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Fast Weekend Getaway in Subic in a Budget

If you’re feeling cooped or has been dreaming of a weekend getaway with your family or friends without overspending, then Subic is a perfect destination for you.

Subic in Olangapo is a place in the Philippines that is teeming with beautiful beaches, mangroves, and plenty of fun activities to do. It is in the northern part of Luzon which is very close to Manila. Getting there is not very complicated if you are already coming from nearby metro areas like Caloocan, Manila, and Quezon City, and nearby towns along the North Express Way which is one of the main artery leading to Subic, Olongapo. You can either take a public transportation via bus or drive your own car for faster navigation. What ever your choice is to get there, you will surely find your way with GPS, the traditional map, by following the directions given by your travel guide or Subic Hotel booking confirmation’s details, or simply follow the street signs.

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodations to choose from in Subic. You do not have to spend a fortune to book a family room too. An example is, a family room for max. of 6 pax in Golden Slumber Resort for an overnight stay and the rate is based on today’s date in some hotel booking providers when you search for Subic hotels is only around Php 3,800 inclusive of tax. You can use the resort’s amenities like the pool for a quick dip.

Activities

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There are plenty of things to do in Subic while you are there over the weekend.  You can visit Zoobic Safari and experience nature up close, go trekking or even pet small animals too.

Entrance rates vary for adults and kids:

Adult: Php 545
Kid:  Php 445 (4 ft. and below)
FREE: kids 3 ft. and below

And if you buy your tickets online, you get 10% discount! (Based on Zoobic Safari’s website)

If the zoo is not your thing, then you can head on to Ocean Adventure and watch cute dolphins and sea lions perform their acts in front of many spectators. Ocean Adventure has a 4+1 promo right now which costs Php 3,155 for 4 pax and plus 1, making it a 5 pax rate! However, the rate is valid only until 16 Dec. 2016 but the reservation is not required for the 4+1 promo.

 

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Is your group into hiking and marveling on the beauty of mother nature? Then enjoy Pamulaklakin Forest Trail. Here you will get to walk for 30 minutes along a trail with a guide who will teach you how to follow a trail and even give trivia on some of the plants’ medicinal properties that you will find along the way.  The entrance fee is also relatively cheap.

Is thrilling activities and adventure your group’s thing?  Feel like a superhero or Tarzan as you zip through one tree to another with Tree Top Adventure’s adrenalin pumping rides like the canopy ride, superman ride, silver surfer, and others. Rates vary per ride or as combination. However, with your Php 100, you will surely have some activity to do in Tree Top Adventure.

Dining

Aside from the thrills and nature encounters, there are plenty of food outlets to try to satisfy your cravings without burning a whole in your pocket.  Check out some local food outlets in Subic and stretch your budget to enjoy your meals.

Hotshots – a Garden Fresh salad will cost your Php 179 and the Filipino Style Barbecue is only Php 159.

The Coffee Shop Restaurant – known  now for their coffee but for their giant tacos for only Php 90!

Or you may even try the ubiquitous McDonald’s, Jollibee, amongst others.

So, stop thinking about that weekend trip you have been longing to take and just do it! Having fun with your family or friends need not be costly as you can split the cost amongst other members of the group so everyone gets to enjoy and save too! Happy trip!

 

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Planning a Trip to the Mount Rushmore State

Posted in places of interest, tourist attractions, travel, travel tips, US, vacation
on February 15, 2018

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The USA is such a vast place that it can often be difficult to choose just one place to visit. While some people opt for a road trip, skipping from one state to another, many of us have responsibilities back home that means we have to limit the period of time that we’re away. If you’re going to visit just one state, why not consider South Dakota, otherwise known as the Mount Rushmore state? Here’s everything you need to know in advance of your trip!

Weather

Now, South Dakota is 380 miles long and 210 miles wide. With this considerable sizes comes relatively dramatic variation in weather and climate from one region to another. For general travel purposes, you can expect South Dakota to be split into two different climates. The Eastern region has a humid continental climate. You expect a humid atmosphere and moderate precipitation. The Western half is perhaps preferable, with a semiarid steppe climate. This means that you can expect plenty of sunshine and low levels of rain.

