SINGAPORE AIRLINES BEST FARE DEALS LAST DAY TODAY!

Now on its sixth year, Singapore Airlines (SIA), together with its regional wing, SilkAir, and in partnership with BPI, Changi Airport Group, Globe Platinum, and Singapore Tourism Board, rings in 2019 with its biggest annual travel fair yet featuring the best fare deals and exclusive offers of as much as USD 90 in value.

“Singapore Airlines wants to make every journey more personal for our customers, as we keep them in mind when designing products,” said Singapore Airlines General Manager Lee Yong Tat.

“At the Travel Fair, our customers will have the opportunity to enjoy attractive deals and the best of what SIA has to offer, especially with the recent introduction of our new regional Business Class on the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, A350-900 medium-haul routes starting with Adelaide, and non-stop flights to the US with our A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) aircraft, including our newest destination, Seattle.”

Catch the best fare deals from Singapore Airlines and SilkAir in the following travel fairs:

January 11-13, 2019

  • Glorietta 2 Activity Center, Palm Drive, Makati City
  • TriNoma Activity Center, Quezon City

 

January 12-13, 2019

  • Ayala Center Cebu – The Gallery
  • Mezzanine Area (T’nalak Function Rooms 1, 2 and 3) of Seda Abreeza, Davao

January 18, 2019

  • Seda Capitol Central, Bacolod

Choose from over 80 destinations and avail of:

All-inclusive round-trip Economy Class fares to:

  • Singapore starting from USD 188
  • Other Asian destinations starting from USD 194
  • Australia starting from USD 563
  • New Zealand starting from USD 658
  • Europe starting from USD 717
  • South Africa starting from USD 737
  • USA starting from USD 876

All-inclusive round-trip Premium Economy Class fares to:

  • Australia starting from USD 1,133
  • India starting starting from USD 1,279
  • New Zealand starting from USD 1,327
  • USA starting from USD 1,356
  • Europe starting from USD 1,423
  • South Africa starting from USD 1,637

All-inclusive round-trip Business Class fares to:

  • Singapore starting from USD755
  • Southeast Asia starting from USD 808
  • Australia starting from USD 1,979
  • South Africa starting from USD 1,957
  • Europe starting from USD 2,349
  • New Zealand starting from USD 2,468
  • USA starting from USD 2516

Visit singaporeair.com or Singapore Airlines’ Facebook page for the complete terms and conditions, and for other exciting announcements.

KrisFlyer Members, BPI Cardholders, and Globe Platinum Subscribers from Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Bacolod will be offered exciting deals!

But wait! More exclusive travel offers:

  • Real 0% Special Installment Plan for up to 6 months for BPI Credit Cardholders
  • SGD 60 Changi Gift Card for every two round-trip tickets booked to select destinations beyond Singapore
  • SGD 20 Singapore Shopping Voucher for every two round-trip tickets booked to Singapore, with outbound travel in January, March, and June.
  • Complimentary SGD 20 Changi Transit Rewards valid for all itineraries beyond Singapore
  • SGD 50 KrisShop Voucher for every two round-trip tickets booked to Penang, for travel until July 31, 2019
  • Bonus 5,000 KrisFlyer Miles for every round-trip ticket booked to any destinations to the US

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Also, get to avail of special discounts from Stores Specialists, Inc. brands such as Samsonite, American Tourister, High Sierra, and other travel merchandise, including an option to pay in installment for up to 3 months for BPI Credit Cardholders.

So what are you waiting for? Head on now to the Travel Fair nearest you!

SIA flies from Manila to Singapore four times daily, which conveniently connects to onward flights to the rest of the world. Passengers travelling from Cebu and Davao can fly to Singapore via SilkAir, which flies 12 times weekly from Cebu and five times weekly from Davao.

For inquiries, visit Singapore Airlines and SilkAir ticket offices, or call SIA Manila Reservations at (632) 756-8888, SilkAir Cebu at (6332)505-7871, SilkAir Davao at (6382) 227-5301. For details, visit singaporeair.com/FLYSQ2019.

