Luxe in the City: Limketkai Luxe Hotel


A few weeks ago, I, together with 7 other travel bloggers went to the City of Golden Friendship - Cagayan de Oro which happens to be the gateway to Northern Mindanao. We had a short stay in CDO for only 4 days and every day we have a tiring and sometimes laid-back itinerary. My favorite was the White Water River Rafting that we get to experience 14 rapids that took us 3 hours of paddling and streaming along the river of Cagayan de Oro. It was a tiring yet fun-filled day with my fellow bloggers. And what better way to relax after that 3-hr of rafting is staying in a 4-star hotel in the city proper of Cagayan de Oro - Limketkai Luxe Hotel. 

Limketkai Luxe Hotel is operating for 3 years now and has 218 sophisticated rooms in a 21-story hotel. The hotel also offers banquets and conference room that can cater from 100 to 800 pax. Situated in the city proper of CDO where shopping malls, major establishments are just walking distance or few minutes drive away from the hotel. This gives the hotel a perfect place for your stay in the City of Golden Friendship where you and your friends/family will truly enjoy. 


A superior Queen room costs around 5,000 PHP / 87 USD per night with free buffet breakfast for two. With complete amenities - king size bed, cold a/c, 48-inch LED TV, bedside lamps, sofa/seating area, hair dryer, slippers, bathrobe, coffee and tea maker, and a bathroom with a complete set of toiletries and bathtub. Also with a complimentary bottled water and WIFI.

I also noticed that on every floor near the elevator there is an air purifier placed near the lift which I love the most. I hate to smell hotels with funky smell and cigarette and having this air purifier is an excellent idea which not all hotels has it. 








Pool and bar are located on the 21st floor of the hotel with a perfect view of the city. 







Limketkai Luxe Hotel becomes our home for 3 days giving us a perfect relaxation we all need. Definitely, a recommended hotel for tourist, solo traveler and for the family as well. 

Luxe in the City: Limketkai Luxe Hotel

http://www.limketkailuxecagayandeorocity.com
Limketkai Avenue, Cagayan de Oro, 9000, Philippines


*Hotel accommodation is sponsored by Limketkai Luxe Hotel but review and comments are honest.



FREE WiFi While On Board with Philippine Airlines


I would say that I am a cheap traveler or some call it budgetarian. I love traveling as much as I love saving money at the same time. I already started my journey on traveling all 81 provinces in the Philippines and at the same time traveling around Asia and soon in Australia next year. 

Philippine airlines are the flag carrier of the Philippines and have been operating more than 25 years and what better way to improve their service is to offer WiFi while onboard, while enjoying your trip to Melbourne, Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, Osaka, Nagoya, Honolulu*, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Dammam, and Bangkok via Airbus A330 and the B777-300ER.

This is BIG and good news for us tech freaks who wants to be online almost 24/7. You can be online for 30-minutes and able to upload your airplane selfie, videos, and groufie, lol. 


PAL also offers myPAL eSuite that will allow us passengers be entertained while on board with 300 hours of free movies. How cool is that? This will kill our boredom when we are on a long flight from Manila. Aside from movies, you can choose over TV shows or even music from either personal TV or overhead screens. Music comes from an Ipod which is fully charged when you use it. 

Sometimes, I travel with my 6 y/o kid and this is a huge help on keeping them on their seat and quiet. 


Pres Release:

PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said, “As we embark on our journey to become a five-star, full-service carrier and a source of pride for Filipinos everywhere, we will continue to enhance our customers’ experience. Ultimately, making more people to fall in love even more with Philippine Airlines.”  

“Our goal is to offer attractive in-flight entertainment & connectivity services to deliver a pleasant travel experience to our passengers. Our redefined in-flight entertainment aims to move Philippine Airlines towards the vision of becoming a five-star full-service national carrier of the Philippines, the airline of choice in all markets we serve and become a source of pride for Filipinos everywhere,” Bautista added. 


I can't wait to fly again with PAL and personally experience this new features and services. 

FREE WiFi While On Board with Philippine Airlines


Iloilo - Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to do


I have been wanting to visit Iloilo so bad because I want to try the original Batchoy. And luckily I have an opportunity to have a quick visit in Iloilo. Aside from Batchoy, Iloilo is also famous for its wide range of churches in the city. It is also the first to be a rural city in Panay island, no wonder the city has many shopping malls, establishments - restaurant, bar, hotels etc. and a big airport. 

