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Budget-Friendly Father’s Day Celebration

Celebrations doesn’t always have to break the bank. I remember making Father’s day cards with my sisters when we were still little. My father still kept those cards on his old attache case (briefcase). One of our super cheap gifts to him, a hand grip that we purchased using our daily allowance is still in good shape. I honestly never saw my father use those. LOL! But keeping them on his cabinet for more than 20 years meant so much to me and my sisters.

2017 will be my father’s second year of celebrating Father’s day without my mother. In times like this, I know that he would rather see us, his children than go somewhere else. He’s not the type who prefer lavish celebrations so, I plan to throw a simple BBQ party for him at his house in Antipolo. Backyard BBQ is not just an event but a way of life for him! It has always been one of his favorite activities.

But of cousre, checking in a nice hotel within the metro with a relaxing one hour massage is still an option. I am eyeing for a nearby hotel (probably in Ortigas Center or Eastwood City) since we want to avoid the hideous weekend traffic. This reminded me of my travelbook.ph membership. So many hotels to choose from and the best part is, I do not need a credit card to book a room since I have the option to pay at the hotel. Safe and convenient booking, just like what my father would prefer.

Father’s day is just on the horizon. What are your plans? This special day is the best time to show your Dad your appreciation for what he is – the best father in the whole world! A sincere thank you or even just a big hug would mean a lot to him but adding an extra effort won’t hurt…after all, our fathers had sacrificed a lot for us.

Let us know how you’d like to celebrate Father’s day with you Daddy/Tatay/Papa/Pops on the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you too!

Happy father’s day to all the amazing fathers out there!

 

Celebrate LOVE month with TravelBook

If you’ve been reading our blog for some time, you already know that Miguel and I had been through a very challenging year and skipped on celebrating some special occasions like Valentine’s day. This year’s Valentine’s Day is going to be extra special because Miguel is already at the pink of health.  I would love to spend this year’s Valentine’s day in a Hotel within the Metro.  I don’t wanna travel that long and deal with our worsening traffic situation.

Miguel and I need some time off and just spend some quality time together, setting aside work and other stuff. Discovering new Hotels is one of the things that we enjoy as a couple. Disconnecting from the real world is healthy and it’s not necessary that you travel that far to do it. Especially that February 14 falls on a week day this year.

Photo courtesy of Sequoia Hotel

Do you have a favorite Hotel app that you usually use when booking hotels? My current favorite is TravelBook. What we love about TravelBook is the assurance that our Credit Card information is safe. You also have the option to pay at the Hotel!  User friendly app and website is also a plus for us. They have a lot of partner hotels and you’re sure to book a room for a discounted price that will suit your budget.  We recently signed up as an affiliate not just to earn additional money but also to let our readers know how convenient it is to book your next R and R thru TravelBook. If you notice, we do not write about products or services that we do not believe in. Did you know that you can get up to Php5,500 Hotel discount when you book a Hotel via TravelBook.ph? Enjoy these perks for this month’s Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City.

 

TravelBook.ph is one of biggest online travel e-commerce company (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts. All you got to do is to sign up, and voila’ – you can automatically get HUGE discounts from the Hotel of your choice. To book, visit http://travelbook.ph/‬.

What about you, guys? What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

 

This blog post is my official entry to TravelBook.ph’s Valentine’s Day Blog Contest. If you are a blogger, now’s the perfect time to be part of TravelBook Philippines affiliates by signing up at http://bit.ly/affiliatevday. We have explained on our previous blog how it works. 

 

 

 

The gateway to Philippine’s historial, social and cultural life

We had the opportunity to experience Zooper Cruise last December 13. It was extra special because it was the birthday of Zoomanity Group’s CEO, Mr. Robert Laurel-Yupangco. He invited some business partners, close friends and indigent kids from nearby areas for a Thanksgiving cruise and gift giving.

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The cruise was short but very educational because we were able to pass by some historical places in Manila. The Captain, Mr. Bondad did a great job in sharing his knowledge with the kids about how Manila was built. Both Migs and I studied in Manila but it was the very first time we saw it’s glory from the river. Surprisingly, the river doesn’t smell awful despite its color.

