Sunday, July 28, 2019

Where to Stay in Boracay

Boracay is well known around the world for being a paradise. But because of Philippine Government´s move on preserving the beauty of Boracay, they only allow 6,000 tourists to arrive in Boracay per day. Aside from that, before entering the Island of Boracay, tourists should have their confirmed hotel reservation with them. 

The local government of Boracay with the Department of Tourism of the Philippines made a quality check for all the accommodations in Boracay. So if you accidentally booked to a non accredited hotel in Boracay, here are what you should do.

Boracay Island is divided into three station. From entering the island, it starts with Station One, Station Two and lastly, Station Three. Station Three, where you can find all the main water activities. In Station Two is where you can find everything, most of the restaurants, small shops, few activities. It is also the most crowded area. Station One is the most peaceful part and most of the accommodations here are a little bit expensive. 


Isla Gecko Resort



We booked in Isla Gecko Resort the same day as we arrived in Boracay. It was hard to find an accommodation based on your preferences but luckily, Isla Gecko Resort has one room left. 


Location



Isla Gecko Resort is located in Station Two. We were lucky because we found a hotel in the middle of Boracay. It is at the back of D´Mall and walking distance from the shore. It is the best location specially if you are travelling with you friends and family because they are nearto everything. It is easy to access to any shops or restaurants in the area. 


Price


2756.00 php / night

We booked a room that is good for 3 persons because I was with my fiancé and his sister. It is not cheap but I can say that the price is good for the quality of the room and its location. We booked on the spot so it was harder for us. 


Room




Our room is quiet big for us. It has a big queen bed and an individual bed. The room is spacious with aircondition, flat screen tv, wifi, closet and minibar. Because of its size, it was not hard to move around even we were three persons. 


Toilet




Their toilet was quiet small. They only offer a shower and the part of the toilet was easy to get wet. It would be nice if they make the toilet a little bit bigger and if they have bathtub.

They offer towers for all the guests and tissue paper. But the rest such as shampoo, conditioner and soap, you need to buy it.

Facilities

Isla Gecko Resort has terrace, bar and they offer breakfast. The reception is open 24 hours and they were all kind and ready to answer all the inqueries. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Common Reasons for Delayed Flights

Travelling around the world is such an exciting experience. But still, it has pros and cons. And sometimes, not everything that we planned before our trip really happens.

While travelling, we have different choices on how do we want to get to a specific destination. There are choices such as: By air, by land and by sea. By air, we can go by airplanes. By land, we can go by trains and by buses. Lastly, by sea, we can go by boat or ships. 

Any of the choices above does not guarantee you that it will be the fastest way. It all depends on availability of the place you are coming from and going to. Take not that there are places that only allows airplanes or sometimes ships and buses. So it is better to plan it as early as possible so you can make the analization.

Have you ever got your flight delayed or worst, canceled? I know it really pissed us off specially if it will affect our plans. But you need to chill! Because it will not give any help. I met a lot of travellers who got pissed off and started shouting at poor airline or airport stuff. So with this blog, let me  enlighten a little bit your mind  with the common reasons for delayed flights.

Traffic 


Yes, you read that right.  Even in the sky, traffic happens. Specially if there are amount of planes departing and taking off. Sometimes, it takes 1 hour, or more than, for a plane to depart.

Weather


As we all know, the airplane that we are flying with comes from different places. Weather in our place is not the same as the weather in the place where the airplane comes from.

For example, the plane that we are waiting is from Alaska and that plane cannot fly due to bad weather in that place, so it will affect the airplane´s next flight. 

The same thing if there is a bad weather in our location, it will definitely affect our flight.

Crews


Crews are indeed important in any flight. But because of the reasons above: Traffic and weather, those indeed affect the crews. They will have to finish their responsibility from the previous flight they had because they will be able to go to the next one. 

Those are common reasons for delayed flights. So next time that you will travel, remind yourself of those reasons before you get mad to any crew / land crew. It is indeed important to be nice and relax in any situation. Remind yourself that all theses crews are just doing their job and making sure that you will be safe during the flights. Any persons from airline or airport dont deserve to be disrespected by any customers.

Monday, June 3, 2019

First Time Experience with Etihad Airways



Etihad Airways is one of the leading airlines in the world. They are line of the airlines from United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airways commenced their operation in 2003 and finally able to fly in Barcelona starting 2018. 


Last December 2018, we planned to spend our yearly vacation in the Philippines. So from Barcelona Spain, we booked a flight going to the Philippines through Etihad Airways. They are the only airline who was offering a promo for the dates that we needed.

Service

Just like any other airlines, they are there to help you throughout the whole flight for all your needs. Being in Hospitality Industry, we expect them to be nice and bringing smile most of the time. But is just a sad thing that I did not see any smile from them during our flight. The first and last smile was when we were leaving the plane.

As part of hospitality industry, smile is one of the most important thing to offer. It makes the clients feel warmed and at home so it is really a big thing for me for I travel with them almost a whole day.

Equipments

During our flights, especially for those long flights, we are always looking for something that will intertain us. But one of the first thing I noticed when I sat, is the monitor. That type of monitor is what I had during my first flight with Singapore Airline way back 2009. That is more or less, 10 years ago.  I just hope, they upgrade their facilities as they go wider the globe.



