Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Last Minute Bookings- The Best Way to Save on your Hotel

Last minute travel plans are always exciting. Making a proper travel plan beforehand is not always possible. Hectic work schedules and other priorities in life make it difficult to make proper travel plans. Unplanned trips lead to adventures and pave the way to see the unknown. It has its own charm that attracts travelers a lot. The benefits of last minute booking are as follows:

Saving money

The array of discounts and deals allows you to save a lot of money. Hotels, airlines and travel deals are cheaper and they offer the best rates during the last few days or hours. Everybody wants to fill their sales quota so deals for flights, hotels and vacation packages are cheaper than usual. Saving money by bagging the best deal is not a problem when you go for last minute bookings. In this competitive market, you will come across lucrative offers and packages that would help you save a lot of money while you are planning for your trip.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Guimaras Island Hopping Experience (Part 1)

The Island Province of Guimaras is a favorite summer destination in Western Visayas. Its proximity to Iloilo City (less than 15 minutes by boat) makes it an ideal weekend getaway for tourists, backpackers and wanderers. Aside from its sweet mangoes, wind farm and lighthouse, Guimaras also boasts of exciting island hopping adventures to white sand beaches, coves and rock formations.

We spent a night at Raymen Beach Resort in Alubihod, Nueva Valencia and availed their island hopping package the next day. Standard rate for a boat with a maximum capacity of 10 persons is P500.00 for the first hour and P150.00 per succeeding hour. The rate is definitely cheaper compared to island hopping in other places.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pangasinan: The Crowded Patar Beach in Bolinao

I arrived late in the afternoon and immediately realized that I came at a wrong time the moment I spotted the multitudes of gathering at Patar White Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan. It was a summer weekend and tourist season was still at its peak. The tricycle driver I hired assisted me in finding a place where I could stay for the night. At first we scouted the cottages along the roadside as he tipped me that it is much cheaper to stay there than those along the beach. But even these modest accommodations were already full.

Left with no choice, we extended our search at the beach front. What I saw was far from what I imagined Patar Beach would be. As described and pictured in many travel blogs, Patar Beach is considered as the Hidden Jewel of the North, serene, untouched and away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. In fact, not a few declared it as the best beach in Pangasinan. While in transit from Dagupan City, I already imagined sitting on the sands and quietly watching the sunset with an ice cold beer in hand. But with what I saw on my arrival, I know I will be having none of that.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bohol: The White Sand Alona Beach in Panglao

During our recent summer family vacation in Bohol, we stayed for 2 days in the island of Panglao.
Our first day was spent doing the famous Countryside Tour while on the second day we hired a tricycle to tour Panglao's inland attractions. Afternoons were then spent at the white sand Alona Beach. Our accommodation was provided by Twin Tides Panglao which was only a few minutes walk to the beach.

Alona Beach is located in Barangay Tawala. Owing to the beach's popularity, this barangay became the most progressive area of the island, with plenty of commercial establishments such as hotels, restaurants, bars and convenience stores.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

San Lorenzo Wind Farm in the Island Province of Guimaras

The Province of Guimaras is best known for its sweet mangoes, captivating islets and white sand beaches. Yet a new attraction has recently boosted both tourism and development in this island: the San Lorenzo Wind Farm developed by Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corp. (TAREC).

Situated in the fifth class municipality of San Lorenzo, the wind farm officialy commenced operations on December 27, 2014. Two months before that, though, it already started delivering power to the Visayas power grid. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bohol Countryside Tour Part 3: Baclayon Church and Museum, Bohol Python and Blood Compact Shrine

This is the third part of our Bohol Countryside Tour series. Click PART 1 and PART 2 to read the previous posts.)

It was already past noon time when we left the Loboc River wharf. The sweltering summer heat was further intensified by the El NiƱo phenomenon. Thankfully we were on an airconditioned tourist car skillfully Edwin as we made our way to our next destination: Bohol Python And Wildlife Park. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Iloilo: The Grandeur of Miagao Church

It was the day before I am scheduled to leave Iloilo when I decided to go to Miagao to visit the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanueva. More popularly known as Miagao Church, it is one of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines and is also a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. With my short stint in Iloilo Province about to come to an end, I just could not let it pass without paying a visit to this significant place of worship.

I was just in time to catch the Caticlan-bound aircon Ceres bus before it left the transport terminal in Molo District, Iloilo City. After settling down on the window side seat to the right, I turned on my cellphone's GPS app just to make sure I know where will I disembark upon reaching the town of Miagao.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bohol Countryside Tour Part 2: Tarsier Conservation Area, Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge and Loboc River Cruise

(This is the second part of my recent family vacation in Bohol where we availed the famous Countryside Tour. To read the first part, kindly visit this LINK.)

According to our hired driver, if there are only two attractions that made Bohol a favorite tourist spot, that would be the Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier. Without these two, the province would not be as famous as it is for several years now. 

We have already visited the Chocolate Hills, Batuan Shiphaus, Butterfly Garden and Bilar Man-made Forest earlier that day. Our next stop then was the Tarsier Conservation Area in the town of Loboc.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bohol Countryside Tour: Chocolate Hills, Batuan Shiphaus, Butterfly Garden and Bilar Man-made Forest

As an early summer treat to our kids, we took them to a vacation in the beautiful island of Bohol. Aside from being famous for its Chocolate Hills, Tarsier and white sand beaches, I chose Bohol as our destination since it is also the land of my birth. My kids will not be only setting foot on this province for the first time but also meet our relatives as well.

From Cagayan de Oro City, the Trans Asia ferry departed a little past 7 PM and arrived at Tagbilaran City, Bohol at 4 AM the next day. Prior to our trip, I already contacted a tourist car driver referred by my friend. We disembarked from the boat after receiving a text message from the driver that he is already at the port to pick us up.


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