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The Malacanang Palace is such a beauty. You should see it for yourself too because tourists are not allowed to take photos around or even near the Malacanang vicinity. We were even accompanied by a Presidential Security Guard to make sure that everyone will comply with the policy.

We had a stop over at Polland Hopia – the home of the most delicious moon cakes in Manila! Well, I am being bias because Polland Hopia is one of my favorite comfort foods. Their store have a dining are where you can have tea or coffee while waiting for your friends to finish their hopia shopping.

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When we boarded the boat, the gift giving started as we head back to Valenzuela port. We were treated with a sumptuous dinner at Misono while the kids had their dinner at Dampa by the Ruins. It was truly a night to a memorable day to remember. I always have a soft spot for big companies and successful people who always take time to give back after receiving so many blessings.

Manila is such a beautiful place and we hope that every Filipino especially those who live or work in Manila will take part in caring for the City. We also hope that one day, we can make use of the Pasig river to travel so we help lessen Metro Manila’s issue with our traffic situation. By using a boat, there will be less cars in Manila and it’s also a good way of reminding our selves and the next generation of our history,

If you want to know more about Zooper Cruise, please visit their website, www.zoomanitygroup.com.ph or you may contact them at 899-9819/ 899-9824/0917-9521371. They accept bookings for educational tours, Company tours and events, anniversaries and other special occasions.

 

Benefits of R&R to Married Couples

Have you felt that you wanted to quit your job because of too much stress? Have you ever felt guilty because you can’t even remember the last time you and your spouse had a quality time together?

We suggest that you take some time off to Relax and rejuvenate and we have enumerated the top 5 reasons why R&R is a must to have a happy married life.

  1. Going to a place whether a hotel in the metro, the coast or anywhere that can offer a good accommodation can help you disconnect from the corporate world and focus on the most important person in your life – your spouse.

You do not have to go that far. There are many places near Metro, Manila where you can spend some quality time together. A bed and breakfast or just a dinner date in Tagaytay City will do the work. Just look online for the best resorts and hotels in Metro Manila and in nearby  provinces so you can get the best deals.You don’t have to drive far north to Baguio just to experience and enjoy the Philippines at a colder climate. Tagaytay is the best place in the south to go nature tripping. with it’s friendlier climate, moving around the city on foot won’t break you a sweat.

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2. Disconnecting from the corporate world can lead to discovering more things about your spouse especially if you’re just starting to have a family or if you have neglected R&R with your spouse for very long time.

Life is short. Do not waste it by stressing yourself too much. There are so many beautiful beaches in the Philippines waiting to be discovered. Watching the sunset while lying on the sand is one of the best experience in the world. It helps you to keep calm and relaxed. We’re sure you’ll be more productive when you return to work after a short vacation.

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3. You will discover more places. Try booking an accommodation in a far away place and discover nearby areas. Who cares if you get lost? It’s going to be a fun-filled experience with the love of your life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We once booked a hotel room in Makati for four days and three nights and tried almost all the restaurants around the vicinity. We didn’t even bring our car with us, but we enjoyed walking along the busy streets of Makati. Our place is a Two hour drive from Makati. It’s not that far, but there are so many things that we don’t know about the City.

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4. It is the perfect opportunity to learn a new sport. How does learning how to surf sound?

La Union and Zambales are just two of the best beaches near the Capital where the top local and international surfers gather. They even have surfing competitions happening every year. Book a hotel and spend your weekend with the best waves and learn how to surf.

 

photo from Crystal Beach Resort

photo from Crystal Beach Resort

5. Planning to have a baby? Distressing can help in your baby-making journey.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We have been trying to have a baby and Doctor said we should spend more time outdoors.

There are so many places that are waiting to be discovered in the Philippines. We have some of the Parks, Museums, Beaches, Mountain Trails, Specialty Restaurants and Wildlife, name it, the Philippines got it. You just have to do a little more research before travelling so you know what to expect when you reach your destination. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your stuff, fill that gas tank, bring some snacks and lose your self to the beautiful world out side the four corners of your office. Don’t forget your handy dandy camera to snap some instagramable photos and share it to your friends so, they too will be inspired to travel with their spouses.