CEBU PACIFIC SEAT SALE UP FOR GRABS NOW

Here we go again. It is that time of the year! Buckle up and prepare your payment info. Make fun moments happen with Cebu Pacific’s Seat Sale. Happy travels!

Philippine Destinations:

  • Sale Period: Up to December 15, 2018 or until seats last
  • Travel Period: February 01, 2019 – April 30, 2019

Book HERE!

For as low as:

  • P 499 Base Fare: Manila to Iloilo, Kalibo or Tacloban

Click here where to stay in Guimaras.

For as low as:

  • P 599 Base Fare: Manila to Bacolod, Cebu or Puerto Princesa

Book HERE!

For as low as:

  • P 699 Base Fare: Manila to Cagayan de Oro, Cauayan (Isabela), Davao, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Masbate or Roxas
  • P 899 Base Fare: Manila to Tagbilaran
  • P 999 Base Fare: Manila to Naga, San Jose (Mindoro), Tuguegarao or Virac
  • P 1099 Base Fare: Manila to Boracay (Caticlan) or Dipolog

Book HERE!

Click here where to stay on Carabao Island.

For as low as:

  • P 1199 Base Fare: Manila to Ozamiz

Book HERE!

For as low as:

  • P 1299 Base Fare: Manila to Butuan, Coron (Busuanga), Cotabato, General Santos or Zamboanga
  • P 1399 Base Fare: Manila to Pagadian or Tablas
  • P 1999 Base Fare: Manila to Siargao

Book HERE!

For as low as:

  • P 2399 Base Fare: Manila to Basco (Batanes)

Book HERE!

Where to stay in Batanes: Katuvang Bed and Breakfast. Click here for more info.

International Destinations

  • Sale Period: Up to December 15, 2018 or until seats last
  • Travel Period: January 15, 2019 – April 30, 2019

Book HERE!

For as low as:

  • P 1199 Base Fare: Manila to Taipei
  • P 1499 Base Fare: Manila to Fukuoka
  • P 1999 Base Fare: Manila to Bali or Hanoi
  • P 3199 Base Fare: Manila to Nagoya
  • P 4199 Base Fare: Manila to Dubai (Travel Period: January 15, 2019 to May 31, 2019)
  • P 5399 All In: Manila to Melbourne (Travel Period: January 15, 2019 to May 31, 2019)
  • P 6599 All In: Manila to Sydney (Travel Period: January 15, 2019 to May 31, 2019)

Book HERE!

BORACAY REOPENS AFTER SIX MONTHS & HERE ARE THE DO’s & DON’Ts

Boracay Station 1 during the reopening on October 26, 2018 after 6 months of rehabilitation.
Boracay Station 1 during the reopening on October 26, 2018 after 6 months of rehabilitation.

Boracay, the country’s prime jewel, has finally reopened on October 26, 2018 for tourism after six months of rehabilitation. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to visit Boracay on its reopening day.

Click here for my blog entry regarding Boracay closure.

Thanks to my good old friend Jen for tagging me along. We were billeted at the Red Coconut Hotel from October 26 to 31 before moving to Frendz Hostel & Resort Boracay to join other friends from October 31 to November 5, 2018.

Now that this masterpiece of an island paradise has finally reopened, let us do our part and be good stewards. Let us stay on guard in keeping the environment clean and green.

Boracay Do’s and Don’ts

Below are the do’s and don’ts when visiting Boracay:

Boracay do's and don't's

  • Do dispose your garbage properly
  • Do smoke on the designated smoking areas
  • Do avoid using single use plastic bags instead use an eco bag
  • Do use public rest room, toilet or lavatory
  • Do all establishment maintain the cleanliness on their respective areas
  • Don’t litter on the beach and in other public areas
  • Don’t smoke on the beach and in other public areas
  • Don’t extract or collect sand and pebbles in the beach areas
  • Don’t carry or clutch glass bottles or any beverages in the beach areas
  • Don’t urinate or defecate in any public place

The above are Municipal Ordinances. Anyone caught doing what is not allowed by law will be dealt with accordingly by the authorities with corresponding fines and penalties. There are roving police officers and marshals. Hence, it is in your best interest to just follow the law while enjoying Boracay.

