Saturday, December 19, 2015

What To Pack For A Cruise Holiday

This is the latest in a series of guides for cruisers, as today we’re going to talk about what to bring with you. Cruises can be tricky to pack for, depending on what’s included in the price or not. Some liners might include complimentary toiletries in your cabin, while others stock them in the cruise shop, which can get expensive. Now Cruise Deals are offering a great range of offers in this festive period. Here’s some motivation for you to start looking. And as always, if you’re unsure about anything -- just ask your travel agent. 


Friday, December 18, 2015

Discover Camp Peralta and other nearby sites #CaptivatingCapiz

I can't remember the last time I visited an army camp in the Philippines. So it was exciting for me to explore the 33-hectare Camp Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz, which also happens to be the second biggest military reservation in the country. 


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Stunning Experiences in Thailand

Thailand is a haven of spirituality, as well as a place for incredible modern comforts. Moreover, Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for backpackers, students and spiritual enthusiasts alike. It definitely has so much to offer, especially during the summer months. Now, summer is the dry season and is one of the best times to visit. That's why now is the time to get some planning done. Below are some of Thailand’s must-see summer highlights for travellers.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

4 Top Tips for Keeping Fit and Healthy On Your Cruise

If you've been on a couple of cruises, then you surely know how tough it is to keep active. So how do you keep fit and healthy during your time on a cruise? Well, first of all, do your research. Picking a cruise liner with the facilities to keep you feeling great, as well as a tough stance on cleanliness, goes a long way to ensuring your holiday is nothing but rejuvenating. P&O Cruises are brilliant for this, as their cruise liners have all the facilities that you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle --- no matter how long you’re away at sea for. Even better, Cruise Deals have some great offers on these cruises at the moment. Here’s some tips to make sure your cruise holiday is an experience to remember:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Vanilla Cupcake Bakery: Where you can have your cake and eat it too!

I would've gone sooner if I knew how gorgeous Vanilla Cupcake Bakery is. The place is so chic and sophisticated that I could stare at every nook and cranny all day. Luckily, I was able to see several of its offerings while attending an event that VCB hosted at their Mother Ignacia branch. And since I'll be getting married in a few months, I saw how the brand's overall decor can be potentially incorporated in my travel-inspired wedding. 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Norway: The Perfect Holiday Destination This Winter

No matter what kind of holiday you’re looking for this winter, Norway definitely has something for you. You'll surely love this country because there is nowhere else that you could combine relaxation, natural beauty, history and culture in. Best of all, Norway provides some of the best skiing that you’ll ever have the opportunity of experiencing. It’s a place that has so much to offer, making it one of the best places to visit this winter. To book your perfect Norwegian getaway, check out the trips organised by Wexas Travel.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Where to Eat in Capiz - #CaptivatingCapiz

Capiz isn't named the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines" just for nothing. It's a must-visit local destination, as the province has a never-ending supply of prawns, mud crabs, and shellfish. You name it, they surely have what you're craving for!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Marikina City: What to see in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines #SapatosFestival2015

I had the privilege of participating in the Grand Marikina Tour last October 24, which was organized in time for the Sapatos Festival. Along with notable media people and Marikina bloggers, we were taken around the city by the wonderful Public Information Office team (special mention to Charlie and Ela), and the very bubbly Mr. Brian Tenorio


After our short briefing, we proceeded to our first Shoe Factory in Marikina: Bristol Shoes. I've been to the city several times since 2014, as I've been managing a small shoe venture as well. Not that I'm looking to transfer suppliers, but I never really had the chance to explore its neighboring businesses. So it was a nice opportunity to get acquainted with other shoemakers who were also into manufacturing and distribution.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Take a DIY Heritage Walk Tour when in Roxas City #CaptivatingCapiz

I love doing walking tours, as it gives me a chance to grasp and recognize all the noteworthy sites at a steady pace, just like the Heritage Walk in Roxas City (formerly called Capiz). It may have been a short trip. But I definitely enjoyed the nearby attractions, as each one was remarkable and travel worthy. 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

