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Friday, February 3, 2017

Vanilla Cup Cake Subic Bay Freeport

We just had a simple celebration for my daughter Mika's birthday last January 4. We have decided that we are going to spend it just the three of us... me, her and her kuya Edmar.  Her Dad will be home in February as he wanted to be present during her unica hija's graduation rites, so he cannot come home early for her daughter's birthday (buhay ofw). :)

Anyway, I asked Mika where she wants to go aside from our chosen restaurant where we intend to have our lunch.  I was referring to a cafe where we can hang out and have a talk while drinking coffee. She immediately told me that she wanted to try Vanilla Cup Cake inside the Subic Bay Freeport.  Honestly, that sounds new to me but she assured me that the place is nice and cozy although she haven't been there yet actually.  I think she'd been hearing about Vanilla Cup Cake from reviews on Facebook and had seen photos of it's branches in Manila.  So, Vanilla Cup Cake was our second stop after we've been to Aresi Restaurant for our lunch.  My daughter was right, the place is really cozy and the moment you enter the door, you will feel that you are entering a wonderland with all the bursts of colors and enchanting chandeliers adorned with artificial flowers.  To be honest, we could not decide immediately where we wanted to be seated as every corner of the restaurant is picture perfect.  I guess this would be a good "chill place" while waiting for our musicians friend return.  Probably my daughter is waiting for an invite to a music bar (lol).

Here are some of the photos taken inside Vanilla Cup Cake inside the Freeport.
   


Look at those lights adorned with flowers, so cool!


We ordered for some drinks, I forgot the name though.  Their prices are quite expensive although I hate to say that I don't really enjoy the taste of the cakes and the drinks.  The green salad was okay though, the Romaine lettuce is fresh and crispy.





They have choices for cupcakes that could be seen on the glass display, but we opted to have sliced cakes.






These chairs are really really cute! How I wish I could bring home one. (lol)




I love the framed quotes in black and white. They come in different shapes and sizes.  I almost wanted to go near to that wall and read all the quotes. :)




Overall, the place looks appealing although I won't say that foods are exceptional.  Oh and one more thing, we got disturbed by flies.  I can't concentrate with what I'm doing until I politely told the waitress about it.  She immediately brought us a scented candle maybe to drive away the flies, but sadly, that didin't help at all.  I wonder how could these flies take entry into such a beautiful place. I've noticed that the staff are looking at us and I could see from their faces that they feel so shy, so I just told my kids to just forget about the flies. hehe

If you're looking for a nice cozy place, I think this is worth a visit especially if you want to capture really nice photos.  Our photos here were just taken from my daughter's Iphone, I wish we had a better camera. lol




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nashville Music City


I have heard from a friend that if you certainly love music and you want to search for a great music destination, then Nashville is really a good option.  This is where you can watch your dream shows and concerts with that music festival atmosphere.  Isn't it cool to visit Country Music Hall of  Fame and Museum?  How about exploring legendary music venues like Grand Oly Opry and Ryman Auditorium. How about shopping for that Hatch Show Print which is a perfect Nashville souvenir? There's a lot to explore visiting this Music City, a must destinations for music lovers/travelers. 

However, if you just like to shop for some authentic and quality brands of musical instruments and accessories, then you need not go further.  You can get the Apogee's top of the line by simply shopping online.  Pick your choice, they have all these state of the art equipment at guitar center.

I'm not really into music but I have friends who are. I'm sure they will find Nashville to be a great destination although I would prefer a place where I could catch a glimpse of nature.  But that;s what traveling is all about. To derive pure pleasure seeing what you really love.  So whether you are a music lover, a nature tripper, souvenir hoarder or simply want to back pack, there's a lot more to explore when it comes to traveling.  

On the second thought, Nashville City can be in my bucket list. What do you think?


Searching For Cheap Tickets



I've seen this travel hack and wonder if it;s true. I've seen searching for cheap tickets for future travels with the family and I am clueless except for the fact that buying ahead of time is the absolute cheapest.  I am not aware though that there is also a day and time required so seeing this travel hack is really cool.  Perhaps, I would give this a try and see if it works. There's nothing to lose but something to gain, isn't it?  I think I have to start choosing my destination first, from there I could do a search for the cheapest airline ticket.  I'm not really a fan of travel packages as I find the itinerary jampacked without the chance to enjoy and explore. I prefer DIY coz I got to choose what I want to see, what I want to do and what I want to enjoy.  Some travelers have that distinct preference for places and attractions, so I think that DIY tours is a better choice.  This is for me though as I could not speak for the rest but working with all the options is a must so you could find the right one for you.

