One of the most memorable place we visited is the Campuestohan Highland Resort. This trip is like a trip back to childhood memory lane. It is like going to Disneyland without big rides. I felt like an excited child going to an amusement park for the first time!


The trip going there is literally painful. It was a very long trip from Mambukal where we spent our night. We woke up 5 AM so we can travel by 6 AM. We rode a bus from Mambukal to Bacolod City (P35.00), from the terminal we took a jeepney to Burgos terminal (P10.00), from there we took another jeepney from Burgos in Bacolod City to Alanginan (P30.00). When we arrived in Alanginan, we need to hire a tricycle that will take us to and from Campuestohan because there is no public vehicle that will directly take us to Campuestohan. The most surprising part is that they are asking P600 for the double trip. I swear I was already at the point of giving up because I did not except this trip will this long and tiring and expensive. We haggled until we come up with (P500.00) tricycle fee. There is actually a shuttle trip from Alanginan to Campuestohan owned by Campuestohan itself for only P100 one way fee per person, but it will leave Alanginan at 9 AM. Since we arrived in Alanginan at 10 AM, we have no choice but to hire a tricycle that will take us going there.



After the 4 hours and 4 rides trip, we finally arrived to the point of destination. The entrance fee is (P150.00), this fee do not include the the rides. They actually have outdoor rides to choose from:
Grand Carousel: P30.00, Mini Train: P30.00, Cable Hamster Ride: P100.00, Horseback Riding: P150.00, Zip Line: P200.00, and Rope Course: P200.00.



This is the biggest Mickey statue that I have ever seen!



Minnie and me.



They also have a swimming pool.



This is my view from above, there are small cottages by the pool and the play ground.



This is the playground. When I saw this, I remembered my little brother, he will absolutely love this place.


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Aside from other amenities, you can also stay overnight and your room will be this cute Igloo house.

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There are actually different sizes of the Igloo houses depending on the type that you want to accommodate. This is really cute! I hope we can try this next time when we visit Bacolod and hopefully we can stay longer.





This is the Indian Village, those tents are also rooms that they are making. It was still under construction when we visited.




I have a new business here. Lol!



The Kung Fu panda gang.



Batman and Robin???



The young Elvis Priestly.



The incredible Hulk.



Gotchat Spidey!



These are the other Marvel heroes carved in stone: Wonderwoman, Superman, Captan America and Thor.



This big shoe is a toilet!



The playground guarded by Megatron and Bumblebee.



This is the Mini Train Ride. What you see above is the able Hamster Ride.



This is the Rope Course.



And this is the angry King Kong.


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We may be really tired but we also had fun. Campuestohan was really worth all the effort!




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This will be my first official post for this year!! Happy 2015 everyone!! This is a new year and a fresh start for me. I guess I will no longer be blogging that often but I will do my best to update my blog specially with fashion posts since I have so much fashion inspiration for this year. But first, allow me to post my unforgettable travel to Bacolod City. This is the first of my 5 travel lined up for this year.


Since Sinulog festival has just ended, we flew the day after to Bacolod for a 2 day trip. I really love to explore places most specially here in the Philippines. I would make it a point to be able to save in order for me to have the privilege to travel so that when I get old I will not be regretting not doing things that I want to do, specially traveling.


We arrived in Bacolod-Silay International Airport at 6:45 in the morning. The night before, I did my research of places that I want to visit in Bacolod. I also familiarized myself with the public transportation since this trip is a backpacking trip and we would want to be able to save as much as possible. I traveled with my close friend Jenifer, this is our second trip together, therefore, I no longer have problem adjusting and planning our itinerary.



Bacolod-Silay International Airport compound is very clean, the air is fresh, pine trees are planted all around and I was able to capture a good shot during sunrise.



Our first stop is Mambukal Mountain Resort. The reason why I chose this place for the first day instead of exploring the city and heritage site is because, the day before was Sinulog festival, my friend Jen did not have enough rest and we just want to relax for the whole day. After 1 tricycle, 2 jeepneys and 1 bus ride, we arrived at Mambukal safe and sound. There was a P50.00 entrance fee that was collected before we entered the resort. Since we planned to stay overnight, we stayed at their tourist lodge for P600.00/night.



Mambukal is the equivalent of Plantation Bay in Cebu, but the difference is that Plantation bay is already very developed wherein Mambukal is very natural. There was no major renovation that was made, that is why you will still feel very close to nature. This is the map of the whole place.


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This is my most favorite area. This is the lake side. It is just so magnificent, I did not expect that this place exist in the Philippines, I thought I can only see this in movies. I was absolutely mesmerized!

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Dress: Belle Jean Clothing, Cardigan: Imasuki Japan, Flats: Parisian, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Necklace: Swarovski, Other Accessories: Beads and Pearls


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You cannot swim on the lake but you can go on boating for P30.00.