#CaptivatingCapiz - Experience the Cadimahan-Libotong River Tour in Roxas City

I had the privilege of meeting some of the people who manage the Cadimahan-Libotong River Project. Other than being recognized as one of the major tourist attractions in Roxas City, this particular undertaking is also known for promoting Eco-cultural tourism and more.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

#CaptivatingCapiz – Where To Stay and Dine in Capiz

Capiz, the Center of Seafood Trip Tourism in the Country, was not an immediate destination in my list of places to see in the Philippines. I’ve been allergic to crustaceans for as long as I could remember, so I delayed the idea of traveling to the province. But when an opportunity to visit the seafood capital was offered to me, I just couldn’t say no. And it was one of the best decisions yet, as exploring parts of Capiz showed me so many interesting places and eats, several of which I would’ve missed if I overlooked the chance to explore the booming region.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Zambawood – A Blissful Retreat in San Narciso, Zambales

Life has been challenging the last couple of months, that all I yearned for was some rest and relaxation, to help rejuvenate the senses. The universe finally heard my silent pleas, thus granting me a weekend that was filled with positive energy and inspiring people. I was brought back to a happy place, a happy home that once welcomed me with open arms. And like a giddy child, excited to explore once more, I was back in Zambawood.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

#TravelThrowback: Experience Affordable Luxury at Tune Hotel, Ortigas

Ever since our stay at Tune Hotel, Downtown Kuala Lumpur, Rubel and I talked about staying in one of their Philippine-based hotels. And given that they have plenty in and out of Manila, we decided to try one of their nearby branches, and booked 2-nights in their Ortigas branch (summer of 2014).


Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Buffet International Cuisine: A great selection of global and local flavors

I started looking for wedding venues in Quezon City right after getting engaged, since we wanted a nearby space that could be turned into both a ceremony and reception place. We've already decided to do a very simple wedding, so planning things on a very limited budget had to be carefully considered. I believe that we’ve come to think and act the way we do due to us being budget travelers. So we definitely wanted our practical and resourceful side to show, without leaving out a few wedding traditions. 


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My 14 Travel Essentials --- What's yours?

***UPDATED LIST*** I'm obsessive compulsive. But I've always seen this 'trait' as an advantage. Not only does being OC keep me on my toes. It also helps me to be coordinated and disciplined at all times. Being an OC traveler has certainly pushed me to be more organized with my trips. And whenever I plan my travels (local or international), I always make sure to produce certain 'lists' that will help show my progress in the planning stage. This way, I won't have any excuse to forget things. 

Moving forward, I have my (1) things to do, (2) things to bring, (3) trip itinerary, (4) and of course, my expense/budget sheet. These four elements always assist me from the beginning until the end of my trip.

Now, as a traveler who's always on the look out for reasonably-priced trip deals, I'm also constantly searching for affordable travel essentials that will help keep my trips more meaningful. So with that in mind, I'll be sharing to you some of my travel must-haves. Some of which never fail to keep my trips fun and hassle-free.

My Travel Essentials:

1) Point & Shoot Camera - I traded my DSLR Nikon D40 for a Nikon P300. Yes, it was a downgrade. But purchasing the P300 was super worth it! Not only did it lessen the load off of my shoulder (considering its weight), the bulk of having to bring the camera bag, my lenses, weren't a burden to me anymore. I did enjoy having a DSLR back in the day. But I enjoy more, the lightweight wonder of my new camera. 

The Nikon P300 is remarkable for a Point and Shoot. It has a Nikkor 4.2X wide optical zoom, and a bright f/1.8 lens. Other than that, it's also able to capture FULL HD movie/s. Awesome gadget, right? :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Why You Should Save For Vacations and How

A 2013 Philippine Statistic Authority study says that around 9.4 million Filipinos aging fifteen and up traveled within the country for leisure in 2012. That number sounds like a lot of people. But in fact, that is just barely 15% of that age group, and not even 10% of the country’s total population. Roughly 85% of Filipinos stay within their home and work vicinities all year long. For Filipinos, traveling usually means visiting relatives. Leisurely vacations are something we rarely give priority to.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The first Green Hotel in Libis: Microtel Acropolis

It feels different when you've been to a place that you've passed by a few times, yet you never really took the time to appreciate it. That's what I felt towards Libis and nearby Eastwood City. Now, regardless of these two areas being located in Quezon City (my hometown), I still never made the time to explore much of either, as it was a far commute from where I lived. But when I was recently given a chance to stay at Microtel by Wyndham - Acropolis, I realized how much the locale has changed since the last time I was there.

