Saturday, September 29, 2012

Budget Biyahera featured on TRAVEL Magazine

Budget Biyahera as a blog has been up for several years now. Although still young in age, I am very much grateful for all the little (yet super big deal) recognitions that I've been getting throughout the years, especially at present.

During the 2nd quarter of 2012, Meet Manila (the Philippines newest and most comprehensive travel portal wherein #ThoughtfulTourism is promoted) invited me to one of their 'Tertulia Night' events. From there, I was awarded as one of the Empowered Travelers after sharing my views on 'What it means to be an empowered traveler'. On top of that, I was also gifted with a new Lenovo Q350 phone --- a very handy device that could certainly help the wanderluster in me. 

Along with the perks of being an Empowered Traveler, I was also given the chance to contribute for the POSTCARDS section on one of the Philippines travel magazines --- TRAVEL

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Collection Of Starbucks City Mugs! ♥

I just wanted to share my love of collecting Starbucks City Mugs! ♥

Yes! These babies makes me smile each and every time I see them. I've actually been to each one of these destinations except for NYC, Florida, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (gift from family and friends) -- all of which are also listed on my must-see-places!


I'm actually missing a few more city mugs (mugs from Baguio, Batangas, Boracay, Naga, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Pattaya, Thailand). So whoever wants to surprise me on my birthday this November, those missing destination mugs will surely make me the happiest girl! :)

Thank you in advance? =P

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

Friday, September 21, 2012

Postcards from Vienna, Austria

Just wanted to say thank you to one of the most thoughtful Travel/Mommy blogger's that I know. Although we've never met in person (would love to meet her one day), I would still like to thank her for the lovely postcards that she sent me this week. 

All the way from Vienna, Austria to the Philippines, Marie Michel has taken the time to send about 100 postcards to different people. Lucky me! I was fortunate enough to get two of her awesome creations.

Now, I would like to share the two beautiful photo cards that she sent me recently (both of the cards had her personal snapshots printed on them). So if you happen to check out her website, you'll be amazed at how great she is when taking pictures of her kids, of the places she explores with her family and more. She's talented. She writes profoundly. She's very thoughtful and generous. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Land & Water Activities For Big Groups: What to do when in Boracay

When it comes to annual summer vacations, I would usually be one of my family's go-to persons when it comes to:

*Doing research on prospective vacation spots
*Coordinating with the resort representatives
*Coordinating the schedules of each family members vacation leaves
*Making accommodation bookings
*Making a feasible itinerary
*Finalizing and managing of our budget
*Paying lodging and transportation costs
*Huddling the whole group when the next adventure awaits

Me at the Zestair check-in counter -- Double checking everyone's ticket!

These are my usual tasks when my BIG FAMILY goes out of town. It has never been an easy job but I've always found a sense of fulfillment when I get to lead this "big group". And since I've always considered myself to be a really organized and OC person, I've always managed to get things (and people) going on schedule. So if there was an epic trip that I would like to share, it would have to be our Boracay escapade(s).

Monday, September 10, 2012

A 5-Day Adventure: Sites worth seeing in Cebu and Bohol

It was my first time to fly to the Visayas area in 2010. I flew all the way to Cebu to pursue my dream job. But when things didn't go the way that I've hoped for, Rubel and I just distracted ourselves with a DIY tour around Cebu --- Plus a side trip to Bohol.

So what did we see in Metro Cebu that was worth seeing? Here's our top choices:

TRYING OUT THE FAMOUS SKY EXPERIENCE ADVENTURE

Sky Experience Adventure with mis amigas Yen and Ruth -- and Rubel! :P

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