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My son Ben came home from school today and said, in Social Studies they learned about the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign. Teacher showed them cool images from the Internet such as

It's more fun in the Philippines
It's more fun in the Philippines
It's more fun in the Philippines

Ben said, “I didn’t know Philippines was fun and cool. I thought it was just dirty. Mommy can we go to those places please?”
“Sure,” I said. I felt like a bad mommy because we’ve only been to Tagaytay and Lipa, and Baguio when Ben was a baby.

When Ben was a blond

I’d like to go to Baguio more often (we have a house) but I’m really scared of how our driver drives to and from Baguio. Plus I heard there’s no more airport in Baguio. I really want to go out of town but I’m very prissy about hotel accommodations and bathrooms.
“Let’s go to Cebu!” I told Ben. I already know what to eat (lechon) and where to stay.

Abaca resort- a quickie escape from Hong Kong
Abaca resort room 2
Abaca resort room 6

We should really do Cebu this year.
Jeroen has taken the kids to the beach while I was traveling, but I come home to pictures like this. The horror!

The horror!

Jeroen has seen more of the Philippines than me. He’s been to Sagada, Batat, Boracay, Bohol, Davao, Cebu, etc.
I’d really like to see more of the Philippines, if only there were more posh hotels with really nice bathrooms. I don’t mean “clean” or “decent” bathrooms, I really mean NICE. We need to discover Philippines this year.

http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/

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crisaa1867

Hi Cecile. I was your batch mate … Assumption., I gave up fb for lent and stumbled upon your site. I LOVE IT! I wasn’t able to work for an entire day because I read everything you posted. Keep it up. Afraidy Aguilar is now part of my dictionary! LOL!

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CVS Reply:

hello and thank you!!

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ditas

before anything else, can we please beautify NAIA? my foreign friends who have visited claim that they were pretty scared of the Philippines because of what they first saw — the airport. HOW SAD!

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haha had good laugh about that last photo… you’re really funny chuvaness… you never fail to make my day 🙂

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jay arcy

I agree that a bathroom’s cleanliness should never be compromised. but there are  a lot of Filipinos who do travel just to see how beautiful the country is, minus the disgusting comfort rooms. we can’t really them (me included) for skimping on the budget for the hotels since, what’s important is, “makarating man lang doon.” But if one has the means to pay, then why stress yourself out diba? get really good accomodations, and it doesn’t make you a bad mommy. 🙂

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CVS Reply:

thank you 🙂

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summer

If your planning to go to Cebu you should stay at Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa. I bet ul love it there!  

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Anonymous

knock out ako sa pix ng kids! SMB!

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Anonymous

Hello Ms. C, you should try the following hotels/resorts:
– El Nido Resorts in El Nido, Palawan
– Amanpulo in Pamalican Island, Palawan
– Shangri-las of Mactan and Boracay
– Eskaya in Panglao, Bohol
– Misibis Bay Raintree in Cagraray, Albay

Being the high maintenance girl that you are, you need to take the luxe accomodations for you to enjoy our beautiful country!

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I thought you were going to post a photo of that Sagada falls that looks like a vagina 🙂

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CVS Reply:

looks like a pwet?

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Well, at least Jeroen is introducing them to the finest beer in the world. Pale Pilsen. Not those ridiculous Lights!

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Agree. I tried that when I was younger and never seemed to enjoy the places I went to. Finally, when I began to stay at really nice hotels, that’s when I realized I can’t enjoy myself if the place I’ll sleep in, leave my stuff at, take a shower/dump, etc is ugly. I’m very picky with the hotel and bathroom, too!

