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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Your Favorite AHAVIA LOUNGE SPA is now also in Katipunan Ave. Quezon City!

Previews Articles:
- Bridal Buff Package at AHAVIA LOUNGE SPA San Juan

I discovered Ahavia Spa Lounge a few years ago. Back then they only had one branch in San Juan. I tried it and it reinforced my love for Spas. A few years on and it still sits in the top 5 Best Spa Experience in the Philippines list.

I was therefore delighted when they opened their first branch in Timog Quezon City. We also tried it of course and was satisfied because they brought the consistency of the Ahavia brand with it--quality massage, classy interiors, professional masseurs,

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Ahavia Spa Katipunan
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ABOUT AHAVIA SPA

Named after a Hebrew word which means "Loved by God," it is in Ahavia Lounge Spa's interest to offer the love, care, and nurturing inspired by the higher being.

Ahavia Lounge Spa's love for the health and wellness industry fuels its passion for fostering optimum health through conventional and contemporary spa wisdom. By treating its clients with complete care and utmost attention to its highest degree, Ahavia guarantees excellent service with great value for money. Thus, clients always leave its premises with a sense of fulfillment and joy in their choice and experience.

Ahavia Spa Lounge Katipunan
Ahavia Spa Lounge Katipunan is the 1st franchise of the Ahavia brand which opened on March 18 and more are set to open soon including one in UP Village. The one in Katipunan is a testament of the consistency of the brand not just in terms of the ambiance brought about by interior design but also on aspects of quality of service. All prices are consistent with the Ahavia main branches.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First Pacsafe Flagship Store Launched in Ph at Glorietta 5 #GoFearless on your Travel with @PacSafePh

Backpackers vs flashpackers? Tourists vs travelers? What is the distinction? We all love to travel and kanya-kanya ng trip. But if there is also one thing that unites us all wanderlusts, it is our desire to travel safe. By safe I mean not having to worry our gadgets and other valuables. Nothing ruins a happy trip more than losing your valuables. The answer lies on having a bag or luggage that is not just sturdy but one that is sure to outwit even pickpockets and snatchers.

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First Pacsafe Flagship Store in Ph at Glorietta 5
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ABOUT PACSAFE
http://www.pacsafe.com

Pacsafe was built on this aspiration of its Australian founders Rob Schlipper (CEO) and Magnus McGlashan (President, Sales & Marketing). The two traveled the world a lot so they know the concerns of travelers when it comes to luggage. That's where the entire concept of an anti-theft gear started.  The brand has since then become synonymous to smart and safe travel.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Getting Ready for Your Very First Hike

While many still view hiking as something of a hard-to-reach dream,it is actually one of the most accessible activities that any individual could get into. However, hiking still requires some preparation as a lot could go wrong during the journey. In this post, we’ll discuss a few important things to do before you book a flight, pack up your bags, and conquer your first summit.


Do Your ResearchBefore you zip off to some uncharted territory, take advantage of free online resources and get a better idea of what you’ll be getting yourself into. Are the mountains you want to try out suitable for beginners, and how long will it take to finish those particular hikes? What will you need to bring on your trip? Some hikes have rocky trails that require you to wear thick gloves in order to avoid hurting yourself, while you might want to bring a shawl or a jacket to particularly chilly summits. Make sure that you know where to find stores and public transport terminals, too. If you think you’ll be way too tired after your hike to even consider driving or commuting, you might want to look up hotels in the Philippines that are conveniently located close to popular hiking spots.

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Bring Only What You Need
When traveling, people have a tendency to bring way more stuff than they really need on their trip. The same goes for hikers excited to go on their first adventure. However, the difference is that you will definitely need to bring some crucial items along if you’re going to make it through the hike.Bring just enough food and water to last you for the duration of the hike. You can bring a change of clothes, a headlight, a whistle, and just enough money to pay for your transportation, food, and other hiking expenses. If you bring too much stuff with you, you’re going to end up weighing yourself down and getting tired more quickly. You’ll then have to push harder in order to make your way up the trail, but don’t forget: you need to get back down as well.

5 Hanoi Food You Should Not Miss-- Bánh Mì, Egg Coffee, Bún Chả, Bún Thang, and Nem Rán

Hanoi is a food wonderland. Although I kinda feel guilty for filling my tummy with  phở practically all day I almost had no more space for trying other dishes. But these are the 5 Hanoi Food that I will always look forward to try in Vietnam.