Drone flying is also prohibited unless authorization has been sought by the drone operator.

From the airport, go DIY and proceed to the tricycle queue just across Caticlan Airport. I shared a tricycle ride with Riczi Dio whom I just met at the queue. Tricycle fare is Php 50 per person. You can also rent the whole tricycle by your lonesome. You just need to pay Php 100.

Tricycle ride with a new friend from Caticlan Airport to the Caticlan Jetty Port
Tricycle ride with new friend Riczi Dio from Caticlan Airport to the Caticlan Jetty Port. Fare is Php 50 per person.
Boracay Tourist Verification Center, Caticlan Jetty Port
Boracay Tourist Verification Center, Caticlan Jetty Port

The number of tourists allowed to enter the island is limited and monitored. Ensure that you have your hotel voucher with you upon registration at the Caticlan Jetty Port. If you are traveling with family or friends who will be staying with you in your hotel room, make sure that their names are listed on the hotel voucher as well.

Boracay Tourist Verification Counter, Caticlan Jetty Port
Boracay Tourist Verification Counter, Caticlan Jetty Port
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Thanks to the Department of Tourism for welcoming me to Boracay with this necklace.

Once verified, proceed to the counter to pay the following:

  • Pump boat fare Php 25
  • Terminal fee Php 100
  • Environmental fee Php 75
Caticlan Jetty Port Pump Boat Fare, Terminal Fee and Environmental Fee
Once verified, proceed to the counter to pay the pump boat fare Php 25, terminal fee Php 100 and environmental fee Php 75.
Pump boat from Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Port
Pump boat from Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Port, Boracay.
Cagban Port
Cagban Port, Boracay

The boat ride from Caticlan Port to Cagban Port was smooth and only took twenty minutes. At the Cagban Port, Riczi and I shared another tricycle ride for Php 120 or Php 60 per person to bring us to Boracay D’Mall where we would go our separate ways. E-trikes are also available. Fare is Php 20 per head. The tricycle ride from Cagban Port to D’Mall took about thirty minutes versus the usual fifteen minutes because of slow traffic and ongoing road and drainage constructions.

The New Boracay

Borcay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

I stayed in Boracay for eleven days, probably the longest I have ever been on an island. Why? Well, simply because I fell in love with the place again. Despite the ongoing road construction and establishment repairs, it seemed that everything was in its proper place. It felt like the Boracay I first saw way back in the early days. But then again, this is me. Some like it wild and cluttered. I like it serene and clean.

I had a chance to talk to Tita Connie, owner of Red Coconut Hotel. She has been living on the island since 1982. She shared that after six months of closure, Boracay now looks like the Boracay of the 1990s. She feels sad though that the locals had to suffer the brunt of the closure. There was practically no business going on on the island for six months. But she believes that the closure was necessary to save Boracay from being a cesspool. I have spoken to a number of locals as well and they all feel the same thing. After six months of rest, they are now more than ready to welcome tourists on the island.

Yes! No more bed mats or umbrellas near the shore. No clutter. All beach front properties have to follow the 25+5-meter no-build zone. This means that there should be no private structures built within the 30-meter easement between the shore and the beachfront property.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.
Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

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Missing Boracay. People close to me know that whenever I travel, it's "more footage and photos more fun for me" and these two were so patient and never left me while I set up, fly, swim and run around like there's no tomorrow just to capture moments and memories. See you soon! When they say that what happens in Boracay remains in Boracay, I somewhat disagree 'coz I am taking all my memories of my recent trip with you to Boracay with me. Keso na kung keso. lols. See you guys around soon! #Boracay #Aklan #islandlife #itsmorefuninthephilippines #travelbloggers #travelblogger #travelblog #travelph #travelphotography #travelphotos #pinoywanderer #wanderer #wanderlust #globetrotter #asianwanderlust #Philippines #whitebeach #digitalnomads #diginomads #pinasmuna #online #content #creator #island #diy #theworldexplorers #beach #sea #whitesand #friends

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Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

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Boracay finally reopens for tourism on October 26, 2018 after six months of rehabilitation.

