4 Party Islands You Should Visit in Southeast Asia

Party Islands

4 Party Islands You Should Visit in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular destinations for travelers hoping to immerse themselves in exotic cultures, centuries-old archeological sites, beautiful rain forest trails, and bustling Asian mega-cities. If you’re looking for locations where you can swing by for a drink or two, meet new friends, and dance until you drop, Southeast Asia is also the place to be. Set amidst a spectacular backdrop of white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and balmy weather, these party islands are sure to leave you breathless with the sybaritic pleasures they offer.

Boracay Island(Photo Source: Cristina Beltran)

Boracay, Philippines

Whereas Palawan is often cited by travelers as the best island in the Philippines for experiencing the beauty of nature at its most magnificent, Boracay Island takes the cake when it comes to parties.  The island’s famous white-sand beaches are a major tourist draw for beach bums, but Boracay is also popular for being party central. Station 1 is where the best resorts and hotels in Boracay, Philippines are located, while Station 2 is the area where people go in order to shop, enjoy great food, and party. The place attracts some of the best DJs in the world, and beer is available for almost next to nothing.

Bali - Indonesia(Photo Source: Cristina Beltran)

Bali, Indonesia

When it comes to island destinations, Bali ranks up there as one of the most iconic destinations in the world. Known largely for its beautiful mountains, thriving arts scene, luxurious spas, and colorful Hindu traditions, Bali is also popular for its bustling nightlife.

The Kuta district, in particular, offers a lively mishmash of bars and clubs where backpackers and travelers from all over the world drink and party to their hearts’ content. The mornings after are usually reserved for hitting the beach and surfing, which are sort of part of the recovery regimen of the island’s revelers.

When in Bali, make sure to drop by the Seminyak area, which is also home to some of the other happening night spots on the island.

Sihanoukville - Cambodia(Photo Source: Cristina Beltran)

Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

One of the craziest party hot spots in Southeast Asia is Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand. Located on the Gulf of Thailand off the country’s east coast, the island is the birthplace of the original Full Moon Festival. This party, which originated in the Haad Rin area, is an all-night celebration that happens before or after every full moon each month.

The festival-like event is attended by tourists from around the world, eager to partake in the party’s sea of booze, to watch fire poi and fire skipping rope performances, and to dance all night long. Numerous beach clubs and bars along the beach join the party by hosting musical performances and serving food and alcohol to the party-goers.

Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, Cambodia

Sihanoukville is easily Cambodia’s most happening beach destination. Here, Western-style bars and clubs can be found, especially in the famous Serendipity Beach, where backpackers typically stop over for a relaxing breather from their wanderings.

If you are looking for a more authentic island party experience, however, then you’ll be delighted to know that an island just 2.5 hours away offers just this. Koh Rong, which can be reached by ferry from Sihanoukville, is a place where you can enjoy great nights with live music, poi dancing, and bonfires. As a plus, the beach is sometimes illuminated with bio-luminescent plankton—natural party lights for a truly remarkable getaway in this still mostly undiscovered island paradise.

Southeast Asia is a vast, wondrous place full of things to see and do. It is at once exotic and familiar, at once ancient and modern. If you’ve explored much of what it has to offer in terms of nature destinations, heritage towns, and outdoors adventures, it’s time to unwind in some of its most happening party islands. Happy traveling!

Free Graphic Design for Small Metro Phoenix Businesses

There are a lot of aspiring and small businesses that needs graphic design help and the cost may have made them not to spend time and money for their branding which is a big part of their business marketing and presentation. I love designing and I do not want it to waste, so why not put it in use and help out small businesses in the metro that I live in.`A small way to contribute.  How it works?

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Las Vegas in Less Than 48 Hours

How I Explored Las Vegas in Less Than 48 Hours

How I Explored Las Vegas in Less Than 48 Hours? WTH? Where did I go? Memorial day weekend wasn’t really an interesting moment to explore a new city, you can imagine the crowd during holiday season. For someone like me, it doesn’t matter because all I wanted was to see places I have not seen. Las Vegas is one of them. I have to figure what’s behind the saying, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” and I pretty much saw it all in less than 48 hours.

I won’t bore you with all my blah, blahs… In this widely video social media time nobody likes to read all the blah-blahs but rather just want to see the photos or watch it live!



Being in two places at a time. It isn’t new for border crosser and nomadic travelers like I was once consider myself, but every time it happens, it is still magical that you are time traveling in the real world.



The Strip is mind blowing! The culture, the social structure is somewhat everywhere but it is not lost. It’s beauty glows and comes to life when the sun starts to set. I love cities that glows at night, there is something about lights that glows beautifully in the dark that fascinates me.


