A True Farm-to-table Experience

It’s been awhile since I last posted about going organic. Yes?

Coz something great is going to happen, mark your weekends starting April 2018!20170713_171506-01-01[1]

Go organic!
Davao Farm Holiday believes that a new way to cook and eat is possible, will you join them?FB_IMG_1522935338036[1]

Starting on April 28, 2018, Saturday and Sunday will never be the same again!
Huni Farm is opening its gates and will be hosting buffet lunch from 10 am till 3 pm.

Among their goals is to explore new and interesting ways to connect people to food and community. They will serve organic meals of fresh harvest from the farm as they educate their guests with the importance of knowing the quality of food they take and serve to their loved ones.FB_IMG_1522935312222[1]

They have been influenced by many styles of cooking and they love to experiment. At their table you can expect to find the freshest ingredients, beautiful and rustic presentation that you won’t soon forget. A weekend  at their table is not only an occasion to share and meet new people, but also an opportunity to discover new sustainable ways of living. This Farm to Table Experience will make the perfect anniversary gift, birthday present, family occasion, group outing, romantic date, or just a wonderful way to experience the farm.

Huni Farm is located at Wangan, Calinan District , Davao City.

Join them with your family and friends! FB_IMG_1522935250808[1]

Together let’s support local farmers, lets promote their products and take part in the establishment of a strong relationship of our community to quality food, local farmers and the environment.

This is the first project of Happy Islands Business Development and Consultancy under the banner of its mother project Davao Farm Holiday.  Gourmet Lunch at Huni Farm is a  new flavor of Davao Tourism which will be launched in cooperation with Livelife Travel and Tours.

For booking and reservations please contact:



Las Casas Filipinas: A Place Like No Other

Did you ever wanted to step back in time of the forgotten era of our heroes?20170811_220421[1]
Experience a blast from the historic past in an otherworldly resort in Bataan. 20170811_2157161.jpg20170811_215540[1]
This review may a bit too late now but still, I can’t opt not sharing it. Many have sent me direct messages from my social media accounts, asking where the picturesque places of my posts were taken. And they couldn’t believe that it was just somewhere in Central Luzon, Philippines.20170811_215228[1].jpgOllah! Welcome to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar!20170705_132625-01[1]20170705_131951-011.jpeg20170811_2154331.jpgLas Casas Filipinas is set in a vast property fronting the sea, along Umagol river, in Brgy. Pagasa BagacBataan. A place like no other, a one of its kind.20170811_205300[1] 20170811_2053521.jpgThe owner of New San Jose Builders, José “Gerry” Acuzar, started rebuilding Spanish colonial-era mansions in Bagac in 2003. Spread over 400 hectares, the park features a collection of 27 Spanish colonial-era buildings, with the entire site made to resemble a period settlement.20170811_205459[1]And in 2010, the heritage park was opened to public. The resort has a restaurant, a beach, calesa rides and a swimming pool. It plans to have 50 such heritage houses. The houses were chosen based on their historical, cultural and architectural value.20170811_205809[1]20170811_205156[1]Las Casas Filipinas showcases architectural pieces from different parts of the country which were carefully assembled brick by brick. 20170705_171048-01-01[1]20170705_170936-01-01[1]20170705_170958-01-01[1]It is definitely the perfect place to immerse in the mesmerizing time of our country’s historic past and solely admire the beauty and wonder of 18th century architecture.20170811_211233[1]20170811_211517[1]The houses were often of “stone houses” type, which have stone foundations on the first floor and made of wood on the second floor. These houses were carefully dismantled, transplanted from around the Philippines. 20170811_211813[1]20170811_211607[1]20170811_211725[1]Each house was dismantled in situ brick by brick, numbered, transported to the Bagac site, where they were reassembled and restored. For parts that were missing, woodwork and bricks were replicated to resemble the original structure.20170811_210944[1]20170811_210703[1]20170811_212133[1]
The serene and relaxing ambiance will make you stay not only for a day. And I did regret though. A day tour may be short of a time to take in the beauty that it is but an entire weekend would suffice for that matter.20170811_220421[1]20170811_220528[1]This was one of my fave window view.20170705_150020-01[1]20170811_22045411.jpgOne thing I have to warn you though.
This may not be your usually cheap budget, but it’s all worth it.20170705_153132-01[1]20170705_153845-01[1]20170811_211855[1]I don’t know if you get that same feeling of nostalgia that I get whenever I see old colonial houses and churches or if you find so much beauty in those rustic heritage. 20170811_215755[1]20170705_144506-01[1]It’s not just the nostalgic vibe or the intricacy of architecture that gets me every time, but it’s that feeling of being taken back in the past, of having a vision of what was it like back then.20170811_220611[1]20170811_2210111.jpg20170705_153508-01[1]20170705_153448-02[1]20170705_164520-01[1]The owner indeed had a great concept of restoring the casas.  20170705_145433-01[1]20170705_145254-01[1]20170811_215850[1]The stories behind the houses during the guided tour made them more meaningful and unique. 20170705_143918-01[1]20170811_220229[1]20170811_220145[1]20170811_220934[1]Everything was a delight and I’m definitely gonna come back.