One afternoon, I went jogging from Station Two to Station One. It was only a day after typhoon #Rosita and I noticed that the strong waves brought by habagat (south wind) have pushed ashore a number of garbage.

On the beach of Station One, I found a big ziploc plastic bag. I picked it up. After a few steps, I saw candy and Rebisco wrappers. I picked them up and put them in the ziploc bag. Then, I saw one and yet another trash. Picked them up and placed them in the bag. Not soon enough, the big ziploc bag was already full of plastic trash I picked up from the shores of Station One.

Near Station Two, I saw an empty sack. I placed the already full ziploc bag inside and continued my way picking trash. By the time I reached the front of our hotel, my sack was already heavy and full of plastic garbage. I gave the sack of garbage to the hotel staff for disposal.

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By the time I reached the front of our hotel, my sack was already heavy and full of plastic garbage.
Boracay Plastic Garbage
A cement sack full of plastic garbage which I collected from the shores of Boracay Stations 1 and 2.

I felt proud of myself because I was able to contribute in my own little way in cleaning the newly reopened Boracay. So when you do get to visit Boracay or any of our beautiful islands, please be responsible and leave no trash behind. I was guilty of it in the past.

I also hope that more trash bins are installed in Stations One and Two like the ones donated by The Juan Effect of Cebu Pacific Air in Stations Two and Three.

The Juan Effect Trash Bins from Cebu Pacific Air
The Juan Effect Trash Bins from Cebu Pacific Air

Kudos also to the staff / volunteers of Department of Environment and Natural Resources for regularly collecting trash on the beautiful beach of Boracay.

Kudos also to the staff / volunteers of Department of Environment and Natural Resources for regularly collecting trash on the beautiful beach of Boracay.
Kudos also to the staff / volunteers of Department of Environment and Natural Resources for regularly collecting trash on the beautiful beach of Boracay.

I will be back very soon. Booked my tickets already for February 2019. I might be back even before that though. And when I do, I hope to see the same, if not better, Boracay.

Remember to never stop exploring the world one story at a time. Signing out for now. Peace!

Click here for ongoing AirAsia #RedHotSeatSale:

VISIT THE NEWLY REOPENED BORACAY THRU AIRASIA’S FINAL RED HOT SEAT SALE

Have you been meaning to visit the world’s number one island paradise Boracay after its reopening last October 26, 2018? Then, here is your chance! Thanks to AirAsia, the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline.

Avail of promotional fares from as low as Php 16 (for BIG members) all-in and one way only now available at airsia.com with AirAsia’s final Red Hot Seat Sale for 2018.

  • Booking Period: November 12 to 18, 2018
  • Travel Period: May 6, 2019 to February 4, 2020
  • Travel Period for Clark to Taipei: May 4, 2019 to October 25, 2019

Book here now.

Be an Air Asia BIG Member and enjoy these perks:

  • Redeem trips to over 130 AirAsia destinations
  • Save up to 90% on AirAsia flights
  • Receive exclusive offers and free gifts

Sign up here:

AirAsia Final Red Hot Seat Sale

Promotional seats are available for flights from Manila, Cebu, Clark and Kalibo to various domestic destinations like

  • Caticlan (Boracay)
  • Cagayan De Oro
  • Iloilo
  • Palawan
  • Tacloban
  • Tagbilaran (Bohol)
  • Davao

Fly to Tacloban to visit the country’s longest bridge, the protected Cuatro Islas and the famous Kalanggaman Island.

