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Pancit Batil Patong Baguio Tuvera's Refreshment

If you have been following my blog, you know I have this obsession with pancit batil patong, a noodle dish famous in Tuguegarao City. During the years I’ve travelled to Baguio City, I have never thought that we would find the said delicacy on its street.

Athletic Bowl Bus Station Baguio

By chance, I tried to googling it, just for the heck of it, and was quite surprised to find a hit. Google told of a panciteria inside La Azotea building along Session Road, the same building that houses Kidlat Tahimik’s famous Oh My Gulay! restaurant.

Right then and there, we trooped towards the building, only to find that the panciteria has already closed down. Not losing hope, we asked the on duty guard if he knows where it relocated. He said that he really didn’t know, but being from Tuguegarao himself, he knew a pancit batil patong place in Baguio City. Head on to the Athletic Bowl Bus Station, he said.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Goto BP Baguio

It has always been our custom to ride the midnight trip from the Victory Liner station in Caloocan City to the City of Pines. We’d sleep off the five-hour journey and arrive at Baguio City right before dawn. We’d take a quick CR break at the station before walking along the city’s dark and empty streets with our jackets on, enjoying the pre-dawn chill, en route to our favorite first stop in Baguio, Goto BP.

Located right below SM Baguio, at the city’s old bus terminal (which is still functioning, by the way), Goto BP has always been our go to place for our first breakfast in Baguio. It’s a simple open-aired lugawan right along the sidewalk of the terminal, complete with a white Formica bar and fixed wooden stools.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, August 29, 2016

Paragon Hotel & Suites Baguio View

Baguio City bloomed right before my bleary eyes. Hung over from the previous night’s drinking bout at 108 Session Road Cafe, I luckily opened my eyes just in time for the sunrise. We left our room drapes open just for this moment. I gazed at Burnham Park below, still cloaked in the darkness of the early morning, contrasting greatly with the intense orange hues of the clouds above. I snapped one picture and promptly went back to bed. Snore.

It was quite unbelievable that an entire year has passed without me visiting Baguio City. Some find this place horrendous but I absolutely love the City of Pines. And so, after one failed attempt at going up to Baguio after another, I finally managed to snag a free long weekend and whisked C along with me on a Victory Liner bus en route to my all-time favorite city in the Philippines.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, August 28, 2016

How to Stay Fit While Traveling

Traveling is a just a vacation plan for some but it can also be the meaning of life for other. Still, a long journey can become tiring and we stop thinking in regular terms about our health and fitness. Perhaps the only exercise that some travelers come close to is the rush and run after calls like ‘the check out closes in 5 minutes’. However, there is more you can do on a trip to improve your shape and well-being! Wondering how? Read on these few helpful tips:


1. Take a Walk Around the Airport During Delays

Incidences of flight delay have been common in the recent past, perhaps stricter security measures in the airports are to blame. However, instead of frowning upon the officers and the flight attendants, use the time to take a long walk around the airport. In case your movements are restricted, find a non-restricted place and do your work outs. It will have the beneficial effect of you being re-energized for the rest of the journey!


2. Do Post Flight Stretches

After a long trip, body muscles get tighter. Thus, post flight stretches are necessary—yoga poses such as downward dog and child’s pose are some of the best ones that can help you. Just relax, take a shower and stretch a little. Don't worry about the space, they be easily done in your hotel room without any equipment necessary. If you are proceeding to a meeting, the stretching will help you to regain normal mindset and concentration. It will also be important in battling jet lag’s effect.


3. Carry Along Light Workout Tools

As pointed out earlier, your trip whether by air, rail or road can suddenly be halted by factors beyond your control. It is during such times when your workout tools will be valuable. As others bask in the scorching sun or shiver in the chilly weather, unpack your equipment and get going. Of course, some of the travelers may want you to lend a helping hand. In that case, team workouts will be even more fun! To get light and portable fitness equipment check out Kohl's and their wide offer that is available on a budget with Discountrue coupons.


4. Eat Healthy

Whenever physical fitness is mentioned, many people think of the workouts only. But what you eat is also critical in getting in good shape. So, on your trip, pack healthy food or at least opt for healthier options from the eateries instead of fast food. If your goal is to lose weight, vegetables, fruits and nuts can catalyze this process so don't forget about including them in your diet. On the other hand, junk food and product that contain a lot of sugar should be avoided at all cost.


5. Discover Off-Peak Deals

Many people are on the move around Christmas and New Year celebrations. If you happen to be traveling around this time, take advantage of the off-peak offers that gym facilities often offer. This option is particularly profitable if your trip lasts multiple days or weeks. There is no reason for you to neglect your workout plan just because it's a trip – fitness requires regular work, no matter what!

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort Pool

The pool was superlatively huge. From the balcony of our fifth floor room, we looked down at the people swimming along its blue-green surface. We took our time enjoying the complimentary coffee and tea, relaxing our tired bodies before heading down and experiencing its warm waters for ourselves.

Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort Pool

Indeed, Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort’s 2,000 square-meter swimming pool is the biggest in the whole of Phuket. Set along its atrium, with all of the rooms’ balcony facing it, it is no doubt, Novotel’s main feature and asset—the place being located a few minutes away from the Patong Beach area.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, August 26, 2016

Koh Phi Phi Boat Tour Maya Bay

I refused to believe that there’s a gap on the limestone karsts surrounding The Beach. But believe, I must, even if the secret cove where DiCaprio and a bunch of other transcendental backpackers swam, fished, fought sharks and played their beach games was totally closed off. Well, that’s where we came in to dock at Maya Bay, the very place where Alex Garland’s novel was turned into a cult backpacker’s film. And it was not as it was.

Koh Phi Phi Boat Tour Catamaran

Cue Moby’s Porcelain.

It was on our third day in Koh Phi Phi Don when we finally decided to book a tour to see the famous Maya Bay. We initially thought of getting a sunrise tour, to arrive before the hordes of tourists get to The Beach, but it was just way out of our budget. We checked with the tour operators on the island and found the cheapest deal at a stall near the Loh Dalum Bay area.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Koh Phi Phi Loh Dalum

The tide was at its lowest at Loh Dalum Beach when we arrived. We were at one of the two most popular beaches in Koh Phi Phi Don, it was late in the afternoon and the crescent stretch of cream-colored sand was almost devoid of tourists. We strolled along its undulating sand, trying to go as far as we could towards where the water retreated, but it was surprisingly farther than we were willing to walk.

Koh Phi Phi Loh Dalum

Well, that wasn’t quite true, there were a lot of European backpackers on skimpy bikinis lazily meandering about the beach, but once you’ve been to Koh Phangan’s Haad Rin Beach, this place is comparably deserted. We waited until the sun fully set, drinking our Chang Beer right by the shore, before going back to the chaotic narrow streets of Koh Phi Phi.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Koh Phi Phi View Point

Tired, sweaty and caked with orangey dust, we beheld the island of Koh Phi Phi Don from above with the far-off silhouette of Koh Phi Phi Leh hovering in the hazy distance. Unwillingly, we found our way to the island’s peak; at its famed view point. What we were really hoping to see was Koh Phi Phi’s Long Beach, instead, the mountains called to us.

Koh Phi Phi

We departed early from the Bayview Resort Phi Phi, me with surf shorts and C, with bikinis on. We even passed off the resort’s breakfast buffet, wanting to arrive early at Kho Phi Phi’s almost kilometer-long Long Beach to lounge along its sandy shore and swim about its aquamarine waters.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, August 18, 2016