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About lifeisacelebration

Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life! I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept......

Saddleback Haven

Just under an hour’s drive from Davao City is this slice of heaven 2,800 feet above sea level. Amidst the lush greenery, with a panoramic view of Mt. Apo and Mt. Talomo, is this mountain vacation villa where men and … Continue reading

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Paradise Island in Samal

If you have the time, there’s Pearl Farm and Malipano Island in Samal. But if you want a quick escape, Paradise Island is just a 10-minute boat ride from the jetty in Davao City. You still get the same sun … Continue reading

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An Invitation To A Children’s Village in Bustos, Bulacan

Years back, I wrote about Fr. Boyet’s project here in Bonga Menor, Bustos, Bulacan. Called “Bahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres“, it housed about 120 street urchins then. Today, there are 160 of them. Boys who used to … Continue reading

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A Dog’s Life @Acuaverde

Beats flying to some island just to laze around the beach. It’s not near but we’ve decided on this drive south of Manila so we can enjoy the beach with our beloved canine. The three hour-drive can be broken with … Continue reading

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Ate Indian Food, Did Chinatown (in Bangkok)

Yes, exactly. The closest thing I got to traditional Thai cuisine was that Pad Thai dinner by the hotel pool and in the wedding party. Now I’m not sure I ever was in Bangkok if not for the wedding party … Continue reading

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Going Gaga in Gaggan 

Bangkok. Here for a wedding. And a dinner. And what a magical dinner! Everything is a piece of art and a wonder of science. A genius play on creativity, ingenuity, art and technique.  Gaggan Anand. The Asian Czar of Gastronomy. … Continue reading

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The Hall Of 1,000 Tatamis

In the island of Miyajima, Hiroshima, one finds the gigantic, floating vermilion Torii Gate which has graced the covers of many Japanese tourism magazines, books, calendars and posters. Indeed, the floating, iconic Itsukushima Shrine is a beauty. One can even … Continue reading

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