Where to Stay

As with any state, there are various options at hand when it comes to accommodation while you are away from home. The key to a successful trip is to find something with plenty of room, comfort, and sufficient amenities. You will probably see various hostels advertised. But the low costs that come hand in hand with these come at a price. You won’t be able to expect a room of your own or even a toilet or wash facilities of your own. For something reasonably priced but with privacy and comfort, consider a hotel along the lines of Comfort Inn & Suites Custer. There are poolside facilities to lounge at and accommodating guest rooms to settle down in at the end of the day. You can also look forward to extras such as Wi-Fi, free parking, a fitness centre, a business centre for any meetings you may have arranged, and plenty of reading material (such as local guides and a daily complimentary newspaper).

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Things to Do

Mount Rushmore

Of course, South Dakota’s main attraction is Mount Rushmore. Nearly three million people visit the site every year. So how should you go about seeing this tourist hotspot from the best angle possible? Well, if you want to avoid the crowds, give the months of June, July, and August a miss. This is the season where most people have vacations booked and time off work, so it figures!

If you want to learn more about the figures carved in stone, you can also take a Presidential Road Trip. A specially devised itinerary will take you along a route stopping off on all sorts of historical sites pertaining to the presidents.

Black Hills National Forest

While you’re in South Dakota, you should make the most of the natural beauty of the area. Start with the Black Hills National Forest. You may not be able to make your way around all of the best spots in a day (it’s an astounding 1.2 million acres of trees). As well as taking in the landscape and scenery, you can take part in all sorts of activities such as hiking, rock climbing, mining, and taking a look at the local wildlife. If you want to stay a little longer, you can even camp in the area!

 

As you can see, South Dakota holds a lot of potential for any wanderlust-stricken traveller. So add it to your travel bucket list!

 

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How to Plan a Second Honeymoon for Your Anniversary

Posted in fun activities, lifestyle, limousine service, travel, travel tips
on February 14, 2018

If you’re happily married, one of the best ways to celebrate your relationship and feel good about your past and future together is to plan and go on a second honeymoon. You don’t have to spend a fortune or break your budget to plan a trip for yourself and the special someone that you will both enjoy. Instead of spending a ton of money on an exotic destination or simply getting a hotel room in the nearest city, put a little effort into planning and make your second honeymoon something that you can remember for the rest of your life.

First, make sure that you get to your destination in style. If you have to fly, try to find a flight that will let you sleep during the trip so that you don’t start your second honeymoon on cramped and tired legs. Better yet, travel by trail to your destination, which allows you to relax and take in the scenic views while you dine in style and get to where you’re going quickly. If you’re staying in town, spend a little extra to ride in style, thanks to a local provider of luxury cars. For example, if you need a Hummer limo Virginia, find a respected company like ABC Luxury Ride to help you find the car to fit your romantic mood. By the time you arrive, you’ll already feel like this has been a special trip.

Next, find an activity or two that the two of you can do together to make some very special memories. Pick something that will be both exciting and memorable, preferably something that neither of you has ever done before. Go horseback riding or zip-lining, or take a hike up a nearby mountain or in a wildlife preserve. If you live near a lake or river, consider going on a boat ride, kayak, or white water rafting. The excitement of these activities will help to create lasting memories and make your marriage even stronger.

Finally, make sure that you leave some time that you can simply spend together. Get a nice room where you can have all of the privacy that you want. Don’t get too busy having fun together that you forget the whole point of this second honeymoon together. Make time that just the two of you can celebrate your marriage and happiness.

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Planning a Well-Rounded Florida Vacation

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Florida has so much to offer the average traveler that many visitors don’t even realize all that awaits them. Not only does this state have wonderfully warm temperature all year long, but it is filled with amazing opportunities. Whether you are a history buff, thrill seeker, amusement park fanatic, or simply looking to relax, Florida has something for everyone.

Historical Landmarks

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Florida is so well-known for fun that people often forget that it is rich in history. Historical sites like the hauntingly intriguing Fort Jefferson are waiting to be explored. You can also take a tour of the Ford and Edison Sites where you’ll get an up-close look at the winter home of two influential inventors. Even the 205 foot Bok Tower is a sight to behold.