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Digyo Island is one of the four islands of Cuatro Islas off the coast of Inopacan, Leyte that I was blessed enough to visit in this lifetime. The island is powered by solar energy during the day and a generator from sundown to 11pm. Charging is P40 per gadget. And guess what I have 10 or so gadgets to charge everytime. Blogging soon. #Leyte #inopacan #cuatroislas #inopacan #Leyte #backpackers #islandlife #dronephotography efuninthephilippines #Anilao #travelbloggers #travelblogger #travelblog #travelph #travelphotography #travelphotos #pinoywanderer #wanderer #wanderlust #globetrotter #asianwanderlust #Philippines #digitalnomads #diginomads #pinasmuna #online #content #creator #island #diy #theworldexplorers #roadto #kalanggamanisland #dronephotography

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Red Hot Seat Sale is also extended to the following international flights from as low as Php 551 only for BIG members:

  • Taipei
  • Kaohshiung
  • Shanghai
  • Shenzhen
  • Guangzhou
  • Macao
  • Hong Kong
  • Bali
  • Bangkok
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Singapore
  • Korea

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said,

“Red Hot Seat Sale is our final promotional sale for the year and now is the best time to make your travel plans not only for domestic destinations but travel all over Asia and beyond with over 130 destinations across AirAsia Group’s extensive network.”

The AirAsia Group is the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers and services an extensive network of over 130 destinations. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards ten times in a row from 2009 to 2018.

MY FAVORITE HOMESTAY IN SABTANG, BATANES

Your trip to Batanes will not be complete without visiting Sabtang. Sabtang is an island municipality located in the southern part of Batanes. From Basco, I had to ride a boat at the San Vicente Port and brave the open seas of the Luzon Strait to get to Sabtang Island.

Click here to see where I stayed in Basco, Batanes.

Iconic Batanes Tricycle
Thanks to Safetravel Philippines for arranging my trip to Sabtang. I visited the amazing places of interest on the island on board this iconic Batanes tricycle.

Places of interest that I was able to visit on Sabtang Island in Batanes while on board the iconic Batanes Tricycle Tour included:

  • Savidug Barrio
  • Chavayan Barrio
  • Ahaw (Natural Stone Arch) / Morong Beach
  • Chamantad Tinan Viewpoint

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Catching my breath while climbing this Idjang (a triangular-shaped hilltop fortress made from limestone and wood) in Sabtang. There are a total of 4 Idjangs found throughout Batanes. The Ivatan's ancestors used to live in Idjangs some 4000 years ago. Watch the featured video about how I lost my drone in Batanes. Link available in my bio. Follow my page. Don't be a stranger. You might learn something new. #Batanes #Sabtang #travelbloggers #travelblogger #travelblog #travelph #travelphotography #travelphotos #pinoywanderer #wanderer #wanderlust #globetrotter #asianwanderlust #Philippines #digitalnomads #diginomads #pinasmuna #online #content #creator #island #itsmorefuninthephilippines

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Some visitors opt for just a day tour of Sabtang. According to locals, however, it is best to stay overnight so I could maximize my visit. That boat trip to the island, after all, was no joke. Hence, I booked an overnight stay at Neyala’s Homestay located at 071 P. Abarquez Street, Sinakan, Sabtang, Batanes.

From the Sabtang Port, I rode a tricycle arranged by Safetravel Philippines to bring me to Neyala’s Homestay.

Upon check-in, I met Tita Neyala, the matriarch of the Neyala Family. She then escorted me to the room on the second floor.

Neyala's Homestay, Sabtang, Batanes
Traditional Ivatan Clothing on display at the reception of Neyala’s Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes: the vakul is a traditional headdress worn by women farmers in the fields for protection against the sun and rain while Kanayi and talugong (vest and wide-brimmed farmer’s hat) are worn by men.

My room has a double deck and a queen size bed, good for a group of two or three. It has its own toilet and bath and air-conditioning.

Room rates are as follows:

  • Php 1500 per night for three
  • Php 1200 per night for two
  • Php 800 per night for one

For bookings, contact Safetravel Philippines here.

