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Giligiligan Beach

We reached Giligiligan Beach via an Island Hopping tour we commissioned.  There were very few people in Giligiligan in contrast to the White Beach and Puca Beach, which were loaded with tourists (locals and foreigners).  We were happy we were the only ones around.  Sand was a little bit rough, but that was okay in exchange for some peace and quiet. Now this is paradise - serene, calm and peaceful!

Island Hopping in Boracay

Island hopping (Actually, since we were touring just one island -Boracay, the correct term really, should be: Beach Hopping.) was obviously the best way to see Boracay.  For only P1500-P2000 (depending on how good you haggle) you can get a small boat that fits 4-5 people and go on beach hopping.

The entire tour included snorkeling and visits to 2 beaches (Giligiligan and Puca) and lasted for a little under 3 hours.   After snorkeling and fish feeding, we were taken to the first beach on our list: Giligiligan is secluded.  We had the entire beach to ourselves ~ it was just us and the beach (pure serenity). Water was calm and crystal clear, although sand here was slightly rough compared to the White Beach.  My boys enjoyed Giligiligan - away from the noisy and crowded White Beach.   The second beach Puca we went to was a haven for pasalubong shoppers.  The boys didn't like it here, but I did... I had so much fun checking the shops. And ended P1500 poorer and about a pound or so heavier…

White Beach Boracay

We were truly impressed with Boracay's white beach. My boys spent hours strolling and frolicking along Boracay's shorelines!  

Unfortunately Boracay White Beach gets a bit crowded midday, late afternoon until late night.  If you want to enjoy the White Beach, I suggest you go there early morning while the rest of Boracay still sleeps.

KidsVille @ Podium Mall

My kids had swell fun playing adults at Podium Mall's KidzVille.  The toys were made child size and were so cute. I found myself having fun time as well!  It was a worthwhile bonding activity playing pretend with my boys! playing a super hero (inside Superman's telephone booth)
a school bus sits right next to a school house

my boys playing mechanics this time

this fireman rushing via a firepole!

At the farm house - the boys got to feed the animals and ride them at the same time.

a grocery store, stocked with groceries and produce, was one my kid's favorite zones. 
the streets of kidsville - no worries no fast moving cars

playing medics 

my eldest loves building stuffs!

Shopping Time Again @ Mines View Park Baguio

Others might say, you may skip a trip to Mines View Park in your Baguio itinerary. The view from the top of the ridge used to be spectacular - well at least that was how I remembered it as a child.  Nowadays the view was quite disappointing ~ deforested mountain ridges and houses mushrooming all over the mountain sides.   However, it was a must for my little kiddos ~ as this was there first time in Baguio.  I wanted them to see first hand the Mines View Park experience.

Souvenir shops now highlights the Mines View Park visit ~ you will find here Baguio native produce/products.  It is actually cheaper to get pasalubong from the market, but if you have limited time and will not be buying that many, you will never run out of pasalubong ideas in Mines View Park tiangge. 

Word of advice:  If you are buying Good Shepherd products please get them directly from Good Shepherd convent which is located a few meters west of the park.

Ibay's is located just outside the park.  You can get here goo…

BSA Twin Tower Mandaluyong

I have saved enough rewards points on my BDO card that when I decided to redeem the points, I had enough credits for a BSA Twin Tower Studio Deluxe accommodation offered via Ensogo.  Our overnight stay at BSA was virtually free.
BSA Twin Tower condo-hotel's locations is just perfect.  The hotel is smacked right at the center of everything a shopping addict could wish for. 
BSA Twin Tower is located along St. Francis Square beside St. Francis "F" Mall, back of SM Megall and meters away Podium Mall.  It is a shopper's dream location. 
I wasn't expecting anything fancy.  The room was after all free. 
Check-in was a breeze and we were allowed an early check-in at 12nn. Unfortunately I cannot say the same about the parking.  Would you believe the hotel doesn't have enough parking for their hotel guests? 
Yup, I was shocked myself... this information is important and should not be left for the hotel guest to discover for themselves at check-in. 
My husband was quite …