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190 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque CityPhilippines 190 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque CityPhilippines

It’s no secret that Aguirre Ave. in BF Homes Parañaque has a lot of restaurant gems. One lazy day at the Alabang office, I pestered some colleagues that we have dinner (our day now typically starts in the afternoon to just near midnight) and that we try a place in Aguirre.

Wouldn't you want this piece in your own dining area at home? Wouldn’t you want this piece in your own dining area at home?

One of us, having just found out about the wonder of zomato.com, suggested she’ll check the listings and recommendations of some of the places. After some minutes we landed on a listing for Artists Haven Cafe. I was immediately drawn to the pictures some users had posted. It also didn’t hurt that the food prices were not on the expensive side.

The main area of the cafe The main area of the cafe

This place is an art gallery with a small cafe. Various works of…

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Cost of Living: Manila

Hey Teacher Ella

We started with Thailand, now we are going to the Philippines to sustain this cost of living articles. Manila, the country’s capital, isn’t very popular to backpackers nor expats. I think this is because of the geographical location: It’s a ballache to go to the Philppines. You have to fly and fights are costly.

However, Manila is very different to the rest of Southeast Asia because of this coincidence. It’s the only catholic country and it is far more “Anglocized” than the rest of its neighbors, meaning, you can’t make money as an English teacher here. Maybe that’s also the reason why we don’t have a lot of backpackers.

It’s also a bit costly. When the boyfriend and I were living there, we did not save anything even if we had the Thailand lifestyle (most often that not anyway) where we eat out mor because we did not have a…

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Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

Updated: February 18, 2015

Learn more about Measles

What is the current situation?

According to the World Health Organization as of January 20, 2015, there were 18,597 suspected measles cases, including 6,498 confirmed cases, and no deaths in Vietnam during 2014.

CDC recommends that travelers to Vietnam protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 12 months of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?

Get measles vaccine*:

  • People who cannot show that they were vaccinated as children and who have never had measles should be vaccinated.
  • Infants 6–11 months of age should have 1 dose of measles vaccine if traveling internationally.
    • Children in the United States routinely receive measles vaccination at 12–15 months of age.
    • Infants vaccinated before age 12 months should be revaccinated on or after the first birthday with 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Children 12 months of age or older should have 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Adolescents and adults who have not had measles or have not been vaccinated should get 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is nearly 100% effective at preventing measles.
  • The only measles vaccines available in the United States are the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines. MMR has been used safely and effectively since the 1970s. A few people experience mild, temporary adverse reactions, such as joint pain, from the vaccine, but serious side effects are extremely rare. There is no link between MMR and autism

Practice hygiene and cleanliness:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups, with people who are sick.

If you feel sick and think you may have measles:

Traveler Information

We recommend having Travel Insurance 

measles

Updated: February 19, 2015

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LINK http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/measles-philippines

Learn more about Measles

What is the current situation?

According to the World Health Organization as of January 20, 2015, there were 58,010 suspected cases of measles, including 21,420 confirmed cases and 110 deaths in the Philippines during 2014. In the United States during 2014, 25 US travelers who returned from the Philippines became sick with measles. Most of these cases were among unvaccinated people. The World Health Organization and the Philippines Department of Health are working to control the outbreak, including conducting vaccination campaigns.

CDC recommends that travelers to the Philippines protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 12 months of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?

Get measles vaccine*:

  • People who cannot show that they were vaccinated as children and who have never had measles should be vaccinated.
  • Infants 6–11 months of age should have 1 dose of measles vaccine if traveling internationally.
    • Children in the United States routinely receive measles vaccination at 12–15 months of age.
    • Infants vaccinated before age 12 months should be revaccinated on or after the first birthday with 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Children 12 months of age or older should have 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Adolescents and adults who have not had measles or have not been vaccinated should get 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is nearly 100% effective at preventing measles.
  • The only measles vaccines available in the United States are the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines. MMR has been used safely and effectively since the 1970s. A few people experience mild, temporary adverse reactions, such as joint pain, from the vaccine, but serious side effects are extremely rare. There is no link between MMR and autism.
  • See Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) for more information.

Practice hygiene and cleanliness:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups, with people who are sick.

If you feel sick and think you may have measles:

Traveler Information

we recommend having travel insurance 

Climbing Mt. Batulao

Hello.

Earlier this month, my boyfriend, my best friend and I climbed Mt. Batulao, a popular destination in Batangas with only 2,661 feet in elevation. It’s an easy climb, according to bloggers and true enough, it only took us 2 hours to get to the peak, and around an hour to get back down to our car. Before all that though, we woke up extra early so we could have breakfast at the popular Breakfast at Antonio’s. It was around 8 am when we arrived at the restaurant. The sun was shining, the cool Tagaytay breeze was very enjoyable and the food was simply delicious.

Breakfast at Antonio's Breakfast at Antonio’s

The view from the restaurant is the famous Taal Volcano, sitting silently on its lake.

Taal Volcano Taal Volcano

After our yummy brekky & coffee, we went to KC Hillcrest to park our car. According to some blogs, the tricycle ride from Hillcrest to the starting…

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