January 30, 2014

Buri Resort and Spa

Buri is one of the largest palm trees in the world. But in Puerto Galera, it is a gorgeous name that evokes romance; undeniably one of the best honeymoon destinations near Metro Manila. Even the Buri palm trees lining the resort’s beachfront add natural beauty to the place making it really true to its name.

Nestled in the Batangas Channel inside Puerto Galera Bay, Buri is one of the few leading resorts with fully dedicated service spa. Established in 2001, the resort is a spectacle of refreshing blue and green, be it nature or man-made.

Buri boasts of its 12 native luxury villas classified into Buri, Family and Garden Villa.  Each villa, equipped with beautiful interiors and modern amenities, some with private plunge pools, could accommodate minimum of four persons.

Main bedroom

Attic room

Buri also takes pride in providing guests a total sensory experience at their spa. Services offered include Swedish, Aromatherapy or Filipino Hilot Massage, Revitalizing Coffee Body Polish, and Forever Young Organic Green Wrap.

Animasi Restaurant, which is overlooking the sea, is sure to entice guests not only with the view but also with delectable dishes lovingly prepared by their chef.

Continental breakfast

Spicy shrimp

Carbonara pasta

Party drinks are available at the Blue Bar.

Other activities in and around the resort are thrilling and exciting – swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, hungry fish-feeding, mountain climbing, spelunking, sunrise watching, and of course HHWW in the beach.

Somewhere, winter is coming. But anytime of the year, it’s summer at Buri. And love is always in the air.

Buri Resort and Spa
Sitio Dalaruan, Puerto Galera
Oriental Mindoro
Tel. Nos.: (043) 287-3503, 0927-5659671

January 26, 2014

Ming’s Garden

Want suman latik, a hot soup of bulalo, or pots of bromeliads?

All and more of these are just some of the attractions in a not-so-secret garden and café of former First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos, an orchid lover, environmentalist and the other half of former President Fidel V. Ramos.

These must be Ming and FVR

Kani salad


Suman latik with bukayo

Kape barako

FVR's golf balls collection

Quirky male CR

Ming’s Garden has a laid back country-garden feel that is both refreshing and relaxing. A far cry from politics.

Ming’s Garden
Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Rd.

January 21, 2014

Café de Seoul

Aside from gaining riches, pursuing dreams, and attaining personal ambitions, people need fulfillment. And perhaps there is no greater fulfillment in life than finding someone who can open your locks, read you thoroughly, and make you feel entirely whole, as if nothing in your life ever felt empty.

Soulmates? Though not everyone believe or has ever met them in this lifetime, I have faith they exist, and could be just somewhere near the arrival or departure corner of your life.

I guess there will be certain people you will encounter, relate and connect with you deeply, intensely more than anyone else.

This person might be someone so unexpected who has the power to turn your whole world upside down.

Or make you smile, I mean really really smile, even in times that you are broken.

But soulmate is not all the time your significant other. He could be just your annoying brother.

A friend who sat silently by your side, the time you really needed someone.

Or maybe the girl you promised to love forever but got away.

They say someone must possess certain elements before they can become your soulmate. Like they keep your fire burning and your soul awake.

They are one of the reasons why it’s bearable to wake up every morning.

They understand and accept you despite your true colors and imperfections.

And make your life come full happy circle.

I know people have different needs and priorities but they all have one common goal and that is to find true happiness. I pray there is someone for everyone. So that I stop seeing people lost and unhappy.

And start seeing more flowers bloom, wonderful weirdness unfold, and another two less lonely creatures in the world.

And to those still searching, I hope one day, unfailingly, you find someone who can change your life, not just your relationship status.

Someone you can trust to unlock and reach far into your heart.

Because according to Brault what we find in soulmate is not something wild to tame but something wild to run with.

And once your path crossed, you can’t ever imagine living your life, not even for a day, without him or her. After all, he or she was the only one who filled your void, and completed the last missing piece of your puzzle.

But in the sea of 7 billion people, what do you think are your chances of finding your one true soul mate?

If you ask me, well after the almost infinite years of searching, the traffic, scams, and a fat glass of bing-soo, I’m glad I finally found my Seoul-mate.

Café de Seoul
2/F One Archer’s Place Bldg.
Taft Ave., Malate, Manila