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Tagaytay Adventures: RSM Lutong Bahay

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Right after checking in on our hotel in Tagaytay, the first place we went to is a restaurant called RSM Lutong Bahay. It was my second visit to the restaurant. A couple of years ago, me and my high school friends went to eat at RSM and I remembered how delicious the food was. I recommended the place to my sister and they all want to try the food. It was only one jeepney ride away from our hotel. It’s popular too, so, you can just ask the driver to drop you off at the restaurant. If you brought your car with you, there’s a large parking space in the front of the restaurant.

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As soon as we got there we were seated right away. The staff were very nice and corteous. They gave us a table that provided us a wonderful view of the Taal Lake. It was a little chilly though, but it was a nice spot.

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The restaurant also offers buffet meals, but we completely missed the lunch buffet. We were about an hour late.  We had the famous bulalo, chicken barbecue, rice wrapped in banana leaves and leche flan for dessert. We enjoyed the food, especially their bulalo.

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Before leaving the restaurant, we made sure to take snaps of the view and the rest of the area. It’s a must place to visit if you want to have a good Filipino meal with an astounding view of the Taal Lake. It’s a perfect place for families, big or small groups, couples, etc. 

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If you’re in Tagaytay and looking for a place with the best Bulalo, you should consider going to RSM Lutong Bahay, it will not disappoint. Wonderful service, good food, great view, what more can you ask for?

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WHAT?!? No more Hunter and Bobby?!?

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I just finished watching Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 3 episode 13. I’ve watched and loved the show eversince it aired it’s first season and last night’s episode is probably one of the saddest. I can’t believe we wont see Bobby and Hunter in the next episodes anymore. I always thought that they were a great addition to the show. I love Hunter’s humor and Bobby’s bad-ass fighting skills. The actors also have an amazing on screen chemistry. I just can’t believe that they are leaving SHIELD. What a sad episode.

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But wait, does this mean that the rumored SHIELD spin-off featuring Bobby and Hunter will materialize?!? Well, I hope it will happen soon! Bye for now Bobby and Hunter!

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Should an OFW have an Emergency Fund?

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What is an emergency fund? Ideally, an emergency fund is a 3-6 months salary amount set aside for emergency cases. You can put it in your savings account that you can easily dip on if an emergency occurs. What kind of emergency? Sudden loss of income, health emergency in the family, unexpected car repairs, etc. The emergency fund should be able to cover your expenses for atleast half a year in case of unexpected job loss. I am guilty of dipping on my emergency fund when my vacation money runs off. Although I only took a few amount, it’s an absolute no-no. You should reserve the money for emergencies only. My goal for the next few months is to replenish my emergency fund while adding some cash on my investment account.

I think every OFW should have an emergency fund. Recently, there are many OFWs who went back home because their company couldn’t pay their salaries. Many businesses are badly affected by the low oil pice in the world market. Some of the people who went home doesn’t have enough savings to cover their expenses while looking for a job. They are relying to the government’s assistance, which I think is a terrible idea. I know the government are saying that they are ready to help the OFWs in case more people will be sent home, but, I don’t think they could deliver. Most of the OFW and their families are used to a certain kind of lifestyle that involves lots of money. I don’t think they will be content with the jobs and the salary the government could offer. My point is, if you are an OFW, be prepared. You won’t be an OFW forever, save NOW for the hard times that could come you way later. Start an emergency fund ASAP.

How to build an emergency fund? Here’s what I do:

Salary
-emergency fund
-investment (stocks)
-personal budget
– money remittance

Notice that I deducted emergency fund and investment amount first before other expenses. This is what most financial gurus would tell you. Pay yourself first. If you can find any other sources of income other than your salary, that would be a good addition to your emergency fund. I did a post about selling your old gadgets online, you might want to consider trying that too.

Once you have a comfortable amount on your emergency fund, you should consider starting an investment account. It could be via Mutual Funds, Stock Market, etc. Just make sure that you do a thorough research about investing . Study first before delving into the world of investing so that you wont be sorry later. =)

Hotel Dominique Tagaytay

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Hello again Tagaytay! The first time I went here was with my colleagues from Citigroup, the second time was with my high school buddies and this year, with my family! Tagaytay is only 2 hours from Metro Manila and is probably one of the best weekend getaway destinations. It’s a short drive from the city, a perfect place to relax and unwind. The weather in Tagaytay is a lot less warm than in the city and the view of the Taal Lake is a site to behold.

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My sister always wanted to go to Tagaytay but never had the time. We went there purely for her benefit. At the time though, she didn’t know that her boyfriend (now, her fiance) have a surprise planned for her. We originally planned to stay at a different hotel, but we decided to choose a much more affordable hotel. So, we decided to stay at Hotel Dominique.

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The hotel is just a long the high way and easy to locate. You can even tell the bus driver to drop you off at Hotel Dominique and they will do it for you. It’s located just before the Olivares Rotunda. Just in case you missed the hotel, you can always stop at Olivares and walk back to the hotel. If you don’t feel like walking, then ride a jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at the hotel.

