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Sunday, August 19, 2018

2019 Philippine Holidays: Regular Holidays, Special Non-Working Days, Special Holidays, and Long Weekends

Malacanang recently released the list of Philippine Holidays for 2019 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte under Proclamation No. 555.

Malacanang will issue a proclamation to declare national holidays for Eid'l Fitr and Eid'l Adha after the approximate days of the Islamic holidays have been determined.  

Plan your vacations as early as now! :)

Monday, June 18, 2018

5 Secluded Islands to Put on Your Bucket List

As an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands and islets, the Philippines has its fair share of secluded islands that absolutely need to be on your bucket list. Whether it’s on the sea or on one of the country’s many large lakes, there’s no shortage of islands that you can treat like your own private paradise. Surprisingly, many of them are both easy to find and affordable if you’re part of a somewhat large group. Any of these secluded islands are a great choice for anyone who’s looking for a private, personal getaway.

Brother Island

Brother Island

Also known as Small Darocoton Island, Brother Island can be found on the eastern seaboard of El Nido, north of Palawan Island. The entire place is a white sand beach that’s surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and some of the best-preserved waters in the entire archipelago, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Spot has the scoop on its accommodations: a gorgeous luxury tropical resort, complete with its own professional cook who specializes in Filipino cuisine. Don’t be shy about requesting for specialty seafood dishes. If you somehow get tired of roaming the small island, the local boatmen can take you to explore some of the other nearby island paradises.

Sundang Island

Sundang Island

This tiny island is just about one kilometer long and a couple hundred meters wide. It’s located at Lumot Lake reservoir in the cold, windy mountains of Cavinti, Laguna, which is accessible by car or bus from Metro Manila. Renting the entire island is about the same standard price as a luxury hotel, but instead of luxury amenities, you’ll have basic, clean amenities – surrounded by a lake paradise. Apart from swimming in the lake’s waters, Sundang also offers kayaks for rent, a large outdoor bonfire area overlooking the lake and other nearby islands, and plenty of books and board games at the guest house. As an added bonus, several large, cuddly, and friendly dogs make their home on Sundang.

Seco Island

Seco Island

The uninhabited island of Seco lies 50 km off the west coast of Panay Island, somewhat near Caticlan Airport. Filipknow reveals that the name Seco comes from the local word for “elbow,” which describes the shape of the island. Make sure to bring sunblock or at least go there on a somewhat cloudy day as there is very little cover on the island and its famed sandbar – it’s mostly white sand and crystal-clear waters in all directions.

Panampangan Island

Panampangan Island

Home to the longest sandbar in the country (3km), Panampangan Island is located in the province of Tawi-Tawi, the southernmost group of islands in the Philippines. This area is not exactly a popular tourist destination for both locals and foreign tourists, making it a secluded hidden beauty that’s a lot less spoiled than the more popular destinations in the country. As a result, Panampangan offers some of the most surrealistically clear light blue waters and pristine white sand beaches you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Choose Philippines advises coordinating with the Provincial Tourism Office of Tawi-Tawi who only recently opened channels to visit the sandbar-island if you want to go for a visit.

NoaNoa Island

Noanoa Island

This island is situated off the northeastern coast of Palawan Island. Surrounded by 70 hectares of tropical coral reef, Esquire Magazine reports that this is the place to go see lots of undersea wildlife. In fact, NoaNoa is an official marine sanctuary that’s recognized and protected by the Philippine government. The easiest way to get to NoaNoa from Metro Manila is to book a direct flight to Puerto Princesa Airport in Palawan through respected local carrier Philippine Airlines. From there, you can take a local shuttle to a seaport where a boat can take you directly to NoaNoa.


Friday, June 01, 2018

7 Reasons to Choose a Serviced Apartment

What could be easier than sleeping in a hotel? Well I’m here to tell you that serviced apartments offer a number of great reasons to forgo your tradition choice.

In recent years its seems non hotel accommodation is a growing global trend and it's about time you got on board with the idea too.

Read on below and I will let you in on my top 7 reasons to choose a serviced apartment.

It’s cost effective

You might think that renting an entire serviced apartment would cost much more than a simple room in a hotel. On the face of it might be but if you take into account all the other savings you will be making you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

Being able to cook for yourself, having somewhere to wash you own clothes and simply having  a nice place to hang out in the evening will save you a small fortune.

Plus if there are more than one of you in your travelling party you’ll likely find you are even more pleasantly surprised. Most hotels charge a per person rate, serviced apartments charge a flat rate. So if you are travelling as a group, or as a family you might end up saving a bunch.

The privacy & security

One of the best reasons to opt for a serviced apartment is the privacy such a choice allows. Unlike a hotel where you will constantly be bumping into other guests and have to be on alert for housekeeping knocking on the door at all hours. In a serviced apartment you are completely free to do whatever you want. If this includes being as messy as you like or sleeping in until 3pm, then so be it.

