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In this article and the video vlog embedded below, we are going to showcase 4 things:

  1. Cebu pacific piso fare
  2. Dubai transit visa on arrival
  3. Best Luxury Hotel Accommodation for only Php1,800+
  4. What you can do with your layover time

Plus ways on how to connect to Europe as low as Php5,000+ from Dubai.

1. Cebu Pacific Piso Fare

This is actually our second time transiting to Dubai via Cebu Pacific Airlines and the reason why we prefer to connect to Dubai is because of the Piso Fare offered by Cebu Pacific and affordable connections to another country in Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and even in Russia. You can go to Amsterdam, Italy, France and other parts of Europe for as low as Php5,000 roundtrip going back to Dubai if you are lucky? Did you know that we only got the round trip ticket from Manila – Dubai to Manila for only Php3,750 pesos each? yes that’s right. We first booked our one way ticket last December 24, 2018 because Cebu Pak offered the year end piso sale so make sure to grab that opportunity. Sometime the return back ticket is a bit costly so if that’s the case, you can just book one way and look for another timing from the same airlines or from different company. This is ideal if your planned schedule is more than 6 months to 1 year from now. We got our return ticket just last June 2019 because of another sale.

2. Transit Visa on Arrival

Our objective is to go New Delhi, India for some business holiday purposes while connecting to Dubai. So if you a transiting to another country nearby like in Europe, Africa, Russia and so much more, do you need to apply for transit visa? the answer is NO, provided that you have the following condition:

a. You have a 3rd party connecting flight out from Dubai in more than 8 hours time
b. You have a hotel reservation ticket
c. Valid Passport

Make sure you bring all these copies with you when you go to the Airline Check-in counter because they will ask for your VISA in Dubai. Just mention that you will just transit going to another country and if that country requires a VISA, make sure you have a copy with you so they can give you your boarding pass.

Once you arrive in Dubai International Airport, just go to the immigration assistant desk nearby the Immigration gate and tell them that you will apply for transit visa. They will ask you few questions about your destination country, date and time, how long you will stay and if you have a reservation hotel ticket in Dubai. Once everything is clear they will let you go to the Marhaba Service to apply for the transit visa which require the approval from the immigration officer. They will ask you the same question and you have to pay for the transit visa fee amounting 63 Dirhams or Php884 Pesos either cash or credit card. After few minutes, you will get your transit visa then can clear the immigration gate and you can stay in Dubai for maximum of 48 hours. Last year, we got our transit visa on arrival for FREE coming from Armenia going to Dubai because we used a UAE based airlines which was Fly Dubai and the visa fee was waived.

Our connecting flight going to India is more than 24 hours so we need to relax and sleep in a hotel after our late arrival in Dubai. We just rented the taxi going to our hotel for only 40 Dirhams. The metro railway is also much cheaper that is only ranging from 5 dirhams to 15 dirhams each depending on the distance. Just make sure the hotel you book is near the metro station but if you are in a family of 2 or more, it’s better to use taxi instead so you don’t need to walk.

Transit Visa on Arrival to Dubai from the Philippines

3. Best Hotel accommodation in Dubai

Did you know that we booked our hotel accommodation ticket right after the immigration told us to go to Marhaba to process our Transit visa? yes, because we are worried that it might not get approve and will just stay in the airport until our next flight. So i used my booking.com account and search right away the hotel that is available and luckily we found one that was really nice and affordable called Star Metro Deira Hotel Apartments. There is a free wifi in the airport so you can book anytime using your mobile phone. The price is only P1,800 + taxes which is cheaper already versus the other hotels in Dubai plus the amenities and benefits you can get when you book there.

They have a huge room that you will live like a king with your own kitchen, living room, dinning area, bathtub, and so much more. They also have a big swimming pool and gym that you can stay they longer. At the ground area, there area a lot of shopping area and soviner area to buy cheap items. In front of the hotel is a mall that you can unwind and just 3 minutes walk is a metro station that you can go around Dubai.