Happy Travel! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

See The World For Free

I've been watching this new talent search for Pinoy Boy band members and for someone who is not really into music, I get to understand what it takes to be a band superstar.  You don't need just talent, you need the looks and the charm to captivate your audience.  Being a band superstar requires a total package, so to speak.  Now, I am thinking how challenging and difficult it is for some band members to travel around the country and the world to perform.  So many things need to be done, that's why they need a tour manager to fulfill this obligation.  I just think that this job is kind of exciting if you does not really have a talent for music but you wish to travel as much as artists do.  Last time, I dreamed of a job that would let me travel for free like a Flight Attendant, an airline staff or any job that would let me see the world and at the same time earn some money.  That's really coo, right?

However, sometimes things happened not exactly the way you wanted it. I managed to travel though by working overseas and took some days off crossing across the boarders and seeing another country. Looking back, I don't have any regrets.  Sometimes, we do not get things exactly how we wished for but something closer to it.  That's good enough, right?

Now, I just get contented having occasional trips not to work but to get pure pleasure. :)


Thursday, September 15, 2016

There's More to Traveling Than You Know


My family loves to travel but this has taken a back seat for the past couple of years due to our busy schedule and of course due to our never ending home improvement projects.  My daughter has been urging me to travel again but I've explained to her that I have to set priorities and our home improvement projects and investments should come first.  After all, we can still enjoy going for trips as soon as our projects are completed.  On the second thought, traveling does not only pertain to those expensive trips abroad, local travels are also  least go for included, so I told my son one day while I was reading the interview with p-nut that we should at least travel once every year whether locally or abroad, the most important thing is we are able to see new places each year.  If our budget is till tight, we could choose a destination which will not really require us to spend a lot and that we can still enjoy.

We have agreed to visit a place or two from the top local destinations during their scheduled home leave.  I guess this will not be an issue to their Dad who also love to go for adventures with the family.  So I guess, from now on, we will try to schedule a trip or two each year.

I love traveling!

Travel Quotes


Having traveled to some destinations locally and abroad, there's only one thing that I've realized, and that is there's a lot more to learn from other people and culture.  Sometimes, we thought reading books and articles is all what we need to know everything but through my years of traveling, I've learned that the best way to learn and educate myself is through real life experiences... that is interacting with people, observing their culture, learning their language and seeing their way of life right in front of your very eyes.

There's a lot more to travels than enjoying a beautiful spot and feasting with the foods.  It's the experience, it's the pleasure of being with people that matters most.

I love traveling! 

Useful Apps For A Frequent Traveler

If you are a frequent traveler, chances are you always wanted to stay connected.  This is already expected as nobody wants to miss any important updates from home while you are enjoying on your much awaited trip.  Well, the good news is, the advent of technology made it easier for us to travel without worries.  Here are some travel apps that were surely proven to be very useful by most travelers:

First of course, who doesn't know about SKYPE?  Communicating with your family, friends and business associates will never be easy without SKYPE.  Calling from PC to PC is free and you can also save a lot calling a cellphone by just availing of SKYPE credits which are relatively cheaper than availing the normal CP to CP charges.

Triplt is another APP that could help you access many important information and at the same time organize your travel documentations.  This could help you save time and hop in from one destination to another in a breeze.

If you're traveling in a group and everything is a shared expense, Trip Splitter would be a good option as it helps you to map your expenses complete with photos and receipts.  I have heard about Journ but I can't say much as I have never really explored it's features but I guess, this is another APP that is worth checking.

For sending photos, you may want to try Postagram.  As we are already in a digital age, sending post cards through a snail mail won't really be the best option as you need to spend time going to the physical store, buy postcards, go to the post office and if you are unlucky, you may need to waste time to fall in line just to send your post cards.  You may opt to spend that time for shopping, buying souvenirs or looking for some great finds like mitchell instruments.  Maybe this is cheaper compared to your own country, who knows?

Having these APPS handy would be of great help especially when you are only have few days before your planned trip and preparing everything in an instant would be next to impossible.  I might be exploring more apps soon and hopefully there are still more that we could use and enjoy. :) 




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