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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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Where to Stay in Batanes: List of DOT Accredited Hotels, Inns, Pension Houses, and Homestays


Good news folks! Here's the list of accommodations in Batanes as of April 2017.

DOT ACCREDITED

HOTEL:

Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge
Location: Brgy. Chanarian-Tukon, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09391982733, 09399016353
Website: www.fundacionpacita.ph
photos grabbed from Fundacion Pacita's official website

GOVERNMENT FACILITY:

Batanes Resort
Location: National Road, Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09185533734, 09357395474
Email: batanesresort_ivatanlodge@yahoo.com

TOURIST INNS:

Amboy Hometel & Restaurant
Location: Brgy. Chanarian, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09178717633, 09396438982, 09209103492
Website: www.amboyhometel.com
photo grabbed from Amboy Hometel's official website

Batanes Seaside Lodge & Restaurant
Location: National Road, Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09999924977, 09277885508, 09999942313
Website: www.batanesseasidelodge.com
photo grabbed from Batanes Seaside Lodge's official website

Bernardo's Hotel
Location: Pain St., Brgy. Chanarian, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09175125346, 09088164811
Email: bernardoshotel@gmail.com, bernardoshotel@yahoo.com

Midtown Inn
Location: Abad Corner Lizardo St., Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09213677933, 09265500433, 09065317064, 3593032
Email: midtowninn.batanes@gmail.com

Villa Hontomin Hotel & Restaurant
Location: Brgy. Chanarian, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09985678654, 09278712157
Email: villahontomin@yahoo.com

PENSION HOUSES:

Berlen Lodge
Location: Cantor St., Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09204784003

DDD Habitat
Location: Lopez St., Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09084369547, 3304937
Email: DDDHabitat@yahoo.com

Dive Batanes Lodge & Restaurant
Location: Brgy. Chanarian, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09399224609, 09399351950, 09217626796
Website: www.divebatanes.com
photo grabbed from Dive Batanes Lodge's official website

Florabell's Iraya Guest  
Location: Lafuente St., Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09774840715

Kenadrian's Hometel
Location: Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09204470738, 09321659176

Marfel Lodge
Location: Reyes St. Corner De Padua St., Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes 
Contact Nos.: 09088931745, 09178574493

Martin's Inn
Location: Castro St Corner National Road, Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09162323590, 09192228898
Email: martins.innbatanes@gmail.com

Palangud Homestay
Location: National Road, Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09399193616

Vatan Inn
Location: Abad St. Corner Amboy St., Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes 
Contact Nos.: 09985519656

Casa Feliciano
Location: Brgy. San Antonio, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09088799263
photo grabbed from Casa Feliciano's Facebook page

Villa De Babat
Location: Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09993664755, 09279685800

HOMESTAYS:

Arca Homestay
Location: Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Uyugan
Contact Nos.: 09392973902

Asa's Homestay
Location: Brgy. Kayvaluganan
Contact Nos.: 09491299914

Atunay Homestay
Location: Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09399186506

D'Rock Homestay
Location: Brgy. Radiwan, Ivana
Contact Nos.: 09399249303, 09999907559
Email: t_barsana48@yahoo.com

Davocol's Homestay
Location: Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09204470738

Doque's Homestay
Location: Brgy. San Antonio, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09055409594, 09985547356, 09056731089, 09289464952

Faberes Hometel
Location: Brgy. Malakdang, Sabtang, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09184882424

Gecha's Homestay
Location: Brgy. Malakdang, Sabtang, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09085607833

Gabilo's Katdan
Location: Brgy. Chavayan, Sabtang, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09215677227

Jarvan Homestay-Annex
Location: Titit, Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09088622447, 09178834428

Mana Homestay & Breakfast
Location: Brgy. Savidug, Sabtang, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09296409470

Marfel Lodge-Branch
Location: Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09088931745, 09209764966, 09178574493, 09178833249

My Father's Inn
Location: Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09471724638, 09166803282

Necy's Inn (Necy's Homestay)
Location: Brgy. San Antonio, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09999954231, 09773536898

Neyala's Homestay
Location: 071 P. Abarquez St., Brgy. Sinakan, Sabtang, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09206200754, 09165530562, 09198885141, 09158441534

Novita House
Location: Abuyo St., Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09282397629

Pajudpud's Homestay
Location: Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09072828642

Papang's Homestay
Location: Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.:09124302041

Ramos Homestay
Location: Brgy. Sinakan, Sabtang, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09081150427, 09391982842

Samantha's House and Tour Services
Location: Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.: 09989746258, 09473539865

Savatan Homestay
Location: Caspo St., Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.:09399063063