4. What you can do in Dubai for 8 to 48 hours

If its your first time transiting to Dubai, its a must and recommended to visit Burj Khalifa, the highest building the World. To go there, you can ride the metro rail and drop in Dubai Mall station. At least take your instagramable photo in front of Burj Khalifa and its ideal to go to Dubai Mall Fountain area to do that. You can also go up to experience that at least once in your life time in my separate vlog. We went there last year.

Another place to visit is Burj Al Arab, the third tallest hotel and the only 7-stars hotel in the world. You can stay their cheapest suites starts at $1,000 and the royal suites starts at $24,000 per night.

You can also visit and try the Dubai Creek Fary for only 1 Dirhams then go to Dubai Museum to visit and know the history of Dubai. You can also buy gold in Dubai Souk. The gold there is affordable comparing to what we have in malls so if you plan to buy your wedding ring or any other accessories, its a best time to buy it there. It’s like 30% to 60% cheaper comparing to our local prices. Take picture as well in the Dubai Frame since that is one of a kind architurural design. Other places to go if you have more time are Jumeirah Beach, Ride a camel and try the desert dinner tour package, Old Dubai and few more other know tourist spot.

Check out our next upcoming vlog and blog to our next destination New Delhi, India and see the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world via Emirates Airlines. See you all.

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We got this package for only Php10,200 all in for 2 pax. Our hotel in Beijing was Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel was already FREE from our affiliate marketing campaign. Our roundtrip ticket from Manila to Beijing was only Php4,000 from a peso sale 2 months ago. We got our tour for only Php1,000 each going to The Great Wall of China via www.tripadvisor.com. Finally, we secure a new client and availed our Full Website Management plan for Php50,000 a month. Here’s the complete expenses breakdown:

Airfare via Cebu Pacific Round Trip: Php4,200 for 2 pax
4-Star Hotel Accomodation for 3 nights: Php15,500
Transportation (Via Metro Rail): Php1,000
Food: Php1,000 per day total Php3,000
Great Wall Tour: Php1,000 each total Php2,000

Expenses Total: Php25,700
Less:
Affiliate Marketing earning online Php15,500

Total Net Expenses: Php10,200
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Overall we gained and earned: Php39,800 plus Php50,000 monthly for this trip.

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Quick guide to Beijing China:

1. Did you know that we are required to have a Tourist Visa before entering to China? yes, unless you will just transit to another 3rd country then that is FREE provided that you will stay only the port of entry for not more than 24 hours. You can refer to this guide for the step by step requirements of getting a Chinese tourist visa here https://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/travel/157693-chinese-tourist-visa-application-guide-filipinos. I personally used this guide and very detailed to follow.

2. The embassy requires a round trip airfare ticket, make sure you secure this before applying. Always subscribe to all airlines and watch out for the Peso sale. We’ve been doing this for 10 years now 🙂

3.You need to get a reservation hotel accommodation. I suggest not to pay first since you need to know if you successfully acquire a tourist visa in the Chinese Embassy. Book for hotels here and make sure you select hotels that doesn’t require any initial payment and you can pay cash once you are there and about to check-in. Our hotel in Beijing doesn’t require any advance payment so you can do that as well. You can book here in John Howard Paragon Hotel.

4. Download the necessary apps because remember that any Google product and Facebook are not allowed in China even if you use VPN. I recommend to download the metro train map station, offline Bing or maps.me so you can easily go around even without mobile data. Download as well the attractions that you will be going so you are prepared.

5. Chinese don’t speak good english, even if we are in the restaurant, they will still speak in Mandarin so make sure you know some basic Chinese words like ordering for food. Or simply just point the food you want to order from their menu and that’s it.

6. Get a local china simcard in the airport with mobile data so you get online, gps and other guides online. They prefer to use whatsup and viber there not FB messenger because that is blocked.

7. You can bring food like cup noodles, bread and snacks to save even more from the Philippines provided that you have enough baggage allowance.

8. Most of the tours requires physical fitness. Make sure you are ready to walk for 1 to 5 kms per day. Do a morning workout before going into the tour so it will not that difficult at the end.

9. Bring your powerbank, bottle water, phone, camera and password always. Some attractions requires your ID just like in Tien Amen Square. Also make sure you have a handy snack with you.