Another thing I noticed was the space on our sits. It is indeed smaller than Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways that will make you feel uncomfortable during the whole flight. You won't be able to stretch your legs and feet.
I was really dissapointed because our seat was really uncomfortable. I travelled with my mother and my brother, but my brother´s seat was away from us. And during our last flight, we seated on the last seats in the plane. But maybe, the problem was with the agency where we booked our flights. So it is really important to book your flight with a good reference travel agencies.
                        Overhead Bin


During our flight from Barcelona to Abu Dhabi, we did not have any problem. But from Abu Dhabi to Philippines, we had.Due to old aircraft that they have, we had to put our luggages in check in. Bad thing because of issues in Philippine Airport. The fact that we prepared those luggages as our hand carry but they had to get it due to small airplane. I hope they upgrade their planes to be able to access the needs and wants of new generation.
Entertainment
Etihad Airways offers you a variety of movies and series to watch from different countries specially in Asia. They also offer games for us to get entertained. 
In front of our seats are magazines to read and the menu that they offer during the flight. As well as the safety guide during emergency situation that we should always check out to remind ourselves. 

Foods

Etihad Airways offers variety of food, from meat to chicken. But of course, Etihad Airways is an airline from United Arab Emirates, so they have a middle eastern type of food to offer and if you are fan of it, good for you. But if not, sorry. And it is a bad thing for me because I did not like it that much. I am not really familiar with curry. Food is really depends on your appetite and preferability. 




If you finished to read this whole article, I know that you noticed that I did not like anything from this airline. I know I paid for a promo ticket but still, I paid a quiet amount of money, and I did not receive the service and comfort that I was expecting and needing. For now, I am sure I will not fly with this airline anymore unless they change their service and facility.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Where To Stay In Tagaytay

Tagaytay is known for its cold weather and it is few hours away from Metro Manila that gives people from the city to come. It is the best place for a whole family or group of friends because of different parks that it offers. Visitors have choices to come in the morning and go back at the afternoon. But for those who are planing to stay over night, here I recommend you the best place for your accomodation.

RedDoorz Plus @ The Ridge Tagaytay City


Location


RedDoorz Plus @ The Ridge is located near Picnic Grove and People´s Park in The Sky. So it is really convinient for those people who are planing to visit those places. There are plenty of restaurants in the area as well. 

But aside from the places to visit in Tagaytay, it is also a good choice if you are planning to go in Enchanted Kingdom and Magical Field Of Light in Nuvali

Price


The price depends on when you are planning to stay in this hotel. But when we booked it on December 27, 2018, we paid 2028,91 php for 1 night.

For 10% discount in Booking.Com you can use my link here.

Inclusions


In RedDoorz Plus @ The Ridge Tagaytay City, pets are allowed which is hard to find in other hotels. They have 24hours reception and a good wifi. They also provide their own parking. You can order foods as well. 

Room 


By booking a room, I always make use that it is big enough for all of us. But with this hotel, it did not dissapoint me. It bigger than I expected and I can say that it is the biggest room I booked and its price is quiet cheap. 

We booked a doble room but I can say that its bed is bigger than what it is. It seems like a queen bed! What a nice gift right?





Monday, February 11, 2019

Enchanted Kingdom




Travelling around will give you variety of choices on what to do and where to go. And aside from visiting the most historical places or the natural resources, you can also visit some theme parks.

Here in the Philippines, we do have " peryas" that you'd be able to see in some Baranggays. But of course, we still have big theme parks that people of all ages would surely love. We have Star City that is located in Pasay and that is near to Manila International Airport. But do not be sad if you are from the South or planning to visit especially Batanggas, Mindoro, etc. because we are proudly present to you the Enchanted Kingdom.



Location and Directions


Enchanted Kingdom is located at San Lorenzo South City of Sta. Rosa Laguna, Philippines 4026.

And for transportation, Enchanted Kingdom is offering a shuttle from the following locations:

  • 2nd floor, Ayala Park Square Carpark (in front of Dusit Thani Manila) 
  • Starmall Alabang (from Enchanted Kingdom Only)

Shuttle Rates:

  • Makati
    • P360 – Roundtrip | P180 – One ways
  • Starmall Alabang (from Enchanted Kingdom to Alabang Only)
    • P100 – One way

Entrance Ticket

  • Weekdays


    • Regular P698


    • Junior P490


  • Weekends/Holidays


    • Regular P785


    • Junio P590


You can directly book it here and to use my code for discounts, just share this blog post on your social media accounts and directly message me on my social media accounts with the screenshot as proof that you did.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Available Activities in Boracay After its Rehabilitation





The Island of Boracay is indeed a living paradise that you should not missed. And good to say, that the Government of The Philippines did their very best to preserve and mantain its beauty. 

But after the 6 months rehabilitation of Boracay, a lot of things have changed. Most of the water activities are located in Station 3 and not all the previous water activities are available in Boracay. Here are the water activities that are available in the Island of Boracay after its rehabilitation: 
Island Hopping


1. Island Hopping
         Walking around the shore, you will meet people who will ask you to join Island Hopping. It will be consisted of Island Hopping (Two Islands), Snorkeling and a lunch buffet. They are going to offer with different prices and based on our experience, the lowest price was 600 php.



2. Snorkeling
          Regarding with this activity, you can usually get this with island hopping.

3. Scuba Diving

4. Paraw Sailing

5. Standup Paddling

6. Parasailing

7. Fly Fish

8. Jet-ski

Parasailing, Fly Fish and Jet-Ski are availble in Station 3. While in station 2, you are only allowed for Standup Paddling. Lastly, in Station 1, Paraw Sailing and Standup Paddling are availble. 

Boracay now seems more relaxing than before. No words can express its beauty. I just hope that all the tourists will be more responsible and help one another so that we can experience the Boracay in many more years in the future. 

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