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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Manila International Travel Expo 2017

The 4th Manila International Travel Expo will be held on September 22 to 24, 2017 at SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
4th Manila International Travel Expo

This travel fair and exhibition will be organized by Global-Link MP Events International, Inc. The International Travel Expo Series is set to feature all kinds of travel services - may it be inbound or outbound travel; this conference will cover travel and leisure destinations, airlines, hotel accommodations, travel and tour packages, travel products, and other various travel services.

Indeed, Manila International Travel Expo is a globally-competitive travel show. This International Travel Expo by Global-Link MP Events International, Inc has been into opening up tons of opportunities to many industry stakeholders, travel companies, transportation, entrepreneurs, and other tourism professionals across the country.
International Travel Expo Series Year 2017

Event Schedule:
Starting: September 22, 2017
Ending: September 24, 2017

On the said dates, the International Travel Expo opens at 10 in the morning and closes at 6 in the evening.

List of exhibitors and admission fees and/or ticket prices have not been released yet. But regardless, sure Manila International Travel Expo 2017 will be a big travel event, no need to go on Bingo dating, let us save as early as now.

See you there!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Honesty Coffee Shop, Batanes: Not Your Ordinary Coffee Shop

Honesty Coffee Shop in Batanes is not your ordinary cafe. It might look like a typical small carinderia or sari-sari store in the neighbourhood, but trust me, Honesty Coffee Shop is one-of-a-kind.
Honesty Coffee Shop sits along the National Road in Ivana, Batanes
right beside the Ivana Port

Living up to its name, the Honesty Coffee Shop is always open and welcomes ANYONE. It is unmanned which means there is no manager, no cashier, and no waiter/waitress to attend to your needs. Guests do everything on their own - from making their own tea/coffee or preparing their snacks to computing the total bill and paying the RIGHT AMOUNT. The owners simply trust everyone who comes in.

A stop at Honesty Coffee Shop was both refreshing and weird at the same time. I, for one, felt so happy and excited to see how it looks like knowing that there is still a place here in the Philippines that trusts its customers in full-scale. The concept and practice is simple but it is quite weird because this is how difficult to find HONESTY these days. Sadly, especially now, HONESTY, is simply something that we're ALL wishing and looking forward to see.


Come and visit Batanes to see Honesty; they have zero-crime rate by the way. Aside from Ivatan's honesty, they are also known to building strong houses that have been tried and tested amidst multiple cyclones. Incredibly, they use available natural materials that could be cheap surface for sports areas but really lasts long.

P.S. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR 'EX' HERE , baka di sya makapasok. :p

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Philippine Travel Mart 2017: 50 Shades of Fun at Visit Asean @ 50

The biggest travel trade in the country is back!!!

The 28th Philippine Travel Mart will be held on September 1 to 3, 2017 at SMX Convention Center Manila.
Aside from "Sale ng Bayan" where visitors can book and buy different domestic and international travel packages, this year's Travel Mart will also highlight the Visit ASEAN @ 50 Golden Anniversary.

Entrance Fees:
Php50 - Regular Rate
Php40 - Students, Senior, PWDs

Philippine Travel Mart is open from 10:00AM to 8:00PM.

Don't miss the chance to grab the best travel deals!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Travel Trends: Non-Hotel Accommodations

Agoda, one of the world’s largest accommodation booking platforms, today reveals the motivations and booking behaviors driving the rise in non-hotel accommodation (NHAs) - also known as homestays. agoda’s inventory of over 1.5 million properties worldwide have included all sorts of homestays for years, providing a unique lens to the impact of NHAs over time.
  1. Travelers are more likely to stay in a home when close to home

Domestic travelers are more likely to book homestays. But they are also more likely to consider booking privately-owned homes/apartments when traveling to their neighbors, neighboring countries that is.

Travelers from Indonesia (79%), Singapore (71%), Philippines (82%) and Thailand (80%) will most likely consider booking homestays when traveling within Asia. Similarly, travelers from the UK (88%), US (84%) and Australia (75%) will most likely consider booking a privately-owned home within their home continent.

  1. Reasons for choosing a hotel alternative varies across countries

Indonesians (55%), Malaysians (54%) and Filipinos (53%) will book NHAs to accommodate families and large groups.  

Meanwhile, Singaporeans (57%), Thais (54%) and Australians (46%) view NHAs as a less expensive option to a hotel room.

Adventurous Chinese travelers mostly consider NHAs to get a more local travel experience (55%).

