Sunday, June 25, 2017


Boracay is one of the most visited beaches in the Philippines. It's considered as one of the world's best islands by the popular travel website, Condé Nast Traveler. The island is accessible via Caticlan and sometimes Kalibo Airport. It's an all-year round destination although it's best enjoyed in summer. (Read: Cheap Places to Stay in Boracay)


Looking for a hassle-free travel to Boracay Island? You can now book a van service online for your island transfer needs from Caticlan Airport to your hotel in Boracay. You no longer need to worry about getting ripped off because the rate is fixed and you can book in advance. Travel time is around 1 hour. Check rates and availability.

Schedule of Van Service from Caticlan Airport to Boracay Island:

9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM and 7PM BOOK NOW!

Schedule of Van Service from Boracay Island to Caticlan Airport:

9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM and 7PM BOOK NOW!

So, there you go. We've got it covered so you will have a hassle-free vacation to the beautiful island of Boracay.

Where to stay in Boracay Island? 

Recommended hotels to stay in Boracay Island. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.
  1. La Carmela de Boracay Hotel
  2. Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay
  3. Alta Vista de Boracay Hotel
  4. The Lind Boracay
  5. Boracay Holiday Resort
Recommended BUDGET hotels to stay in Boracay Island (Under P1,000). Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.
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It's usually cheaper to fly to Kalibo than to Caticlan most of the time. If you happen to fly via Kalibo in going to Boracay, there's no need to worry because you can now book a van service in advance to connect you from Kalibo Airport to your hotel in Boracay. Travel time is around 2 hours and 45 minutes. (Read: Cheap Places to Stay in Boracay)


Schedule of Van Trips from Kalibo Airport to Boracay:

9AM, 10AM, 12NN, 2PM, 4PM and 6PM BOOK NOW!

You can book your Kalibo Airport - Boracay van tickets here.

Schedule of Can Trips from Boracay Island to Kalibo Airport

9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM and 7PM BOOK NOW!

You can book your Boracay - Kalibo Airport van tickets here.

So, there you go. We've got it covered so you will have a hassle-free vacation to one of the world's best islands.

Where to stay in Boracay Island? 

Recommended hotels to stay in Boracay Island. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.
  1. La Carmela de Boracay Hotel
  2. Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay
  3. Alta Vista de Boracay Hotel
  4. The Lind Boracay
  5. Boracay Holiday Resort
Recommended BUDGET hotels to stay in Boracay Island (Under P1,000). Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.

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Maximize your travel budget, spend your money in gallivanting around Hong Kong and pay less on your accommodation. There are lots of cheap places to stay in Hong Kong, all you need to do is to look for them. Lucky for you, we have came up with a list of cheap places to stay in Hong Kong for your next getaway in the City of Light. (Read: Hong Kong and Macau Itinerary)


Cheap Places to Stay in Hong Kong

Delta Deluxe Hotel
Delta Deluxe Hotel is located at Flat A6, 16 Floor, Block A,Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. I have stayed in this hotel with a friend and it was a good stay. We booked a room good for two and we were given a room good for three. Small room but comfortable. Friendly staff and the location is near everything - MRT, Malls, Victoria Harbor, The Garden of Stars and a lot of other interesting attractions. Check rates and availability.

Ruby Hostel
Located in Room 1417, 14/F, Alhambra Building, 383 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Ruby Hostel is like an apartment turned into a hostel. It has compact yet comfortable rooms with 4-6 beds. It's close to the MRT station so it's easy to go around. Check rates and availability.

The Mahjong Boutique Hostel
The Mahjong Boutique Hostel is located at 1/F, 2A Ma Hang Chung Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Location is not at the center and a bit far from the MRT station but it is accessible by bus. It offers clean rooms and ideal for backpackers. Check rates and availability.

Hop Inn on Mody 
Located in 5/F, Lyton Building, 36 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. It's located near to MRT station and just about 3 minutes walk to Victoria Harbor. Check rates and availability.

YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel
YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel is located at Block 41, Mei Ho House, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. It is situated about 10 minutes walk from the MRT station. The Hostel has computer, lockers, laundry, kitchen, restaurant, convenience/souvenir store and a small museum. Check rates and availability.

Urban Pack Hostel
Located in Unit 1410, 53-55 Haiphong Road, Haiphong Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Urban Pack Hostel 14  guest rooms situated near the MRT station. Good location and a value for money. Check rates and availability.

If you want more options for places to stay in Hong Kong, please click here.

