April 22, 2018, 12:51 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07053 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99923 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03418 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38677 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02467 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03418 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03841 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59228 Bangladesh Taka
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1 Philippine Peso = 33.62742 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02503 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13175 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06526 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26032 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 384.48243 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03837 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02421 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01858 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.41406 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12052 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 52.12791 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.7778 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.71039 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39282 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.39601 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11551 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94891 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1798 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24262 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33916 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52276 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01551 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03865 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01348 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01349 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08525 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89975 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.80584 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14089 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.95007 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15072 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45249 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11491 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24505 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.8093 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.60534 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06739 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26727 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.73862 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 806.60649 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91031 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.37565 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01361 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06171 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92145 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.32194 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.97331 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.61206 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.28442 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.40042 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01575 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.25043 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.93989 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.9034 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99693 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.50451 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22892 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01192 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02543 Libyan Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31452 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94968 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.52333 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.86134 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15521 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76013 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64144 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29902 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.70175 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35007 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07459 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22915 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87536 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59554 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14884 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01652 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02629 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00739 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06176 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06241 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21836 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06459 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.04187 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0699 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07223 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16816 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.22066 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07202 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14768 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25792 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34667 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.161 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02513 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01349 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42646 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.53351 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.79316 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 380.06338 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16804 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.89015 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22917 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.599 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04602 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04292 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07736 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12961 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56365 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.7488 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50259 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.84694 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54158 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 154.65719 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1139.831 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 437.43038 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00538 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04922 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05185 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.83983 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.79931 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2292 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.66391 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.95026 Zimbabwe dollar

Beguiled

WORK-LIFE balance is not a myth. We need it, whether we believe it or not. And it actually helps keep people sane and productive. 

There’s a lot of truth to the adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” I heard this way back in grade school. And for some reason, while my parents didn’t preach it — they sure lived it! 

Summers, for us, were mostly play. It meant endless days of frolicking on the beach looking for sea shells, bits of interesting coral, burrowing through the sand in search of little crabs that skittered all over the place when we walked aimlessly on a sandbar at dusk.

We’d watch fireflies weave a canopy of flickering lights over the mangroves. It was both eerie and magical. One of our favorite past times at night was eating freshly-boiled crabs that crawled out to shore when our trusty fishpond men  switched on their flashlights,  luring the giant crabs out of hiding. Have you ever eaten fresh crabs that were boiled in a huge drum? I have! Unli-crabs were nothing new to me at age seven. We ate boiled crabs as fast as we ate boiled corn. Both are sweet, unbelievably firm and juicy to the bite when picked fresh from the fields or the water!  

The sound of the wild blended seamlessly with the sound of the wind and waves. Pure freshness just embraced us, engulfed us. Every single day that we spent walking on the beach, on the grass, under the coconut trees, we were washed clean of the grime and stench of the city. 

Well, I had another taste of that last weekend, when my husband and I and another couple, spent several days on this beguiling island. For the life of me, I never thought there was a place as beautiful as this in the Philippines! And I’m not writing this because I’m being paid to — let me say that right off. I’m writing this because that island was absolutely beguiling. The whole experience was a grown-up, luxurious version of my childhood summers on the beach. 

We started off by riding this charming, small seaplane from the waters near the CCP. In 30 minutes, we landed on the island’s private hangar. Everything was clean, fast and efficient — even our welcome drink with its tiny umbrella promised refreshing efficiency. It may sound cerebral and unromantic  — but believe me, “fast, clean and efficient” is the backbone of marvelous vacations. 

We were splendidly surprised to see, feel, and experience the island’s seven theme villages  — in a three-hour tour on a jeepney, accompanied by an articulate tour director who clearly loved his job. Each village was inspired by a country, and was about five minutes away from each other. We did the whole nine yards. We toured all seven villages. I remember going to St. Tropez, Bali, Mykonos, Costa del Sol, Toscana (where we stayed), and the grand Royal Villas which looked very Mediterranean to me. My memory’s not that good, so I took tons of pictures. There were still several big, interesting buildings we missed like a spa, a wellness centre, a sports centre, an interesting hideaway, etc. 

Each sprawling village has villas (or private rooms), restaurants, decor, ambience, and furniture that are specifically designed to that country’s culture and taste. It was like country-hopping on an island! There was also always something different to do each day. Imagine, we ate our meals in nine different places over the span of five days we were there! We just happened to like breakfast at one restaurant so much that we ate there twice. 

The attention to detail in each theme village was incredible. That’s what caught my attention immediately. This was the common thread that ran through all the theme villages we went to. 

The decor in the main halls, the hallways, the big and small salas, the indoor and outdoor bathrooms, and the private villas were very carefully chosen. Beach villas had personal jacuzzis on the patios. The vases and plates, framed prints, main accent pieces or little side tables and chairs, the lamps and lighting fixtures, the flatware and dinnerware — all were meticulously-chosen and tastefully arranged. The over-all effect was elegant, authentic, refreshingly natural. 

We stayed for three nights in Toscana, which has a graceful, old-world charm. There was a fresh water pool just a few steps away from our patio! At dusk, when the lights in the villas and the pools were turned on, Toscana transformed into an even more magical place. 

My husband and I, on our first night, sat on a stone bench that looked out to the ocean. The Pacific Ocean, to be exact. There, we prayed together for dear family and friends who are blessings to us, and whom we have also blessed. We thanked God for bringing us to this splendid place. 

For the next few days, we drank in the lush, unfettered foliage; the sand and sea that were served to us alfresco, the minute we stepped out of our patio in Toscana or our beachfront villa. The ubiquitous island jeepneys had seats comfortably facing front for maximum sightseeing, and were just a phone call away. The drivers brought us wherever we wanted to go — through country roads that cut through field and grass, with fresh foliage at every bend. I cannot forget the haunting, stately Balete trees that sometimes appeared by the wayside. 

Whether we were swimming in the infinity pools or walking on the beach in the quiet, cool afternoons, or thoroughly enjoying the fresh, sumptuous food that we tried in the different restaurants on the island, Balesin was always, always stunning. Refreshing.  Beguiling. 

Hands down, this was one of the best vacations we’ve ever had in the world. And without a doubt, the best one we’ve ever had in the Philippines.
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