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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“Wow! TAIWAN SELECTS” Pop-Up Store in Glorietta 1 from May 23-29!

Taiwan has always been in my bucket list. I was supposed to fly to Taipei December of 2014 but I had to cancel the trip due to personal reasons. I have been longing to experience Taiwan since so when I was invited for this event, I thought this is my chance to get a taste of Taiwan so as to know what to expect when I finally visit the country.

I am referring to the week-long exhibition from May 23-29 dubbed Wow! TAIWAN Select Pop-up Store in Glorietta 1 Makati.

15 Popular Taiwanese Brands are on display with freebies and demos so guests could get a taste of Taiwan's best.

The Pop-up store features delicacies, cosmetics, fashion, technology and modern household goods catering to the young and hip Filipino market. The store exudes party-like vibe that Filipino families will surely enjoy.

Josh Kang, the Director of the Global Marketing and Consulting Division of Marketing Research of Wow Taiwan Selects said "we are convinced about the strong market potential of the country, (Philippines) and that's why we decided on a store theme that grabs the attention of young Filipinos."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Things to Note on your First-time Visitors to Dubai

Although Dubai is considered to be a symbol of a sheer luxury, there is always a possibility to spend a pleasant pastime even with a limited budget. For example, one can walk through Deira and visit the Gold Souk and Spice Souk, take a look to beauty of Bur Dubai and sit in one of the numerous mall cafes that offer delicious plain food for tourists and locals. Dubai is a great place for children – it is safe, clean and full of entertainment. Also it is a great opportunity to shoulder-deep in the atmosphere that completely differs from our life and learn a lot about new culture.

Here are some tips that will make your life easier if you come to UAE for the first time:

The weekends here are Friday and Saturday ad Friday is the busiest day at large shopping malls.

Taxi here is very cheap, but take into consideration that not many taxi drivers (except those from kiwitaxi.com) know the city well, so always give references to big landmarks.

Official map of the city is not that great, so think about good map beforehand, or find the one called Dubai Mini Map published by Explore.

Bus tours are rather expensive so it is better to use taxi or walk.

Mystic Dubai
Photo Credits >>>danielcheong

Photo Credits >>>PULLKATT
Dubai Palms
Photo Credits >>> Achim

Here many people speak English very well, so there is no worry, he that has a tongue in his head may find his way anywhere

Despite all advantages and pleasures proposed by the capital of UAE, there are things to know and follow if you do not want to come a howler:

Thursday, May 19, 2016

PALAUI ISLAND TOUR Part 1: The Homestay, Baratubot Falls, Mabulbul Beach and the 3-Hour Hike to Cape Engaño #PalauiNalangGanito

Up until now Batanes is still a frustration. One in my bucket I was yet to tick off. This trip is by far the closest I can get to Batanes not only because the only thing that separates Cagayan Province to the Northernmost Island Group in the Philippines is Babuyan Channel but also because the Island of Palaui holds a terrain of rolling hills and sudden deep cliff drops to the sea reminiscent of that of Batanes.


The fastest and most convenient way to Palaui is via plane from Manila to Tuguegarao. From there, one can take the van to Sta. Ana Cagayan and then a short boat ride.

Manila-Tuguegarao - 1 hour
Tuguegarao- Sta. Ana Cagayan - 3.5 hours
Sta Ana port to Palaui Island - 15 minutes

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Arctic Expedition Activities

A lot of Arctic Expeditions include great daily outdoor activities. These adventure options mean that you have to be ready both physical and mentally. The climate conditions are harsh, so any game, any competition, any activity becomes extreme on its own. And now I want present you with a short list of standard Arctic cruise activities that you can find almost in every cruise company.

Kayaking in the Arctic is one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore the rugged coastlines and calm bays of the regions we visit. Kayaking is highly weather-dependent. This activity requires paying increased attention. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Cruise Company.

credits to the photo owner

Rafting is a river excursion. As an example, The Cunningham River is swift-flowing, crystal-clear water with no difficult sections or rapids. Guests are given a hands-on introduction to rafting prior to departing, and no previous experience is required.

