Mt. Pinatubo - The most beautiful disaster

Mt. Pinatubo caused a disaster on June 15, 1991. The world was surprised by the second largest terrestrial eruption of 20th century after Novarupta eruption in Alaska on 1912. According to U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 113-97, “The eruption produced high-speed avalanches of hot ash and gas, giant mud flows, and a cloud of volcanic ash hundreds of miles across". Philippines encountered ash and sustained about $100 million in damage, devastated many livelihood and lives among neighboring town and those who are living on it.

Why is it called as a Beautiful Disaster?

Obviously, due to the stunning majestic scenery of the crater developed by event and span of time, Mt. Pinatubo evolved from a devastated state to a splendid “beautiful disaster”. Aside from its beauty, it became a channel of livelihood for many people for its bloomed tourism.
Personally, I considered it a beautiful disaster considering the realization I had when I did the trek up to the crater. You may want to see my full experience and learning by watching this video: 

How to Get to Mount Pinatubo ?

It is approximately 2 and half to 3 hours travel from Manila to Capas Tarlac 
  •  Take a bus from Manila to Capas, Tarlac
         Check Bus Stations from Metro Manila (Manila/Pasay/Cubao) to Capas Tarlac
-       Manila (Philippine Rabbit Avenida)
-       Cubao
-       Pasay
  •  Drop off at Mcdonalds Capas Junction
  •  Ride Tricycle from Junction to Patling.
  •  Ride a Tricycle from Patling to Sta Juliana Tourism
  •  Register in Sta. Juliana Tourism
  •  Rent a 4x4 ride : 4 to 5 person per 4x4 – Rental is 3,500
  •  4x4 ride to start of trekking point ( 1 HOUR)
  • Trekking to the Crater Lake is 1 to 1.5 Hours
You can opt to do DIY arrangement going to Mt. Pinatubo or find a good Travel Agency that arranges everything for this experience.

How much will it cost you to get to Mt. Pinatubo?

There are a lot of travel agency or group that caters trek to Mt. Pinatubo. Getting a service provider that will organize your trek will take care of everything from transportation to guiding you on this exciting activity!
Package cost ranges from P 2,000 to P 3,000 depending of the number of people availing it in a group.

What to bring and wear on your trek to Mt. Pinatubo?

  •  Water to drink
  •  Identification Card
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Hat
  •  Sun block
  •  Snacks
  •  Snacks
  •  Towel
  •  Extra Clothes
  •  small backpack ( Preferably water resistant)
  •  small Back (Light weight)

Note: Try do bring minimalist items and only necessary so it will be convenient for you to walk

To wear:
  • Wear light and breathable cloths
  • Comfy trekking shoes or sandals

Do’s and Dont’s on Trekking Mt. Pinatubo

  •  Do not swim on crater lake
  •  Do not litter
  •  Do not destroy trees or anything
  •  Don’t get dehydrated
  •  Do follow the guidelines all the time
  •  Do follow the tour guide on his way
  •  Do warm up before trekking
  •  Do drink a lot of water
  • Do check weather forecast before trekking

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Sassy Zeal is now ON YOUTUBE!!


I am the blogger behind

And now you will see me share more on youtube more interactively!

In general, Sassy writes about lifestyle, food, finds, travel, music, tutorials and living life to the fullest smartly through proper planning of travel bucket list and tips on how to enjoy it on a low cost budget yet worth! Shares DIY(Do-it-yourself) travel itineraries and recommended ways to enjoy traveling smartly by saving time and money. Travel more! Spend Less!
Sassy also writes about KISSED or the must KNOW, INTERESTING facts, must SEE, must STAY at, must EAT and must DO in a certain travel destination. Direction, budget tips and ways to enjoy are also provided, Sassy also writes about food, cooking and fascinating restaurants, fun and exciting things to do, experiences others must try and any helpful finds worth sharing! 
Thank you and God bless sassy readers!
All I want is to share, to inspire, to be Sassy and to be Zealous!

