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Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines (2013)

Sagada By August 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I have been to Sagada once in 2007 but no matter how much I liked the place I just could not bring myself back. I utterly dislike the 6-hour travel from Manila by bus to Baguio and another 6 hours from Baguio to Sagada. Of course I did not know that there was a faster way to get there. I learned it ironically from tourists in El Nido who dropped by the Outventure shop.

Anyway, we made it back to Sagada in November 2013, using the same route and method – Victory Liner from Cubao. We had a lovely dinner first at Cafe Adriatico at the Gateway Mall before heading for the bus terminal – only to find out when we got there that there were no available tickets for until 4am. We took our chance with another bus lines in another bus terminal, Genesis if I remember correctly, and lucked out with a few spare seats. Arriving in Baguio, we had some help from one of the passengers who was also on his wasy to Sagada and we all walked together in the chilly Baguio morning towards the Sagada-bound bus terminal.

We arrived at lunch time, went looking for a place to stay, then promptly headed to Yoghurt House for a meal. I had loved their French Potato Salad years ago but found that it was not the same. We had a relaxing time on the balcony with a cup of coffee though.

We didn’t go anywhere until the next day, when we rented a motorbike at a place across the street and explored Sagada using a map bought from one of the souvenir stores lining the street.

First, we tried looking for the lake – the path going down to it we missed only about three times and would have missed more times if we had not stopped a group of mountain bikers and asked.

Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

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Global Pinoy Bazaar 2013

Design, Entrepreneurship By August 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I have always been a staunch supporter of the Global Pinoy Bazaar and the Yabang Pinoy movement. I make it a point to go to the bazaar every year regardless of where I am based for that year.

The Global Pinoy Bazaar is an annual event proudly organized by Yabang Pinoy – a Filipino pride movement which envisions every Filipino being proud to be Filipino, believing in fellow Filipinos, and patronizing Filipino ideas, concepts and services.

I started going in 2009 and missed 2011’s. It was held during the month of November every year at the Rockwell Tent until this year when it is a few months early and being held at the World Trade Center. Since I am in Italy until the first week of October, I would not be able to go this year. And this year’s Global Pinoy Bazaar is but a few days away!

“More great PHmade finds at the Global Pinoy Bazaar on 22-24 August at the World Trade Center.

This is the 10th #GlobalPinoyBazaar and is also the BIGGEST ALL-FILIPINO expo of 2014. It also coincides with Buwan ng Wika and with the “Made in the Philippines Products Week,” as declared by Presidential Proclamation No. 76.”

Here are my blogs for the previous years’ Global Pinoy Bazaars:

Click HERE for more details.

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Punta di L’Aldia, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

Italy, Life In Italy, Sardegna By August 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

“The numerous beaches in San Teodoro, which are all just a few minutes away from the centre of town, are among the most beautiful in Sardinia and are famous all over the world for their white sands and the incomparable transparency of the sea. The nearest beaches to the centre of town are slightly more than 1 km away; while the remaining beaches – all between 8 to 15km from the centre of town – can be reached using the 125 highway towards Olbia. Along the road, on the right, are three main junctions. The first, in the town of Lu Fraili, allows you to reach the beaches of Punta di L’Aldia (9.8 km) and Lu Impostu (8.7 km). The second junction, in Lutturai, leads towards the resort of Coda Cavallo.”

“… the tourist village of Puntaldia which has a marina and a golf course with 9 holes, as well as hotel accommodations and residences of high quality. The name means the tip of the guard, from its obvious strategic and military significance. The coastline of the Punta Aldia, interspersed with a brilliant Mediterranean, is contiguous with the beach to the north and south with the Lu Impostu, La Cinta beach, from which it is separated from the small mouth of the great lagoon of San Teodoro, called “the seal”. Just along the south side, through the beaten track between the rock formations, you can move from one cove to another.” – San Teodoro Tourism Office

Frankly, our excursions to Punta di L’Aldia is limited to refueling the speed boat. 🙂 We leave Salina Bamba with the boat and head on to Punta di L’Aldia.

Punta di L'Aldia, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

Leaving Salina Bamba…. with Isola Tavolara in the background.

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Punta Est, Capo Coda Cavallo, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

Italy, Life In Italy, Sardegna By August 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

CAPO CODA CAVALLO

“Get there by driving north up highway 125 towards San Teodoro – Olbia, then turn right at the fork in the road at Lutturai. Skillfully carved by the Ostro and the Scirocco, this extreme offshoot of land stretches towards the Tyrrhenian Sea and overlooks the islands of Proratora, Molara and Tavolara. The beach of Capo Coda Cavallo as well as the beautiful scenery offered by the profile of the islands, boasts clear water and fine sand immersed in Mediterranean bushes. A few minutes’ walk leads to the vantage point overlooking the whole expanse of water bordered by the Protected Marine Area of Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo. That same vantage point is home to well-preserved military structures dating back to World War II, strategically important for the sighting of the Allied air forces using equipment such as the famous aerophone (a rudimentary radar-based amplification of the sounds produced by aircraft engines).” – San Teodoro Tourism Office

These are some photos I took from inside the car as we were driving from Olbia.

To Coda Cavallo

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Cala Brandinchi, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

Italy, Life In Italy, Sardegna By August 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

“The numerous beaches in San Teodoro, which are all just a few minutes away from the centre of town, are among the most beautiful in Sardinia and are famous all over the world for their white sands and incomparable transparency of the sea. The nearest beaches to the centre of town (slightly more than 1 km away) are La Cinta and Cala d’Ambra. The remaining beaches can be reached using the 125 highway towards Olbia. Along the road, on the right, are three main junctions. The first, in the town of Lu Fraili, allows you to reach the beaches of Punta di L’Aldia (9.8 km) and Lu Impostu (8.7 km). The second junction, in Lutturai, leads towards the resort of Coda Cavallo. Along this road are the beaches of Cala Brandinchi (9.8 km), Salina Bamba (11.5 km) and Baia Salinedda (12.2 km).” – San Teodoro map of the beaches and the area, distributed by the San Teodoro Tourism Office

“A true jewel of our coast, Brandinchi can be compared with the paradises of Polynesia by the intensity and brilliance of its nuances and it is also known to tourists as Little Tahiti. It boasts shallow water, fine sand next to a pine forest and a large patch of juniper, thistle and rushes. Definitely meant for families with children, behind the beach adjacent to the beautiful pine forest there’s a parking lot organized in a perfect corner of nature.  The beach of Brandinchi has as a spectacular skyline view that is the unmistakable silhouette of the island of Tavolara to the north, an islet called Ruja Island to the east and the Capicciolu Point to the south. At its back, and this is true for many other nearby beaches, there is a lagoon area that during the summer season is dry.” – Source

Cala Brandinchi, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

Cala Brandinchi, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

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