Walk atop fresh white snow and visit places that are otherwise inaccessible by foot using special equipment called snowshoes! Snowshoeing is offered almost in every voyage at the beginning of the Arctic season. Spaces are limited and all equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Cruise Company.

credits to the photo owner
Hiking is a good way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic. The tundra comes alive during the brief Arctic summer with bursts of color from shrubs and plants that somehow survive in this Polar environment. Each hike is different — exploring communities, shorelines or glaciated landscapes, often on the lookout for wildlife. Hiking participation is optional and your Expedition Team will give you a good advice on what you can expect prior to each excursion.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

BIRI NORTHERN SAMAR TRAVEL GUIDE: Of Giant Rock Formations Resisting the Wrath of the Pacific Ocean

Biri Island in Northern Samar and its famous Rock Formations reminds me of The Lord of the Rings movie. That scene when the Fellowship of the Rings members had to navigate through the river to escape the pursuit of the evil hunting them and two giant statues of kings by the waterfalls were shown with their hands raised forward as if warning bad elements to stay out. That scene which gives one goosebumps because of the symbolism magnified by to the grand statues.


Back to reality and imagine six giant rocks almost equally apart from each other, majestic in thier formations, at the Northern front of Biri Island as if citadels placed there to break the brute waves of the Pacific Ocean before they hit the main island of Biri. This is nature vs nature at its finest. A display of how nature protects itself from the same forces that shapes it.

Biri Rocks Formations in Samar is to Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Ilocos Norte. The latter is known for it's white rocks while that of Biri are rather dark as if volcanic in nature. Between the two, Biri is the standout when it comes to grandeur. Its rock formations are giants.

Itinerary: Day 1

Monday, May 2, 2016

INDONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE: Jakarta-Yogyakarta in 6 Days. What to Eat, Where to Stay + Itinerary

Here is a the travel summary of our trip to Indonesia in 2014. We only got to go to Jakarta and Jogjakarta in the island of Java, only a preview of this vast country but we definitely had a taste of what this beautiful country can offer.  Indonesia offers a unique take on what island life means. The culture, the food, the people, Indonesia is so diverse and more unique than I expected.

6 days 5 nights, that's all we had to explore this beautiful country. Our trip focused on two cities, Jakarta and Jogjakarta.


Day 1: 
8:55 pm ETD Manila
11:45 pm ETA Jakarta
6:00 am -connecting flight to Yogyakarta via LionAir.

Soekarno–Hatta International Airport is the primary airport serving the Greater Jakarta area approximately 20 km northwest of central Jakarta. It is one of the busiest airports in the world serving 62 million passengers in 2014. There are currently two (2) terminals with terminal 1 for domestic flights and terminal 2 for international flight. There are free shuttles connecting the two terminal but make sure you check the schedule especially if you are arriving late night or early morning.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

10 ATTRACTIONS in Bandung Indonesia I am Dying to See and Experience #BandungTravel

Indonesia as a whole is not yet that popular to Filipino tourists but the trend is changing. With more and more cheap flights to and from the capital Jakarta and other key tourists destinations like Bali, Filipinos are discovering that Indonesia offers a unique take on what island experience means. Imagine 13,00++ islands to choose from, that's a lot. The culture, the food, the people, Indonesia is so diverse and more unique than I expected.

Other than Bali and Yogyakarta, another tourist destination star in Bandung in West Java Province. In our recent trip to Indonesia, Bandung was supposed to be on our itinerary as I have a cousin who works there. But we dropped Bandung due to limited time. I think I was under-researched at that time, I thought Bandung is only about the Volcano tourists flock to. I was wrong. Should I have known better, we would have opted for Bandung instead of Jakarta which we enjoyed so much but I thought is so Manila-ish.

I am a budget-conscious traveler so other than the attractions I also put major consideration on affordability of accommodation. I found a couple of artsy and unique hotels in Bandung that are affordable like Estevie G Hotel. A night there would cost only around 1,419 pesos for a deluxe room which I find a good deal for a hotel this good. Thanks to easy online hotels booking , Bandung is on top of my list when I return to Indonesia.