The city is known for their ridiculous buffet restaurants and it doesn’t disappoint. There are hundreds available that you couldn’t even decide where to go. We decided we’ll go to the Wynn buffet restaurant from a friend’s recommendation.


Always, when I get to a new place and I can meet an old friend, family, relatives, or even fellow bloggers who are in the area at the same time, I have to try and meet them if I can.

6 Top Reasons to Explore Cebu, Philippines


If you are a foreigner looking for a quick summer getaway, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who haven’t been home for such a long time or just an ordinary person looking for a nice place to unwind and you decided to visit the Philippines, there’s probably a lot of things that goes through your mind. Airplane tickets, hotel bookings, reservations and most importantly where exactly in the Philippines to visit. Of over 7,000 islands in our country choosing one specific destination could be a challenge and fun at the same time, but no worries, this article I’m giving you Top 6 Reasons to Explore Cebu, Philippines.  Known also as “The Queen City of the South”, my hometown.


(Picture of Cebu Map in the center)

Beautiful resorts, luxury and affordable accommodations, breathtaking mountains, fun activities, outdoor adventures and wonderful foods are just some of the things you can experience in this impressive island.

  1. Cebu’s Original Lechon


(Pic of Lechon; Photo Credit: Nick Tam)

There are some foods that will take you for a joy ride, Cebu’s Lechon is one of them. For a foreigner’s tongue, tasting the crunchy brown reddish skin of a lechon for the first time is exhilarating. Lechon in Cebu is hands-down the best in the world, just don’t forget to pair it with “puso” (hanging rice) and a cold ice Coke. Puso means heart, and because the rice is wrapped around the weaved coconut leaves formed in a shape of heart giving the rice a coconutty taste.

  1. Whale Sharks in Oslob


(You can swim with them at Sorsogon in their natural habitat; Photo Credit: Nick Tam)

There aren’t so many places in the world you can swim with a humongous gentle creature, just an arm length away in touching a whale shark or in local dialect “Butanding”. In Oslob, just 3 hour drive south of Cebu City, you can find such a place and more. There have been some concerns about feeding these 41 feet whale sharks being codependent of the feeds rather than their natural habitat, but the gentle creatures have seemed to adapt well with the locals. An encounter with this giant sharks will certainly be scary and exciting at the same time.

  1. History

Magellans Cross

(Pic of Magellan’s Cross)

If you want to experience our rich Philippine History, there is no better place to start than Cebu, the oldest city in The Philippines and a thriving metropolis of more than 3 million people. It has a rich and celebrated events that became part of our history.

  • Lapu-Lapu ,often dubbed as the first Filipino hero, a native leader who fought the conquistador Magellan and won the battle. The Lapu-Lapu Shrine,a 20 meter statue found in Mactan, Cebu was erected in his honor.
  • Basilica del Santo Niño, the country’s oldest  Roman Catholic church was established in the country on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño, a statue depicting the Child Jesus was found in 1565 by Spanish explorers.
  • Colon Street is the oldest and the shortest national road in the Philippines. A glorious but a crowded street in downtown Cebu City named after Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) the great Italian explorer.
  • The University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City, is not only the oldest school in the country but also in Asia. Formerly known as the Colegio de San Ildefonso, was founded by the Spanish Jesuits on August 1, 1595. This makes the Cebu-based university older than the University of Santo Tomas (1611) in Manila and Harvard University (1636) in the United States.
  • And Fort San Pedro, known as the oldest military defense structure,  meant to protect the city from Muslim raiders . Today’s structure dates from 1738 and is also the oldest triangular bastion fort in the country, built by the Spanish and indigenous Cebuanos.
  1. Amazing Mountains

Cebu is a dream place for mountaineers and people who likes the outdoors. Cebu’s amazing peaks are just an hour or two away from the City. As you drive along the long winding roads up to the mountains, you feel the cool breeze & fresh mountain air. Our modest mountains may not be the highest in the world, but most of them are stunningly beautiful.

  • Osmeña Peak is Straddling the municipalities of Dalaguete and Badian(around 3 hour drive south of the city). It is only stands 1,013 meters above sea level and is considered the easiest peak to summit , but once on top, the amazing view of the surrounding Bohol like hills and gorgeous sunrise will take your breath away.
  •  Mt. Kapayas, located in Sitio Kampanya, Barangay Kabangkaya in the bowels of Catmon, Northern Cebu. At over 700 meters above sea level, Mt. Kapayas is an alluring, somewhat unexplored mountain that harbors plenty of secrets and challenges.
  • Mt.Manunggal , At 1,003 meters above sea level, is the highest mountain in Central Cebu. It is the site of the crash of the presidential plane named Mt. Pinatubo which killed President Ramon Magsaysay and twenty-four others in 1957 . The vistas along the way to the summit together with deep valleys and high mountain ranges are simply breathtaking.
  • And Mt. Hambubuyog, which the climb starts with a visit to the mighty Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan, one of Cebu’s most gorgeous waterfalls.
  1. Pristine Beaches


