Php600.00 Off Your Next Staycation Is On Me : HotelQuickly

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Stop your search for the most competitive deal from the best hotels in Asia-Pacific. Plus, you can book your vacation accommodations in the Philippines or from neighboring Asian countries with zero-stress in less than a minute using the HotelQuickly app. Want to earn Php600.00 credits you can use to book your next hotel accommodations? You are just one click away, redeem at HotelQuickly using my code LOMADTO.

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With the November holidays coming in, two long weekends for November waiting to happen. Do not wait another week until you book your well-deserved solo or family retreat. Plus the Christmas holidays need planning and what best way to prepare for it than to go for the best deal available from the best hotels in your planned destination?   

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So redeem your Php600.00 now and keep it handy when you need to book for a scheduled or an immediate hotel booking. So whatever reason you have for travelling, whether it is to spend time with loved ones, celebrate milestones and successes, take time alone, explore new things or use up a planned vacation credit off work, redeem and use your Php600.00 credit using the code LOMADTO.

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Stop your search for a powerbank, watch, perfume, laptop, phone or even your very own sewing machine. Enjoy 80% discount off Lazada and you can even choose their cash on delivery payment method. Just go to http://ho.lazada.com.ph/SHE1i9 or click the October Super Savers banner above.

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Shroff Travel Offers Exclusive Travel Deals to Pinoys (Up to 50% Discount)

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Pinoys can be steps ahead of the travel game and plan for discounted and worth-the-money family trips for the rest of 2015. With ten more holidays on the Philippine calendar, you can now make sure that you do not get stuck at home while watching the news on a holiday.  Listed the remaining Philippine holidays below for everyone’s quick reference.

Sep 24 Thursday Id-ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Common Local holidays
Oct 15 Thursday Amun Jadid Muslim, Common Local holidays
Nov 1 Sunday All Saints’ Day Special Non-working Holiday
Nov 2 Monday All Souls’ Day Observance
Nov 30 Monday Bonifacio Day Regular Holiday
Dec 22 Tuesday December Solstice Season
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Special Non-working Holiday
Dec 24 Thursday Maulid un-Nabi Common Local holidays
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day Regular Holiday
Dec 30 Wednesday Rizal Day Regular Holiday
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Special Non-working Holiday

SHROFF TRAVEL can be your family’s official partner in building memorable travel experiences especially those who have great passion for exploration. That’s one of the reasons why they make it easier and affordable for tourists to discover the Philippines and the rest of world by offering these special travel deals. They also offer flight promos and issues ticket on all airlines so booking your tour with them is hassle free.

For more information about Shroff Travel exclusive travel deals, please visit their BOOTH # F1037 & F1042 during the 26th Philippine Travel Mart at SMX Convention Center (SM MoA) on September 4-6, 2015.

Backed with more than  21 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, Shroff Travel guarantees its customers with professional services in providing overall solutions to their travel needs. This year, as they participate in PHILTOAs 26th Philippine Travel Mart, they are offering international and domestic exclusive travel deals that will surely make everyone excited to take their next holiday!

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INTERNATIONAL PACKAGES

3D 2N – SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA with Tours – USD 173

3D 2N – BEIJING, CHINA with compulsory Tours – USD 64

3D 2N – HO CHI MINH Free & Easy Only – USD 72

3D 2N – HANOI Free & Easy – USD 75

3D 2N – BALI INDONESIA Free & Easy Only – USD 62

3D 2N – KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA with Half Day City Tour – USD 76

3D 2N – BANGKOK, THAILAND with Tour – USD 92

3D 2N – SINGAPORE – USD 145

3D 2N – KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA Free & Easy – USD 124

3D 2N – SEOUL, KOREA with Complimentary City Tour – USD 170

3D 2N – MYANMAR with Tours – USD 196

4D 3N – OSAKA, JAPAN Free & Easy Only – USD 720

4D 3N – TOKYO, JAPAN Free & Easy Only – USD 812

DOMESTIC PACKAGES  3D 2N FREE & EASY for as low as:

Puerto Princesa – Php 1,948

Cebu – Php 1,959

Coron – Php 1,969

Boracay – Php 1,990

Batanes – Php 2,736

Davao – Php 2,754

Bohol – Php 2,756

Ilocos – Php 3,782

El Nido – Php 3,932

 

For  more details about these travel deals and other tour packages, please check the NOTES on Shroff Travel Facebook Page.

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For complete information about their available services and packages, please contact  (+63 2) 524 2222 / (+63 2) 524 3636 or text 0917 890 3637. You may also visit their website http://www.shrofftravel.com to search for available tours, flights, hotels, transfers and other travel needs. Book competitive offers with great value for your money!