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From the outside, Hotel Dominique looked small, but once your inside you will see how spacious it is. The staff are pleasant, and they are very accommodating. We arrived there about an hour before our check-in time and we were allowed to stay at their in-house restaurant, Pahimis Restaurant. I love their food BTW. More about the restaurant later. =)

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If you are travelling using a private vehicle, parking area is not a problem. If you feel like swimming, there is a pool too. They also have a gym and an entertainment room. We didn’t explore the hotel that much, because we were a bit hungry and we immediately left after checking in. Here are some photos of our room.

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We stayed here over night, and we had a great time. They have free wifi for all the rooms, and in the lobby/restaurant. The room is clean and cozy. The bed is comfortable. Towels and toiletries were also provided. There’s also a complimentary breakfast for two. All of this for less than six thousand pesos.

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Now, let’s move on to their in-house restaurant. Right after our late lunch and quick trip to the Sky Ranch, we had a light dinner at the Pahimis Restaurant. The food is good and affordable. We ordered pancit, coffee and the blueberry cheese cake I’ve been eyeing since we arrived at the hotel. LOL. The food was delicious, and the ambiance was nice. There were still Valentine’s Day decorations all over the place even though it was already the last week of the month. It was nice though.

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After dinner, we went straight to our room. We watched TV until we fell asleep. I had a good night’s rest. The actual rooms are far from the main road that’s why it was quiet and peaceful. The next day, we woke up early to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast. I loved the food. My parents ordered the meals that offers more quantity of food, they are used to large breakfast. Me and my sister ordered a small breakfast that consists of fruits,ham and cheese croissant, and hot choco. It was delicious! My parent’s meal was the complimentary one, we paid for me and my sister’s meal. I think it was about 150 pesos each.

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After breakfast, we decided to visit Tierra de Maria and People’s Eye in the Sky before checking out of our hotel. We returned for our check out and everything ran smoothly. Again, the staff were very nice and we left the hotel with a smile on our faces. I recommend this place if you are planning to go to Tagaytay this summer.

Where to buy and sell used gadgets in Saudi Arabia?

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While I was in the Philippines, we decluttered our home and found out that we have so many gadgets lying around. I sold a used netbook and a PSP via OLX. It’s a popular buy and sell site in the Philippines. They also have an android app you can install in your phone so that you can monitor your items wherever you go. It’s a pretty awesome deal, I was able to free some space at home and I got to earn some money.

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If you are in Saudi Arabia and you want to sell some of your items online I recommend selling it at expatriates.com. It’s a very user friendly site, and has a lot of traffic. In my experience, mobile phones are the easiest to sell. This is also the same site where I bought my htc m8 phone. Just make sure that you put your mobile number where interested buyers can contact you to negotiate with the price. Most sellers communicate with buyers via whatsapp though, so, you might want to install that app on your phone first.

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In selling an item, make sure that you list the specs (if selling gadgets like cellphones, tablets, computers, cameras, etc.). If there are any issues, like dents, cracks or scratches on the item, make sure that you also include that in your ad. An actual photo of the item is also very helpful in making your ad more appealing to the buyers. It also prevents prolonged negotiations, unnecessary questions and confusion among the interested buyers. Don’t forget to include your location on the ad.

Once the buyer and the seller agreed on the price of the item, they will set up a meeting place. In my case, I make sure to put in my ad that my items are for “pick-up” only. I asked the buyers to go to my I work, which is safe and equipped with a CCTV camera. When I sold my gadgets in the Philippines, the meet up area was in a public place where there is a security guard and a CCTV camera… the best option would be inside a mall or a  fastfood place like Jollibee. When I bought my HTC phone the previous owner delivered it at my work. As long as you ask politely and negotiate reasonably, you can get the item you want within your price range and they will deliver it to you nicely.

Tips on buying items at expatriates.com:

– Avoid transacting with sellers who are asking you to pay via Western Union. It’s most likely a scam.

– Check or ask for the reason why they are selling their items. Most sellers would post in their ad wether they need to upgrade their gadgets, or just need an extra cash. Watch out for people who are selling their items because they are exiting the country. Those kind of sellers are usually in a rush to get rid of their stuff that you can buy their items at such a low price.

– Haggle! Don’t be shy to ask for the last price. Some of the people I negotiated with are very understanding, they delivered the item to me AND hacked 200 sar off from the asking price. Cool huh?

Many people find the buy and sell business lucrative. If you have the time and you have a good knowledge regarding the items you buy and sell, this could be a good side line for you. If you are in dire need of extra cash, selling items you no longer need is a very good solution.

La Union, Philippines Part 2

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La Union is about 6-7 hours drive from Metro Manila in a private car. It could be more than that if you are taking a bus to San Fernando, La Union. There are a lot of road project going on all through out the Northern region of the county, so, you should also expect some traffic on the way.