(Pic of Bantayan Beach)

Cebu simply has the best white sand beaches in the world. From the northern part, Malapascua Island being one of the country’s top diving spots and the renowned Bantayan Island having the most amazing sandbar you’ll ever see, to the southern part, Moalboal and Badian both known for its enthralling coral reef and rich marine life. Or if you choose somewhere much closer to the city, a 45 mins. drive to Mactan Island connected to mainland Cebu by two bridges, where you can enjoy the enchantingly grand beaches of Mactan’s coastlines. There are all kinds of beaches to choose and marvel, from the very basic & native to the most luxurious.

  1. Friendly Locals

It is said that we Cebuanos are free loving, down-to-earth, laid back cool people who speaks English well, as foreigners would agree. We are simply very accommodating and fun to be with. Apart from the jaw-dropping scenery and incredible adventures you’ll experience here in our province, the most valuable will probably be the amazing Cebuano friendships you will have during your visit.

Of course there are many other amazing attractions that didn’t make the list but that will be for some other time 😉



Scottsdale’s Best Breakfast Places

Scottsdale Best Breakfast Places

I would love 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning and I’d eat brunch, like BIG brunch. I have my own reasons, but also it changed when I moved here. Every morning, my husband will cook me hearty breakfast that is hard to resist or we’ll be at our favorite Silver Star diner in New Canaan. I’d say they’re amazing not only that they serve big portions, they taste like mom is making your breakfast, otherwise Guy Fierri won’t feature them on his Triple D show!

Now, that we have moved in Arizona, we have accumulated our new routine by finding great reasonable restaurants and we have started with breakfast places around Old Town Scottsdale. I guess, living in the Southwest isn’t really a diner kind of place. They are however, big with cool, young, modern vibe of restaurants that serves breakfast. Here are the Old Town Scottsdale’s Breakfast Places I’ve tried and my reviews of what I’ve had and my favorite items to order off their menu:

  • Scrambles – I order the Brizzas (light pizza) and sometimes Panini. They both have different varieties that I order every visit paired with Green Tea. I love the vibe of the place, fast, not so busy and if they are, it’s not crazy.
  • Breakfast Club – I only order their BLT and Green Tea but my husband’s love the Breakfast Burrito. It looks great, big serving and he said it is really good. The vibe is young and very energetic, they get REALLY busy but their location is big that it doesn’t get so incredibly crowded.
  • Morning Squeeze – I love their food, especially the Lox & Bagels, but because their place is a little smaller even with an open air bar, even a not so noisy crowd sounds like one.
  • Daily Dose – We decided to check out the hype on this place, food is great but what truly is amazing other than the food are their staff. I’d give the the highest rate for customer service. Best I’ve had  I should say.
  • Over Easy – We found them through Triple D and visiting something that was featured on TV will have a lot of following after the air time. Like Morning Squeeze, their Scottsdale branch is small but they have more like a diner feel even without the diner interiors. Food is amazing! Simple but good.

Those were the breakfast places me and my husband have tried and tested. They all has their own character and we have our favorite item on every menu of these places. Indication of a good place is when you need more time to examine the menu because you can’t make up your mind what to get!

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Visit

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

One Saturday evening, afraid of getting bored in a nice weathered little tourist town called, Old Town Scottsdale, we thought we should get our act together and do something (whether we should be partying, pigging out, or just doing something productive) because nothing to do in this place isn’t a good excuse.

I quickly browsed online what to do and see that will not break a bank close to us and found ourselves couple of hours later at the Scottsdale Civic Center Park where art museums are abundant. There you’d find:

  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Scottsdale Historical Museum
  • Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts
  • Scottsdale Museum of the West

I have have been to the first two out of the four mentioned above during it’s Free Admission times. I honestly like Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art compared to MoMa (Museum of Modern Art in NYC). The featured artists I thought were more in-depth expressing their ideas and art, and as a creative artist I should be able to appreciate the difference which I do. I think that understanding what we like and what we don’t makes us understand who we are, what we are really made of.

I would like to share what I’ve seen in there and I appreciate how they allowed me to take photos of the masterpieces exhibited in the museum. The artists exhibited at the time were:

Both artists have stunning interpretation of their art that resonates meaningful things in life. Munro’s simple but practical masterpiece tells a good story but tells a fact that the pieces he used like the CDs and conveying the Morse codes were useful and practical communication methods used in navigation.

