Batangas is a haven for luxury resorts. It might not boast of fine white sand, endless stretch of beaches, and stunning tropical islands like the ones you would see in Bohol or Palawan, but its advantage is its proximity to Manila, the bustling metro that is the Philippine capital.
Batangas is roughly around a three-hour drive south of Metro Manila, and it is the quickest escape for those wanting to get away from all the chaos on weekends. Given the proximity, it’s no wonder that various luxury resort companies have taken their share in building and promoting Batangas (particularly Nasugbu) as a prime luxury destination.
I got to experience this with a few friends a couple of weeks ago after one of them won at a mall promotion and the prize was a two-night stay at a luxurious resort situated along the tip of a flame-shaped peninsula.
Batanes is in the bucket list of most Filipinos. And why not? This northernmost point of our country is indeed a paradise that very few are able to see and experience. But this experience, most often than not, requires a certain amount of cost that is quite high for a domestic travel.
I am one of those people who have had the privilege of visiting Batanes. And I must say, it is not only a paradise because of all the picture perfect views and landscapes, but also because of its people – the Ivatans. My facebook post about Batanes is one of my most-liked albums, and a lot of my friends have asked me about my recent trip – certain travel tips and itineraries that I can share for when they finally have the chance to visit this Philippine paradise we call Batanes. So, here goes. Continue reading →
Great news for who are planning to finally take that much awaited trip to Dubai, Europe, or USA – you’re in great timing as Citibank is currently offering up to 40% percent off of its Business class and Economy class fares. If you are planning on traveling from Manila, Cebu, or Clark to one of below cities from May 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, you are eligible to join the promo: Continue reading →
A friend of mine recently threw a birthday party at one of the 2 bedroom suites at Aruga by Rockwell luxury serviced apartments/hotel in Rockwell Center, Makati City, and I was one of the few who arrived early to help with the preparations. Since we arrived in our suite early with our room in its untouched and pristine state, I decided to take some photos and write another unbiased hotel review.
Aruga (a Filipino word which means loving care) by Rockwell prides itself in providing utmost care and a relaxed and pleasant environment to its guests without missing out on luxury which is true to the Rockwell brand, its parent company. Continue reading →
Happy New Year! It was the first day of 2016 when my friends and I headed over to the scenic and crisp Tagaytay City for a whole day of road trip and adventure (see my Tagaytay road trip blog post here). We chanced upon Nuvali in Calamba, Laguna while on our way about an hour south of Manila and decided to check out the Republic Wakepark while we’re at it.
I’ve heard of Republic Wakepark a few times already from my other ‘sosyal’ colleagues but was never able to try this one out thinking it’s an all too expensive sports hobby. I was proved to be wrong when we first entered the lobby and saw how much their services were. Hmm, not bad. Basically, you can go wakeboarding all you can for 8 hours for only P995 (around US$20) – that is, if you have the energy to go for 8 hours straight. If you just wish to do some leisurely fun, a 2 hour unlimited pass for P475 will do. If you need more time, you can stay overnight at one of their suites at a reasonable price, with room rates as low as P2,500 per night. Continue reading →
Call on your foreign family and friends to visit the Philippines again – this time on us, provided for by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT)!
The DOT is giving away three lucky winners a trip for two, including round trip international airfares, and 3-days, 2-nights accommodation. The contest is open to all individuals holding non-Filipino passports that have been to the Philippines and would like to come back again in 2016. Continue reading →
Last June I visited my mom who lives in the beautiful San Francisco bay area, and since I had lots of time to spare and lots of unused and constantly devaluing Delta miles, I decided to redeem my miles for a free round trip flight, pack up, and head to New York City and see the concrete jungle all by myself for 10 seriously adventure packed days (it was so much fun I was able to write about the 15 ways NYC will inspire you, a guide about celebrity spotting in NYC, and also on how to survive NYC without breaking the bank). I actually lost about 5 pounds in this trip due to my constant brisk walking hehe.
It was my first time in the east coast and, thinking I needed to maximize my 10 day tour and tick Niagara Falls and Washington DC off my bucket list, I called up my sis who previously went on a tour of these two incredible places (and other extra destinations) from NYC to know the details. Turned out, it was a really good deal so I had to get the contact details of the tour agency. I only realized I needed to take an extra tour of the east coast when I was already in New York so I had little time to prepare, it was really a good thing that i got myself a Cricket sim card with unlimited call and text plus 2GB of mobile data for only $45 (P2,000) for a month so I had the advantage of doing research and call people up when in New York. Continue reading →
Always make sure to include these in your to do and to have checklists when traveling and laugh your way to a fun but cheap vacation! Don’t mind the jealous looks of your fellow passengers if they find out you’re traveling for waaay less than what they are paying. Sucks to be them. 🙂
1. Consider below tips for your trip
– Cheaper if you depart/return on Tuesdays/Wednesdays. Avoid weekends.
– Better to opt for credit cards which offer airline miles which you can use to pay for your airfare instead
– Ask the attendant at the gate: “Am I eligible for an upgrade today?”. Most of the time you will get “No” for an answer, but if those plush First Class seats are vacant and you have that sparkling smile flashed at the attendant, you might get that sought after response: “Why not?”.
– At the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, fuel prices have plummeted to almost 50%. What that means for us is cheaper airfares. You know what that means. Now is the right time to book your dream vacay.
2. Finding the cheapest possible fare can be quite tricky. You’ll need patience, time, and perseverance. Follow below steps to help you through the process.
– Go to Momondo.com and Skyscanner.com first. These sites scour through thousands and thousands of websites to return to you the cheapest possible flight on your given itinerary. Click here for the travel hacking sites I personally use & recommend.
– Once you have found out the cheapest possible flights, check out the website of the airline and see if they offer the same flight for less. Remember that most airlines guarantee that flights found on their website are guaranteed.
– Use proxie sites like Proxysite.com, TORProject.org, or other proxy sites on the net to hide which country you are accessing from (surf anonymously) or to fake that you are accessing from a specific country. Note that sometimes, flight is cheaper if you appear to be booking your trip on the same country the hub of the airline / destination is in, even if you aren’t, through the help of proxy sites. Here is a simple explanation of how proxy sites work to our advantage: http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Feature/390138,how-to-surf-the-web-from-a-fake-location.aspx