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Let's Celebrate Love! How will you celebrate your Valentine's Day with the person you love?

Valentine’s day, aside from the fact that it is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, it is a very special day for most of the people on earth as we celebrate LOVE!

Where the idea of Valentine’s Day originated?

Do you know the origin of Valentine’s Day? Let’s have a quick interesting fact about Valentine’s Day before anything else!

Valentine’s day or Saint valentines Day actually originated in Western Christian Liturgical feast honouring one of more saints named Valentinus. Martydom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies including the account of Saint Valentin of Rome. He was imprisoned due to performing wedding rites for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. he was also ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Rome Empire. There was a time where Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer and before his execution he wrote a letter signed with farewell "Your Valentine" In 14th century, valentine is associated with romantic love when the tradition of love flourished. In 18th century, in England, it evolved into a occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, confectionery and sending greeting cards. Since 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In Europe, Saint valentine's Keys are given to lovers as a romantic symbol and invitation to unlock the giver's heart. 
Well, thanks to saint valentine for the spirit of love spread all over the world up to present!

How Filipinos Celebrate Valentine’s day?

We really can’t hide the fact that Filipinos are really romantic in nature by all means. In fact, according to survey, Filipinos among Asians are the ones most into Valentine ’s Day. So it is not surprising to see fully booked restaurants, movie houses and hotels during Valentine’s day, worst they can even get fully booked beforehand.

Flowers and chocolates are the most well-known presents during Valentine ’s Day. If you visited Dangwa during the love month, you’ll see a busy crowd of romantic guys buying the most special flower arrangement for his girl, some girls hoarding flowers for Valentines banquets and events or  busy vendors arranging pre-ordered flower packages for couples getting married on the most romantic day of the year.

Some couples choose to spend the night over a movie date, so if you failed to purchase movie ticket in advance, be ready to queue in a long line of people.

Some couples prefer to celebrate it on a fine dining restaurant and some choose to prepare a candle-lighted dinner at home or in the hotel.

Some couples find this day a perfect time to get away from the busy Metro and spend Valentine’s Day in an out of town date. Count me in!

How will I celebrate Valentine’s day with the person I love the most?

I can say that I am one of millions of romantic people in the world who are really fond of Romance, Love, cupid, red, destiny and everything about Valentines! I and my ex-boyfriend really used to celebrate Valentine ’s Day on different ways each year. 

This year is the second Valentine’s Day we will have after our wedding and we believe that this should be the last time we will celebrate as a couple. You know why? We are planning to have a little one this year! (And hopefully, by next year’s Valentine ’s Day, we will celebrate as family. Hurray for that!)  So, it would be perfect if we get out of the busy city, relax and enjoy the Valentine’s together out of town!  We will spend our Valentine ’s Day in Bacolod, Philippines!

First in my list is to visit “The Ruins”. Little did I know, this well-known destination in Bacolod has a story to tell on a Valentine’s Day. The Ruins is the Taj-Mahal of Negros. It is built by an endless love and longingness of a husband for his wife and tied their children in memory of their mother. The Ruins is the symbol of love of Don Mariano to his late wife died on slipping in the bathroom who was pregnant of their 11th child. Out of grief, Don Mariano dedicated his self on building a mansion for his wife. Though the story is heartbreaking as Donya Maria died, it is very inspiring to know that there was still that kind of unconditional love where even the wife died, the husband still dedicates his life to love his one and only wife for the rest of his life. How I wish, as we visit that place, it will impart us the value of loving our spouses endlessly.

Aside from the ruins, we included in our itinerary the Lakawon Resort, Tawhai Floating Bar and Campuestohan Highland Resort. On our second day in Bacolod, on the 14th, we will have a candle lighted dinner in Campuestohan Restaurant and then spend the rest of the night bonding and reminiscing our moments as a couple beside a Bon Fire. During Valentine’s Day, we used to talk about how we will improve our relationship, how we can avoid conflicts and arguments and our future plans. We find it romantic to tackle how we can grow as a couple and how we can chase our dreams together.

