Friday, September 8, 2017

Siargao Paraiso Resort: Best Private Resort in Siargao




 Siargao Paraiso Resort is one the most beautiful AIRBNB’s I’ve ever stayed at. It’s quite affordable. I got a 2 bedroom villa for only 100 USD with your own private infinity pool and private beach. The resort offers 2 queen beds with a kitchen and grill where you can cook your own food. They also offer paddle boards if you want to try new sports. If you are lazy to cook you can hire a private chef to cook some of your cravings. This resort is truly worth your money. The resort only allows 4 people but it can actually fit 8. If you’re the type of person who wants to escape from the busy city life and the many tourists of Siargao, then this will be the perfect place for you. Siargao Paraiso Resort a must stay place in Siargao. 


TIPS
1.       Buy groceries at the city center
2.       The resort is quite far from the tourist spots. But you can rent a van for only 2500 a day which can fit 8 people.
3.       Bring a hard drive for watching movies
4.       Relax. Enjoy. Have Fun 


Siargao Paraiso Resort
Address:  88 Santa Fe Blvd General Luna,80361
Website: http://siargaoparaiso.com/
Contact Number: +639998751072; +639994208254
Rate: 100 USD to 120USd a Night


Monday, September 4, 2017

Las Vegas Travel Tips




Seven Magic Mountains

Encore Beach Club

Las Vegas Strip

I now believe the saying that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I can’t tell you everything that happened to my spontaneous trip to Las Vegas last August but it was epic. I can just show you pictures and tips.


Travel Tips
1.       Stay Hydrated. Wear sun block. Summer in Las Vegas is very hot.
2.       Bring a valid ID at all times. And a photocopy of your passport.
3.       Download HOTEL Tonight app. This app is for spontaneous people who book the hotel at the last minute. You can get good discounts except on weekends.
4.       Choose a hotel in the middle of the Strip. It’s a big mistake if you book a hotel far and you will spend the same amount if you take a cab or uber.  
5.       Dress to impress even at the day Club. Girls actually wore heals at the pool party.
6.       You can find free guest list at Facebook Fan Page or Official Instagram of some Night Clubs.
7.       If you don’t have enough money to get drunk. You can just order 2 long Island Iced Teas and you will surely get the time of your life.
8.       You can also order a Fat Tuesday
9.       Look for a discount for tickets at Vegas.com
10.   Take advantage of the Happy Hours at bars
11.   Try to pass by the Seven Magic Mountains when you are on your way to Las Vegas
12.   You can try going to XS Night Club, Encore Beach Club, Marquee Night Club 


Drink This

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Filipina's Shopping Guide to America




One of the main reasons why Filipinos go to America is shopping. America is my top choice country for shopping clothes, bags and shoes and groceries that you can’t find in the Philippines. This is the place where you can really buy cheap branded stuff like Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and others.  You’ll always wonder why most Asians hoard bags from these brands because you can get them at a really cheap price. Whenever you go to an outlet store the salesmen usually give you a voucher that makes all item in the store 50% off and will give you another 40% on top of the 50% so technically you’re buying the item at 70% off.  
You can actually find more bargains during long weekends or Holidays.   You can also wait for the most awaited Black Friday Sale. Where people usually camp and line out of the store. They can buy Big Screen TV’s and Laptop’s for as low as 100USD. My cousins from Canada even drive up  to the States during Black Friday to shop and buy their Christmas gifts because almost all products go on sale. If you have a friend/ relative that works in the Military you can also shop at their grocery so you can buy things which are tax free.   
I’m the type of traveler that likes to find the cheapest bargains before I buy it. I like to survey the prices where you can get the best deal. I searched for shops where OFWs mostly buy their “pasalubongs”.  I compared the prices from the outlets stores to Nordstrom Rack, TJMaxx , Ross and other stores.  I found out that the bags will be cheaper in the outlet if they give you discount vouchers  or when there is a Holiday Long Weekend Sale. For example I found a Kate Spade wallet at the outlet for only 37 USD and the Coach wrislettes are also sold for as low as 20 USD.  Michael Kors watches are usually sold for only 100 USD at TJMaxx.  Designer Bags are for less than 100USD. Keds sneakers are usually sold for only 20 USD at Ross Stores. I even found Fit Flop Slippers at Marshalls for only 25 USD. I even saw Adidas Stan Smith that is sold only for 44 USD, while the ADIDAS Neo for only 30 USD.  I bought Havaianas slippers at Nordstrom Rack for only 6 USD.  I also found Tory Burch Flats for only 75 USD at their outlet store. Rayban Shades usually cost 75 USD at Nordstrom Rack and some eyewear stores even sell it for  buy one take one. You can easily buy Nine West Wallets at Ross for only 11 USD and bags for only 16 USD.   While Lululemon yoga pants are still expensive even in the outlet store. Branded Perfumes usually cost 20 USD or less in outlet store or Tj Maxx. While  large Samsonite luggage cost less than 80 USD at retails stores such as TJMaxx and Ross.  
You better prepare at least one day if you want to shop at the premium outlet stores because it’s usually far away from the city center. If you don’t have time to go these outlets then you can just go to your nearest retail stores such as Nordstrom Rack, Ross, TJMaxx, Burlington and Marshall’s.  