Stay connected with Shroff Travel! Like them on Facebook  for a chance to win a 3day 3 nights stay in Boracay! Follow their Instagram / Twitter @ShroffTravel and don’t forget to tag them on your travel photos and use their hashtag for a chance to win surprise gift from them. #ExperienceLife #ShroffTravel #WeCare

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July Blog Giveaway Winners

rsz_1mbp_pinkI would like to thank everyone who joined and participated on my July Blog giveaway. I am so happy to announce the winner who will take home 1.5L Salav Garment Steamer from Lazada Online. I still have two remaining days to stay in Thailand. And I am just so happy to share some of the pictures and adventures I will be writing about Laos and Thailand.

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But before I do, there is another exciting thing to look forward to for all my mommy readers. Lazada Online is making available Dr. Brown products such as feeding bottles, storage pods, drying racks and more items that are essential in taking care of your little kids or babies.

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow baby bottles are BPA-free and contain no PVC, lead or phtalates, and have received numerous design awards and acclaim from the medical community. In fact, many of Dr. Brown’s bottles go to hospitals, NICUs and doctor offices. Most important, moms like me are talking and sharing about their excitement around the improved feeding habits of their babies. I won’t be surprised if you will end up buying an item or two from Lazada Online for your babies.

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As promised, announcing July Blog Giveaway winner below who will take home the 1.5L Salav Garment Steamer from Lazada Online. Congratulations to Camille Quiambao. We will send via email the instructions on how you can receive your prize.

winnerPlease bookmark this page to be notified about upcoming blog giveaways. With Lazada Online Shopping page, you cannot go wrong with choosing an item you can always use for your family. It has been found out to be mostly cheaper, time-efficient and easier every time you decide to buy online instead of stepping out of the house to shop.

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Best Time to Travel? With kids!

With 7,107 islands to choose from in the tropical country of the Philippines, it makes sense to get kids started early with traveling. However, most parents get intimidated with taking their brood to transport transfers, car/plane rides or the thought of serving them whatever local food available. So travel we must, took kids to Caramoan Islands, Polillo Island, Baguio tour and recently, took an Ilocos tour with kids and family. Read on as I pick up on where I left off with learning a thing or two on traveling with kids.

Day 1 Pagudpud Pagod & Pudpud? (Tired & Spent?) Nah! Pagudpud’s a Blast!

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Since Quezon City to Ilocos is around 8 to 9 hours travel time (through NLEX to SCTEX to TPLEX), car ride with kids can make or break the trip. Kids Travel Tip#1 Travel Overnight Since the kids were too sleepy to mind, they just slept their way through the ride and spared ourselves from unnecessary stops and from too many “Are we there yet?” questions. Destination is not a problem for Ilocos because they have tons of things you can do and visit once you’re there.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse guides international ships from the north away from the rocky coast of northwestern Luzon. Note that restorations are currently underway to keep it in top condition. Never let your kids take off with all the scaffoldings around.

Cape Bojeador - Ice cream/popsicles are great enders for kids, cones are sold from Php40 to Php100 (more costly than when you would buy them from Manila).
Cape Bojeador – Ice cream/popsicles are great enders for kids, cones are sold from Php40 to Php100 (more costly than when you would buy them from Manila).

 

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Kids Travel Tip#2 wear appropriate shoes. A sturdy pair with appropriate sole that should be okay with rocks, pebbly beach, sand, slippery rock formation.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation & Bangui Windmills – There’s no way kids will endure afternoon sun so visit in the morning. Caps/visors/bandannas are ideal to give you squint-free pictures. See my squinting David above
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation & Bangui Windmills – There’s no way kids will endure afternoon sun so visit in the morning. Caps/visors/bandannas are ideal to give you squint-free pictures. See my squinting David above
Agua Grande Resort – rarely visited due to cold water where river meets the sea. Natural pond is kids-friendly, just make sure they stay away from walking or jumping around large boulders of rocks around it.
Agua Grande Resort – rarely visited due to cold water where river meets the sea,designed with an Infinity-pool-style river to sea ponds. Natural pond is kids-friendly, just make sure they stay away from walking or jumping around large boulders of rocks around it.
Pagudpud Beach – Hannah’s Resort had countless animals, movie characters and dinosaur sculptures around the pristine white sand, thus, it is considered the Boracay of the North.
Pagudpud Beach – Hannah’s Resort had countless animals, movie characters and dinosaur sculptures around the pristine white sand, thus, it is considered the Boracay of the North.
Kabigan Falls – 30 minute trek (both uphill and downhill) with several mini-bridges to cross. Kids may opt to skip the bridge and walk across mini-rivers, adds to their nature adventure experience.
Kabigan Falls – 30 minute trek (both uphill and downhill) with several mini-bridges to cross. Kids may opt to skip the bridge and walk across mini-rivers, adds to their nature adventure experience.
Bantay Abot Cave – going up the cave can be tricky. David seen above with a sad face, kids not allowed to climb the highest rock on the cave.
Bantay Abot Cave – going up the cave can be tricky. David seen above with a sad face, kids not allowed to climb the highest rock on the cave.
Patapat Viaduct where adults can get off the car for a pic. Not encouraging kids to pose for a pic as the long and zigzag road is actually a highway and 4th longest bridge in the Philippines, overlooking Pasaleng Bay.
Patapat Viaduct where adults can get off the car for a pic. Not encouraging kids to pose for a pic as the long and zigzag road is actually a highway and 4th longest bridge in the Philippines, overlooking Pasaleng Bay.