Plus you don’t have to worry about security, nobody is going to enter your apartment without your expressed say so. Most good serviced apartment will provide secure entry, 24-hour CCTV and some form of door staff to keep you safe and sound.

The concierge

Serviced apartments are called serviced for a good reason, as most provide a 24-hour concierge service. A one person encyclopedia of local knowledge, concierge’s are on hand, day or night, to answer questions and help guests with travel and social arrangements.

Think of them as a human version of your iPhone’s Siri. Plus in our experience they tend to be amazing characters full of smiles, stories and bonhomie.

There’s more space

Unless you splash out for a suite in a hotel, you’re almost guaranteed to have more space in a serviced apartment than you would in a traditional hotel room.

In a conventional hotel you often just get the bedroom and bathroom, in a serviced apartment you get just that – an entire apartment. That means multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, sitting rooms and even a kitchen.

Being able to move between living spaces just as you would at home means you will feel much more free and relaxed. It’s especially beneficial if you’re travelling with kids and need some space to allow them to play while you get down to some work.

It’s better for work

Hotel rooms are often a terrible places to try and get any work done. After fifteen minutes it feels as if they walls are closing in.

Anyone who knows anything about efficiency will tell you not to combine your work space with your sleeping space. So laptops on your bed are a big no no. Yet, if you’re anything like me I’m sure you’ve done this countless times in hotel rooms.  

Improving your sleep as the Sleep Advisor [SA] suggests, will make everything better the next day whether you’re in town for work, relaxation or play.

In even the smallest serviced apartments there will likely be a table or desk in one of the other rooms, meaning you can separate your sleeping area and your place of business. This will do wonders for your productivity and will help stave off feelings of cabin fever!

It’s better for your diet

I love eating in restaurants (who doesn’t). But I don’t want to do it every night of the week!
It gets exhausting, and pricey. Especially if i’m also eating my lunch out and about too.

This is exactly what you have to do well staying in a hotel, unless you are willing to splash out of the extortionate rates they charge for room service.

Being in a serviced apartment means you have your own fully-functioning kitchen and can take control of when and what you eat. This will save you a small fortune on restaurant bills. Even if you are only in town for a short time.

Should you wish to head on the town to sample the local delicacies, then you still have that option. Plus, if you or your traveling part happen to have any special dietary requirements being able to cook for yourself will take a lot of the strain of this.

Worried you will miss not having your hotel breakfast, well some serviced apartments even include breakfast too.

It’s more relaxing

Don’t like getting hit of by creeps in hotel bars (who does?), in a serviced apartment at the end of a long day you can sit back on the couch in your underwear and watch Game of Thrones. What could be better than that I ask you? Nothing is the answer.
Well, there you have my friends, my top 7 reasons why you should consider a serviced apartment for you next trip. Believe me you won’t regret it.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 New NAIA Terminal Assignments

Effective August 31, 2018, here are the planned terminal assignments:

You may also contact your airline to check your flight's final terminal assignment.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

6 Highlights Of The Manila Resorts

There’s much to see and do in the Manila area, but the main attractions these days are undoubtedly the resorts. In fact, the famous resorts and casinos in the area only seem to be gaining popularity. An article posted last autumn cited increasing visitation, mass penetration, and a strong local economy as reasons for revenue growth at the Manila casinos, which in turn will only make them better and more appealing than ever.

If you haven’t actually been to this part of Manila however, chances are you see it only in a vague way, as an over-the-top tourist trap or a Las Vegas imitation. To be fair, it is both of these things – but it’s also a very fun area to explore, which is why we’re taking a look at some of the highlights.

1. Nobu Restaurant

If you’ve heard of Nobu, it’s because this is a famous chain – though don’t let that detract from its reputation. It’s right up there with the most high-end chain restaurants in the world, and it’s no surprise that the establishment at City Of Dreams Manila has a stellar reputation. There’s one more restaurant further down this list, but Nobu’s advanced, modern preparations and classy crowd makes it quite the experience.

2. The Nuwa Spa

In any area with a focus on casino resorts there are going to be several different spa options. And frankly, in “Entertainment City” in Manila you can take your pick. But we like Nuwa (also at City Of Dreams), due to the fact that its design is a little bit less traditional – though no less relaxing – than some of its counterparts.

3. The Okada Table Games

It’s a given these days that you can find casino games online and don’t really need to seek them out in person. And in some cases – as with slots, jackpots, etc. – the experience online is just as good or better. You can also find dozens of the most popular card games and table games on the web, but these just don’t quite stack up to the in-person experience. For that reason we’d highlight the Okada Casino and its 500-plus table games as one of the best gaming attractions in the area.