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Taipan Garden Restaurant's Halo - Halo

Whenever were in La Union, I always make time for a Halo-halo in Taipan Garden Restaurant located at San Fernando City. Unfortunately, I went to the dentist that week and my teeth were very sensitive. I didn’t think I could handle anything cold, so, we didn’t go. =( Most people go to Halo-halo de Iloko, but I think Taipan has the best Halo-halo. (It’s better than Razon’s!) Note: the photo above is the halo-halo I had last year.

After going to the bank, we ate at Happy Tummy for lunch. They serve Filipino dishes and some Japanese too. I saw fresh maki and sushi in the menu. The food is good and it’s very affordable. I saw a lot of changes in the city, there are numerous establishments and restaurant that seemed to pop up out of nowhere. They now have Hap Chan, 7/11, etc. For me though, San Juan has changed the most. They now have fancy cafes, restaurants, bar and grills located near the surfing spots. It only means that business is very good in the area. =)

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Popoy at Basya's Pizza and Chips

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My parents, my nephew EJ and my niece Riza

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Me and my sis!

Before our week in La Union ended, I had to try the Bacnotan’s pride– “Popoy at Basya’s” restaurant. My sister loved the place when they went there last year, and it seemed like business is so good that they had to expand and move to another location. It’s a restaurant inspired by a popular Filipino movie, One More Chance. It’s very Pinoy, I like the theme and all but I wasn’t very impressed with the food. We ordered pizza, chips and drinks. My niece and nephew loved the food though. They finished their food and drinks, which doesn’t happen often. The huge hit for me was the potato chips. I could eat it all day if only I won’t gain weight from all those sodium, fats and carbs. LOL. I didn’t get a photo of the artwork outside the place because it was so hot. But it was cute. I think the place is perfect for teens and college age people, it’s a great place to hang out with friends. Also, the food is budget friendly which appeals greatly to students.

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Our last stop for the day was the “Bahay na Bato” in Darigayos. It’s actually far from my aunt’s house in Taboc, San Juan. We travelled for about an hour (or more) using my sister’s car. I wasn’t surprised because there was traffic due to the Road Widening project by the government. The sun was already setting while we were on the road. When we arrived we only had a few minutes of daylight left, that’s why I only have very few good photos. “Bahay na Bato” have a 20 php entrance fee. If you are commuting from San Fernando, you have to ride a jeepney that have a Darigayos sign. Some guests who visited “Bahay na Bato” the same time we were there, hired a tricycle privately. I don’t know how much it costs, but it’s convenient because they didn’t have to worry about getting lost. There are a lot of corners in “Bahay na Bato” that we weren’t able to explore because it was already dark. I suggest you go there at three or four in the afternoon so that you can explore the entire place and get the chance to see the beautiful sunset.
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The next day, before we travelled back to Manila, we visited my aunt and cousin in Talogtog. They have a wood bridge there over a fish pond that only has one sided hand railing. When we were kids the bridge doesn’t have a railing at all. It was a little scary, specially for us city kids because we don’t know how to swim.

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I had such a great time in La Union. I’m looking forward to visit again next year!

La Union Visit

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If you haven’t been to La Union, you are missing a lot. La Union should be included in your list to visit this summer wherein you can learn to surf, taste the local delicacies and enjoy the amazing view of the beach. San Juan, La Union is a very popular spot for surfer enthusiasts. There are a lot of resorts that you can choose from that can match your budget. My parents are from La Union that’s why the province is very dear to me.

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Anyway, we always go to La Union whenever me or my sister is in the Philippines. Fortunately, we were able to coordinate our vacation this year, that’s why we were able to visit our family and relatives in San Juan together. Our first stop was the beach. Just across the road from my aunt’s house, there is a free access to the beach. It’s not white sand but, it’s still quite beautiful. For the next few days, me and my family would walk to the beach every morning as an exercise.

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Our next stop was a beach front bar and restaurant called Coast Call Kitchen and Bar located in Urbiztondo, San Juan La Union. They offer a wide variety of foods. They have Filipino food,  seafoods, coffee and sandwiches, pasta and pizzas. I think the bar opens very early or it doesn’t close at all. I’m not sure, LOL. I just noticed that there are some guests who were drinking alcohol early. If I’m not mistaken, Coast Call Kitchen and Bar is the in-house resto bar of San Juan Surf Resort.

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We also went to San Juan Church for a Thanksgiving mass on a Thursday morning. It was still dark when we arrived at the church, and I think most of the attendees were senior citizens. There are very few people who attends the mass on a weekday. Its sad, but I get it. Most people are preparing to go to school or work during those early hours on a Thursday morning.

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We also visited the cemetery where my cousin was buried. She died last year in October and I wasn’t able to attend her funeral so, I made sure that I visit her final resting place before I go back abroad. We also visited my brother and grandfather’s grave at Forest Lake en Cielo.

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We visited other restaurants and sites outside San Juan which I will share on the next blog post. =)

Thanks for dropping by!

Novel

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