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Knowing Yogyakarta Indonesia

Most Filipino travelers would go to nearby countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau (Visa free country) but very few would go to Indonesia. Most Filipinos would only know Bali and Jakarta but little did we know that Indonesia has so much to offer for all types of travelers.
In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days. I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
Luckily Last January 2018, I was able to go back in Indonesia, had a 4-day trip to Jakarta with AirAsia and finally extended my trip for another 4 days just to see the wonders of Yogyakarta. I always wanted to visit temples and palaces in this region and finally, I did. Let me share you where we s…

ISRAEL IS NOT CHEAP: Things to Know About Jerusalem

Kabayans! It's Visa Free in Israel - yep! we are Visa free for 90 days. This is great news for all Filipino Catholics who would want to do pilgrimage or just want to travel and see the ancient city Jerusalem. But let me tell you this, ISRAEL IS NOT CHEAP! For me, it's an expensive city to travel and stay for a week. I am a Budgetarian Mommy so traveling here needs a month of saving at least for my pocket money.

Hotel Review: Belmont Hotel Manila

Belmont Hotel celebrated their 1st anniversary in the hotel business last October 2016. Belmont Hotel is a 4-star hotel situated across the Ninoy Aquino Internation Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA3) The hotel is perfect for travelers, on business trips or layovers in Manila because of its prime location. Resorts World is just walking distance and the best place to dine, shop and even watch a movie or play with your family, friends or partner. 

The hotel has its own cafe/restaurant that can accommodate guests for their buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch and monthly themed buffet dinner. Cafe Belmont offers Filipino and International Cuisine. 

We had a little concern at their cafe during my 2nd night stay together with the other TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) participants, it was dinner time and we ordered food but it was served after 1.5 hours of waiting, we understand that during that time the hotel and cafe are full packed but 1,5 hours is not normal and not right so some from our group w…

Virtus Awards Now On Its 2nd Year

Last November 8, The 2nd Virtus Awards held at the Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila. HSMA - Hotel Sales and Marketing Association 2nd Virtus Awards held the press conference at the Aura Ballroom of Golden Phoenix Hotel - the hotel also joined the Virtus Awards. Currently HSMA, an association of hotel and resorts in the country has 76 members as to compare last year that they only have 50 members. As the word VIRTUS a Greek word for excellence, they aim to encourage all 3 to 5 stars hotels and resorts in the Philippines to have the best sales and marketing leaders in the F&B industry. 
DOT (Department of Tourism) and TIEZA (Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority) will announce the winners of the 2nd VIRTUS AWARDS on November 15. 2016 at the Novotel Manila located at Araneta Center. 
12 judges per category will conduct a full day of interviews and presentations to select the four winners. An independent auditor will tally the scores and awardees will be known only on awards ni…

Product Review on Jeunesse Pads

*Updated* Since my last pregnancy back in 2012 my dysmenorrhea, migraine and leg cramps got worst. For some reason, I had hormonal imbalance for 2 years now and its sucks! Not just its tremendously painful before and during my period but having hormonal imbalance also affects my mood. Though I have never tried taking pills (ever!) to correct my hormonal imbalance, I think using the correct sanitary pads every day (panty liner) and during the period (sanitary day/night pads) will help my PMS lessen. 

I tried using JEUNESSE product 2 mentrual cycle already. On my first use of their everyday liners, I instantly liked it because it feels like you're not wearing any liners at all. It's very comfortable wearing it and I personally liked their Night Pads because I easily get leaks when I use other products and because I zumba even during my period, I personally recommend to use night pads. I religiously use Jeunesse everyday liners before and after my period. On the label it says:

Budget Accommodation: BGC Panay Kain at Tulog

Back then I would only stay in a nice, clean and comfortable hotel beds because I want comfort and total relaxation. But to my surprise and since I am being a "budgetarian" traveler I started staying in a much affordable choice - A Hostel. My thinking before when I hear about the hostel is a dirty, old building however I am totally wrong. One of the newest hostel chain in the Philippines is BGC Hostel with 4 branches: Makati, Manila, Quezon City and Bulacan. Panay Kain at Tulog is operated by BGC Hostel chain and located at 23 Panay Avenue Quezon City.

Getting there via commute:

Coming from North - ride any jeepney / FX going to Pantranco Hiway Panay. Drop off infront of BGC Panay kain at Tulog Hostel.

Coming from Manila / Quiapo - ride any jeepney / FX going to Rotonda / Quezon City. Drop off to Panay Ave and turn right on the first street and you will see Panay Kain at Tulog Hostel.

Every BGC branch has its own theme. Here in Panay Kain at Tulog, the reception / lobby are…

Newest Hostel in Manila: BGC Hostel

One of the newest hostels here in downtown Manila is BGC Hostel. They have 2 other branches, one in Quezon City and in Makati. Backpackers choice of accommodation now especially the "budgetarian" travelers most preferred to stay in a hostel. Hostel in the Philippines can cost around from 300 to 500PHP / 6.50 USD to 11 USD and 3,000 PHP / 65.21 USD monthly dorm rate / per bed rate, less expensive and most hostels now offer comfortable beds, clean sheets of bed linen, towel, clean bathroom and attractive ambiance.  
BGC Hostel Manila is different from their Makati branch - design and color of the interiors to give each branch a different vibe. Here in Manila, their theme is Sailor where ship and anchor are visible here.
Located at Vicente Cruz along Espana Blvd, Manila City. 
Via Jeepney Commute:
Coming from Quezon City - Ride Jeepney with the signage "Taft", fare is 25 PHP / .54 USD Coming from Manila Taft - Ride Jeepney with the signage "Welcome Rotonda / Esp…

SM Southmall Christmas Tree Lighting

One of the largest shopping mall in the country is SM. The company has been in the country since the 70's and over the years they have opened close to 100 shopping malls in the Philippines and even outside the country. 
In the Philippines, Christmas is celebrated for several months. We start decorating our house and streets as early as September and SM is doing a yearly Christmas Tree Lighting over their 76 SM branch this month.
Before the Christmas Tree Lighting, few children from SOS and Child House joined us to witness and watch a short play. Everyone enjoyed and to these children Christmas is not just recieving gifts from random and charity givers but what SM encourage us to share our blessings by buying a bear worth 200 pesos and proceeds goes to these two charity - SOS and Child House.

As many people say "Sharing is caring". A simple way to bring smile and future to these children is buying SM bear and many will benefit from the proceeds.

SM Southmall Christmas Tr…