El Kabayo Waterfalls Subic


The great staff at Affinity Condo Resort took me to El Kabayo Waterfalls for a hike and picnic. After a 45-minute drive from Angeles City we arrived at the entrance to the falls.  When we got there, I had no idea how far the hike would be or how difficult.

The hike itself wasn’t very long. Start to finish …


Affinity Hotel Bar Pool Angeles City


Affinity Condo Resort is a great for both long-term monthly rentals or just for a few days. There are different rate discounts at the 3, 6 and 12-month stays but even you only stay for a few days, their rack rate is very reasonable.

I’ve stayed at the Affinity for a combined 6 months in 2011. The friendly staff …


Pacific Breeze Hotel Pool


I’ve stayed at the Pacific Breeze Hotel in Angeles City a few times now. When I first came to Angeles with my friend Rollan, this is where we stayed. We looked at a few other places, but when it came down to it this was the best bang for our buck.…

GUEST POST – My Philippine Adventure Part 4

Dawal Resort Candelaria Zambales Philippines

The following is a Guest Post from none other than my dad. This is part 4 of 4.
If you missed it, here’s: Part 1Part 2Part 3

Enter Randy:


Part 4 – Candelaria/Zambales…

A Swim in the South China Sea
Seashells, Snorkels and Potipot Island


Corredigor Island Philippines World War II Relics


I got to visit Corregidor Island with my friend Paul, his 2 daughters, his girlfriend and one of their friends. The most popular way to get to the island is with Sun Cruises which leaves from the old Hoverferry terminal near the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex along Roxas Blvd in Manila.  We decided to make our …

SURLA HOTEL – Angeles City

Hotel Surla Angeles City Philippines Room


The Surla Hotel in Angeles City is a small 10-room hotel that just opened in 2010. I didn’t get to stay here personally, but visited a few times while my parents were in town to visit me.

Although the hotel had only been open a few weeks, my parents decided to stay here because it was only a half …

GUEST POST – My Philippine Adventure Part 3

Rice Fields Maricaban tingloy batangas philippines

The following is a Guest Post from none other than my dad. This is part 3 of 4.
If you missed part 1, read it here

Enter Randy:


Part 3 – Batangas/Tingloy Island …

An Aquarium In The Sea
Bancas, Rice Fields and Fishing Techniques: Life on the Sea Coast


Dawal Beach Resort Candelaria Zambales


Family trip to Dawal Beach Resort in Candelaria, Zambales – I was fortunate to have my parents come and visit me while living here in the Philippines. It was my Dad’s first time to the country and was great to see him experience the new culture.

We were staying in Pampanga near our relatives in Floridablanca when it was …

GUEST POST – My Philippine Adventure Part 2

Philippine Bananas

The following is a Guest Post from none other than my dad. This is part 2 of 4.
If you missed part 1, read it here

Enter Randy:


Part 2 – Floridablanca/Carmencita/Batiawan

Life in the Rurals: A Mountain Plantation
Carabao, Coconut and Nepa Huts: A Step Back In Time


The city of Floridablanca, home to Jesse and family …

WHITE BEACH – Boracay Island

White Beach Boracay Island


Boracay is one of the most famous islands in the Philippines, if not the world. Most recently it was ranked #2 for the ‘Travellers Choice Awards” by TripAdvisor and was on the “Top Ten Islands” list by Travel + Leisure.

Take my advice: Do not make your first trip to Boracay hung over. I did. Bad move.

After …