20170705_161405-011.jpegOh! I missed this! 

As of July 2017 Entrance fee for Day tour costs 40sgd (1500Php), 3 course meal included.20170705_133622-01[1]20170705_134648-01[1]There’s more to it than just taking pictures. There’s a beach where you can swim and surf all you want, a heritage tour (AM and PM schedules are available), a riverboat cruise that will take you around the place using the Umagol River, a kalesa ride or even an afternoon yacht! Details here.20170811_210146[1]How To Get There: It is approximately 4 hours away from Manila and an hour drive from Subic. If you’re commuting, their website has instructions on how to easily get there! It’s a resort so you definitely can sleep there! While the room is not your usual modern hotel that you’re used to, it surely would be nice to experience at least once! Room rates here.

And before I end this post, I would like to thank Bea’s Travel and Tours. Bei also has an Airbnb unit in Subic, where I stayed for a couple of days. Thankkk you sooo much for making my Subic trip damn fantastic! Catch my next post, Things to do in Subic, soon!



Lorelei Beach Resort: A Mansion by the Beach

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Are you looking for some modern comforts by the sea? A place of tranquility and away from the busy city? Lorelei Beach Resort is the best place to be. Take a 15-minute barge ride either at Sasa Wharf or at Davsam Ferry to Island Garden City of Samal, then a few kilometers away from Plaza Azalea. The resort is just next to Bali-Bali. Definitely a great choice for relaxation by the Sea. 20170701_165017-01[1]20170701_163543-01-01[1].jpeg20170701_165135-01-01[1]The fairly new beach resort looks very much like a mansion facing the Sea, complete with standard rooms and superior rooms. It’s more like a pension hotel with good amenities.20170701_165238-01-01[1]20170702_072446-01[1]20170701_161921-01-01[1]Chill, eat, sleep, repeat. Truly a perfect place for staycation. 20170701_165521-01-01[1]20170701_165448-01[1]We stayed at their family room, which can accommodate 10-12 pax. It was pretty huge with 2 sea view balconies!
20170701_161013-01-01[1]Perhaps you know what’s my fave spot, ta-daah! 20170701_161649-01-01[1]20170701_161521-01-01[1]The unobstructed view of the balcony. Imagine yourself waking up with a lovely scene of blue skies and blue sea. Ayeee!20170701_160310-01-01-01[1]Staying in the resort indeed will make you feel relaxed because of the greenery, swing sets and cottages at the beach front.20170701_162111-01-01-01[1]20170701_162315-01[1]You’ll definitely fall in love with the stillness of the place. No crowd. No noise. Only the sound of nature.20170701_160119-01[1]20170701_162429-01[1]Not to mention the outstanding service and the very warm and accommodating manager, Ms. Fairylene (The Mermaid on the photo of their resort) Sorry for exposing you! lol.20170701_162011-01[1].jpeg There’s a salt water rock pool when you have had enough of the sea. 20170702_073642-01[1]And those who wouldn’t want to get wet, you can enjoy the playground, play billiards or table tennis. But for me, I could soak all day! lol20170702_074201-01-01-01[1]20170702_073803-01-01[1]Spend your perfect weekend getaway at Lorelei Beach Resort. Where relaxation gets its real meaning. 20170701_164332-01-01[2]20170701_164657-01-01[2]20170701_163351-01[1].jpegRoom rates start at Php3,500 all good for two. They have a family room which is good for 10-12 pax at Php10,000. 20170701_161837-01-01[1]20170701_183035-01[1]And all rooms are with complimentary breakfast. 20170702_080856-01[1]Amenities:
Hotel Rooms
White Sand Beach
Swimming Pool
Fitness Area
Billiards Table20170701_162336-01[1]How to get there: Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Take the Barge to Island Garden City of Samal from DavSam Ferry or at Sasa Ferry Terminal. And from the docking area in Samal, Barangay Catagman is just 10-15 minutes on paved highway with a beautiful view of Davao Gulf. 20170701_162708-01[1].jpegFor inquiries & bookings, visit their FB PAGE Lorelei Beach Resort or simply contact 09064409250