Day 2 Laoag Ranked #1 Destination in Region I

Bacarra Leaning Bell Tower & Museum – Keep an eye on the kids as you go close around the tower, the leaning bell tower comes with falling debris once in a while.

Bacarra Leaning Bell Tower and Museum - The flat areas around it provide a big space for play. Just make sure to keep voices down as it sits right next to St. Andrew Parish.
Bacarra Leaning Bell Tower and Museum – The flat areas around it provide a big space for play. Just make sure to keep voices down as it sits right next to St. Andrew Parish.
Caption: Paoay Church – National Cultural Treasure, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Can be a quick historical stop before heading to Paoay Sand Dunes and Herencia Restaurant.
Paoay Church – National Cultural Treasure, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Can be a quick historical stop before heading to Paoay Sand Dunes and Herencia Restaurant.

Kids Travel Tip#3 Happy Kids with Happy Tummies

Saramsam Restaurant – bagnet, pinakbet and pansit. Kids enjoyed these with rice. Iced tea flavor may be too strong for kids, though. Serve them chilled fruit juice or serve them water/soda (like we did)
Saramsam Restaurant – bagnet, pinakbet and pansit. Kids enjoyed these with rice. Iced tea flavor may be too strong for kids, though. Serve them chilled fruit juice or serve them water/soda (like we did)
Herencia serves specialty pizza. Dinuguan pizza surprisingly was a favorite of the kids, they also tried Pinakbet pizza, Bagnet Pizza and Gamet (Seaweed) Pizza.
Herencia serves specialty pizza. Dinuguan pizza surprisingly was a favorite of the kids, they also tried Pinakbet pizza, Bagnet Pizza and Gamet (Seaweed) Pizza.
Craving for Halo-Halo, tried the one right outside Herencia.
Craving for Halo-Halo, tried the one right outside Herencia.

Day3 Vigan Newest Among 7 Wonder Cities of the World

Kids Travel Tip#4 Take the Calesa Ride Vigan Tour made easy. Rented calesas and went on a convoy of horses while singing Pentatonix tunes with kids. They forgot to mind the heat and a long list of city destinations. Calesa drivers charge per hour but they never remind you about the time. Ride with a mental note to track time. One would think that drivers will remind you and take you back to Calle Crisologo after the agreed hour, but our drivers ended up taking us to all Vigan destinations for almost three hours, instead of the agreed one hour ride, thus, getting charged per hour.

Bantay Bell Tower – have extra set of clothes waiting at the foot of the stairs. Be ready with Spanish war trivia around Diego Silang to discuss with kids. Not up for a climb up the tower? Stay under any of the big trees, enjoy the breeze and let the kids do the climbing and exploring.
Bantay Bell Tower – have extra set of clothes waiting at the foot of the stairs. Be ready with Spanish war trivia around Diego Silang to discuss with kids. Not up for a climb up the tower? Stay under any of the big trees, enjoy the breeze and let the kids do the climbing and exploring.
Pagburnayan Pottery – make sure you don’t go in with another tour group so you can watch the potter’s demonstration minus distraction. The kids can also be picked to try pottery with their own hands.
Pagburnayan Pottery – make sure you don’t go in with another tour group so you can watch and listen to the potter’s demonstration minus distraction. The kids can also be picked to try pottery with their own hands.
Hidden Garden – photo ops galore with kids. Don’t make them try the ginger drinks. Most if not all are too strong for kids to take.
Hidden Garden – photo ops galore with kids. Don’t make them try the ginger drinks. Most if not all are too strong for kids to take.
Irene’s Vigan Empanada – kids fave foodie: Tinubong – it’s like tupig in a foot-long bamboo trunk, empanada – put Calle Crisologo on the map for its original and rich ingredients/taste, Carioca – my kids ate sticks and sticks of carioca. Can pass for butsi or sweet, sticky munchkins on a stick.
Irene’s Vigan Empanada – kids fave foodie: Tinubong – it’s like tupig in a foot-long bamboo trunk, empanada – put Calle Crisologo on the map for its original and rich ingredients/taste, Carioca – my kids ate sticks and sticks of carioca. Can pass for butsi or sweet, sticky munchkins on a stick.
Baluarte – look up the bird show schedule before heading to Baluarte so you won’t miss it (only 2 shows a day). Take the option to sit and pet a Bengal tiger (not taking it for kids) or go into the butterfly farm.
Baluarte – look up the bird show schedule before heading to Baluarte so you won’t miss it (only 2 shows a day). Take the option to sit and pet a Bengal tiger (not taking it for my kids) or go into the butterfly farm.

Kids-friendly Ilocos tour, indeed. Travel bottom line: spend travel time while talking and interacting with the kids. It is so easy to lose the main goal of travel: to create lasting, memorable moments with family, while enjoying God’s gift of nature and creation.

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