3. NHA types

Amongst non-hotel bookers, there is a clear trend in the most popular type of NHAs booked per market
  • B&Bs rank first for Filipino travelers, with 53% of those surveyed having booked one in the past year
  • Private homes are among the favorites for travelers from Singapore (44%), Malaysia (40%) and Australia (38%)
  • Villas and guest houses are well liked by Indonesian (37%, 36%) and Thai (31%, 32%) travelers

Connecting these travelers to homestay properties is Agoda Homes, a portal for home owners to list their properties to millions of agoda users worldwide, at no cost.

“Agoda has offered a variety of homes for many years now, and we will continue to build our inventory to offer travelers more choice – from more conventional options like a private home or a villa to unique properties like a treehouse or even a yacht.” said Andy Edwards, agoda’s Global Director for Brand and Marketing Communication.

The Agoda Travel & Tech Study is based on a survey of 16,000+ respondents aged 18-64 across 15 countries and covers the motivations and booking behavior of travelers in the age of tech innovation.

Fancy gently rocking to sleep on the waves? Or waking up in a treehouse?  Or standing in your own kitchen and seeing a mountain view you’ve never seen before? From quirky to luxurious, here are some of Agoda’s most extraordinary Agoda Homes for travelers to satisfy their wanderlust:

Tegal Panggung Guest House (Jogjakarta)

Rumah Pohon Tree House (Bali)

Under the Coconut Tree Hoi Ann (Hoi Ann, Vietnam)

Luxury Yacht MM2 (Phuket, Thailand)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Exotic Tourist Destinations That Will Strengthen Your Feelings

Summer is the season that everyone has been waiting for. Especially when you have somebody to spend your vacations with. They can either be friends, colleagues or your beloved family. But spending summer holidays with your beloved person is a whole new level of fun. Of course, you may expect sensual trips to local restaurants (trying exotic food for the first time is always fun), romantic walks and crazy nights on the beach or in the clubs, whatever you are up to.
Sometimes we spend too much time with our partner, so you feel like separated trips would only strengthen the bonds of love between you two. But that’s very risky – we all know about vacation flirting and how easy everything happens when you are formally single. So why not trying other options like holiday that have some spice to it. If you used to travel solo, find a companion among travel girls for dating. Come on, you need to shake it up and place yourself in some crazy circumstances. We need some funny and horrifically embarrassing situations that your friends would be so excited to listen over a coffee. Get prepared to hear top-5 crazy places that will only attract you stronger to each other:
1. Visit one of the most famous nudist beaches in Caribbean Sea. Orient Bay is the place for those people, who are not afraid of judgment. Even though you probably haven’t been on such a funny expedition, you might want to try to go nude for a day – it’s so risky and exotic. Once you two take off your clothes, you realize that Caribbean tourists are people without prejudices, you will also understand what call of nature is. Besides that, it’s one more story to share (not with your parents, though).
2. Get married in McDonalds. Although it seems like a joke, if you visit Hong-Kong, you can undergo a unique experience of such an unusual wedding. Everyone has heard of one-minute ceremonies in Las-Vegas, but this one is ten times funnier! Already, three Hong Kong McDonald's restaurants, whose golden arches have become one of the main symbols of American culture, are beginning to accept applications for the "McWeddings" (weddings at McDonald's). "At traditional weddings, the bride and groom eat cherries and then kiss. At our weddings, the newlyweds will eat fries and kiss ", - quotes South China Morning Post representative Helen Chang.
3. Visit Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania. On the vast plains and meadows you can often see how the lions hunt for cloven-hoofed animals. The Serengeti Park is also famous for the great migrations of zebras and antelopes of wildebeest commence in the Masai Mara. If you feel adventurous, you can sign up for an interesting safari and bring home lots of stories and photos.
4. Go on an unforgettable diving tour. Traveling to Thailand with one of the best Russian brides is an unforgettable experience. Diving in Thailand is one of the most popular entertainment. The main region for diving is the Andaman Sea, the starting point is Phuket. There are diving centers on Koh Chang, but it's more for the inexperienced divers and beginners. Chang is mainly positioned as a place for snorkeling. Here you can see lots of exotic and very beautiful animals like sharks, turtles and different ocean fishes.
5. Become ninjas in Japan. Ninjas are secret agents of feudal Japan. Over time, they disappeared, but in Tokyo there is one of the few remaining ninja senses, including one that straightened at once with the 13 members of the Yakuza. Training can be difficult, but you will learn to be a true shinobi. What an unforgettable journey for you two. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tagaytay Sidetrip: The Puzzle Mansion Museum in Tagaytay

Tagaytay City has always been one of the favorite spots for quick weekend getaways with family and friends. Its perfect location (approximately less than 1.5 hrs drive from Manila), its cool breeze plus the fact that it is becoming a haven for foodies are only some of the many reasons why Tagaytay City has gained the popularity.

So what other things can you guys do in Tagaytay? Go for a side trip to The Puzzle Mansion.

