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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Duplex Hot Spring Resort Laguna

Looking for a perfect venue for team buildings, family gatherings, or barkada getaways? Why not try Duplex Hot Spring Resort in Los Banos, Laguna?

Duplex Hot Spring Resort Group or commonly known as Duplex is composed of 5 hot spring villas where everyone can chill and celebrate. It is also an alternative venue for corporate seminars, meetings, or strategic plannings with an atmosphere of a vacation home. The modern hot spring boutique is complete with amenities like mini-mart, mini-bar w/ disco set-up, restaurant, and outdoor theater.

Over the weekend, we got to try one of the Duplex villas - Duplex Villa 3.

Villa 3 rates are as follows:
Day (8AM - 5PM) ...................... Php9250
Night (7PM - 6AM) .................... Php11250
22 hrs ........................................ Php16500

Duplex Villa 3

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Where to Go in Sarangani: Isla Jardin Del Mar, Gumasa

Sharing some snapshots of Isla Jardin Del Mar, Gumasa, Glan, Sarangani.
The unspoiled beach of Gumasa Beach

Isla Jardin Del Mar cottages

The simplicity of the resort gives a natural tropical atmosphere. Nipa Hut + Sound of the Waves = This is Life!

Isla Jardin Del Mar, an ideal escape for family and friends

Isla Jardin Del Mar
Sitio Manando, Gumasa, Glan
General Santos, Sarangani

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Where To Stay in Hongkong: KG Garden Guesthouse Review

I would like to emphasize that KG Garden Guesthouse is a guesthouse, not a hotel, so expect nothing fancy. KG Garden Guesthouse occupies the 3rd Floor of Mirador Mansion along Nathan Road. It is strategically located next to MTR Station (which is a plus).
Mirador Mansion

Near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station

KG Garden itself is clean and decent but the surroundings and the building itself is quite messy. To have a clear view, imagine an old, abandoned, and dirty tenement building. To be honest, for a first-time visitor in Hongkong, I felt a little scared and surprised when we saw the building. We were surprised since we never saw any pictures of the building on KG Garden's website and/or even in Agoda.

Except for the surroundings, which I think is normal for guesthouses and hostels, the rooms of KG Garden are pretty clean and decent. They are quite small; just enough space for the double-sized bed and your luggage. The bathroom is clean - clean toilet bowl, working hot and cold shower. For security, the rooms and aisle have double-lock (make sure not to share the code for the electronic lock). Also, just right outside your room, there is a water dispenser for your hot and cold water needs.

For the price, staying in KG Garden Guesthouse is cheaper compared to other hostels. I availed Agoda's promo of Book Now Pay Later which is really a good deal. A standard room for two is approximately around Php2100.00/night.

Overall, KG Garden Guesthouse is highly-recommended especially for budget travelers.

* They have free towels but some or should I say most of the towels that they provide are small. It would not hurt to bring your own Towelite.
* Once you check-in, they will require a HKD50 deposit. They will return the deposit once you check-out. Make sure to get the deposit the night before you check-out especially if your flight is early since the reception opens at 8:30 AM.
 * The Money Changer at Mirador Mansion have high exchange rate compared to others. It is open from 9AM to 9PM only.
* If you booked using Agoda, make sure to print a hard copy of the booking confirmation.
* The lift is small and smells like curry. :)
* They have free wifi.

KG Garden Guesthouse
Flat A9, 3rd Floor Mirador Mansion
62 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hongkong

Monday, September 22, 2014

30 Before 30: Things I Want to Try Before Turning 30

Few years ago, I bumped onto this blog that has a "30 Before 30" page. I found it interesting but at the same time, I was really wondering why people do list of things they want to do before turning 30 years old. I did not have any idea by then. I just thought to myself, "Probably, they're too old...", "Probably, they're already thirty...", "Probably, they're already 28 or 29."

That time, I cannot relate. I never saw myself coming up with a list or simply because, I never saw myself getting old, literally. That time, I thought that I really don't have to think about it yet since I was just 23 by then. Yes, I was too young by then...

Now, I think I should create one to remind myself of what I wanna do, what I wish for, or just... well, whatever. I just really want to do a rundown, anyways. In no particular order, here's mine:

1. Visit Angkor Wat
2. Take Akiki Trail to Mt. Pulag Summit
3. Climb Mt. Apo
4. Try Bungee Jumping
5. Prepare a Christmas Party for Lolos and Lolas
6. Take a Cooking Class
7. Go to Japan. :)
8. Swim with sharks/whales
9. Take a picture with Mickey Mouse
10. Buy my own surfboard
11. Stay in Baler for 1 week to surf, surf, and surf. :)
12. Try Cliff Diving.
13. Get a US Visa.
14. Revisit Calaguas Island.
15. Learn how to use chopsticks.
16. Try trail biking.
17. Go biking around UP Diliman.
18. Backpacking Thailand.
19. Take badminton lessons.
20. Watch another Cinemalaya film.
21. Try the zipline in Lake Sebu.
22. Submit an article in one of the travel magazines.
23. Visit Batanes.
24. Visit Palaui Island.
25. Visit San Vicente Palawan.
26. Revisit Cagbalete Island.
27. Visit Isla de Gigantes.
28. Take a jumpshot on Pico de Loro's monolith.
29. Join a trail run.