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Cha Ca, Banh Xeo, Rau Mong and Nem Ran at NHA HANG NGON Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City

I got a hold of this walking tour map from my hostel and tried it on my own. Perfect because I eventually ended in Cho Du Xuan Market which is the oldest public market in Hanoi. Along the way, I got to discover Banh Mi 25, a small stall with the best sandwich i ever tasted. I also discovered a small alley leading to the market that sells lots of street food. Yes, I was all about phở during my trip in Hanoi but I still managed to try some of the famous food the city has to offer.


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First, my Encounter with Northern Phở
Vietnamese: Phở Bò
The defacto national dish, and rapidly becoming an international favourite, the simple description of thin beef slices and rice noodles in a richly flavourful broth doesn't come close to doing it justice.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Additional Hanoi Attractions and Places to Eat as Suggested by my #HanoiKids Guide


So I wrote about my brief yet colorful experience in Hanoi in the following blogs,

-- Hanoi Part #1:The Old Quarters, Vietnam Backpacker's Hostel, St. Joseph's Cathedral,Cho Do Xuan Market, Bún Thang and the First Encounter with Northern Phở

But as they say in the cliche', "so much to do, too little time" which is particularly in Hanoi because the city is brimming with culture, food and attractions.

I had to move to Halong City to meet a friend and see the the UNESCO World Heritage site that is Halong Bay. My brief tour with Joy, my guide with Hanoikids, proved to be too short but filled with fun and learning. Joy didn't stop at sharing her knowledge during the tour, she also email me of the other attractions and food in Hanoi that I can try next time I come. With her permission, I have copy pasted the whole email here to share with you guys.

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Dear Antonio,

I am Joy from Hanoikids, your yesterday travel mate 😁. How is your trip to Ha Long Bay? Were the fried sticky rice cake yesterday okay? As I promise, Here are my suggestion about what to eat and where to go when you come back to Hanoi, hope that it can somehow be helpful for you.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Some Tips To Prevent Dating Disasters

Dating consists of meeting someone, going out on a first date and deciding whether another date is going to happen or not. By making bad choices or having bad timing can make it a little more difficult in finding a good match. But one fact is for sure, when you finally meet someone and you want to announce it to the heavens, it's really pretty special. There are people who are just lucky, they run into Mr. Right really early on, while the rest of us spend the majority of our time dealing with trade-ins! Well, here are a few tips to keep you away from pitfalls while finding someone who clicks.

Our lives are made up of many facets; our accomplishments, hills to climb for a better life and finding someone special to share it with. That said, once you start seeing someone, do not make that person your whole life. Let's face it, you drew that person to you because of who you are, the things you enjoy doing and your future goals. Don't give them up in the name of romance, they are apart of you.

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You're spending your time trying to convince some guy that you are good enough for him! What? If you are constantly trying to be someone who fits his standards, you're putting yourself down. Finding the right match means someone who likes you the way you are.

If you meet a guy and all your friends can talk about is his active love life, you might want to step back and take a closer look at Mr. Wonderful. If he has a dating record longer than a racetrack, that might be a sign that this guy has no intentions on having a long-term relationship.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hanaoi Part #2: FREE WALKING TOUR with #HanoiKids-- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature & National University, Giang Egg Coffee and more.


Prior Post: 

Reading in-flight magazines pays. Other than saving you from a long, boring ride, the tips from fellow travelers are really helpful. It was in Cebu Pacific's Smile Mag where I learned about the Hanoi Kids. The name itself intrigued me. Very catchy and very appropriate to encapsulate what they stand for.

Hanoi Kids is a non-profit group of University students all over Hanoi who volunteer to give Free Walking Tour to foreign tourists. Free Tour? Seriously? I also asked that at first. Who gives free tour these days? There might be a catch. But nah! The goal of the organization is to promote Hanoi and in return, provide opportunity for student volunteers to practice their English, learn the culture of other people and make friends from other countries. Win-win situation right? I find the cause noble. If I were a university student in Manila, I would have established a similar group here.

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Temple of Literature & National University Hanoi
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ABOUT HANOI KIDS

Hanoikids, established in 2006, is known as a student-run organization based in Hanoi, Vietnam. By voluntarily taking city tours for English speaking travellers in Hanoi, we hope to bring travellers from all over the world an insight into our culture, tradition and beautiful sight-seeings. Each member of the club can explore their full potential through cross-cultural experiences and extracurricular activities.

