Have you been to the Eiffel Tower in the Philippines?

I fell in love with Eiffel!

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When we talk about Paris, France, the ever beautiful Eiffel Tower is being associated automatically. Aside from becoming one of the country’s landmarks, it has been a romantic symbol that complements with the image of Paris as the City of Love.

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This famous tower is included in the bucket list of a lot of people from different parts of the world, including the Filipinos. Maybe that was part of the major factor why it became the concept of a restaurant in the Philippines.

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A Glimpse of the Banaue Rice Terraces

Finally, I’ve ticked off one of my childhood bucket list!

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Philippine landmarks are well known even before the Digital Era. Through books during grade school, tourist spots— like Mayon Volcano, Chocolate Hills, Hundred Islands, and Banaue Rice Terraces—were desired destinations of every kid, including me.

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I almost forgot about this childhood dream trip I had, until we took a short morning stopover in Banaue en route to the Mountain Province.

Meet my pretty friends, Shara & Eunice. ❤ Our tour was organized by S&B Adventure.

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This realization changed my life

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33″

I could say that 2017 has been a learning era. Everything that I’ve encountered–may it be the best or the worst–taught me something.

Last year was full of inconstant and unpredictable happenings that served as a roller-coaster ride for me. Nonetheless, I acknowledge that it’s the same reason why I realized a lot of life’s main takeaway.

From all those lessons, one has been indispensable that it changed my whole perspective and influenced the way I deal with my daily life.

The thought just hit me one day. And I will be forever grateful to God that He let it came into my existence.

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A tour at the First Vintage Camera Museum in the Philippines

Historical travels and appreciation of old structures seem to be conventional activities nowadays because of the influence also of the social media. I view this trend interesting since it’s benefitting to both parties; people learn to value our rich culture and history, at the same time, it boosts the local tourism sector.

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When you try to visit Taal, Batangas, make sure that a museum is part of your itinerary. There are a lot of ancestrals houses that turned into museums which are open for public visits like Don Leon Apacible House, Marcela Agoncillo House (donations are voluntary), Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion (PHP 70 per head) , and Villa Tortuga (PHP 50 per head/ PHP 250 costume rental). I was able to explore only one due to time constraint. Nevertheless, I find my visit very educating and worthwhile.

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I’ve learned that Galleria Taal is the first and foremost vintage camera museum in the country. The regular entrance fee is PHP 100 per person while a discounted rate of PHP 50 is being offered to students who have their ids.  The entrance fee privileges you to tour the museum with their resident staff who are very knowledgeable about the details and stories of what are waiting you inside. Take note, all of the vintage cameras inside are still working!

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Taal, Batangas: A Heritage Town that is yet to be discovered

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When it comes to cultural and historical spot in the country, it is Vigan that we sought-after. Little did we know, aside from Vigan, Las Casas de Acuzar in Bataan and Pila in Laguna, there’s also a small town in Batangas that can give you the nostalgic feeling of the past. Fortunately, Taal is nearer than Vigan when you’re from Manila and won’t require you very long hours of travel and won’t cost you bucks for the trip.

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More than its historic essence, this place will really capture everyone’s soft-side and will teach how happiness and contentment in life could take place by just the presence of simplicity. ❤

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