Are You Travelling This Christmas?

In this part of the world, it may not be December yet but Christmas is already in the air!

Since the month of December could mean school and work break for most people, then that could also mean free time to travel as well.

My hubby and I have spent three Christmas seasons together and I just realized that all three were spent outside of our home city! Wow, maybe this means that for this year we may not do any travelling for a change. But well, it’s not yet December, maybe we might end up going somewhere for Christmas again this year.

This native lantern caught my eye in Bohol (2010).

We were in Bohol for Christmas in 2009 and 2010. Our first Christmas had to be spent in Bohol in 2009 because my father who resided there died just days before Christmas so we decided to go ahead and just spend Christmas time there. Thankfully, my father’s close friend invited us for Christmas dinner so that lessened our sense of loss that time. Christmas 2010 came and my sister invited us to spend Christmas again in Bohol. I would say that this seemed really like our real first Christmas together as a couple minus our grieving in 2009. And for last year’s Christmas, we spent it with my other sister’s family in Gen. Santos City. It was quite a long travel from our place in Butuan. We took a van which meant about 5 hours going to Davao and then 2 hours (again by van) to Gen. Santos. But we did have a great time there.

How about you? Are you up to some traveling somewhere special this Christmas?

A Christmas tree made up of lanterns in Gensan (2011)

 Note: This post is also linked with BPC 323 and Mellow Yellow Monday.

Singapore’s Peranakan Museum

One of the highlights for me during my trip to Singapore a few years back was checking out the Peranakan Museum. And if you have been reading a lot from this blog, you would see that I enjoy museums and different cultures. But now back to the Peranakan Museum. This museum showcases the culture of Peranakan communities not only in Singapore but in Asia. It contains “one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects.”

The museum which is located in the former Tao Nan Chinese School built in 1912 has galleries on three floors. They are  rich with artifacts and visuals of Peranakan cultural traditions as well as visual arts. The museum is a component of the Asian Civilizations Museum and is operating under the National Heritage Board.

Located in 39 Armenian Street, the museum is open Mondays (1-7 pm) as well as on Tuesday to Sunday (9:30 am to 7 pm, up to 9 pm on Fridays). Adult admission is $3.

The Peranakan museum along Armenia St.., occupying the former Tao Nan Chinese School
The Peranakan museum along Armenia street, occupying the former Tao Nan Chinese School

Note: This post is also linked with BPC 319 and Wednesday Whites.

November Memories

The month of November has rolled in quite fast as months nearing December seemingly do. And I would like to begin my first post of the month referring to my memorable honeymoon with my hubby three years ago after we made vows of forever before God, family and friends.

We spent the first part of our lovely honeymoon at the Panglao Island Nature Resort (PINR) in Bohol (we proceeded to Cebu after several days there). Thanks to the generous gift of friends. And thanks to God for connecting the hubby and me to these beautiful people, may He bless them more 🙂

We had the use of the Forest  Bungalow during our honeymoon. We had the the luxury of having our own private outdoor jacuzzi right at the back of our bungalow which was overlooking the forest and a cave.

Let it be also known that our stay already included daily buffet breakfast and dinner at the resort. Dinner is made extra special as musicians and singers serenade guests during dinner time.  We also had the chance to enjoy our massage at the resort’s spa (Mit-hi). My hubby and I thoroughly felt relaxed as we enjoyed our massage.

There is more than one pool at PINR but we particularly enjoyed the infinity pool. Staying at PINR, of course, wouldn’t be complete without exploring it’s man-made island (Dream Islet) and the natural mystery of the underground Cambagat cave.

Below are some of the photos we took during that memorable honeymoon in November 2009 🙂

Our lovely accommodation during our honeymoon at PINR. We had our own private outdoor jacuzzi at the back 🙂


A view of the infinity pool also showing the sea & the Dream Islet.


At the Dream Islet after an early morning walk. We walked going there since it was low tide.

 Note: This post is also linked with Wednesday WhitesBPC 318 and A Piece of Heaven