Camiguin is magical

Camiguin is magical. Photo owned by Juan Manila.

When I told myself that I will be traveling more this year, I was making a statement. And the gates of opportunity opened for me to travel not just parts of Asia but as well as in our own country. Philippines has really more to offer and it’s really more fun to travel and explore the country’s many island destinations.

Camiguin is magical. Photo owned by Juan Manila.

Camiguin is magical. Photo owned by Juan Manila.

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My super fun Kuala Lumpur trip Part 1 of Day 1

Our room, 1708, has a view of KL City's skyline almost perpendicular to the Petronas Towers skyline view.

I promised myself that I will be writing down my super fun Kuala Lumpur trip this weekend, and so here I am in front of my PC to start it off. And in the tradition of my Hong Kong trip last year, I will just stick to the diary-like stories with more photos to excite each and everyone who will be reading this.

The journey started on May 10, 2013, 3:49 a.m. at the departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, the Zest Air inaugural flights bound for Kuala Lumpur and the other one to Kota Kinabalu. Such an early morning meet-up organized by Ferds Bondoy of Fleishman-Hillard Manila for Zest Air’s Familiarization Tour with the rest of the bloggers selected for this 3D/2N trip.

The Zest Air maiden flight to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu participated by bloggers and celebrities on May 10-12, 2013.

The Zest Air maiden flight to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu participated by bloggers and celebrities on May 10-12, 2013.

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Booked my Kuala Lumpur August trip via AirAsia Philippines


I just booked my Kuala Lumpur August trip via AirAsia Philippines last May 3 after the airline announces their ZestAir Piso Base Fare Sale from as low as Php 537 all-in fares from Manila to Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Davao, Bacolod and Kalibo! For its international destinations, fly from Manila to Kota Kinabalu from as low as Php 461 all-in fare and Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai from as low as Php 681 all-in fares!

Awesome news guys! ZestAir’s having its Piso Base Fare Sale to it awesome destinations! Fly from Manila to Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Davao, Bacolod and Kalibo from as low as P537 all-in fares! For its international destinations, fly from MANILA to Kota Kinabalu from as low as P461 all-in fare and Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai from as low as P681 all-in fares! Booking Period: 3-12 May 2013 Travel Period: 10 May 2013 – 30 April 2014 Grab this amazing deal at: http://bit.ly/122T84s (Pay online via Credit Card or Cash via our Payment Partners: 7-Eleven, Bayad Center & Cebuana Lhuillier) ZestAir Call Center (+63 2) 855-3333.

Awesome news guys! ZestAir’s having its Piso Base Fare Sale to it awesome destinations! Fly from Manila to Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Davao, Bacolod and Kalibo from as low as P537 all-in fares! For its international destinations, fly from MANILA to Kota Kinabalu from as low as P461 all-in fare and Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai from as low as P681 all-in fares! Booking Period: 3-12 May 2013 Travel Period: 10 May 2013 – 30 April 2014 Grab this amazing deal at: http://bit.ly/122T84s (Pay online via Credit Card or Cash via our Payment Partners: 7-Eleven, Bayad Center & Cebuana Lhuillier) ZestAir Call Center (+63 2) 855-3333.

I immediately browsed on to AirAsia Philippines website and booked my August trip. I don’t want to be left behind when Azrael and Raffy were already booked and I am going definitely going with them.

Online booking through AirAsia Philippines website.

Online booking through AirAsia Philippines website.

Booking is easy, especially if you already have an AirAsia and BIG member online account. I filled-up the online form from the destination arrival and departure flight and that’s it. I paid the total booking fee of Php 1,847 through my BPI Express Online account. Way easy and convenient! Continue reading

Just in case you don’t know yet, SumoSam is now serving in Baguio City

SumoSam is now serving in Baguio City.

Just this month, another SumoSam restaurant branch opens and this time right in the heart of the country’s favorite summer vacation, in Baguio City. Now folks from the province of Benguet can enjoy flavorful Japanese dishes from SumoSam as often as they want to.

SumoSam is now serving in Baguio City.

SumoSam is now serving in Baguio City.

The Juan Traveler was there during the grand opening together with local and Manila-based media correspondents and bloggers. The latest SumoSam restaurant is located inside the fast-rising Ayala Techno Hub inside Camp John Hay.

Juan Traveler with the Baguio and Manila media correspondents and bloggers.

Juan Traveler with the Baguio and Manila media correspondents and bloggers.

The grand opening started with a simple prayer and blessing officiated by Bishop Most Reverend Carlito J. Cenzon, CICM, D.D. Also  present were John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) President Jamie Agbayani and SumoSam’s Adolf Allen Aran Jr.

SumoSam's traditional opening ceremony of prayers and blessing headed by Bishop Most Reverend Carlito J. Cenzon, CICM, D.D.

SumoSam’s traditional opening ceremony of prayers and blessing headed by Bishop Most Reverend Carlito J. Cenzon, CICM, D.D.

After the prayer and the traditional “throwing of coins” – for good-luck, SumoSam’s chef rolled-out a giant maki and sliced it into big bite pieces for everyone can enjoy. Continue reading

Exploring my first Taipei travel

Exploring my first Taipei travel.

Thanks to TriNoma-Clark Airport Lounge, traveling by air via Clark International Airport is now easier, affordable, and comfortable. It will only take about two-hours trip from Quezon City direct to the departure gates of CIA. Nice.

I used the TriNoma-Clark Airport bus service on my first trip to Taipei last April 12, my flight was scheduled at 12:05 noon and I got there before 10 in the morning. Will tell you the experience inside Clark International Airport on a separate post.

Exploring my first Taipei travel.

Exploring my first Taipei travel.

So many first happened on that day. It was also my first time to fly with AirAsia Philippines flight PQ7357 to Taipei. The plane departed around 12:19 p.m. and we touchdown at Taoyuan International Airport at 2:10 p.m.

It was raining in Taiwan when we got there and while still inside the plane, I felt the cold weather already. It felt good as a relief from the scorching summer heat back here in Manila which was accumulating into 36 degrees Celsius that day.

It was a rainy Friday afternoon when we arrived in Taiwan.

It was a rainy Friday afternoon when we arrived in Taiwan.

After boarding off the plane, there was the fever screening;  passed by immigration and claiming baggage before me and my group was met by our Pinoy correspondent/tour guide. We got out of the airport by 3:22 p.m. and took a one hour ride to our hotel in Zhong Shan. On our way to the hotel , I see a lot of crops fields, therefore assuming that many of the Taiwanese depend on farming.

Taipei side is like Metro Manila and Makati district with lots of sky-ways.

The rain didn’t stop, and I was embracing that cold weather for I only have four days to enjoy this ‘coz “when I’m back in Manila it’s definitely hot again,” I told myself.

Taipei is almost like the Philippines with cars steering wheels on the left side. Continue reading