10. Maximize your time and bring alot of memories.  Don’t worry too much about your expenses because that will be back 🙂 . Just be smart on your expenses provided that you are enjoying.

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Palawan is the last ecological frontier in the Philippines. We’ve been traveling for the last 12 years and so far El Nido was listed in our top 3 destinations to visit. No wonder why it was listed as one of the World’s top beach destination reviewed online.

Check out this video i created for the recommended tourist spot to visit in El Nido, Palawan. Later on, i will post another blog for the complete itinerary and walkthrough experience.Experience all these as low as Php3,600 all-in per pax. Minimum of 2 required. For booking and reservations, please visit my website www.elnidotours.ph

It’s official summer season already here in the Philippines and the weather get’s crazy yesterday. In Dagupan City, the heat index went up to 52 degrees celsius which is in danger level already. It will be then difficult to walk around the City from 10am to 4pm so make sure to always stay in door as possible. If there is no reason to go outside then just stay at home or go the a private resort in Antipolo that is one of the best and affordable.

So, we decided to have the very first family reunion of the Mabana clan (the side of my wife, Jennifer) and the venue is located just near the popular land mark of Antipolo, the Hinulugang Taktak waterfalls. The resort name is Villa Susana’s Event Place and Resort. They offer half day or full day group private resort accommodation.

Check out this video for the complete experience:

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Because of another long weekend, we decided to visit another bucket list destination that is difficult to reach but very rewarding once you get there. Let’s get started then 🙂

The Paradise Island of Jomalig is another remote island paradise in the easternmost part of Polilio Group which is very near in Camarines Norte where you can find another paradise called Calaguas Island. It is Pronounced as “hu-ma-lig”, Jomalig is an island municipality of Quezon Province. Another fact is that the locals of the island are called “Jomaligins” and are among the kindest persons in the Philippines. According to my habal habal driver, the population is only about 7,000.

Jomalig Island is surrounded with golden sand and rich turquoise water, where most locals get their livelihood. Their premier beach is situated in Salibungot (Sitio Burungawan) with a long coastline of golden sand uniquely dotted with agoho trees and a sandbar on the other end during low tide.

The beauty of the island, the serenity of the place and its warm people are the charm of this lovely town. Experience Jomalig and fall in love with this golden paradise.

How to Get to Jomalig

By Air

Jomalig has an airstrip, so it is possible to charter a plane to go to here. Just like Balesin Island (a private 5  star island resort experience), you can rent a private chartered plane in NAIA.

By Land/Sea

Going to Jomalig is an adventurer’s treat especially if you go there by boat. There are three possible ways to get there by boats: via Real and Atimonan, Quezon; and Panganiban, Camarines Norte. These are not commercial boats but cargo vessels. Going there by boat is difficult from October to mid-March due to huge waves brought by northeast monsoon or amihan.

Via Real

This  is the most common route since there are regular boats from Real that go to Jomalig. The boats are found in Ungos Port near the school (not in Puerto Real). As of 2018, there are three departures on a good day – 5AM, 7AM and 10AM. These boats ferry cargoes and fish as well. Fare is at P400 per person and usually includes fisherman’s meal, travel time is at least 4 hours.

If you miss the boat to Jomalig, you may opt to catch a boat to its neighboring island of Patnanungan, and then charter a boat to Jomalig from there.

Going to Real via public transport, catch an Infanta or Real bus bound in Legarda, Manila. Raymond Bus Line has round-a-clock schedule for Infanta/Real for at least four hours of bus ride passing to Rizal Province, Siniloan and Famy in Laguna. Bus fare starts at P200.00. Get off at the docking station near the school before the Puerto Real port.

Alternatively, there are vans located near Raymond Bus Terminal, fare is P250 Travel time is three to four hours.

Via Atimonan

Boats to Jomalig from Atimonan ferry copra, but unlike Real, the ferry services from this point are irregular and not on daily basis. Travel time from Atimonan to Jomalig takes six to seven hours.

From Manila, Atimonan is accessible by land transportation. Buses going to southern towns of Quezon and Bicol pass to Atimonan. Travel time is approximately four hours. Once in the town, take a tricycle to go to the port.

