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.

Neyala's Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes
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!

TRAVELBOOK.PH LAUNCHES FIRST TRAVEL FAIR ENTITLED DESTINATION: PH

By Hyacinth Uri

Your best trip ever starts with TravelBook.ph’s Destination: PH!

TravelBook.ph, one of the country’s leading online travel agencies, will be having its first travel fair entitled “Destination: PH” from March 16 to 18, 2018, at the 4th Floor, Activity Center, Century City Mall in Makati.

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As part of TravelBook.ph’s objective to promote the country’s most beautiful destinations, this event will be an avenue for customers to get amazing and exciting offers from its hotel and tour partners as well as flight loyalty program partners. Lots of prizes and freebies will also be given away.

Each event attendee will receive one (1) FREE admission ticket with numerous stubs that will entitle them to discounts on the following hotels when they book through TravelBook.ph: 40% off in Circle Inn Iloilo, Circle Inn Bacolod, Azalea Resorts and Residences Baguio, and Azalea Resorts and Residences Boracay; 30% off in The District Boracay; and PHP 1,000.00 off in all hotel partners for a minimum booking amount of PHP 4,000. In addition to these fabulous discounts at the event, over 100 hotels and tour activities from TravelBook.ph will also be on sale!

Tourism industry professionals will also be gracing and conducting talks at the three-day event. Among these are Senior Tourism Operations Officer Ms. Azucena Pallugna from the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Office of the Undersecretary for Tourism Development; travel blogger Mr. Arjay Abellara of RJ D Explorer blog; illustrator, designer, travel blogger, and contributing writer for ABS-CBN and Travel Now magazine Ms. Sheena Gonzales; lifestyle and travel blogger Ms. Arnie Villanueva of ArnieVillanueva blog; and travel blogger Mr. Rogelio Gabiano, Jr. of the Pinoy Travel Freak blog.

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Actor and model Daniel Matsunaga will also be present in the event to share stories of his travel experiences and to participate in a meet-and-greet. Plus, Japanese comedy trio HPN3 from It’s Showtime’s The Funny One will entertain the attendees with their hilarious skits.

TravelBook.ph made it even more exciting as attendees will get a chance to win prizes from the following sponsors: Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay, Midori Hotel and Casino, Subic Bay Yacht Club, Siglo Suites by Century Properties, The Dessert Museum, Enchanted Kingdom, Zoomanity Group, Inflatable Island, World Traveller Bags and Luggage, AirAsia BIG, GetGo, and Mabuhay Miles. Everyone will also be bringing home some cool freebies!

Interested attendees can pre-register for the event by visiting TravelBook.ph’s event page for Destination: PH on Facebook and clicking the pre-registration link under the details section. Each visitor who pre-registers through this link automatically earns a raffle entry for a chance to win an overnight accommodation at Midori Clark Hotel and Casino in Pampanga or Subic Bay Yacht Club with breakfast for two!

Start your summer adventure with TravelBook.ph and have the best travel experience ever! See you there!

TRAVEL | LA UNION feat. THUNDERBIRD RESORTS & CASINO and PUGAD ADVENTURE

The year 2017 has been a year of self-discovery and transformation. It was when I have officially launched my online presence as a blogger through www.theskincareddict.com and vlogger via www.youtube.com/theskincareaddict.

Being true to my core, I intially blogged and vlogged about skin care, hence, the pseudonym The Skin Care Addict or TSCA.

Although I still write and talk about skin care every now and then, I have this penchant for travels. And in the last quarter of 2017, I have begun to embrace this new path, that is blogging for life, and decided to take it seriously by seizing moments and turning them into memories that I can share with my family, friends, readers and viewers.

I guess I was born a  nomad, will always be one and will die as one. As a child growing up, I have lived in at least three different cities. In college, my friends would call me a ‘social butterfly’ as I would often hop from one tambayan (hang-out) to another and from one boarding house to another. As an adult, I have lived in different cities in the metro. And often in my corporate career, I would shuttle in and out of airports and I enjoyed it. Here are just some of the places I have been to. Thanks to Instagram.

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I love #Japan. #nomad

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Brrrr #goldcoast

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Sawasdee ka.

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Sunset in Tanah Lot, Bali

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Hot Bali…

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Cold brrrr Geneva…

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Already here in Montreux, Switzerland.

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I have also been to a number of places in the country prior Instagram days.

As a travel blogger, I plan to visit more destinations this year and properly document each of them using stills and motion picture with ground, aerial and underwater footages whenever possible.

To officially ring in the new year, below is a 60-second video about LA UNION. It is also my OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ALTITUDE DRONES #PHFromAbove VIDEO CONTEST ON FACEBOOK.

It is a contest and would need your help by clicking the link below. Give it a like and share it to friends. 1 like = 1 point , 1 share = 2 points

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The aerial footage was shot on DJI Phantom 3 Standard while the ground footage was shot using a Canon EOS 550d DSLR camera. Special thanks to my brother, Jem Mark Andrada , and my mom for being so ever patient with me and supportive throughout this trip.

Thanks to  the management of Thunderbird Resorts and Casino and Pugad Adventure for their warm hospitality.

Let me know what you think of the video. I am still learning and would love to hear from you.

I will also be uploading separate vlogs and features about my trips to Thunderbird Resorts and Casino and Pugad Adventure soon. So, I hope you stay tuned.

Signing out for now. Peace.

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