Friday, June 23, 2017


Kadayawan is one of the major festivals in the Philippines. It is a yearly event held every third week of August in Davao City. This year, Kadayawan Festival will be on August 14-20, 2017. Here's the official calendar of events for this year's Kadayawan sa Davao Festival. (Read: Things To Do In Davao During Kadayawan Season)


Kadayawan sa Davao Opening Ceremonies
August 14, 4PM
Magsaysay Park
The festival will open with an ecumenical thanksgiving service for the year of blessing and bounty. To start of the celebration, the color and culture of the father tribes of Davao will be showcased through music and dance.

Kadayawan Village and Bantawan – Cultural Show
August 14-20
Magsaysay Park
The eleven tribal communities in Davao City, namely: Tagabawa, Klata, Ovu Manuvu, Ata Manuvu, Matigsalog, Maranao, Maguindanao, Tausug, Sama, Kagan, and Iranon – take center stage with their cultural pride and identity. A story told through a showcase of authentic lifestyle, performances, craft-making, ritual and costumes.

Subang Sinugdanan (Fluvial Float Parade)
Panagtagbo (The Gathering)
August 18, 7AM
Tionko Field
A celebratory restaging of the first Davao settlement along the Davao River participated by the eleven tribal communities in the city who will traverse and parade in river floats showcasing the bounty of blessings in harvest, arts and culture thus bringing to the fore the importance and imperative of conserving the river of life.

Dula Kadayawan (Tribal Games)
August 18, 7AM
Tionko Field
An exhibition and competition of Indigenous and Muslim people’s games.

Hiyas sa Kadayawan
August 18, 6PM
USEP Gym
This is the prestigious search for the symbolic Festival Gem – the lass who, up until the present is knowledgeable of her indigenous culture and wisdom. Eleven young women from the respective distinguished tribes of Davao will be presented in their indigenous garbs, cultural performances and wit.

Ka’andayawan (Food, Music and Arts)
August 18-20
Palma Gil Street
Food street with nightly happenings and entertainment

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan
August 19, 7AM
Magsaysay Ave. to San Pedro Square
The Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan will showcase dance contingents from the different regions of Mindanao. A people’s celebration and merriment through choreographed and theatrical street-dancing completion anchored on indigenous traditions.

Tunog Kadayawan
August 19
Abreeza Mall
Mindanaoan composers and songwriters will come together in a song writing competition showcasing their popular yet indigenous music compositions.

Sayaw Kadayawan
August 19, 10AM
SM City Davao - Annex
This is a competition of Mindanao myths, legends and folklores transformed into dance narratives by Mindanao-based dance groups.


Pamulak sa Kadayawan
August 20, 8AM
Magsaysay Ave. to San Pedro Square
The grand finale of the Kadayawan sa Davao Festival, the showcase of blooming and lush flora in a float parade and competition teeming with artistry as the floats impress the festival’s theme and blessings of bounty.

Pitik Kadayawan
August 20, 8AM
Magsaysay Ave. to San Pedro Square
One Vibe. One Beat. One Rhythm. A drumbeating competition that highlights the indigenous melody and beat of the diversified Davao tribes

Lankuban sa Ka’andayawan
August 20, 6PM
Palma Gil Street
A confluence of esteemed Mindanaoan Artists in celebration of the bountiful Kadayawan in a night filled with music and performing arts.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017


One of my favorite activities during our Visit Perak trip was cruising the Lake Banding on board a traditional boathouse. It was one of the most memorable experience I had during the entire familiarization tour. There was a very limited network coverage so we had time to really talk to each other and enjoy the beauty and serenity of Lake Banding


We cruised Lake Banding for about two hours before we finally arrived in our chalet accommodation. We had a short stopover at the Jahai Tribe community of the Royal Belum Rainforest where we were given a short brief about the tribe. We were able to interact with the local villagers and learned a little bit about their culture and tradition. 





We continued our journey to Sg. Tiang Campsite, a place with chalet accommodation ideal for people who prefers to sleep in a comfortable bed with basic amenities. There were only limited number of rooms so some of us opted to stay in the boathouse.




After docking at Sg Tiang Campsite, we  changed outfits and started playing the warm water of Lake Banding. We tried the bamboo raft and played like kids. It was a fantastic experience. It was the most enjoyable part of the cruise. 


After swimming, we were served with dinner. Damn, the food were all good - grilled chicken, lamb and vegetables. Plus, we had durian for dessert! I enjoyed the food a lot!  I ate them with so much gusto. Burp!


There was no phone signal in the campsite so we had no other choice but to mingle with each other. Then, we slept quite early since we still have to wake up early the next day for other activities. It was a day well spent!



