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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Jill Stuart's Dreamland

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Jill Stuart's Spring 2012 collection can transport you to a dreamland of candy and rainbows. Any laid-back-but-put-together girly girl would be drawn to these sherbet hues infused with nudes on flowy dresses and easy separates.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Casual Polish

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Derek Lam's Spring 2012 collection combines polished, upscale glamour with a vibrant, fresh casualness.

Feast your eyes on the vivid hues on structured silhouettes.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Wow, More Isaw!

Chicken isaw from Ate Angie's (left) and Mang Larry's (right)

Dropped by UP Diliman with a friend one Saturday and decided to get some isaw (intestines). I've always loved Mang Larry's chicken isaw but my friend suggested that I try the ones from Ate Angie's.

The verdict: I like the chicken isaw from Mang Larry's (left) better because of the more toasted texture that adds some crispness. I also love its smoky flavor. The ones from Ate Angie's (right) are tasty as well, but they're a lot chewier. (Not a fan of extra chewy innards!)

On the other hand, I liked Ate Angie's pork isaw (left) better than the ones from Mang Larry's (not in photo). They're both very savory, but again, texture is the deciding factor for me. Sticks of pork isaw from Ate Angie's are a bit thinner and more toasted.

Blogging about these street treats makes me want to go to UP right now!

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Honda Bay Island-Hopping in Palawan

On our last day in Palawan, we spent the entire morning island-hopping. We only got to go snorkeling on two islands, though, because we had to catch a 2:00 p.m. flight! But despite the time constraint, we were thoroughly satisfied with the tour.

If you don't have your own snorkeling gear, Pan'z Mask & Snorkeling Rental is the place to rent some. They're clean and reliable, and Mr. Panz is very friendly!

We then headed to the Honda Bay dock and got ourselves a boat with the help of our guide.

Our first stop was Snake Island. Doesn't the beach look like a beautiful painting? It was unreal!

photo credit: Rosalie Torres

Here, I went snorkeling for the first time ever. I do love the ocean but I've always been scared to go too far from the shore, even in a life jacket! Everybody was very supportive, though, and I stopped worrying once I saw the schools of fish.

The view from our kubo!

When we got out of the water, fresh lobsters, shrimps, fish, pork belly, grilled eggplant, a tossed salad with vinaigrette, and ripe mangoes were waiting for us back at our kubo (nipa hut)! That was probably the best meal we had in Palawan. We were so full!

Good thing it took about 20 minutes to get to the next island so we were able to rest before going snorkeling again. It was raining when we got to Pandan Island, but it didn't matter. We wanted to plunge back into the water!

We didn't regret renting waterproof camera cases from our guide. The shots aren't the clearest, but at least we were able to capture the experience!

Look who we found--Nemo!

We had a blast. The next time we visit Palawan, I'd love to explore Coron!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ziplining at Ugong Rock and Exploring the Underground River in Palawan

On our second day in Puerto Princesa, we drove to Ugong Rock to go on the zipline.

We had to gear up for the climb first. It was so much fun and a lot easier than spelunking in Sagada!

See, I even got to strike a pose!

When we got to the top, the view was spectacular! I was both nervous and excited to go back down via the zipline.

Good thing I had my cheerleader with me! I gathered enough courage and went for it. During the first few seconds, it was a little scary. I felt as if my heart dropped! Then it became both thrilling and peaceful at the same time. Now I know how it feels like to fly!

The pretty Torres sisters!
Lunch by the beach--lovely view!

After a buffet lunch by the beach, we hopped on a boat to get to our next destination.

I felt like the boat ride was an adventure in itself! I love the ocean.

When we got there, we had to wait for about half an hour for our turn, but it was definitely worth it.

Off we go!

It was way too dark to take good photos inside the cave with my digicam. We tucked away our cameras and just looked around in awe. Our guide showed us the different formations, the bats, and the birds, and warned us about the droppings!

The Puerto Princesa Underground River has actually been nominated as one of the world's New Seven Wonders of Nature. Voting has been extended until December 2012! Send "PPUR" via SMS to 2861, or log on to to cast your votes. You can also like Wunderground United on Facebook to show your support.

photo credit: Rosalie Torres

We're definitely voting for PPUR!

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