Thrilling Adventures

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Only in Florida can one discover so many options when it comes to thrill seeking. The wetlands are the perfect place to ride an airboat amidst the local alligators and snakes in their natural habitat. When you take advantage of programs like Swim with Manatees Citrus County FL becomes a dream come true for anyone wanting to join these magnificent creatures under water.

Theme Park Utopia

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Orlando is home to a variety of exciting theme parks representing all of your favorite characters from Mickey Mouse to Harry Potter. These parks have roller coasters for the adventurer, exotic dining opportunities for the foodie, and a number of shows for those that want some entertainment. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Orlando’s skies are filled with spectacular fireworks displays every night.

Relaxing Shores

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Those looking to simply spend their days soaking up that Florida sunshine can take their pick from a variety of beaches. Sandy shores along the Gulf have some of the most stunning water views you’ll ever find while the Atlantic Coast is the ideal location to watch the sunrise. Along with the more popular Miami and Daytona Beach, you’ll discover several quitter locations.

Now that you know all that awaits you in the state of Florida, your only problem will be trying to decide exactly which activities to try. Chances are that you’ll either have to extend your vacation time or start planning a return trip as soon as you get home.

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Romantic Places to Go To in Dubai Without the Hefty Price Tag

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Dubai is just not a sandy and buzzing cosmopolitan city with skyscrapers of various sorts. It is also a place where you can enjoy a romantic getaway with your special someone this Valentine’s Day without the hefty price tag.

Here are just few of the places you can go to while the weather is still inviting and spend a romantic time with your partner to commemorate a special occasion or celebrate Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

Jebel Hafeet

Jebel Hafeet is the 2nd highest peak in UAE. On the summit, you can see the stunning view of Al Ain and the Oman in the border. Plenty of people either drive, cycle, or even run to reach Jebel Hafeet. If you plan to spend some quiet moments, there are designated camping grounds for people who wish to spend the night and graze upon the stars. Since I am into saving money while enjoying quality time with your love one, you can decide to check in the nearby Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Hotel if you have extra cash to splurge around.

Saruq Al Hadid Museum

This museum is located in the Shindagha District. For just a measly DHS20 entrance fee, you can enjoy some quiet moments with your special someone while viewing artifacts, and knowing more about the region’s history and culture while admiring arts.

Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk

Have a stroll along the Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk at night and enjoy the glam atmosphere  around with beautiful illuminated walkways and bridge overlooking the Dubai Water Canal. Don’t forget to wait for the mechanical waterfall right on the side of the bridge.

Miracle Garden

The entrance fee to this place for adults is Dhs 45 and that is very affordable. Take your special someone here and enjoy the flowers abloom around the park,

Dubai Mall Fountains

This is still a free activity to enjoy. Watch the fountains dance along lively, and sometimes romantic tunes. Wait for the evening shows to enjoy the sights and sounds.

Dhow Cruise dinner at the Dubai Creek

Snag a great deal for as low as DHS55 per person for a buffet dinner aboard the traditional dhow along with other entertainment for guests. Plenty of travel agencies and tour providers are offering deals for an evening of fun and entertainment in one of the dhow cruises plying along the creek. Enjoy the cruise along Dubai Creek while savoring delectable meals prepared for the guests.

 

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Catching Up With Our Favorite Movies and Shows While On Travel With Netflix

Posted in fun things to do, lifestyle
on February 9, 2018

Gone are the days where we need to sacrifice our favorite movies and shows for the sake of travel. Before technology took over the way we watch movies and TV shows, we have to literally skip several days of not watching our favorite TV shows because we are away and cable wasn’t a thing yet. And neither, there was any in-flight entertainment to keep us glued watching our favorite shows onboard.

Traveling can also affect our time and budget for watching movies. Most travelers would rather keep the money for buying movie tickets while abroad and add it to their daily expense for the trip. Also the time spent while traveling is usually eaten by tours, and other outdoor adventures. Well, aren’t you glad that those are the thing of the past now? Cable. Internet. Streaming. Yes, they have arrived to aid our viewing pleasure.

Now that we are truly enjoying the fun benefits of having these kinds of technology within reach so we go about our travel plans without having to sacrifice our entertainment needs like catching up on our favorite movies and TV shows from Netflix while on the go.