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Anonymous

How about Mangeguey, the island resort run by Helena Carratala of Azabache fame? It’s in the Calamianes Islands in Palawan (fly to Busuanga). I’ve seen photos and it looks beautiful. She seems to be quite chi-chi, so I think her place would have gorgeous bathrooms. http://www.mangenguey.com/home/

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How sweet naman Jeroen’s comment!  And I totally agree with him.  You are not a bad mommy!  You are one of the sweetest mothers I know.  Hey, add Batanes to your list too.  It’s a beautiful place, and the people are wonderful. Everyone should get to see that place at least once.  There’s a nice place to stay at there, Fundacion Pacita.  It used to be the home studio of Pacita Abad. Here’s Anton Diaz’s blog post about it. http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2010/01/the-fundacion-pacita-batanes-experience.html

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CVS Reply:

Anton recommended it to me pero I dunno…. 🙂
:))

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sorry, brotherS 🙂

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*sorry, brotherS. 🙂

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UNderstandable. But rest easy too (or not), because the day will come when Ben and his brother would wanna go off to outdoor/risky adventures on their own and then they will discover the Philippines in their own way/time. My parents took me on a lot of road trips as a kid, like from Surigao in Mindanao-Visayas-Bicol-Manila in 4 days. While that was fun and memorable, I have since taken other trips with friends and discovered my country to the fullest without having to worry that my parents might be getting heart attacks watching me jump off cliffs and diving into… Read more »

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Anonymous

Soooo true about the bathrooms!  I mean, having a nice hotel bathroom shouldn’t have to mean that it would cost you an arm and a leg.  It should never be compromised.  If the bathrooms aren’t clean, what about the kitchen, where you wouldn’t see it? 

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There are a lot of new hotels in Cebu, so maybe you can visit them before they become old and not focused on anymore 🙂

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Abaca is really nice. Lots of Caucasians there. I think your husband will blend in pretty well 🙂 Food is great too. Maybe a day trip to Imperial Palace Waterpark for the kids after (5-10 minutes away from Abaca)?

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OK!

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Kailangan talaga ng bathroom/toilet commission dito! Singapore has one. And clean restrooms are a must – whether you’re a backpacker/budget traveller or a first-class flyer. Everyone deserves access to a clean bathroom and toilet – public or private – minus the moldy shower curtains and tubs, broken or old fixtures, and dubious smells. Bonus ganda points pag may makeup area, nice-smelling soap and hand cream, in-house manicurist. 🙂

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Is it Batat or Batad? I’d like to go to the faraway islands in the Philippines too but am scared of small planes. The last time we went to Coron, my seatmate was puking all the way because the ride was really rough. I guess u really have to travel on good weather 🙂

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CVS Reply:

I’m also scared of small planes. Yes it’s Batad. I just spelled it the way my husband said it. I had no idea

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You are not a bad mommy ms. Cecile. I’m from Cebu.. Hope to see you in person. =0

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CVS Reply:

thank you 🙂

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Anonymous

True…we should experience the Philippines ourselves and not just post about the phrase “itsmorefuninthephilippines”.
The SMB photo is cool! haha!

http://kaloka.livejournal.com

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there are lots of great places to go here. there’s misibis bay for bicol (swimming with the whales), bellarocca in marinduque, discovery shores boracay (and a ton of other high end resorts there), escaya in bohol, el nido in palawan etc. all of which have very nice bathrooms. you can check out all their websites you won’t be disappointed.

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Nyahahhaa! I actually have gone to Disneyland CA before experiencing Enchanted Kingdom and Star City 😛

Go to Cebu! And eat in one of the Dampa-style restaurants there. Not because of the food but because of the service! The best!

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thank you for challenging everyone to up the ante. sincerely hoping may pumasa sa yo (and here in davao!) 🙂 

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Bathrooms are the dealbreaker for me too. Crappy carpet and awful breakfast buffet I can deal with, but the bathroom has to be really nice.

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CVS Reply:

me too. I can eat naman Jollibee. I just need a nice place to stay, especially the bathroom

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Ma Krishna Jennifer Sonza

You might really need to lower (a bit) your hotel standards to decent especially in visiting smaller cities/places. 🙂 But I totally agree that toilet facilities should never be compromised.. But start with bigger cities like Cebu, Davao and Bohol which will have good hotels. baby steps. hehe 🙂 The Philippines is so Beautiful Ms. C – it is worth visiting… P.S. I actually love the “joke” pose with the beer. I had my 2yr old Nephew pose like he was downing 1.5 Liter Coca-Cola before just for fun. hehehe. And he would say “Open Coca-Cola, Open Happiness” – future… Read more »

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You’re missing out on a lot CVS. =)

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jeroen

You are not a bad mommy, you do so many things for/with the boys on a daily basis.
Just to explain my bad parenting in the last shot before i get smashed by some women`s organization…. 
The driver and me joined the canoe race on the beach and the 1st price was 5 beers – we won so there! 

