Bali New Years Yoga Retreat with Zoe Mantarakis!!!!!!

“The New Year is a powerful ritual time to turn inward, meditate and water the creative dharma within. Join Zoe Mantarakis for a nurturing ritual retreat of celebration and silence, purification and fun, stillness and ecstatic movement, and art in its many forms in paradise.”

Bali New Years Yoga Retreat with Zoe Mantarakis!!!!!!

Dec 28th, 2014 ~ Jan 5th, 2015
At Hacienda Bali Resort in Indonesia

For more INFO, please email Zoe at: welovezoe@hotmail.com

KINDLY NOTE: We Love Zoe Yoga New Year’s Retreats sell out every year. So we HIGHLY encourage you to put down a deposit to hold your spot.

About Zoe:  Voted one of Austin’s best Yoga teachers in 2013, Zoe Mantarakis is a gem in Austin’s yoga community.  Her decade-plus teaching experience lends her an ease and accessibility that make her classes welcoming to all levels.  Zoe leads international yoga retreats, is an esteemed presenter at national conferences, and is the co-creator of Yoga Illumined 200hr Teacher Training Program.  Her teachings skillfully blend the precise art of yoga alignment with philosophy and relaxation techniques that guide all level of student toward self-knowledge, peace and a blissful abidance in the present moment.

Happy TGIF Friday Everyone!

Wishing everyone a HAPPY TGIF!

My mind is not working right now.

Mentally in the beach….in an isolated island

and not thinking of anything.

Just me, the beach, my cat, MEDYAS and a Piña Colado.

Jenny needs a vacation..Where should I go?

Would like to explore my beautiful country the #Philippines

Saw this #BBCDocumentary called

Explore Philippines: Manila to Mindanao. Full BBC Travel Documentary

Enjoy and #travel with me in my dreams 😉

 

Flower Quotes

“Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.”
– Gerard de Nerval

“Be like the flower, turn your faces to the sun.”
– Kahlil Gibran

Stone House Gardens stroll.

Flower Quotes

I love nature quote!

Never loose an opportunity to see nature as nature is God’s land – to be respected and to be loved.

~ Jenny Bichara

Stone House Garden Resort

For those interested to check out the place, please contact:

Stonehouse Adventures, Inc.
Panicuason, Naga City, 4400 PH
Phone: 09283052050 | 6983848
info@stonehousegardensresort.com
 
http://www.stonehousegardensresort.com/

https://www.facebook.com/StonehouseGardensResort

#naga #camsur #bicol #travel #thingstodo #itsmorefuminthephilippines #mtisarog #resorts #rainforest #weddings #events #thingstodoinbicol

 

Alabang Saturday Farmers Market

Earlier this month, I took a break and went to Manila for a change.  I came down specifically to attend my high school reunion in Colegio San Agustin, Makati. The same time spend some time with my batchmates who I have not seen for 24 years. Yes, 24 years. It was a great feeling.  It took me back in time.

I would also like to thank Candy for personally inviting me over and opening her home for me for a couple of days.  Truly grateful and will never forget her kindness.  This was taken the morning of August 10th 2013, she took me to Alabang Saturday Farmers Market for a brunch.

I love weekend markets. They have been a homemaker alternative palenke (market).  You will find the freshest harvest, newly-caught fish, crustaceans and innovative food stuff that ranges from alternative Filipino dishes with a twist to a variety of breads, cakes and pastries.  Yes, even suman and puto.  Oh, one more thing – Lebanese food.  I got myself a Shawarma and the guy even knows my family.

Considering the area, they all come at a considerably lower price.  It’s a quite farmers market, not crowded as the one in Makati. If you are based in Manila or planning to visit one day, come and check them out.

Our Lady of Peñafrancia Church

Do not know much about architecture, but I am a big fun of NEO Classical Architecture in Churches. Its purest form in style was derived from Classical Greece and Rome – very Baroquish (Baroque in short). At the back of the church, also lies an old cemetery. Blast from the past!

Lovely day spent with my brother…

History of Peñafrancia Church, please go here.

Camarines Sur Tourism Guide, please go here.

Dear Santa Clause my biggest wish for 2013 is……………PART 1

Source Photo: Chaz11 Blogspot

Dear Santa Clause,

Since the world did not end on the 21st of December and if I could have my hearts wish, I would like to travel a little more for the year 2013.  I see a lot of travel bloggers who get paid for doing the thing they love most write and travel.  It would be nice if someone or a company can sponsor me to grant my wish.  Yes, I might be pushing the limit here but who knows. This wish list to Santa Dearest will be a series of posts as their will be other parts of the Philippines and other places overseas I would like to see as well.   

For this post, first stop is Bicol.

I listed 3 big tourist attractions in this post that I have not seen yet but there are lesser known places in Bicol that I, Jenny, needs to visit.

1)      Check out Caramoan Island and stay in Gotta Beach

Out of the 7000 islands in the Philippines, Caramoan is probably known for its international exposure.  Caramoan has been the favorite site for international franchise – Survivor. The place has hosted the Serbian, Israel, Bulgarian, Swedish, India and lastly, US Survivor versions. Popular tourist destinations are the Caramoan National Park, the Centro, and Gota Beach, and popular activities include diving, swimming, snorkeling and spelunking.

Please check them out for rates and travel info @: Caramoan Island

Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur, Philippines (Source Photo: Caramoanislands.com)

Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur (Source Photo: Caramoanislands.com) 

Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur, Philippines (Source Photo: Caramoanislands.com)

2)      Check out Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island– the luxury island playground!