Via Panganiban

Like Atimonan, boats to Jomalig from Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte have irregular ferry schedules although this is the closest entry point to Jomalig from mainland Luzon. Travel time takes three to four hours.

Catch a bus going to Daet and get off at Talobatib Junction in Labo. From Talobatib Junction, you can ride a bus going to Panganiban, bus fare is less than P50. Travel time from Manila to Talobatib is approximately six to seven hours, and from Talobatib to Panganiban is around an hour to an hour-and-a-half.

Where to Stay in Jomalig

There are no high-end hotels in town, only homestays and lodges. We stayed in Hayahay Beach Resort and Restaurant in Barangay Casuguran which offers rooms for P500 to 600 per night (with shared toilet and bath) It’s a great place as they are infront of another beach called Little Baguio. You will experience a private beach here seriously because there are no other resorts nearby

Camping along the beach is also allowed, but bring your own camping equipments.

Things to do in Jomalig

Being there is a great escape from chaotic city living. Sit on the sand, see the sunset, enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the place, kill time, mingle with the people. Jomalig is a paradise, a golden paradise.

Other activities to enjoy your stay in Jomalig are:

  • Swimming and Beach Hopping (Sitio Burungawan is a must visit place)
  • Snorkeling
  • See the mangroves in Sitio Landing
  • Go island hopping
  • Camping/Picnic
  • Visit Little Boracay, Little Batanes, Canaway Beach, Golden Sandbar and Bigwangan Lake
  • Explore the other islands and beaches of Polilio Island Group specially those in the town of Burdeos

Sample Jomalig Island Itinerary Overnight
Estimate Budget: Approximately P3499 / person for 3 days and 2 nights. That includes a round trip private van from Manila-Real-Manila, 6 set of meals, boat ride round trip, habal habal tour, FREE keychain and private room accommodation with unli KTV. Send me a message at this number 09178580986 or 09989770817 for booking. 

Available tour and joiner’s date: (Php3,699 per pax)
3DAYS 2NIGHTS TOUR SCHEDULES:
MARCH 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24,29-31
APRIL 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
MAY 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26
MAY 31- JUNE 2

2DAYS 1NIGHT TOUR SCHEDULES: (Php3,150 per pax)
MARCH 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31
APRIL 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
MAY 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
JUNE 1- JUNE 2

Exclusive dates available for big group minimum of 15, please contact us ahead of time.

TOUR Inclusions:
✔️Roundtrip Van transfer
(MANILA -Real Port-MANILA )
✔️Roundtrip Boat transfer (Real Port-Jomalig Island- Real Port)
✔️KUBO Room accommodation (Standard Fan, Pillow, Bedsheets)
✔️Tent accommodation
✔️VAN transpo / Habal Habal to Hayahayy Resort (check in)
✔️Hayahay Resort Entrance Fee
✔️Terminal Fee
✔️Coordinator Fee
✔️LGU FEES
•Environmental Fee
•Tourism Fee
•Registration Fee
✔️ HABAL HABAL ISLAND TOUR
(JOAMLIG ISLAND TOUR destinations:
•LITTLE BORACAY
•LITTLE BATANES
•GOLDEN SAND
•CANAWAY
•PUNO NG WALANG FOREVER
•SALIBUNGOT )

(PLUS FREE JOMALIG LAMBANOG & KEY CHAIN SOUVENIR )

FREE Additional Activities:
BONFIRE
UNLI VIDEOKE

TOUR EXCLUSION:
Island tour resorts
entrance fee(30.00-50.00)

Activities Exclusion:
Kayak – 150.00
Rubber Boat Sailing- 150.00
HORSE BACK RIDDING
PANGINGILAW
SNORKELLING

✔️1yr. Old kid is FREE
✔️2-7yrs. Old is discounted
✔️15pax (1 FREE FRIEND)
✔️ FREE JOMALIG version of LAMBANOG (lambanog only , softdrinks or cheazer is not included)
✔️FREE SOUVENIR KEY CHAIN
✔️FRESH SEAFOODS & VEGETABLES
✔️UNLI RICE
✔️UNLI COFFEE
✔️and LOTS of “ FREE ACTIVITIES”