Outlet Shopping Guide
Vacaville Premium Outlets – whenever you’re in San Francisco you should go to this outlet place which is just an hour drive away from Downtown.  They cater brands such as Gucci, Adidas, Bath and Body Works, Cole Haan, Coach, Kate Spade, Converse, Gymboree, Lacoste, Naturalizer, Nike, Samsonite and many more.  My uncle even told me among the outlet stores in San Francisco this is the cheapest one.  
The Mills at Jersey Garden- If you’re in New York, you shouldn’t miss this outlet store which is just a 40 minute drive from the city. If you don’t have a car, you can easily take bus from Penn Station. There are a lot of branded stuff here and clothes and shoes are tax free.
Woodbury Common Outlet- this outlet store is quite far away from Manhattan. It’s an hour and a half drive. If you don’t have a relative to take you there, you better rent a car to go there because it will be hard for you to commute here from Manhattan.  
Citadel Outlets- Whenever you’re in LA, better drop by the Citadel outlets which is just a 20 minute drive from downtown LA. You can find a lot of bargains here.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago- When in Chicago, you must visit this place. This is just a 30 minute drive from downtown Chicago. 

For Branded Bags, Shoes and Clothes
Nordstrom Rack- is where Filipino-Americans usually shop for bags. They usually love this store since they sell discounted designer products such as Tory Burch, Salvatorre Ferregamo, Cole Hann,  Rayban, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.  This is the 2nd top choice for shopaholics who like branded stuff. If you are too lazy to go to the outlets, then this will be your alternative. The products here are very nice and their styles are still up to date. My white friend even told me a joke about this store .She told me that “ You know there’s a Nordstrom Rack when there are a lot of Asians lining up”.
TJ Maxx- is one of my favorite retail stores in America. The Styles here are mostly updated. The bags and clothes here are usually handpicked.
DSW- is a shoe store where you can buy branded shoes on sale.
Ross- is also a nice place to shop. Their shops are usually found in California.  If you’re looking for brands such as Nine West, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Fossil, Anne Klein,  and Steve Madden then Ross will be the perfect bargain store for you. They usually sell wallets for less than 15 USD and Bags for less than 30 USD.
Burlington- is like an organized version of Ross.  You can also find a lot of great bargains here.
DD’s Discount Store - is also a nice place to shop in the West Coast. 

For Make-Up
Sephora- is like heaven for Make-up addicts. You can actually ask for free samples whenever you want to try their makeup. If the make-up didn’t work on your skin you can easily return it and try another one.  You should register online to their membership to get a lot of free stuff. 

For Groceries
Costco- you can only enter here if you’re a member. You can buy discounted grocery items here if you buy a lot more items.
Trader Joe’s- you can buy a lot of grocery items here that you can’t find in other stores.
Target- you can also buy a lot of grocery items, toys and clothes here. 


New York Shopping Guide – If you don’t have enough time in New York to go to the outlets, you can just go to Union Square for Shopping.  There are a lot of retails store here where you can buy great bargains. To name a few are, Nordstrom Rack, Sephora, DSW for Shoes, Mac Cosmetics, Burlington, Forever 21, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s  and Baby’s R US.  I also found a cute bookstore that sells hard to find books at a very affordable price which is called Strand Bookstore near Union Square.  If you’re in Soho, I also found a cute store like Zara but sell it at a more affordable price which is called Necessary Clothing. You can also go to Century 21 and TJ Maxx if you want to buy good bargains.

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.