Baguio Stay | Heritage Mansion Hotel: Old Charm with Modern Comfort

The Standard Room at Heritage Mansion Hotel

It was a case of an unfortunate event that led me to stay in this old family mansion now called the Heritage Mansion Hotel in Baguio City. I had a booking in another hotel but they overbooked the rooms so I was moved here without extra cost in my part. A sort of an upgrade since it the rooms there were a lot more expensive than the one I booked and its much closer to the city center which I liked.

Davao Oriental | Dazzling Dahican Beach and Mati City

Beautiful Dahican Beach in Mati

I like places that surprise me. At times I would go to a destination not knowing what to expect. Yes I would have an idea or two but finding out there’s more when I get there is always exciting. Mati City in Davao Oriental is one of those places that has a surprising development. Typhoon Pablo battered, it has recovered quite well. Aside from the purple bannered buildings that rose from the rubble, its Dahican Beach has been the top draw in the province.

Quirino Stay | Capitol Plaza Hotel and Restaurant in Cabarroguis

The pool at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Cabarroguis

Quirino, a land-locked province in Cagayan Valley is partly a mystery to me. I haven’t been in that area so I was excited to join a familiarization tour to “Discover the Undiscovered”. A fitting slogan really as there is little written about this province. Underrated perhaps? A flight to Cauayan, Isabela then a 1.5 hours road-trip took us to Cabarroguis, the capital of Quirino Province. There, the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Restaurant, was our home for three nights.

Holiday booked, remember the extras!

Airport Traveller by Nick Harris, on Flickr

Going on holiday shouldn’t be stressful, and if you get everything sorted out and arranged in good time, it isn’t stressful in the least! Worry and panic sets in when you’re not organised, so make sure you do this ahead of time, and you can start holiday mode much sooner!

If you’re not a seasoned traveller, or you simply have no clue, here are the things you need to consider extras-wise, ideally at the time you book your holiday.

Nikon Shot | Waiting Under the Stars

ironwulf-lingayen

It was just last weekend when I got invited to stay for a night in Lingayen, Pangasinan. It was an invitation hard to pass as the last time I was in this area was during a Lakbay Norte tour. It was an easy, sort of laid back escape spending most of our time at this wonderful resort called El Puerto Marina Resort and got to see the preparation for the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Allied Force Landing. The weather was just wonderful that time, cold, sky was clear amidst the partial full moon brightening up the landscape. I missed the milky way that I wanted to shoot so I just waited for the sunrise. I really like the beach in Lingayen. It may be gray but it was really wide and the sand was really fine. It was really pleasant to walk around barefoot. With time in my hands, I had some crazy idea popped into my head and shot this one. This Nikon Shot was to document the surreal morning experience I had with this wonderful morning landscape while I Spotify at the “Smooth Morning” playlist. Shot with the Nikon D7100, check out the settings below.