Museo Orlina

While we were going around Tagaytay City, I spotted a sign to Museo Orlina which was just a few meters away from the entrance of the subdivision where we were staying. Needless to say, I convinced our group into going. 😛

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I was  just so happy to have finally visited Museo Orlina showcasing Orlina’s work of glass sculptures, as well as on display, were outstanding works from equally talented Filipino artists. I am sorry not sorry to bombard this post with images from the museum which I hope you’d get a chance to visit to be inspired. With the Taal Lake as the background of the this house turned art sanctuary, it was just perfect!

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Can you just imagine the hours put into each sculpture? It is just amazing!

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This amazing emerald sculpture is one of my favorites!

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Do you know that greenery is the pantone color of the year? Haha. But seriously, I am drawn to the emerald sculptures.

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Here’s the bust of former president Cory Aquino.
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Outside the garden is littered with installations from other local artists.

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Under the amphitheater is the garage where another renowned Filipino artist, Bencab painted his Sabel series on a Volkswagen Beetle. See the eerie hand on the wheel?

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It was fortuitous too because a couple of days after, we were headed to the Philippines summer capital, Baguio City, and visited Bencab Musuem. That post will be up soon.


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Tripping in Tagaytay

One of my favorite places near Manila is Tagaytay — especially before it became the weekend place for everybody. With it being an hour away (yes! If there’s no traffic) from the city, it’s the nearest place to unwind and enjoy viewing Taal Volcano at Taal Lake.

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Taal Lake, photo taken by Hello Saigon

We decided to stay for a night in Tagaytay after we swung by our home in Cavite. The last time my eldest saw our home was when he was 10 months old and now he’s 8! My youngest has never seen our home at all so it was the perfect opportunity to visit the South of Manila.

Since the whole family wanted to join, we rented a place through and stayed in Le Fleur Country Villa in Montevista Subdivision.

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The caretakers lived just downstairs so all our needs were met.

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The place was perfect with 3 bedrooms and a spacious attic that was turned into a den or lounge area.

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The attic was the only place that has air conditioning — not that the house needed it.

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The villa was just lovely and homey all around. We really wished we could have stayed longer.

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It was a perfect place to hold our family photos too so we did just that.

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The kitchen was well-equipped and coffee was available too.

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We cooked breakfast and lunch in the kitchen.

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If you’re looking for a place to stay in Tagaytay with the whole family, Le Fleur Country Villa is a great place to stay in.

* photos taken by JC Dacio

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Happy New Year!

Went on a short holiday back to my home country for Tet and it’s only just now that am getting the chance to sit down. I hope you all had a lovely lunar new year.

So let’s start the new year with something nice with

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I found out about after Christmas and was kinda bummed that I didn’t know about it earlier.

Basically, it’s a site where designers/local artisans can sell their unique products and where you, the would-be customers can have dibs on their creation. And believe me you, they’re all soooo nice.

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Using their site is easy and delivery was quick too. I ordered a couple of earrings to give as a gift for a friend. My friend, by the way, raved about it.

And so, Valentine’s Day is just 4 days away — and if you’re still looking for a one-of-a-kind present, why not drop by  Am sure you can find something definitely nice or even excellent to give to your loved one.

Advance Happy Valentine’s Day, Saigon!


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Seen in Saigon (Week 3)

So this week in Seen in Saigon —-

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Pokemon Trainer shirt — I don’t normally play apps on my phone but by far, Pokemon Go is the longest game I’ve been playing since Mortal Kombat on PC. 😛

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Jaw dropping designs of the streets of Saigon for the Lunar New Year.

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Diamond Plaza heralding the Year of the Rooster!

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Awesome tote bags along Book Street.

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My favorite cyclos.

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Year of the Rooster display along Book Street.

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Notebooks that reminded me of photographer/graphic artist friend, Ging.

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Hope you all have a great week ahead! 11 days till Tet! Woot!

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Made by Mun

So I have been trying to find a jewelry maker for the longest time when I chanced on Made by Mun. I wanted to have a sterling silver pendant with the number 100 on it. So as a “test” on Mun’s service, I ordered this 100 pendant (coz I wanted another one made).

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My kids were on a holiday, so we set out to one of Mun’s shop in 175 De Tham St. in District 1 — where there were lovely creations. But must concentrate on one pendant only. Haha.

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I placed the order on Friday and I received a message from Mun that the pendant was already available on a Sunday. Normally, it would take them 3-5 days.

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Monday was hectic so I requested that it be delivered to my workplace. And Mun readily agreed! What awesome customer service! Thoroughly satisfied too with her work. Highly recommended!

Made by Mun
175 De Tham St., District 1, HCMC

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Seen in Saigon

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In a blink of an eye, here we are. 2017.

Right after Christmas, shops started packing the greens and have started to bring out the yellows, reds, and gold for Lunar New Year. And for someone who celebrates Christmas and New Year, it’s hard to get into the swing of things after the holidays only to head straight to an official Vietnam holiday. I feel like we’re still in a lull until after January. Not to mention the holiday eating continues.

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I went for a walk today along Cong Xa Paris area and boy, were there lots of tourists. And the tour group leaders nowadays, don’t shout calling to their group. I’ve seen them sporting microphones while the rest of the group wear earphones. Reminded me of silent rave parties.

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The weather is pretty hot today and am dreaming of colder climates. Why is it so hot when Tet is just a couple of weeks away?!

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Was going round and round Book Street looking for nice souvenir items to give away and am always drawn to notebooks inspired by well-loved children’s books. Aren’t they great?

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In honor of the gastronomic delights of Vietnam, they’ve also come out with the above notebook.

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What do you guys think about dried fruits as gifts for friends back home? There’s the usual jackfruit but I saw this in CoopMart yesterday and looked interesting. It’s not rave-worthy but tastes okay.

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Now the dehydrated onions is pretty good but who wants stinky breath, right?

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Starbucks has come out of the Bearistas dressed like a rooster. Bear x rooster. Sounds ridiculous but hey, it’s Tet.

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Oh and if you’re one of those Starbucks collectors, Starbucks Vietnam is finally coming out with Starbucks Rewards tomorrow.

Hope you all have a great start of the week!

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Welcome, 2017!

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Well, this will have to do. No fireworks this year for the New Year and Tet. But hey, a huge yay for the environment!

Welcome, 2017! Please be kind!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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