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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Philippine Travel Events 2015: Schedule of Travel Bazaars, 2015 Festivals, Church Events, Etc.

It has been more fun in the Philippines last year with our country's success in showing the whole world that - "It's More Fun in the Philippines". This year, 2015, DOT's looking forward to attract about 10 million tourists to visit our country with its new theme/slogan, "Visit the Philippines 2015".

For your reference, here's the list of 2015 Travel Events and Festivals in the Philippines:

JANUARY
* January 9 : Feast of the Black Nazarene (Manila)
* January 15-19 : Papal Visit/Pope Francis' Visit in the Philippines (Manila; Tacloban)
* January 18 : Ati-Atihan 2015 (Aklan)
* January 18 : Sinulog 2015 (Cebu)
* January 25 : Dinagyang Festival 2015 (Iloilo)

FEBRUARY
* February 12-15 : Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival (Pampanga)
* February 19 : Chinese New Year (Manila)
* February 19 : Babaylan Festival 2015 (Bacolod)
* February 28 : Panagbenga Festival (Baguio)

MARCH
* March 5-8/March 14-15 : Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival 2015 (Puerto Galera)
* March 7-8 : Kaamulan Festival (Bukidnon)
* March 28 : Earth Hour 2015

APRIL
* April 3 : Moriones Festival (Marinduque)
* April 3 : Cutud Crucifixions (Pampanga)
* April 9 : Araw ng Kagitingan/Bataan Day
* April 13-19 : Panaad sa Negros Festival 2015 (Negros)
* April 22 : Earth Day 2015
* April 23-25 : Aliwan Fiesta 2015 (Manila)

MAY
* May 10 : Mothers' Day :)
* May 15 : Pahiyas 2015 (Quezon)
* May 17-19 : Obando Fertility Rites 2015 (Bulacan)
* May 28: National Flag Day

JUNE
* June 12 : Philippine Independence Day
* June 19 : Dr. Jose Rizal's Birthday Anniversary
* June 21 : Fathers' Day :)
* June 24 : Parada ng Lechon Festival (Batangas)
* June 29 : Pintados/Kasadyaan Festival 2015

JULY
* July 17 : Eid'l Fitr
* July 25-26 : Bohol Sandugo Festival 2015 (Bohol)

AUGUST
* August 16 : Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2015 (Davao)
* August 28 : Kagay-an Festival 2015 (Cagayan De Oro)

SEPTEMBER
* September 19 : Penafrancia Viva La Virgen 2015 (Bicol)
* September 23 : Eidul Aha
* September 29 : Iligan Fiesta 2015 (Iligan)

OCTOBER
* October 18 : Masskara Festival 2015 (Bacolod)
* October 24-25 : Lansones Festival 2015 (Camiguin)

NOVEMBER
* November 11-15 : Diwal Festival 2015
* November 22-23 : Higantes Festival 2015 (Rizal)
* November : Pasungko Festival 2015 (Misamis Occidental)
* November 30 : Bonifacio Day

DECEMBER
* December 12 : Giant Lantern Parade 2015 (Pampanga)
* December 25 : Christmas Day :)
* December 30: Rizal Day


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Travel Tour Expo 2015 by PTAA

The Travel Tour Expo will be held this coming February 13, 14, and 15, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. The 22nd PTAA Travel Tour Expo is set to be participated by 262 exhibitors with over 701 booths; it will be a mix of domestic tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise liners, and other travel-related entities.

So, make your 2015 your travel year!
Get great travel deals and awesome tour packages in the 22nd PTAA Travel Tour Expo.

For more information, log on to http://www.ptaa.org.ph/tte2015/.

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

3 Airconditioned Rooms

Villa 3 has 3 airconditioned rooms with a total sleeping capacity of 28 pax.



All comfort rooms are clean with rainshower and colorful toilet fixtures

Furnitures are all new and world-class

Duplex Villa 3 Hot Spring Pool

Duplex Hot Spring Resort Group is located in Park Merced Village, Barangay Lalakay, Los Banos, Laguna. For inquiries and reservations, you may contact the following numbers - 09985399343, 09258810840, and 09176355641. Visit their website at www.duplexhotspringresortgroup.com

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.

Reminders:
* 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.
30.

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. :)
 
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