Friday, June 16, 2017

Cheapest Travel Insurance in the Philippines



I’m the type of traveler that looks for value of money.   I also like to find the cheapest bargains online. I have been searching for insurance companies in the Philippines that can cater my needs for traveling and have found out that. Pacific Cross formerly named Blue Cross has the cheapest individual travel insurance that can be bought online through their website. 


Travel insurance is very important whenever you’re traveling abroad.   I just like to share to you some of  my experiences.  5 years ago I got into a bungee jumping accident in Thailand, luckily I purchased travel insurance  and got to reimburse my medical expenses.  I also had an allergic attack when I went to Bahamas, I paid $200 just for ointment and allergy medicine and  I also got to reimburse my medical expenses from my insurance company. Purchasing travel insurance is very important since you will never know what can happen to you and it’s better to be safe than sorry. 


 The Cheapest Plan  Rates for Worldwide Individual Travel Insurance for Filipinos coming from  Manila.
  (All Prices in Philippine Pesos)

Travel Period
Pacific Cross
(BlueCross)
Malayan Insurance
BPI travel Care
AIG
Up to 4 Days
360
385
478
389
Up to 8 Days
569
770
843
851
Up to 15  Days
811
1100
1,341
1,442
Up to 24 Days
1,053
1,540
2,052
2,358
 Up to 31 Days
1,283
1,870
2,432
2,750
Up to 45 Days
1,767
2,310


Up to 60 Days
2,251
2,860


Each Add’ 10 Days
206

606


 Pacific Cross 
 



1.       Travel Credit cards only cater travel inconvenience such as missed/ delayed flight and lost baggage but will not reimburse you  for medical expenses.  So it’s still better to get a separate travel insurance whenever you travel abroad. 

*This is not a sponsored article. I just want to inform people especially the ones who are looking for value of money the cheapest travel insurance that can be bought online for Filipinos traveling abroad.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

DIY Guide: 6D/5N Zhangjiajie Tour for less than ¥ 2,100 RMB / ₱ 16,000

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park


Avatar Mountain Selfie

Most Dangerous Road on Earth (Tianmen Mountain)

Tainmen Mountain Cable Car Ride



Tianmen Mountain Glass Bridge

Tianmen Mountain Escalator


Where to Go?
The Three Main Attractions 
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park  
Entrance Fee:  260 RMB  (entrance fee for 4 days)          
Inclusions: Entrance Fee to the park, bus rides but does not include cable car fares, and elevator rides                       
Cable Car : 72 RMB One Way  
Elevator:  72 RMB  One Way    
How to go?: Take A Bus from Zhangjiajie to Wulingyuan which typically cost 20 RMB.  This trip usually takes 1 hour from the main train station of Zhangjiajie. 
Travel Tips: You can ride the cable car or elevator going up to the mountains then hike going down to enjoy the view. The hike here is very safe since there are stairs going down, signs and  resting stops for tourist where you can buy snacks and drinks.                                                                                                                         
Tianmen Mountain
Entrance Fee: 260 RMB does not include entrance to the  4 glass bridges
Glass Bridge Entrance Fee: 5 RMB      
Inclusions:  Entrance Fee, Cable Car Roundtrip,  Escalator,  and Bus Ride 
How To go?: This will be your first stop to Zhangjiajie. The cable car is beside the Zhangjiajie Main train Station
*Tianmen Mountain will be the easiest hike among the three mountains. Since you can either ride a cable car going up, bus, or even an escalator which is already part of the entrance fee. 

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
Entrance Fee:    260 RMB                                 
Inclusions:   Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge Entrance fee not include cable car ride for 35 rmb  
Travel Tip: You can go here without going up to the bridge and just pay 99 RMB
How to go?:  Take a bus from Wulingyuan for only 10 RMB. This  bus ride usually takes up 30 minutes from the city. 
Sleeper Train 


How to go to Zhangjiajie?
By Bullet Train: Take a sleeper train from Guangzhou Main terminal. This train ride will take up to 15 hours which cost about 620 RMB roundtrip.