NO HIDDEN CHARGES
RESORT NOT CROWDED
NO CANCELLATIONS OF TOUR

3D2N ALL-IN ITINERARY
Day 0: Departure 9:00-10:00 PM VAN Pick UP Legarda Raymond bus terminal (jolibee)
1:00 AM ETD to Real Quezon Day
1: 4:00 AM ETA Real Quezon, Preparation
6:00 AM ETD to Jomalig Quezon
12:00 NN ETA Jomalig Quezon
12:30 PM ETA HAYAHAY BEACH RESORT (Check in)
1:00 PM LUNCH
2:00 PM Free Time own Leisure (Rest/ Swimming /Explore/ Picture taking )
6:00 PM Dinner 8:00 PM Socials / Stargazing / Videoke
12:00 MN Lights Off

DAY 2: 5:00 AM Wakeup Call/ watch sunrise
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Start of Island Tour
1:00 PM LUNCH
1:30 PM SWIMMING/ REST
2:30 PM CONTINUATION OF TOUR
5:30 PM END of TOUR
6:00 PM Dinner/ Boodle fight
8:00 PM Socials / Stargazing / VIDEOKE/ Bonfire with Free Jomalig Lambanog
12:00 MN Lights Off

DAY 3: 5:00 AM Wakeup Call
6:00AM Breakfast/ Swimming/Picture taking in RESORT
8:00 AM Pack UP
10:00 AM Early Lunch
10:30 AM ETAJomalig Port to Ungos Port.
3:00 PM ETA UNGOS PORT
3:30. PM SIDETRIP: WINDMILL TANAY RIZAL
4:00 PM ETD Going to MANILA
7:00 PM ETA Manila

2D1N ALL-IN ITINERARY

Day 0: Departure
10:00 PM START of VAN Pick UP
1:00 AM ETD to Real Quezon

Day 1:
4:00 AM ETA Real Quezon, Preparation
6:00 AM ETD to Jomalig Quezon
10:00 AM ETA Jomalig Quezon
10:30 AM ETA HAYAHAY BEACH RESORT (Check in)
11:00 AM LUNCH
12:00 PM Free Time own Leisure (Rest/ Explore/ Picture taking )
1:30. P.M START OF HABAL HABAL ISLAND TOUR
5:00 P.M END OF HABAL HABAL ISLAND TOUR
6:00 PM Dinner/ Booddle fight
8:00 PM Socials/Walwalan / Stargazing/Bonfire/ UNLI Videoke
11:00 PM PANGINGILAW
12:00 MN Lights Off

DAY 2:
5:00 AM Wakeup Call/ watch sunrise/ SWIMMING
6:30 AM Breakfast
7:00 AM Picture with horse or Horseback ridding
8:00 -9:00 AM Pack UP/Early Lunch/ Group Picture
10:30 AM ETA Jomalig Port to Ungos Port.
3:00 PM ETA UNGOS PORT
3:30 PM SIDETRIP: WIND MILL TANAY RIZAL
4:00 PM ETD Going to MANILA
7:00 PM ETA Manila

For booking and other inquries please contact the following number: 09178580986 (globe), 09989770817 (smart), 02-616-5677 (landline) or visit our website www.jomaligisland.com

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Thank you for watching.

Have you ever wonder to visit Maldives which is located in the center of Indian Ocean? Did you know that we have multiple similar Maldives as well here in the Philippines? yes, that is true. One is in Bais, Negros Oriental and another one in Grace Island Resort located in San Jose, Mindoro. So if you have a tight budget going to Maldives, why not go to our own Maldives version right? Going to Maldives will cost you about Php40,000 or even more for one person while going to one of this  local destination can go as low as Php10,000. That’s a huge difference right?