Lodge Earthbound Adventure Park Bandung
Photo Credits: http://www.backpackerindonesia.com
Kawah Putih
Kawah Putih
Photo Credits: Ozsadevi Sihombing

Now I am drooling to go back to Indonesia and visit Bandung. Sure Tripadvisor  also listed the 10 Best Attractions in Bandung but the website TripCanvas published the article 32 INCREDIBLE THINGS TO DO IN BANDUNG FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY VACATION that really got me so pumped up.

In that list, here are the 10 Attractions in Bandung that I am dying to see.

1. The Lodge Earthbound Adventure Park
Imagine thousands of pine trees planted on the mountain at the same time. Such delight to see them full grown, majestic, a rare sight in this part of the world. What a beauty. A view I really want to see.

Monday, April 18, 2016

DANIEL WELLINGTON Dapper Sheffield 38 mm Rose Gold Watch: Travel In-Style with #danielwellington

I lost my watch five (5) or so years ago and I have never worn a watch since. It was a tough watch-- water resistant, shock resistant and long battery life but it finally gave up on me after years of being together. I loved it because I could wear it anytime of the day even during shower or swimming in the beach. A backpack traveler like me knew I finally found a perfect travel companion. I guess I was heartbroken, or maybe because smartphones finally became popular at that time that I never thought of having another watch again.

Yes, smartphones and other mobile devices are literally killing a lot of businesses from desktop computers to maps to calculators and even alarm clocks. People don't need anything else anymore. Even watch makers are feeling the brunt. Still, a handful good brands do manage to survive and some new ones are still making names. One classic example is Daniel Wellington (DW). It has been around for quite sometime enjoying strong following overseas and is gaining popularity in the Philippines.

DANIEL WELLINGTON Dapper Sheffield 38 mm (Rose Gold)
Where to Next? This time with DW

After noticing a friend wearing a Daniel Wellington watch, I instantly fell in love with its simple yet elegant design. I checked Daniel Wellington on social media and I was amazed at how the watch could standout in any occasion and place. I thought it's time finally to have another watch. One that is completely different with the one I had years ago, one that matches my change in preference. The desire to travel in-style.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Top 5 Holiday Destinations in Asia

The continent of Asia has recently experienced a travel boom with many travelers planning to visit the region on their next holiday, including these top five destinations.

Currently the world capital of casino gambling, expect to find some of the best casinos here including the worlds largest, the Venetian Macau. The big sister to its Vegas counterpart, the casino is a hotspot for celebrities around the world. The massive 550,000 square foot casino floor offers an extensive selection of table and electronic games but if you don’t fancy going into the big casinos you can always play casino online such as casinoonline.co.nz from your hotel room.


This paradise with sandy shores and sparkling waters has long been a popular honeymoon destination. The secret of Bali is out and it’s now a top holiday destination no matter the occasion. The rugged landscape is appealing to nature lovers and is dotted with ancient temples.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

ANTIPOLO EVENT: Ang Paglikas ng mga Taga-Antipolo Patungong Sitio Colaique

I never heard of this event until this year when I was invited by a good friend . No catchy single word name for the event, instead, a sentence describing what happened way back World War II when the Japanese started bombing Manila and nearby Antipolo thus they call it "Paglikas ng mga Taga-Antipolo Patungong Sitio Colaique".

This is both a religious and historical reenactment of what happened that day when the people of Antipolo took refuge at the hillside of Sitio Colaique now known as Sitio Loreland because it was less exposed topography. They carried with them "Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage" thus the religious aspect to the event. This year marks its 71st anniversary.

Ang Paglikas ng mga taga Antipolo Patungong Sitio Colaique

I think the main reason why many of us haven't heard of Paglikas is because it is one that is low-profile. They have kept the event simple, as simple as mimicking the exodus that happened that day in World War II. More importantly, the successfully resisted commercializing the event and therefore keeping its identity. Keeping it simple and real.
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