Ms. Luu Quynh Anh
(Head of Tour Operation Department)
Phone: +84 977 987 983 OR

Mr. Trinh Ngoc Hieu
(Deputy Head of Tour Operation Department)
Phone: +84 989 061 195
Email: hanoikidsvn@gmail.com

On Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hanoikids.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hanoikids/


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Meet Joy, my tour guide in Hanoi from HanoiKids. A very enthusiastic young
lady true to her nickname Joy.


I emailed Hanoi Kids two weeks prior to my trip to Vietnam and they were prompt to reply. There are limited slots and its on first come first serve basis. I was not able to secure a schedule on my prefered date but I was assigned a half-day tour the next day. So what I did was to go around again on my own in the morning and met my guide in the afternoon.

My guide was Joy. She's a first year University student. She was waiting at my hostel the moment I came back at around 2:00 pm. She was alone on her scooter and I immediately asked her if we were to wait for others but was surprised that there were just the two of us. I was expecting a group walking tour but this was a welcome thing. A personal travel guide it felt. And it was so good because Joy and I were able to chat a lot and share many information about each our countries. I was her ,if I am not mistaken, 4th guided tour but I was surprised at how well versed she is with her history and well versed in English too.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Hanoi Part #1:The Old Quarters, Vietnam Backpacker's Hostel, St. Joseph's Cathedral,Cho Do Xuan Market, Bún Thang and the First Encounter with Northern Phở

Sometimes life gets in the way of travel like what happened in late 2014 when I cancelled our booking to Hanoi due to personal struggles. But things happen for a reason and life rewards those who wait. I finally had the opportunity to travel to Hanoi early this year where I spent my birthday alone. It was my first solo travel outside the Philippines and one of my most memorable international trip to date.

I was in Ho Chi Minh City in 2013 with my wife and a couple of friend. It was a very brief encounter with Vietnam culture so I thought I needed to come back for more. I wrote about the simple experience in the following posts.





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Arriving Midnight
Noi Bai International Airport

Noi Bai is the International Airport of Hanoi. It is located 45 kms away from the city center and has 2 terminals. Domestic flights are serviced by Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 for International flights. Terminal 2 is modern and newly built. Flashy floor to ceiling glass walls and well maintained. Mahihiya ang NAIA dito. ^^

Thursday, June 16, 2016

WAWA DAM Side Trip: Photogenic But Too Dirty for Swimming #Rodriguez #Rizal

So I was with three (3) people I met for the first time.
Richard,
Justelle @thejuanderboy (Instagram) 
and Mikoy @NomadicMike (Fb). 

Wawa Dam Rodriguez Rizal
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I was expecting that we would camp next to the river or the dam but we opted to set up tents in an open lot beyond houses near the brgy hall for convenience sake. Had to pay small charge for pitching tents and separate fee for the shower which is a welcome thing. I dread hot, sticky nights. We had fun time during socials. We were drunk and wasted. It was a lot of fun and as I said, the rest was history. Haha!

We were supposed to climb Mt. Binacayan early the next day but failed to do so because we were so drunk the night before. Woke up at around 9 am, had breakfast, packed up and hiked up Wawa Dam to kill time before heading back to the city.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mt. PAMITINAN Fun Climb: Amazing View from Buwis Buhay Rock #Rodriguez #Rizal

Hiking mountains has never been this popular in the Philippines. I am not just referring to traditional favorites like Mt. Pulag, Mt. Maculot or Mt. Batulao. Despite so many additions in the rank of beautiful summits like Pico De Loro, Mt. Ulap, Mt. Tarak everywhere you go there are lots of people and therefore heavy traffic to the summit. Metro Manila residents in particular are going crazy over it and the mountains of Rizal are not spared.

Yes, on the Eastern section of Metro Manila is Rizal Province, home to lots of summits thanks to the Southern edge of The Siera Madre Mountain Range which extends as far as Aurora on the North.


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Mt. PAMITINAN Buwis Buhay Rock with
Richard and
Justelle @thejuanderboy (IG)
Mikoy @NomadicMike (Fb)
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Mt. Pamitinan, Hapunang Banoy and Mt. Binacayan in Rodriguez Rizal are among the favorites due to their proximity and easy trails. I was with a new group in January this year to hike Mt. Pamitinan, something that I done out of my desire to re-ignite my interest (not love, love is too big of a word) in hiking mountains.

There were supposed to be around eight of us originally, but only four showed up. A small group but big enough for a fun hike and overnight camping.
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