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Monday, December 22, 2014

MACAU TRAVEL GUIDE: Day Tour + Itinerary #AirAsiaZestMacau

Many of you will surely be flying out of the country to celebrate the holiday season. Shopping in Hong Kong, city tour in Bangkok,  food indulgence in KL and perhaps casino-hopping and history tour in Macau. The latter is becoming more and more preferred destinations to Filipinos due to its proximity in the Philippines and with low cost airlines like AirAsiaZest adding cheaper options to the territory.

With all of the high end hotels, luxury shops and glittery casinos, one might think that Macau is an expensive place to go to. The thing is, it could be the cheapest place in the world for sightseeing. You can actually get around Macau without spending a penny. Yes, you heard it right, you can go around and see so much without spending a single cent. There, I just repeated myself.

Here's the trick.

Make sure your flight arrives daytime, or at least before midnight.
The reason for this is that you would like to take advantage of the 
FREE CASINO SHUTTLE BUSES in Macau.

All major casinos in Macau have their respective buses. You can hop in and hop off these buses anytime---no questions asked. Just make sure you stay in queue as there are so many other tourists and casino patrons using them. No need to worry, there are trips usually every 10 minutes to and from each pickup points.
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MAJOR PICKUP POINTS:

Macau International Airport,
Macau Ferry Terminal and Taipa Ferry Terminal
Gongbei Port (Macau-China Border)

No problem at all whether you will be flying in, taking the ferry or travel by land to Macau. From these major entry/exit points, you can take the free casino shuttle buses to and from;

Venetian Macau
Galaxy Macau
Sands Casino and Macau Fisherman's Wharf
Star World Casino Macau
Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul

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SUGGESTED 
ITINERARY for the Free Tour
Start in Taipa District in the morning, then Cotai District in the afternoon till night.
More detailed Itinerary Sample
for 2D/1N >>>here

AM -Cotai
Venetian Macau
Galaxy Macau
City of Dreams

PM -Taipa
Senado Square
Ruins of St. Paul
Wynn Macau
MGM Grand

Additional Trip: MACAU TOWER (with Entrance Fee)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

WHITE FENCE COUNTRY CAFE: Nasi Goreng, Honey Glazed Chili Wings, Smokey Backyard Burger and more!

City: Puerto Princesa
Travel Period: November 2014
Place of Stay: Palo Alto

Our accommodation in our latest PPS trip Palo Alto has a decent restaurant but they will not feel bad if you want to try other food finds downtown. As a matter of fact, Palo Alto even provides free shuttle drop off and pick up. Van leaves for town 6:00 pm and pick up is 9:00pm. If you already have a restaurant in mind, they will even drop you directly there. In our case, we picked one with an intimate setting. Something of class but with good food that is not too heavy on the pocket ---White Fence Country Cafe.

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Nasi Goreng at White Fence Cafe Puerto Princesa

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THE INTERIOR
The restaurant is part of Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn but is open to public and it is pretty famous for walk in guests.

It consistent with the lovely appeal of the Inn. It's cozy and intimate especially at night, thanks to the artsy interior. Tastefully interiored as tasty as the food they serve. I know homey is an overused word in food and hotel reviews but no better word describes the mood at White Fence Cafe. You will instantly feel comfortable with the place and you will hardly feel the wait for your orders as your eyes will be feasting on the details inside.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lunch at #PaloAltoPalawan's Private Beach + Underground River Tour


I thought it's gonna be just another Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour. Don't blame me, the place is amazing but I have been here twice. The third time it thought it's gonna be too painful to take but this particular tour came with a twist, something I looked forward to --- lunch in a private beach--- instead of the usual one in Sabang. Thank you #PaloAlto !!!!

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Puerto Princesa 
Underground River
But first, here are some photos of the Underground River as it couldn't be missed. As I said, akala ko nakakasuka na, but we came early before the flood of tourists so we got to appreciate the cave tour more. The stillness when you feel like your boat is the only one navigating its dark corridors, with only the voice of your guide echoing in its chambers with the occasional pause interrupted by the sounds of bats hanging on the walls of the cave and the sonar chirping of "balinsasayaw", a local bird, which passes through as if surveying the area.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PALO ALTO Bed& Breakfast: "Close to Nature, Close to My Heart" #PaloAltoPalawan

Palo Alto 
http://paloalto.ph/

Life has a gentle way of telling us "hey, take it easy on yourself". Learning about this place came at a time when I needed to "feel good about myself again". My current personal troubles have been weighing hard on my emotional state that a simple 'ice cream treat' could already feel like cloud 9. What more if you get the chance to pack your bag and visit one of your favorite cities and get to stay at a resort like Palo Alto Bed and Breakfast inPuerto Princesa Palawan.

