Discover An Isolated Paradise In Zambales: Hermana Menor And Hermana Mayor Islands

Since it’s the again the season of sea, sun, and sand, I’m sure most of you are looking for the perfect beach escapade—not too far from Manila, affordable and sulit, pristine waters perfect for swimming, white beach, instagrammable, not too crowded, and with a chill vibe. Am I right?! You’ve come to the right place as I’m about to share with you a wonderful discovery in Zambales that can easily rival some of the best beaches in the Philippines. And the best thing is, you don’t need to travel far for this!

We all know that most tourists coming to Zambales flock to Subic, Anawangin, Nagsasa, Capones, Magalawa, and Potipot. But did you know that aside from these popular islands, there is a lesser-known pair of paradise sitting pretty off the coast of Sta. Cruz, the northernmost town of Zambales?

Giveaway: Win 2 Lunch Buffet Vouchers at Heat, EDSA Shangri-La [CLOSED]

Giveaway: Win Lunch Buffet Vouchers at EDSA Shangri-La Heat

Delicious food, a wide array of selection, quality service, and an amazing ambiance—is it any wonder that Heat at EDSA Shangri-La is one of the most well-loved hotel buffets in Metro Manila?

That’s why I’m so delighted to offer the readers of Girl Chasing Sunshine the chance to have this splendid buffet dining experience for themselves. 

Home to the finest food in the city, Heat is an international buffet restaurant inside the famed EDSA Shangri-La Manila. The restaurant serves Asian and continental dish specialties in a resort-like setting.

Staycation At Makati Diamond Residences: Finding The Best Hotel Deals With Traveloka

Staycation at Makati Diamond Residences Booked Through the Traveloka App

When my parents visited the city for Christmas last year, I wanted to book a two-bedroom suite for our family at the Makati Diamond Residences, a full-serviced residence at the heart of the Makati Central Business District, appointed with 433 spacious and modern guestrooms.

Unfortunately, when I decided to book a suite, there was no availability on Christmas Eve anymore. We can stay after Christmas but the prices were outrageously high, even for a luxurious hotel, since it was holiday season!

I decided to pass up on this hotel then but fast forward to February of this year, not only was I able to book a room but I got a great deal too, saving more than Php3,500! No, I was not sponsored or given a media discount by the property but a fellow blogger introduced me to the Traveloka mobile app!

Two Great Ways to Properly Teach Kids the Value of Working Hard and Earning Money

It’s unfortunate today how big the gap is between children who grow up with no appreciation, or idea, of money and those who grow up with no money at all. A part of it is to blame on the parents, a part on schools and education, and a big part on the media and societal standards. For example, kids know that jewelry is nice and expensive and a luxury to have, but they don’t know why. They don’t understand why their teacher has a modest sized engagement ring from Kay’s, when their mom or a lot of women they see on TV have gigantic stones. It’s just not something that young minds comprehend, but here are a few ways that teachers and schools can help.

Speeding Through Saigon With Uber

Using Uber in Saigon

Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon) was the last stop of my 10-day Southeast Asian adventure with my college roommate last December 2016. As it was at the tail-end of our Amazing Race-esque trip, I was already feeling the fatigue of traveling. Coupled with my prejudice that the city is chaotic and crazy, I stepped foot into the city ready to be disappointed.

Boy, was I wrong! Yes, chaos is everywhere in Saigon but it perfectly complemented with the rich culture and the delectable cuisine! It’s as if there is a symphony of noises, sights, smells, and tastes that make Ho Chi Minh quite bustling and overwhelming.

Navigating through Ho Chi Minh is not for the faint of heart. The roads, even the narrowest alleys, are filled with motorbikes maniacally speeding from all directions! I was almost certain I would leave the city sprinting with a broken leg or arm.

After Manila, Where to Next?

Bumper-to-bumper traffic, street and karaoke noise all over, the stifling heat—the capital of the Philippines can be daunting at first but once you dig deeper, you will unfold a fast-paced and fascinating metropolis defined by its rich history and legacy. 

Manila Chinatown 

Oh, Manila—love it or hate it, as they say! Whether you are a first-time traveler to the Philippines excited to see what makes this country more fun aside from its capital city, a millennial Manilenya seeking to escape the buzzling city, or a returning tourist wanting to stray away from the metro, here are some ideas on where to go next after exploring the Philippines’ chaotic yet iconic mad metropolis.  

Thankfully, there’s a wide array of choices for you—places to visit, transportation to take and accommodations to book—ranging from luxury to budget—in any city or province you wish to discover after Manila. 

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