Bruno Munro's "Ferryman's Crossing"

Bruno Munro: Ferryman’s Crossing

Saar’s work on the other hand were so deep and dark, but it is screaming the tragic stories of the past. The African slavery, how the world changes gradually in a very hard and tumultuous process through her interpretation was stunning. The pieces can speak deeper to one’s soul and makes one somehow understand, if not totally, that it was not an easy journey but led to a beautiful present no one should ever forget.

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s operating hours are:


Eyebrow Make Up Hack

make up hack

I know I’m not a make up guru here, but I still want to use a little bit of make up that is easy to apply to make me look groomed and presentable. There are a lot of women that wouldn’t want to spend hours and hours to put on make up but still want to look great, for those who are like me this is for you. First, let me share my make up must haves…

  • Moisturizer
  • Talcum Powder
  • Eyebrow pencil liner
  • Cheek tint
  • Lip gloss
  • Light lip stick

Not a complicated make up set, yeah? Yet, I struggle to put on eyebrow make up using an eyeliner pencil without overdoing it nor have a slightest idea on how to arch it perfectly. Not wanting to give up yet refusing to spend hours on doing trial and errors drawing my eyebrows especially when I’m in a hurry, I thought there should be a way to hack it.

Well, I found a solution to that problem. Using the eye shadow make up trick! Yes, I bought an eye-shadow make up with brown to dark brown shades and they all worked perfectly and with ease in application. How? Oh well, you must read on…

eyebrow makeup

3 Easy Steps on How to Hack Your Eyebrow Make Up

  1. Get an eye shadow set with brown to dark brown shades. You can even use dark grey or black, depending on your style.
  2. Eye shadow make up set always come with a sponge tip applicator which is your magic wand! I’m not kidding, the sponge tip makes it way easier to apply than a pencil. Dab the sponge tip to your choice of eye-shadow shade and gently apply it like your drawing your brows into its perfect shape.
  3. You can apply more as you desire, it will show up a little lighter but you can always put more to make it darker and make it look more natural.

I have a semi-thick eyebrows and using the eye-shadow to put more color on it and making look fuller. I hope this will help ladies like me that wants to have a great natural looking eyebrows easily and quickly. Let me know if you have better tricks and I’m happy to try on new and easy ways to put on make up too.



I’m Serious Learning How to Vlog


I’m serious learning how to vlog, and when I think I found a new hobby to venture into. Cheesy as I’m starting but I will research the heck out of the internet to learn how to do this. So far, I’ve done few dodgy ones but I think I’m starting to get better with this one. One step after another, I now have tons of ideas rushing in.

Oh man, I’m going to need a lot of digital storage here! Well, you tell me what you think. Enjoy the video!

My First Attempt to Vlog


I’m trying out my luck on vlogging and by doing so, I realize that it isn’t just talking in front of the camera, it’s a one man video production! I am a rookie, trying to get in to real business of video blogging on my own with more research and hoping I will be able to pull it off.  For some time in my blogging life (since 2008), I have received several suggestions to make videos of my travels and I was even invited to be one of ABS-CBN’s Online Superstars (One of Philippines’ Major TV Network) but couldn’t materialize because I’m out of the Philippines.

With more and more elbows nudging me to plunge into it, I’m now dipping my feet in its waters and found out that it is a serious business. Why? You may ask, it’s a lot of work, planning, directing, and creativity that comes with it.  You can either be following an outline or your creativity can overwhelm you to get lost from the theme.

Starting from presenting yourself in front of the camera to put or not to put make-up on, lighting, setting, topic selection, delivery, to editing the video. If you think presentation is easy, think again.  It doesn’t end there, editing the video to make it appear very interesting to its audience takes a lot of time and effort. How a scene should play exactly on queue with your audio and the effects used, not to mention choosing/editing thumbnails when uploading the video on the chosen platform is vicious.

Try to appreciate that from the beginning to the planning stage, when you are watching the video, takes a precious time to produce it to something that you will enjoy (or not) and a simple like when you really like one is such a big pay off for the effort.

I appreciate it now and will try my best to learn more about it and make a better video after another.  I hope you enjoy my amateur video and let me know what you think. Feel free to suggest tricks on improving it and topics to talk about. Ciao!


Phoenix Zoo Through My Lenses

phoenix zoo

Last Summer we went to visit the Phoenix Zoo the first time and despite how I hated the idea of captured animals kept in cage for entertainment, there’s also a part of me questioning about the educational benefits for kids and for kids at heart. I missed my nieces when I was there, I wish they were here and see it with them and have a little bonding time with them again. We can never have both good wishes we want in life. Enough of that, to cut the story short, my lenses captured beautiful things in the zoo too. Let me share the story captured by my cameras and let the photos tell you all the magical things.