Timetravel Lodge
Location: Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.:09396238978, 09291669838, 09166447984

Triple MP Homestay (Marfel's Triple MP)
Location: Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.:09088931475

Vonace's Katdan
Location: Brgy. Sinakan, Sabtang, Batanes
Contact Nos.:09184882424

Wakay Homestay
Location: 154 Fajardo St., Brgy. Kayvaluganan, Basco, Batanes
Contact Nos.:

Levinda Lodge
Location: Brgy. San Rafael, Itbayat 
Contact Nos.:09399173953, 09215668269


Friday, June 09, 2017

5 Restaurants in the Heart of New York, Which You Should Visit with a Girl

Coming back from a trip to the US, you realize that you want to return to New York and want to share your impressions with your beloved one. New York is not just architecture, a wonderful park and people, amazing with their individual styles, it's also a gastronomic paradise. Some places you do not want to visit anymore and some others you love, and are not afraid to advise anyone, who will be in the heart of tourist New York. You can even show them to the girl you love. Visiting cafes or restaurants can become a problem if you do not know where to go without wasting time and money, when the tips on Foursquare show the same ratings in a couple of dozen places at once. It’s also one of the most popular stereotypes about Ukrainian women—the fact that they enjoy tasteful cuisine (and this one is pretty much truth, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of it).

The Smith.
This restaurant is located in the Nomad area at 1150 Broadway (at the intersection with 27th Street). You will not have any problem to find it. Here is a truly modern American cuisine, extremely friendly waiters, excellent breakfasts, delicious Americano and the ideal pancakes. Talking about dishes, you are strongly recommended to try Steak Salad and Beef Short Rib. Portions are huge but you will not be able to stop and not to eat everything!

Brasserie Cognac.
If you are looking for a cozy place for dinner with your sweetheart, this place is an ideal option. New York has a problem – there are too many different places, and sometimes you cannot just believe in Foursquare tips because it simply does not make sense. If you decide to visit this French place, you will get great pleasure. The restaurant is a five-minute walk from Central Park at the 1740 Broadway. You are strongly recommended to try onion soup, scallops, salad with octopus and cocktail French 75!

Cull and Pistol.
It is located in the popular Chelsea Market. Notwithstanding its location, here you will find not only adequate (if not ridiculous) prices for seafood, but also one of the most delicious dishes for the entire trip. The place is small, everyone is sitting pretty tight, but the atmosphere is very pleasant. You are strongly recommended to try Shrimp and Lobster Dumplings, Grilled Octopus and Lobster Ramen. If you visit this place once, it can easily become a favorite place for both of you.

The Modern.
The restaurant is located in the Museum of Modern Art MoMa. It is beautiful, expensive and very tasty. The only difference from most restaurants in New York are portions, which are quite small here, so if you and your girl are making a search of a hearty meal, you should better choose another place.  Nevertheless, here you should come for a light dinner and spend a wonderful evening with your beloved girl and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. You are strongly recommended to try the tastiest seabass and the cauliflower soup.

Joseph Leonard.
This is a tiny restaurant with one of the highest ratings in the neighborhood. You can find it, walking along the area of the West Village. Inside the restaurant, there is a very friendly atmosphere, as if all visitors are the heroes of the series "Friends", who every day come to the same small bar or a coffee house and sit there for hours. The lunch menu is as simple as possible, but every dish makes you literally fall in love with itself! You are strongly recommended to try Caramelized Cauliflower, Farro Salad and make sure to specify what the special is today.

In New York, you are able to find almost every cuisine of the world in its best varieties. Here you can find something that you or your girl have not tried yet. Do not miss a chance to try something special and to spend another wonderful evening in a cozy place with your beloved girl in this diverse city. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Traveloka App: The Game Changer in Booking Cheap Flights


So I have gone from my recent trip with my friends and there I realized a lot of things - how I really love to travel, how trips make me happy, and last but not the least, how I want to share the same happiness to my friends and loved ones.

Turning one's love for travel into reality is not easy for everyone. Traveling could be expensive at times especially when there is no sufficient planning and assistance given. These are the usual reasons of people especially those with a regular  9 to 5 jobs why they fail to travel within their budget which make them spend a lot or not to travel at all.

