roque’s birthday weekend

roque turned one over the weekend and because alvin and i wanted to get as far away from the horrors of planning a children’s party as possible, we tempted a-ko, mommy and tanya with visions of pine trees and escaped to cool baguio.

in between braving tourist-filled mine’s view park, hoarding fresh vegetables at la trinidad and stuffing ourselves silly with yummy, yummy(!) food all over baguio city, we celebrated roque’s birthday with a family photo session at fog photo, the highlight of which was a delightfully messy cake smash. 🙂


cake smash 01

cake smash 02

cake smash 03

cake smash 04

cake smash 05

bubbles 02

bubbles 01

family 01

family 02

family 03

family 04

photos by adrian dungo –

fog photo –

custom cake by vizco’s restaurant and cake shop –

on holiday

it’s been three days since our supposedly relaxing 4-day beach holiday and I’m still recovering from exhaustion.

I’ve been looking forward to this trip with friends for months. I had visions of lying on white sand, of blue skies overhead, of catching up with friends. it would be roque’s first major out-of-town trip and I was excited to watch him discover and explore sand. I imagined him playing by the water, absorbed by the wonder of the waves, the sun gently turning his fair skin golden brown.

well, let me tell you, none of these things happened. none.

the resort we stayed at had a small strip of white sand right at its doorstep which appeared for a few hours each day during low tide, and it was all the sand I ever saw during those four days. you can bet I never once laid down on it.

other than traveling and staying in one house together, our friends and my family might as well have gone on two very different trips.

they went island hopping everyday and did all the things I looked forward to –clear skies, white sand, blue water.

alvin and I, on the other hand, stayed at the resort and made sure our 10-month-old took his naps and drank his milk, which sounds very responsible and commendable until you’re the one left behind while everyone else worked on their tan.

and nappies, we changed a lot of nappies.

so, no, it wasn’t the best holiday I’ve gone on, thank you for asking.

the little boy, on the other hand, seemed to have had a good time.

davao 01

multiple firsts: first plane ride, first bus ride, first roro trip. he handled the long travel from manila to samal island really well, especially considering we had to be at the airport at 230am for our 405am flight.

davao 02

the protests came when we picked him up to leave.

davao 03

he wasn’t lacking in attention and he knew it.

davao 04

he discovered stairs and doors. my back wasn’t amused at these discoveries.

davao 05


davao 06


davao 07

one plus one makes three!

captain hook’s red parrot inn. kaputian, samal island –

bahay ni tuding. davao city –

boracay in boxes

before my ever-growing belly pops, alvin and i flew to boracay with friends (family, really) where we proceeded to do variations of nothing for six days.

day 01A

day 1: fresh seafood and jonah’s shake!

day 01B

day 1: real coffee calamansi muffin!

day 02A

day 2: while waiting for the natividads

day 02B

day 2: beach! beach!

day 02C

day 2: greek coffee

day 03A

day 3: super crunchy daing na bangus!

day 03B

day 3: alvin’s coffee fix

day 03C

day 3: more beach time!

day 03D

day 3: alvin+jona=big tummy

day 03E

day 3: the official boracay 2013 group photo

day 4A

day 4: pre-island hopping

day 4B

day 4: parked in the middle of the sea somewhere

day 4C

day 4: snorkeling, fishing, floating around

day 4D

day 4: alvin’s pregnant sand lady

day 05A

day 5: the day aj went mohawk

day 05B

day 5: ta-daa!

day 05C

day 5: tibraz crepes and mojitos!

day 05D

day 5: going japanese

day 05E

day 5: the. tempura. bowl.

day 06A

day 6: more tibraz crepes!

day 06B

day 6: happy!

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the singapore walking tour: day 3 & 4

4 days. 3 people. 1 city.

the last two days were spent exploring chinatown, orchard road and part of the national university of singapore.

we gulped delicious kopi down, munched on street ice cream sandwiches, and, in true pinoy fashion, hogged the massage machines at the nus alumni center.

tong ah eating house, since 1939.

really good kopi at tong ah.

singapore’s chinatown!

chinese hopscotch.

hindu temple.

in and around chinatown.

my name on a string.

lomo cam prints + brass buddhist pendants.

oyster cake.

orange buddhas.

by the side of the red dot building.

red dot traffic.

street ice cream sandwiches and coffee at the afc studios.

afc scone.


national university of singapore.

a-ko getting a foot massage.

cups in transit.

late plate at the nus alumni building.

marche at vivo city.

saying goodbye to singapore.

the singapore walking tour: day 1 & 2

4 days. 3 people. 1 city.

the first two days were spent exploring bukit merah, little india, marina bay sands and the then-recently opened gardens by the bay.

all three of us decided that the ikea store would make a really good home, we walked around amidst supertrees and a-ko sipped her first mango lassi.

the tour begins.

the secret to speaking like a local.

in and around books actually.

hot buns, chop chop!

forty hands, where they serve really good coffee and 99% of the staff is filipino.

latte art.

getting comfy in our ikea home.

chili crab!

pretty, swirly staircases in little india.

gimme some love.

in and around little india.

a-ko first cup of mango lassi.

super yummy roti prata!

the roti prata man.

indian sweets!

late lunch with lolit at twg, marina bay sands.

paddling around the ‘canal.’

buildings without people. buildings with people.

there was an andy warhol exhibit.

a-ko and water lilies.

getting chummy with buddha.

super trees at gardens by the bay.

dinner at lau pa sat.