April 30, 2012

Southwaters Marina Country Club and Farm

The shortest word I know is “I”, the sweetest is “love”.
But the most anticipated is “summer”.

April 29, 2012

Mistakes are proof that you are trying

1. Whoever comes are the right people.
2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
3. Whenever it starts is the right time.
4. When it’s over, it’s finally time to move on.

April 16, 2012

Villa Javierto: Bringing peace into moments of chaos

“One cannot refuse to eat just because
there is a chance of being choked.”
- Chinese Proverb

Adobo flakes sandwich

Tulingan pasta


In a busy, transit city of Lucena, Villa Javierto is a rare find like their exquisite paintings, heirlooms, antique collections and old, ancestral houses reminiscent of Spanish colonial era.

A charming bed and breakfast place with the mystical Mt. Banahaw at its backdrop, it is also the home of Catalino’s Restaurant which serves the sweetest coconut puree halo-halo I have ever tasted, and Pillar Plants and Novelties where arts and antiques blend harmoniously with the garden with a wishing well and static kalesas.

Moreover, the coolness of the lush surroundings is complemented by the warm hospitality of the family who owns the place. It’s sad to hear though that the family matriarch, who conceptualized (together with her husband) the Villa with so much passion and love, recently passed away.

This summer, let Villa Javierto teleport you back in time where everything was still as simple and rustic as a country life and as romantic as a moonlight serenade.

Villa Javierto
Gulang-Gulang, Lucena City
Tel. No.:  (042) 710-5753, 0917-5600281

April 9, 2012

San Narciso: Bondoc Peninsula’s little gem

“Let your tears come.
Let them water your soul.”
- Eileen Mayhew

Sabit Beach

San Narciso Church

Centurions at Talisay Beach

San Narciso Lighthouse

Napinto Cave

Caghaligue Beach

Calwit Beach

with Tita Nora

There are places that become memorable not only because they are breathtaking or beautiful. There are places that you will never forget simply because in some ways, it has changed you. San Narciso, a sleepy but enchanting town in the less traveled part of Quezon, is such one place. Named after Governor General Narciso Claveria who visited in 1846 and helped establish the place, San Narciso boasts of its long-tradition of senakulo enacted every Holy Week, friendly locals who make you feel at home, and natural beauty that could make your heart smile again.

How to get to San Narciso and tips:
1. Superline buses in Cubao have daily trips to San Narciso. Another option would be to go to Lucena and take another mini bus bound for San Narciso. Travel time usually takes 7-8 hours.
2. Mostly all the beaches in San Narciso are accessible by tricycle except Napinto Cave which can be reached via a motorized banca, which you can hire by or near the pier. Cost for the roundtrip boat ride is P700 good for 4 pax and P1,000 for 10 pax.
3. There are no hotels in San Narciso, but you can stay at Friend’s Diner at a very affordable price; you may contact Tita Nora at 0928-3120640. The three beach resorts in Calwit, Talisay and Sabit have only open cottages.