Misibis Bay is a private tropical hideaway built on a pristine stretch of beach along the southern tip of Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay. Misibis Bay Resort is a wonderful place to visit for its relaxing atmosphere, the surroundings looks so fantastic and beautiful, and a haven afar the crowded and polluted cities elsewhere. However, looking at the prices of foods, drinks and room rates are pretty steep compared to other similar places and 5-star hotels in the big cities, nonetheless, it still does not stop me from wishing to visit Misibis Bay Resort one day.

Please check them out for rates and travel info @: Misibis Bay

Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay, Philippines (Source Photo: Xoprivate.com)

Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay, Philippines (Source Photo: Xoprivate.com)

Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay, Philippines (Source Photo: Xoprivate.com)

3)      Donsol, Sorsogon to see Butanding, Whale Shark

I visited Sorsogon once but only came there for a bit for my Pili Oil Blog but did not have the time to check Donsol out. 

When you are coming from Albay, it is one hour drive south of Sorsogon. Donsol is a host to one of the highest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world. These creatures have been frequenting the waters off Donsol, Sorsogon for many generations.

 Although Whale Sharks, or “Butanding” as they are locally known, are enormous in size and power, reaching lengths greater than 15 meters, they are remarkably gentle and docile enough that it is generally safe to swim among them. Swimming among the whale sharks is a captivating experience. Generally, the whale sharks at Donsol swim very close to the surface of the water. I am not a daring person but I don’t mind doing basic snorkeling in order to get closer to the gentle giant. My biggest wish!

The Lonely Planet Guidebook describes the Donsol experience as the “quintessential Philippine adventure.” The Time Magazine called swimming with whale sharks the “Best Animal Encounter in Asia,” in one of their issues in year 2004.

Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines (Source Photo: Xoprivate.com)

Genie, in the bottle! Please grant all my wishes……….

Source Photo: Treasure Trove Blog

 

 

 

Where was I this weekend?

Mayon Volcano, Legaspi

Where was I this weekend?

Legaspi!

The trip was mainly for my second blog: Canarium The First Virgin Kernel but I did squeeze in some pleasure with this weekend trip. Engineer, Victor Goyena, or Bogg’s in short, invited me to attend the Albay Pili Industry Federation (APIF) mobile meeting in Daraga Legaspi. The meeting involved not just Pili Oil but all aspects of the Pili Industry.  I will post the details of the APIF meeting on a later date together with my 6 hectare Pili and fresh produce organic farm visit in Anislag Daraga.

Anislag Daraga Organic Farm Visit

My first stop was A. BICHARA SILVERSCREENS ENTERTAINMENT CENTER to say hello to my dear cousin, Anna Marie. The Bichara Silverscreen is located in the heart of Downtown Legaspi.  The building has an art deco feel and the building showcases innovative interiors and state of the art technology for film viewing. If you are into the past, present and future Hollywood memorabilia,this is the place to go. So if you are around Legaspi, come visit The Silverscreen.

Me & my cousin

Embarcadero is also my usual hangout when I go to Legaspi.  The La Mia Tazza Coffee Shop and the native bazaar section are my favorites.

Me in Embarcadero

I also stopped by Red Continent Diner & Bar for drinks and to have dinner as well.  It is located in the third floor of The Silverscreen. If you are looking for Bicol, Indian, Mediterranian or Thai spicy cuisines and you are currently in Legaspi; then, head over to Red Continent Diner & Bar . You should also try the Pili Butterscotch shake. (Yummy and to die for!) I would like to thank the manager for the 25% discount on my tab.  I will surely be back.

Me in Red Continent Bar

Casa Loma – The Majestic Castle

I stepped back in time as I explored the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist and military man. The tour of the castle was self-guided and truly enjoyed the enchanting Casa Loma Estate Gardens stroll through five acres of formal and informal specialty areas alive with color and fragrance.

Casa Loma Castle was the lifelong dream of Sir Henry Pellatt, a medieval castle on the crest of a hill overlooking Toronto. It begun in 1911 and took nearly 3 years to build which cost $3,500,000. Sir Henry Pellatt only enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his dream castle. Today this unique piece of Canadian history is open daily as Canada’s top 10 tourist attraction in the country.

Go visit Canada’s Majestic Castle, Casa Loma and step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendour.

LRV AGRI-SCIENCE FARM & RESORT

LRV AGRI-SCIENCE FARM & RESORT

What a well spent day out with family! As always, those unexpected trips are the most fun ones. Plus, no rain and the sky is as blue as you can get…

My sister-in-law suggested LRV Agri-Science Farm Resort in San Bernardino, Calabanga, Camarines Sur. Surprised again!!!!!!!!!!! Just like the Stonehouse Garden Resort in Mt Isarog. So I took my brother, his wife, a family friend and my nieces with me.

LRV Agri-Science Farm is an eco-friendly fully functioning agri-tourism resort and it was founded on November 4, 2010. It was set for an advocacy and promotion of agri-tourism projects to increase the sustainability of livelihood programs for surrounding communities.

For peaceful and tranquil pursuits there are a couple of swimming pools, fishing lagoons and boating lakes. Outdoor leisure and activities also include family picnics, bonfire sites, river rafting, surf biking, kayaking, fishing and it provides pathways for walking, jogging and cycling. How can you beat that…..

We will surely come back but this time we will rent a cabana and spend the night in the agri-farm resort!

For inquiries, Contact The Village @ San Bernardino at:

San Bernardino, Calabanga, Camarines Sur
Landline Nos.:
(054) 698-3511· 698-3128
Mobile:
0999-7659636
Email:thevillage.sanbernardino@yahoo.com