Monday, March 30

A Celebrity for a Night at the Star Lounge

After spending a whole day frolicking under the sun, we went back to our hotel, the District Boracay Resort.  We headed to the Star Lounge to have our dinner after a long afternoon.  The lounge is the epitome of a relaxed fine-dining experience.  

The Star Lounge is divided into two areas:  the indoor restaurant and the roof top bar.  My friends and me liked the open area very much as we chose our seats next to the balcony where we people-watched and killed time as we stared our into black sea while waiting for our dinner to be served.

Our four-course dinner was very filling.  We had soup, garden salad, main course of our choice and my most favorite, that delicious mango madness dessert and a flavored iced tea for our drinks.  

Monday, March 23

The Distinct Elegance of The District Boracay

It was my fifth time to land on the shores of Boracay but it was my first time to visit the island during the summer months. A few weeks ago, me and my fellow travel blogger friends Marx and Marcos spent our first night in the distinctly elegant The District Boracay Resort.

The District Hotel's facade

The first thing that we had considered in looking for a place to stay in our short island sojourn was the location.  And this resort's location belongs in the A+ list.  Not only is it just meters away from the various shops and restaurants but it also has a great view of the sea.  The hotel is beach front and is located in Station 2 within walking distance from D'Mall.  

Beach front view from The District's Star Lounge

Monday, March 16

India Trip Backpacking Expenses

Hello guys!  For those who are thinking of backpacking around India, I have shared here my breakdown of expenses. 

I explored this glorious sub-continent with my friend Marx for two weeks last September 2013.  The time was not enough but it will suffice with careful planning and prioritizing.

The jaw-dropping Taj Mahal

Click Here to view the file.  Hope this will assist you in creating your trip and making your India dream a reality.  :)

You might also want to check out my India Travel Series.

Incredible India
Sept 14-Oct 1, 2013
Part 2  Smyle Inn :-)
Part 9   Magnificent Mumbai
Part 14 New Delhi Baby!
Part 15 The Red Fort
Part 19 Off to Pattaya!

Monday, March 9

New Process: India Tourist Visa On Arrival

Unlike before when travelers from selected countries can apply for tourist visa upon arrival at their port of entry,  visitors of India now need to apply for it online.  

The following countries are eligible for applying for a tourist visa on arrival.  Do this at least four days in advance or a week before your scheduled departure for ample time processing.

Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand,  Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam. 

How It Works

1.  Apply online - upload photo and passport page

2. Pay visa fee online - using credit or debit card

3. Receive ETA online - ETA will be sent to your e-

4. Fly to India - print ETA and present on your arrival

You can also track your application status online.  For complete TVoA instructions, you may refer here.

My visit in India last 2013 had been hassle-free.  If you have the time to apply for a tourist visa, you may proceed directly to the embassy as what I did to help you save having nightmares of being denied entry.  

Just kidding!  The whole process is easy as long as you have prepared the necessary requirements beforehand.  

India is an amazing country.  Once you get bitten by the India love bug, you will be wishing for more free time I bet. :)

-- May change from date of posting.  Visit your local embassy site for updates. --

Monday, March 2

Five Budget-friendly Summer Destinations Near Manila

I have here a list of pocket-friendly waterscapes near Manila.  These escapades are guaranteed to be time-friendly and easy on the wallet.

Ranging from a quick day tour to a refreshing overnight stay, it's choose your own adventure since summer is officially here. : ))

Gen. TiƱio, Nueva Ecija