The following morning, we were served with sumptuous breakfast and lunch in the boat house. We also explored a couple of waterfalls within the Belum Rainforest. It was tiring but it was definitely a memorable experience.





Big thanks to Empayar Awan Biru for organizing the Social Influencers Fest 2017. Also thanks to the sponors: Malaysia Inbound Toursim Association (MITA), Homestay Malaysia, GetFi, Destination Perak, MB Inc. MK Land Inc., Koridor Utara, Royal Belum, Tourism Malaysia, Perak Agrotourism Resort, Swiss Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Casuarina Hotel Ipoh, & Laketown Resort.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Dumaguete City or the City of "Gentle People" is the capital of the province of Negros OrientalIt is also known as a university town because a lot of students all over the country come to the city to study at Siliman University. As for tourism, it is usually the jump-off point to Apo Island and the Province of Siquijor. (Read: Cebu to Dumaguete Ferry Schedule and Fare Rates)


Finding an accommodation in Dumaguete City is easy but sometimes hotels are full so it's better to book in advance. Here's a list of cheap places to stay in Dumaguete City

The Flying Fish Hostel
The Flying Fish Hostel is located at 32 Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete City, Philippines. It's situated a bit far from the city proper but it's accessible. It has clean and spacious rooms with modern decor. Check rates and availability.

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Golden Gate Suites
Located at Dr. V Locsin St., Dumaguete City, Philippines, Golden Gate Suites is a 2-star hotel that offers affordable and comfortable accommodation in Dumaguete City. It's conveniently located near restaurants and a 711 convenience store. Check rates and availability.

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The U Pension
Situated in Silliman Avenue, Dumaguete City, Philippines, The U Pension located just beside Silliman University. It offers cozy and clean rooms with basic amenities. Check rates and availability.

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Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa
Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa is located at Hibbard Avenue, Bantayan, Across ABC Learning Center, Dumaguete City, Philippines. It's situated near the heart of the city so you can conveniently dine and stroll from the hotel within the city proper. It has a small pool that guests can use. Check rates and availability.

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Gabbys Bread and Breakfast
Gabbys Bread and Breakfast is located at Cimafranca Subdivision, Clay Town, Daro, Dumaguete City, Philippines. It's an ideal place for backpackers who are okay with small but clean rooms. It offers free breakfast. Check rates and availability.

Obdulia's Business Inn
Located at Gov. Perdices Street, Co. Pinili and Colon Sts., Dumaguete City, Philippines, Obdulia's Business Inn offers affordable rooms in Dumaguete City. It's close to almost everything you need - shops, market, park and Rizal Boulevard. Check rates and availability.

So there you go, check out these budget accommodations for your next Dumaguete City escapade. If you prefer a more upscale accommodation, please check out Agoda.

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Monday, June 19, 2017


Bachelor Express, Inc. (BEI) is now offering non-stop trips to Mati and Butuan from Davao City. Travel time has reduced significantly according the the BEI Inspector I talked to at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) in Ecoland. Travel time from Davao to Mati via Madaum is approximately 3-4 hours and from Davao to Butuan is around 6-7 hours. (Read: Davao City Overland Transport Terminal Bus Schedule)


It's a bit difficult to get the information. I have tried to call the BEI telephone number from morning to noon and nobody picks up the phone so I decided to go to Ecoland Terminal to get some info. I went to the DCOTT office first only to find out that they do not have an updated list of bus schedule. The "latest" they have is a list from 2015! I talked to the person in-charge and he said they have already requested for an updated list since last year but they have not received it yet from the bus company. Strange, right?

Anyway, I went to the terminal and asked an inspector from BEI and got the following schedule of trips for the non-stop trips to Mati and Butuan from Davao. I clarified the word "non-stop", he said it should only stop when there is an inspector and should not be picking up or dropping off passengers from other terminals. I never tried these non-stop service yet so I cannot attest to this. If you happen to be in one of these trips, please tell us your experience in the comment below.

Davao to Mati Non-Stop
Travel time: 3 hours
Fare: P240
Schedule of trips from Davao Ecoland Terminal:
Hourly from 5AM to 5PM
*Subject to change without prior notice

Davao to Butuan Non-Stop
Travel time: 6 hours
Fare: P600
Schedule of trips from Davao Ecoland Terminal: 
Every two hours 6AM to 12 midnight 
*Subject to change without prior notice

I tried to call the BEI office again to verify this information but again, nobody is picking up the phone. Will update this blog post once I get to talk to a personnel from BEI office.

UPDATE:
Commuter Rex Imperial said that the non-stop buses from Butuan to Davao (and VV) do not have CR. The journey takes around 7 hours.

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