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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Taiwan: Visa Free for Filipinos!



It is now OFFICIAL! Filipinos can now enter Taiwan visa-free. The new travel policy will be implemented on a trial basis for 9 months (November 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018).

Starting November 1 of this year, Filipino travelers can enjoy 14 days of visa-free travel in Taiwan.

REQUIREMENTS:
- should be a Philippine Passport holder with at least 6 months validity from the date of entry
- should have a roundtrip ticket or a ticket/visa to next destination
- should have no criminal record in Taiwan
- should have a proof of any of the ff: accommodation or hotel booking, host/sponsor's contact information, details of tour or travel itinerary

Take note that those who intends to stay for more than 14 days in Taiwan should still acquire an appropriate visa.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Where to Stay in Makati: KL Tower Serviced Residences

Our account have been working pretty hard for the past 2 or 3 months, so the Boss decided to throw a private party somewhere in BGC. This was to celebrate the whole team's success and hard work. Though I, myself was in need of a much-deserved rest, I also needed to attend the party. Solution? A staycation within the metro.

KL Tower Serviced Residences is located along Gamboa Street in Legazpi Village, Makati. It is strategically located at the heart of Makati Central Business District and is surrounded by business offices, malls, and even go-to restaurants in Makati. Surprisingly, its location is free from crowd and traffic which makes it a perfect spot for those who wants to have a real chill staycation.

How guests are being welcomed?

The modern and very classy lobby of KL Tower


Sweet Treats as compliments :)

Aside from these, guests are being addressed by first name and there was no hassle in checking-in, it only took me less than 5 minutes to check-in and to be escorted to my room.

Staycation Begins!
Got to stay in KL Tower's One Bedroom Suite and I could say that I found another fave staycation spot in the metro.
Very chic and modern interiors

The room is fully furnished and equipped with stylish kitchen and dining area

Just a little warning, once you get to rest inside the bedroom, you would not want to leave. 
Promise!

And my favorite spot in the room? This workstation.
My design inspiration to put a small and simple workstation inside my room

Clean restroom with hot and cold shower complete with complimentary shampoo & conditioner, toothcare kit, comb, shower cap, and sewing kit

Once you enter the bathroom, these white towels will greet you. I was really happy and found them so cute, I thought that the purpose is simply to greet the guests. Little did I know that it is not just a simple greeting but also stands for the great folks behind KL Tower.

HII stands for Hospitality Innovators, Inc. that has been bringing the concept of Innovision for over a decade now. This is the same group behind the most-loved concept hotels and residences in the country such as Azumi Boutique Hotel, Crosswinds Resort Suites, Harvest Hotel, Parque Espana, The Exchange Regency, The Picasso, Y2 Residence Hotel, HUE Hotel & Resorts, The Aspen Tower, The Mondrian Residences, Crown Tower, and La Casarita.
Hi! :)

To enjoy the other amenities of KL Tower, go to the 7th Floor; this is where guests can enjoy the following: indoor swimming pool, sauna for men and women, gym, function room, and children's play area.
KL Tower Serviced Residences 7th Floor

Most-raved about pool of KL Tower - perfect for photo ops

Another plus is that KL Tower Serviced Residences is that they have an allocated parking space for each of their guests. Parking space is free, clean, and well-lit.

And oh, do not forget that a stay in KL Tower comes with complimentary breakfast at Kitchen 1B.

With its affordable rates, a stay in KL Tower Serviced Residences is highly-recommended for those who want to maximize their time in the metro.


KL Tower Serviced Residences
117 Gamboa St., Legaspi Village,
Makati City 1229
Contact Nos.: (02) 8450084
Email Address: reservations@kltower.ph
http://www. kltower.ph/

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.

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.

Finally...

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
Boom!

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.


 
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