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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Visa-Free Countries to Visit for Philippines

The Philippines passport is not the strongest and we all have to accept that fact. But that doesn’t mean we cannot go out to travel the world. When travelling to other countries there a lot of pieces of puzzles that we have to solve such as where to book cheap flight online, new clothes to shop to blend in with the locals, things to bring and so on (by the way I found this site where you can check out out to find interesting deals and promo!). On the other hand, visa issues are one of them too. In this blog post I have a list of 5 visa-free countries that you can actually visit for every Philippines passport holder.

Indonesia
(Free Visa – 30 days)

Dubbed as a tourist heaven, Indonesia offers spectacular destinations for many. Indonesia will charm you with unique travel pleasures because this country has almost everything from leisure to shopping, history, culture and many more. Simply google top places to visit in Indonesia and you will find popular destinations such as Bali, Lombok, Yogyakarta, Mount Bromo and lots more.

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Tips – book your stay at Agoda where you can get the possible cheapest hotel rate. Save more on your accommodation to spend more on your trip!

Malaysia
(Free Visa – 30 days)

Malaysia’s Truly Asia tourism campaign has struck visitors around the globe and good news to us is that this neighbor of ours is available for us to visit without visa. A diverse and multiracial country, this is the perfect place for you to visit where you can enjoy its harmonic atmosphere and it offers fantastic shopping experience as it has been voted as one of the top shopping districts in the world.


On top of that, Malaysia has quite a number of popular tourist destinations and attractions such as Langkawi Island, Tioman Island, national parks, Legoland in Johor and many more. These places can be accessed via vast means of transportation promising you a great trip to be taken.

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Thailand
(Free Visa – 30 days)

Thailand lets you create the kind of trip you have always wanted as the country is comprises with bustling modern cities, tuk-tuks, historic temples tended by monks, lush landscapes, colourful handicrafts, ancient ruins and stunning beaches.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Money and Relationship



Money makes the world go round but what does it do to relationships. Many people in the world are looking for love. And for most of them, money does not really matter. Until they are in love. When people have found what they are looking for they begin to consider other things. Things that can end up causing them to lose that great love they would have found.


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When Money Makes Love

There are however many cases of people who end up in love because they were searching for a better lifestyle. To achieve this, people are looking for wealthy partners. As bad as that sounds it is only normal for people to have standards. So having a set of characteristics that you desire in their dream partner is expected. If one of the things you consider is financial stability then you are very wise.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Siquijor Day Tour by Motorbike


Of course one doesn't go to Dumaguete without visiting Siquijor. It is combo-destination similar to that of Iloilo-Guimara, Davao City - Samal Island or Cebu-Mactan Island. I thought about keeping my options open for Siquijor so I only booked 3 nights in Dumaguete so as I can opt for another night in the former should it be viable.But I meet a fellow traveller over Couchsurfing and she said a day tour of Siquijor is good enough for her so I opted for a day trip as well.

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To be honest, I expected too much of Siquijor so I was like "is that all?" at the end of our day tour. But it was not to the level of disappointment because I really enjoyed it so much. I just thought the attractions were not as powerhouse as I thought. But you know what the most fun part is? Renting a motorbike and go around the island. Yes. I highly suggest this activity. For as low as 400 pesos you can a bike all for yourself for the whole day. So if you are with another person to divide that cost then it is really a very cheap way of going around the island. You need to gas up though and return the bike full tank so more or less I spent 500 pesos but the fun of it is way so much more than what 500 pesos can buy.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

GO HOTELS Dumaguete: Affordable Luxury in a Laidback Location @gohotels_ph

If you are familiar with Red Planet Hotels formerly Tune Hotels, Go Hotels is as good as it could get. This is because Air Asia's business model of add-ons translate to Red Planet Hotels to which iy is part of the consortium and the company of Cebu Pacific being the local version of Air Asia is the same conglomerate that owns Go Hotels.

What to expect. Hiply designed lobby and interiors. Quality rooms. 5-star bed, free wifi, power shower and all other conveniences less the pool all at affordable price of below 2,000 pesos. And if you are in Dumaguete where there is a shortage of quality accommodation, 2Go is already a luxury.

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Location
It's location could be a good thing or bad thing depending on what you are looking for. It is situated in an area of new development in the city so expect it to be a little off downtown being Silliman University district but this is an upcoming area with Robinsons Dumaguete being the main attraction. The hotel is actually located behind Robinsons so that spells convenience for dining and shopping and at the same time affords a quiet location. If you are to go downtown and say drink, it is only a few minutes away by tricycle.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Top 5 Parks and Natural Attractions You Must Visit in Japan


Japan as an archipelago is blessed with rich, natural resources and majestic scenery almost everywhere you turn. Perhaps no other country in Asia offers such a wide and virtually complete range of leisure experiences hinged upon different aspects of Mother Nature—water, mountain, forests, and many more.