By Airplane: There are also planes going to Zhangjiajie from the different major cities of China. This can be very expensive since there are few budget airlines going here.
Tianmen Mountain
Where to Stay?
Hotel Travel Tips :
1. Stay 1 Night at the city of Zhangjiajie Near the Zhangjiajie Train Station to enjoy one day hiking at Tianmen Mountain. Then Stay 2-3 nights at Wulingyuan.  It’s quite hard to,  stay inside the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, since hotels can be very expensive and food can be quite pricey. 
2. The hostels hear are very clean and nice usually costs 80 to 120 RMB A night for 2 persons.  
3 You can reserve on websites such as Agoda.com and Booking.com   
4. Hotels/ Hostels usually accept cash and Wechat payment and Alipay.
 
Dingding Inn-  This place is near the  Zhangjiajie Main train station also near the cable car entrance to Tainmen Mountain  and restaurants. Room is very big and clean. I just didn’t like the bathroom because it was Asian Style   
Price :  The room costs starts from 88 RMB to 120 RMB a night for 2 persons.
Wulingyuantuniu Youth Hostel- This place is in Wulingyuan City which is near the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park entrance. This place is beside alots of hostels and restaurants. The rooms are big and very clean and their bathroom is Western Style                                                                     
Price: The room costs starts from 100 RMB to 130 RMB a night a night for 2 persons.
Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Travel Tips
1. Travel with a friend who knows how to speak Mandarin. It will be easier since most people from Mainland don't know how to speak English.
2. It’s better to travel with a local so you can pay  using their Wechat App
3. Book your train tickets in advanced.
4. Book your train ticket with a bed. Train tickets usually get fully booked all the time. If you don't book online in advance you might even get without a seat
5. Bring your passport with you at the train station.
6. China is a very advanced country, they usually accept payment via Wechat App.
7. Go to the train station an hour before your trip .
8.Bring Cash (RMB), since most establishments don't accept Visa / MasterCard debit or credit cards. They usually accept credit cards from China and Wechat payments only.
9. Download Meituan Waimai App to order food online to save more money.
10. Food and Water can be very expensive in tourist’s spots, better buy first at the grocery to save more money on snacks.
11. Best time to travel this place is from August to October.              
12. When  paying entrance fee in Tainmen Mountain,  You don’t have to buy the 3 RMB insurance, if you  already have travel insurance of your own.  
13. You will save more money and time in hotel accommodation if you take the overnight train ride from  Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie.    
14. You can leave at night and arrive in the Morning.
15. Ticket prices may adjust depending on where you buy it.
16. You can bring snacks and even food when your hiking up to the mountains.
17. Don't go there when it's rainy, since you will not see anything. 

 
Detailed DIY  6 Days/ 5 Nights  Zhangjiajie Itinerary with Costing

Monday, January 30, 2017

DIY GUIDE : 3D/2N Isla De Gigantes for less than 5,500 Php




Isla De Gigantes is one of the most beautiful group of islands, I've ever seen in my life.  It's even better than Palawan ,since  you will see the same view but there are  no tourists. I didn't even wanted to blog about this place since I want to keep it a secret for myself. I love this place because there are less crowds and the vibe is so peaceful. There are no cars and the only mode of transportation here is a motorcycle or in tagalog a habal-habal. If you want be one with nature and see the beach then this will be the perfect Island for you.



This island is also where you can buy fresh seafood that is so
affordable. You can buy fresh scallops for 1 peso each and Uni for 10
pesos each. I still have my regrets this day when we didn't get to buy more of it.
My friend was actually allergic to shellfish but when we he ate here he didn't had any allergy because the seafood was so fresh and was so good and cheap.


Isla De Gigantes is one the next best tourists spots to go to this 2017. I hope you go here with you and your family/ friends and also enjoy the place as much as I did. So go book your next flight to Roxas and let the adventure start now.