I am hooked with Netflix. I make it a point to sign in my account as soon as I get in the hotel to catch up with episodes of my favorite TV shows while my husband watches some movies from our shared Netflix account.  I don’t necessarily need to download movies while we are flying long-haul as the in-flight entertainment onboard provides us the much needed viewing we crave to while away our time. But you can do that if you want.

Of course, when there is free public wi-fi, we take a break from walking around in some nice cafe or parks (especially in NYC! I can connect even in the public parks in Manhattan!), sit and binge-watch our missed movies and shows. It does help us in a way because it relaxes our tired legs from all that sightseeing. And would you believe, we are not alone in this binge-watching activity! I can’t help but look around and see some of the people who are also busy watching from their laptops, smartphones, and tablets. This is not a phenomenon, folks! This is quite the norm now as more and more people watch their favorite flicks and shows from Netflix. And the same goes here in the Middle East.

A survey from Netflix reveals that 34% of users in the Middle East watch their favorite shows while traveling by plane, while 26% watch their favorite shows on the bus, train, or car during their daily commute. I find myself in the 26% as I also watch Netflix while traveling by train after work and the half hour commute does help me chill (and not minding curious “side viewers” watching along on my smartphone) and get back on my fave shows.

Netflix is something I thank technology and the advancement of media for. Imagine the many days and nights of not knowing what to watch while traveling especially if you are booked in some small time hotels in other countries where the only available English channels in their cable were the news.

So, if you’re an avid Netflix-er like me and my family, and you always travel and don’t want to miss out on your fave shows and movies, here are some amazing trivia to share so you can line up some nice flicks and shows while you are out and about.

6 hours – embark on a binge-fest of a full season or mix it up with:

–          The Crown

–          Orange Is The New Black

–          Narcos

–          Making a Murderer

–          Ozark

 

1 hour – indulge in an episode of:

–          Mind Hunter

–          Riverdale

–          Master of None

–          Stranger Things

–          Jessica Jones

 

15 mins – short on time? Get your Netflix fix with these cliffhanger free shows:

–          Santa Clarita Diet (I don’t even like Zombies but this is too funny!)

–          Bojack Horseman

–          The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (I am hooked! Such a funny series!)

–          Jerry Seinfeld (I bought a special edition CD of one of Seinfeld’s show long time ago. Glad I can catch him in Netflix again)

–          F is for Family

 

You just got to love Netflix!

 

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Movies under the stars: A Valentine’s Day Offer From Yas Marina

Posted in events, fun activities, lifestyle, Valentine's Day activities
on February 8, 2018

Are you looking for ways to spend the Valentine’s Day with your special someone without breaking the bank? How’s a romantic “movies under the stars” at Yas Marina? Read on…

‘Movies under the stars’

Abu Dhabi, February 2018: This Valentine’s Day, Yas Marina welcomes loved ones for an unforgettable evening of moments shared with ‘Movies Under The Stars’.  Open to the public, and free to attend; guests visiting Yas Marina can catch screenings of widely loved classics such as ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ under a canopy of stars. Those looking for a truly romantic evening can enrich their experience and enjoy a cruise over glistering waters with Safwa Marine, followed by lively conversations over an intimate dinner at Cipriani.

Visiting guests can dine before or after the movie showings, with a variety of vibrant Yas Marina restaurant and bars offering an extensive range of diverse cuisines for every taste. Signature a la carte experiences will be available, as well as special Valentine’s Day menus and highlights from Cipriani Yas Island, Café D’Alsace and Aquarium. For the unattached the ladies night offerings at Iris and Stars ‘n’ Bars are the perfect place to dodge cupid’s arrow.

Yas Marina promises an incredible evening of cinematic delights, enticing dining options and breath-taking scenery, for all Valentines on Wednesday the 14thof February, be it couples, or groups of friends, set against the starry night sky.

Event: ‘Movies under the stars’

Date: Wednesday 14th February

Entry: Free to attend – 100 seats, first come first serve

Dining: Yas Marina restaurants & bars

Movies Showing

6:30pm – Notting Hill

10:00pm – Breakfast At Tiffany’s

 

(Photo not mine)

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