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If you’re single and reading this post, this article from Thought Catalog might just inspire you to book a trip to the beach or a foreign country.

Our Shopback Wish List

Hi there!

The second half of the year is over and if you haven’t created an account at Shop back yet, well, you are missing A LOT! You may have previously shopped online and enjoyed the item that you purchased. But wouldn’t it be more fun to shop and earn cash back? I’ll be sharing with you our Shop back wish list so you’ll get a glimpse of the stuff that you can shop online thru shop back.

As you all know, Migs just recovered from Tuberculosis. The juicer that we have at home is about to retire. Having a juice extractor will be very helpful for me in serving healthy drinks for Migs. Plus, it is made by a trusted brand! I bet some of you would want one too. It’s from Lazada, and you know what that means – you have three options to pay the item. Card, installment (thru card) or pay it upon delivery (Cash-on-delivery).

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My DSLR got molds because I haven’t used it for months. So, I am thinking about upgrading my smart phone because buying a new camera is too expensive and sometimes, I am too lazy to carry a camera around. I have been reading a lot about Flash Plus 2  and I am definitely adding this to our wish list!

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Because of all the things that Migs and I have been through this year, I know we deserve another vacation! It would be lovely to spend his birthday in one of our favorite destinations – Boracay! Do you know that you can actually earn cash by booking a flight at Expedia thru shop back? Look at this great deal.

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That completes our wish list! I would love to read yours too! Did you know that  Shop back can actually grant your wish? How? First, you need to create a Shop back account. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to: Shop back website and create an account by clicking the Sign-up button at the upper right corner of the web page.
  2. Supply your email address and create your password. Don’t forget to let them know that you read about Shop back through our blog! Please enter my e-mail address  (alainealejandrino@gmail.com) on the referrer’s field.
  3. Browse, shop and start earning cash backs! Don’t forget to refer your friends so you can earn additional cash!

You can down load a Shop back mobile app too so, you can shop and earn anytime, anywhere!

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You can find out more here: https://www.shopback.ph/blog/post/win-a-wish-from-shopback

As for the contest, all you’d have to do is blog about items you’d really like to get (just like what I did) and you stand a chance to win one of them

So, what are you guys waiting for?

Happy shopping!

Relax, Rejuvenate and Earn Cashback!

There seems to be a different tempo during summer. You can stay inside your jammies all day or plan a long trip with family and friends because summer means less traffic and no cramming because everyone including your kids are free for a trip anywhere you want. It truly is a season when nothing seems urgent. But, summer has ended! Are you the type who starts cancelling family get aways because travelling for long hours seems like a waste of time and effort, or are you just like us who take every opportunity to be together to make the most out of it? We’re the type who book hotels for the weekends just to be able to catch up. Spending quality time for us doesn’t always have to be out of the country or out of town. We love discovering hotels near our place.

I am so happy when my friend introduced Shopback to me. Did you know that booking a hotel can help you earn money for your next get away? Cool, isn’t it? Later, I’ll show you how you can sign-up to Shopback for FREE. But for now, check out our suggested Hotels near the Metro for your next get away.

Crimson Hotel Alabang

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Located at the center of a vibrant metropolis earned 83% of Expedia guests recommendation and a whopping 4.5 out of 5 rating! Book a room from Expedia.ph and get a sweet 8% cashback!

Shangri-La the Fort

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Are you just as thrilled to try out Shangri-La at the Fort? Book a room for a discounted rate from Agoda and earn a Php500 cashback  while relaxing.

Z Hostel

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Limited budget or just wanted to try booking a hostel for your family or friends? Z Hostel is definitely the best choice. Check out their rates at Travelbook, book a room and instantly earn 4% cashback!

Thrilled to know how Shopback works?

