Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Trip To Avilon Zoo

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Welcome to Avilon Zoo!

My little man loves animals so much and since we cannot keep a pet of our own yet as I am reserving that for when he is much bigger, I aimed to bring him to zoos where he can enjoy watching all the animals. Two months ago I purchased a couple of tickets for the Avilon Zoo at half the price. It was to expire on July 25th so when the sky promised a clearer weather that day, we set to travel for Rizal.

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taking a photo of mum taking a photo!

The Rodriguez, Rizal location might put you off, but it was really just an almost 2-hour drive from Batasan Hills in Quezon City. What is actually worrisome is the road in Rizal that leads to the zoo. For the first time, we experienced crossing a river. Thankfully, it was very sunny that day and the water in the river was low.

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We arrived a little after 1pm and the big pond is what greeted us upon entry. The mat of moss that covers its surface made the pond more appealing. We went straight to the cashier to have our vouchers validated. A regular entrance pass sells at Php400 {which I got for half the price}. The visitors also have the option to hire a tour guide to help them navigate the huge expanse of land for another Php400, which we passed, thinking with a toddler in tow, we will never really know how far we’d be able to walk and explore. Snacks and refreshments are available inside the zoo, but we decided to put off food for another hour and see a bit of the place first.

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I noticed that there are a number of on-going repairs at the zoo at the time, including the Pettisimo area where children can come face-to-face with pets and feed them. Too bad, Jared was not able to experience this, I bet he will really be thrilled.

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Find a contemporary serviced apartment with a suburban feel only in Happy Valley

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Hong Kong at night time

The quiet neighborhood of Happy Valley may offer the suburban feel that most visitors like to indulge in. But it also gives out a nice balance, as the region boasts of several impressive innovations throughout the years. Moreover, the locale provides an interesting assembly, especially when it comes to the establishments that it consists of (given the race course amidst a throng of high-rise lodgings). Therefore making it an ideal location for those who are seeking residence in a serviced apartment. So regardless if you’re a visitor or an expat executive, a serviced accommodation in Happy Valley will certainly bring you the comfort and convenience that is experienced in a home.

What’s in store for you in Happy Valley?

Most of the apartments in Happy Valley attract family-based clients. The flats here are also quite appealing since the locale presents some of the most reasonable fares. Although the rates may be pricier than those offered in Causeway Bay, Happy Valley still affords lower fees compared to those in the Central and Mid-level areas.

Most of the apartments in Happy Valley are also near several transport links (most are of walking distance), restaurants (from casual to fine dining), bars and shopping centers. A good example of this would be V Happy Valley. The serviced accommodation offers their guests the serenity that each one seeks, while displaying a good mix of urban and contemporary elements. This particular serviced flat definitely sets a calmer retreat from the usual flurry of the city.

Why choose to stay in a Happy Valley serviced apartment?

V Happy Valley is actually a good source when it comes to choosing an apartment to reside in. Not only does the establishment offer several conveniences (i.e. nearby shops, eateries, public transportation), it was also the first serviced lodging in the area that offered an eco-friendly setting. They have a Zen water garden, several terraced garden apartments, and an outdoor dining area that guests can use exclusively.

The serviced lodging also offers rooms that vary from a studio terrace to 2-bedroom units. Each one is equipped with some of the latest technologies such as Wi-Fi access, a 42” Plasma TV with cable and NOW channels, a DVD player, a Wii console with games and more.

This particular apartment in Hong Kong also includes fully furnished rooms. The sleeping chambers are fitted out with some of the finest materials (i.e. crisp starched linens, feathery soft pillows, premium-made Simmons mattress). The same goes for the en suite bathrooms (i.e. installed with a rain shower, some Carlo Frattini faucets, some bath accessories and toiletries). The V serviced flat also provides its residents a fully equipped kitchen, which comes with the latest cookware and kitchenware.

A fully serviced Happy Valley apartment

Just like in any hotel, V Happy Valley is also service-oriented. They’re able to provide their guests daily housekeeping from Mondays to Fridays; as well as an airport limousine pick-up, which can be availed at an extra cost. The establishment also affords it guests a 24-hour security watch (amongst other services).

Abi Smith is a keen traveler who loves to share her thoughts on where other fellow traveler should go. 

Murang Lipad Offers Travel Assistance To Passengers Affected By Flight Cancellations

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In the light of the recent inconvenience and trouble brought about by the CAAP’s cancellation of all of ZestAir’s operation, it is good to know that someone is making extra efforts to help all our stranded kababayans in the airport. If you are one of the passengers currently having trouble getting another flight after your original one was cancelled, you might want to check out Murang Lipad and see how they can help you reach your travel destination.

All about Murang Lipad

Murang Lipad is a division of Triplestar Travel and Tours Inc. and is a one-stop portal offering assistance in product and service comparison of the best travel deals. It aims to offer expert travel advice to consumers about airline tickets, hotel accommodations, and travel and tour packages.

Formerly known as Leisure Escape Packages (LEP), a division of South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) that provided ancillary travel services to clients, LEP spun off in January 2009 as a full-service travel agency under the name of Triplestar Travel and Tours, Inc. In 2010, it was appointed as the General Sales Agent of Tiger Airways in the Philippines.

Read more about them in this press release here:

Here’s great news for travelers! Murang Lipad, a division of Triplestar Travel & Tours, announced that it is offering flight reservation assistance to passengers affected by flight cancellations. It services ticket reservation of all major carriers in the Philippines, particularly Tiger Air, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia and Jetstar.

To avail of specialized travel assistance, passengers may call the reservations hotline at 849-0100. They may also call Murang Lipad for free by visiting and clicking the WebTalk Button. Office hours are extended from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily to accommodate travel needs of affected passengers.

Triplestar has 11 ticketing offices nationwide, particularly in Makati, Manila Domestic Airport, Quezon City, SM Clark, Cebu City, Cebu International Airport, Davao City, Davao International Airport, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Bacolod. All are strategically located to cater to passengers’ immediate travel requirements.

For more information about Murang Lipad, please like their Facebook page at and follow their Twitter for more updates.


Bulacan Daily: Happy 435th Foundation Day to The Province of Bulacan!

Today marks the 435th Foundation Day of our beautiful province and to commemorate it President Benigno Aquino III declared August 15 as a special non-working day in the province of Bulacan {this is based from The New Provincial Administrative Code of Bulacan, Chapter II, Section 14, Foundation Day and Section 27, The Provincial Legal Holidays}.

The day will be marked by a simple celebration in front of the Provincial Capitol building starting at 7.30am. A mass will be held and will be followed by a wreathe-laying ceremony at Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar’s Monument by the officials of the province, headed by Gov. Willy Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando.

Here is a quote from the our Governor:

“Ang hanay ng kasaysayan at kulturang iminulat ng ating mga ninuno ay itinuturing na ehemplo sa pinagmulan ng mga Bulakenyo. Sa ating pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa ay unti-unting naibabalik na natin ang Bulacan sa pedestal na dapat lamang tuntungan ng isang bayaning lalawigan. Sa ating tining ng loob at tibay ng paninindigan, ang ating pagsasanib-adhika ay nagbukas ng panibagong kabanata ng pag-asa at pananalig sa pusong magiting at diwang maalab ng mga Bulakenyo,” 

To all the Bulakeños, a happy Bulacan Day to you!