Sharing our Itinerary not in detailed:

Day 1: Lakawon Resort and Tawhai Floating Restautant
Lakawon Resort (Photo from Lakawon Resort Website)

Lakawon Resort (Photo from Lakawon Resort Website)

Lakawon Resort (Photo from Lakawon Resort Website)

Tawhai Floating Bar from Website

Day 2: Campuestohan Highland Resort overnight(Too huge to spend a day)
Campuestohan Highlands Resort

Campuestohan Highlands Resort

Campuestohan Highlands Resort

Day 3: Mambukal Resort, Explore Talisay Heritage Houses and The Ruins.

The Ruins

To complete my ever prepared itinerary and to get rid of dilemma of not having a hotel booked due to high demand and hype, I see to it that I booked hotel in advance for our Valentine’s day for 2017! And of course, through my personally and nation-wide trusted hotel and resort booking site.

We have booked a hotel in Bacolod two weeks in advance through link below: 

How we celebrated Valentine’s Day on past years?

Forgive me for not so good quality of photos years ago.

Year 2009, my ex-boyfriend, who now is my husband, surprised me in front of manila Cathedral Church with a Carousel with scattered flowers all around and he tour me around Intramuros with bouquet of flowers.

Year 2010, my husband surprised me with a bulk of personally arranged balloon and this cutie stuff toy and sang me a song. Cheezy!

Year 2011, we had a fine dinning dinner in Resorts World Manila and a movie night.
Year 2012The first time I attempted to bake cupcakes and create creative frosting and designs for my surprise to my husband which turned into business. We had a buffet dinner in Midas Hotel.

Year 2013, We were so much busy with our Milkshake and Snack Stall, so he just went to my office, gave me bouquet of flowers and gift. I do the same and we just celebrated post valentines in Bali Tagaytay.

Year 2014, I gave him a photobook compilation of our travel journey and went to 888 Resort the following weekend.We had our enjoy kwentuhan and kulitan to the max, dine in Authentic Korean Restaurant and the next day went to Isdaan Floating restaurants, did Photo ops and dine!

Year 2015, we just had a date in BGC. No much preparations as this year was the most busy year for us for our wedding preparation.

Year 2016, is the first valentines we had as a married couple, we celebrated in Ace Water Spa as relaxation and checked in the hotel at night. Had dinner at steak house and was surprised by a romantic room set up with flower petals, candles and gifts on bed. I gave him a phone as a gift.

These are the memories we will treasure the most the rest of our lives. It's not actually where you go, how you celebrated it and what you did that counts, It is actually how much quality time you spent with your love one!

Singles! Don’t be sad, remember that Valentines Day is not only for in love couples but also for all folks who expresses any kind of love towards anyone! You can still have a date with your mom! Your dad or siblings, a group date maybe or try a blind date! But always remember that the most special kind of love that we should celebrate not only on a valentines day but all the day of our lives is the greatest love we received from Jesus Christ our savior. 

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe on him should not perish, but have eternal life. 


How about you? How will you celebrate your Valentine's Day with the person you love? Share us your story!

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Dos Quadros Brick Oven Pizza in El Nido,Palawan

After a long walk from Las Cabanas Beach, we were really starving to death! (O.A) So luckily, we found this Dos Quadros Brick oven cooked Pizza along National Road 4, Corong Corong, El Nido, just along our place.

Good thing, we only waited for 15 minutes for our pizza to be ready. We saw how it was prepared traditionally.

The pizza size is good enough for the two of us. Actually more than enough. Though nothing special other than ingredients are less fat and msg. They uses tomato sauce, pineapple tidbits, ham, chorizo and onion glazed with olive oil for our Hawaiian Pizza. Price is reasonable.

Here is the brick oven that they uses.

Sample prices of variety of pizza

Here is the outside look of this pizza parlor in case you are looking for it! Just along corong-corong road.