Going to Iloilo via Manila:

Domestic direct flight from Manila to Iloilo is about 1 hr plane ride via CebuPac and PAL. 
If you want a quick stop to Guimaras you may do so as it is only less than an hour away from the airport going to the port of Guimaras. 

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Because I only have 2 days to explore this beautiful city and I was really exhausted from my 5 days tour in Antique, a better way to relax and have a good night sleep is to stay at SEDA ATRIA ILOILO. SEDA is a Filipino word for "silk". This hotel is considered as a 4-star hotel and already operating for 1 year in Atria Iloilo. 

What I love about my room is that it have a contemporary, minimalist and very homey design that anyone will not want to get off their bed as its very comfortable with a soft duvet and very cool a/c. Well, I cannot do that coz I have limited time to discover Iloilo. My room costs around 4,000 PHP / 87.00 USD. Equipped with King size bed, seating area, computer table, coffee and tea maker, complete toiletries and enough size bathroom, with 40-inch LED tv and 2 bedside lamps. 
















For bookings at Seda Atria, please call 506 8888 or email reservations.ilo@sedahotels.com. Other Seda hotels are located in Metro Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Laguna, with much more in development in selected destinations in the Philippines.


As I said earlier, I am anticipating to try the famous and original Batchoy here in Iloilo but aside from Batchoy, Iloilo is also known for Biscocho and other delicacies like Butterscotch, Mango tarts and a lot more.





While walking alone around the downtown I was able to see and appreciate these old structures in Iloilo. Some became a building establishments while others are government offices.







Atria is just beside my hotel - SEDA and I had lunch at Misono, a Japanese restaurant that offers affordable value meals. I ordered pork tonkatsu for only 99 pesos with free iced tea. Not the best tonkatsu but it fills my hungry tummy from my 2-hr ride from Antique to Iloilo.


I had dinner at Netong's in Atria Seda. For only 90 pesos I have a special Batchoy with noodle soup, pork strips, egg, and chicharon.





Found this local food along the streets of downtown - I actually have no idea what this is but it looks yummy, though!


The Miag-ao Church or also known as Sto. Thomas de Villanueva Parish is a Catholic church found in Miagao Iloilo. One of the famous Roman Catholic church in Iloilo for its beautiful intricate design. 



I will still have to go back in Iloilo probably next year to explore more the city and see other churches and tourist spots here. It was short trip yet I was able to see the beauty of this city (at least for a day).

Where to Stay - Seda Atria Hotel
Where to Eat - Atria Mall, Food stalls (street food), inside shopping malls like SM and Ayala Malls.
What to Do - street photography at downtown, visit churches. 


Iloilo - Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to do


Experience Antique: Mararison Island


I thought I will never be able to go to Antique after having Influenza after my Davao trip. I have to take full bed rest for almost 2 weeks just so I can fully recover. But thankfully, after 10 days of resting, I was able to follow my colleagues in Antique and already missed 2 days of our itinerary. 

I arrived Kalibo Airport last Monday, September 26 and waited for my shuttle service to drop me off to Culasi Antique. It was a 2-hr drive from Kalibo going to Antique and when I get to Culasi, I rode a small boat that will only fit 6 persons max ( that's what I think, lol). I was with these 2 boatmen and we traveled from port to the island about 20minutes because of the strong current and waves (Jesus Christ!) I survived that 20-minute long boat ride that I felt it was 20 years already, lol.

During Typhoon Yolanda, Mararison Island was hit and houses are washed out. It was devastating to all IP (Indigenous People) who lost their houses and boats. But thankfully after few years after the typhoon, the community built and put barriers at the sea shore. You will see here how simple their lives is, I have seen woman weaving their fish net, fishing is their main source of living here on the island. 



The marvelous mountains of Mararison Island. It was somehow likely common view of Batanes (though I have never been to Batanes). 





Thanks Jola for capturing this coz I have to go down and be back at our hut because it was starting to rain again.



When the rest of the group are back from the mountain, we only have 20 minutes to stay on the island or else we have to stay there because it was starting to build up strong current because it was raining and also there is a monsoon/Habagat that time.

Of course, it was only me who is panicking because I can't stand to ride on that small boat again and experience more waves and actually high waves! But were able to get off the island just at the right time, thank God! 

It was a nerve-wracking, fun and unforgettable experience in Mararison Island. 

Experience Antique: Mararison Island

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