The Puzzle Mansion is located at Cuadra Street, Brgy. Asisan in Tagaytay City. It is recognized by Guinness World of Records as the biggest puzzle collection in the world.
Entrance Fee is Php100 per person

The Puzzle Mansion Museum houses the jigsaw puzzle collection of Ms. Gina Gil Lacuna. 
It consists of 1,028 different puzzle sets.
First time to see 3D Puzzle Sets

Would you believe these beautiful photographs of Philippine Destinations are all jigsaw puzzle?

If the visit to Puzzle Mansion ignited your passion to build, create or even have your own collection of puzzle, you may start purchasing some jigsaw puzzle in the museum's puzzle store. 
They accept cash or debit/credit card payments.

True, Puzzle Mansion Museum is officially amazing. 
This spot deserves a quick visit when in Tagaytay!

Philippine Holidays 2018: Regular Holidays, Special Non-Working Days, Special Holidays, and Long Weekends

Hey hey hey! Malacanang has released the list of Philippine Holidays for 2018. So what are you waiting for wanderlusts, mark your calendars now and make sure to carefully plan your leaves and your trips! :)

Proclamations to declare national holidays for Eid'l Fitr and Eid'l Adha follow after approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Something BIG is Coming Soon...

Because we won't let you wander the Philippines alone...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Have a Chill Day in Tagaytay Using This Cool App

Every time the unbearable heat in Manila strikes, we would always hear people coming up with quick getaways to escape the summer (and even not summer) heat. People would always say, "Tagaytay tayo!", "Ano akyat tayo sa Baguio?, and so forth. For people in Manila and nearby provinces, the top option would always be Tagaytay given that the travel time is shorter which makes the immediate travel gratification quicker and much more achievable.

Not only this, there are also a lot of spots to visit to in Tagaytay, name it! Go and visit the People's Park, Sky Ranch, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, Tierra de Maria, Museo Orlina, The Puzzle Mansion, Paradizzo, Twin Lakes, and Fantasy World. Aside from these must visit places, most of us would chase for a bowl of hot bulalo with the scenic Taal Volcano on the side. Tagaytay is also well-known as a haven for food lovers (my goal is try all of them) - Mahogany Market, Balay Dako, Antonio's, Mushroom Burger, Memory Lane, Sonya's Garden, Bag of Beans, Bawai, Concha's Garden Cafe, etc. Promise, the long list is not yet over!

Though Tagaytay has a lot to offer, people would always prefer to brave the heavy traffic going home and not to spend a night in Tagaytay? Why? Because to be honest, hotels in Tagaytay are too popular that they are all too expensive.

Same thing happened the other day when we visited Tagaytay, we went home after a full day. I hope on our next visit, we will get a chance to spend overnight instead especially now that Traveloka has launched its special deals for Tagaytay Hotels.
 Pick a hotel of your choice and enjoy the 30% discount on Baguio and Tagaytay hotel rates

 Traveloka App, my best buddy in booking for cheap hotels

Traveloka, is a one-stop travel booking app for flights and hotels. It is pretty easy to use.

Simply type in the destination or the exact name of the hotel in the search field, and in no time, you will get plenty of results. Users can even filter and sort the search results based on location, rates, popularity, and rating.
Traveloka App offers a wide range of choices - from budget accommodations to luxurious hotels to give the app users the power to decide where they want to stay.
Once a hotel has been selected, users can easily get all the information they need about the hotel - photos, main facilities, accommodation inclusions, room rates, reviews, and hotel policy.
Expect that the Traveloka App gives the best prices for hotels; right from the start hotel rates in Traveloka App are discounted. What sets Traveloka apart? This app is very transparent about the rates, it has been proven and tested that there are no hidden charges.
Unlike in any other booking apps, Traveloka provides accurate and 
complete information on the nearby places.
Because honesty is the best policy - this Guest Reviews feature in Traveloka is really valuable. Before confirming your booking, one can immediately see the insights of the previous guests. Available reviews can either be from Traveloka or Tripadvisor.
Because we all hate surprises - Traveloka App is very transparent on the hotel policies. 
Guests would not be surprised if there is a need for security deposit or what not.

Should you have any special requests, feel free to put it in on the special requests just right before you pay for your booking. And lastly, do not forget to use the ongoing Traveloka promo codes to get additional discounts.

Traveloka offers a lot of payment options, too. Pay through credit/debit cards, Over the Counter (7-11, Cebuana Lhuillier, M Lhuillier), or through bank deposit (BDO, BPI, and Metrobank).

No hassle: Simply show your e-ticket/hotel voucher on Traveloka during check-in. For further assistance, Traveloka has a 24/7 Customer Support.

Traveloka is available in Google Play and Apple Store.

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