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Queen Size Bed. Neyala’s Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes.
Neyala's Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes
Toilet and Bath. Neyala’s Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes

There is a common area where I met fellow backpackers staying in Neyala’s Homestay who flew all the way from Visayas and Mindanao just to visit breathtaking Batanes.

Photo-op with Tita Neyala and fellow backpackers at the dining area of Neyala's Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes
Photo-op with Tita Neyala and fellow backpackers at the dining area of Neyala’s Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes.

Tita also served us Tubho Tea, a traditional tea of the Ivatans popularized in Sabtang. Tubho Tea is made of dried leaves of a fern that grows in moist rocky areas of Batanes forests and mountainsides.

To prepare, add 3 to 5 stalks of the dried tubho to a liter of water and bring to a boil. Continue boiling for about five minutes or until the water turns dark. Best served with lemon or calamansi.

A pack of Tubho Tea is Php 50. For orders, call or text +63-949-1372813 and look for Tita Neyala or her son Francis Neyala.

With Councilor JB Neyala on top of an Idjang in Sabtang, Batanes.
With Councilor JB Neyala (son of Tita Neyala of Neyala’s Homestay) on top of an Idjang in Sabtang, Batanes.

I enjoyed my stay in Sabtang. Thanks to the warm hospitality of the Neyala Family! I will be back and hope to see you again. Dios Mamajes. Signing out for now. Peace!

BEHOLD BATAAN

Watch my latest travel video featuring Bataan. Bataan, dubbed as the country’s historical hub, is a province located in Central Luzon. For the full blog entry, click here
For better definition, watch this video on Youtube:
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Featured in the video are the following places of interest:
  • Bataan Tourism Center, Balanga
  • Sinagtala Farm Resort, Orani
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Orani
  • Museo ni Maria, Orani
  • Mt. Samat, Shrine of Valor, Pilar
  • Imas Pamangan, Pilar
  • The Oriental Hotel, Mariveles
  • Camaya Coast Beach Resort, Mariveles
  • Bataan World War 2 Museum and Surrender Site Monument, Balanga
  • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga and Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph, Balanga

If you liked the video, do let me know by clicking the like button on my Youtube Channel or Facebook Page. It would really motivate me to create more travel videos to boost local tourism.

Remember to never stop exploring the world one story at a time. Signing out for now. Peace!

ONGOING PROMO FARES FOR AUGUST FROM AIRASIA & PHILIPPINE AIRLINES

August is no ghost month for travelers! As they say, never stop exploring! This August, avail of ongoing promo fares from your favorite airlines! Be sure to subscribe to this website and Facebook Page to get the latest travel and lifestyle updates.

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Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines’ Three-Day Sale starts today, from August 1 to  August 3, 2018!

Avail of promo seats at Php 999, all-in one-way economy fare for domestic destinations. Click here to book.

Where to go? Why not Siargao? Check out this 60-second teaser of my latest travel video featuring Siargao.

 

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AirAsia

From July 30 until August 5, 2018, book and avail of Air Asia’s promo fares.

BIG Members may avail of AirAsia’s promo fares from as low as Php 1,190, all in, one-way. Non-Members may avail of promo fares from as low as Php 1,258. Travel period should be between July 20, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

Book your flights now here!

Sign up here to be an AirAsia BIG Member and enjoy the following perks:

  • Redeem trips to over 130 AirAsia destinations
  • Save up to 90% on AirAsia flights
  • Receive exclusive offers and free gifts

Check out AirAsia’s latest partnership with Bohol for the Sandugo Festival here.

Before you go, watch my latest travel video featuring the amazing island of Siargao.

Watch this on Youtube for better definition:

Happy travels! Signing out for now. Peace!

AIR ASIA | WORLD’S BEST LOW COST CARRIER IS BOHOL’S AIRLINE PARTNER FOR SANDUGO FESTIVAL

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Being an Air Asia’s BIG Member has a lot of perks:

  • Redeem trips to over 130 AirAsia destinations
  • Save up to 90% on AirAsia flights
  • Receive exclusive offers and free gifts

Sign up here:

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You may also download the official Air Asia Mobile App to conveniently search for

available flights, do online check-in, get passes and manage your bookings.