So let’s get started then and will focus in the Maldives of Mindoro – Grace Island Resort. Originally, we don’t have any idea about this place until we saw a promo airfare sale offered by Philippines Airlines bound to San Jose, Mindoro from Clark. The one way ticket was only Php250 just last 2 weeks ago. So after computing for the three of us, it was only around Php3,500 round trip! that was a great deal already versus going there through RORO bus which is also give you similiar expenses plus the travel time of around 24 hours or less while traveling by plane will only take you there for 45 minutes.  Make sure to check for promo from PAL and Cebu Pacific as both offer direct flight to San Jose Mindoro.

How to Book an accommodation in Grace Island Resort?

Grace Island Resort offers different packages depending on your goal and number of person. They have honeymoon package for couple, threesome for a small family or friends or even for a huge group. They have a day tour and overnight packages as well. Check their website at www.grace-island-resort.com to know more about the price rates, photos and other info. Personally, we availed their threesome package since we have our Son with us, Von Artemis! The overnight all in rate cost Php8,000. That includes the airport pickup, boat roundtrip travel, overnight floating cottage accommodation with 2 beds, set of meals for lunch, dinner and breakfast. It also includes free kayak boat, bike, ball activities and others. They also have a mini-zoo within the island and obstacle course for team building activities. Aside from that, they have a play ground for kids so its a child friendly resort.

Make sure to bring your under water camera, aerial drone if available, snorkling and goggles, sunblock and camera.

Overall, our expenses are as follow for three persons:

Airfare from Clark to San Jose – Php3,500 (3 pax for roundtrip)
Grace Island Overnight Accomodation – Php8,000
Jetski water activity – Php500
Optional tip – Php500

Overall: Php12,500 for a perfect holiday 🙂

Do you wanna visit this place or if you have question, please drop your message below.

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Kultura Splash Wave Pool Resort Review – The only wave pool resort in Northern Luzon, is it really worth it? Well, let see and let us know what can you say in this video:

Overall based on my findings, the cost amounting Php280 for adult during weekends is very reasonable. Its not that cheap nor affordable, its just average. I recommend you to try this one specially if you are in Northern Luzon. The splash wave was really cool and most specially the water slides that are similar to Splash island in Laguna and Aqua Planet in Clark. So instead of going to the said places, why not just head here and enjoy?

Did you know that Armenia is the only FREE visa on arrival country we can visit us Filipinos in the European continent? Yes that is true! did you also know that its the only country that you can experience snow and do skiing without any difficult visa to get comparing to South Korea, Japan and China. How is that possible? well give you a quick guide on how we did it as part of our Middle East Europe tour coming from Manila.

See our flight and 1st day tour from Dubai straight to Yerevan, Armenia.

Here are our travel itinerary:

1. Book a cheap flight from Manila to Dubai round trip (since there is no flight directly to Armenia, you need to connwct through Dubai or Mozcow first). We got a great deal from www.cebupacificair.com for only Php2,750 each roundtrip. Isn’t amazing? yes, we got it last year during the New Year sale and the flight was last November 4 to November 14. I will attached here our flight itinerary for all your reference:

Cebu Pacific Promo Manila Dubai

2. Acquire a Tourist Visa before traveling to Dubai, UAE. You can easily get one through any accredited travel and tour operator in Dubai, Airlines or any friends living there. In our case, we just contacted my classmate in UP and he assisted me to get one. It only took us about 2 days to get the e-visa that should be printed before checking in the airport. It will also be shown and stamp in Dubai immigration. The cost of Visa is around 250 aed or about Php5,500.

3. Book quality but cheap accomodation in Dubai. We got a 4-star hotel for only Php2,200 per night called Safron Boutique Hotel. You can book it online through booking.com. We also tried 1-star hotel like Emirates Hotel and Garden Inn for only Php1,200 to Php1,500. If you compare the difference  better go through the 4-star accomodation to enjoy your vacation.

4. Get a good deal flight from Dubai to Armenia through flydubai.com. I checked their website and the cheapest European connection is only Php7,000 roundtrip going to Bulgaria and Netherlands. For Armenia, we got each roundtrip ticket for Php15,000, a bit costly comparing to the other connections. Subscribe to their website and monitor the promotion for Armenia.