The four complete seasons that Japan experiences each year—winter, spring, summer and fall—are also responsible for shaping the myriad of activities and attractions available for tourists. Thus, a great idea is to plan your visit to Japan based on the kind of weather or climate you want to experience.

Here are the top five natural attractions that are a must-see and must-experience in Japan throughout the year:

Powder-like snow in Hokkaido. Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, and offers the most legendary powder-like snow during the winter months. The Sapporo Snow Festival in the capital city is much-awaited by locals and tourists alike every year for the breathtaking snow and ice sculptures on display.

Be wise in choosing the best ski resort in Hokkaido that offers the most abundant snowfall, for a truly authentic winter experience. Apart from the requisite skiing on the slopes, there are many other winter activities to enjoy such as exploring snow-covered forests on foot, and riding on snowmobiles, buggies, and even banana boats. There are also a number of well-planned amusement parks with rides and events for the entire family.

Fuji in Early Winter
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SAKURA(Cherry blossom) / Meguro river, Meguro, Tokyo
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Cherry blossoms in Tokyo. 
Spring may just be the perfect time to visit Japan’s capital city of Tokyo, not just because the cool weather is conducive for walking around, catching the train and exploring the various districts, but because you can also conveniently chance upon the iconic cherry blossoms in a number of spots throughout the metropolis.

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is one of the most popular outdoor spaces in Tokyo where cherry blossom trees are in abundance, and locals freely celebrate hanami or the Japanese tradition of revering and enjoying the fleeting beauty of the flowers.

Majestic views of Mt. Fuji from Osaka. 
Japan’s highest mountain—at 3,776 meters—is also a perfectly shaped, active volcano. It is located on the border of Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. Visitors can actually hike up the mountain, but for those after a picture-perfect souvenir, ride the bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka and catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji halfway through the trip.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dumaguete: Balinsasayao-Danao Twin Lakes and Casaroro Waterfalls D.I.Y Day Tour



I can't believe it took me 8 years of travelling until I got to get my ass in Dumaguete. I didn't know what I have been really missing all this time until late last year. It was chuseok holiday in Korea so I packed my bags and traveled solo to Cebu-Dumaguete-Siquijor and Apo Island.

Dumaguete is a pretty small city with Silliman University at its core. All you need is a day to go around and get to know the place. That is not to say though that there is nothing to do here. There are still many things to discover. One can enjoy strolling by baywalk and get a sense of how laidback the city can get.

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There are also a few pubs along Silliman Avenue that you can try if you want to chill. And a few specialty restaurants for your palate too. The attractions around Dumaguete are the ones that make Dumaguete such a to-go-place. There are lakes,waterfalls,hot springs, sand bars. There is also Siquijor just an hour away by slow ferry and Apo Island which is haven for turtle spotting. I will write about my experiences one by one but first, let me talk about my day trip to Balinsasayao-Danao Twin Lakes and Casaroro Waterfalls.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

#FreedomFridays at the 6th Pool Bar and Lounge Novotel Manila Araneta Center

It's summer and you are stuck in the Metro. Pity right? I know how it feels. It is saddening at times especially if you see the feeds of your friends on social.media enjoying the islands. Well it's not that bad. I have been travel-less actually for more than a month and I have been enjoying myself. The reason because there are so many nice spaces in Metro Manila now where you can chill and never feel your missing the fun. One place I frequent is Novotel Manila Araneta Center. This is very obvious on my sns feeds especially Instagram. And #FreedomFridays has added to the must-try events at Novotel Manila.

Freedom Fridays at the 6th Pool Bar and Lounge Novotel Manila Araneta Center happens every Friday 6:00 pm - 3:00 am.
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Discreet -- 6 local beers -- Php 699 nett per person 
Loud -- 4 Signature Cocktails -- Php 799 nett per person 
All Out -- Choice of 6 local beers, signature cocktails or house wine 
-- Php 999 nett per person
One on One Cocktail 
Mojoto, Cuba Libre, Margarita & Tequila Sunrise --Php 350

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Microtel Inn & Suites Cabanatuan: Hotel-In-a City with a Nice Country Vibe @microtelph

I was to attend the Christening of my cousin's daughter in Gapan Nueva Ecija two weeks ago and I thought of staying in Cabanatuan the night before so as to make it at 9:00 an the next day. What made my decision easier was when I found out that there is a Microtel by Wyndham branch there. And when I saw online that it has a pool, my decision was sealed. I have tried Microtel in Mall of Asia with my aunts before and I like to no-frills feel of the brand. The one in Cabanatuan has the same ambiance of that of Baguio branch, and I have been dying to stay at the latter but it was always fully booked during my visit. The one in Cabanatuan I found out later is actually 9 years old. Wow! Older than my blog.


