Saturday, May 31

Experience New Zealand at Glorietta with Singapore Airlines

MANILA, Philippines – The New Zealand Embassy, in collaboration with Singapore Airlines and Ayala Malls, recently launched a mall-wide promotion, giving shoppers a chance to experience the beautiful and scenic sights of New Zealand. The promo will run from May 23 to June 22, 2014, leading up to the exciting three-day Experience New Zealand Fair from June 20 to 22 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive. The fair offers mall-goers a taste of the finest food and beverages New Zealand has to offer, as well as the best deals en route to this picturesque destination.

Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand
Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

Wednesday, May 28

The Coolest Way to Travel in the Philippines is WithLocals

I have been to a handful of provinces in my country which just used to be alien to me as the planet Mars in my younger years.  However, I have found myself connecting with people in my generation during the last few years who share the same passion that I love which is traveling.  

I remember my recent trip to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan where I was hosted by my friend Edmar.  I also recall my trip to Eastern Visayas where another pal in the name of Ephraim accompanied me in all the best spots! And of course I would not forget visiting the beautiful churches and old houses of Iloilo with my sole-sister Regine.  I did not only gain new memories, but more importantly, I have found everlasting friendships.

Reminisce the past as you walk along the historic Calle Crisologo

I realized that what better way to discover unfamiliar places is if you are to be hosted by a local who surely knows all the best places to visit, the good places to dine in and who can suggest activities you can definitely enjoy.

Know where to buy the sweetest Queen Pineapples of Ormoc City

 That is why upon hearing that WithLocals is coming to the Philippines, I can't help but get really excited.  So you may be wondering, like me initially, what is WithLocals?

WithLocals

WithLocals offers and encourages a one-of-a-kind travel experience.  Withlocals is a peer to peer market place where local people offer experiences and their skills to travelers.  Their mission is to connect people and cultures through food and unique experiences.

How It Works

Participating in WithLocals falls under three instances: (1) Eats (2) Tours and (3) Activities.
 
Become a Host



All you need to do is sign-up and register as a host. Submit your host details, set your price and your dates. 

Afterwhich, a WithLocals Ambassador will contact you to arrange a visit.  The Ambassador will be taking photos which will be utilized in the WithLocals website. He or she will also explain to you more about this exciting experience.

Once all these are done, you are ready to welcome travelers in the Philippines!


Connect WithLocals

Website:  www.withlocals.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/withlocals   
Twitter:  @WithLocals
Instagram:  @WithLocals

WithLocals has already reached our neighboring countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka.  It will soon be brewing in the Philippines. Watch out for it!

Friday, May 23

Vote for Vigan | New7Wonders (Cities)

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is already a UNESCO World Heritage City - an award given to only a few and to the most deserving.  See me below posing beside the UNESCO marker.

  


So my love for Vigan City has extended in me voting for it to be included in the New7Wonders Cities.

Vigan is the only Philippine City who have made it on the list.  I am no longer surprised by this feat as who wouldn't fall in love with such a romantic, historic and lovely city like this?




Let us help put our country and Vigan City back on the world map! Vote for Vigan to be included in the New Seven Wonder Cities of the World.

How To Vote
1.  Register on the New7Wonders website through your Facebook or Twitter accounts.
2.  Select your seven cities (Vigan should be there!).
3.  Click Vote.



Easy as 1-2-3!  The winners will be officially announced on Dec 7, 2014.

To vote, please click here.



Tuesday, May 20

Wander Photo: Tahanan ni Aling Meding


Another good choice of lodging in the lovely City of San Pablo is Tahanan ni Aling Meding. A vacation home-turned hotel, this premier resort boasts of a view of Sampaloc Lake and Mt. Cristobal.  Perfect for families and group vacationers, you will definitely feel at home when you stay here.

Tahanan ni Aling Meding at night


** Book Here for discounted rates! **

Monday, May 19

Muranglipad.com Signs Deal With M Lhuillier Financial Services, Inc


Muranglipad.com signs deal with M Lhuillier Financial Services, Inc.
as Cash Payment Acceptance Partner

Muranglipad.com announces its partnership with M Lhuillier Financial Services, Inc. (MLFSI) to accept cash payments for air ticket issuances. Muranglipad.com, a division of Triplestar Travel and Tours Inc, is an online budget travel portal that provides airfare comparison and real time ticketing for all airlines to all domestic and international destinations.

With this partnership, clients can now enjoy expert travel advice online from Muranglipad.com’s website or through its pool of Travel Specialists through its reservations hotline at 849-0100, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays and the convenience of paying their booked air tickets through any of the 1,600 M.Lhuillier locations nationwide with almost 160 locations operating 24/7.

