• Philippines,  Travel

    I Scored a Cheap Flight from my Union Bank Credit Card

    It was August 2016 when my friends and I passed by a Union Bank booth offering “free” roundtrip flights for their new credit card applicants during a certain time period who are subsequently approved. The new cardholder is then required to reach a certain spend requirement within a specified period to qualify for the “free” flight. It was kinda hard to pass on a chance for a cheap flight and we still had some time to kill so we decided to apply and fill up the forms. The new cardholder had a choice between domestic, short haul, or long haul Cebu Pacific Air flights. Once the spend requirement is met…

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    Trekking Batad Rice Terraces to Tappia Falls

    Prepare your muscles. If you’re planning to see the Batad Rice Terraces and Tappia falls, I suggest you start doing bit of exercise now. The trek will most likely be challenging if you have a sedentary lifestyle. One of my friends and I trained for and did a 21K run  before this trip and still had sore legs a day after the trek. The trek might be a challenge but is totally worth all of your time and effort. We started the trek after lunch, with our guide whom we met there in Batad on our way to the inn. Going to the falls took under 1 hour, but going…

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    Photo Journal: National Museum of the Philippines

    Visiting the National Museum is now free of charge for both local and foreigners. You can visit from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. To be clear, the museum is closed on Mondays. The succeeding photos were taken during my Sunday visit with friends. I hope you’ll also find time to see it. To know more about the museum, you can check-out their official website here.

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    A Weekend in San Juan, La Union

    What will you do when you’re feeling some wanderlust but you only have the weekend to spare? Consider going to La Union! Here are some details about my weekend trip to San Juan with friends.   TRANSPORTATION Very important note when you’re taking public transportation: take a bus which uses TPLEX! We took a Vigan bound Partas bus departing from its Cubao station at four in the morning one Saturday of September 2016. Our travel time took 8 hours! There were a lot of stops since it didn’t go through TPLEX. We actually didn’t check the route and just took the earliest departing bus. The fare from Cubao terminal to…

  • Asia,  Health,  Love,  Philippines,  Relationship,  Sex

    I Got Tested for HIV

    Because of Prince Harry.   I can never wrap my mind around the fact that I have never done it yet. It took seeing a famous person do it before it dawned on me that I had been at risk for a long time already and I should get myself tested.   I turned to Google to search for available options in Metro Manila.  One of the results is LoveYourself. As of this writing, they have two clinics in Metro Manila – one in Mandaluyong City and one in Pasay City.   I took the HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis-B testing in their Pasay clinic. They offer these tests for free.…

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    Banaue, Batad, Sagada before La Niña 2016

    With peak season at work occurring during summer, my office friends and I planned a trip to Banaue, Batad and Sagada by end of May, when it’s highly likely that the teams won’t be busy anymore. We headed to Banaue on the night of 25th May 2016 by taking Ohayami Bus’ 10pm trip. The trip from Manila to Banaue should only take roughly 9 hours, but ours took 22 because of an accident in Nueva Vizcaya. We arrived in Banaue at around 8pm of May 26. Instead of continuing to Batad as planned, we just stayed in Banaue for the night.     Accommodation in Banaue was at People’s Lodge…

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    Cebu Pacific Air Seat Sale (March 2016)

    Cebu Pacific Air is on sale today until March 18 or until seats last. Travel period is June 1 to December 31, 2016. I was able to book roundtrip flight Manila-Caticlan(Boracay) for only 983 PHP without check-in bags. Visit their website and grab those promo seats now! Happy hunting 🙂 Here’s what I booked: Promo list on their website    

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Travel

    The Beauty of Batanes, Philippines (Batan and Sabtang Islands)

      Batanes is located in the northernmost part of the Philippines. My friends and I were able to book a flight going there via PAL Express for a trip back in February 2014. We were considering touring Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat at the start of planning stage. After reading about how to get to Itbayat, we decided to drop the said island from our itinerary.   We availed North Batan, South Batan, and Sabtang tours from TRavelYoung, a travel agency referred by our original contact person – Ryan Cardona. Instead of just the usual Sabtang day tour, our group also decided to stay overnight in the island.   Accommodation in…