Christmas time is Pooh’s favorite time of the year as it means a lot of things. Besides eating, this season also means adventure for this silly old bear.
The 2 week holiday this 2014, allowed Pooh to explore some of the popular spots of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte and one of them is Ilocos Sur’s capital, Vigan.
Traveling to Vigan, it’s an 8-9 hour bus ride away from Manila. But since Pooh came from San Fernando, La Union, the ride was only a 2 hour drive away.
Going here, it is a must that you experience Calle Crisologo (Crisologo Street). This is the main attraction of the city and Pooh must say that it really is a must visit as you will be transported back in time, back to the Philippine Spanish colonial times. Tourists can also hire a Kalesa which will tour them around the city. Unfortunately, when Pooh visited the city, it was too crowded and just by looking at the horses it felt like they are overworked and dehydrated. 😦
But nevertheless, Vigan is a must visit not just for the foreigners
but also for the Philippine locals who wants to catch a glimpse of our country’s past. 🙂
You haven’t been to Ilocos Sur if you haven’t tried out their Bibingka yet. Trust Pooh, as the long line is definitely worth the wait. 🙂
After that history-filled walk down Calle Crisologo, you should also try out Tongson’s Royal Bibingka. 🙂
Pooh recommends that you plan your trip here during the lean season as it is hard to appreciate the beauty and history of the place when it is already too crowded and noisy.
Everyday is a day worth celebrating for. But today is a much more important day as today is Winnie the Pooh Day! 🙂
What’s so special about today? Well, it’s A.A Milne’s birthday!
How should you celebrate #WinnieThePoohDay? If you live near Hartfield, East Sussex, you can visit Pooh Corner, home to the world’s largest selection of “Pooh-phernalia”. You can also call your friends to spend the afternoon playing Poohsticks. 🙂 But before all these activities, “let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.” 🙂
And being a hardworking bear of little brain, Pooh made to sure to achieve all three.
Last December 25, Pooh was able to try out this fairly new restaurant – Surf Shack San Juan, La Union. What’s the best thing about this place? They have at least 4 types of fusion pizzas you can try out! Here are the 4 that Pooh was able to try out:
Pizza 1: Mommy Lu’s Gourmet Tuyo Pizza
This is Pooh’s favorite pizza. Once this thin crust pizza was served at the table, the waiter poured a glass of hunny over the pizza! The combination of tuyo and hunny might seem a bit off for some people but Pooh thinks this is the perfect combination – salty and sweet at the same time 😛
Pizza 2: Bacnotan Longganisa Pizza
Pizza 3: Beef Tapa Pizza
Pizza 4: Vigan Longganisa Pizza
Trying out these not-so-common kinds of pizza, it is best partnered with one of their cocktail drinks.
Surf Shack San Juan, La Union can be found on 239 National Highway, Urbiztondo, 2514 San Juan, La Union. You may visit their official fanpage here.
Isn’t it funny how people who’ve never met their whole lives yet somewhere, somehow, they actually do have a connection? Here’s a photo that can remind us of those moments.
At the Namsan Tower, people (or bears :p) can leave behind their lock that contains a love message to your special someone. And just last October 2013, Pooh was able to leave one lock behind (the message is dedicated to hunny, of course!).
Isn’t it amazing that in order to leave your lock, you need to connect your symbol of love to another random person’s lock? It’s an overwhelming sight as it reminds you how each person or bear can love and how another person’s love is needed to support your own love. 🙂
For Pooh, the meaning of solitude does not necessarily equal to a state of being lonely. It can be one of those days where you just want to isolate yourself from everyone? Rather than looking at solitude as a state of being alone or a feeling of loneliness. Pooh chooses to view solitude as a means of recharging in life – spiritually, emotionally and physically. This is important especially if you live in such a fast pace environment where everything just happens all at once.
Below is a photo taken during Pooh’s trip to Korea. So far, this is Pooh’s favorite vacation, as this trip was taken during a time where Pooh feels lost and tired from work.
All in all, it always about perspective. Rather than viewing the negative in the term solitude, Pooh chooses to turn it into a positive thing.
For the third assignment of Pooh’s Photography 101 course, the participants are tasked to interpret the meaning of Water.
Here are some of Pooh’s favorite shots:
The 2 photos below were taken at Villa Escudero in San Pablo Laguna. One thing Pooh loves about this place is its scenic beauty. Below is a part of the resort where you can kayak on Lake Labasin, a lake inside the resort! Pooh was also able to eat lunch at the Waterfalls restaurant of the resort.
Another photo that Pooh was able to take shows a view from Pooh’s resort in Panglao, Bohol. Here, tourists will be able to see the crystal clear waters of the beach. Small boats will also be common sight as the area is packed with locals ready to take the tourists to an island hopping experience. One activity tourists must try is dolphin watching, which brings us to the next photo.
For Pooh’s dolphin experience, Pooh had to get up at early dawn to ride a small boat that took us to the area where the dolphins are usually seen. Luckily, we were able to view some dolphins playing around the area after minutes of waiting. Below is the best shot that Pooh was able to take during the ride.
Truly, these places captures the beauty of water and Pooh was a lucky bear who was able to experience them firsthand.