There could be a lot of travel guides and even travel booking sites everywhere but I tell you, most of them are either too commercialized and overrated; they aren't really helping. For me, some sites and apps are simply into traffic, download counts, and user info but then again, do not really help the users score some cheap flights. Plus, that's not all - some travel booking sites/apps do love that annoying email spamming too. With all these, those who are into travel should be careful and wise enough to use a legit and working travel booking app that could help them.
Good thing, Traveloka, a travel booking app, which I think is the fastest-growing travel booking site/app is becoming more and more popular especially to frequent and budget travelers. It totally changed the game of booking your flight and hotel needs. It is 100% legit and is very useful; the flights are very competitive. From thousands of possible results from different airlines such as PAL, Cebu Pacific, TigerAir, Jetstar, etc, the Traveloka app shows the most suitable flight based on your preference (eg date of flight, time, airline, and rate).


It is very easy to use too - so perfect for those folks looking for their last-minute flight needs. Flight purchase would not even last for 5 minutes, how cool and quick is that right?
In no time, you won't notice that you are already at the confirmation page.
You may pay through credit cards (Visa and Mastercard), Over the Counter (7-11, M Lhuillier, and Cebuana Lhuillier), or through bank deposit (BDO, BPI, Metrobank).

To give the customers a more convenient experience, Traveloka added the Price Alerts feature. This feature saves the customers more time since they do not need to keep on checking cheap prices for their preferred cheap flights. All they need to do is to set it up - add the flight details, alert type, and alert frequency. Once the settings have been successfully saved, customers will be notified via email or push notifications.

 Another thing that sets Traveloka App apart from other travel booking apps is the booking promo codes they generously send out to their users and followers.
There are always something to be excited about Traveloka Emails

And who's not gonna go nuts if the already cheapest flight you score is still qualified for an additional 20% to 50% discount? Believe me, I was able to slash off another thousand from the total rate below by simply entering the promo codes of Traveloka. Well, it pays to be subscribed and a Facebook follower :)

Indeed, Traveloka has changed the game in booking travel deals. Try it on your next booking, Traveloka App is available in Google Play and Apple Store.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Travel Gadget Review: Supremo 4K Action Camera


As an avid fan of travel and adventure, having an action camera is on my travel must-have list. But due to tight budget and since I have a bunch of cameras (DSLR and mirrorless), I do not find acquiring one as a very urgent need. Though seeing photos and videos online taken from action cameras make me want to buy one every time.
Way back in December 2015, I gave in and rewarded myself a Supremo 1 Wifi Action Camera. I enjoyed using it during travels especially to our beach escapades. This year, Supremo World invited me to use their latest model of Supremo - the Supremo 4K.

When I got the package, what I immediately tried to look at are the differences of both Supremo action cameras.

FYI - the design of the Supremo 4K Wrist Remote has gone more stylish and trendy.

What's inside the Supremo 4K Box:
  • Supremo Wrist Remote
  • Waterproof Case
  • Replacement Backdoor
  • Frame
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • 3-Hook Buckle
  • 360 degrees Rotating Swivel Arm
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm + Thumb Screws
  • Lock Bolt
  • Flat Mount
  • Curved Mount
  • Clip Mount
  • Handle Bar Mount
  • Safety Tether
  • Straps
  • 3M Adhesives
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Wall Charger
  • USB Cable
Price:
This latest action camera from Supremo ranges from Php3,999.99 to Php6,500.

Supremo 4K Sample Shots:
So I decided to test my new Supremo 4K in my recent trip to Batanes. Be the judge! :)
Blue Lagoon at Basco, Batanes (shot hand-held while on a moving vehicle, Gyroscope: Off)

Morong Beach, Batanes (Take note that this was taken in a cloudy day with scattered rainshowers)
Rolling Hills, part of Batanes North Tour (shot hand-held, Gyroscope: Off)

video
Chawa View Deck in Basco, Batanes - the 1st stop in Batanes South Tour
(shot hand-held, Gyroscope: Off)

The Verdict:
Supremo 4K is definitely a great buy! It is highly recommended for those who are always on the road who love taking photos and videos but with a limited budget. For its price, I could say that Supremo 4K produce promising results (one should only be very patient in updating the settings such as White Balance and Brightness from time to time depending on the location).

And oh, do not forget to download the Supremo World App! It is available in Google Play and Apple Store.

Monday, April 24, 2017

61 Countries Philippine Passport Holders Can Visit Without Applying for a VISA


For wanderlusts, visa requirement is one of the factors that are being considered before traveling abroad. To be approved for visa, some countries require a lot of documents, interviews, and even show money. But the Philippine Government has a good news for everyone - by June of this year, another country will be added on the long list of countries Filipinos can visit without visa.

I know our country is very beautiful and has endless number of beautiful spots to be proud of. But hey, you might consider going out of the country someday. Here's your handy dandy guide:




Currently, Philippines ranks 65th as the most powerful passport in the world (ranking is based on countries visa-free score).

 
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