Travel Tips
1. Stay at Maruja Flora's Island Paradise which is Located in Cabugao Island for at least one night. You will get to experience having your own Island, stargazing at night and wake up in the morning swimming near a white sand beach. The thing that I love about this island is that when you climb at the top of it they have LTE. 
2. Stay at least 3 days 2 Nights here. Travel is exhausting a day trip will not be enough to explore all the island.
3. Ride the Jet Ski at Antonina Island for only 1,100 Php for 15 Minutes
4. Buy fresh Scallops for 1 peso each at Antonina Island
5. Buy Fresh Uni (Sea Urchin) at the Sand Bar
6. Wear Lots of Sunblock
7. Bring a lazy Bed
8. Try to do stargazing by the beach with your lazybed or beach matt. While drinking cold beer, eating chips and listening to chill music.
9. Book a flight to Roxas Airport.
10.Bring atleast 5,000 Php for your trip
11. Buy Dried Fish for "Pasalubong" at Estancia Fish Market
12. Look for Promo fares to get Cheap flights to Roxas. I got mine for only 1,100
Roundtrip via CebuPacific.
13. You must visit this top 4 islands. Antonina Island, Cabugao Island, Tangke Lagoon and Sandbar
14. You can also try to check in at Rosewoodplace which is located in Gigantes Main Island
15. Get ready to be one with nature since electricity in island not available
24/7. They usually have electricty from 3pm
to 11pm.
16. You can also stay at a tent by the beach at Antonina Island.
17. Don't stay anymore in Roxas City, go straight to Estancia because the travel
is so tiring.If you want you to see Roxas you can also eat dinner at Baybay Beach Area.
 
Detailed Itinerary with Cost
Day 1

Cost
06:00
Manila to Roxas (Cebupac) Promofare
1200
7:30
Tryc to Roxas Terminal
50
7:45
Ceres Bus to Estancia
81
9:45
Arrive Estancia Bus

12:00
Lunch At Estancia
200

Tryc to Estancia port
50
14:00
Boat to Gigantes Main
Environmental Fee
80
70
16:30
Arrive Rosewood Place 1200/4pax
300



19:00
Dinner
200
Day 2
Land tour caving and sunset at the lighthouse
200
8:00
Island Hopping 2000 /4 pax
500

Jetski 1100 for 15 Minutes  at antonina
1100

Antonina Island Entrance Fee
40

Tanke Lagoon
20

Sandbar


Cabugao Island
50

Check in at Maruja Flora Island 1200/4 pax
300

Lunch
200

Dinner
200

Drinking beer while Stargazing
150
Day 2



Breakfast


Leave cabugao Island

14:00
Passenger boat from Gigantes to Estancia 
80
16:00
Tryc from pier to Terminal
50
16:15
Bus To Roxas Airport
80

Tricycle To Baybay Beach
35

Dinner At BABAY Beach
250
21;00
Roxas To Manila


total
5486

How To Get to Isla De Gigantes Via Roxas City
1. Book a flight from Manila to Roxas City (1.5 hrs)
2. Ride a Tryc from Roxas Aiport to Roxas Terminal
(10 minutes)
3. Ride an ordinary Ceres Bus from Roxas to Estancia (2hours)
*You also have the option of taking a UV express Van but I didn't like it that much because there was less space in the van and my legs are long I can't stretch there.
4. Take a Tryc from Estancia Bus Terminal to Estancia Port (15 Mins)
5. Ride a Passenger Boat to Gigantes Main Island that leaves every 2pm (2.5 hours)
*You also have the option of taking a passenger boat from Carles Port that leaves every 9am (2 hours)
*I recommend you use the boat via Estancia Port since the boat is bigger and it is much safer than the one in Carles Port


More Details
Maruja Flora Island Paradise
Address: Cabugao Island
Rates: 1200 Aircon room for 4 pax
Contact Number: 

Rosewood Place
Address: Gigantes Main Island
Rates: 1200 Aircon for 4 Pax with free breakfast
Contact Number:

Antonina Island Watersports
Rates: 
Island Hopping 2,000Php
Jet Ski 1,100 for 15 Minutes
             3,500 per Hour
             2,200 for 30 Mins
Banana Boat 2,000 per ride
Contact No: 09985608697

Endielinas Resort
Address: Estancia City
Rates: 1200 Aircon Room for 4 pax with free breakfast
Contact No: 09469458203