Monthly Archives: November 2006

Sampaguita Gardens: The Gallery, The Mansion, Etc.

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Sampaguita Gardens is more than the Christmas Cottage. The Resort includes The Gallery which host Mr. Butcher’s private collection of his artworks. It includes collector’s items of Precious Moments porcelain figurines, his paintings in oil and watercolor. The centerpiece of The Gallery … Continue reading

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Sampaguita Gardens: The (Jojo’s) Christmas Cottage

Sampaguita Gardens Resort and Spa, more popularly known simply as Sampaguita Gardens in 506 Rizal Street, Poblacion, New Washington, Aklan, a 10-minute ride from the Kalibo Airport aims to be a world-class resort for local and foreign guests. Not a … Continue reading

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Sonya’s Garden Bed and Breakfast Cottage Inn

Sonya’s Garden Country Cottages Bed and Breakfast is one of the better sights I’ve seen at dusk lately. More than the imposing structures of what appeared to me as Old-English cottages for (their) accommodation, is the lush and rolling wildflower garden with numerous ground … Continue reading

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What’s New at Sonya’s Garden

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What started to be a retirement home for Sonya have become an envy of a retirement home for everyone. It’s not only a sanctuary of wildflower species and herbs, not only known for its dining at the Conservatory and bed and breakfast at … Continue reading

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Casino Filipino, Manila Pavilion: See it Lighted!

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Casino Filipino at the Manila Pavilion is one of the better lighted buildings in the Metro at the onset of the Christmas Season. If you happen to be in the vicinity, that is at the corner of U.N. Avenue and … Continue reading

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Intarsia in Ilocos

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Intarsia – a form of wood laying within a solid matrix. It is a craft using varied shapes, sizes and species of wood fitted created together to create an almost 3-D inlaid, mosaic-like picture. The word intarsia came from the … Continue reading

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Constantine has a new name!

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After seven months of blogging and more than a hundred posts, 200 images and videos uploaded, and an attempt to close down at one point, Constantine is reborn! After a record breaking number of entries 🙂 here at BKS for NovemBoracay … Continue reading

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NovemBoracay Series: The Road Less Travelled

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Mt. Luho, Bat Cave, Crystal Cave (also known as Bat Cave 2) are places strange to me before I got to Boracay, but no longer when I left the Island. As if things have fallen on their right places, we witnessed, on our … Continue reading

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NovemBoracay Series: Boracay Nights

It is at night that Boracay really comes alive! Wine and dine at the beach, in restaurants, or in d*talipapa,  shopping at d*mall, henna tatoo and hair braid shops are still open among others, and the adventure never stops until dawn. I … Continue reading

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NovemBoracay Series: Afternoon in Boracay and Skimboarding

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It is in the afteroon that Boracay starts to come alive. It’s when most people are out strolling in the beach, shopping in alleys, doing sports, or simply sitting on the sand or taking a while somewhere else at sunset. I … Continue reading

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NovemBoracay Series: Boracay Mornings

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*All images in this post are taken in Stations 2 & 3. I am a morning person. I was already up at six, and do my walking as soon as I get up. It is in the morning that Boracay does … Continue reading

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NovemBoracay Series: Boracay Beach

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*All images uploaded in this entry are taken in Station 1. Being a first timer is Boracay, the white sand beach was indeed a feast not only for my eyes but likewise for my lens. I thought the images I … Continue reading

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NovemBoracay Series 2006: Boracay Tropics

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Few days back, I spent the All Saint’s Day Holiday in Boracay. It was my first and it is on this note that I am starting my NovemBoracay Series (2006), to save for posterity, my personal accounts of a place … Continue reading

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CALERUEGA: The Hanging bridge, Koi pond and Elevated walkway

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Caleruega, in Brgy, Kaylaway, Batulao, Batangas, is a “house of prayer and renewal.” It is open to activities like retreats, recollections, prayer and renewal workshops, study, research, youth camps, marriage and family encounters, skills training, leadership seminars, art, music, and … Continue reading

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The CHAPEL ON THE HILL and the LABYRINTH

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One side-trip I had to Punta Fuego was the Chapel on the Hill in Don Bosco, Batulao, Batangas [also known as the Mary Help of Christians Center of Spirituality]. It is situated on ‘top of hill’ immediately beside the entrance of … Continue reading

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All Saint’s Day Feature: Chinese Temple

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At this exact time of the year, we Filipino’s, being culturally ‘close-knit families’, demonstrate this trait by remembering our dead with a Holiday. To confirm the importance of this day, the holiday is usually extended for another day or two … Continue reading

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