Download the Air Asia Mobile App now:

For Android users, click here.

For IOS users, click here.

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Screenshot of the Air Asia Mobile App. Download yours and be able to conveniently search available flights, check-in, get passes and manage your bookings.

Book from July 30 until August 5, 2018 and avail of Air Asia’s promo fares. BIG Members may avail of AirAsia’s promo fares from as low as Php 1,190, all in, one-way. Non-Members may avail of promo fares from as low as Php 1,258. Travel period should be between July 20, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

I already booked two flights for my upcoming travels this August!

Bohol's Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.
Bohol’s Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.

This is also the best time to book your flights to Bohol to celebrate the annual historical Sandugo Festival in Tagbilaran City. Sandugo or blood compact in English was performed between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Spanish explorer, and Datu Sikatuna, Chieftain of Bohol, on March 16, 1565 as a symbol of friendship.

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Bohol’s Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.

AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline for 10 straight years running, is Bohol’s official airline partner for the annual Sandugo Festival 2018. ThThis year’s festival theme is Legacy @ 30: A 30th year of Sandugo Festival.

AirAsia is a major and only airline sponsor for the festival composed of a string of events. One of which is the search for the Miss Bohol pageant.

(Center)The reigning Miss Bohol 2018 Raclaire Stephan Dinsay Cesar Trigo happily poses for a photo together with her court on the AirAsia float.
(Center)The reigning Miss Bohol 2018 Raclaire Stephan Dinsay Cesar Trigo happily poses for a photo together with her court on the AirAsia float.

As a major sponsor, AirAsia is involved in the Festival’s brand advertising, promotional activities and campaigns, familiarization trips for consumer and trade associations, media, travel agencies, greater tourism development and route network synergy, joint roadshows to trade partners, and many more.

Bohol's Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.
Bohol’s Annual Sandugo Festival. Photo provided by the Communications Team of AirAsia Philippines.

The partnership was signed in February by Bohol Provincial Governor Edgar Chatto and the airline’s CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.

“It brings us so much pride to be your official carrier. Boholanos are known for their excellent service culture which is also one of the hallmarks of AirAsia’s brand of service. It’s going to be an exciting time for all of us and we look forward to working even more closely with the provincial government and the various hotel and tourism stakeholders not only for this festival but throughout the year, ” AAP CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said. AirAsia awarded this year’s winner of Miss Bohol, Ms. Raclaire Stephan Dinsay Cesar Trigo who hailed from the City of Tagbilaran with free flights and the title Miss AirAsia 2018 while offering special fares to encourage tourists to travel to Bohol.

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AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Philippines AirAsia Inc. which is a joint venture company among Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad. PAA operates a fleet of 20 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Clark, Cebu and Kalibo. The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo(Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan) and Iloilo in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok, Bali, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh and Singapore. PAA also flies to Taipei via Manila and Cebu. AAP is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for 10 consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2018.

HOW TO GET TO BATU CAVES, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

When I visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in January this year, I missed Batu Caves. Batu Caves is one of the most popular Hindu Shrines outside India. It is located in the northern part of Kuala Lumpur.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I already paid for the day tour online while in Manila. A city tour was scheduled in the morning and Batu Caves in the afternoon. A separate blog post about my Kuala Lumpur City Tour will be published soon (I hope, lol). My flight back to Manila was in the evening and I had to be at the airport by say about 7 PM.

By noon, the city tour was done and we were on our way back to the tour operator’s headquarters to switch vans and guides for Batu Caves. During the switch, I grabbed a quick lunch at a nearby eatery. After lunch, I boarded the van with other travelers. I was so excited because it would be my first #dronescapade outside the country.