A friend’s invite to join Shopback has been lying around my Inbox for quite some time until we had a staycation in Tanay and started checking my email. When I checked out Shopback, I was really thrilled to sign up and start inviting friends because hello, earning while shopping or travelling sounds good to me!

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ShopBack helps you get the best deals and discounts on 300+ stores, plus Cashback! Cashback is really just “getting cash back” – When you spend online through ShopBack, they give you a portion of your purchase back as Cashback. This means extra, unlimited savings whenever you shop online!

Do you want to start shopping and getting cashback?

Follow these simple steps:

Step 1. Go to Shopback website and create an account by clicking the Sign-up button at the upper right corner of the web page.

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Step 2. Supply your email address and create your password. If you wish to be referred by us, you can enter our email address too. That’s alainealejandrino@gmail.com.

 

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Step 3. Browse, shop and start earning cashbacks! Don’t forget to refer your friends too.

 

Enjoy shopping and earning!

Migs and Alaine

Come Home to Casa Alegria, Tagaytay

If you’re looking for a Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay, Casa Alegria is the ideal spot. Not only that it has the perfect view of a picturesque volcano, but its very intimate and cozy vibe will just help you forget that you had a long and hectic work week.








The rooms are clean, modern and very comfortable with a nice sitting area and deck with a wonderful view of the Taal Volcano and the city skyline in the distance.




We are also impressed with how animal-friendly this place is. We love cats and seeing one who moves freely in a hotel/resort makes us happy.








Although this may not be the perfect place for commuters because of its location, they can accomodate a number of vehicles. Great venue for intimate weddings, honeymoons and family gatherings.
Unlike some overrated Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay, Casa Alegria’s rooms are fairly priced. A swimming pool will also be available by July 2015.







Check out their room rates and book your next R&R!



Casa Alegria

Sungay North Tagaytay
Tagaytay City
09052340948

Happy weekend!


Migs and Alaine




#SouthParadise Residence Inn & Paradizoo Press Conference on April 18, 2015

For all you busy bees trying to escape the urban stress.


Get out of the Metro and spend your staycation at Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel and Paradizoo Mobile Home! 


We offer our visitors only the best experience that they deserve.”, COO JB Badon proudly states. With this, allow us tempt you with some of the reasons why you have to choose Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel and Paradizoo Mobile Home over the same ol’ places that you have been familliar with. Who knows, you might even stay longer than planned.


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Located at the ever emerging cool city of Tagaytay, Residence Inn is home for a number of different kinds of animals starting from snakes, horses, tigers and many more making it different from all the rest.






More so, try our zipline and cable car which will definitely allow you to appreciate nature more as this overlooks Taal Volcano.


Most of all, Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel wants you to experience our very own 14 zoo-ish styled, homey and cozy upgraded guestrooms which all overlooks Taal volcano. Compliment your stay as well with our very own Bulalo and many other delicious signature dishes while having long talks with the company you love.



For as low as P3,100, this indeed is a perfect spot for romantic getaway for two, relaxing staycation with your family, or a weekend party with your bestfriends!


Paradizoo Mobile Home


Going for a budget hotel? You might want to try our very own Paradizoo Tagaytay Mobile Home only for P1,500!








Be in your own paradise while watching green picturesque fields together with different kinds of animals at Paradizoo. Feel our ‘Plant Me Home’ experience, interact with different interesting animals like llama, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers or ride on a cart drawn by an albino Carabao!


Indeed an all-in-one experience for those nature lovers!


Whatever your life celebration will be, choose an all-in-one simple yet relaxing and delightful hotel experience.


Join us this coming April 18, 2015, Saturday for a Press Conference at Residence Inn Tagaytay and know more good news from us! Truly, we want you to experience that one great staycation, all-in-one place!


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Wanna know how to get 50% OFF for your hotel accommodation? Take your adventure and staycation the Zoolit style!


Zoolit card is a set of discount, freebies, buy 1 take 1, souvenir coupons (and many more) made especially for your adventurous side! This card is accepted for all theme parks under Zoomanity Group. One of the many perks in having this is the 50% off to all hotels under Zoomanity Group which are the Zoobic Lodge (Subic), Residence Inn (Tagaytay), and Azotea Suites (Bel-Air, Makati City).