Balay Verde Restaurant: From Farm-to-table Experience

Have you had your salad today? Or are you like me who’s too lazy to prepare? Trying to be fit and healthy in action but end up always only in words. Sadly, I’m definitely just like anyone else. But as we get older, we tend to realize the value of our health. 

I’m more towards changing my very unhealthy habits gradually now. Yes, finally! I certainly know how hard it is to get rid of those good food in the market, and generally those are processed, oily, salty, rich in msg, sugary, and high caloric. Closing one’s eye and indulging only to its savory taste, hmm.. is the everyday thing for everyday’s unhealthy meal. But it’s not too late yet. Making one simple change to your diet which is adding a salad almost every day, can pay off with plenty of health benefits.

Eating salads is a super-convenient way to work in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit. Green salads are on the menu of almost every restaurant. But buying and eating it outside, nowadays you also wouldn’t know if it is safe nor fresh? Organically or Conventionally grown?

I had a short stint in Davao a week ago. And I was invited to have a first taste of the SALADS which will be served in Balay Verde Restaurant, link to their Facebook Page, (opening 3rd week of April, located at the 2nd flr. Corporate Center Abreeza).

The Restaurant is a collaboration of the 3 Farms: HUNI, La Fermette and Gem’s Farm. It will be a farm-to-table experience. Everything from the menu are all grown and produced from the 3 farms with zero-synthetic chemical used. Hence, they pledge to serve nothing but FRESH & ORGANIC produce.

Without much adieu, let me share the 8 promising SALADS you can try soon.

1.) BALAY VERDE SALAD20170325_114607-01-01[1]

Your Protein rich salad, topped with salted egg and white cheese plus smoke salmon fish with a Sweet Garlic Vinaigrette.

2.) FRENCH FARMER SALAD20170325_115949-01[1]20170325_120015-01[1]

Quite intriguing taste! Arugula is added sparingly which gives it that bitter/spicy note. Instead of the smoked salmon fish, there’s the seared beef for you and a Béarnaise Dressing. It also has camembert cheese and black olives.

3.) THE KING SALAD20170325_122319-02[1]20170325_122422-01[1]

This will surely be one of your fave especially if you like nuts. It has Almond-ginger Dressing. I won’t describe further, it’s for you to taste!

4.) LILY’S SALAD20170325_123552-01[1]20170325_123625-01[1]

20170325_133800-01[1]Have you heard of Roselle flower? Hey, hey! it’s edible okay! Roselle’s vitamin C is 3 times stronger than black wine, 9 times stronger than citrus orange, 10 times more than star fruit and 2.5-fold compared to vitamin C in guava fruit. It gives a sour taste to the tongue yet it compliments to all other ingredients mixed. The Mayonnaise-Celery Dressing is perfect! This also has Seared Chicken, Golden Raisins, and White Cheese made from Lily’s milk. Lily is the name of their cow in La Fermette. So, now you know why it’s called Lily’s Salad? lol!

5.) MICHELLE’S MEXICAN SALAD20170325_125157-01[1]

While Filipino taste is more like that of Mexicans, for this salad, I guess you know what I mean. You surely will love this!