Unknown to me and to my companions in the van, the tour included three stops before Batu Caves, being the last stop. After the first stop, the tour guide approached me and told me that I might miss my flight to Manila should I proceed any further with the tour. So they left me at the nearest train station to catch a trip back to KL Sentral and then to the KL International Airport unfortunately.

Me on board a train to KL Sentral Station
Me on board a train to KL Sentral Station

I did not know any better but had I known, I could have just taken the bus & train to Batu Caves from KL Sentral Train Station and not booked that day tour in the first place.

In March 2018, I traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia. My flight back to Manila had a long lay-over in Kuala Lumpur. I grabbed the opportunity to finally fly my drone in Batu Caves. I did not book a van for a day tour anymore. I did a DIY tour of Batu Caves and other places of interest in Kuala Lumpur. #solotravels

Getting to Batu Caves From the KL Sentral Train Station

Rapid KL Bus to Sentul Station from KL Sentral
Rapid KL Bus to Sentul Station from KL Sentral
Bus Terminal at the KL Sentral Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bus Terminal at the KL Sentral Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There were no trains available that would take me from KL Sentral to Batu Caves. Apparently, a construction of the railway directly connecting KL Sentral and Batu Caves was (and still is) ongoing. Hence, I took the one-hour bus ride compliments of Rapid KL Bus from KL Sentral to Sentul Train Station instead. At the Sentul Station, I took the train to Batu Caves (only four stations away) for a meager 3 Malaysian Ringgit (approximately Php 40).

From the Batu Caves Train Station, the Batu Caves Shrine is a mere 10-minute walk. Devotees may buy flowers to serve as offering from a number of vendors just outside the gate of Batu Caves.

Flower vendors outside Batu Caves
Flower vendors outside Batu Caves
The Batu Caves Main Gate
The Batu Caves Main Gate
Batu Caves at sunrise
Batu Caves at sunrise

I arrived at the shrine’s parking lot before sunrise and was allowed to fly my drone by the park’s security on duty. Personally, I really prefer flying outside peak hours to avoid big crowds. I also kept my distance to avoid getting in the way of a huge flock of pigeons in the area.

Batu Caves early in the morning.
Batu Caves early in the morning
Huge flock of pigeons in Batu Caves
Huge flock of pigeons in Batu Caves
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Pigeons pigeons everywhere. I kept my distance when flying my drone to avoid getting in the way.

Below is a 60-second video that I prepared featuring Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

For better viewing, you may also watch the Youtube video below instead:

272 steps to Batu Caves
272 steps to Batu Caves

After flying my drone, it was time to climb 272 steps to get to Batu Caves. Batu Caves is located about 100 meters above ground. At the foot of the staircase is the the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity.

The world's tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity
The world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, can be found in Batu Caves.

Monkeys darted and congregated on the steps on the way up. I was cautioned by one of the visitors to be very careful and to keep an eye on my mobile phone and other belongings. The monkeys are notorious for “stealing” the visitor’s belongings just out of curiosity.

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There are souvenir shops near the entrance of Batu Caves. They sell religious artifacts and mementos.

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Inside Batu Caves is a temple cave featuring various Hindu shrines and characters. The interior is so huge. It looked like a giant carved a cathedral out of the belly of the mountain.

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Me overwhelmed inside Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. It is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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After taking photos and being mesmerized by the sheer grandeur of the Batu Caves Shrine, it was time to leave and catch the next bus and train to the city. People were also starting to pour in.

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Before leaving the shrine, I had a quick snack at an eatery inside the park. I had my favorite LiqaLic by MFruits and tried Black Currant Fruit Drink by Ribena. Click here to know more about how much I love MFruits’ LiqaLic.

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I had a great time visiting Batu Caves. I got to fly my drone and got a good workout from climbing up and down a flight of stairs, 272 steps to be exact. Signing out for now. Peace!

EXPERIENCE RICH BATANGAS feat TAAL VOLCANO & MT. MACULOT

Revisit Batangas and experience it like no other. Watch the vlog below. Full blog to be posted soon. 🙂

Watch it on my youtube channel here: