Archive for March 31, 2012

CHEAP ROOMS FOR TRANSIENT TRAVELERS IN MANILA

So you’re planning a trip to Manila, by now you probably have pulled in together all the information you need to roam around the city by the bay. Don’t be dragged in by your hesitations that it’s far from safe meandering on this place, some news on the paper and what reporters are blabbing about on TV can sometimes packed with sensationalization to pumped up ratings and all that stuff, sometimes they say, the most dangerous place is the safest… anyway, I’ve lived 2 hours away by plane from Manila, my life and work is practically centered in Davao so I see Manila at the most twice a year, airfare comes in expensive especially when you get one not on promo and it’s on peak, besides I’ve no business just leisure trip to Manila – that’s why.

Western entrance to the walled city, Intramuros
[Image by wikipedia.org]

Of all the distinct places in Manila, I love the most Binondo and Intramuros, these are the places I think you shouldn’t miss and be in your list when you hit the road to Manila. These places holds the rich and intense history of this country, I find it your very informative stop-over if you want to understand how Pinoys lived their lives today.

Accommodation is out of question, if you’re traveling on a budget, there are awesome Manila sublets you can contract for a transient stay. In fact, as I write you don’t need to be in Manila per se to book for these places, all you need is to get yourself into the internet and start looking for www.ibilik.ph, it’s the Philippines largest database to finding your cheapest room for rent, bed space or transient house for rent while in Manila, what’s more, is that you can also find other spaces for rent outside of the Metro like Davao, Cebu or Baguio just in case you want to extend and spend it in the province and guess what? They all come the most affordable.

So pack up today and hit the road to Manila!

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IBIZA: HOLIDAYS IN THE WHITE ISLE

For many, Ibiza is synonymous with its famous clubbing scene and top-name DJs, bringing hoards of revellers to its sunny shores for all-night parties and the latest tunes. But nightlife is just one small part of the White Isle and there’s plenty more to this glittering island than meets the eye.

Old Town Harbor, Ibiza

The lively resorts of San Antonio and Ibiza Town are certainly at the hub of the action with a bustling pub and club scene that attracts plenty of party-goers, celebrities and big names. But outside of these frenetic resorts you’ll find quiet fishing villages, lush rolling countryside and pretty little coves that are simply a world away.

You could stay in a villa and enjoy a tranquil retreat with your own private pool, and hire a car to explore the rugged hillsides and quaint villages by day before settling down to an evening drink and a barbeque on the terrace. Families will love the quiet resort of Santa Eulalia which boasts a beautiful sandy beach with plenty of sandcastle territory, or head to the North of the island to Portinatx and enjoy some real rest and relaxation with its beautiful bay and calm waters, ideal for small children.

Whatever you fancy, you’ll find plenty of options through a package deal. For instance Thomas Cook holidays offer an excellent range of holidays to Ibiza – from budget beach breaks with the family and last-minute deals to clubbing weekends and lively getaways with friends, it’s all there. Plus as a package holiday your flights, accommodation and resort transfers are all included, so you won’t have to worry about getting to the airport or figuring out the local transport system.

With a great choice that spans the whole holiday spectrum, you’re bound to find something to suit your taste and your pocket – giving you a great holiday experience and leaving you with plenty of wonderful memories.

[Image by wikipedia.org]

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JAPANESE TUNNEL, one more time

My kids has been bugging me lately to take them back to Japanese Tunnel even just for a hour dip at the pool. I thinking they needed it to cool off too, so we went there again on Saturday. There weren’t much peeps around so practically owned the pool.

Some place peaceful and quiet at the resort.

On our way here I can from afar some thick, black smoke, I was thinking the fire was just too far from resort, but when we’re about to enter the resort gate I was surprised that it was just blocks away, after settling for a while helicopters in water buckets came buzzing atop, took some snapshots.. . I felt sorry for those who lost their homes :(

But these guys had their world now, since it was too hot, they really have enjoyed the water, I was thinking if the chopper can lower down and take a bucket here, it would have been nearer.

Anyway, Japanese Tunnel Resort is located at Balusong Matina, Davao City. They have hotel accommodations, restaurant and this pool.

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HOLIDAY HOMES EUROPE MAKES THE HOLIDAY TRIP PLEASURABLE

A short vacation trip recharges the batteries of an exhausted individual in this time of recession and salary cutoffs. This trip is even more exciting when it does not drain the holiday planner’s pockets quickly, and provides him with the best services one can get in a hotel. Yes, it is possible with the Holiday homes Europe. During this time of recession, when people have already started avoiding flights and started preferring road routs, they have started realizing that closeness to the nature is more important in a trip. It is more memorable to get a car and travel through the scenic beauty rather than constant cramps of the flights. So is the case with Hotels, no matter how expensive they are or what luxuries they provide, one ultimately has to end up restricted to a small area which they call rooms or sometimes suites. This area is not even a fraction of what one can get in a Holiday homes Europe.

All European countries offer the facilities of holiday homes. Norway, Italy, France, England, Denmark and many other countries in Europe are contributing to this rapidly pacing culture of Holiday homes Europe. If someone is planning to enjoy the vacations in Southern France, for example, for experiencing both a European and a Mediterranean Holiday ends up paying a lot more to the Hotels, expensive meals and Taxi-cabs for the sightseeing whether he can just opt for a countryside holiday home and enjoy all these facilities on cheaper rates.

These countryside holiday homes are a better bargain in many ways in France. One can avail the facilities of a Hotel in a home like atmosphere, which makes the vacations even more pleasant. Unlike hotels, one can negotiate on the rentals; ask for the facilities and other services including car pickups, laundry and cooking. Not every holiday home provides all these, but most of them do on a marginal addition to the main rent. These countryside holiday homes are affable and accommodating as they mostly run by families. They treat with respect and expect the same from the visitors. The southern part of France is full of castles, Museums and caves and most of these attractions are easily reachable from these countryside holiday homes. Marseille, which is the second largest city of France, is also full of historical and intriguing sites. This region has many famous holiday homes. France also holds many heritage sites, medieval villages, ancient structures and numerous castles. To get closer to all this is an amazing experience and this experience becomes more intense with the least restricted holiday homes culture.

Visitors to France also love to make a Chateau as their holiday home. These Chateaus are more expensive than the countryside holiday homes but make one feel like a Manor lord. These Chateaus rentals are worth the experience of Royal treatment. These rentals are decided by the Chateau owners and are very much negotiable.

The Holiday homes Europe provide the visitor flexibility in their choice of meal; one can purchase the local produce for self-doing it rather than throwing a good amount over it. Visitors can go to the local market and get their favorite wine at no extra price, or buy the consumable stuffs without any restriction. So next time you plan your vacations in France, give some consideration to the Holiday homes Europe for a delightful holiday trip.

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SM Davao

Nothing grand wanderings happening these past few weeks, we’re wrapping up school activities so we can’t squeeze in extra travels within school days, well, except for shorter trips within the city on weekends, we had a side trip at SM Davao the other night to pay our utilities, it’s convenient at the customer service here, sometimes when in you’re in luck you’ll be served as soon as you approach the counter – ahh, I always love that feeling. :)

Around SM Davao at night.

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