Saturday, March 10, 2018

Where do you get your travel information?

Where do you get your travel information?  What are your sources of information when it comes to planning a trip or making your next itinerary.

For the veterans, boomers, or Gen-Xers, they say or prefer printed copies.  But for Xennials, Millennials or modernized adults obviously internet is their main source of information.


Name Link Description
Lonely Planet Largest travel guide book publisher in the world [Wiki].  Plan and book your perfect trip with expert advice, travel tips, destination information and inspiration from Lonely Planet.
Fodors Travel Guide A publisher of English language travel and tourism information and the first relatively professional producer of travel guidebooks. [Wiki]  
Rough Guides British travel guidebook and reference publisher [Wiki]
Find a destination, look for inspiration, read features and get great travel advice, from Rough Guides.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guides Browse DK's award-winning travel content on a range of top travel destinations. Discover all you need to know to plan your next trip.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Philippines: Artesania and Caffeined by Mozaic Living

An artisan cafe hiding in Sheridan Street, Highway Hills, you can find Caffeined by Mozaic Living Inc. Fusion of lifestyle,  furniture store, arts and crafts by local artisans. artesaniafurniture |

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Japan: Sapporo: 5 days Itinerary

SappoRoute (Taste the Sights of Sapporo) 

The following sample itinerary is just a sample or basic plan for those who would like to go to Sapporo, Hokkaido.  This is basically a draft of what was submitted to JNTO contest and I have no personal experience yet on the mentioned places and restaurants below. 

Day 1: Taste of Chocoloate, Tea and Ramen

  • AM: Shiroi Koibito Park (Sapporo Chocolate Factory Tour).  Where kids and adults can enjoy: painting Hokkaido shaped Cookie, riding Steam Locomotive Shiroi Koibtio Railway, strolling at Rose Garden 
  • PM: Mt. Moiwa Ropeway - for city lights. 
  • Tea Ceremony (wear a kimono while tasting matcha tea) (Ren Ceremony | Klook)
  • Enjoy Sapporo Ramen at Susukino or Ganso (Ramen Street)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Philippines: Flavors of Pasay (2018)

Another year of tasting classic, fusion and amazing edibles served in the restaurants of Pasay City.

Mitsuyado Sei-men
Food: matcha iced cream (P120)
Personal Preference: 9 out of 10, tasty dessert

Philippines: Flavors of Makati (2018)

Another year of tasting classic, fusion and amazing edibles served in the restaurants of Makati Central Business District.

8 cuts Burger, Greenbelt
Food: A half-pounder worth of sliders (P320),
Personal Preference: 9 out of 10, pricey but tasteful.

Avail Booky Promo - Stay Hungry!

Another available option here in the metro to live your city for less is by enjoying the coupon discounts from Booky! 

What is Booky Prime?
Booky Prime is a membership program that gives you new buy 1 get 1 digital coupons every month and unlimited table bookings with up to P500 off your bill (subject to P1000 spend) at over 1000 restaurant partners. Click here to know more before you download the booky application for your mobile

What member perks can I enjoy?
Most of the top restaurants and fast food brands in Manila offer exclusive perks to Booky Prime members. Restaurants like Vikings, Gringo, Kko Kko and Wildflour offer discounts and free dessert. Fast food brands like Auntie Anne's, Jamba Juice, Kenny Rogers and Llao Llao offer buy 1 get 1 deals on their best-selling products. New restaurant partners and exclusive offers added every day.

Sushi Nori  #thanksbooky

Food: Kitachino Nest Ale (P295), Okonomiyaki sushi (tamago, kani, bonito flakes, spring onions, teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo - P169), Spicy Tuna (spicy tuna overload, tempura flakes, spring onions, spicy mayo), Tamago (P69, courtesy of booky)
Cuisine: Japanese Sushi
Personal Preference: pricey for both food and drinks; service needs more practice;

Manila, Philippines: National Museum

2018 February: 

In celebration of holidays for this month, our family have visited National Museum, not knowing that the previously private space of the Old Senate Session Hall is now available for public viewing.  The following is an excerpt from the museum's post:

Philippines: Travel Themed Books in Big Bad Wolf Sale

What is Big Bad Wolf?

Big Bad Wolf Sale is the biggest and most affordable book sale in the world offering 60-80% discount on all books. On Feb 16-25, the event was held in the Philippines for the first time. The sale have over 1.5 million books covering 20,000 high-end English titles across all genres, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and even rare collector’s titles! Click here to know more

Sunday, February 18, 2018

How to buy and use 7-11 ibon mart website?

I have not heard of ibon mart until I read that early bird tickets are available for an international exposition.  At first, I was intimidated because there is no English version of the site. Multiple of times, I struggled on using the "Translate this page" extension feature of Google Chrome.  I also tried the Google Translate Web, rarely successful. Sometimes, copy and paste text on Google Translate just to understand the text.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What souvenir items to buy from Korea

What souvenir items to buy from Korea

Souvenir ideas, returning gifts, omiyage or pasalubong for whatever you call it, you need to buy some for yourself or for your loved ones and friends.  Below are some of the  best food pasalubong choices or best things to buy that you can look forward to on your trip to Seoul, South Korea.

Look for these flavored almonds which are good for snacks.  Find them in Lotte Mart (~5500krw = 220php, 2016), Seoul Station. Or better yet, in underground walkway in Hongik Station (towards Exit 9, ~7000krw = 280php).  This would roughly cost more than 400php in Korean Marts in Manila.  Famous is the honey butter flavored, but you can also try the wasabi and yogurt.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Philippines: Flavors of Taguig (2018) - Restaurants in Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

Pink Panda #metrodealseries

Food: steamed pork siomai (P95), Thai beef salad (grilled Bolzico steak, basil, cucumber, tomato, carrots, jicama [the crisp, white-fleshed, edible tuber of a Central American climbing plant of the pea family], roasted rice - P320)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Philippines: The Taste of South (2018)

Another year of tasting classic, fusion and amazing edibles served in the restaurants of the southern metro!

The Cheesecake Fairy
Cuisine: bakery, desserts, cakes, cafe

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Where to Stay? How to choose your hotel or budget guesthouse?

Do you often ask and wonder what is the recommended accommodation to stay in a foreign land? Are you often looking for budget hotels, cheap guesthouses or just simply where to stay?  In travelling anywhere else in the world, planning and researching always go hand in hand - so make sure to enjoy such activity for you to gear up and to know more on what to expect and not on your upcoming journey.

What is an accommodation for you?  Is it something just to sleep-in and to care about nothing?  Are you the type who can sleep anywhere in the middle of the road? Or do you consider it an escape from the busy city that you consider as a temporary humble abode?  Do you consider it as a temporary resting place? 

Are you a planner, who has the time to do your research?  Or you go your way unplanned and just do all the whining after the trip?  Remember, you'll spend money and effort for this temporary escape so make sure to consider small things that will greatly affect your behavior in your trip. 

Where to start your hunting activity?  Browse on the features and offers of agoda, booking, expedia, hotels, trivago, etc.