To find out more about the new and exciting services, you may visit muranglipad.com, any of Triplestar’s ticketing offices nationwide and M.Lhuillier’s website at www.mlhuillier.com

www.facebook/muranglipad.com  and /mlhuillierkwartapadala

Friday, May 16

Fall in Love. With Me.

So this post may be the most soul-baring of all my thoughts on love.  You see, I finally had the courage of being more vocal on what I feel.  I remember, when I like a guy, I'd find myself waiting and waiting and wishing my prince charming would just pop up somewhere and save me. But time and experience taught us that not all scenes in a love story are the will-you-marry-me-yes-i-will-be-your-wife type of scene.  In between these award-winnings takes, there are film shots that may or may not add color to a lifetime of stories interwoven by the word we worship called love.


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So what do I do when I am in love? Simple. I write poems.  I can see the guy I like in every beautiful place I go to.  I imagine the two of us eating in a turo-turo somewhere, laughing on how we pretend that we are having a hard time choosing which viand to order.  I will steal some of his ulam as he occasionally checks his social media. I dream that we are going to do a day-hike, a two-hour day hike overlooking the vast plains below.  Maybe, if we get a little childish, he'll carry me on his back to the summit to test if he is really manly enough for me.  Lol.




He and I will go to an island beach somewhere.  I imagine he will serenade me under the brightly lit skies as I try not to imagine him going down on one knee,  shoving a ring under my cute nose, asking me to marry him.  No, I am not imagining it. Really.




So fall in love with me. I am the type of girl who blushes at the sight of weddings.  I am the type of girl whose eyes pop ever so wide at the sight of a flower-giving man.  I am the type of girl who appreciates every little effort and the type who would write a thousand poems for the man of my life.


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I drool, I scream, I beg yes because I am first of all a woman. A woman with a genuine loving heart who would give you a home if you'll give me a house (a bahay kubo in the middle of rice fields with a small library about Knights Templar will do, #demandinglang, lol).  Who'd give you paradise (not the one you're thinking, tsk tsk!) even if you just travel with her to the mall.  I'd be your best friend and your friend and partner (hey, is that a song? lol).  I will let you hold me as long as you like. 


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So fall in love with me. But remember that I love travel and photography. Better my Mr. Next love these too.  I can already see our life together.  It will never be boring for we have a treasure trove of travel memories to share.  Some are solely yours, some are mine.  But the most smile-worthy about will be the ones that has you and me, us and we in it. Together, we will create a lifetime of unforgettable memories.





So fall in love with me.  I will be with you in every dream that you will make and I will support you in every endeavor that you take (I can't believe this I'm rhyming again! lol).  I am gentle as a flower, as sweet as a lullaby and so soft as your pillow at night (please, try to think purely will you, hehe).


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So fall in love with me.  Don't be afraid. I know your fears. Let me kiss them away. Trust me for this love of ours comes only once in a lifetime (I don't really know whom I am talking to, lol).  You will never regret it.  We will chase sunsets together all you want. :-P

So, fall in love. With me. 


This post is the official sequel to My Dream Boy, He Could Be You post. Lol.  Read it for there might not be a part three!


Monday, May 12

Lingayen, Pangasinan

Lingayen, Pangasinan always had me curious at its location faces the historic Lingayen Gulf.  After attending a fellow travel blogger's wedding two Saturdays ago, we explored the capitol the following Sunday.

Pangasinan province is under Region 1 and is one of the major salt producers in the country.  Its main dialect is Pangasinense.  The name of the province means 'place of salt' or 'place of salt-making'.  

Here are the top places you can visit in Lingayen and in nearby Calasiao.

1. The Capitol


Ionic, Doric or Corinthian?

Monday, May 5

Minalungao National Park: A Secret No More





The mountains truly have a plethora of wonders to offer. And sure enough, I could imagine why the early peoples of the Earth worship nature and everything that bring life forth.  

Friday, May 2

The President Hotel

The President Hotel is located along the easily-accessible Maramba Boulevard in Lingayen, Pangasinan.  It is just a few minutes walk from several tourist attractions like  the Capitol Building, the Urduja House and Lingayen Beach.

The Annex Building is only a couple of minutes
walk from the main building
My friends and I arrived in twos.  Me and friend Jherson were the last twosome to check-in. At past three in the morning, I was not expecting that someone would be greeting us at the front desk nor the building would appear so lively. When we asked for assistance in checking in our room, the lone male receptionist promptly left the desk and accompanied us to the annex building about a minute walk from the main complex.