How about you? What are the things you wish to do before turning 30? Share yours.

Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Score Cheap Airline Tickets

1. STALK. Stalk the different social media accounts of your favorite airline companies. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Through these, you'll get the latest updates on their seat sales and promos.

2. BOOKMARK! Create a shortcut link or include the airline companies' websites in your favorites. This will give you an advantage to easily access their websites in no time.

3. COMPARE. When booking for a flight, make sure to compare the prices of the different airline companies.

4. EXPLORE. Explore and study the available options to make the flight cheaper (e.g. baggage allowance, seat selection, etc.)

5. BOOK EARLY. Airline tickets are way more expensive if the travel date is within the week of purchase. Plan your trips so you can book your flights in advance.

Last but not the least, in the Philippines, it pays to know the holidays and celebrations; most airlines have seat sales and promos on these dates.

How about you? What are your secrets in booking cheap domestic and international flights before booking luxury holiday houses? Share it here. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ditumabo Falls: Meeting the Mother of All Falls in Baler

Ditumabo Falls a.k.a. the Mother Falls is located in Barangay Ditumabo in San Luis, a neighboring town of Baler.
Ditumabo Falls is about 50 meters high and falls on a 30 meter wide basin 
(the area gets smaller during summer/El Nino)

How to Get There:
From Baler, ride a van/tricycle going to Barangay Ditumabo. From the jump-off point, you need to pay Php30.00 for the Environmental Fee. If you are riding a van/car, you have the option to take a tricycle instead since the road is too bumpy. Charge would be Php300/one way good for 4 persons. Another option is to trek (it's approximately 45 mins - 1 hr to the falls).

If you're tired and hungry, do not fret. There are a couple of food stalls along the way - grilled corn, rice cakes, Halo-halo, Buko Juice, distilled water, name it!
Merienda Time!!! :)

After crossing the bamboo bridge, a neon green nipa hut, and a bunch of streams, you will see a rustic water pipeline. You can use this pipeline as a guide to the most-awaited Mother Falls as it leads to it.
Magsawa ka sa all kinds of River Crossing!

Look for the small wooden ladder, this leads up to a paved path. This is the sign that you are a couple of minutes away from meeting the Mother.

Sitting on the paved path to Ditumabo Falls. Konti na lang, malapit na!

At the right side of the path, you'll see this small falls. Hindi ito yun! 

At the end of the cemented path, you'll see a dam. Don't get excited too much, it's not the falls. You have to go around to see the Ditumado Falls.
At lalong hindi pa rin ito yun. This is just the dam.

Reminder: Ditumabo Falls is not something like a hidden paradise or whatsoever you want to call it. It is popular so it really gets crowded especially during weekends. But don't worry, its natural pool is large enough to accommodate a number of groups. And hmm... sometimes, you just have to wait for your turn; people don't really dip themselves for too long - the water is freezing cold!
Ditumabo Falls - the natural cold swimming pool in Baler

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Best Travel Apps for Download 2014

Google Maps
This app makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.

This app is a world of hotels in the palm of your hands. There are over 357,000 hotels available worldwide. You may check hotel reviews and the best part, you got to book hotels and resorts in a very discounted price.

Waze Social
Waze is one of the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation apps. Real-time traffic and road info are shared to save time, gas, money, and daily commuting.

Trip Advisor
Millions of traveler reviews, photos, and maps from 150 million reviews from TripAdvisor. Plan and have your perfect trip. With over 150 million reviews and opinions by travelers. This app makes it easy to find the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun things to do wherever you go.

Get cheap flights fast with this app, the world's best flight search app. Compare millions of flights and hundreds of airlines in seconds.

This app is the leading minute-by-minute weather forecast that is hyper-localized to your exact street address. It also gives a brief summary of what you can expect from the weather over the next 3-5 days for your location.

Airbnb opens the door to the world's most interesting places to stay and is the simplest way to earn money from your extra space. Discover thousands of places to stay in more than 34,000 cities.

XE Currency
Convert every world currency with this magnificent app. It offers live proprietary currency rates, charts, and even stores that last updated rates.

With this app, everyone in the world can connect - you can send free text messages and even make calls to Viber and non-Viber landlines/mobile numbers.
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