5. Pay Visa on arrival in Armenian immigration. The cost of the visa is only 3,000 drum or about Php400 estimate and you can stay there up to 2 months depending kn your itinerary. For us, we mentioned that will only stay for 5 days but they gave us 20 days so it might be their minimum duration i think.

6. Get a local and friendly tour guide with accomodation. Before going to Armenia, i did my research and contacted a local tourist guide so they can pick us in the airport. We got a good deal for only $250 good for 4 days that include the travel and tour, airport pickup and drop-off, welcome drinks and other freebies.

Check out my different blog post for our complete itinerary during our 4 to 5 days visit in Yerevan, Armenia.

Manila to Dubai Day 1 – Complete Walkthrough 🙂

Did you know that we had a great deal from Cebu Pacific? we booked last year for Manila-Dubai-Manila for only Php2,750 round trip? yes! that is true and it was the year end promo last December 28, 2017. The normal plane ticket going to Dubai from Manila is ranging from Php7,500 to Php20,000 per passenger and sometimes it will go up if you plan to fly within the week.

Check out this blog post to learn more on how to get a good deal in airlines, hotels and tour packages.

Time check, its 10 in the morning November 4, 2018. I booked a round trip ticket together with my wifey for only Php5,750 bound to Dubai. Unfortunately, Von Artemis our son will not be with us this time because of his school commitment and we can’t afford to miss his classes for 10 days. So we have to leave him first in the house of my mother in law in Antipolo City before going to the airport.

It was heart-breaking leaving your son for few days as we are normally flying together but no worries, will be bringing him in to our next local and international tour destination. We travelled back to our condo unit in Quezon City to leave the car and get some of our hand-carry laggage.

Preparation going to the airport

Time check: 1:00PM

Our boarding time is 3:45pm in NAIA 3 international airport and we are still in our condo unit. It is true that if you are in hurry and excited about your travel journey then you will get confuse and forget other important things you should bring? just like in our case, we forgot our power bank, bluetooth headset, mouse, brush, makeup for my wifey and snacks. Best practice is to keep these all inside your bag a day before your scheduled travel.

We immediately booked a Grab car to pick us up and the total cost was Php687 pesos. It took us 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the airport. Upon reaching the departure bays, we where shocked because the queue was quite long. This is probably due undas and long weekends as people started to go back on their respective countries or provinces.

We only have an hour to get our boarding pass and luckily we already checked-in online so we don’t need to wait in the airport for 3 hours. We have to pay Php1,650 each for the travel tax. We need to show our passport, tourist visa for UAE and the travel tax payment slip. Since we don’t have any check in luggage, we thought that our hand-carry bag is more than 7KG the allowed per pax but luckily they didn’t check it however they noticed that the diameter and width of my bag seems may not fit in the luggage area inside the plane. The bag is actually small and i just compressed it so we are able to move forward in the immigration counter.

Time check: 3:30PM

It’s boarding time and we are still in the immigration counter as the queue was quite long again. It took us about 30 minutes just to get our turn and clear the immigration officer queue.

We haven’t eaten so we decided to buy something really quick and shocked that it was the last call and we heard both our names in the air! we have to run really fast just like the amazing race series to get in to the pit stop. Luckily we are able to get inside the Cebu Pacific Airbus 330 bound to Dubai.

This will be a 10 hours flight ride and have to be productive while on air. Similar time travel as what i experienced in my Guam to Hawaii travel way back May 2013.

See you all in Dubai and good night.

Dubai International Airport

Inside Dubai Mall

Yehey! successfully landed in Dubai International Airport. Time check: 9:30 Dubai local time, est about 3:30 AM Manila time. Going around the Dubai airport was like a tourist spot already because of the big different with our airport in NAIA and Clark.

The airport was nice, clean, with state of the art facilities. It was considered one of the busiest airport in the world. We have to clear the immigration then start moving forward to our hotel.

There is no Grab in Dubai so i used Uber to bring us in Emirates Hotel that we booked few days ago via Booking.com.

After an hour of rest, we went to Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa.

Dubai Mall Full View

Dubai Mall Aquarium

(Check out our episode 2 video here.)

