino and international cuisine here catering to all kinds of travelers, from weekend warriors on a budget, barkadas in the mood to party, and families with the whole clan in tow. While there are a lot of new places concentrated in the surf area of San Juan including vegan-friendly cafes and craft beer spots catering to the younger beach crowd, you can also find other restaurants with unique concepts spread out in La Union’s other towns.  I recently got ..read more
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Food Trip: Where to eat in La Union on your next road trip
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by Kara Santos
2w ago
La Union is famous for its surf scene, but foodies know that it’s also a great place to go on a food trip. You can find a variety of Filipino and international cuisine here catering to all kinds of travelers, from weekend warriors on a budget, barkadas in the mood to party, and families with the whole clan in tow. While there are a lot of new places concentrated in the surf area of San Juan including vegan-friendly cafes and craft beer spots catering to the younger beach crowd, you can also find other restaurants with unique concepts spread out in La Union’s other towns.  I recently got ..read more
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Biking to the new Pasig River Esplanade (2024)
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by Kara Santos
1M ago
Last Sunday (January 21, 2024), we joined a group ride to Binondo with cycling advocacy group Firefly Brigade and went around Escolta afterwards to check out the newly opened Pasig River Esplanade. The riverside area behind the Central Manila Post Office right next to Jones Bridge is set to be the newest tourist attraction along the river. By now, you’ve probably seen the aerial night photos shared by city planner and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren of the rehabilitated sections of Pasig River which have been circulating online after its grand launch last Wednesday, January 17. According ..read more
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Food Trip: Binondo
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by Kara Santos
1M ago
As the world’s oldest Chinatown (established in 1594), Binondo in Manila is a well-known cultural and foodie haven. Here, you can find lots of authentic hole-in-the-wall establishments serving everything from flashy Cantonese-themed lauriat meals to homey Hokkien-style Tsinoy cooking. However, there are over 100+ restaurants in the area, so it can be quite overwhelming to decide where to eat. I’ve had the chance to join several walking and eating tours led by Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks, so I’ve sampled a few of the best. International tourists who want a guide can join one of his to ..read more
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Road Trip Guide: Dingalan, Aurora
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by Kara Santos
2M ago
After almost two years of being stuck at home and riding only to nearby areas because of the pandemic, we decided to go on a motorcycle road trip right before Christmas last December 2021. Social gatherings were still limited, checkpoints in some areas were still strict, and borders to select destinations were just easing up. At the time, Dingalan in Aurora was one of the few places accepting tourists from other provinces and Metro Manila without a lot of requirements. While we previously rode to Dingalan in 2019 and stayed overnight before heading to Baler, on our second trip we took it easy ..read more
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Naga to Legazpi PNR Train Schedule 2024
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by Kara Santos
2M ago
Banner photo: Screenshot of Mayon from the Official PNR FB Page & DOTR Planning to travel to Bicol anytime soon? Train trips from Naga City to Legazpi City are back! In case you missed the news, the state-owned Philippine National Railways (PNR) has finally resumed operations along the Naga-Legazpi rail line on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, after six years. PNR suspended operations on the Naga-Legazpi route back in April 2017 after two years of service because of the lack of train coaches and locomotives at the time. While I haven’t tried riding this specific route myself yet, I ..read more
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3 stunning PH islands to visit this holiday season
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by Kara Santos
2M ago
With traffic building up and gatherings being held left and right, sometimes all you’re looking for at the end of the day is some peace and quiet. Luckily, living in a versatile country like the Philippines allows for loads of options for a quick and easy getaway from urban living.  In contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city, the Philippines takes pride in its tranquil and picturesque provinces. Hidden among the bigger cities are sandy white beaches, fresh mountain trails, and crystalline bodies of water that are sure to ease your mind and settle your soul. With thousands of these ..read more
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5 unique activities and party venues in Manila
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by Kara Santos
3M ago
Looking for fun indoor activities for the whole family this holiday season? Or maybe you’ve been tasked to organize your barkada reunion, entertain balikbayan relatives, or come up with suggestions for team-building office parties. In case you’re looking for an alternative to holding a formal dinner event, eating out at a restaurant, or hosting a party at home, mall-based attractions can provide hassle-free entertainment for guests of any age. Ayala Malls Manila Bay in Parañaque, Ayala’s largest mall to date, offers various leisure activities you can enjoy all in one mall, in fun event spaces ..read more
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