Let not your limited budget hinders you to do whatever you want, go wherever your feet will bring you, taste whatever your tongue desires, experience what you haven't and discover the unseen. You can do anything through proper planning, budgeting and wise promo hunting! Remember that you can always... Live life to the fullest Smartly! 


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The Art of doing Nothing! - Sunset Viewing at Las Cabanas, El Nido Palawan, Philippines

Finding a relaxing place to watch the sunset, sooth tired feet with sands and feed our famished spirit at NO COST!, we found Las Cabanas Beach, El Nido. If you are travelling in a budget in El Nido and you want to experience this kind of "lola mode / chill mode" kind of vacation, go to this place!

After a long ride of 5 hours from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, we finally reached our accommodation at 3:00 PM in Corong-Corong El Nido. We decided to maximize the remaining hours of the day so we rushed to Las Cabanas Beach.

The view

Las Cabanas El Nido Palawan Philippines --

The water is so clear. The seashore is curvy, watching the water wave is so relaxing. The sound of the breeze blowing the tree leaves is calming. We can see zip line connecting Las Cabanas beach to another island from afar.
We noticed most of the people there seem to be from Europe. They are really enjoying the place. Some are just reading books, some are just laying and getting their skin tan, some are partying!

Las Cabanas El Nido Palawan Philippines --

I was so amazed how this simple kind of environment becomes a paradise for some and knowing that they are from the other part of the world, they were able to find this very good place of ours. I hope, more of us Filipinos will be able to enjoy this as well. For real, it is more fun in the Philippines!

Las Cabanas El Nido Palawan Philippines --
The art of doing nothing at Las Cabanas El Nido, Palawan Philippines

Chilli'n at the beach with Mango Shake!
Las Cabanas El Nido Palawan Philippines --

There is a Sun Bar at one end with this witty signage!
Sun bar El Nido

Sun bar El Nido

The Sun Bar is owned and being managed by a Japanese man!

Las Cabanas El Nido Palawan Philippines --

Small cottage in front of Sun bar in the seashore.
Las Cabanas El Nido Palawan Philippines --

I noticed that some drunken people partying in the water near the bar side left their beer bottles floating in the water and I really felt disappointed. So my husband picked up some floating things and throws them away from the shore.

Just a reminder to everyone that whenever we have a chance to get the benefit of enjoying beautiful places, please be disciplined and responsible enough to put things in proper places, waste on the waste bin and put back whatever taken. Mother-nature is so generous to us and so let’s be nice to her in return.

 Me and my husband enjoying the beach!

Las Cabanas El Nido Palawan Philippines --

Las Cabanas El Nido Palawan Philippines --

How to get to Las Cabanas Beach:

Most of the tours in El Nido Palawan are well arranged in packages like Tour A, B, C and D.
On the other side, you can also do a roaming on your own by taking a walk or a tricycle ride. One of the best sights in Corong Corong, El Nido is the Las Cabanas Beach. 

Just ride a tricycle, walk down the stairs from the main road to beach, find your perfect spot, sit down and relax! No Entrance Fee! (We walked going back to accommodation for 15 minutes!)

Stairs down to the beach from Main road
Las Cabanas El Nido Palawan Philippines --


Located about 3 km south of El Nido town, Las Cabanas Beach Resort (Private resort) is set on a headland offering a panoramic view of the outlying islands with quiet and secluded beachfront cottages.
If you are staying in El Nido town proper, just ride a tricycle to Las Cabanas.

Note: Tricycle drivers have their own laminated tour destinations options with rates like Las Cabanas, Nacpan Beach, Falls and etc. To Nacpan beach, you’ll need to pay P 1,500.
Since we are staying in National Road 4 near corong-corong, the standard tricycle fare to Las Cabanas is P 150. We tried to haggle and got it for P 100.

Let not your limited budget hinders you to do whatever you want, go wherever your feet will bring you, taste whatever your tongue desires, experience what you haven't and discover the unseen. You can do anything through proper planning, budgeting and wise promo hunting! Remember that you can always... Live life to the fullest Smartly! 


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