End of Day 1 😉

Traveling should be fun, easy and relaxing. Some blogs normally post the cheapest way to enjoy your adventure however we need to ask ourself if we really enjoy our tour or we are just tired and exhausted because we really want to save? well it all depends on the person preference and budget but i really recommend that we travel practically. I’ve been traveling to many local and international destination in the past 12 years. I experienced both the luxury type tour and poor traveler style. There are pros and cons in both ways but at the end, we want a tour that we enjoy to unwind for an affordable price, not that cheap and not that high. So, i am focusing most of my guides in a balance way that you can still enjoy your adventure like a king.

Before getting started, did you know that the word Tacloban came from the word “Tak-lub”a basket type to catch fish. It also became a major trading route town in the late 18th century. Tacloban city is well-known for its role in World War II, because it was set as major command post and based of the US forces. It was also the first town liberated by Douglas MacArthur’s command forces versus the Japanese Imperial army because Manila was under the Japanese control.

This post focuses in the 12 things you can do in Tacloban City for more or less than Php2,000 that is good up to 5 person. So that is like Php400 pesos each to get around Tacloban. The first thing i recommend is hire a hatch back sedan car in Haven’s Rent a Car for only Php1,500 pesos good for 12 hours. Make sure to book ahead of time because they are one of the most known rent a car in Tacloban City, Leyte. They will deliver your rented car in your hotel lobby or in the airport. The remaining Php500 will be use for the gasoline which can take you to all 12 best destination in Tacloban that includes the most popular and longest bridge in the Philippines, San Juanico Bridge, about 30 minutes away from downtown.

Here are my suggested itinerary so you can maximise your whole day stay in Tacloban City tour:

1. Cross and stop at San Juanico Bridge ( a must to visit 😎) – roundtrip estimate time 1 hour and half
You’re Tacloban tour will not be complete if you didn’t visit this place. It’s the iconic one of a kind suspension and longest bridge in the Philippines. You can forget the other destination below just to visit this first. Just to give you a heads up, there are police and military checkpoints in both ends of the bridge for the security and safety of all passenger cruising the borders of Leyte and Samar. Also take note that its not allowed to stop anytime in any part of the bridge so make sure you prepare your camera before hitting the quick hazard button in the car. You can only stay there for about 2 to 5 minutes depending on the number of cars on queue. Just be responsible to others and make sure you “hindi tyo nkakaabala sa ibang drivers crossing” (still thinking of the english word of this).  You can check my other blog post for the San Juanico Experience and the time i lost my DJi Tello Drone 😱.
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2. “I Shall Return” MacArthur Park monument
I will never forget that word from Douglas MacArthur when i was young “I Shall Return”, so this will be our opportunity to select this next destination after San Juanico Bridge. Some tourist can’t last longer or the whole day specially minor and senior citizens that’s why some areas are not visited. Having that said, going here directly is advisable for general tourist to make sure you visit the top 2 destinations in Tacloban. There is nothing special here though but you can see the history of why MacArthur is in Tacloban. You can also see the beauty of San Pablo Bay and take pictures.

macArthur-monument-2018

3. Boy Scout monument
I was a Boy Scout during my childhood and visiting this for a few minutes is one of a kind experience. This is just 500 meters away in MacArthur Park and surrounded by different government offices in the Leyte region.

4.  Leyte Provincial Capitol Building.
Leyte Provincial Capitol 2018

5.  Chill out at Kanhuraw Hill.
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6. Visit the new Sto. Niño Church of Tacloban.

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7.  Discover what’s inside Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum.

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8. Witness the colorful Pintados and Sangyaw Festivals.

sanyaw-festival-tacloban9.  Offer prayers for the people who died during Yolanda.
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10. Eat and party along Burgos Street.
11. Enjoy Leyte’s mouth-watering delicacies.
12. Hike to the Stations of the Cross and see the overlooking view of Tacloban City.

The whole trip will take more or less than 12 hours depending on how fast you wish to finish each destination. This will be the ideal first day city tour in Tacloban. Now we can proceed in your second day, the Kalanggaman Island tour in Polompon Leyte and the 3rd day tour in San Juanico Park, Golf and Country Club, the best private resort to unwind in Tacloban.