Who doesn’t love cake? It has been a symbol of celebration from all over the world. Plus let’s be honest, sugar/sweets are beyond addicting, aren’t they? Luckily, I have a friend who makes fabulous cakes. Mind you, they don’t just look good they taste even better!


Kristel’s is a bake shop located in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro but the owner *slash* baker often come here in Manila to make cakes for various events. She started this business a few years back but it was just recently that I finally tasted a piece. I am so proud of how far her baking skills have gone so far.

They offer cakes for all sorts of occasions. Here are some samples of her creative juices.

Birthday Cakes

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Holiday Cupcakes

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Doll Cakes

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Cupcake Towers

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Wedding Cakes

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I urge you to try out Kristel’s cakes. It is not just affordable but I’m pretty sure you’ll get more than your money’s worth. Trust me I know the baker, when she starts baking for you she will fully give her time, attention, and heart into it.



Victoria, Oriental Mindoro

0926 632 9626




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villa anna

After our most treasured Puerto Galera trip, my friend who is a local in Oriental Mindoro invited us over for a few more days of fun.


My good friend is from Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. We stayed the night at their abode then come morning they invited us over Villa Anna Paradise Resort and Farm.


It was such a peaceful and beautiful place. In here, you have all the time to spend with nature. If you are the type of person who likes the green green grass, tall trees, fresh air, chirping of birds amongst other things, this is the place for you. I must say this will be serenity with mother nature at its finest.








They have a number of accommodation that you may choose from.




Ooooooh! I just can’t wait to go back to this earth-friendly place just to be with myself and mother nature. This is a sweet escape that I will always look forward to.


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start of an addiction

I wasn’t born into a rich family so traveling is something that I could only do if I really really REALLY have extra money, especially when I was still studying.

Lucky I have friends who are equally adventurous and wanted to explore the world with me. We had to save our lunch allowances in order for this trip to push through but I am so glad that we did.

For the record, I would have to say that this trip (summer of 2008) started my whole addiction for traveling.


We went to Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro through Jam bus liner in Kamias, Quezon City to Batangas Port then took a boat to the white beach itself.


The boat ride was a bit bumpy but we just made the best out of it and enjoyed. This was our first time anyway.



Touchdown White Beach, Puerto Galera


Obligatory group photo

Obligatory group photo


We stayed at the then newly constructed studio type apartments called White Beach Resort House of Joy. Since it was the peak season when we visited the rate was 1,500Php per night. There were 2 beds and up to 4 people could stay in one room. There was a hot/cold shower, aircon, fridge, and TV.



30_003During our first day we searched for some activities. We were offered a boatride with island hopping and snorkeling for ony 1,5ooPhP.


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It was so much fun! I actually thought that I could live by the sea during this time. It was so addicting!



The locals were offering to braid our hair so we all went for it.


Puerto Galera will always be memorable to me. This may not be as attractive as it was before but it will always have that appeal to me that no other beaches could ever have. I wish I could go back to being a teenager and spend the vacation with my good ol’ friends. After all, that is one of the essences of traveling, to enjoy it with the people most valuable to us.



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