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There are also flower plant vendors inside selling for a very low price. If only I have garden at home, I would really love to buy those beautiful plants.


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After we stroll the whole place and took a power nap, we went for a hot bath on their Dipping Pool. The pool has a temperature of 38-43 degree celcius and the entrance fee is P50.00. This is the best place to relax. I can only stay for a maximum of 15 minutes because it is becoming too hot, I will rest on the side of the pool and if I feel cold,  I will go back to the pool. It was the best experience ever!





They also have a Japanese Ofuro, this is also a pool but the water is really hot you can already see the vapor rising from the water. The entrance fee is P100.00.



After our hot bath, we went for a Massage at The Blade Spa. The is our ultimate vacation and all we want to do is to relax. Their Swedish Massage is P400 for 60 minutes. In the middle of the massage, I already slept, the masseur woke me up after my massage and I feel so relieved and refreshed. After our massage they serve us green and ginger tea.



This is the other side of The Blade Spa. If you will just have foot or hand massage wherein there is no need for you to strip, you can stay on their massage beds overlooking the river. Through the sliding door you will see the river and you can even hear the gush of water. That is even more relaxing.



The other tourist spot that we visited is The Ruins. Your Bacolod trip will not be complete if you will not be able to visit this historical place. The entrance fee is P95.00. I was so amazed, yes literally! It may be in ruins, but it is the perfect ruins I have ever seen.



This is the most photogenic place I have ever visited. Every corner is picture perfect, I can’t help not to be astonished.


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Their garden is also perfectly landscaped, if it is just not too hot at the time we visited, I will not think twice of rolling over the grass. haha!


On my next blog, I will be posting my Campuestohan Highland Resort escapade, still in Bacolod. Xoxo everyone!

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This is totally a shame. Out of the 25 books that I promised myself I would read for 2014, I only completed 12. Reading is something that I really love doing, but due to my busy schedule, I just can’t find time to read some more. I think I will still aim for 25 books this year. I will not promise but I will do my best. In the mean time, below is the list of the 12 books I’ve read in 2014.


1. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 2 (Clash of the Kings) – George R.R. Martin
This book is popularly known as Games of Thrones. You might also wonder why I am reading book 2, that is because I already finished reading book 1 back in 2012.


Favorite quotes:

“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.”

“I will hurt you for this. I don’t know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.” – Tyrion Lannister to Cersei Lannister.

“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”


2.  A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 3 (Storm of Swords) – George R.R. Martin


Favorite quotes:

“The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.”

“Sometimes I think everyone is just pretending to be brave, and none of us really are. Maybe pretending is how you get brave, I don’t know.”


3. The Fault in our Stars – John Green


Favorite quote: “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”


4. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4 (Feast of the Crows) – George R.R. Martin


Favorite quotes:

“Words are wind.”

“We all dream of things we cannot have.”


5. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte


Favorite quote: “I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”


6. Paper Town – John Green


Favorite quote: “That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”


7. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5 (Dance with the Dragons) – George R.R. Martin


Favorite quotes:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”

“I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.”


8. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
This is one of my favorite psycho books. I love the twist and the plot of the story. This is the first book written by the author and I was blown away by such talent.


Favorite quote: “I often don’t say things out loud, even when I should. I contain and compartmentalize to a disturbing degree: In my belly-basement are hundreds of bottles of rage, despair, fear, but you’d never guess from looking at me.”


9. If I Stay – Gayle Forman


Favorite quote: “Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”


10. Looking for Alaska – John Green
This is the 3rd book that I was able to read from John Green, and as I have mentioned on my previous post, of the 3 books this is my favorite because it is more realistic.


Favorite quote: “Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”


11. Heaven is for Real
When time comes that you are doubting god’s existence, this is my most recommended book for you, because that is what happened to me. Yes, I did doubt if god really exist, A.) if he is really there watching for me, B.) if he knows that his people are struggling and C.) if there will be karma to people who do bad things. For the first 2, I already have the answer that yes he does watch his people from above, as for the 3rd one, I still do not have an answer because I am now beginning to belive that there is no Karma. I used to believe that there is Karma, but now I don’t.


Favorite quote: “In a boxing match, the fighters absorb some vicious blows because they’re ready for them. And usually, the knockout punch is the one they didn’t see coming.


12. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
This book is a story about a teen suicide. Here in the Philippines, the rate for suicide is really low unlike in America, Europe and some part of Asia that is disturbingly high. Depression is the main cause for suicide, feeling of hopelessness and feeling of being isolated. There are just things that medication cannot cure, what this people need is acceptance and understanding.


Favorite quote: “Like driving along a bumpy road and losing control of the steering wheel, tossing you—just a tad—off the road. The wheels kick up some dirt, but you’re able to pull it back. Yet no matter how hard you try to drive straight, something keeps jerking you to the side. You have so little control over anything anymore. And at some point, the struggle becomes too much—too tiring—and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy… or whatever… to happen.”

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