About Microtel Cabanatuan:
Microtel Cabanatuan has 50 air-conditioned rooms features chiropractor-approved mattresses, Internet access, an IDD/NDD phone, and more. It is part of Microtel Group’s chain of budget hotels.
Microtel currently has  16 locations in the Philippines.

Acropolis, QC | Baguio | Batangas | Boracay | Cabanatuan | Eagle Ridge, Cavite | Davao | General Santos |Mall of Asia | Palawan | South Forbes | Tarlac | UP Technohub, QCSource:  http://www.microtel-cabanatuan.com/

Phone Numbers: +63 (44) 958 7777
Fax Number: +63 (44) 958 7778
Mobile: +63 (927) 804 2929
Email: cabanatuan@microtel.ph

Manila Sales Office
Phone Numbers: +63 (02) 899 7171 | +63 (917) 888 1800
Fax Number: +63 (02) 870 0319
Email: sales@microtel.ph | reservations@microtel.ph


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Location:
The hotel is located 2 kms off city center if you consider the central bus terminal as city center. That is a comfortable distance and if you are commuting takes only around 30-50 pesos by tricycle depending on the time of the day. Just tell the driver to take you to Microtel in Sta Arcadia and they know it. The fact that it is a little off from city center is a big advantage for Microtel Cabanatuan because it is in an area the is quiet so you get this hotel-in-a-city with a country vibe.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Most Beautiful Places in the World You Have to Visit

There are places on our planet that everyone should see at least once in their lives. We offer you the list of 10 most interesting places that you must definitely visit. Thanks to our kind friends from amurdate.com for providing us with this curious information.

1.The Philippines

This country is often forgotten by tourists because there is a much more popular Thailand nearby. But the Philippines are one of the most beautiful places in the world. It consists of more than 7000 islands that are scattered in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. And Palawan Island is regularly recognized as the most beautiful island of the planet!

2.The Galapagos Islands

Spend your day in the clear waters of the Galapagos Islands. There are three major ocean currents, so the diversity of marine life is particularly noticeable here. You shouldn’t remain such a wonderful adventure outside the list of the main desires in life.

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3.Brazil

This is the fifth largest country in the world, and perhaps the most amazing in terms of natural diversity. There can be found everything you want to see: huge beaches, tropical jungles in the Amazon delta, a lot of reserves and waterfalls. And Rio de Janeiro was recently recognized as the second most beautiful city in the world.

4.Australia
Here you can do something to relieve your mind and body from stress. Everything facilitates for relaxation and especially the quiet pleasant waters of the ocean. You can jump from a yacht, go diving, and sunbathe on the beach. Allow the child inside of you to start every day with sincere laughter and a thirst for adventure.

5.Cambodia

Here you can find one of the biggest and most impressive monuments in South Asia – Angkor Wat. Start your day with enjoying the dawn, the view of which is just breathtaking.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

How To Write an Argumentative Essay?

An argumentative essay uses reason to demonstrate that certain ideas are more valid than others in academic writing. This type of essay provides the reader with a thorough overview of a topic, covering all facets of the situation or a fact. The purpose of such an essay is to persuade the reader into agreeing with the author's point of view.

An argumentative essay must be based on sound logic and must contain factual evidence to support the argument. The effectiveness of this type of essay depends on the author's ability to parse through the various facets of the topic and lead the reader toward an obvious and logical conclusion.
Building up a strong argument – is very hard task, it requires a lot of efforts and skills of yours.


Argumentative essays provide your audience with a well-rounded summary of the issue at hand, but clearly indicate what your own point of view on essay topics is and why this view is the best option over others. Thus, make sure you have your desired outcome in mind as you move forward in the writing process. This will help to sway another person or group of people in their opinion on a subject.

Argumentative essay structure

When you are starting writing an argumentative essay you need to know the structure of it so to shape your writing in a right way.
A good essay of this type should consist of:

a) an introductory paragraph in which you clearly state the topic to be discussed, without giving your opinion;

b) a main body in which the points for and against along with your justifications, examples or reasons are presented in separate paragraphs; and

c) a closing paragraph in which you state your opinion or give a balanced consideration of the topic.

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Useful essay words and phrases

Certain words are used to link ideas and to signpost the reader the direction your line of reasoning is about to take, such as adding more emphasis, or introducing an alternative point of view.
Opinion words (such as I think, I believe, In my opinion, etc.) can only be used in the closing paragraph where you give your opinion on the topic.
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