Enjoying the laid-back town of Tandag, Philippines


Tandag is a magnetic little town,

which pulls in travelers,

who are looking to take things slowly.


Do not worry though if you’re the active sort;

there’s plenty to keep you occupied in and around the town as well.

This year, I spent 14 days

for holidays,


indulging in idleness some days

and out exploring on others.

One morning,

the sleepy sea seduced me.

So I took a morning walk along Mabua Beach,

had some fresh fruit juice and beers

and listened to the different tunes of karaoke there.

Thank you to Dr Grace for taking this picture.

The next day, I wanted to try a new sport,

but the time left in Tandag was too short.

Glad I managed to learn the basic

and I realized that skim boarding is fantastic.



I jogged along the boulevard with High School friends.

Then we headed off to Jollibee

for breakfast and coffee.

Chillin’ with friends. – Photo by my friends Rodrigo Paganpan and Dr Grace Cacho de Jesus

When in Tandag,

I spent great time with friends,

tried good coffee at VML,

and had loads of fun with them.

Chums you’re the sweetest bunch of all.

Another beautiful day had come.

I decided to go to the farm.

Walked through the rice paddies with my son,

and enjoyed birds’ sweetest melodies.


During my stay,

my family and friends

pampered me a lot with plenty of seafood,


grilled Gangis, kinilaw na Malasugi,

crabs, Tinola na Katambak, and a lot more.

Not to forget other Filipino foods too


like roasted pig, dinogoan, ginataang langka

papaya pickles, laing (pangat) to name a few.


Many days have passed,

I realized I haven’t done much.

I visited Saint Pio’s Shrine with my family in the morning,

hiked up Tandag Grotto in the afternoon,

and spent the rest of the day

lazying at the beach.

I stayed one more night,

and took one more sunrise swim.

In Tandag, it’s so easy

to laze through one day

and the next to sneakily begin.

Suddenly, I remembered all the activities

I said I would do but I didn’t do. Such as –

Bicycle trip in the surrounding countryside.

Island trip in Mangcagangi Island.

Camping at the beach.

Fishing and sunset watch at Lapaz bridge.

Enjoy the breathtaking Green Falls in Cagpangi.

Swim in the jungle at Villa Azarcon.


Caving in Danakit’s Cave.

Visit the sweetness of Laswitan Lagoon.

Spend a day trip in Magkawas Falls.

And chillin’ in Cagwait Beach.

With further reflection, I recalled.

I haven’t done much at all.

It’s not my fault.

The town’s easy rhythm

and quiet charms,


lured me into its laze,


looked like I will just have

to stay one more day.








Philippines: Amazing Art in Island in Quezon City

Art in Island is really a treat for people of all ages, especially for the young ones and young at heart who are willing to get immersed in their imagination. It is known as the largest and first selfie museum in the world, and the largest 3D Art Museum in Asia, which offers so many things to see and do, filled with 3D art, illusions and a lot of fun! Since I heard a lot of good things about it, I brought my family and my son, who really loves art, there.

Delightful and fun interactive art museum

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

The art museum is located in Cubao, Quezon City. It is huge, tidy and fully air-conditioned. It was founded by Yun Jae Kyoung together with 18 other Korean painters, who created the paintings in the museum. I have learned that it contains about 200 masterpieces, which give you the illusion of depth especially when you view them from a certain angle. They were designed to serve as a background when taking pictures. In addition, the museum provides a great bonding opportunity for groups of friends or entire families.

Coolest 3D

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

While exploring the museum, I was fascinated to see everyone, especially my son, being excited and delighted to show off their poses and bring out the creativity within them. Most importantly, I realized that art paintings are not complete if you are not with them and if you do not take pictures of your crazy or wacky poses with the art.

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

My family and I were blown away by the different optical illusion set-ups that would trick your perceptions and help you create unbelievable photos. Also, we enjoyed the so many different themed zones such as:

  • Masterpiece Zone – Famous paintings from all over the world such “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci, and many more
  • Underwater Zone – Aquatic adventures
  • Animal Zone – Journey to the Jungle
  • Winter Wonderland – Christmas Zone
  • Religious Zone – Religious World Art
  • Center Hall – Dungeons of the Ancient Times
  • Fantasy Zone – Magical and Mysterious Walls

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

To me, Art in Island is certainly one of my favorite places here in Manila, as it allows me to become more creative and imaginative by posing at a specific vantage points, making it looks like I am part of the scene. Indeed, it was an afternoon well spent with my family and the experience was definitely worth it.

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • The best time to visit is during week days for there is a lesser crowd when compared to weekends. The visit takes about 2-3 hours.
  • Wear comfortable socks because shoes are not allowed inside the galleries to preserve the paintings as some paintings can be found in the floor and to maintain the cleanliness.
  • Wear appropriate and comfortable clothes because you are going to jump, bend, roll around on the floor, do splits and basically move.
  • Bring a camera, but use of flash and tripods are not allowed. Take as many pictures as you can.
  • Check the sample poses on the wall to help you know the photo points on the floor and help you figure out where to take the shot.
  • Wait for your turn and do not intrude when there are people posing and taking pictures at a certain art.
  • Feel free to ask help from the staff, who is scattered in almost all areas. They are friendly and helpful when it comes to taking your pictures. They can also suggest you how to pose or where to stand when taking a photo.
  • Be amazed by the 3D paintings. Be creative and playful when posing with the art. Go crazy and be part of it. You’ll definitely have a great time there!

Have you been to Art in Island? What do you best like there?