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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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

AirAsiaPhilippines is giving an early bird savings with big seat sale promo for as low as Php 599 only

AirAsiaPhilippines is giving an early bird savings with big seat sale promo for as low as Php 599 only.

Normally, we would have post this on another site but then again we remember, we are a travel blog. So why not share this good news, right?

AirAsiaPhilippines is giving an early bird savings with big seat sale promo for as low as Php 599 only.

AirAsiaPhilippines is giving an early bird savings with big seat sale promo for as low as Php 599 only.

Today April 2, AirAsiaPhilippines is giving an early bird savings with big seat sale promo for as low as Php 599 only for international and domestic destinations. Wow! This could be great. This promo will run from April 2 to 7, so better log-in fast at www.airasia.com because that’s where you have to book your tickets.

The seat sale, just like any other airline’s promo, is for travel period from 1 January to 30 April 2014. This will be good for those who are planning for the next year trips. You may read full press release here.

So as for you not to miss any updates or bargain deals from AirAsia, I suggest you follow them via Facebook (airasiaphilippines) and Twitter (twitter.com/airasiaph), like what we are doing now. AirAsia is a low cost carrier operating from Clark Philippines.

Oh! We haven’t tried flying via AirAsia but I’ve already read good reviews about them. I’m excited also to fly with their new Airbus A320s! Hopefully for our next trip we’ll fly with AirAsia.

Weekend discoveries at Crescent Moon Café and Pinto Art Gallery

Bianca shows her favorite NESCAFÉ-in-can Mocha flavor.

Antipolo is a city in the Philippines in the province of Rizal; about 25 kilometers East of Manila. It is the largest city in the CALABARZON Region. The name Antipolo was derived from the tipolo (breadfruit) tree (Artocarpus incisa), which was in abundance in the area.

Weekend discoveries at Crescent Moon Café and Pinto Art Gallery.

Weekend discoveries at Crescent Moon Café and Pinto Art Gallery.

Antipolo City is also known as the “Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines.” Here lies Antipolo Cathedral which is popular among Filipino Catholics especially those who trek going to its shrine on the eve of Good Friday during Holy Week. And this time around, being it a Maundy Thursday, many have started their pilgrimage to Antipolo City.

I always wanted to go and visit this place, not because I haven’t been there. In fact, I have journeyed nth times already in the different parts of Antipolo and of course to Antipolo Cathedral. I just can’t explain the reason. It’s mystical. Like there are forces that want me to go there but due to busy schedules, I ended up not going. Oh, a visit to Antipolo will not be complete without a kasoy (cashew nuts) and suman (sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves) on your way back.

Store in Antipolo that sells kasoy and suman.

Store in Antipolo that sells kasoy and suman.

Fortunately, I was invited to join a ‘weekend discoveries‘ event of sort, which was a surprise what destination we were going, and there I was. Unplanned and unscheduled trip to Antipolo found my way.

Inside the shuttle bus that brought our group to Antipolo City.

Inside the shuttle bus that brought our group to Antipolo City.

Antipolo City is very near, especially if you’re coming from Pasig or Cubao. There are jeepneys and vans that travels all the way from the low land Metro Manila to the hills and highlands of the mountainous Antipolo.

The morning travel started around 10 am and we reached Antipolo City around 11 am. I met a new friend, Joanne, whom I thought was a member of the International hip-hop dance group Philippine All Stars because of her athletic and suave curves. Well, I wasn’t mistaken that she’s into such physical activities when she told me that she is a Yoga and boxing instructor. Whoa! That made me step back after hearing her said that. Continue reading

Good times at Ocean Park Hong Kong


Day 2

Welcome to Ocean Park Hong Kong!

Hello there! It’s our Day 2 in Hong Kong and today we decided to make the most out of it by spending the day in Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Ocean Park Hong Kong – at Aberdeen, Hong Kong  is much like our Enchanted Kingdom in the Philippines but Ocean Park Hong Kong is much bigger and to tell you guys, you won’t finish visiting all the rides and amusement in one day. Plus, this is based on our experience, you will, and I’m sure, end with a sore feet trekking while enjoying all the sights here!

Ocean Park Hong Kong map guide will come in handy for foreign visitors like us. Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park, situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong covering an area of 870,000 square meter (210 acres of land), separated by a large mountain in two areas – The Summit (Headland) and The Waterfront (Lowland). Isn’t that big?

Ocean Park Hong Kong is celebrating its 35th year and for those coming this December, they are offering a lot of promos, discounts and fantastic rides. Read related article here.

But before we take you there, come join our breakfast. Where else? McDonald’s!

7: 49 AM

McDonald’s at Cameron Road is just a 5 minute walk from Kimberley Hotel.

It’s a perfect day for tourists like us coming from a tropical country because today is a mild cold weather. Sun is out but the cold climate makes the weather just at the right amount.

It’s a cold morning walk outside the hotel

From the looks of McDonald’s here, it seems as if it’s the same back home. But when you see their menu board, you’ll see the difference. What we call Breakfast Meal, they call it Deluxe Breakfast in Hong Kong. Servings are almost the same but it won’t short-change your appetite. Also, the packaging of condiments have good amounts, like their maple syrup for the pancakes, which will make everyone’s breakfast enjoyable. They don’t serve powdered creamers for coffee here. Instead, they include half of a quarter pint of fresh milk. And since I love my coffee black, I returned the unused fresh milk and the crew smiled back at me.

Inside McDonald’s along Cameron Road in Kowloon.
McDonald’s Hong Kong counter area.
Deluxe Breakfast

Azrael and I both had Pancakes and Sausage and Premium Coffee for HK$36, that’s almost Php 220 in our currency. And you can use your Octopus Card here. Tara let’s eat!

Big breakfast to start of a big day ahead!
Azrael poses for the camera before indulging his meal.
Let’s bring it on!
Here’s where you can use your Octopus Card. Just touch into the machine and your purchase(s) are registered.
Azrael posing once more for a souvenir shot.

9:22 AM

After our breakfast and an early morning walk at Kowloon Park, we went back to the hotel to meet Ms. Gigi Wong of SL Travel for our call-time where a shuttle will bring us to Ocean Park Hong Kong. We join a group of tourists for that tour.


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Here we come, Ocean Park Hong Kong!

9:43 AM

Now we are inside the shuttle bus with Ms. Gigi Wong, and she constantly reminded us of the do’s and don’ts once inside Ocean Park Hong Kong. We expect to arrive at the park within 30 minutes or so depending on the traffic on the road.

Our Ocean Park Hong Kong  travel guide, Ms. Gigi Wong of SL Travel.

Bottled water costs much inside the park so we bought ours that is being sold inside the shuttle for HK$5.

My baon. This would be perfect if I brought along my Bobble drinking bottle for this trip!

We were transported via the Cross-Harbour Tunnel that connects Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.You may also use the MTR or Star Ferry to get to Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Inside the Cross-Harbour Tunnel.

10:08 AM

Azrael stepping out of the shuttle when we arrived at Ocean Park Hong Kong after a 25 minute ride.

Azrael seems to be hurrying to step out of the shuttle. Excited much!

Getting inside Ocean Park Hong Kong

10:23 AM

Flaunting our passes to Ocean Park Hong Kong, which you too can win here. Just follow our blog for details.
Gates are open! Welcome to Ocean Park Hong Kong!
This kid has lots of reasons to smile here at Ocean Park Hong Kong.
Ocean Park Hong Kong is for all ages!

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