July 19, 2018, 11:37 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0687 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01833 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03442 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51646 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02528 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0333 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03741 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57108 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03151 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 32.75309 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02527 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12832 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07203 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27899 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 374.4856 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03737 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02464 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01868 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.20576 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12563 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 53.5578 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.55649 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77142 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41506 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.32024 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11972 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93303 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19981 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25129 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33389 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51106 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01606 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03917 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01429 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08962 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88982 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.66816 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14005 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.88103 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1468 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44747 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1187 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26057 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20183 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.36027 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06796 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28159 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.25963 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 813.69248 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99588 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.43547 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01325 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11107 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.8771 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27484 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.70146 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 16.83502 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.15413 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00566 Kuwaiti Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.4508 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.22035 Lao Kip
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.98915 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 3.00412 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24822 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31076 Moldovan Leu
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1 Philippine Peso = 26.78638 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.80995 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15122 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64048 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64347 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29125 Maldives Rufiyaa
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.35353 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07589 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24819 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.58586 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15284 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04293 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02753 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00719 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06114 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06073 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39618 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0692 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.97905 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06809 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07472 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.95267 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07015 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14747 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25122 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33483 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16573 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02554 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0143 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41538 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 153.38571 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.68088 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.68313 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16367 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.633 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24845 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62252 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04952 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04351 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08966 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12587 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57159 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.49906 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49158 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.56977 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58277 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.09914 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2239.05724 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 431.12608 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04265 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04883 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05051 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90591 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.67265 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24818 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.07258 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76955 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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