4. Cove Manila

As is the case with any self-respecting casino resort hub, the Entertainment City area in Manila is home to its share of exciting nightlife venues. Cove Manila is an incredible example associated with the Okada. It’s essentially a beach club and nightclub rolled into one, and situated mostly under a giant dome. With food, drink, exciting lighting and live performances from major artists, the club has a little bit of everything.

5. The Resorts World Mall

Many people don’t fully realize how much shopping is a part of the casino resort experience until they actually visit a world-class resort. In the case of Manila, the shops at the Resorts World mall are a major draw, providing everything from clothing jewelry to perfumes and liquors. It’s an area worth looking around in, even if you’re not much for shopping in general.

6. The Midas Café

Described on the Midas Hotel & Casino website as offering an ambiance of “casual sophistication” and catering to culinary masters, The Midas Café is another incredibly alluring restaurant in the area. It’s essentially a gourmet café set up in an attractive, open space and designed to cater to all manner of different tastes.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Boracay Closure 2018: What to Do on Cancelled Boracay Flights

A quick cheat sheet on the Temporary 6-Month-Closure of Boracay Island, Philippines.

What, WTF, and other details: Temporary Closure of Boracay
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the temporary closure of Boracay Island from Tourism. This recommendation has been placed to give way to the No. 1 Island's rehabilitation.

The lovely sunset of Boracay Island

Duterte has described Boracay as a 'cesspool'.

When: effective April 26, 2018

What to Dos:

For those who have booked flights to Boracay on the dates indicated, check your Airlines' advisories - you may visit their website and Facebook pages for more information:

PAL and Cebupac have announced that all flights to Boracay and Caticlan will be cancelled and/or scaled down from April 26 - October 27. During the period, both airlines will also increase their flights in other domestic destinations.

Philippine Airlines - affected passengers of the Kalibo and Caticlan flights have the option to rebook/reroute/refund with penalties waived.

Cebu Pacific - affected passengers may take any of the following options: get a full refund, place the full value of the ticket in a travel fund for future use, rebook the flight, reroute to any domestic destination.

What Else to Do:
The closure of Boracay Island should be a lesson to everyone - may it be to local/foreign beach lovers-slash-party-goers, backpackers, travelers, travelers with 'hugots', local government units, and businesses; that, all of us should take our part in promoting responsible and sustainable tourism. Yes, a lot of sectors will greatly be affected, but if we're not going to act now, when are we going to start cleaning it up? Let's all hope that this impending 6-month-closure is not too late and can still save Boracay, the world's no. 1 island.

Sure, the developments that we have seen in Boracay for the past few weeks have made more people go gaga to visit Boracay. But hey chill! Let's give Boracay a time to rest and heal itself. I'm pretty sure everyone's so excited to see how clean would Boracay look like on October! See yah when I see yah! :)

Where else to Go:
Just make sure to take care of these places too, or else.
- Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte
- Saud Beach in Pagudpud
- Potipot Island in Zambales
- Gumasa Beach in Glan, Saranggani

Monday, March 26, 2018

Where to Stay in Tagaytay: R Villas Tagaytay

R Villas Tagaytay is now open!
R Villas Tagaytay

R Villas Tagaytay is a relaxing 900 square mediterranean bed and breakfast with lots of open space and greens situated in the heart of Tagaytay's most visited attractions: Sky Ranch, Mahogany Market and Tagaytay Zoo.
Feels like home

With its close proximity to commercial establishments, R Villas Tagaytay is just a 3-minute walk from Tagaytay Ridge's strip of restaurants.

This newly opened villa is perfect for weekend family bonding and can serve as a new home for family retreat and solitude from the busy life in Manila.

It consists of 4 airconditioned rooms with double sized bed; each room has individual toilet with hot and cold shower.

Hot & Cold shower

 Rooftop Midnight sesh

R Villas Tagaytay also have a large gazeebo ideal for small parties and/or team building.

And this is definitely a perfect spot for chill time

Soft Opening Rate:
Php6000 - 4 rooms with the exclusive use of Gazeebo

Check in time: 2pm
Check out time: 12noon

This rate includes access to fridge, gas stove, microwave, and grill. Guests may also request for videoke, extra bed, charcoal, ice, and mineral water for a minimal fee.

Lastly, the veggie picking is a must-try! Fresh organic vegetables like lettuce, arugula, tomatoes and pechay are available for a minimum fee.

For bookings and inquiries, please contact 09173128630 or send an email to

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The Plunge in Bohol, Philippines

I am currently enjoying creating videos of my travels. Here's another beginner travel vid.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Siargao in 3 Minutes!

Summarizing our 1st Siargao Trip in my first ever travel video.


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