Ah! Despite all the shams and drudgery, life is still beautiful indeed.

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And this came weeks after I was heartbroken learning that my favorite Inn in PPS, Banwa Pension House, was destroyed by fire. I really thought there is one less reason to be back until I came across this place.

Palo Alto is a bit off the city center but the commute back and forth downtown is worth it, sooooo worth it. Visit their website and the photos there will make you visualize a relaxing weekend retreat. I drooled over the photos there and I was suddenly imagining my vacation. Seeing it in person is another level. I call it "feel-good-place"-----A silent sanctuary in a city.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

FERSAL HOTEL PALAWAN is about class and location

Fersal Hotel Palawan
http://www.fersal.com.ph/palawan/

Fersal and thier upscale brand Hotel Elizabeth have always been close to my heart since I worked with them on a project in 2012.

I have literally blogged all Fersal Hotels in Manila >>>here
and Hotel Elizabeth >>here

Fersal Palawan is the latest in their growing portfolio (I heard they are planning a Hotel Elizabeth branch in San Vicente Palawan) so I wanted to write about it. I feel privileged my courtesy call to the hotel was warmly accommodated I can finally introduce it to my readers.
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the lobby of Fersal Hotel Puerto Princesa

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

PUERTO PRINCESA TRAVEL GUIDE #AirAsiaZestPuertoPrincesa

It's the start of travel season in the Philippines again. I am sure you already plotted your next destination. Either you did or haven't made up your mind yet,
here is a TRAVEL GUIDE ON PUERTO PRINCESA that I hope will help you on your next trip to the city.

TAKE NOTE: All the recommendations of accommodation, attractions, restaurants and food that I included here are only those that I personally experienced. I am sure there are more that one can add to the list but I can only attest to the ones here based on my experience.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

JUPITER SUITES HOTEL MAKATI Room Rates

Located at the happening district of Poblacion Makati City, checking in at Jupiter Suites gives you the advantage of being at the center of the action. The area is highly popular for nightlife, restaurants and shopping. A few meters away from the hotel and you will find a wide array of dining choices as well as pubs should you want to just chill out any time of the day. The area is very alive at night, quite notorious for the red light district of Burgos Street but it is not to say that there is nothing for those who simply want clean fun.

There are three (3) room types at Jupiter Suites Makati, Standard, De Luxe and Family but the standard rooms has variations depending on your needs. One can book a standard queen, standard double and standard triple room. For the deluxe rooms, double deluxe rooms and deluxe queen are the options. For a bigger entourage, family room is the best fit.

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Room Rates at Jupiter Suites Makati

Sunday, November 16, 2014

JUPITER SUITES MAKATI: Affordable rates, friendly staff, unbeatable location

JUPITER SUITES is a budget accommodation located three blocks away from the corner of Jupiter Street and Makati Avenue. I would like to emphasize early on that this is a budget hotel so don't expect me to compare it with other 5-star accommodations in the area.

Once known as the JUPITER ARMS HOTEL, it now boasts of recently upgraded spacious rooms, with each one equipped with modern comfort at par with industry standards.

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Jupiter Suites Makati

Monday, November 10, 2014

How to Beat Travel-Based Boredom

Jetting off to foreign climes is one of the most enthralling experiences that life has to offer. New cultures, societies, sights, sounds and tastes await travellers, so much that the act of stepping through the aeroplane door is at the same time a wonderful exercise in self-improvement! There are negatives to travel however, the most pertinent of which being boredom.

Sat in those cramped seats, nothing to do but to watch that re-run of The Simpsons you’ve seen a million times before or thumb through the tarnished, month old in-flight magazine that populates the seat rest; it’s a grim set of affairs for even the most occupied individuals in a flight. How, then, can we banish travel-based boredom?

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Beat Travel-Based Boredom
photo credits >>here

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mingwalang Food Street #Nanjing


Some of the most famous snack streets in Nanjing are Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao), Shiziqiao (Lion Bridge) and Xinjiukou. We stayed near Fuzimiao but we didn't dine there because of so many ongoing construction and renovation in many parts of the complex. On our way back to our hostel from Xuanwu Lake , we thought of checking out one of the less famous food streets which I heard is gaining popularity lately --Mingwalang.
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Mingwalang Food Street #Nanjing
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