Get all these perks only for P399!


For more information and for those who want to earn more, you may call us at 0916-629-9381 or 09228039980 for orientation.



Rediscover Baguio at Azalea Hotels & Residences

Back in the day summer would not be complete without taking a trip to Baguio for a few days. One can see families and friends enjoy a boat ride at Burnham Park, taking photos at the Botanical Garden, buying souvenirs and brooms at the city market,munching bread or biscuits with the famous ube and strawberry jam, seeing the beautiful view at Mines View Park, horseback riding, sipping hot soup or drinking a cup of hot chocolate in famous restaurants along Session Road, warming themselves up at the fireplace and jogging along the pine trees. Taking a stroll with the cool and sometimes freezing temperature of the city is a great time to bond with loved ones too.

As time passes Baguio has maintained its charm and even became more exciting for holiday goers with the flower festival known as Panabenga every February, adventure and ecological parks, more variety of restaurants,strawberry picking at La Trinidad, Benguet, shopping at a famous mall chain and chatting over coffee at well-known cafes.

So it’s time to rediscover and explore the Summer Capital while staying at AzaleaHotels & Residences Baguio.


Located along Leonard Wood, near Teacher’s camp, Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio offers cozy and comfortable accommodations with its 99 suites complete with living, dining and kitchen facilities in all suites. Having a party of more than two poses no problem because the hotel is open to multiple occupants in each room without the feeling of being too cramped. 




The hotel goes beyond its rooms with its lobby lounge,playground, business center, WIFI connection, NDD-DDD-IDD, travel concierge,laundry and dry cleaning services, Tradisyon Coffee Shop, bar, spa and massage services, handicap accessibility, and in-room dining.Wanting families and groups to relive and experience Baguio, worry free packages are made available by Azalea Hotels & Residences Baguio. 




The packages include three days and two nights room accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, two lunches or dinners at Tradisyon Coffee Shop, half day countryside tour, three-hour use of a chauffeured air-conditioned van to tour the city, and adventure activities for the whole family or group.

To make the weekends more filling, weekend buffets and special dinners at Tradisyon Coffee Shop, flagship restaurant of the hotel, are offered for locals, tourists and in house guests to delight in. From Friday to Sunday, a buffet brunch is available from 11am to 3 pm. Savor a hot soup and dimsum on Fridays with the Hot Pot Night. Treat family and friends with the Pizza Pasta Buffet every Saturdays. The value for money dinner buffets range from Php 220 per person to Php 395 per person.



Visit Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio and remember moments and adore Baguio once more.


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For inquiries, please call Hotel Reservations Direct Line at (074) 424 8716 or (074) 424
8166 or Manila Reservations at (02) 450 1151 or (0917) 861 1641 or (0919) 994 4140

*Photos courtesy of Azalea Residences Baguio

Top 5 Reasons Why We Love Subic Bay Travelers Hotel

If you’re planning an R&R at Subic, you may consider booking a room at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel. If you’re wondering why, read on to know our top 5 reasons why we love and recommend this hotel.

photo from Subic Bay Travelers Hotel’s facebook page

1. The staff at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel know what customer service means. We never encountered even a single employee who isn’t carrying a big smile during our stay. We felt like we were VIPs. Their Tip Box tell so much about their service.

2. Subic Bay Traveler’s Hotel is SMOKE-FREE. We hate sheets or curtains that smells funky because of nicotine.

3. They serve good food. We’ve tried almost everything on their breakfast buffet and we left with happy tummies and empty plates. We also love the idea of eating breakfast by the pool side.

4. They are near restaurants and Duty Free shops! You can try out nearby restaurants if you feel like exploring and oh, you can walk from your hotel room towards Royal Duty Free and shop til you drop!
We recommend trying Hot Shots Burgers located right across the hotel.

5. Their rooms are spacious. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a room where you can move freely?

For bookings and inquiries please call (047) 252-1688

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