6.) MIDORI SALAD20170325_130750-01[1]20170325_130832-01[1]This for me is the Wasabi salad and among the 8, is definitely my favorite. The Wasabi Vinaigrette is the reason why. Wasabi indeed is more than just your HOT SUSHI CONDIMENT! Try this first if you love the kick of wasabi. Topped with sesame seeds, mongo & alfalfa sprouts with Tuna Steak.

 7.) SUPERFOOD SALAD20170325_132717-01[1]20170325_132741-01[1]

The mixture of taste from the many different ingredients amazingly compliment each other. Love the sweet potatoes countering the sour taste of Roselle and the Lime Vinaigrette. It also has quinoa, fresh chili and white cheese.

8. KERABU SALAD20170325_133925-01[1]20170325_133934-01[1]

Living in Singapore for nearly 3 years now, this is definitely a very usual taste for me. Of-course, it’s what I eat mostly. Sambal Belacan Dressing, I knew it! Indulge yourself with its Caramelized Pork, Dried Shrimp, Mint Leaves, and Pickled Mangoes.

Balay Verde Restaurant is like a Salad Stop in my Hometown, Davao. Where Fruits and Vegies take the Center Stage but unlike any others, Balay Verde will only serve you nothing but FRESH and ORGANIC produce. You can make your own salads too! But aside from just Salads, they will also serve Lunch and Dinner. And again, everything used in all of the recipes are from the farm. Even beef and pork meat, poultry, etc.,

Here’s one of the many dishes they have, Sinigang na Baboy sa Bayabas. 20170325_135103-01[1]Sinigang is a filipino sour soup dish which uses unripe tamarind but unlike the usual recipe, this version of Sinigang makes use of ripe guava as the souring agent, giving you the mild flavor. And not to mention the tender meat, sorry, I just died. Really! I can finish 1 big bowl. lol!

It’s normal to crave something sweet after a good meal. What about a french croque en bouche and blueternate hot tea?20170325_140226-01[1]20170325_140320-01[1]The petal of the blueternate flower is too pretty to eat! Oops! Yes, it is edible! It ain’t only for decorative purpose.

20170325_110832-01[1]The chocolate is not the usual commercial chocolate but rather homemade. Tastes like dark-chocolate and is made from cacao. Like me, you definitely will love the vanilla custard filling. 1, 2 or 3, you surely can’t get enough of it!

Tip: Eat the croque en bouche at one-shot instead of biting. And you’ll know why. :pMYXJ_20170331102048_save-01[1]

Balay Verde growing soon at the 2nd flr. Corporate Center Abreeza.

Some candid shots while picking veggies and fruits to take home. lol! Thank you Balay Verde Restaurant core group for inviting me.  20170325_153356-01[1]20170325_152433-01[1]20170325_152300-01[1]20170325_152202-01[1]20170325_152046-01[1]








Highway 81: A Short Escape from the Bustling City Life

Nestled Away from Daily Hustle and Bustle.IMG_20161014_192340[1].jpg

Once in a while the best you can do is to escape to the nature, to enjoy the mystery of the forests, to feel the cold misty weather and to wallow in the sound of the wind whispering through the trees.

Highway 81, a Vacation Home Rental, located at the coolest place in Davao City, Brgy. Salumay, Marilog District. The name itself is the exact distance of Davao City Proper to its location which is “81 Km”and is just situated beside the Highway.20161014_073753-01120161014_073923-011For this cooling home staycay, give me some Seafood Sinigang Soup please? lol. Need not to worry of food to bring, simply savour the dishes they offer at their very own Cafe Binukid.

Living in a fast-paced city of Singapore, I needed to be tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just enjoy all the benefits of a natural setting. And yes, this is just what I needed!20161014_080815-01120161014_074723-011

Who wouldn’t want to stay idle around the balcony with some flavoured Ice cold beer at night? Sorry for the photo, it’s just too foggy though! 🙂20161013_203320-011

And the best of all is waking up in the morning with the sound of the breeze and the view of those misty trees!20161014_061520-01120161014_060847-01120161014_074734-011

Sometimes, you just need to be away from that bustling city life. Breathe in fresh air, listen to the leaves swaying with the wind, and observe the majestic beauty of trees.

20161014_093134-011The sun is up, the fog dissipated. It was a lovely stay-cay and I hate to say… but it’s time to go. 😦