Photo courtesy of Microtel

Rediscovering 6 of Quezon City's Main Attractions

I've lived in Quezon City all my life. But there are still so many places in my hometown that I haven't explored yet. Fortunately, I was recently invited by Microtel PH to join their City Media Familiarization Tour, along with several travel bloggers. I've actually been to a few of the city attractions that were listed on the itinerary. Surprisingly, several of the QC sites that we visited were new to me. 

The plant box was a gift from the Tapia Family for Doña Aurora Aragon-Quezon.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Quezon City Hotel: A Refreshing Weekend Escape at Microtel-UP Technohub

I was already planning on booking a hotel somewhere in Quezon City, so that I could give myself that much needed R&R. But I no longer had to, as I was recently invited to a weekend stay in two of Microtel's well-appointed hotels: Microtel-UP Technohub and Microtel Acropolis. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Why our Lakhambini shoes are priced the way they are

Several people have wondered why our LAKHAMBINI shoes are priced the way they are. But then I ask myself: why not that price range? If you only knew how much we value the process in which the material is made, up until the construction of the shoes (and how they're very comfortable when worn), then you'll know that owning a pair is truly worth every peso. :)


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A world-class hotel in Laguna: Microtel, South Forbes

My best friend got married last December, and her wedding was held in St. Benedict Church by Ayala Westgrove Heights. Since it was a destination wedding, my family and I decided to stay in Laguna for the night to avoid the late drive back to Manila. 

Several factors came with looking for a proper accommodation, like the location for example. I, for one, needed a hotel that wasn't too far from the church or reception venue (Angelfields Nature Sanctuary). I also wanted a nice lodging that would accommodate the needs of my family, especially with an 8-month old baby traveling with us [Click Here]. That's when I found Microtel, South Forbes. It was so perfect because not only was it 5 minutes away from the church, it was also a 30-minute drive to the reception venue.


This world-class Laguna hotel is located inside South Forbes, "a 500-acre, world-class township with residential, entertainment, academic, and sports components that encompasses the Metro Sta. Rosa-Silang-Tagaytay growth corridor". We loved that it was just minutes away from Nuvali Sta. Rosa, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Tagaytay City and Laguna Technological Park.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Davao City: Daylight Inn - A no frills, value for money lodging

If given the extra funds when traveling, I would book a hotel where all my comforts will be met. So you can imagine how hesitant I was into booking a room at Daylight Inn, Davao. But since I was following a certain budget, and only needed a place to stay in for one night, I took my chances there. Surprisingly, I had a good experience. They even honored my reservation through text message. So that was a plus for me. By the way, this recount was from last year, January 2014 to be exact.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Anniversary-Worthy Hotel in Makati: Best Western, A.venue Suites

It has been more than a year since Rubel and I celebrated our 6th anniversary at Best Western, A.venue Suites (December 2013). I would've blogged about it sooner. But time just got the best of me! 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Malaysia Hotel: Tune Hotels, Downtown Kuala Lumpur

In our brief time in KL, we spent our days sleeping in the comforts of Tune Hotels, Downtown Kuala Lumpur. It was a hassle-free stay, as we didn't experience any problems from the booking stage to checking out from the accommodations (we loved the staff at Tune, as they were super courteous and helpful). We booked our stay from November 16-18 and 20-22, 2013 (we were in Penang in between these dates), and only had to pay PHP1,500 or 120 Malaysian Ringgit per night.


We availed of the Double Room, which we paid to have a 12-hour AC use, and a day's worth of Wi-Fi access.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

11 TRIED AND TESTED APPROACHES FOR STARTING A TRAVEL BLOG

HAPPY NEW YEAR, BIYAHERAS! Here's to starting 2015 by sharing to all of you a few tips on how to start your own travel blog.

I started blogging when Live Journal and Tabulas were still in fashion. But I never really focused on a specific niche back then. But when I started traveling more, I decided to create a blog for most of my explorations. 

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