*Markus: daddy, when you drink beer do you get a beard? 

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Is Boracay still not an option Ms. C? I know you have issues with small planes but the flight is really quick and it really is such a beautiful place. They have Discovery Shores and Shangri-La naman.

And I love Markus’ expression in the beer photo. Parang, “are we sure we’re doing this, Ben?”

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CVS Reply:

was checking out the Shangri-La online but I find it too expensive

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what about Amanpulo in El Nido?

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amanpulo too expensive for me

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Pale Pilsen. That’s what’s up! lol

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If you want to go to other places aside from Tokyo and Singapore, pls check out
http://turistangbarat.blogspot.com/2011/01/best-hotels-i-have-stayed-in.html

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If you can’t make it to Cebu, the following week is Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo. Or maybe for next year. That’s a 2-day weekend celebration. On Saturday is the Kasadyahan competition- the theme is celebration of bounty, harvest and countryside lore. The tribe could come from town X famous for crabs, and they would incorporate that in their number. Then, on Sunday is the main competition, Dinagyang, all tribes interpret the Barter of Panay story line, so pabonggahan na lang talaga ng production values.Competition events start as early as 9 AM and ends at noon. You would be so starving, and will… Read more »

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Classic! I think every Filipino young boy has a picture with San Miguel Beer in their hand. =)

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i’ve been to maribago bluewater 2 years ago and i kinda like it. the room has this unique cantilever type bed. the bathroom is very spacious. the resort was designed by benji reyes (daphne has featured him in UZ). http://www.bluewater.com.ph

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CVS Reply:

dexter! i’m scared of rattan furniture (no offence) and the banyo….

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=190746407612610&set=a.190746340945950.41843.187943881226196&type=3&theater

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Anonymous Reply:

hahaha! i freaked out also the first time i saw the bed suspended on the wall. 🙂

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CVS Reply:

lol. New Majestic in Singapore has those
http://thejetpacker.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/new-majestic-inn-singapore.jpg

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ratan = tetanus

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LOL. I can imagine your face when you saw your kids photos. 
Nothing beats father and son bonding. 
but sersly, there’s just too much to love abt our country but true we really have to make a lot of improvements- transportation + facilities. 

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Hmm.. parang walang hotel na maganda ang bathrooms.. lalo na sa mga places na yan, probably cebu and davao has some but the rest wala na. 🙁

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Sana sa Honda Bay in Palawan may nice bathroom, kaso wala =( 

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Donsol and go swimming with butandings (whale sharks). I bet the kids will have a blast! 🙂 Wala nga lang NICE hotels dun, decent lang. The problem with destinations in the phils? Puro nasa probinsya (read: not really for city gals). Most lodging are cheap hotels decent enough for you to crash in after a long day outside. Walang shushal na hotels in most provincial destinations. You’re mostly looking forward to the activities and the touring, not the hotel. 🙂 I hope you get to tour around Philippines even if no posh hotels. Sayaaaang kasi 🙂 I think matagal tagal… Read more »

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Anonymous

Parang ayoko muna kitang imbitahin sa CDO. Pagawa muna ako ng hotel with nice bathrooms. Hehehe!

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CVS Reply:

i love CDO people!

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we love you too! 🙂

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I completely agree with you regarding accommodations. A crappy hotel ruins the whole experience. [Reply]CVS Reply:January 9th, 2012 at 10:56 PMi don’t really mind getting dirty outside, as long as I have a really cool hotel to take a bath in/go home to [Reply]Mayo Reply:January 9th, 2012 at 11:13 PMI would have to agree with you on that, Ms. C. Lalo na pag gala galore ka during the day, so at the end, your hotel room should be your haven and should therefore feel like home – masarap tulugan, masarap liguan. Ay parang hindi maganda yung last. 😛 Then again,… Read more »