A Visit to Sonya’s Garden, Tagaytay, Philippines

Have you  been to Sonya’s Garden?  Sonya’s Garden is located in Tagaytay and it offers guests a Bed and Breakfast and a Spa where they can enjoy a relaxing time and pampering.  Sonya’s also has its own bakeshop or Panaderia, Restaurant and a Country Store.

Sonya's Garden Tagaytay

Sonya is an expat in Europe and the US who grew up in her grandmother’s country, the Philippines.  Memories in her grandma’s garden have always called her home.  In February 1998, Sonya opened the doors of her secret garden to the public, including locals and tourists who are looking for a tranquil place amidst trees and flowers.

Sonya's Garden Tagaytay

At Sonya’s restaurant, an idyllic setting awaits foodies with garden tables and chairs, large mirrors, and cascading waters by the walls. Here, guests can enjoy fruits and vegetables grown and handpicked from the garden.  Start off with salad greens – a mixed of dill, nasturtium, oxalis and arugula leaves garnished with fruits, olive oil and parmesan cheese.  Freshly-baked wheat bread is served hot from the Panaderia, matched with a variety of dips.

Sonya's Garden Restaurant  Tagaytay

Sonya’s restaurant is also best known to serve simple yet delish pasta with two choices of sauce, sun tomatoes and creamy white sauce with chicken.  Other popular favorites especially among the balikbayans are the gourmet rendition of the adobong pusit cooked in olive oil and sayote tops with shitake mushrooms in coconut milk.

Sonya's Garden Restaurant tagaytay

Planning a wedding?  Sonya’s Garden is the perfect place for a garden wedding.  Check out their website to see their wedding package.

Sonya's Garden Tagaytay

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Discover Baguio City Philippines!

Two months after the launch of Discover Baguio, I’m happy and proud of what our team has accomplished in such a short span of time.  I personally enjoyed every moment of our “field work”: meeting new people and interviewing business owners who were generous enough to give us the information and the support we need to ensure that each article feature will be worth the read; taking photos on location; and the thrill of discovering new things and places.

Discover Baguio, is a travel website that promotes Baguio City in the Philippines, as a beautiful tourist destination.  Here are some of the articles featured on the site and a peek at some of the photos.  If you have time, please visit the links and share your comments.  And, please take a moment to LIKE our Facebook Page by clicking here.  Thanks much!

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An Interview with Photographer: Erica Bushong

For this year, I’m starting this segment with an interview with a gifted and beautiful photographer.  A look at her photography gives you that feeling of warmth and positivity, such vibrance that exudes from within and that she is able to bring out from her subjects.  I discovered her photography when I came across her blog one day and I am simply drawn.  I was so glad that she agreed to do this interview and so may I introduce you all to Erica Bushong.

How did you get into photography?
I have always carried around a camera. Everywhere. Even since I was a kid I was obsessed with documenting life as I knew it. I graduated college with my Bachelors in Graphic Design and was hired on full-time by a photography studio. As soon as I picked up a camera I realized my love of design, color, composition, and light could be intertwined with my love of photography.

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This interview has been republished on my new blog Me Photographies  Please check out the complete interview here.

Lovely Scenes of Summer

I am terribly sorry for the delays. I’ve been having migraines since Sunday but I will be posting the giveaway winners tomorrow.  Meanwhile, here are lovely photos of summer.

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Sarah Storm Photography

Behind the Lens: Sarah Storm

It has been awhile since I have posted an interview for this segment.  Today, I’m very happy to introduce you all to another talented photographer. Her name is Sarah Storm.  You can find most of her works here and from her blog.  But not only that! Sarah is also a painter! Check out her beautiful artworks here.

I’m glad that I asked her to do this interview  with me because I have learned much.  She did not take up any class and for someone who wants to learn more about photography, that is inspiring.  Now, I hope you will enjoy reading this interview as much as I did.  Thank you so much Sarah for sharing your thoughts and experiences:)


How did you get into photography?

I have always had a passion for photography. My father is an amazing photographer and growing up he was never anywhere without his cameras. He even has his own dark room in the house. He really helped me develop my passion for it. I received my first 35mm camera when I was very young and since then have been hooked. I spent most of my High School days in art class and the yearbook darkroom.


Did you take up a formal education in photography?
I have not taken a single class. I believe it is important to read your manual inside and out and to experiment, go out and shoot as many photos of as many things as possible to find your style. Digital helps a lot that aspect.



In three to five words, how would you describe your work?

Little details in nature.

Which one is your most favorite or most memorable photo?
When I was in 6th grade I took a photo of my puppy, who is 14 now running though the snow and it was amazing. She had the best expression. Everyone, including myself was impressed it turned out so nice. That was before digital so it was a bit harder to get that perfect photo.



What type of photography do you like to do best?
Nature photography. I am a biologist and I love to capture the little details most would overlook and share that.


What kind of equipment do you use?
Right now digital, but I do love film as it is what I learned on. I haven’t been in a darkroom since high School. It is a dream of mine to learn large format film photography like Ansel Adams used.



What is your personal view on computer manipulation or digital enhancement?
My views have changed over the years. I think the world of photoshop is amazing. I wish I knew more about it. It is capable of things I could never dream of doing in the darkroom. I think it is a way for someone to really make an image their own. However, I believe in using it only to slightly enhance my photos since I am trying to capture the true nature of things, which in itself are amazing.


What/who are your favorite subjects to photograph?
I am blessed to live in Colorado where I have a lot of inspiration. If I had to choose, I love the feeling and subjects in forests.



What are your least favorite subjects?
People and food. I am sure that will change when I have children. And I would much rather enjoy the food.
If you were not a photographer today, what career would you have pursued?
I have a degree in environmental science and biology and am hoping continue preserving our natural world. Currently I work as a horticulturalist and enjoy beautifully the land. But my dream job would combine the two and work for National Geographic.


What is your dream photoshoot that you still have to do?
I would love to take a large format camera and travel to some of the places Ansel Adams visited and try to see what he saw. The Tetons and Redwood forests are on the top of that list.


If you can travel anywhere for a photoshoot, where would it be?
So many places, I would love to travel deep into the rainforest and see animals that most have never seen before. Africa and Alaska would be amazing too.


What do you enjoy most about being a photographer?
It motivates me to see new places and things. I see things as if I am looking through a camera lens even when I don’t have one. It helps me to always be observing and because of that I see things I might normally miss if I wasn’t a photographer.


What is your idea of beauty?
I tend to find things that are natural more beautiful, but I also love old architecture. I think beauty is anything that brings you the feeling of pleasure. It can be a view, a smell or the feeling of sunshine.





Who are your inspirations?

My Parents are huge inspirations. They’ve always had me creating and playing outdoors. Also they are always supportive, never critical. Also, Andy Goldsworthy, is such an inspiration to me. He is by far my favorite artist. His work is beyond incredible.

 Sarah with her dear puppy 🙂

Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?

Always, Always carry a camera. I cannot tell you how many incredible moments I have missed because I did not have one. I have spent more time mad at myself for this than anything else.
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Happy Sunday: Tempting and Glamorous

No words.  Just glamorous photos on a Sunday!